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Allen Ceedos

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Hi there, I'm Allen.

Pokemon: The Journey of Janice is an idea I came up with for a potential fan game some months ago (could be a ROM hack or one of those fan-made games, whichever format is the best). Rather than just having a one paragraph synopsis to cover the story and then have a Features List for what I hope can be in the game, I took the time to expand on the idea until I had a whole story. About 34 chapters in total. Why I thought of posting the story here in the Fanfiction & Writing section is because I hoped to get some feedback for it and maybe find out if people would be interested in playing a game based on it. The best case scenario would be hearing from people who would like to team up with me so that we can try to make the game a reality someday.

The original version of the story can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1o8I3DJl2DOn5RstL8WRCt2lW2etgKtI9

That version is in the style of a walkthrough for the game, containing lots of game-related notes. I cannot post that version here, instead I will be posting a reworked version. It is in a style similar to SparkNotes, as suggested by Moderator Bay, and I thought it's a style I can go with since I'm not exactly a writer, much less of fanfiction. Those of you who would like to "read ahead" can dive into the original version, and any feedback, questions, comments etc you may have for it please send that via Private Message. This is just to avoid mixing feedback for that version with feedback for the reworked version (and to avoid spoilers too for those who might not read ahead).

There is a Launchpad thread for Journey of Janice, here: https://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=423466

Just like in the Notepad document for the original version, there are notes posted to that thread as well. Information about the characters, the region where the story is set, what inspired the story, the various musical themes I chose for the towns, cities, routes, locations, character encounters and battle themes and other ideas I have in mind. It would be a good idea to keep those notes and check on them as you follow the story along here. Those notes will "add some colour" to the story.

It's the first time I am doing this sort of thing (having a whole story for a fan game and sharing it) so if anyone can help please do. Because my internet access is really limited these days, I'll post when I get the chance.

Allen Ceedos

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Pokemon: The Journey of Janice
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(West of Petra Arc)

Chapter 01 - The Start
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It is Graduation Day at Percival City High School. All the students and the teaching staff are gathered in the Assembly Hall as the Principal's speech reaches its last part. He has thanked the graduating senior students for all their hard work during these 4 years they spent here at the school. They've had ups and they've had downs but they pulled through and here they are, done with it all and ready to step out into the world. There are many great things for these graduates to become once they are out in the world...but for some of them, the one thing they are aiming to become is a Pokemon Trainer.

Among these students who have their eyes set on that goal is 16-year old Janice, standing together with her 4 good friends Kelvin, Ryan, Gina and Rose in the crowd of seniors. These 4 years have been quite the adventure for them, learning about Pokemon and the wonderful world they inhabit alongside humans. Studying up on famous Trainers who've traveled across multiple regions with their Pokemon partners, battling other talented Trainers in amazing contests, stopping big bad villains who wanted to harm both humans and Pokemon and for the lucky ones, encountering legendary Pokemon. Books and theory. Now is the day when the 5 Friends can leave all of that behind and begin their own journeys to become Trainers.

It is still early in the morning when the graduates leave the school. Janice and her pals go to their usual hangout spot at the beach, just to the west of town along Route 1. Given that at this time children are in school, the beach is only occupied by a few adults and some of the other graduates who've decided to start their graduation celebrations super early. Ryan wonders out loud if they should go and join in, even though he doesn't really know who those other former students are. Rose guesses that it could be because they were from another class, so Ryan going over there might be seen as him being a gatecrasher. Not that Ryan would even mind being a gatecrasher, he graduated too like they did so shouldn't that mean he can show up at any graduation party that may take place today? Gina doesn't think that would work, happy to burst Ryan's little logic bubble. Janice suggests that they just make the most of today together. This is where the next chapter of their young lives begins and because tomorrow...Kelvin and the others look at her. They already know what she's going to remind them of. Graduation was today but tomorrow they will join other 16-year old graduates at the Percival City branch of the Pokemon Research Society and receive their Starter Pokemon. After that, they may leave town and start on their journeys. So Janice just wants to spend today with her friends. They can always have their own party later. Sounds good.

In the evening, Janice arrives at home in time to be ambushed by her younger siblings, the 12-year old twins Jerome and Jennifer. They're happy for their big sister, she has finished high school and now she can become a Trainer. One could say that the twins are also happy because they'll get to see which Starter Pokemon Janice will choose to be her partner. Following the twins are Janice's parents Judy and Michael, beyond proud of their daughter. Many, many years ago the two parents were just like Janice, about to leave home and explore the world around them. Then following the parents in welcoming Janice back home is the oldest child of this family, 20-year old Janet. Even though she finished high school 4 years earlier, seeing her younger sister now brings back that memory of when she came home with a big smile on her face and with big news to share. Unlike the parents, Janet is still an active Trainer today...although she's no longer the kind who has to travel around.

Janice spent the day with her friends but now she spends the evening with her family. Talking about school, everything she has learned, asking her parents questions about their time when they were Trainers, ranking the best Starters with the twins and so on. Whatever happens tomorrow can wait, enjoy what's left of tonight. This goes on until hours later when the twins have to go to bed, because unlike their lucky big sister, they still have some years left of school to get through. Janice decides that she might as well get to bed too, so she can wake up early.

But when she gets to her room, Janice realises that she won't be going to bed just yet. Not for a short while. This is because there is one more friend she still hasn't spent some time with. A dear friend who couldn't join her during the day but is here now to make up for it - a wild Pidgey that has been flying up to her bedroom window to spend time with Janice for several months now. After school or after supper, the two of them would meet here and Janice told Pidgey about her day. If Pidgey could, it would've told Janice all about how it spent its days with other local bird Pokemon. Flying around, hunting for food and occasionally training each other through friendly fights or air races. Not exactly school life but close enough. During these months they have grown to be close friends and for Janice, this moment will be one of the most important moments she has experienced so far. She quietly makes her way over to the window and opens it so she can lean outside to meet Pidgey who has perched on the edge, delighted to see her even at this hour. Janice apologies for not being back home sooner and gives a short summary of how her big day went. Pidgey understands 2 important things from what Janice says:

1) Janice will no longer be going out of the house around the same time every morning and coming back around the same time every afternoon.
2) Starting tomorrow though, Janice will be going away on what sounds to be a long trip and it is not clear when she will return.

So Pidgey is really glad for Janice, but there is a bitter sweet feeling rising up in the little Pokemon at the thought of not seeing its friend again since she will be leaving. How long could she be gone for? Weeks? Months? Maybe even...After bringing Pidgey up to speed on what happened today, Janice then surprises her friend by asking one simple question: would Pidgey like to come along when Janice sets off on her Trainer journey tomorrow? It's one question but it takes the tiny bird a few moments to register it. Only a few moments and then Pidgey's eyes light up in pure joy. It won't be left behind. It won't have to wonder about when Janice will return. Because Janice wants Pidgey to go on this trip with her. If this was during the daytime, Pidgey would've taken flight from the window and flown around, happily tweeting. At this late hour, Pidgey decides to quietly chirp its response and flap its small wings excitedly. Janice is pleased and she tells Pidgey that they will meet again in the morning.

The big morning comes. Janice has just finished eating breakfast and is on her way out of the house. Jerome and Jennifer won't have to leave for school for at least another hour, so they demand that their big sister to come back soon with her Starter Pokemon. There's no way they're going to school before seeing it. Outside the house Janice meets Pidgey, all bright and chipper. The bird settles on one of her shoulders and the two friends head for the Pokemon Research Society building.

Dozens of young and aspiring Trainers are already waiting by the building entrance by the time Janice and Pidgey arrive. Some of them have to make a double take when they see the teenage girl with a Pidgey on her shoulder. Word starts to weave through the small crowd, heads are turning. Janice is starting to notice, but before she can do anything, a friendly hand lands on her free shoulder and she quickly turns to face Kelvin, who has just arrived with the other friends. At first he's surprised to see her here before they came...then his eyes move to Janice's other shoulder and they widen when they land on Pidgey, who is more curious to see him than shocked. Who is this new face that knows Janice? Gina, Ryan and Rose come closer to have a look, with expressions of disbelief on their faces. Gina keeps her voice low as she asks Janice when did she receive her Starter Pokemon. Ryan asks if Pidgey was her first option or her last, wanting to know what were the other Starters. Rose doesn't mind Pidgey, she likes that it is one of those Pokemon which grow to be powerful allies over time, learning some amazing moves. Kelvin justs asks Janice to explain-- he is cut off by the sound of the building entrance doors opening and a burly man in a white lab coat walks out, happy to see the healthy crowd. He welcomes them to the Pokemon Research Society and introduces himself - Professor William Willow, the leading researcher at this branch of the P.R.S.. He knows why they are all here so without wasting any time he invites the people into the building.

The crowd starts to move through the entrance, with some people having one more look at Janice and Pidgey as they walk on by. Their eyes showing the same question they would've asked - when did this girl get a Starter? Janice doesn't pay them much attention. She begins to follow the crowd, but Kelvin stops her. The others haven't moved too. He asks her again to explain. Gina is watching the stream of people enter the building. Turning to Janice and Pidgey, she wonders if Janice will be allowed to go in since she already has a Pokemon. Janice gets her chance to clear things up and tells them that Pidgey isn't her Starter, but a friend she has made over these past months. Not even her family knows about Pidgey yet because Janice didn't think there was any reason to tell everybody about this wild Pokemon that flies up to her room to hang out with her. But now that Janice will be going out of town, she doesn't want to leave Pidgey behind...so Pidgey agreed to travel with her. By the time Janice has finished explaining everything, the 5 Friends are almost the last people left to enter the building and Professor Willow, still standing by the entrance, notices them and calls to them. Ryan, Rose, Gina and Kelvin take in what Janice has told them as they join the tail end of the crowd. Ryan can't believe it, all this time his friend kind of already had a Pokemon and she kept it as a secret from them. Rather than think this as unfair, he likes that it turned out to be quite the surprise. At least she didn't befriend a creepy or obnoxious Pokemon. Now he's motivated to find himself a Starter Pokemon that is much cooler than Pidgey, even though Janice has just explained that Pidgey is not her Starter. So which means...

When the 5 Friends reach the entrance, Professor Willow stops them and asks Janice about Pidgey. Not in a stern and angry way, but in a way that can't hide his intrigue...because he doesn't remember giving any Trainer a Pidgey as a Starter recently. When Janice tells him the story, he is impressed. This girl who isn't even a Trainer yet was lucky enough to meet a wild Pidgey and over a period of time the two of them have forged a friendship as if they are Trainer and Pokemon partner. Gina asks Professor Willow if Janice will be allowed to receive a Starter. He confirms that she will, since Pidgey is not her "official" Starter. He believes that having Pidgey by her side has just put Janice ahead of the other aspiring Trainers, because none of them have wild Pokemon tagging along. With that, the 5 Friends finally enter the building.

They are led by Professor Willow to a big outdoor area at the back of the building, where the other people have ended up. Some members of the branch staff are present to help while many Starter Pokemon are moving about in the grass, in the ponds of water, and for others, in the air. Professor Willow explains that this branch of the P.R.S. focuses on studying Pokemon which can be paired up with people starting out as Trainers. Commonly known as Starter Pokemon. There are the standard Fire-type, Water-type and Grass-type Starters but other types have been included as well to give aspiring Trainers a wider choice range, hence why there are so many "non-typical" Starters around. The 5 Friends marvel at what they see, all these Pokemon around them. Janice has only seen many of them in textbooks from school or magazines or in videos online and on television. Pidgey cannot sit still on her shoulder as it notices the other Pokemon, so it takes to the air and flies around to have a better look, surprising Janice and her friends. Professor Willow doesn't mind at all, assuring them that the Pokemon here are friendly. Maybe some of them will be interested in playing with Pidgey. Rose notes that there are Pokemon from different regions and asks the Professor to explain why. He reveals that this region, the Petra region, does not have its own native species of Pokemon. But because of its location, it has been populated by Pokemon that are native to the 3 closest regions: Kanto, Johto and Hoenn. Over time, Pokemon have either come here on their own or were brought here by people.

As the Professor goes on with his explanation, there's a sudden commotion nearby. A small crowd of teens has formed around one of the spots of grass where some of the Pokemon would normally be found. Instead only 2 Pokemon are seen here, they are what has drawn the crowd and soon enough, Professor Willow, a couple of staff members and the 5 Friends. What they see are Pidgey and one of the Starter Pokemon engaged in a friendly match. That Starter is a Chikorita. Janice's first thought is to step in and stop the fight, feeling a little embarrassed about her friend being the center of attention like this, but she remembers what Professor Willow said about the Pokemon here being friendly...so she decides to hold off, at least until it looks like Pidgey is in trouble. The match doesn't last very long, since as it turns out that both these Pokemon and all the other Starters here are at Level 1, meaning that the battle moves they currently know are only a couple at best. And so in the end, Pidgey and Chikorita's match concludes as a draw, much to the delight of the crowd that witnessed the battle. Janice reaches her friend, relieved that Pidgey is okay. Chikorita enjoyed itself, acknowledging Pidgey as a worthy opponent and one it hopes to face again sometime. As the crowd breaks up, leaving behind Professor Willow, Janice and her friends, Janice realises that Chikorita hasn't gone off too. It has chosen to stay. Janice believes that the Leaf Pokemon may have found a friend in Pidgey and she gets the confirmation when she asks Chikorita if it would like to come along with her and Pidgey. Professor Willow is happy to see that Janice has found her "official" Starter Pokemon.

