PokéCommunity Supporter Crystal Tier
Also Known As Pink Goddess, Naku
Discord Nickname Nakuzami
PokéCommunity Supporter Crystal Tier
Also Known As Luci
Recently Revived Zombie
PokéCommunity Supporter Platinum Tier
Also Known As Shawn
Discord Nickname Super High School Level Dragon
lover of milotics
A purrrr-fect meeting!
"I've been taken somewhere without light... the only thing that gives me hope... is someday, my prince will come. Ohh I wonder what they will look like.. will they be wearing a hat? Will they shine like a newborn Solrock? Mr. Flower? Oh, Mr. Flower, do you know what my prince will look like? You wouldn't know, wouldn't you... hehe."
The wind whistled through the young woman's hair, her eyes twinkled, as if they were reflections of mirrors. All she could think about was her wonderful paradise. Of course, the only audience to her was her Bulbasaur, sitting in front of her, giving her a blank stare.
"Hmm, I'm not really much of a poet after all, am I?" the young woman said, crumpling up the written piece of paper she had. "Like this paper, it looks like my career is just as crumpled, wouldn't you say?" Her Bulbasaur didn't respond, as she stood up from the nearby tree she leaned against upon. The town she was in quiet, yet like a pallet, it was pure, and rich of life. The flowers bloomed, and the pidoves flew along with their flock.
The young girl, Kohana Mitsuki, was a 18-year old beginning trainer who recieved her very first pokemon not too long ago. Her Bulbasaur was attractive to her, as it resembled the symbol of life, the pure color green. Eyes as red as a crimson blase, she once described her bulbasaur. The symbol of the embargo of fire. My Bulbasaur beared this mark. The sitgma of strength.
"All I ask for is your strength," Kohana said to the young creature, remembering her description of it. "So we can reach our dreams, unlike a soar bulb, hehe!" Her Bulbasaur ignored the small joke and cried in agreement. It was a small and shy little creature, but deep-down, it resonated with Kohana easily. Like two peas in a Metapod, Kohana would say.
"Hm, what was the Route called? 19?" Kohana pondered to herself. "I just hope that 19 is our lucky number. Wouldn't say, Bulbasaur?" The young pokemon cried in agreement. "Then let's reach our dreams, blazing like a Charmander's tail! Or in your case... er, the bulbiest... saur?"
The young pokemon grunted as it leaped ahead of Kohana, leaving Kohana to chase after it, towards the new Route.
Elsewhere on the route, Tamber rubbed the back of her head in defeat with a sigh. "This really isn't working out too well for us, Sage." The Snivy glanced over at her trainer, a look of rejection quickly taking over her face. Tamber's eyes widened at the sight of this, quickly kneeling down to her side and petting her small head gently. "No, no... It's not your fault! I think that maybe... we're just trying a bit too hard."
It had been their third failed attempt at catching a wild Pokémon. So far, the duo had tried to catch two Starly, both of which managed to escape. Then they tried to take on and catch a wild Poliwag, but Sage ended up fainting the tadpole... which caused it to fall into the nearby river... which caused it to avoid a capture as well. They were just starting out and Tamber did not expect perfection by any means, but she did notice that Sage seemed to be taking it a bit harder than she was.
"L-Look... Clearly the problem is you're just too strong, Sage!" Tamber exclaimed, trying her best to reassure the Snivy and lift her spirits. "We should just try again on another route. I'm sure we'll have better luck on an area not so close to Aspertia, yeah?"
The Snivy did not look too sold on the idea yet, but she nodded in response anyways. Smiling, Tamber held out her arm to let Sage crawl back up to her shoulder. She was glad that the little snake-like Grass-type was starting to feel a bit better so quickly.
Meanwhile, Kohana, having caught up to her partner Bulbasaur, continued on through the beginning of the Route. It wasn't that long from when Kohana chose this journey from the Johto region, but so fair it's been nothing but rewarding to her. She saw pokemon she never seen before, and the people were quite pleasant. Too pleasant... Was being pleasant a weakness? That was a questionthat's been burning on her mind, ever since that fateful day.
You've shamed me for the last time! Now leave!
Kohana shook her head vigirously, trying to get that memory out of her head. It was like a dream, but it was real. It really happened. She always had to live with that afterthought in her dreams each day, and each night. She thought that this journey would be her salvation, but with no success so far. Perhaps someday.. she'll find the strength she's looking for.
