“Not good, not good!” C.C. said as he pushed against the invisible walls. “Why are we suddenly in a box? How’d we get into it in the first place?”
“Who cares?” Alex asked, kicking at seemingly nothing, “let’s just get out of here!”
Backing up, Alex began to take a few deep breaths before charging at full speed towards the wall, only to find it was no longer there. He yelled out as he lost his balance and fell face first to the ground, yelling in pain.
“Wait, wasn’t there a wall just there?” Jake asked as he began to advance, slowly.
“I didn’t see one.” C.C. answered, getting a dirty look from Jake.
“Well duh, it – where’d Charmander go?” Jake asked, suddenly spinning around. On the opposite side if the room, he saw Charmander wandering around very awkwardly,
his arms stretched outwards. The three watched as he bumped into a wall and fell backwards, growling in frustration.
“How’d you get all the way over there Charmander?” Alex asked.
“Come here Charmander,” Jake said, making his way towards the orange Pokémon. He yelled out as he face planted against another wall. “This isn’t funny!”
“Well, we defiantly know the walls are moving…” C.C. said, “But how? It’s strange enough that they’re invisible walls, but moving as well? This is just weird.”
Charmander jumped back up for the umpteenth time, furious. He was sick of these walls; they weren’t amusing in the slightest. Taking a step forward, he felt himself slam into yet another wall. That was it, he couldn’t handle it anymore. Taking a breath, Charmander released a torrent of hot air and dozens of small embers, building up against the wall.
“No, Charmander, don’t!” C.C. cried out, “The entire building is made of wood! It could –“
Before C.C. could finish, a loud slam echoed throughout the hall, resulting in Charmander ceasing his attack.
“CHAR!” Charmander said in annoyed tone before walking through where the wall used to be, fazing the three trainers.
“Note to self; fire is super effective against invisible walls.” Jake said as Charmander drew another breath, the heat around him becoming evident.
The door slowly creaked open as the three Pokémon trainers entered the room. They glanced around without fully entering, just craning their necks in. All they saw was an empty battle field and bleachers.
“Took you long enough.” Came a female voice. All heads turned to the bleachers on the left side, revealing Misty sitting down.
“I concur.” Koga’s voice echoed throughout the hall, before he mysteriously appeared on the other side of the battle field, seemingly out of thin air once again. “How did you find my –“
“They’ve been burnt to ashes. All of them.” Alex blurted out. For the first time, Koga’s eyes went wide with shock. He looked like he was about to lose it, but recollected himself just in time.
“Very well…which of you are to challenge me?” He demanded, his arms crossed.
“Me!” Alex and Jake yelled out at the same time. The two faced each other and snarled; they weren’t about to back down. That is until, C.C. pushed between them.
“I will!” He yelled, already grabbing a Pokéball from his belt.
“Very well.” Koga nodded as Jake and Alex went and sat in the bleachers, sulking.
“I choose you, Bulbasaur!” C.C. yelled as he threw his Pokéball into the air, clicking open and releasing the small grass and poison type.
“Interesting. Go, Koffing!” Koga said as his own Pokéball flew through the air, releasing what appeared to be a purple sphere full of craters. “Koffing, use Tackle!”
“Koffing!” The poisonous Pokémon bellowed as it charged towards Bulbasaur.
“Dodge it!” C.C. ordered. Bulbasaur jumped out of the way, leaving Koffing to crash into the ground. “Now use Razor Leaf!”
Bulbasaur swung his body from side to side as multiple leafs shot from the side of his bulb, slicing Koffing’s sides upon impact, getting a cry of pain from him.
“Koffing, keep your focus!” Koga called out, “Use Sludge!”
“Koffing!” The purple Pokémon replied before opening its mouth, releasing a purplish, black sludge that shot at Bulbasaur, knocking him off his feet.