Not long after that, Janice sees her friends find their own Starter Pokemon. Gina finds a Mudkip, Rose finds a Charmander, Ryan finds a Treecko and Kelvin finds a Totodile. When all the other teens have found their Starters, they return into the building with Professor Willow and the staff members. They get to a room with a big table full of what look to be a variety of items, gadgets and bags. Professor Willow has the staff members distribute these to each person while going into detail about what they are. These are what make up the basic Trainer Kit:

1) A Trainer Bag, that has enough storage capacity to store items, food, clothes, gadgets and so on.
2) The current version of the famous PokeNav device, which has handy functions such as a World Map, Phone Calling, Texting and Internet access.
3) PokeBalls, what even the best of the best Trainers can't do without when out there in the world of Pokemon.
4) Medicine Items, for healing up Pokemon or treating their injuries.
5)And finally, the current model of the highly popular PokeDex. Like the PokeNav, it has the function that allows it to connect to the Internet, thus staying updated with any information about Pokemon that Trainers may encounter while out and about.

Everyone receives their Trainer Kits and Professor Willow congratulates them all on beginning their first steps as Pokemon Trainers. It will be a long and difficult road ahead but he wishes them the best of luck and whenever they are back in Percival City, stop by the P.R.S to say Hello.

The 5 Friends and their Pokemon meet just before the start of Route 1. It is time for them to go. They promise to stay in touch and see each other again along the way. This is a journey they are starting together and they will reach the end of it together. Janice tells them that she'll leave in just a bit, she has to rush back home to see her family. So for now, this is goodbye. Gina, Rose, Ryan and Kelvin step out onto Route 1.

The twins are over the moon when they see Pidgey and Chikorita. Even though Janice tells them that Pidgey isn't her Starter, that's not going to stop them from believing what they're seeing - 2 Pokemon. Dad Michael is impressed, his daughter has already surpassed his younger self who only had 1 Pokemon to start with back in the day. Same case for Mom Judy, confident that Janice will be responsible enough to handle them. Janice is happy to be showing her family the Pokemon and the Trainer Kit, but she knows that she has to go. Michael and Judy remind her that they will be here at home whenever she wants to come back, or she can always call them from wherever she'll be. It may be a big world out there but she won't be alone. The family gather round for one big hug for the girl about to leave.

As Janice, Pidgey and Chikorita make their way through town, the PokeNav starts to buzz in Janice's pocket. It's an incoming call from big sister Janet, who wasn't at home when Janice returned to say goodbye. Janet apologises for not being there, she had to leave early because of work. She promises to make up for the absence when Janice is back in town. This won't be at the end of Janice's journey but much sooner than that, because she'll have to come back and challenge the Percival City Gym...which is currently run by Janet.

For now, Janice and her 2 Pokemon pals head west out of town and step onto Route 1. So it begins.

End of Chapter 01 - The Start.

Allen Ceedos

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Chapter 02 - The Fisherman
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ROUTE 1 (Western Beachfront)
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At any other time, Janice would be here with her friends after school or during the weekends to hang out and have fun. This is their spot. But now she is leaving it behind as she walks along the sandy beach. Grassy fields to her right and the southern sea stretching beyond to her left. This morning though she finds a few more people out here than the usual adults. These new faces belong to people who are just like her today - Trainers. Some are searching for wild Pokemon, some are training their Pokemon and then there are those who have met fellow Trainers and have started battling each other. Pidgey and Chikorita seem eager to join in on the fun after noticing the other Pokemon. But for their friend Janice this has turned into a very different Route 1 from the one Janice and her friends call their own.

Someone calls out to Janice and she turns to face the edge of the beach near her, where she sees that person waving her over. He is a Fisherman. He says to her that since she looks like a new Trainer, he might be able to help her out. Janice, Pidgey and Chikorita reach the man as he sends his fishing line into the sea water. His name is Oscar. It's been many years since he began his own journey as a Trainer but he thinks he has gained some useful knowledge and experience to share with with someone like Janice who is just starting out. Oscar notes the other Trainers out and about this route, saying that Janice shouldn't worry too much about them for now. They're also beginners. What's important is for Janice to use this time to learn about her Pokemon and start training together. There's the sea and there are some grassy fields around, full of wild Pokemon. If Janice and her partners can work well enough as a team against them, then they can go on ahead to challenge any of those other Trainers. There is no need to rush. Janice asks Fisherman Oscar how would he help them. This is his idea: he'll fish out wild Pokemon from the water for Pidgey and Chikorita to face in battle. When they've levelled up, Janice can take them into the grassy fields to fight the wild Pokemon there. Oscar suggests they spend a good hour or two until they reach Level 5. The other Trainers ahead range between Level 1 and 3. Not a bad idea for Janice and her pals.

From the sea, Pidgey and Chikorita take on wild Magikarp, Krabby, Shellder and Tentacool. Because the 2 Pokemon have squared off before and know each other's moves, they make a decent pair that Janice learns to coordinate with help from the PokeDex. The only one who gives them trouble is the Jellyfish Pokemon, which knows the move Poison Sting at this early Level. It doesn't deal a lot of damage but when used again and again it becomes a dangerous technique. Chikorita, being a Grass-type, has the toughest time while battling any Tentacool Oscar draws out from the water. Some fights it wins, but most of them end with Chikorita fainting from being taken out by just a few Poison Sting shots or fainting soon after being poisoned. Still, it gets back up after Janice heals it and tries again and again. This goes on until the team move up to Level 2.

In the grassy fields they face wild Rattata, Pidgey, Spearow and Budew. New opponents who are not Water-types. Pidgey remembers the friendly battles it has had against the other bird Pokemon in and around Percival City, which helps when another Pidgey or a Spearow appears. They improve their speed and movements by fighting Rattata, the faster one out of the wild Pokemon they encounter. Budew becomes the most troublesome opponent for Pidgey and Chikorita, because some of the Budew they meet have the Ability "Poison Point", which can poison those who come into contact with it. Despite the chances of that happening being low, it is still a gamble because neither Pidgey nor Chikorita know moves which don't bring them into physical contact with Budew. A couple of times the 2 Pokemon get poisoned and lose their battles. Again, the Antidotes are on standby. The battles against Budew are what slow the training in the grass fields down a little bit but eventually Janice and her small team reach Level 4. They return to the edge of the beach for one last session against the Water-types. Now stronger and faster, Pidgey and Chikorita win all their matches against those Pokemon. Chikorita is able to deal more damage to the Tentacool and knock them out before they can poison it.

Over an hour later, Janice and her team are at Level 5. The PokeDex beeps, giving Janice an update:

Pidgey has learned a new move: Sand-Attack!

Sand-Attack (Ground-type move)
Category - Status
- Lowers the opponent's accuracy.

Not a move that deals any damage, but for Pidgey it's glad to have a nice little ace to draw every now and again. Could come in handy. Oscar gives his approval, happy to see Janice and her Pokemon ready to move on ahead. The main reason why he didn't want them to bother with the other Trainers they saw is because those Trainers are just small fry. The real obstacle is by the end of this route - the strongest Trainer here, a Swimmer named David. He is at Level 4. And that's when it clicks for Janice...she has become the strongest Trainer on Route 1 now. Oscar reveals to her that most of those Trainers were defeated by David, so they're back to square one and training. If they cannot defeat David, he will not let them continue on to Route 2. Pidgey and Chikorita let Janice know that they're good to go. This will be their very first battle against another Trainer and they're going in prepared.

The other Trainers notice Janice's Level as she heads towards the end of Route 1. Some get back to their training, working double time...while others who are more curious decide to follow behind her, because she's the next challenger. They've got to see the battle. David, who is relaxing in the morning sun with his female companions, sees Janice and the small crowd of Trainers approaching. Another opponent. Unfortunately his good mood is spoiled when he has a closer look at Janice to check her Trainer Level and sees that number 5 flash above her head. Most of the Trainers in the crowd trailling behind her are Level 2's and 3's. Who is this girl?

David keeps his cool, not wanting his female companions to see him look a little crestfallen. Took him some time to recover after losing back to back battles against a small gang of 4 Trainers who swept through here not too long ago. Now here comes more trouble. Janice asks if he's David, and he confirms that he is. She's not going to waste his time, so she challenges him to a battle. David accepts her challenge...and when he sees Pidgey and Chikorita, he asks if they are her only Pokemon. Yes they are, she tells him. That's fine, because he also has 2 Pokemon to make this a fair fight.

>>TRAINER BATTLE<<
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Pokemon Trainer Janice (Level 5) vs Swimmer David (Level 4)

Chikorita steps forward, signalling that it'll fight first. One of David's female companions hands him 2 PokeBalls and he throws one into the air, letting out a Krabby. Chikorita has the speed advantage, it pushes Krabby back a few steps with a Tackle attack. Krabby responds with Bubble, peppering Chikorita with a small pack of bubbles. Bad luck for the River Crab Pokemon, because at this level Bubble is the only move it knows and is not very effective against Chikorita. In a few turns, Krabby is defeated. But thanks to a couple more Bubble attacks, it succeeded in lowering Chikorita's speed and at least doing some damage. David returns Krabby into its PokeBall, a little disappointed. One more Pokemon left for him.

Out of the second PokeBall glides a graceful Goldeen, swimming about in the air like it's cruising through clear water. No problem for Chikorita, still fast enough to land the first blow. David smiles a little, because perhaps things have just turned around for him. Goldeen recovers quickly and hits back with a different move, which is not a Water-type attack but a Flying-type attack - Peck. Low damage to be expected at this level, but when used against a weaker type like Grass, it is a fair move to have. Chikorita survived Krabby's Bubble strikes, but the damage they made on it adds onto the damage Peck makes and this leaves Chikorita is a really bad spot. It fights on, going for another Tackle. Goldeen is still fine, enough to put down Chikorita with a final Peck.

Janice goes over and picks up Chikorita. She thanks it for fighting as well as it did. The battle is not lost yet. While Janice heals Chikorita, Pidgey lands onto the sandy battle field. Both Trainers are down to their final Pokemon. David tells Janice that while he appreciates the effort she made to train as hard as she did, he's still going to prove that he's the better Trainer. All the ones watching this battle know that he's the better Trainer because they failed to defeat him. Janice is going to be the next in line to lose, that's what he guarantees. Pidgey starts this final round by trying out its new move Sand-Attack. It flaps its wings, whipping up a small cloud of sand and sending it at Goldeen, lowering its accuracy. That won't discourage David, he has Goldeen attack. Peck finds its mark without any trouble. Pidgey recovers and responds with Tackle. This time Goldeen is in the danger zone health wise, one or two more Tackles from Pidgey will beat it. David can't have that, so he has one of his female companions hand him a Potion. Some of the spectators boo him for this, expecting him to fight fairly. But he reminds them that he IS fighting fairly, by healing his Pokemon. He asks why didn't Janice do the same for Chikorita when it was still in the match. Good question for the spectators to consider. Janice hesitates a little, because she didn't think of healing Chikorita during the match. She tells David that she had some faith in her partner and decided to let Chikorita fight right up to the end, as best as it could. Right now she has the same faith in Pidgey and she is confident that her friend will fight just as hard as Chikorita did. Goldeen's health is restored and it goes after Pidgey with another Peck attack, but it misses the bird. Pidgey does not miss, pushing Goldeen back with a Tackle. David is annoyed, he calls for another try from Goldeen. The Goldfish Pokemon misses again. Pidgey uses Tackle, sending Goldeen's health under the midway point. Goldeen's 3rd attempt succeeds and Peck lands, but Pidgey shrugs off the damage done and knocks down Goldeen with one more Tackle attack. End of the match.

The spectator Trainers cheer as Janice and Chikorita celebrate with Pidgey. David reluctantly accepts his loss and grants Janice passage onto Route 2. Her faith in Pidgey paid off and she proves to be the better Trainer between them. He then turns to the other Trainers and reminds them that they haven't defeated him yet, so they should get back to training now that the match is over. And with that, the Trainers slowly disperse after congratulating Janice and her team. She can now leave Route 1, but before she does, Janice goes back to see Oscar.