Her Bulbasaur cried out to her, just a bit worried about Kohana's sad expression. Kohana looked down towards it and smiled. "I'm sorry, did I worry you?" she asked. "I'm fine.. don't worry." Her Bulbasaur continued on with her.
Soon the duo came to a clearing. They saw the many species of vegetation grow, as the pokemon around them were just living in their habitats. It is true... the Unova region hold many pokemon I only see in books, Kohana thought. There are sure to be many more strong ones along the way... oh? What's this?
She then saw what it looked like to be a small snake-like pokemon, on a shoulder of what it looked like to be another trainer in the area. She looked about Kohana's age. [i]A strange pokemon...[i] she pondered. She then jogged over towards her, with her Bulbasaur following behind. "Pardon me!" she called out, with Bulbasaur just lagging behind. "That's quite the fascinating pokemon...! Just what is it?"
Tamber turned at the sound of the voice, quickly recognizing her as one of those who received a Pokémon from Professor Juniper. She really did not recall talking to the girl before her much back at the academy, but she did not see that as a reason to be rude by any means. Sage on the other hand, seemed to take a much more cautious approach to the situation. The Snivy was quick to duck behind Tamber's shoulder, just barely peeking over to keep her eyes on the new stranger.
"Oh... Yeah, this is a Snivy I received from Professor Juniper!" Tamber explained, gesturing to the cowering Sage. "Ah... Sorry for that, she's not too good around new people. Um... You're one of the nine that got one too, right?" Tamber pointed down towards the Bulbasaur as she asked.
"Hm... the Professor... Oh yes, I remember now! Sssssnivy, the tiny sssssnake pokemon, sssslithering its way to victory, teehee-- ow!" she said a joke only to be slapped by Bulbasaur's Vine Whip. "I'm sorry, I couldn't help it!" she pleaded to her partner.
"Aha, well, do you knoooow... Bulbasaur?" Kohana asked, picking up the young grass pokemon. "Don't worry, it's bulb is not that 'saur' at all, hehehe!" Her pokemon cried softly in embarissment.
Tamber blinked slowly, not really sure of what to think of this greeting. The puns... they were a bit much to deal with, but at least the Bulbasaur seemed to be there help keep things under control in some fashion. Sage peered closer at the Bulbasaur, a small smile coming to her mouth as she waved at her familiar friend.
Tamber extended her hand towards the girl, putting a warm smile on her face in the process. "I don't really recall seeing you too often back at the school, so just in case... I'm Tamber, and this here is my partner, Sage."
"I am Kohana," she greeted back. "And well, I never really stood out, I suppose... Honestly, I was always nervous around pokemon. Like a curse. Fortunately, once I met Bulbasaur, it lifted and strength grew in my eyes. Bulbasaur and I are now on a journey together. Being with pokemon... perhaps that is the ultimate strength."
Her Bulbasaur cried in agreement. "Oh but enough about me, what about you? Are you having fun?"
Tamber nodded. "It's been pretty cool, so far. We haven't had much luck in catching anything, but... I guess there's more to being a trainer besides that, right?" As she spoke to Kohana, Sage slid down Tamber's arm and landed on the ground gently. She still kept close to her trainer, but the Snivy began to sniff around before edging just a tad closer to Kohana and Bulbasaur. "This trip is already giving me a bit of inspiration though, you know? Just the thing I needed to kickstart my brain for a good story."
"Ah, yes! A legendary story that will be shared to our children, and our children's children!" Kohana agreed, with twinkle on her eyes. "The young princess, vigilant on aquiring new pokemon, goes against a feirce dragon, who was causing trouble! And as the feel beast struck, she awakens her legendary power...!"
Her Bulbasaur kept quiet with it's head down. "Indeed, to be a trainer, we must stand up against Hydro Pumps! Stand our great against a fiere Fire Blast! Protect the kids against a strong Earthquake! Sometimes that I inspire to from reading books, in fact!"
Tamber bit her bottom lip for a moment. Kohana's excitement was so great, she did not have the heart to tell her that the story was not going to be that deep into the fantasy world. "Y-Yeah, something like that! Eventually, anyways... It's still a work in progress."