“Bulbasaur…” The small Grass Pokémon said as it stood up. C.C. was shocked – Bulbasaur shouldn’t have taken that much damage from a Poison type attack.
“Bulbasaur, use Energy Ball!” C.C. yelled out. Bulbasaur opened his mouth, letting a small ball of green light begin to grow.
“Koffing, dodge!” Koga ordered, just as the sphere of energy whizzed from Bulbasaur’s mouth. The ball exploded where Koffing had been a second ago, creating a cloud of dust.
“Bulbasaur, use Vine Whip to grab Koffing!” C.C. said before two vines shot out from under Bulbasaur’s bulb and wrapping around Koffing, shocking him. “Good, now reel him in before using Energy Ball!” Bulbasaur cried out before pulling Koffing closer to him while charging up an Energy Ball, scaring Koffing.
“Koffing!” Koga yelled out, just as Koffing was dead smack in front of Bulbasaur’s face, a small smile appeared on his lips. “Self-Destruct!”
“Bulbasaur, look out!” C.C. yelled as Koffing began to glow a reddish color, followed by being cloaked in heat. “Use Energy Ball!”
“Bulba!” Bulbasaur cried out just as a light burst forth from Koffing. Bulbasaur didn’t have time to properly charge up a full energy ball, and was covered in smoke once Koffing finally exploded. Up in the stands, Jake, Alex and Misty all went down for cover as the gust of air washed over them.
“Bulbasaur?” C.C. called out into the smoky field. A tense silence followed before the cry of Bulbasaur filled the air, relieving C.C. and the others. However, once the dust finally settled, Bulbasaur wasn’t as ok as he sounded.
“Oh my gosh.” Misty said, looking at Bulbasaur. He was barely standing, scratches and dust all over him, his legs quaking beneath his weight. Opposite to him was the unconscious Koffing, now black from the explosion, laying on the ground. Silently and calmly, Koga recalled his Pokémon.
“How did Bulbasaur survive through such a strong attack?” Alex asked, staring at the injured Pokémon.
“Just as Koffing exploded, Bulbasaur fired an Energy Ball, right?” Misty asked, getting Alex and Jake to nod, “Well, the Energy Ball was fired back at him, getting him to take the damage instead. However, it also acted as a shield, blocking most of the explosion. I’m sure if he had charged up a better attack, he would have taken less damage, considering he would have been hit by a Grass attack.”
Jake and Alex nodded in agreement before turning back to the battle. From his belt, Koga threw another Pokéball.
“Venonat, help rid me of this opponent! “He called as the Pokéball clicked open, releasing the Pokémon from earlier. The small purple Pokémon jumped around while calling out its name.
“Bulbasaur, you still ok to fight?” C.C. asked. He was quite surprised when Bulbasaur suddenly stood tall and bellowed out a war cry, his vines flailing. C.C. smiled. “Ok, use Razor Leaf!”
“Bulba, Bulba, Bulba, Bulba!” Bulbasaur cried angrily as it swung from side to side, releasing multiple leaf projectiles, headed straight for Venonat.
“Venonat, dodge!” Koga said assertively. Up in the bleachers, the three watched on in amazement as Venonat easily avoided every single leaf, bending and twisting in ways it didn’t appear capable of.
“Vine Whip!” C.C. ordered just as two dark vines shot forth from the bulb on Bulbasaur’s back. Again, Venonat jumped out of the way gracefully before landing back on its feet.
“Good. Venonat, use Supersonic!” Koga yelled. Venonat let out a high pitched cry in the form of yellow sound waves, hitting Bulbasaur. C.C. gritted his teeth as Bulbasaur began too loose his balance, and wobble around on the battle field.
“C’mon Bulbasaur, snap out of it!” C.C. yelled, “Use Vine Whip again!”
“Saur…” Bulbasaur said dizzily as two vines slowly emerged from his bulb again. C.C. sighed as one vine dropped to the ground while the other suddenly slapped Bulbasaur across the head.