The Fisherman beams with pride when he hears that she defeated David. He's glad that she came back to see him before leaving, because now he can reward her for the time and work she and her Pokemon put into their training and going on to win their first Trainer battle. He surprises Janice when he gives her his fishing rod. Since she doesn't have any Water-type Pokemon yet, why not try to catch one now? She tells him that she doesn't know how to fish, but Oscar says not to worry, it's pretty simple. Toss the line into the water, wait for a steady pull from the other end and reel the line back. She can take her time until she finds the Pokemon she wants to catch. Janice settles down next to Oscar, with Pidgey and Chikorita by her side. They're eager to see how this goes. Unsurprisingly, the first few attempts for Janice end in failure. She is either too early or too late in reeling the line back when there's a tug. Then she gets the timing just right and pulls the line back before whatever is yanking at the other end can escape - it is a fresh and energetic Magikarp (Level 2). Oscar can't help but chuckle when he sees the look of shock and disappointment on Janice's face. She is about to throw Magikarp back into the sea, when he says to her that she should take this as a little lesson. Magikarp is just like Janice right now, weak and only starting out...but with time and hard work, both Janice and Magikarp will grow into powerful individuals. She can send Magikarp back into the water...or she could take it along with her and they grow together. Janice thinks about this and then decides she'll give training Magikarp a try. It'll be tough but it will be worth it in the end. She takes out a PokeBall from her Bag and catches Magikarp. Once inside and now part of her team, it rises up from Level 2 to Level 5.

In her last attempt to fish, Janice goes on to find and catch a Level 2 Krabby. She figures it'll help to have another Water-type around that can train Magikarp alongside Pidgey and Chikorita. Just like Magikarp, Krabby moves up to Level 5 once it joins the team. The PokeDex gives Janice an update:

Krabby has learned a new move: Leer!

Leer (Normal-type move)
Category - Status
- Lowers the target's defence.

Not too shabby, thinks Oscar. He wishes Janice good luck for her journey. She's off to a fair start and as long as she continues to train hard with her Pokemon and learn from them and the people she'll meet along the way, he believes that she will be okay. Janice thanks him and hopes they'll meet again later.

End of Chapter 02 - The Fisherman.

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Chapter 03 - Aces & Sodas
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ROUTE 2 (Grassy Path)
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The route goes on westward for a few more kilometers before turning north into the an area dotted with green hills. Continuing all the way west leads to the southwestern edge, where there's nothing but beach sand, rocks and the sea.

It is almost noon when Janice, Pidgey and Chikorita reach the halfway mark of this route. They've had a peaceful walk since leaving Route 1, no trouble from the couple of Trainers they've seen so far and by staying out of the taller grass, they avoided wild Pokemon. What they find at this halfway mark is an open building that has a big bright sign by the front:

MARVIN'S SODA SHOP

Janice decides to check it out, maybe have a drink or two before hitting the road again.

Inside the shop, it is almost packed with customers. Some are Trainers and the rest are regular people. Janice finds a free spot by the counter, where Marvin is serving up various flavours of the fizzy drink to patrons and communicating with mobile waiters and waitresses. He sees Janice and her Pokemon and welcomes them to his humble establishment, though it's clear that today is going to be one of those busy business days. This early in the day and already the drinks are flowing.

When he's done serving, he has a chance to talk with Janice while getting a drink for her and Berry juices for her Pokemon. The shop is just a place for people to stop by and recharge before going on for the final stretch leading to the next town, Graham City. He says that if Janice is lucky, she could arrive there in the evening. She checks the Map on her PokeNav for Graham City. It is further north from here, beyond the next route known as the Ashley Meadows and Farmlands.

While Janice is looking at the Map, a trio of potential customers walks into the shop. They've caught the attention of the other Trainers who are enjoying their drinks. This trio is made up of a girl who is maybe a year or two older than Janice and two boys of similar age. The girl looks around at the place, liking the lively atmosphere and the curious faces of the Trainers seeing her. Then she suddenly announces that she'll gladly pay for whatever drinks everyone is having or will order while she's here, which gets a loud cheer of approval from the Trainers. Marvin and Janice haven't paid any attention to the trio until they hear the Trainers react. Marvin asks the girl who she is and what does she want here. The girl doesn't identify herself, but she just says she's only a generous customer who likes this place and wants to treat everyone to free drinks...that is IF all the Trainers here can do one simple thing - win a battle against her 2 friends.

The happy mood in shop goes right out the window. The Trainers stop cheering. Looks of confusion are exchanged while people wonder what's going on. The girl doesn't understand why people look puzzled, she'll buy them free drinks for sure but her 2 friends are Trainers and since there are Trainers here as well...why can't they have a nice little battle as a trade for the free drinks? What's the big deal? Janice can see why the other Trainers aren't eager to take up the girl's offer: both of her 2 friends are at Level 6, and the girl is the strongest Trainer present - Level 10. The other Trainers range between Level 3 and 4. Janice is still at Level 5. Marvin tells the girl that he doesn't want any trouble in his shop, if she and her pals aren't going to get any drinks, they better leave now. The girl is about to respond to Marvin, but then she notices Janice. Realising that Janice is stronger than the other Trainers, the girl changes plans and asks if she'll be the one to battle her friends instead. The trio will wait outside. Janice can either come alone or find someone to team up with her. Janice tells the girl that she isn't interested in playing her little game, she's only here for a drink and then she'll be on her way. But the girl adds that if Janice won't "play", the girl will unleash her own Pokemon on the other Trainers, whether they want to fight or not. The trio steps outside.

Janice is annoyed. Marvin apologises to the customers for what just happened, he doesn't even know who those 3 teenagers are. A few of the other Trainers approach Janice. They feel bad about not being strong enough to help her. She tells them not to worry, she'll take care of the matter. Marvin says she won't be going out there to fight alone, he calls for one of the waitresses who had gone to the back to get more drinks. The young woman appears, her name is Tina. Marvin introduces her to Janice and tells her what has happened. Janice notices the faint number that flashes above Tina - Level 7. Janice smiles, realising that the trio didn't know about Tina because she was elsewhere at the time. This should be a nice surprise. No problem for Tina after Marvin brings her up to speed, she's happy to help a fellow Trainer. She sees that Janice is at Level 5 but she doesn't mind, what matters is that the two of them can work together against those "Level Sixers".

Outside the shop, the trio sees Janice and Tina. The girl does not look as smug as when she spoke to Janice. She had hoped Janice would come alone. Tina wants to get this over and done with fast, she still has work to do. The 2 boys step forward, assuring the girl that they won't disappoint her. They are among the newest members of something they call "Ace Team". Janice has no idea what that is.

>>TRAINER BATTLE<<
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Pokemon Trainer Janice (Level 5) vs Ace Team Trainer Steven (Level 6)

Waitress Tina (Level 7) vs Ace Team Trainer Leon (Level 6)

Steven sends out his first Pokemon, a Slugma. Janice thinks this would be a good time to try out one of her newest partners, Krabby. Leon's Houndour is met by Tina's Machop. Not a great start for the new team recruits. Krabby defeats Slugma in just 2 turns thanks to Bubble, but it doesn't get away clean. Before leaving the battle field, Slugma uses Yawn. Krabby can't help itself, it is caught by surprise and yawns too. After Slugma is down, the River Crab Pokemon nods off and falls asleep. Tina asks Janice if she has an Awakening. Janice confirms that she does and digs into her Bag for one, as Steven brings out his last Pokemon, Poochyena. Houndour is lucky enough to have a decent move, Ember, and lands a few shots on Machop. But in the end a couple of Low Kicks are enough to knock out Houndour. Leon has one more Pokemon left too, a Zubat.

Janice finds an Awakening and hold out the little bottle. It flashes once in her hands before disappearing to indicate that it has served its purpose. Krabby wakes up immediately, feeling a little embarrassed for suddenly napping while in a battle (even though it wasn't its fault). Janice asks Tina if Machop knows any other good move besides Low Kick. Not yet, Tina tells her and that puts Machop in a tough spot now that it is facing a Flying-type opponent. Janice makes a suggestion, how about they switch targets? Tina likes that a lot. Krabby takes on Zubat and Machop battles Poochyena. Steven's second Pokemon is defeated in no time, leaving Leon and Zubat to face Janice and Tina in a 2 vs 1 match. Leon would've continued if he only had to deal with Krabby, but 2 vs 1 won't do for him so he chooses to save his precious Zubat and forfeits. Steven sympathises, but the girl can't believe this. The 2 (likely to be former after this) Ace Team Trainers run off, they would rather not deal with the girl right now. Janice and Tina are all smiles, it was a brief battle but at least it's over. Tina has to go back into the shop to inform Marvin, Janice shouldn't have any trouble now. The girl gets in Janice's face after Tina is gone. She's not done with Janice, they'll be sure to meet again sooner or later and when they do, this girl - Konami - will finish what started here. Then she leaves in a huff, her fun time here spoiled. Janice can only watch her go, making a note to keep an eye out for Konami and whatever this "Ace Team" might be. Chikorita and Pidgey check on Krabby, it's okay. They all go back into the shop.

The other Trainers are glad to know that Janice and Tina sent those troublemakers away. Everything is cool again. Marvin is grateful and before Janice continues on, he gives her something that he hopes will be useful to her: it is a small colourless disc that fits in the palm of her hand. Looking at closely, Janice can see a couple of letters and numbers visible on the surface of the disc when enough light is reflected on it:

TM03.

Janice's eyes widen in recognition, she heard about one of these back in school. It is a Technical Machine, a little disc that stores information about a move which can be taught to a Pokemon. The PokeDex beeps and identifies this disc as the TM for the move Water Pulse.

Water Pulse (Water-type move)
Category - Special
- Inflicts damage and has a 20% chance to confuse the target.

Marvin remembers a time long ago when these TMs were rare and expensive to buy for most Trainers because they could only be used once. After that, all you had was an empty disc that you could hang with a string somewhere for display. But nowadays TMs can be used as many times as a Trainer wishes and they are affordable wherever TMs are sold. A slot opens on one side of the PokeDex and Janice inserts the disc. The PokeDex reads the disc and then shows her which Pokemon in her current team can learn Water Pulse. For now it is only Krabby. Janice brings out Krabby from its PokeBall and on the PokeDex touchscreen she selects the little icon that represents Krabby. Suddenly, the Pokemon starts to glow as the PokeDex screen shows an icon of the disc spinning rapidly above the Krabby icon. Doesn't take more than a moment. The icons disappear and are replaced by a message confirming that Krabby has learned Water Pulse.

End of Chapter 03 Aces & Sodas.

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Chapter 04 - Weed Problems
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Minutes later, Janice and her Pokemon are back on the road. Marvin assured her that she is welcome at his shop whenever she's around again. Tina will be there for a friendly match after Janice completes her journey.

They reach the end of Route 2 in the afternoon and see the hills of the Ashley Meadows. When Janice gets to the top of one hill and looks below, she finds a road heading on towards the farmlands. Opulent houses on one side and rich fields on the other. In the distance ahead of all this is Graham City, in the shadow of what looks to be a sea of trees. Graham City, home of the first Gym. Janice can't help but feel excited, she is so close now to challenging for her first Gym Badge. If they can make it there this evening, MAYBE they could try their luck tonight. Down the hill they go.

ASHLEY MEADOWS & FARMLANDS
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More Pokemon spotted here as Janice passes the green hills. Grass-types like Sunkern, Sunflora and Bellsprout share the fields with grazing Tauros and Miltank. Perhaps some of those Tauros and Miltank belong to the locals. Then she sees a couple of other Pokemon, but has to be cautious as she approaches them. Not only to avoid possibly scaring them off but also to avoid getting poisoned. Both genders of Nidoran. The ones she finds are at Level 5. Since Pidgey and Chikorita don't know any other attacks besides Tackle, Janice goes with Krabby. Against the female Nidoran which only knows the attack Scratch and the male Nidoran that knows Peck, Krabby has the upper hand with Water Pulse. In the end, Janice succeeds in catching both Nidoran. The PokeDex pings as information about her new Pokemon comes in:

Nidoran (Male) [Level 5] - The Poison Pin Pokemon
Type: Poison
Ability: Poison Point (If an attacker makes physical contact, there's a 30% chance the opponent will get poisoned)
Moves known: Leer, Peck

Nidoran (Female) [Level 5] - The Poison Pin Pokemon
Type: Poison
Ability: Poison Point (If an attacker makes physical contact, there's a 30% chance the opponent will get poisoned)
Moves known: Growl, Scratch

The PokeDex points out that both Nidoran can learn Water Pulse. Janice keeps that in mind for later.

The other Pokemon welcome the Nidoran pair to the squad. It has already grown into a Pokemon gang of 6, Janice notes. Not too bad only a couple of hours into her journey. Soon enough she'll have to begin training sessions, maybe between towns. This won't be a problem for all except Magikarp, which is still a long way off from being in a position to train alone, much less compete in a battle. For now it will level up with help from its teammates. They let Janice know that they won't mind.

As Janice walks through the farmlands, she sees a very different story from what she could see at the top of the hill. A lot of the fields are dotted with holes in the ground, with many crops having been trampled. It looks as if a crowd of people (or Pokemon) ran wild in these fields without minding where they are stepping. Other fields are not as badly damaged but the pattern is the same.