Before Tamber could carry the conversation further, the sound of running footsteps caught her ear. The author-in-making turned to see a rather flushed, distressed-looking young girl running towards her and Kohana. She stopped just short of the two teenagers, trying to catch her breath for a moment before looking up at the two of them anxiously.
"E-Excuse me!" she panted, taking just a second to wipe her brow with her forearm before continuing. "H-Have either of you two seen a Purrloin around anywhere?"
"A Purrloin?" Kohana asked the young girl. "Hm, could it be that you've got a cat-tastrophe at your hands-- ow!" She told a joke, only to be vine whipped by her Bulbasaur again. "I-I'm sorry. I haven't. I just got here, after all."
"Good thing you've got that Bulbasaur to whip you into..." Tamber began, her eyes widening at the words she started saying. "Now you've got me doing it."
The younger girl simply stood there, looking between the two teenagers. It was clear she really did not know what to think of the duo already. "Um... Th-That's okay, it wasn't that bad of a joke..."
"That's a nice way to put it, I guess..." Tamber thought, before returning her own focus to the situation at hand. "Is the Purrloin you're looking for yours? Or was it one you were trying to catch?"
"Oh, he was mine!" the younger girl answered anxiously. "M-My name is Sarah, and I've been looking all over for him. I found another trainer earlier, a girl dressed in a black, really frilly looking dress. She's trying to help me find him, but I haven't heard back from her since she started looking..."
"So you figured getting some more people involved in the search would help?" Tamber asked.
Sarah nodded in response. "I know you're probably both busy, but... I'm really worried about him! Can you help me?"
"Of course dear," Kohana quickly responded. "If my dear Bulbasaur was lost, I don't know what I would do, after all... I will help you on your folly. What say you, dear friend?" she then asked, turning to Tamber.
"I'm sure that together, we'd make the perfect team in this search! Or should I say.. the puuuurrrrfect team, teehee!"
Tamber seemed to miss Kohana's latest quip. Rather, her eyes were shining with excitement at the oppurtunity that just presented itself. A search for a missing Purrloin! A young girl coming to her for help! It was a story that was just begging to be told, an epic chapter for her future novel! She would have to be crazy to turn this chance down!"
"Yes, of course!" Tamber agreed. "Leave it to us! We'll find your Purrloin, no sweat!"
To be continued
PokéCommunity Supporter Crystal Tier
Ryker & Audrey
Unfortunately however, this moment of solitude and preparation... the moment of true beginnings that every trainer treasures was about to be ruined by another beginner who wasn't having such a dramatic and inspiring time of things. "W-Why..." A rasping gasp could be heard a few feet behind as a young man whom looked absolutely exhausted dashed out from around the corner, a small blue pokémon snickers with a wild look in its eyes as it dodges red beam after red beam while dashing forward. Ryker had been at this for at least ten minutes, the professor had informed him that his new partner would be troublesome but had he known that it was ready to sprint away upon its second ever time being released? Well, Ryker was starting to seriously regret his choice in starter.
Ryker gritted his teeth in annoyance and frustration. He had more important things to be worrying about... this little... little... water rat was just getting in the way! "Just... come 'ere damn it!" Running forward with a final burst of energy he presses down the pokéball to shoot out the red return beam, but overshoots drastically as Ryujin, his Oshawott, stops running suddenly. "E-eh?" With a quick swipe of his shell, Ryujin knocks the balance out of the still running Ryker's feet. He falls forward in a moment of anger and shame, the world seems to slow momentarily as he catches a glimpe of the small water type laughing before... Crash! He hits something surprisingly soft before hitting the expectedly hard ground with a cold, embarrassing thud. He simply lays there for a few moments, wondering where he had gone wrong in life to deserve any of this, he hadn't even realize that the initial softness to break his fall was a little less than pleased.
In her moment of contemplation, Audrey had failed to take notice of the source of the noise behind her - that is, until it promptly crashed into her. She was knocked over, instinctively putting her hands forward to break her fall. Doing so caused her to drop the Pokéball she'd been holding on the ground however, and her starter 'mon, Theo the Charmander, was released abruptly. Letting out a battle cry, the fire critter surprisedly turned around to find his trainer on hands and knees, with another human beside her. Audrey sat up on her knees, patted off her hands and angrily faced the other trainer before standing up.
''What do you think you're doing?! Watch where you're going, will you?!''
