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Pokémon The Stairway to Heaven Page 5

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

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

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

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

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

“Extreme Speed, Anubis!” Gwen instructed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Quick, Edith, Swift!”

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

“Alright, Meteor Mash!” Gwen commanded.

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

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

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

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

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

“Charge Beam!”

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

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

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

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

Unbelievably…

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

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

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

“You’re going easy on me.”

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“I’m not!”

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

“I can explai -”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gwen took a moment before nodding slowly.

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

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

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

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

“Psychic!” Gwen commanded.

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

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

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

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

“Discharge!” Layla called.

“Aura Sphere!” Gwen countered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Calm Mind, Anubis.” Gwen reacted instantly.

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

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

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

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

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

“Roll and use Charge Beam!” Layla instructed.

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

“Now Jump Kick again!” Layla called.

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

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

“Quick Attack, Florence!”

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

“Extreme Speed!” Gwen replied through deep breaths.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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