By the time she reaches the fine houses of this area, which stand on her left, it is almost sunset. The last remaining crews of field workers are making their way home after another busy day. One of the workers, who is older than the others, sees Janice and waves her over. He introduces himself as Farmer Victor, the leader of these workers. He saw Janice and her Pokemon, so he just wanted to confirm if she's a Trainer passing through or she'll be getting a room at one of the Inns here. Janice tells Victor that she was hoping to make it to Graham City in the evening, but from the looks of it if she carries on she'll probably get there some hours into the night and she doesn't want to travel during the night. So now that she hears there are Inns here, she'll get a room. Before Victor leaves, Janice asks him about the state of the fields. What's going on here? Seeing that Janice will be staying here for the night, Victor says he'll explain everything during supper. He'll be having it at the Ivan Family Inn, which is owned by the people who employ him and some of the workers. Janice can find a room there.

Supper is served almost an hour later. The room Janice gets is well prepared and big enough for her and her Pokemon. Their supper is brought in while Janice goes out to the dining area to eat. There she sees other guests and Victor. He's eating with one of the workers. When Janice joins them, he tells her what's been happening to the fields:

For weeks now, the workers have had trouble from wild Oddish that appear during the night and dig up the fields, since the soil is so fertile. They don't appear during the daytime, which is when the workers try to get things back in order. Fix up the fields during the day, they get messed up again at night. Again and again. So the workers have asked for help from any Trainers that happen to be passing through these parts. Unfortunately most of them pass through during the day, not planning on spending the night because they want to reach Graham City before dark. Plus, there aren't enough workers who are skilled Trainers. Their job is maintaining the fields. Being a Trainer is pretty much what they consider as a hobby. Despite their efforts on some nights to drive away the Oddish, the Pokemon come back the next night.

Janice asks Victor if they've approached the Graham City Gym Leader for help. They have, he tells her, many times. But Harris, the Gym Leader, is a really busy man. Not only is he a Gym Leader but he is also Graham City's landscaper and he is usually called away for other duties. Janice had no idea. She tells Victor that she's only a beginner Trainer who started her journey just this morning...but she'll try to help them as best as she can while she's here tonight. That sounds good enough to Victor. He'll be going back out into the fields with those workers who are Trainers in a few hours, just before the Oddish reappear. Janice will meet them outside the Inn.

When she returns to her room, she shares the news with her team. For this battle against the Oddish, Janice will be going with Pidgey, Chikorita and the Nidoran pair. Krabby doesn't know any other attacks besides Bubble and Water Pulse at the moment and Magikarp is on "backseat training" duty for the time being. Janice doesn't know how well they'll do or how many Oddish they are dealing with, but they will give it everything they've got.

Hours later, Janice, Victor and the worker Trainers enter the fields. With natural light provided from the moon and stars above them and light from the houses nearby, they won't have any trouble seeing the Oddish when they come. Janice notices that the worker Trainers range between Level 4 and 6, which makes them about as strong as the wild Pokemon found in the area. They'll find out soon enough if that's a good thing or not.

There is a low rumbling coming from the ground. Victor gives the signal that the Oddish have arrived. Moments later, holes appear in the ground and out they jump. Oddish ranging between Level 3 and 6. No more than 10 of them have appeared, but tonight they are taken by surprise when they see that a new face is with the workers this time. The workers send out their Pokemon and begin the battle. Janice has her team work together to defeat as many Oddish as they can. Leave any Oddish that may decide to flee. It is an effective strategy, because the Oddish weren't prepared to face someone who is more of a Trainer than the lot they've gotten used to seeing. A lot of them choose to run away and call for backup. But it isn't long before the backup surrender and retreat as well.

When the last wave of Oddish is sent off, the workers give a good cheer. Victor hasn't seen the Oddish run away like that before. Usually there's only one wave and just when you think that's the end of them, they come back the next night. That last wave was a 5th one. He starts to wonder if maybe those were all the Oddish which have been showing up. As some of the workers consider this, another worker sees some movement in the grass just beyond the fields. Everyone follows the direction she's pointing at. Victor realises that a lot of the Oddish which fled went into that grass. Have they returned with MORE of them??

Only a few Oddish have come back, but that's not what Janice, Victor and the workers are looking at. What the Oddish have brought with them is another Pokemon, that looks to be the boss of all these Oddish which have been invading these fields - a massive Level 8 Vileplume. Janice's PokeDex chimes in to identify Vileplume and adds the important note that those large petals are scattering toxic pollen as Vileplume moves. Victor and the workers heard that note and everyone backs away slowly as Vileplume swaggers towards them. Janice tells the others that if they're going to put an end to this, it has to be now. They have to take down Vileplume and those few Oddish together. Pidgey, Chikorita and the 2 Nidoran are ready. The remaining workers whose Pokemon weren't beaten by the waves of other Oddish join Janice and as one team, all the Pokemon clash with the invading Grass-types. Nidoran(M) leads Janice's pals against Vileplume, since it knows a super effective move. At this level, Vileplume's strongest move is Mega Drain. But against a 4-Pokemon team made up of a Flying-type, a Grass-type and 2 Poison-types, Mega Drain is useless. Vileplume is defeated in just a few turns with not much damage done to the 4 Pokemon. The Oddish which came along with it see that their boss has lost and they disappear into the grass beyond the fields, unlikely to come back.

End of Chapter 04 Weed Problems.

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Chapter 05 Part 1 - Seeing Green
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Several minutes later, Janice is back in her room at the Ivan Family Inn. She and her Pokemon are asleep. They left Victor and the workers to celebrate their victory so that they can at least get some hours of sleep and wake up early tomorrow. Now while Janice is sleeping, in the dining area there is a small party going on. The Ivan Family members that were still awake to hear about what happened to the Oddish decided to throw this party and treat the workers.

Everyone agreed that the Vileplume would be kept and trained here alongside the Pokemon that help out with the farm work. Victor thinks it could be a neat idea having Vileplume around, maybe to scare away any more Oddish that might want to try their luck again sooner or later. The workers have also realised that they have to get better as Trainers too, so that they don't need to rely on travelling Trainers to fix whatever problems may arise here in the farmlands. They learned from teaming up with Janice.

After fighting all those Oddish and defeating Vileplume, Janice and her team gained a lot of experience. Enough for them to rise up from Level 5 to 8. With that came new moves learned for the Nidoran pair and for Chikorita. Nidoran (F) learned Tail Whip, Nidoran (M) learned Focus Energy and Chikorita learned its first Grass-type move Razor Leaf.

Razor Leaf (Grass-type move)
Category - Physical
- Inflicts damage. Has a high critical hit ratio.

Chikorita is delighted, finally having a second attack and one which Grass-type. Janice hopes to try it out soon, maybe when they challenge the Graham City Gym.

In the morning, the team is ready to go. Victor and the workers see them off, thanking them for the help. He asks that Janice should let Harris know about the Oddish issue. Now that it has been taken care of, he won't have to worry about finding time to stop by and help.

Having left the farmlands' residential area this early in the morning, Janice is confident about reaching Graham City before noon. The plan is to get there, rest up for a bit, train and then challenge the Gym in the late afternoon. She doesn't even mind the idea of spending the night in Graham City. There'll be time to explore town after the Gym.

The PokeNav buzzes. An incoming call. Janice recognises the phone number and immediately answers. On the other end, sounding like she's out in the open somewhere is Gina. She's glad to know Janice is on the road because they'll get to meet soon - Gina is already in Graham City, she arrived yesterday with the other friends. They went on ahead after earning their first Gym Badges while Gina decided to stay behind and wait for Janice. She'll meet her outside a place called Ferris Park, Graham City's major attraction.

Super excited now about meeting up with one of her friends, Janice speeds up. That phone call has just made her day. She was just looking forward to reaching Graham City and checking out the Gym, but on top of that is the chance to see Gina again. The reunion of the 5 Friends will have to be at a later date then. Speaking of phone calls, Janice phones home. She hopes her family isn't worried, since it is now the next day and they haven't heard from her yet. Mom Judy answers the home line, immediately brightening up when she hears her daughter's voice. She bombards Janice with questions. How is she doing so far? Are her Pokemon okay? Where is she now? Janice tells her that everything is alright and she brings up what has happened so far. Mom assures her that everyone there at home wasn't worried too much, but they had hoped to hear from her yesterday. Now that Janice has called and she's fine, Mom will let everyone know. She wishes her good luck for the Gym.

Having made good time, Janice and her Pokemon finally arrive at their destination. The PokeNav pings as it brings up the Map:

GRAHAM CITY - "The Evergreen City."
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Places of Interest
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- Pokemon Center
- PokeMart
- Gym
- Ferris Park
- Move Tutor's House
- Graham City Flower Shop
- Graham City Apartments
- Pokemon Research Society (Graham City Branch)

A city of beautiful gardens, blooming flowers and vibrant trees. Janice takes it all in as she looks around at this new place. The sites, the sounds, the atmosphere and the different fragrances coming from all directions. Doors and windows are open to let air and sunlight in. The streets are lively with people, residents and travellers. At the center of town is the lovely place known as Ferris Park, the city's pride and joy. Standing by the open gates leading into it is Gina and her Pokemon partner Mudkip. Pidgey and Chikorita see Mudkip and they hurry over to meet each other as the girls embrace.

FERRIS PARK
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They find nice spots in the park and settle down to catch up. Gina and her team are at Level 9 now. A team that includes Miltank, Zigzagoon and Sunkern. Gina thought having Miltank around will benefit her team down the road because they can heal up thanks to its healthy milk. Unsurprisingly, she laughs when Janice shows Gina the Magikarp she caught after trying out fishing for the very first time. Most people would've tossed the Fish Pokemon back into the water, Gina says, so she likes that Janice chose to stick with Magikarp and train it. She hopes to be there when Ryan sees the mighty Gyarados that Janice will have later, the look on his face will be priceless. Janice tells her about the incident at Marvin's Soda Shop and asks Gina if she's heard of this "Ace Team" or a girl named Konami. Gina doesn't know anyone named Konami but she has seen a couple of commercials on television about Ace Team every now and again. They seem to be some kind of hip and trendy group of young Trainers that everyone is crazy about, especially teenagers. But Gina hasn't really paid much attention to them, so after hearing Janice's story she's really surprised. They'll keep an eye out for this Konami girl and Ace Team. Janice brings up the Oddish story, which Gina didn't know of. When she and the other friends passed through the farmlands yesterday, it was during the day so the workers were out in the fields. Nobody was available to tell them about the Oddish.

Janice then asks about the Gym. She didn't see any building that looks to be the Gym when she was walking through town. Gina tells her that there is no physical building for the Graham City Gym because the Gym is here - she waves her arms to highlight the big park. Gina reveals that she hasn't challenged the Gym yet because she wanted to do that with Janice, which is why she waited. She thought it would be nice if they both earned their first Gym Badges and leave town together. It's a fine idea, but shouldn't they train first? Gina says there's one great way they can train right here - battling against the Gym Trainers.

FERRIS PARK/GRAHAM CITY GYM
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Some of the people around the park, looking like they're just out here to enjoy the lovely sunshine, turn out to be the Gym Trainers. They reveal themselves when Gina and Janice make it known that they are the new challengers. They range between Level 8 and 10 for the strongest Gym Trainer. Grass-type is the speciality here. Only after defeating all the Gym Trainers can Gina and Janice meet Gym Leader Harris.

The girls split up. Janice takes on the Gym Trainers in the east side of the park while Gina battles those in the west side. Pidgey, the 2 Nidoran, Miltank and Zigzagoon are with them and they get by without too much trouble. Janice's Pokemon took on waves of a certain Grass-type Pokemon last night, so they are right at home here against the Gym Grass-types. By the time they are ready for last Gym Trainer, they have moved up from Level 8 to Level 10. The PokeDex gives Janice some good news:

Pidgey has learned a new move: Gust!

Gust (Flying-type move)
Category - Special
- Inflicts damage. Power doubles if hit on a semi-invulnerable turn. (Only Fly, Bounce and Sky Drop)

All the training up to this point has paid off for Pidgey, who can now truly shine with its first Flying-type attack finally learned. The last Gym Trainer's Pokemon are no match for the motivated bird. Janice and her team advance. Gina and her team advance.

At the center of Ferris Park is a magnificent fountain that is surrounded a few hedges. Upon closer inspection these hedges have been neatly shaped and trimmed to resemble well known Grass-type Pokemon. One hedge resembles a Breloom, another resembles a Victreebel. This one a Gloom, that one a Nuzleaf and so on. There's an old man in dark green overalls who had been working away on another hedge and by the time Janice and Gina have defeated all the Gym Trainers, Harris has finished yet another masterpiece - a Venusaur. He sees the girls and welcomes them to the Graham City Gym. He commends them for showing good teamwork with their Pokemon and finding a clever way to tackle the Gym Trainers. He takes pride in being the first Gym Leader, because it affords him the opportunity to see which Trainers are ready to take that initial step forward. Since both girls are challenging him for the Badge, Harris will gladly face them at the same time, which isn't something he normally does. But he's in a good mood and he can tell that these 2 Trainers will do their best. Are they ready?