Ryker grimaced slightly at the shrill voice now shouting at him, his expression contorting against the pavement it pressed against. He heard a sadistic laughter off to the side and turned his head just enough to see his new "partner" laughing away to himself. Moving his hand with some video game combo level reflexes, from the ground he shoots a final return beam and sucks the snivelling little rodent back into its capsule. His attention returns to the voice, so demanding and irritated, yet still somewhat familiar. He responds with a slight groan before speaking in a solemn and defeated tone.
"I guess you could say it's not usually a priority for me, no..."
Rolling onto his back and glancing upwards he's surprised to see a face he actually recognises. This was one Audrey Sargent, a girl whom frequented that accursed hellhole his parents forced him to attend, trainer school. Still, he supposed that the lessons he received there would serve some purpose in the journey he would now undertake. Speaking of which, Audrey was probably off on her own journey today since they had both graduated and received a pokémon, hers, he assumed, being the still rather confused looking Charmander. Now that he thought about it, he supposed her accent did sound vaguely Kalosian... Regardless Ryker, brushed himself off gently and slowly pulled himself up from the ground with a grimace, before turning to look with confusion at this girl without a word, as if wondering why she seemed as upset as she was and why she almost seemed to be expecting more of an answer than he had provided.
Audrey patted off her knees and checked her clothing for any signs of damage the impact on the pavement may have caused, but let out a small sigh of relief as it seemed everything was in order. She glanced over at the young man as he returned his Pokémon to its capsule. He looked rather disheveled, and lazily stood up from the ground, seemingly lacking any and all motivation. Judging from his starter Pokémon - and the crappy handling of it - Audrey concluded he must also have started his journey today, but it struck her as odd that she didn't immediately recognize him as one of her fellow graduates. Unless... As she gave him another once-over, she vaguely remembered a certain fellow that seemed to fit his description. Ryker Ward, as was his name, had never particularly stood out in class, if he even attended. While some of her female classmates might have called him mysterious for this reason, Audrey never paid much attention to someone who barely even seemed interested in learning. Even now, from his response, he apparently wasn't even excited to start his journey.
''Watching your step is 'not usually a priority'? What kind of trainer are you?'' she replied, crossing her arms. Her Charmander returned to her side and faced he other trainer as well. ''And your Oshawott is already walking all over you, too. How did you even graduate?''
Ryker raised an eyebrow to this girl, whom seemed to be looking down her nose at him. He thought to himself, it makes sense. After all, most people seeing a trainer get so harrassed by their alleged "partner" would also think lesser of the person in question. Then again, this girl didn't really have to deal with a partner pokémon that seemed rather willing to inflict great pain upon their trainer... and presumably everything else if the look in its eyes was anything to go off of.
"To be honest... I'm not really sure. I barely passed most of the theory..." He frowned gently. "Practicals went well? Though, I don't think you were asking that seriously, more as an attempt to mock and belittle me, yeah?" His tone wasn't confrontational, more bored. A sort of I've dealt with this before anyway type of attitude. Without much else to care for Ryker sidestepped slowly and started to march forward passed this girl. She was just your typical pretty face teenager that made up most of the schoolyard, probably, he really didn't care for arguing when he had so much else to do. "Welp. This was nice, I was gonna apologize but I'd say you got me back well enough to make it even, yeah? See you around."
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Ryker & Audrey
Ryker let out a short, high pitched noise as the Charmander drew close, blocking his speedy and awkward exit. How unwaveringly loyal for such a new companion, now why was it that he had to get the crazy water type that liked to cut things with a shell? "W-whoa there little guy... n-no need for the hostility yeah?" Ryker took a few steps backwards when, from the trees to the Western side of the route, an even shriller cry then Ryker's own was heard. A few pidgey flew off from the tree-tops in response and Ryker blinked for a few moments, surprised by such a random event.
"Gosh darn, dagnabbit, rassle frasslin stinging!... GAH!" The boy had a thick accent, sounded like something from Driftveil city, but it was faint, like the boyish voice had been away from the city for some time. Maybe a migrant to Aspertia? Who knew? It was one of the newer cities in Unova after all, it wasn't uncommon for people from all over the region to be attracted there. Still... this guy sounded like he was having a hard time... and that sounded like the perfect excuse to get away from this, ahem, fiery situation.