“Enough of this.” Koga said, in a voice so stern it sent a shiver down C.C.’s spine, “Venonat, use Psybeam!”
“Venonat!” the small Pokémon cried before letting loose a rainbow colored ray from its eyes. The beam struck Bulbasaur, causing him to cry out and slide across the floor in pain.
“Saur!” Bulbasaur suddenly cried angrily. It stood up before charging an Energy Ball and firing it, striking Venonat square in the chest and knocking him back. C.C. was stunned; he hadn’t realized how angry Bulbasaur was.
“Hey, what’s that green stuff around Bulbasaur?” Jake asked. Once the others looked, they saw he was right; there seemed to be a green aura around the Pokémon.
“That must be his ability Overgrow.” Misty said, “When Bulbasaur gets very weak, his ability will activate, enhancing the power of his Grass type moves, not to mention the Same Type Attack Bonus.”
“Well, I’d say Venonat is officially screwed.” Alex said smirking at the purple Pokémon desperately tried to stand back up, shaking as it did. However, this did not deter Koga at all.
“Venonat, show our opponent what other tricks we have up our sleeve.” He commanded.
“Venonat!” The small Pokémon cried as it stood back up finally. Suddenly, the small Pokémon was cloaked in a mystical glow, its form rising up into the air. C.C. and
Bulbasaur stood in awe as Venonat’s shape became narrow, with two long blades growing out from its sides. Finally, the light died down, revealing a bright pink moth creature, with three horns on its head and two glassy eyes.
“What is that?” C.C. said as he whipped out his Pokédex in panic, Bulbasaur taking a step backwards.
“Venomoth, the poison moth Pokémon. The wings are covered with dust like scales. Every time it flaps its wings, it loses highly toxic dust that activate once it makes contact with the skin.”
“Uh-oh…” Jake said as Charmander began to fiddle with his tail nervously. Bulbasaur took another step backwards while watching Venonat flap its wings at incredible speeds.
“Venomoth, use Psybeam!” Koga ordered. In the blink of an eye, Venomoth fired a multi-colored ray from its horns, leaving Bulbasaur with no time to react.
“Saur!” The seed Pokémon cried out in pain as it was suddenly hurled backwards, landing at C.C.’s feet. The Pokémon tried to stand back up before succumbing to the pain and collapsing, giving Koga the win.
“Return Bulbasaur.” C.C. said, putting away the Pokéball. He looked back up at Venomoth; it was fast. Faster than pretty much any Pokémon he had seen before, or had with him for that matter. Finally, C.C. made his decision and pulled out another Pokéball.
“Zubat, c’mon out!” The trainer yelled as the Pokéball whirled through the air, releasing the small, blue bat seconds afterwards. Up in the stands, Jake and Alex grinned.
“Pretty smart, after seeing how hyperactive Zubat was this morning.” Alex said, getting Jake to nod in agreement.
“Still, with Venomoth knowing that Psybeam attack, it has the type advantage covered.” Jake added in.
“Zubat, use Bite!” C.C. yelled. Zubat didn’t hesitate, and took off at speeds much faster than usual. Opening its mouth, Zubat prepared to bite down on Venomoth, only to have its opponent dart to the side, out of the way. Zubat screeched as it hit a wall, not able to stop in time.
“Venomoth, finish it with Psybeam.” Koga said, arms crossed. Charging up, Venomoth fired a multi-colored ray, striking the grounded Zubat on the back.
“Bat!” The small Pokémon cried as it took the ray on, full force. C.C. gasped as the ray died down, revealing Zubat to be barely moving, face down.
“Is that your back up plan?” Koga asked smugly, “Send out a weak little Zubat?”
“Why don’t you shut up?” C.C. demanded angrily, “Don’t talk about Zubat like that.”
“But it’s true boy. Look at it, it’s helpless.” Koga gestured. “I guess Bulbasaur was your only real threat.”