>>GYM BATTLE<<
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Pokemon Trainer Janice (Level 10) & Pokemon Trainer Gina (Level 10)

Versus

Leader Harris (Level 12) - "The Consummate Gardener."
Prize: Green Badge

4 PokeBalls fly from Harris' hands, releasing a Shroomish and a Tangela for Janice and a Paras and Seedot for Gina. Harris confirms that those are all his Pokemon. Individually they do well but when they get any chance to work as a team, they do really well. Can the same be said for the girls' teams? Since he has 4 Pokemon, the girls will only be allowed to battle with a maximum of 4 Pokemon each.

Janice is already thinking of sending out Pidgey and Nidoran (M), but Gina suggests that she save those as backup. Janice would do that if she was battling Harris on her own, but in this unique situation she'll have to be creative. So she makes a new suggestion - Janice will swap Nidoran for either Miltank or Zigzagoon, so that each girl can battle alongside a Pokemon that knows a Flying-type move. Gina is intrigued by this, it never crossed her mind. She swaps Zigzagoon for Nidoran. Janice checks with her PokeDex:

Zigzagoon [Level 10] - The Tiny Raccoon Pokemon
Type: Normal
Ability: Pickup (Picks up random items after battle)
Moves known: Tackle, Growl, Tail Whip, Headbutt

Harris doesn't understand what the girls are up to at first, but seeing the resulting combinations now he can't help but grin. Teamwork. Janice sends Pidgey after Shroomish, to keep it from targeting Zigzagoon with its Ability "Effect Spore":

Ability: Effect Spore
- If the attacker makes physical contact, there's a 30% chance it may get paralyzed, poisoned or asleep.

Pidgey won't have to make physical contact with Shroomish either because of Gust, which puts the Mushroom Pokemon out of action before it can succeed in paralysing its foes with Stun Spore. Tangela though succeeds in sending Pidgey to sleep with Sleep Powder, leaving Zigzagoon to fight alone. This is when Harris reveals the power of Tangela's Ability. First off, he has Tangela use an interesting move that he had to teach it - Sunny Day. What appears above the battle field is a small, bright sphere that acts like a miniature sun.

Sunny Day (Fire-type move)
Category - Status
- Makes it Sunny for 5 turns. Adding 50% power to fire moves and takes 50% power from water moves.

Why would a Grass-type like Tangela know a Fire-type move like this? As Tangela takes in the new sunshine it shimmers and that gets a response from the PokeDex, which informs Janice that Tangela's Ability "Chlorophyll" has been triggered.

Ability: Chlorophyll
- Doubles a Pokemon's speed when the sunlight is strong.

Zigzagoon is known for its speed but now thanks to Sunny Day and its Ability, Tangela has become twice as fast as Zigzagoon. For the next few turns Tangela has an upper hand, doing damage before Zigzagoon can have a go. Janice is about to dig out an Awakening from her Bag for Pidgey...but then she has an idea. Instead of an Awakening, she pulls out a Potion and heals Zigzagoon. It doesn't matter for Tangela, still enjoying Sunny Day for a couple of turns left and thus still faster than Zigzagoon. Which is what Janice is hoping for, because while Tangela focuses on Zigzagoon, Pidgey's little nap comes to an end. Even if Tangela is faster, it has 2 Pokemon to deal with. One Headbutt from Zigzagoon and a Gust attack from Pidgey are enough to knock out Tangela as Miltank and Nidoran are done with Seedot and Paras. The match ends.

The girls celebrate with their teams as Harris attends to his own team. He lost fair and square but that was well played. The girls and their Pokemon move up from Level 10 to Level 12 and the PokeDex brings up new information:

Krabby has learned a new move: Vice Grip!
Chikorita has learned a new move: Reflect!

Reflect (Psychic-type move)
Category - Status
- A wondrous wall of light is put up to reduce damage from physical attacks for five turns.

Nidoran (M) & Nidoran (F) have each learned a new move: Double Kick!

Double Kick (Fighting-type move)
Catergory - Physical
- The target is quickly kicked twice in succession using both feet.

That's 3 good moves for Krabby now, it is glad to have one that can be used against opponents who are stronger than Water. Female Nidoran can't wait to try out Double Kick, for now it will be a decent alternative to Scratch. Slightly stronger and makes up for the Pokemon not knowing a move as effective as Peck.

After all the Pokemon are healed, he awards Janice and Gina their prizes - the Green Badge. The girls have indeed taken that initial step by earning their first Gym Badge. 7 other Gyms remain but Harris believes that the girls will take them on just as well as they did this one. He turns to Gina and adds that he has something for her that will prove to be quite useful-- before he can finish speaking, Harris is interrupted by the sudden appearance of a feathered intruder - a Murkrow. Janice and Gina are caught off guard, too slow to react in time as the Darkness Pokemon swoops down from the air and swipes their newly won Green Badges.

End of Chapter 05 Part 1 - Seeing Green.

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Chapter 05 Part 2 - Seeing the Elite
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The first to react is Pidgey, who takes to the air and goes after Murkrow. Janice, still trying to process what has just happened, sends Nidoran back into its PokeBall and chases after the birds before anyone can stop her. Gina calls out to her to wait up as she returns Miltank and Zigzagoon to their spheres. Harris tells a couple of the Gym Trainers to go with Gina. He doesn't believe that was a wild Murkrow which appeared randomly. Its Trainer has to be close by.

Murkrow is flying above the busy afternoon streets, heading north. It noticed Pidgey is not far behind, but that doesn't bother Murkrow. This will be over soon. On the ground, Janice has to weave her way through people while keeping an eye on the 2 birds. With this amount of traffic around her, nobody but a few people see the birds. Only one of them is curious about that Murkrow appearing at this time of the day, for a moment, then he shrugs and goes back to having his lunch. The number of pedestrians Janice passes is growing smaller and smaller, the street she is on is giving way to smaller buildings and wider spaces between them. Not too long after that she finds herself away from the city streets and out along the city limits. She tries to call out to her friend but Pidgey and Murkrow are too far ahead to hear her. Then Janice sees where they are going. She saw this when she stood on top of that hill yesterday. It is the sea of trees found beyond Graham City.

ROLLINS FOREST
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Despite its shadowy appearance from a distance, there is no air of danger inside the forest. Beams of sunlight shoot down to the floor from above the high tree tops, giving the place a look similar to that of a wide hall with tall columns and big open windows close to the ceiling, letting the sun shine in. Not much is hidden in shadow at this time. Several moments after the birds enter the forest, Janice arrives. She has stop to catch her breath and also take in her new surroundings. There is plenty of natural light to let her look around. Plenty of natural sounds coming from everywhere: the cries of various wild Pokemon. Movements in the grass and between the trees. The splashes of pond water. Janice checks the PokeNav Map. Rollins Forest covers a small area that extends further north for a short distance before giving way to Route 3. At least it's not a massive maze, she thinks. So the birds can't have gotten too far. Janice starts moving again, calling out to Pidgey in every direction. Someone's voice responds near some trees to the left of her and she rushes over. The voice belongs to a girl, seated on the ground and attending to an injured Heracross. Looking at the girl's clothes and the gear she's got, Janice identifies her as a Bug Catcher.

The girl says she just saw a Pidgey fly off past her not too long ago, chasing a Murkrow. She points ahead, that's the direction they went in. Janice asks her about the injured Pokemon, what happened? The girl tells her that she and Heracross were defeated in a battle against a another Trainer almost an hour ago. They are not the only ones who were defeated, but all the other Trainers here in Rollins Forest. The Trainer accepted their challenges, defeated them and went on. Probably left the forest by now. So Janice will have to wait a while if she was hoping to battle. She admits to the girl that she hadn't even planned on coming out here in the first place, until Murkrow happened. But she is also curious about this unknown Trainer. If he or she is still around...how would Janice fair against them? She thanks the Bug Catcher girl for the information, offering to share some of her healing Items with her, but the girl tells her to go on ahead and find Pidgey first, make sure it's alright. She and Heracross won't be going anywhere yet.

Janice pushes on faster now that she has a direction. Her calls for Pidgey continue but still get no answer. She passes the other Trainers, many of them are Bug Catchers too, they also saw Pidgey and Murkrow, and they point on ahead. Janice eventually reaches a clearing in the middle of the forest, where she finally finds her Flying friend. Pidgey, a little exhausted but unharmed, sees Janice and goes to her. It is sorry, it couldn't stop Murkrow in time and retrieve the Gym Badges. Murkrow drops the Badges into the hands of its Trainer, who has stepped out into the clearing and gives Janice a satisfied smirk. After all, they were going to meet again, right?

Just the look of shock and anger on Janice's face is enough for Konami to feel really good. Her sour mood from the day before after what happened at the Soda Shop, completely buried now. This is where the two of them can finish what started yesterday, with nobody around to bother them. She is so glad she didn't rush out of Graham City, otherwise she wouldn't have seen Janice arrive and challenge the Gym. So Konami had Murkrow keep an eye on her.

Janice can't believe that Konami is still clinging on to what happened...she doesn't even know who Konami is or this group she is part of. Konami isn't surprised, why would a "small time" beginner Trainer like Janice be aware of Ace Team? All Trainers like her care about is going around collecting Gym Badges, catching as many Pokemon as they can, having a happy little journey that hopefully ends with them becoming a Champion. Konami believes that these Trainers will never aspire to be something greater - elite Trainers who will go out and change the worlds of humans and Pokemon...who will inspire other Trainers to get better and stronger. Elite Trainers who do more than just battle alongside their Pokemon but work together to do some good. This is what Ace Team is all about and someone like Janice will never be good enough to be a part of that. Janice has no problem with people and their Pokemon helping others, but she doesn't need Konami or Ace Team to decide which Trainers qualify to be worthy for them. There's nothing wrong with someone starting on a journey that they hope will end with them becoming a Champion. Janice is on this journey because she wants to see the world around her, learn what she can from the people and the Pokemon she meets and along the way, sure, grow as a Trainer. Maybe even become Champion someday. She tells Konami to give her the Gym Badges. Konami drops them on the ground beside her. If Janice wants them back, she'll have to fight for them. Prove that she isn't like all the other typical Trainers out there. Yesterday she got lucky, facing a couple of new members with a little help from that waitress, but today she's even luckier - she'll go one on one with an Elite.

>>TRAINER BATTLE<<
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Pokemon Trainer Janice (Level 12) vs Ace Team Elite Konami (Level 13)

Thinking it'll be a good idea to let Pidgey rest up a bit, Janice starts off with Nidoran (F). Nice chance to try out its new move and maybe get this strange girl to leave her alone. Konami has sent out a Magby. Rising waves of heat flow from its body as it stares down its opponent. Speed is on its side, Magby attacks Nidoran with Ember. A small fireball that smacks into Nidoran. Just enough to leave a minor bruise. Nidoran responses with Double Kick - the first strike startles Magby and the second one sends it back a couple of steps. That certainly packed more than the fireball. But that is Magby's strongest attack at this level, so it goes with Ember again. Nidoran's health dips below the halfway mark. Not yet in the red though, so it continues with one more Double Kick combo to put out Magby. It is right after Nidoran lands that second kick that it receives a burn that makes it recoil in pain. Konami attends to Magby, sending it back into its PokeBall. A little upset about her Pokemon being defeated but she thinks Janice should've smartened up on Magby's Ability, which the PokeDex brings up:

Ability: Flame Body
- If the attacker makes physical contact, there's a 30% chance of it getting burned.

Janice digs into her Bag for a Burn Heal as Konami sends out her next Pokemon, a Houndour. Seeing Janice's Bag draws a genuine smile on Konami's face (a smile Janice could've seen had she only looked up at her in time) because it reminds Konami of the days when she was starting out as a Trainer too. Carrying a Bag stuffed with all kinds of Items because she believed that she had to be prepared for anything. But Konami has learned to do without that Bag, by making sure that training her Pokemon is the top priority, so that she and her team don't need to rely on Items during battles. Her smile fades as the memory disappears. She watches as Janice brings out a Burn Heal and cure Nidoran. The burn is gone but Nidoran has been weakened, which makes it an easy target for Houndour, who sends it out of the battle with one Ember attack. Konami is a little relieved. Nidoran may not be a Fighting-type Pokemon but still, that Double Kick would've meant really bad news for Houndour, being part Dark-type. Before Janice sends out her next Pokemon, Konami nods at her Bag and offers some advice - while it's great and all that Janice has started out prepared, she will have to learn to save her healing Items. Stronger Trainers are ahead and they won't always rely on Items during battles because their Pokemon are strong enough to get through without their Trainers diving into the Bag at any sign of danger. Pokemon will be motivated to do better when they know that their Trainers are confident in them. Having a little faith.

It's not advice she asked for but Janice can't deny that it is worth taking. She remembers that battle against Swimmer David and how some of the Trainers who were watching thought he didn't fight fairly when he healed Goldeen. Sure, she used an Awakening to help out Krabby in the match against the 2 Ace Team Trainers and she used a Potion to heal Zigzagoon in the Gym battle...but it's not like she was panicking or feared for the Pokemon's wellbeing, she was just trying to help. Same story here with Nidoran, she wanted to help. Is it going to be the case in every battle ahead?