"Oh hey... ehm... hahaha... that sure sounds curious huh? I'll just... I mean I should..." Ryker looked down at the Charmander in front of him and then darted his gaze to the young girl behind him with a sort of fervent desire to be anywhere else other than there. "Ehm... bye!" With a quick and awkward farewell, Ryker took an immediate left turn and darted out towards the trees wherein the voice had originated. Throwing caution to the wind as he moved more than a little bit faster than he was used to.
The voice from the trees startled Audrey and her Pokémon momentarily as well, leaving the pair distracted enough for Ryker to make his clumsy getaway. They looked at each other in surprise, but their expressions quickly changed as they reached the same conclusion. ''Hey, wait! You're not getting away that easily!'' Audrey and Theo sped after the boy, brushing away branches and jumping over bushes as they did, before reaching a small clearing, in which a young Bug Catcher stood over a small, green Pokémon on the ground, and picked it up carefully. Ryker stood awkwardly beside the boy, looking lost as to what to do and say, it seemed like this boy had lost in a pokémon battle... and badly too. Audrey immediately stopped, trying to grasp the situation, and her expression softening as she walked up to the child. She glared at Ryker for a moment, before passing him by to approach the boy, lowering herself to his height before speaking in a soft voice. ''Are you alright? What happened?''
The boy held the Caterpie to his chest and looked up. ''I... I saw a Beedrill!'' He sounded distressed, his voice about to break, and as a result started speaking so quickly the girl could barely follow. ''I saw a Beedrill! Those are super rare around here, and it looked really cool, so then I wanted to catch it, so I went after it with Caterpie... but it got angry, and started attacking us! It tried to hurt me, but Caterpie protected me with a string shot, but then it went after her instead, and... and then she got hurt... I still really want that Beedrill, but Caterpie can't beat it...''
Audrey nodded in understanding. ''Well, at the very least it's good you're alright. We should get your Pokémon back to town to heal it, though, um... what's your name?''
''Alfred...'' the boy mumbled, before turning to her fully. ''But if we go back to town now, the Beedrill will get away! Can't you catch it for me? You're strong trainers, aren't you?'' He gave both of the trainers a hopeful look. The girl was somewhat taken aback, and glanced towards Ryker for help.
Ryker took a second to think on the situation, he couldn't really be affording to waste any time... his sister was still out there and he already had too much ground to cover for his liking. If he didn't save her soon then- then... again. Ryker could hardly save anybody if he wasn't strong enough to, what if his sister was in danger? With a single bratty Oshawott that wouldn't obey him, then could he really hope to save anyone? Beedrill were supposed to be strong and quick, what if Ryker caught the Beedrill and took it for himself instead?! What a valuable addition to his team, he'd just tell the kid he couldn't catch it or that it flew away somewhere. It was sneaky and underhanded, but sometimes sacrifices had to be made, besides in the catching world it was first come first served right? Wasn't that what they taught him at trainer school?
"Hmm..." Ryker put a hand to his chin, he made it seem like he was mulling things over rather convincingly. "Well, I'm not sure I'm all that strong just yet... But sure! I'll try to help you out kiddo. Heh." Ryker smirked a little and patted the boy on his straw bug catcher approved hat. "So where did that Beedrill head off to anyway?" Alfred the bug catcher looked up with glee at Ryker and pointed to a shady looking glen in the middle of a dense patch of trees, the branches were so tightly interlocked that it almost looked like a cave. He had read about those... a hidden grotto where rare pokémon supposedly hung out? It had an ominous presence regardless and Ryker shuddered as the dark path seemed to reach out and probe him gently. "A-ahaha... are you sure the Beedrill went in THAT group of trees?" Alfred only looked up at his new "hero" and nodded resolutely, his eyes glimmering in the light of the sun, gently falling through the branches above.
Well. There was no way he was risking his life alone. No siree. He grabbed Audrey's arm and began to swiftly pull her towards the trees. She'd make a good distraction, she looked pretty, did Bee's like pretty? Wait wasn't that sweet? But they did target bright flowers and her clothes were certainly brighter than his so...
Maybe he was overthinking this.
"Welp! Let's go get this kids Beedrill, no time to waste, good samaritans, charity through pity and all that."