Suddenly, a bright light in the corner of Koga’s eye caught his attention. He and C.C. turned to look just in time to see a new figure in the air, the light around him dying down as it flapped its gigantic wings.
“Gol!” The Pokémon cried in a low voice while C.C. held his Pokédex up to it;
“Golbat, the Bat Pokémon and evolved form of Zubat. Golbat bites down on prey with its four fangs and drinks the victim's blood. It becomes active on inky dark moonless nights, flying around to attack people and Pokémon.”
“Awesome!” Alex called out from the stands, with Charmander looking on, quite excited. Down below, C.C. grinned happily.
“Ready Golbat?” he asked, with Golbat glaring at Venomoth, “Use Confuse Ray!”
“Golbat!” The Pokémon cried as a transparent yellow ray shot forth from its mouth, covering Venomoth. Koga watched wide eyed as C.C. ordered an Air Cutter attack, with Golbat’s wings glowing before firing off several air ‘disks’, striking Venomoth square in the chest.
“Venomoth, counter with Stun Spore!” Koga managed to get out. Unfortunately, Venomoth was suffering from Confusion, and only managed to hover around in a very awkward way.
“Golbat, finish it off with Bite!” C.C. yelled happily. Golbat raced towards Venomoth before clamping down on its body with its fangs, getting a cry of pain from Venomoth. Shaking it around, Golbat finally released it by throwing it into a wall, knocking it out.
“Great job Golbat!” C.C. yelled excitedly as he rushed over to hug his new Pokémon. He felt the giant bat Pokémon wrap its giant wings around him as it let out a cry of happiness. Up in the bleachers, Jake and Alex clapped, with Misty smiling.
“That was pure luck.” Koga said sternly as C.C. returned to his position.
“Not really…more like skill. Something you and Venomoth obviously lacked.” C.C. replied in a cocky manner, setting of a spark inside Koga.
“Child, I’m about to teach you some manners!” Koga yelled as he whipped a final Pokéball from his belt, “Go, Victreebel!”
The Pokéball whirled in the air before clicking open and unleashing a bright light. The light landed on the ground and built up into a large form before finally dying down, revealing a massive plant-like creature.
“What is that!?” Jake asked, alarmed. The giant plant Pokémon flailed its lone brown vine around while snapping its mouth open and close, letting out small hisses. Next to him, Jake saw Misty cringe.
“Ugh, I hate those Pokémon!” She exclaimed while backing away, “They’re so creepy!”
“What do you mean?” Alex asked before pulling out his Pokédex.
“Victreebel, the Flycatcher Pokémon. Victreebel has a long vine that extends from its head. This vine is waved and flicked about as if it were an animal to attract prey. When an unsuspecting prey draws near, this Pokémon swallows it whole.”
“That’s not good.” Jake said before turning back to the battle.
“It’s fine, right Golbat?” C.C. asked confidently, with Golbat crying out. “Awesome. Now, use Air Cutter!”
Golbat let out another cry before speeding upwards. Once he was high in the air, Golbat extended his large wings, which began to glow. A second later, multiple ‘blades’ of air shot forth from them, headed straight towards Victreebel. Dust and dirt flew up into the air upon impact, completely cloaking the giant plant Pokémon.
“Haha! Great job Golbat!” C.C. cheered as Golbat lowered itself, quite happy with its attack. However, once the dust settled, C.C. gasped; Victreebel looked completely unscathed, like it hadn’t even felt the attack.
“How is that possible?! They scored a direct hit!” Alex exclaimed.
“And Golbat used a Flying type move as well, that should have been super effective!” Jake added in, with Charmander staring at the field in disbelief.
“A Flying type attack on my Grass type? How original.” Koga mocked. “Surely you don’t think I wouldn’t have thought of a way to counter them?”
C.C. gritted his teeth in frustration. “Golbat, use Air Cutter again, followed by Bite attack!”