She thanks Konami for the advice, somewhat reluctantly...and then she asks her if she encountered the Trainer who defeated all the others here in Rollins Forest. Konami says there hasn't been any other Trainer except for Janice now. She confirms that she is the one who defeated all those Trainers, which shouldn't be a surprise because not only were they at a disadvantage in terms of the Pokemon type they specialise in (being Bug Catchers) but they were lower in Level than her. So Konami just swept through them and waited in this clearing for Murkrow to return with the Gym Badges. She didn't force those Trainers to battle her, they challenged her and Konami gladly accepted. While she admires them for taking the initiative, she imagines that most of them regret having challenged her. But it was a fair lesson learned. They can try again next time. Or, Konami wonders, is Janice here to avenge them?

Janice is just here to get the Badges back. She sends out Krabby, as Konami withdraws Houndour. At this level Houndour doesn't know any other good move besides Ember, so no chance against Krabby. She turns to Murkrow, who has been perched in a tree and watching the battle. It flies down and enters the match, but its sharp eyes aren't looking at Krabby. They're set on Pidgey. Konami notices, she likes this. Murkrow already has an opponent in mind. So how about a battle of the flyers? Pidgey assures Janice that it has rested enough and can take on Murkrow. Krabby wouldn't have minded facing Murkrow since Houndour has left the battle field, but it sees that this fight is for its friend Pidgey. Janice withdraws Krabby. The birds take to the air and their battle begins.

Murkrow is the bigger bird and is much faster than Pidgey. Even though its best move in this battle is Peck (Astonish is ineffective), because it lands before Pidgey gets a turn and because Murkrow is stronger, the move does decent damage. This forces Pidgey to fight back harder with Tackle and Gust, surprising Murkrow. Janice says to Konami that if they had battled yesterday, Murkrow could've won, but not today. Pidgey learned a new move and that has put it ahead of Murkrow. One last Gust attack sends the Darkness Pokemon out of the air and into the arms of an annoyed Konami. Janice asks her if Houndour is the only other Pokemon she has left to send out. There's no problem if that's the case because Pidgey is ready for it and Krabby is on standby--

There's the sound of someone shouting from the direction Janice used to get here. She knows who that is - Gina. She is getting closer and she isn't alone. Konami returns Murkrow into its PokeBall and prepares to leave, not wanting things to get any worse for her. The battle she wanted to have here has been spoiled. Her fun little plan has been spoiled. Her mood has been spoiled. She walks away, certain that Janice has not seen the last of her nor has she heard the last of Ace Team. The 2 Gym Badges have been left behind where Konami stood moments ago.

Gina and a couple of Gym Trainers enter the clearing as Janice picks up the Badges. Gina is relieved to see she is alright and Pidgey has been found. Janice gives Gina her Green Badge, apologising for not waiting for her. When Gym Trainers ask if Janice caught the Murkrow and its Trainer, she doesn't tell them that the Trainer was Konami...but she confirms that she confronted the Trainer and that they fled. She decides to keep the real story to herself until she and Gina are alone so she can tell her.

End of Chapter 05 Part 2 - Seeing the Elite.

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Chapter 06 Part 1 - New Moves & Clear Wings
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Janice, Gina and the Gym Trainers make their way back to the Gym. Before leaving the forest, Janice meets up with the Bug Catcher girl, who is happy to see that Pidgey was found. She introduces herself as Mary and hopes Janice will come back for a match some time.

Back at the Gym, with the Green Badges returned and everyone okay, Harris continues from where he left off: from one of his overall pockets he brings out a shiny orange rock and hands it to Gina. She beams with surprise when she recognises it - a Sun Stone. Harris remembers Gina from yesterday, when she was watching her friends challenge him. He is aware that one of her Pokemon is a Sunkern, so consider the Sun Stone as a gift for earning his Badge today. Gina releases Sunkern from its PokeBall and places the Sun Stone next to it. The Seed Pokemon looks up at its Trainer, wondering what's going on. Then it looks at the strange stone, with only a moment to be curious, before Sunkern starts glowing and is enveloped by a bright white light. Gina watches as its body transforms, from a little seed into the fully grown flower that takes delight in the afternoon sun. Sunflora, the Sun Pokemon, recognises its friend Gina and can't hide its joy and gratitude. Mudkip, Miltank and Zigzagoon gather round to see their teammate's new form. Welcome to the family. It is a special moment for Janice as well, seeing a live Pokemon evolution happen. Until now she had only seen evolutions occur in videos and had read about them back in school. She thinks of her own team, trying to imagine what it will be like when their time comes. Changing forms and becoming new Pokemon, stronger than before. She looks at her friend Pidgey, who has gone over to see Sunflora. A small bird now but Janice hopes to see it grow into a majestic bird someday.

The girls leave Ferris Park. With the second half of the afternoon still present, they decide to spend it exploring the rest of Graham City.

They visit the Pokemon Research Society and go on a little tour around the place, finding out what the team here study - the Pokemon that inhabit Rollins Forest and the areas to the south. Occasionally the team works with Harris and his Gym Trainers, offering information about Grass-types. Other times they receive research material from Bug Catchers who spend most of their time in the forest. Best of both worlds really so the team here is doing well.

The Move Tutor is an old lady named Lola who has lived in Graham City all her life. Even though her Trainer days are long gone now, she is always happy to have Trainers visiting her, even if it is just for a chat. Talk to her long enough and maybe she'll talk about being one of the Pokemon Research Society's oldest members, because of her vast knowledge of Pokemon moves. It's almost a lifetime's worth of work but whenever she gets the time to look back, she believes it was all worth it. When the girls arrive, Lola recognises Gina. She was here yesterday with her friends who had just won their Green Badges. Here she is again, with another friend and hopefully some good news. For the benefit of the new girl, Lola introduces herself and explains how she goes about being a Move Tutor: she will teach Trainers' Pokemon moves that they may not learn on their own as they grow. Back in the old days she was like many of her fellow Move Tutors who only taught moves in exchange for those rare and precious Items called Heart Scales, but now she is glad to teach moves if a Trainer has earned a Gym Badge. Gina and Janice show the woman their Badges. Lola approves and she asks the girls to follow her out to her big backyard.

Living away from the city center has afforded her plenty of space. Once there, the girls release their Pokemon and get their PokeDexes. Lola has her own PokeDex, an older version but one that has been modified for her work. She syncs it with the other two wirelessly, allowing hers to send information about moves that each Pokemon can be taught. For now they will get to learn one move and with each new Gym Badge the girls earn, their Pokemon can come back to learn another move. This process is just like teaching a Pokemon a move by means of a TM, the difference this time being that on her PokeDex screen Janice sees the little icon for her Pokemon and below it are the moves they can be taught for now. Just one or two moves are listed, while the rest are labelled as "Locked". Janice looks at the 2 moves available for Pidgey:

Mud-Slap
Swift

Mud-Slap, being a Ground-type move, would give Pidgey an advantage over powerful types like Electric and lower its opponents' accuracy, but Swift is a move that will never miss its target and is stronger. Comes in handy against multiple opponents too. Janice hopes Pidgey will like it. She selects the move and eventually all her other Pokemon have new moves chosen. Gina is done with her selections. Lola's PokeDex confirms the moves and she starts the process. All the Pokemon start glowing as they receive their moves. It doesn't take more than a minute. Janice and Gina's devices light up with the new information:

Pidgey has learned a new move: Swift!
Chikorita has learned a new move: Vine Whip!
Krabby has learned a new move: Icy Wind!
Nidoran (M) has learned a new move: Mud-Slap!
Nidoran (F) has learned a new move: Body Slam!

Swift (Normal-type move)
Category - Special
- Star-shaped rays are shot at the opposing Pokémon. This attack never misses.

Vine Whip (Grass-type move)
Category - Physical
- The target is struck with slender, whiplike vines to inflict damage.

Icy Wind (Ice-type move)
Category - Special
- The user attacks with a gust of chilled air. This also lowers the opposing Pokémon's Speed.

Mud-Slap (Ground-type move)
Category - Special
- The user hurls mud in the target's face to inflict damage and lower its accuracy.

Body Slam (Normal-type move)
Category - Physical
- The user drops onto the target with its full body weight. This may also leave the target with paralysis.

Lola congratulates the girls and their teams. She tells them that the backyard is big enough for them to use for a couple of hours. Let the Pokemon try out their new moves. Sounds good for everyone. They make the most of the remaining daytime hours, with the Pokemon competing in friendly matches as Janice and Gina watch on. Janice considers talking to Gina now about Konami, but she changes her mind. There will be time later. For now they should enjoy this. They've got their first Gym Badges and their Pokemon have levelled up (one of them even evolved) and learned new moves. Nice way to end their day.

After the crew is done, they thank Lola. She hopes the moves will serve them well. Whenever they have the chance to come back, they should stop by. It is early evening now and the girls have to find a place where they'll spend the night. That place is the Graham City Apartments building complex, located outside of the city center. There are rooms available that people can rent out, whether they are residents or non-residents. The girls settle into a big room on an upper floor, with a good view of the city. They go out to get some food and have a good dinner out on the balcony later. This is when Janice brings up Konami and tells Gina what she chose not to tell the Gym Trainers. While it was silly that Konami had her Murkrow steal their Badges, the girls don't believe that this Ace Team group is dangerous, even if it comes off like a bunch of elitist Trainers. They agree to watch out for more Ace Team Trainers and let their friends know.

The next morning, the girls pack up and leave town. When they return to Rollins Forest, they find that it is a little busier than it was yesterday. More people are there, mostly out for a morning walk. Janice thinks maybe people prefer being here early over coming out here in the afternoon. She spots Bug Catcher Mary and they go over to talk to her. She is glad Janice came back and says that all the Trainers here have healed up their Pokemon and are ready for any challengers. This is important for Janice and Gina to know because in order for them to leave Rollins Forest, they'll have to defeat the strongest Trainer, Violet. She is found near the northern exit of the forest. Mary also adds one last bit: Violet is at Level 15.

The girls use the same strategy from the Gym, they split up and explore the forest. The Trainers they find range between Level 10 and 13. There are also wild Pokemon, so the girls take their time since they have plenty to work with. Most of the Trainers are Bug Catchers, and then the rest are made up of employees from the Pokemon Research Society and regulars who come out here almost daily. When Janice and her team reach Level 13, the PokeDex pings:

Pidgey has learned a new move: Quick Attack!

Quick Attack (Normal-type move)
Category - Physical
- The user lunges at the target at a speed that makes it almost invisible. This move always goes first.

Pidgey likes this, having a move that will give it a boost in speed against tough opponents that rely on their speed.

When the team reach Level 14, they face Mary and her Pokemon. Janice will have to get through her to reach Violet. It will be a 2 vs 2 Pokemon match.

>>TRAINER BATTLE<<
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Pokemon Trainer Janice (Level 14) vs Bug Catcher Mary (Level 14)

Janice starts off with Pidgey, who squares up against Mary's Yanma. It is a surprise for the two Trainers when they both call for the same move - Quick Attack. Against another Pokemon, Pidgey would've struck first, but Yanma is faster. Yanma learns Quick Attack at Level 6, which has given it more time to master the move than Pidgey. There's also Yanma's Ability, which goes hand in hand with a move like Quick Attack. Janice's PokeDex pings when the Ability is triggered:

Ability: Speed Boost
- Gains 50% more speed per turn.

The Clear Wing Pokemon has begun darting around midair a little faster than before, its wings a little blurrier than before. This is just after the first turn, Janice observes, they have to beat Yanma before it reaches maximum speed. Yanma moves first, using Double Team. It surrounds Pidgey with several afterimages as it flies about, its evasiveness raised. Pidgey uses Gust, which blows away the copies but misses the original. Speed Boost works again, bringing Yanma up to a speed 100% faster. Janice sees that trying to match Yanma with speed will not help. Not with that Ability and a move like Double Team. This takes moves like Tackle and Quick Attack off the table. Gust has become a gamble. So she turns to the new move Pidgey learned yesterday, Swift. The 3rd turn begins, Yanma uses Double Team. More copies of itself appear, making it look like Pidgey is facing a swarm of Yanma. Janice calls for Swift and Pidgey flaps its wings as if using Gust. No swirling air is created this time, instead it is several rays of light that appear, shaped like little golden stars. Pidgey sends them off, watching as they tear through the dragonfly doubles and find the real Yanma. Mary's plan falls apart, because she didn't expect Pidgey to know a move like Swift. She was aiming to build up Yanma's speed and evasiveness to maximum and then cut down Pidgey and whichever Pokemon Janice will send out next, because at that point Yanma would be pretty much untouchable. The 3rd turn ends and Yanma is 150% faster. But speed is all it has left and it is not enough, because Pidgey has the right counter move. Mary switches from Double Team back to Quick Attack, but Pidgey beats Yanma before the start of the 5th turn, where Yanma would've reached maximum speed.