''Ahh! What do you think you're doing?!'' She was dragged along for a number of steps, but quickly pulled back her hand. ''How are we going to catch a Beedrill? We only have two small starter Pokémon... and yours doesn't even listen to you!'' She glanced back at the boy, who returned the Caterpie to its Pokéball, and now saw the pair off with an expectant grin. He apparently looked up to the trainers so much already, and his innocent face made it rather hard for her to go back and refuse. She bit her lip slightly, and turned back towards the grotto, too prideful to turn away from a challenge and disappoint Alfred now. Letting out a gentle sigh, she spoke quietly to make sure he wouldn't hear, before pacing forward, her Charmander following closely behind her. ''Alright, fine... Let's do this.''
Inside the grotto, two trainers were waltzing right into the lair of a rather mean spirited pokémon. A small Spinarak cowered before a large, aggressive Beedrill, the poor little bug type had been bringing this larger, more powerful pokémon scavenged berries for weeks just to avoid getting beaten up again. The Beedrils antennae twitched as it sensed two larger bodies stepping over the branches upon the thicker forests floor. Had that boy come back to fight him again after such a weak display? He'd gladly claim another victory over the young "bug catcher". Flying out into the clearing he buzzed menacingly and held his poisonous stingers outwards aggressively. However, it was not the boy from before... no, it was two larger humans, no matter, they were clearly green as grass... all trainers around those parts were. It's why Beedrill had never left the area, even after evolving from Kakuna to his current form.
The small Spinarak was climbing a web connecting the branches above the grotto, the poor thing was cowering at the thought of another confrontation... She had never liked fighting.
Ryker nearly jumped out of his skin as the Beedrill charged forward so confidently, not even attempting to hide its presence. "W-waah! Maybe this wasn't such a good idea..." He took a single step backwards, but stopped, thinking of his sister somewhere out there... How could he ever hope to save her, if he was already going to run away? Grabbing the pokéball from his satchel, he pressed the button and in a blast of white light. An aggressive little Oshawott came flying out. Ryker thought back to all of his lessons and calmed himself, he started slow... making sure to ease into the fight.
"Ryujin use ta- eh?!" Before he could even finish the command, Ryujin, eager to do some damage, leapt forward and struck the Beedrill in the chest with a full body bash. The Beedrill, surprised to see the Oshawott act so quickly as its trainer spoke, took the hit hard, but was far from out. It braced itself for more battle, looking ready to make a counter attack at any moment.
Audrey and Theo watched in suspense as the water type jumped and struck the Beedrill in mid-air. Wasting no time in helping the other Pokémon, Audrey commanded her Charmander to assist. ''Quickly, use Ember!'' Theo in turn ran in front of his trainer, and unleashed a flurry of fiery shards directly toward the large Bug-type. The super-effective move did a number on it, burning its skin effectively. It floated idly for a moment, disoriented after being attacked from multiple directions, but regained its composure quickly. Spinning its stingers in preparation for a Twineedle attack, it flew towards the Charmander at high speed. Audrey responded immediately. ''Careful Theo... Wait for it to get close, then use Tackle!''
The fire-type braced itself and jumped to counter the Beedrill's move, but didn't manage to avoid the insect stingers entirely. The Pokémon flew apart a short distance after the impact, both having taken damage, but at least there was an opening for another move now.
Ryker gritted his teeth gently, a little bit nervous... but feeling more confident after seeing the enemy get hit twice in a row. Would it be enough? Reaching into his bag and grabbing a poké-ball, Ryker dashed a few steps forward and flung it out of his hand towards the injured Beedrill, but almost anticipating this, the Beedrill aimed a glowing purple stinger skyward. Glowing purple... Was that Fell Stinger? But why towards the Sky? Ryker would soon get his answer as he heard a pained squeeling noise from up above, a small green bug type pokémon dropped from its position above, perched safely on the web... as it fell it protected the Beedrill with its falling form, the poké-ball colliding with it instead! Three quick shakes on the ground and the small green pokémon was caught tight, a successful capture, but it brought them no closer to their goal! Having knocked out the opposing pokémon with Fell Stinger, the Beedrill glared menacingly, its attack power boosted dramatically. Ryker started to sweat a little bit, what could they do? One hit from this Beedrill and they were done for. But wait, giving up was not an option now... they had to do this, he had to prove that he could do something like this. He thought of all the video games he'd played in the past... If attacking the boss head on doesn't work then... Surely you needed to expose its weak spot? Or use an environmental hazard? Looking up to a branch in the canopy above, left dangling gently after being damaged by the Fell Stinger attack, Ryker had an idea. Quickly looking to his side, he called out to Audrey.