Again, Golbat stretched out his wings, firing of several blades of air again, striking Victreebel right in the body. Then, without missing a beat, dove down baring his fangs, ready to sink his teeth into his opponent.
“Victreebel, use Bullet Seed.” Koga said.
“Victree!” The Grass Pokémon screeched out before firing dozens upon dozens of glowing seeds at Golbat, striking his face. Golbat, faced with the sudden attack, could not keep his balance and ended up crashing to the ground. Before it could even look back up, Victreebel shot its long vine outwards, and grabbed the bat Pokémon. C.C. watched in horror as Golbat was lifted dozens of feet into the air before being brought back down and slammed into the floor of the gym, dazing him.
“Golbat, return!” C.C. said, not wanting him to faint. Nervous, he pulled out another Pokéball. “Go, Nidorina!”
Nidorina popped out of the Pokéball and let out an angry cry at the sight of Victreebel before scraping the ground with its foot, trying to intimidate its foe.
“Nidorina, Horn Attack!” C.C. ordered, throwing his arm out as he did. Nidorina charged at Victreebel, the horn on its head glowing and elongating. Just before it reached Victreebel though, the giant Grass Pokémon shoved it’s two leafs in front of it. Once Nidorina came into contact with them, the leafs acted like a trampoline, pushing the poison pin Pokémon backwards. Before Nidorina could re-collect herself, Victreebel launched its vine, knocking her across the arena.
“Nidorina!” C.C. called out, a panicked tone in his voice, “Use Dig!”
“Rina!” The blue Pokémon cried before burrowing underground, leaving a trail of dust at the opening of the hole.
“Victreebel, get it.” Koga said in a bored manner. Effortlessly, Victreebel’s vine shot forward and ran down the hole. C.C. could only watch in horror as Nidorina was plucked from the hole, dangling helplessly in front of the Grass Pokémon.
“Poison Sting!” C.C. cried in vain; the needles did what appeared to be nothing to Victreebel.
“Victreebel, Vine Whip!” Koga ordered. Victreebel screeched before flinging Nidorina high into the air. Nidorina cried out as the long, thick vine suddenly bashed against her side, sending her flying into the wall. Sliding down, Nidorina finally gave in and fainted.
“Return.” C.C. said, trying to hide his fear; he had to rely on Golbat, who was already injured, to take down this seemingly invincible Pokémon. Pulling out the Pokéball, C.C. released Golbat onto the field.
“Bat!” It hissed out, pain from its previous battle being obvious.
“Golbat, use Confuse Ray!” C.C. called out. Golbat opened its mouth, releasing the yellow ray which washed over Victreebel. Koga watched with a stern look as Victreebel began to lose its balance, with Golbat showing off its fangs, ready to strike.
“Focus Victreebel.” Koga said calmly. C.C. watched, a shiver running up his spine, as Victreebel regained its balance, shaking off the Confuse Ray attack. He was getting quite frustrated; nothing seemed to hurt this thing!
“Golbat, Air Cutter again!” C.C. yelled, enraged. Again, Golbat spread its wings and fired off several blades of air, striking the giant plant Pokémon, who still showed no sign of damage.
“C.C., keep it up!” Misty suddenly called out. C.C. looked up, a confused look on his face. “Even though it doesn’t look it, Victreebel is still losing Hit Points! Try another method!”
“Be quiet Misty, he has already lost the battle.” Koga smirked. “Victreebel, use Razor Leaf!”
“Victree!” The Pokémon screeched before firing dozens of leafs at Golbat, who narrowly avoided the assault. It was beginning to become evident that Golbat was tiring simply from dodging.
“Golbat, use…” C.C. started, but was stumped; what could put significant onto Victreebel? That’s when an idea suddenly clicked in his head. “Wing Attack!”
Golbat’s wings seemed to elongate as they began to glow, followed by him gliding quickly towards Victreebel. Victreebel let out a shriek of pain as soon as Golbat’s wings made contact with it, getting a smirk from C.C. and Golbat.