Mary sends out her last Pokemon, Heracross. Fully healed up and ready to fight. Not the same condition for Pidgey after battling Yanma. Its Gust attack would've knocked out Heracross in one or two hits had they fought each other first, but this time the attack is only strong enough to push the Pokemon's health just under the halfway point. Super Effective since Heracross is a Bug and Fighting-type. It knows Tackle but it responds with a stronger move that defeats the weakened Pidgey - Horn Attack. Janice has a PokeBall ready and sends Pidgey into it, where it can rest up. Her final Pokemon is Nidoran (M), while Mary heals Heracross with a Potion. The match continues. It is a battle of physical attacks, and Heracross has the power. Unfortunately that won't work against Nidoran who has Peck and also an Ability that is not in favour of physical contact. Heracross is poisoned after landing a couple of Horn Attacks. Nidoran lands a couple of Peck attacks and only one more puts Heracross out of its misery. The match ends.

Mary thanks Janice for coming back and battling her, she enjoyed it. They are joined by Gina soon after, looking pleased with herself because she has defeated the remaining Trainers. Now it is time to meet Violet.

End of Chapter 06 Part 1 - New Moves & Clear Wings.

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Chapter 06 Part 2 - Expert Violet
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Mary leads the girls beyond the clearing at the center of the forest. Janice just has enough time to have one more look around, remembering the battle against Konami from yesterday. The first of many more to come? They reach the northern end of Rollins Forest, where the trees are more spaced apart and the area outside can be seen: Route 3, an open road stretching on ahead. Flanking it are wide fields of grass and wild flowers. All under a blue sky.

Violet is a woman in her mid-20s, currently working as a field researcher for the Graham City branch of the Pokemon Research Society. As a Trainer she would be identified as a Bug Catcher, but if asked to identify herself she is likely to say she is an Expert Bug Catcher, her idea of an experienced Bug Catcher. She has been an avid fan of Bug-type Pokemon since she was very little, fascinated by how quickly they grow from seemingly docile creatures into powerful ones, full of colour and life. This made her popular with many of the boys in school, they would spend many afternoons here in Rollins Forest just observing Bug Pokemon. Over time Violet got some of the girls to come along and join them and a couple of generations after Violet, girls like Mary have followed in her footsteps.

When Mary introduces Janice and Gina to her, Violet expresses how impressed she is by the girls taking the time to prepare themselves for her. Since they're both headed out of the forest, Violet tells them that she will face them each in singles matches. She has 4 Pokemon, 2 for each match. Which means only 2 Pokemon that the girls can use too. They must decide between them who will fight first. If they win, they are free to go on...if they lose, they'll have to try again until they beat Violet. Gina tells Janice that she will face Violet first. Janice has Pidgey, so she should go second. Save the best for last. No problem for Janice. Mary decides to stay and watch, curious to see how Janice's friend will do.

>>TRAINER BATTLE<<
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Pokemon Trainer Gina (Level 14) vs Expert Bug Catcher Violet (Level 15)

From the first of 4 Net Balls that Violet has, a Butterfree appears. Facing it is Gina's Mudkip. Her PokeDex chimes in with a little note about Butterfree's Ability which has gone into effect:

Ability: Compound Eyes
- Raises accuracy by 30%.

As Gina takes in this note, Butterfree makes a move. Flapping its big wings to scatter a yellowish powder on Mudkip, who doesn't escape in time. Mudkip is stopped where it stands.

Stun Store (Grass-type move)
Category - Status
- A cloud of numbing powder that paralyzes the target.

Violet is happy to point out that on its own Stun Spore is a gamble, because it doesn't always meet its targets. But thanks to its Ability, Butterfree has raised the chances of the move landing. Gina calls for Tackle, Mudkip tries to take a step forward. No luck. Butterfree has another move, Confusion, a small force of telekinetic power that knocks Mudkip back. Gina calls for a different move, Water Gun. Mudkip struggles with this one, almost gives up after a few attempts, but it manages to shoot out a jet of water at Butterfree. The Butterfly Pokemon is still flying and responds with a second Confusion hit. Gina won't take another chance, she pulls out a Parlyz Heal from her Bag and sprays the medicine on Mudkip, instantly curing it. Mudkip has only been hit twice, it is still in fighting form. Stun Spore isn't the only powder attack Butterfree has, Violet reveals, she calls for Sleep Powder. Butterfree's wings scatter a bluish powder this time, Janice remembers it from the Gym battle. Used by Tangela. It caught Pidgey back then, but here Mudkip is quick enough to get out of the way. It goes for a second Water Gun. Violet has to decide now, either to try with the 3rd powder attack or do more damage with a third Confusion hit. She has an idea. Butterfree uses Confusion, which brings Mudkip's health dangerously low now. It can last one more turn. Gina is about to dig into her Bag for a Potion, when her PokeDex pings. Mudkip's Ability has been activated:

Ability: Torrent
- Boosts the power of Water-type moves by 50% when health is less than a third.

Violet watches as Mudkip uses a third Water Gun shot, stronger than the previous two and with enough force to blast Butterfree from the air. She should've tried for the 3rd powder attack and then finish Mudkip off. Butterfree returns to its Net Ball.

Violet unclips the second Net Ball from her belt and lets out the final Pokemon for this match. She tells Gina that she really liked Butterfree, so she went out of her way to find a suitable friend for it - Beautifly. Why have just one Butterfly Pokemon when you can have two? Gina has time to get that Potion and restore Mudkip's health. This doesn't bother Beautifly, who is quicker than Mudkip. It shows off the best move it can use against a Water and Ground-type opponent like Mudkip - Absorb. A large portion of the health restored by that Potion is drained from Mudkip and transferred to Beautifly. Almost half of the Mud Fish Pokemon's health remains. Super Effective. Gina takes a chance here and goes for the new move Mudkip learned yesterday, Icy Wind. From its mouth Mudkip blows a gust of cold air at Beautifly. A Super Effective attack which does just about the same amount of damage. Beautifly's speed drops as well. Gina is relieved, knowing how much of a gamble Icy Wind is. Beautifly regains some of the health it lost with a second Absorb, sending Mudkip back into the red. What to do now? Gina glances at her open Bag, considering another Potion...she looks at Mudkip, knowing that its Ability has activated now...then she looks at Beautifly, who has just the right move. Gina thinks of using Icy Wind again, but will it work a second time in a row? After going over all her options, she settles on Water Gun, given a boost by Torrent. Beautifly takes the force of the water jet, which beat Butterfree, and survives with enough health to stick around until one final attack. Beautifly gathers up some strength and knocks out Mudkip with its other move, Gust.

Gina sends Mudkip back into its PokeBall. That was a close call, Violet thinks, if Mudkip had succeeded with another Icy Wind, that could've ended this match. But she does give Gina credit for not taking that risk and instead trying with an attack that was going to land. Violet has a Potion ready for Beautifly while Gina sends out her last Pokemon, Miltank. Violet certainly wasn't expecting this, it's an interesting choice, she admits. Gina had hoped for a clean sweep with her pal Mudkip but that didn't go down as planned so here is Plan B. Just like Mudkip, Miltank also learned a new move yesterday. With its full weight, the Milk Cow Pokemon rams into Beautifly using Body Slam. Not enough to completely take down Beautifly but it has sent its health tumbling below the halfway mark. Even if Beautifly has a great move like Absorb, Gina says to Violet, how long can it continue to rely on it before Miltank beats it? They should find out. Violet sees the corner that Beautifly has been put in. It doesn't know any other moves at this Level, Gust and Absorb won't be enough against Miltank. Not in a drawn out fight. Indeed, she was not expecting this at all. Beautifly responds with Absorb, regaining health that jumps over the halfway mark. If only it knew more moves. Miltank's health still hasn't reached its halfway point yet and with one last Body Slam, it sends Beautifly out of the battle field. The match ends.

A high five from Janice as she takes Gina's place. Gina goes on to join Mary, with a high five for her too. Violet applauds Gina's performance. That made for a fine match. She turns to meet Janice, looking forward to another good battle. What surprises does she have to offer?

>>TRAINER BATTLE<<
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Pokemon Trainer Janice (Lv 14) vs Expert Bug Catcher Violet (Level 15)

Janice looks at the PokeBall that is keeping Pidgey safe. She understands that Gina wanted her to fight Violet second because of Pidgey, but she decides to let Pidgey rest. Its teammates will handle things this time. She sends out Krabby, who will be taking on Violet's 3rd Pokemon, Scyther.

Scyther acts first, landing a Quick Attack. Facing another speedy opponent, Janice notes. She checks the PokeDex:

Scyther - The Mantis Pokemon
Type: Bug/Flying
Ability: Swarm

- Its blindingly fast speed adds to the sharpness of its twin forearm scythes. The scythes can slice through thick logs in one wicked stroke.

Swarm? That's new. At least it isn't Speed Boost. Janice gets back into the battle, calling for Water Pulse. Scyther survives the blast and uses another move:

Focus Energy (Normal-type move)
Category - Status
- Increases the user's critical-hit rate.

Scyther takes a deep breath, taps into a portion of its inner energy and powers up. Krabby responds moments later with Vice Grip, looking to shake up Scyther. The damage is done. Its health has gone below the halfway mark and Swarm goes into effect:

Ability: Swarm
- Increases the power of Bug-type moves by 50% when HP is less than a third.

Violet reveals that Scyther does not learn a Bug-type move until several Levels later, so she had a good chat with a certain Move Tutor a while ago and now Scyther knows a good Bug-type move, Fury Cutter. The Mantis Pokemon slashes Krabby with one of its forearm scythes. Enough to shake up the Water-type.

Fury Cutter (Bug-type move)
Category - Physical
- This attack becomes more powerful if it hits in succession.

Despite its health now below halfway, Krabby recovers. One Fury Cutter slash was enough, it doesn't want another. It goes for Water Pulse, putting an end to Scyther's time in this match. Violet returns her Pokemon back into its Net Ball, a little disappointed because it didn't a chance to show the full strength of the move. So she moves on to Plan B. Her fourth and final Pokemon is a Nincada.

Janice sees that Krabby can still fight, so she goes ahead and calls for a new move, Icy Wind. It's a gamble but she wants to see if Krabby has gotten the hang of it, especially against an opponent like Nincada who is part Ground-type. Krabby blows out the cold wave of air, aimed at Nincada, but it misses the target. Nincada makes its first move, surprising Janice and Krabby when it uses Fury Cutter. Another slash against Krabby, bringing its health into the red zone. Violet explains that Nincada does not learn Fury Cutter on its own, but its evolved form Ninjask does at Level 20 right after evolution. So she had another good chat with that Move Tutor at some point. As Janice figures out what to do next, her PokeDex pings - an Ability has been activated: Nincada has Compound Eyes, which comes in handy for a move like Fury Cutter. Janice restores Krabby's health with a Potion. They can go with Water Pulse to beat Nincada from the next turn onwards. But Violet and the Trainee Pokemon have other plans, a second Fury Cutter strike lands and this one stings. Krabby's health falls back to the halfway mark. Unless she switches to her final Pokemon, Janice will lose Krabby to that third slash. She instinctively puts a hand on Pidgey's PokeBall, but she reminds herself that Pidgey should be resting. Violet notices, wondering if Janice is looking to switch. She encourages Janice to switch, it's fine, because the result will be the same - the Pokemon that takes Krabby's place will receive a Fury Cutter slash that has become three times as powerful. Might survive the hit, might not survive the hit. Janice's hand moves away from Pidgey's PokeBall to another PokeBall. This will be a major gamble, but she is willing to try it out.

She switches out Krabby for her final Pokemon, Chikorita. Violet is speechless, her silence is broken by Gina's exclamation of shock. She thought Janice was "saving the best for last", isn't that the plan? Isn't that why Gina went first? Janice tells Gina that "the best" is resting, so she is going with another plan. Mary wants to see what this plan is, even though she is as stunned as Gina. Violet has no problem with Janice taking chances but this is a little crazy. Nincada has a Bug-type move that grows stronger when used again and again, and now it is facing a Grass-type opponent. Only one Fury Cutter slash will be enough...

...but that would be the case if Nincada was faster than Chikorita and was attacking first. Instead, Chikorita starts this turn and Janice calls for a move it learned yesterday after the Gym Battle - Reflect. A transparent rectangular wall of light stretches out vertically in front of Chikorita and floats just above the ground. Chikorita touches it, amazed by its sudden appeareance. It feels as smooth as cool glass. Violet's eyes widen in disbelief. So this is why the girl chose Chikorita, she realises. But she won't let this discourage her, Violet turns back to Nincada and calls for Fury Cutter. The move will still take care of the Leaf Pokemon, it has to be strong enough. Nincada lunges at Chikorita, slashing once, then twice and then a third time. The wall absorbs half the power of the attack and then Chikorita is dealt the other half, which brings its health way below the midway mark, almost into the critical red. Super Effective. Violet stops herself from screaming in disapproval. Chikorita's health is restored by a Potion. This doesn't matter to Violet, she is ready for the strongest Fury Cutter. Four times stronger. Nincada hears the call for it and delivers, slashing once, twice, thrice and finally a fourth time. The wall does its job and absorbs half the damage. Chikorita barely survives. Before Violet protests, Janice switches out Chikorita and brings back Krabby, whose health is still at the halfway mark. She didn't want to sacrifice Chikorita, not when it may have just turned the match around in their favour.