"Is there anything you can do to keep this guy distracted for like... two seconds maximum?"
Audrey watched as Theo was blown back onto the ground, and was still waiting for it to get back onto its feet, as she heard Ryker's call. Luckily Charmander had managed to shrug off most of the attack, and seemed ready to launch another. Its trainer glanced at Ryker and gave him a reassuring nod. ''Two seconds? No problem... Theo, use Smokescreen!''
The fire type let out a battle cry before opening its mouth widely and releasing a thick, black smoke that quickly filled the area. This would at least make it difficult for the Beedrill to attack, but it clouded their vision as well, not to mention their breath. Audrey covered her mouth with her hand, trying to keep the stuff out, while replying hastily. ''Well, two seconds are about up. If you have a plan, I suggest you carry it out now!''
"Gah... Gack! This stuff can't be good for the lungs..." Ryker complained, caughing out the thick smog hastily before shaking his head gently and focussing. "Ryujin! Aim a Night slash skyward! Just like the Beedrill did!" A small, yet defiant roar could be heard from the smoke as a slashing wave of dark energy rose upwards through the smog, as anticipated, it cut a huge branch clean off one of the trees. As it fell into the smog a sudden and very disgruntled buzzing noise could be heard piercing the smoke... and as it all finally began to clear, a badly infured and barely conscious Beedrill could be seen struggling beneath the branch. Ryker didn't have the time nor desire to use ANOTHER poké-ball, so he quickly turned to Audrey and called out to her. "Now! This is the best and maybe only chance we're going to get!"
Pleasantly surprised by the clever strategy employed to pin the Beedrill down, Audrey quickly dove into her bag following Ryker's words. The nerves made her take a few seconds to grab one, but she quickly threw it at the insect with full force. Upon making contact, the ball chucked open, and the Beedrill was absorbed inside, before closing and rolling on the ground. Once, twice... three times... Before finally the relieving sound of a succesful capture resounded through the grotto. Audrey released the breath she didn't realise she'd been holding, and ran up to the Pokéball to pick it up. Soon joined by her Charmander, whom she rewarded with a thankful pat on the head, before returning it to its Pokéball. ''We actually did it!'' she exclaimed, before standing up and returning to Ryker. ''I can barely believe it. I have to say... that final move was pretty impressive.''
"Eheh... ah... well... yeah, I mean... it was nothing, really. It was just a matter of... doing that thing I did. A-anyway... you should give that to me, I'll deliver it to-" Ryker suddenly heard a gentle rustling to the right just then, looking over to the grass where the fight had just taken place, he noticed a single pokéball gently roll out of the grass. The Spinarak... if it was around here then it must have been in the Beedrill's company a lot, yet it had been so readily tossed aside as a two-bit shield. Ryker felt a tweak of pity pull on his heart strings and sighing gently, he thought about Alfred the "terrible at his job" bug catcher too.
"Like I was saying... you should go and give that to Alfred. I'll catch up yeah?"
Recovering from the initial euphoria of catching such a powerful 'mon, Audrey suddenly realised that'd come out a little too friendly. She still wasn't happy with this guy for crashing into her without even apologizing. For now though, she was in too good a mood to argue. ''S-sure. I'll go up ahead then... You might want to check up on that other Pokéball of yours.'' She began moving towards the grotto, but hesitated briefly. He did most of the work in that battle in the end, despite her Pokémon having the type advantage of the two. She glanced back, about to speak up... but decided against it at the last second. If she wasn't getting an apology, then he sure as hell wasn't getting her thanks.
Once Audrey was out of the grotto, he walked over slowly to the single sitting poké-ball. Pulling out his pokédex he scanned the little bug inside, a Spinarak... female... almost kind of cute, in a creepy way. It was badly injured, knocked out by the force of that fell stinger. He'd have to head back to the city and heal her up at the pokémon center as soon as he could, but first...
"Muffet. That'll do for you right? Like that nursery rhyme they tell kids to make 'em scared of Ariados." Attaching the pokéball to his belt. He looked gently at the grotto's main exit. Audrey was out there, she was probably remembering how he bumped into her at first... oh crap... he hadn't apologized yet had he? This girl was scary, what in the name of Arceus would she do to him once he got outta there? Grinning somewhat out of fear, he turned on his heels, returned Ryujin before the Oshawott could complain and began to slink away through the trees, new pokéball in hand... he'd, well... he'd deal with Audrey later.