“What?” Jake asked in disbelief, “Why did Wing Attack work, but not Air Cutter?”
“Because, Koga obviously focused on training Victreebel’s Special Defense stat,” Misty said, leaning forward in excitement. “But not really on its Defense stat, leaving it vulnerable to physical attacks, such as Wing Attack.”
“That’s so cool…I can’t believe C.C. managed to figure that out on his own!” Alex commented happily.
“I heard that.” C.C. said, in an annoyed, yet happy tone. “Ready to finish him off Golbat?”
“Golbat!” Golbat cried out, full of energy. Stretching his wings again, he closed in for another Wing Attack. However, Koga would have none of it.
“Victreebel, Hyper Beam!” he ordered. Inside Victreebel’s mouth, an orange sphere began to grow, giving off heat and light. Golbat had no time to react before the beam struck him point blank, engulfing him completely. C.C. gasped as Golbat’s unconscious body fell from inside the beam, smoke running off of it.
“I win.” Koga said bluntly as Golbat was recalled.
“We’ll…just try again next time.” C.C. managed to get out. Up in the bleachers, his friends looked on with sympathy .
“Next time? There won’t be a next time.” Koga said, his arms still folded. “I don’t believe in second chances.”
“W-what?” C.C. asked in disbelief. “That-that’s not fair!”
“Life’s not fair.” Koga said as he pulled out Victreebel’s Pokéball, ready to recall it.
“C.C., do something!” Alex yelled out from his seat. C.C. looked distraught though; he had no idea what to do. Suddenly, an idea clicked in his head; it was a risky one, and probably wouldn’t work, but it was all he had.
“Wait!” C.C. screamed, stopping Koga just before he recalled Victreebel, “I still have one Pokémon left!”
“Well, in that case, send it out.” Koga ordered, slipping the Pokéball away. Jake, Alex and Misty looked on with eagerness, wondering what C.C. was up too.
“I choose you,” C.C. gulped, praying his plan would work, “Magikarp!”
“SAY WHAT?!” Alex and Jake yelled as their jaws hit the ground in disbelief.
“Char?” Charmander said in a very confused tone.
“As much as I adore water Pokémon…” Misty’s voice trailed off.
The Pokéball spun through the air, clicking open and releasing a bright white light, which soon took on the form of the orange Pokémon Magikarp. C.C. felt embarrassed as it flopped about helplessly on the ground.
“You…what?” Koga asked, completely puzzled by C.C.’s choice.
“That’s right, Magikarp!” C.C. yelled, faking confidence.
“Karp karp!” Magikarp said, flopping around some more.
“This is a joke.” Koga said, an annoyed look on his face. “Recall it.”
“No way, you’re gonna battle Magikarp whether you like it or not. League rules!” C.C. yelled back. Koga sighed before waving his hand.
“Treebel!” Victreebel shrieked before extending its long vine and picking up Magikarp with it. Magikarp wiggled about as it was pulled into the air before being dropped to the ground, landing with a ‘smack’. C.C. cringed as the fish continued to flop about, Victreebel excreting a laugh of some sort.
“This is an insult!” Koga lashed out before ordering another Vine Whip attack from Victreebel, who hit Magikarp again with its long brown vine, sending the fish Pokémon flying across the room. It once again landed with a ‘thud’. “Pathetic excuse for an opponent.”
“Leave him alone!” C.C. yelled out. He glanced at Magikarp; he was quite low on health…not low enough though. “C’mon Victreebel, is that all you got?”
Victreebel cried out before firing off a Razor Leaf attack, followed by flailing its vine around, striking Magikarp multiple times. Magikarp bellowed in pain as it was chucked around a bit more, taking all the attacks.
“Has he lost it?!” Alex exclaimed, “Magikarp is getting pummeled out there!”