Mary is a little confused, she asks Gina why Janice has switched back to Krabby. Why not continue with Chikorita? Gina didn't understand why Janice brought out Chikorita in the first place, but after seeing what went on during its brief time in this match, she gets it now. She answers Mary, as Janice gives her response to the same question asked by Violet. Janice did not want to waste a turn by healing Chikorita with a second Potion, so she switched Krabby back into battle to keep the turn, thus maintaining the number of turns remaining for Reflect before it disappears - 3. Out of a total of 5. And since Nincada has just used Fury Cutter at its peak, the move has been reset to its initial attack power, which will still do half the damage to Krabby, thanks to Reflect. Same for any other physical attack Nincada may try if it won't go with Fury Cutter again. Mary now gets it. Violet gets it as well and the more she analyses the present situation, the more frustrated she feels. She is battling alongside her final Pokemon while her opponent still has both of hers, even with their health levels low. Nincada doesn't know any Special category moves at this Level, nothing to work against Reflect. Violet calms down and shakes her head, she can't help but smile. She certainly was not expecting any of this. Just like in the match against Gina. More surprises. Well played.

Krabby uses Water Pulse, dealing the first amount of damage Nincada has received since it entered the match. The attack is Super Effective and brings its health to the halfway mark. Nincada uses Scratch, one more slash for Krabby to take in this battle. A tiny, harmless slash. Just to remind it of what could've happened if Krabby hadn't been switched out. Another Water Pulse puts Nincada out of action and ends the match. Gina hurries over to celebrate with Janice, relieved that her friend's last minute plan worked out. They have done it, they defeated Expert Bug Catcher Violet.

Violet accepts her loss and grants the girls free passage out of Rollins Forest. They worked well with their Pokemon and can move on to bigger and better challenges. Whenever they're in the area, Violet will take them on again with a stronger team for sure. The girls say goodbye to Mary, promising to stay in touch after they've exchanged phone numbers. A new friend has been made for each of them. Out of the forest they go.

ROUTE 3 (Open Fields Road)
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Gina can't believe the time they spent in Rollins Forest, it is almost noon now as she looks around at the new route. No more trees, just wide fields, a stretching road and a sunny sky. Janice thinks the time they spent was worth it, they got to battle Trainers, explore a forest and make a new friend-- she is stopped by hers and Gina's PokeDexes going off. There's an update...for both of them? The girls check the devices at the same time: it is a message announcing that the girls and their Pokemon have levelled up from Level 14 to Level 15! Nice way to kick things off now that they are about to carry on to their next destination. But soon enough, it is time for the two friends to split up again. Gina says she will go on ahead, so that Janice can catch up on some training. According to the PokeNav Map, the next place is called Debbie Town. It is a small town not too far from here that sits between Route 3 and Route 4. Janice assures Gina that she'll make it to Debbie Town before the day is over, no worries. She thanks Gina for waiting for her in Graham City, she doubts her time there would've been as eventful as it turned out. It was a fun time overall, even with Konami's shenanigans. Gina won't forget about Ace Team, she'll be sure to look out for them and warn Rose, Ryan and Kelvin. The girls hug, say their goodbyes and Janice watches as Gina walks away along that road headed north. She hopes all the best for her. After some time, she checks the PokeDex for any more information that came with the news of the level up. A couple of Pokemon have learned new moves:

Chikorita has learned Poison Powder!

Poison Powder (Poison-type move)
Category - Status
- The user scatters a cloud of poisonous dust on the target. This may also poison the target.

Janice smiles as she thinks of Chikorita, who is resting inside its PokeBall. She's happy it learned a new move after helping them against Violet. Speaking of PokeBalls, Janice gets Pidgey's PokeBall and releases the bird. Pidgey takes to the air and stretches its wings, looking fresh and well rested. It didn't mind being in the PokeBall, it was rather comfy in there, but now it is back outside with its good friend and ready to go. Then there's the other Pokemon that learned a new move. Janice chuckles a little when she reads the update. It's about time.

Magikarp has learned Tackle!

She releases the Fish Pokemon from its PokeBall, at first expecting Magikarp to jump out of the ball, land on its side on the ground and start flopping about like it has just been pulled out of water. That would've been the case if she had let Magikarp out before. This time though, Magikarp jumps out of its PokeBall and gingerly moves through the air, almost like it is learning to "swim" in the air. It finally sees its Trainer and one of its teammates and there is a sense of joy from Magikarp, now knowing that it won't be "backseat training" any longer. It has a decent move and it can join its teammates in training...and perhaps in battle.

End of Chapter 06 Part 2 - Expert Violet.

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Chapter 07 - The Teleporter
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Magikarp - The Fish Pokemon
Type: Water
Ability: Swift Swim
Known Moves: Splash, Tackle

- Its swimming muscles are weak, so it is easily washed away by currents. It is virtually worthless in terms of both power & speed.

PokeDex entry aside, it is good to have Magikarp active. Janice and her team certainly think so. The one team member who has the most hopes and expectations is Krabby, the only other Water-type in the group. It understands that Magikarp on its own won't really get far but if it is willing to keep up with its Pokemon friends, Krabby believes that Magikarp will be alright.

Just past noon, Janice makes it halfway along Route 3 and goes off road to enter the field on the right side. She has her eyes on the tall grass and thinks this will be a nice spot to train her Pokemon. A chance to see which wild Pokemon are found around here. Chikorita, the Nidoran pair, Krabby and Magikarp are let out of their PokeBalls and they venture into the grass with Janice right behind to watch over them. They don't wait for very long before they are met by the other Pokemon, curious to find strangers wandering through their home area. How strong are these strangers? The wild Pokemon and the trained squad begin their battles.

Growlithe, Meowth, Hoppip, Drowzee and Roselia are the Pokemon they encounter. This is just something Janice wants to try out now that she has more active Pokemon to train. She has her hands full keeping up with the action, switching her gaze between the battles. It is while Janice has her attention on the other battles that Magikarp finds another wild Pokemon, which didn't appear with the others. This one is a sleeping Abra, curled up into a ball and floating inches above the ground, hidden by the high grass. Determined, Magikarp swims through the grass and aims to hit Abra with a Tackle attack. Magikarp reaches the spot where Abra is...and misses. Abra, still asleep, sensed the approaching attack and got out of the way in time. It has used Teleport and now floats above the tall grass, where it can be seen by Janice close by. She was about to call for Magikarp, having noticed that the Pokemon had moved away from its teammates.

Abra - The Psi Pokemon
Type: Psychic
Ability: Inner Focus

- A Pokemon that sleeps 18 hours a day. It uses a variety of extrasensory powers even while asleep. Observation revealed that it uses Teleport to change its location once every hour.

This is quite the find. Janice is still reading her PokeDex when Magikarp jumps out of the grass in another attempt to Tackle Abra. Again it misses, as Abra vanishes before the move lands. It reappears elsewhere, still close. Janice didn't even know Abra can be found here until now and after reading the PokeDex information, she is considering catching this one. Before it uses Teleport to reappear far away from here. She calls her other Pokemon, ending their fights with the wild Pokemon, and sends them over to help Magikarp take on Abra. The six Pokemon surround Abra and altogether they miss when they charge in on it. They try again as one unit but they get the same result. So they split up and go after Abra individually, one Pokemon after the other. They still can't touch Abra, who has only stirred to change its sleeping position. It dodges and weaves around the Pokemon team, avoiding every attack they go for with ease.

Janice is slowly getting frustrated as she watches her friends fail again and again. It's only been a few minutes but she can see that they are growing tired. At this point it is starting to feel like Abra is toying with them, because it hasn't completely vanished from this field. It is still here, giving its foes quite the work out. Janice calls back the Pokemon and returns them to their PokeBalls, except for Pidgey who flies to her side and rests on a shoulder. Abra remains suspended above the grass ahead, its back turned in Janice's direction. She takes a moment to come up with a new plan. So far what she can confirm is that Abra only knows one move, Teleport. But it is because of that one move that none of her Pokemon can make contact with it. None of them have a counter move. How do they deal with Teleport? Janice finds the answer among the wild Pokemon - Drowzee.

Drowzee - The Hypnosis Pokemon
Type: Psychic
Ability: Insomnia

- It remembers every dream it eats. It rarely eats the dreams of adults because children's are much tastier.

Creepy PokeDex entry aside, Drowzee is the Pokemon that can help. Janice has scrolled down on the PokeDex touchscreen to view the moves currently known. She discovers that this section can only be viewed for Pokemon she has caught or other Pokemon that are of equal Level to or lower than hers. This explains why Janice couldn't view the moves known by Scyther during the match against Violet, because Scyther was at a higher Level. These are the moves Drowzee knows at its current Level, 13:

Pound
Hypnosis
Disable
Confusion

While Drowzee may be known for putting its foes to sleep, it is another Move that Janice wants to make use of:

Disable (Normal-type move)
Category - Status
- For four turns, this move prevents the target from using the move it last used.

Janice catches Drowzee after it takes a few hits from Pidgey in a brief fight, not wanting to knock it out. Then they return to the spot of grass where Abra is floating. Time to see if the little plan will work. Janice sends out Drowzee and has Pidgey team up with it. The two Pokemon get close enough to Abra, Drowzee on one side and Pidgey on the other. The Psi Pokemon doesn't react. Seconds later Janice calls for Quick Attack from Pidgey. Abra is ready and goes for Teleport as anticipated, but then it also hears the call for Disable. Abra doesn't vanish as it has been doing all this time. The small Pokemon wakes up, realising that something has gone wrong and before it can figure out what to do next it is struck down by the fast flying Tiny Bird. Janice is ready with a PokeBall and she throws it at Abra, catching it before Abra's body falls into the tall grass. Janice goes over to pick up the PokeBall, which is shaking rapidly. Abra has woken up and is clearly startled by its new environment. Unable to use its signature move and after accepting this strange new place that it finds itself in, Abra stops its struggling and goes back to sleep inside the PokeBall. At least this time it won't be disturbed.

Janice gives a little cheer at having caught another Pokemon and added a new member to her growing team. She thanks Drowzee for the help and lets it go back into the grass. Now that Abra is part of the team, it levels up from Level 14 to 15. Not too bad, but until Abra evolves and learns new moves, Janice decides to put it on "backseat training" duty. She is relieved to find out from the PokeDex that they won't have to wait too long before evolution.

While Janice and the other Pokemon welcome Abra, something else goes on in a field not too far north from there: A boy, only a few years younger than Janice, has also just caught a Pokemon. His very first Pokemon, a Growlithe. The boy is delighted, happy to have made a new friend and take a step on the road of a Pokemon Trainer. The feeling is mutual, Growlithe can sense that it will be in good hands. It already likes this boy and will do its very best to keep him safe. The two of them are soon joined by a trio of older boys, who don't look familiar to the younger one. They must be from outside town. The leader of the trio speaks to the boy, asking if he would like to compete in his very first battle alongside that Growlithe which he just caught. The leader will let the boy choose an opponent from the trio and if the boy wins, he can join their group. The boy is intrigued by this, but he tells the boys that he doesn't know who they are so he doesn't think it'll be a good idea to join them. The leader apologises for not introducing themselves, he doesn't want the boy to take them as strangers because they are not strangers. The trio are Ace Team Trainers and the boy immediately lights up when he hears this. He knows about Ace Team, having seen their cool and flashy commercials on TV and heard about how they travel around helping Trainers improve their skills. Now here he is, talking to Ace Team Trainers who would like to make him a member of the group if he can win a battle against any one of them. This is awesome. Seeing that the boy recognises Ace Team, the leader asks him again if he is interested in that battle. And to make things fair, the boy's chosen opponent will also face him with one Pokemon. All he has to do is win and he becomes an Ace Team Trainer, simple as that.

The boy lets his admiration for Ace Team take over and he agrees to fight. Feeling mighty confident he chooses to face the leader, who accepts. He hands his PokeDex to the boy so that he can view the moves which Growlithe knows at its current Level.

The match doesn't last very long. The boy and his pal Growlithe are defeated before they get the chance to shine. The leader is disappointed. He had hoped the boy was going to show him that he is ready to join Ace Team, but it looks like he is not ready. One of the other Ace Team Trainers snatches the PokeBall containing Growlithe away from the boy and gives it to the leader, while the other Ace Team Trainers retrieves the PokeDex. The boy protests, demanding that they give back Growlithe. The leader tells him that he can have Growlithe back when he defeats him in battle. Until then, the leader will keep Growlithe. Maybe even make it a part of his own Pokemon team since Growlithe is such a cool Pokemon. The boy doesn't want this and he tries to take the PokeBall, but he is outnumbered. The older boys push him down and run off, pleased with themselves. Visibly upset and close to tears, the boy gets up and chases after them. All four boys are running north, heading out of Route 3 and into Debbie Town. Janice and her team will be stepping into that town soon.

End of Chapter 07 - The Teleporter.

Next Chapter: The Face of Ace.
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