Audrey exited the grotto and quickly returned to Alfred. The boy was waiting in suspense, but his face lit up visibly when he saw the girl come up to him. Practically jumping with excitement, he ran up to her and started questioning her about everything. ''How did it go?! Did you get the Beedrill? ... And where is the other guy?''
''He'll catch up in a minute. But look... this is for you.'' She replied as she proudly held out the Pokéball. Alfred's eyes sparkled at the sight, and he was about to take it from her hands, before she quickly pulled back. ''Alfred... This Beedrill is a very powerful Pokémon, okay? You're not exactly an experienced trainer yet, so you have to be really careful in handling it. Or it'll still make short work of you. I've seen it happen...'' Thinking back to Ryker being effectively beat up by a tiny Oshawott, it was even scarier a thought to imagine what this Beedrill could do to him. Alfred nodded quickly, and eagerly took the Pokéball as she held it out again.
''I'll be real careful! No problem, miss... Miss!''
''It's Audrey.'' She couldn't help but smile a little to his excitement. ''Well then... Take care.'' She turned to leave, but was quickly interrupted.
''Wait wait! I wanted to thank you properly first. You can have this!'' He dug into his shoulder bag and took out a rather large amount of money, and handed it over. Audrey almost instinctively raised her hand in refusal.
''It's not like we helped you just to be rewarded. Just---''
''No, I mean it! Take it! I was going to use it to buy Great Balls, but now that I have Beedrill, I won't use it anymore anyway!''
''I wanna give it to the mister too, so, where is he?''
''Ryker... He should be right behind me, he's probably still in the grotto.''
''Oh! Mister Ryker... I'll go give him some too then! Thanks again, Miss Audrey!''
''Yeah... Take care!'' A small wave of her hand contrasted his big, excited waving in return, as the two parted ways, and Audrey returned to the path, to resume her way to Flocessy Town.
Ryker finished handing Ryujin and Muffet's pokéballs to the Nurse working behind the counter at the Aspertia pokémon center. He'd already had to come back here after barely starting on his supposed grand quest. Was he really cut out for this?
"Hey! You're Mr. Ryker right?"
Ryker turned around at the familiar shrill voice of the young boy Alfred from earlier. Alfred approached happily, holding two pokéballs in his hands. His Caterpie and a Beedrill too it seemed. He had guessed that Audrey mentioned his name at some point... speaking of which. "Y-you...!" Ryker said with a hint of fear, quickly crouching behind the small boy's frame. "Where is she? Did you bring her with you?" Turning around slowly with a confused expression, Alfred plopped a small satchel of money into Ryker's palm. Ryker stared at it for a moment before questioning. "E-Eh?" Alfred beamed widely and responded in turn. "It's a whole 1000 Poké Mr. Ryker! I'd been saving up a bunch to buy some great balls, but now that you and Miss Audrey got me this here Beedrill, I won't be needing them none!" Alfred scratched his now a little, blushing gently. "I feel like you too deserve it all the more y'know? You and Miss Audrey really helped me out of a bind, I gotta give you something." Ryker's eyes widened a little as he put the money, stunned, into his bag. He spoke up, a little quieter than before. "H-hey kid... You don't have to-"
"I really look up to trainers like you Mr. Ryker! Going on adventures, helping people in need... if I was like you! I could do all that stuff too! So I'm gonna work hard to be strong, Beedrill, Caterpie and I are going to be able to do anything together if we work hard! Just like, Mr. Ryker and Miss. Audrey!" A call came from outside the center and Alfred turned his head suddenly, before smiling with a light wave. "That's my Ma Mr. Ryker! So I gotta go now yeah? I hope we can meet again some day! Thanks again, a whole whole bunch!" Just like that, the little boy was gone.
And all Ryker could do was stand there and wonder if he had even ever felt that feeling, the feeling of having someone look up to him. The nurses call woke him from his stupor.
"Mr. Ward, your pokémon are all healed and ready to go! Looks like they're all healthy and excited to hit the road!"
With a smile, he took the two pokéballs in hand and clipped them to his belt gently. He had made it this far... maybe, just maybe, he could make it a little farther still.