“I think I know what he’s up too.” Misty stated quietly. “It’s an old trick, but hard to pull off; you need to get the timing perfect.”
“Hang in, just a bit more Magikarp!” C.C. called out as the vine wrapped itself around Magikarp before lifting him up into the air and smashing him into the ground, sending a cloud of dust up into the air, covering up the two Pokémon.
“Ha! That’s it? That’s your last resort? Pathetic.” Koga smirked. The dust settled, revealing Victreebel unscathed, looming over the small hole in which Magikarp lay motionless. Victreebel let out a shriek of victory while Koga smirked.
C.C. couldn’t believe it; he had pushed it too far and Magikarp had fainted. He gritted his teeth in anger; now he would never be able to compete in the Pokémon League! If only he had – wait a minute, what was that? He narrowed his eyes and gazed at Magikarp. Had he imagined it? No, there it was again, Magikarp’s tail had twitched a little. The realization that Magikarp had not yet fainted slowly sank into C.C., blocking out everything around him. There was still a chance. Victreebel was just in reach. Not hesitating any longer, C.C. yelled out his final command.
“Magikarp, use Flail!” C.C. barked. Suddenly, the horn on Magikarp’s head lit up a bright red as he let out a cry. Victreebel looked down in shock and confusion at the glowing fish. Koga’s eyes went wide just before Magikarp flung itself into Victreebel, the red horn glowing profoundly now.
“KARP!” Magikarp screeched as Victreebel shrieked in agony as it was flung backwards, crashing to the ground with a mighty thud.
“Victree…” Victreebel’s voice faded out before finally fainting. The room was dead silent.
“What the hell just happened? No really. Someone explain it to me.” Alex asked, baffled.
“I told Magikarp to use Flail.” C.C. started, watching Koga’s confused face, “Now, usually when people think of Magikarp, they think of it as weak – and that’s true, it is – but it learns Flail. Flail is a very tricky move to execute properly, but it’s totally worth it. Once the user is on the verge of fainting, Flail has a base power of over 200.”
Jake and Alex mouths hung open. They couldn’t believe it. Down below, Koga simply stuttered, not sure how to react. Misty however, nodded in agreement; she had been sure it was that trick.
“Not to mention,” C.C. continued, “Once I found out you had trained up Victreebel’s Special Defense Stat, I knew that left its Defense Stat low. So, Flail finished it off.”
“Well, I – you and – uh” Koga stuttered before lowering his head. He took in a breath before looking back up, smiling. “Thank you.”
Now it was C.C.’s turn to be confused. “What?”
“Thank you. Thank you for reminding the ways of battling; never underestimate your opponent, and never become too full of yourself. There is always a way to succeed.” Koga smiled before pulling out three pink badges in the shape of hearts. “I present you all with the Soul Badge!”
C.C. could only smirk as he picked up the badge and admired it. His friends rushed down to the bleachers and high fived him before picking theirs up as well. They thanked him excitedly.
“Thanks, but it was Magikarp really. He’s the one who hung in there!” C.C. said, gesturing towards the Pokémon who lay there with a blank expression on its face. “Ready to evolve Magikarp?”
Magikarp lay there.
“Guess not.” C.C. said awkwardly before recalling the Pokémon.
“Where are you off to now?” Koga asked, having recalled Victreebel.
“Um, I guess Celadon.” C.C. answered.
“No way!” Misty suddenly piped up, “We need to go to the Safari Zone! There’s so many rare Pokémon there, I’m positive it would help you guys.”
“She’s right,” Koga said. “Just head back into the city, and ask for directions, you’ll find it in no time!”
“Alright, sounds like a plan.” Jake said happily before scooping up Charmander.
With that, the four teens said their goodbyes to Koga before headed out the Gym doors again. The Safari Zone was sure to have Pokémon they had never before seen. Headed over to the canyon again, Jake sighed.
He really didn’t feel like doing this again.
"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."