“Squirtle, finish this off with Aqua Jet!” Alex called out to his Pokémon. Squirtle cried out before the water at his feet suddenly enveloped him like a blanket. In a blink of an eye, Squirtle raced across the room, striking the Vulpix across from him and sending it flying across the room. The water dispersed as Squirtle came to a halt. The crowd cheered as he round ended.
“That’s it ladies and gentlemen! After several rounds, we are now coming up to the semifinals!” The announcer called excitedly. “The remaining four contestants are Hayes, Alex, Jake and C.C.!” Again, the crown roared with excitement; the four had managed to get by several rounds without much difficulty, impressing the audience. Unlike the four, most of the trainers participating weren’t striving for the annual Championships, and so weren’t as used to battles as difficult as these.
“There shall be a fifteen minute interval for Trainers and Pokémon to recuperate.” The announcer said before walking off stage, followed by most of the audience getting up and talking to each other, running to the bathroom or getting drinks.
“Wow, good job you three.” Tim beamed. “Though I must say, some of the competition wasn’t all that hard at the beginning.”
“Yeah, I guess.” Alex commented, “But hey, it’s fun.”
“You bet.” Said a familiar voice. The four turned around to see Hayes, smiling. “I wonder which one of you I’ll be facing next. I hope it’s not you C.C.” C.C. simply nodded, almost uneasily. Noticing this, Hayes tried to make light of the situation. “C’mon man, it’s not a real competition. Relax, have fun. I won’t think badly of you when I kick your butt.” Hayes teased.
“We’ll see about that.” C.C. murmured before Hayes let out a little laugh and headed to the bathroom. Taking a breath, C.C. turned to face his friends. “Oh God, there’s so many people here…”
“Wait, THAT’S what you’re afraid of?” Jake asked, “C.C., we used to battle in school all the time with the school’s Pokémon in front of our classmates.”
“I know, but…this is different. I don’t know why, it just is.” He said uneasily.
“Well, c’mon. Everything will be fine, ok?” Jake said in an assuring tone. C.C. gave a small smile before leaning back in the chair, trying to relax. After a while, a low ‘beep’ filled the room, signifying the beginning of the Semifinals.
“Alright everyone, ready?” the announcer called. He was met by enthusiastic cheers and claps. “For the first round of the Semi Finals… Alex vs C.C.!”
Alex and C.C. whipped around and faced each other, wide eyed. They had known that there was a large chance they would possibly be facing each other, but still, they were shocked. Still trying to wrap their heads around the idea, the two headed down to the stage, everyone cheering.
“Ready? Begin!” the announcer called before jumping off the stage.
“Go, Nidorino!” Alex called out as he threw his Pokéball onto the field, clicking open the reveal his purple poison Pokémon. Nidorino cried out as it scratched its foot against the ground. Grabbing his own Pokéball, C.C. called out his Pokémon.
“Go, Bulbasaur!” C.C. called out nervously.
“What’s he doing?” Tim asked quietly.
“What do you mean?” Jake asked.
“Nidorino is a Poison type, which is super effective to Grass types. While Bulbasaur is a mixture of Grass and Poison, his Grass Type moves will not have much effect on Nidorino.” Tim said. Jake nodded before turning back to the battle.
“Bulbasaur, Razor Leaf!” C.C. called out. Bulbasaur cried out before a shower of leafs shot out from his bulb. Then, as if taking a life of their own, the leafs suddenly shot right at Nidorino.
“Nidorino, hold your ground!” Alex called out. Nidorino obeyed its master and endured the attack. He didn’t have to put in much effort; the attack did barley any damage to him. Alex wasted no time in ordering a poison sting attack from Nidorino. Opening his mouth, the purple Pokémon fired a barrage of white glowing needles at Bulbasaur, sending him skidding backwards a few feet.
“Crap…Bulbasaur, Vine Whip! Try to pick him up!” C.C. cried.
“Bulbasaur!” Bulbasaur yelled out before sending two longs vines from its bulb at Nidorino. However, just as they began to make contact, a very irritated look came into Nidorino’s eyes. Just as the vines began to wrap around his back, the spikes on the back shot upwards, scratching the vines severely, leaving big red marks. Bulbasaur cried out as it retracted its vines.
“Bulbasaur, return!” C.C. called, a plot forming in his mind. “Go, Nidorina!”
The second Pokéball clicked open the reveal a blue Pokémon, not too unlike Nidorino. Ignoring the switch, Alex called for Nidorino to use a Horn Attack…only to see him cuddling up to Nidorina, who was giving him seductive looks.
“C.C., no fair!” Alex whined across the stage.
“All’s fair in love and war.” C.C. grinned. “And last time I checked, we’re at war, and they’re in love. Nidorina, Double Kick in his stomach!”
Nidorina fluttered her eyelids once more before turning around and kicking the other Pokémon in the stomach, winding him and sending him flying backwards, unconscious.
“Not only has Nidorina friend zoned Nidorino, but she has also won C.C. the round!” the announcer called. Alex angrily called back Nidorino before a smile crossed his lips.
“Go, Fearow!” Alex called out. C.C. wasn’t sure what Alex was so happy about, but he didn’t like it. “We want to show you a new strategy C.C., don’t we Fearow? Use Double Team!”
C.C. gasped as Nidorina was suddenly surrounded by six Fearows, each one flapping its wings in perfect unison with the others. C.C. was just about to order Nidorina to get out, but Alex got first word in.
“Spam Aerial Ace!” Alex yelled. The giant birds dove down one after another, each one striking Nidorina with its beak. C.C. looked on in dismay; he knew that Aerial Ace never missed its target, and there were too many targets to actually strike back. It was only seconds before Nidorina collapsed, getting cheers for Alex.
“Round two goes to Alex!” the announcer called. C.C. sighed as he pulled out Zubat’s Pokéball.
Yuna walked down the staircase, deeper into the ship’s cargo section. She had been…’dropped off’ onto the ship, and knew there had to be some valuables down there, maybe even an Element of Discord.
“Excuse me, no passengers are allowed down here.” Said a male voice from behind.
“Well, that’s too bad. Take it up with my friend. Muk, deal with this pest.” Yuna said as she chucked a Pokéball at the man. The ball popped open and released her Muk, who grumbled angrily at the man, who was slowly backing away at this point.
“I-I don’t want any trouble ma’am…” he said nervously.
“Well I do.” Yuna smirked. “Muk, Thunderbolt.”
The man cried out in pain as a blue lightning bold struck him and threw him backwards, slamming him into the wall. He fell to the ground face first, moaning in pain. Yuna simply turned around and headed further down the stairs.
Once at the bottom, she found large crates stacked amongst each other. Yuna grinned; there had to be some good stuff in here. Ordering another attack from Muk, Yuna began to search the crates, unaware of the consequences she was about to cause…
“C’mon Fearow, snap out of it!” Alex called out to his confused Pokémon. After a long aerial battle between Zubat and Fearow, the latter had managed to take one too many Supersonic attacks. However, things weren’t looking that great for Zubat either.
“Zubat, just stay up for a few more moments, until Fearow falls!” C.C. called out to his own Pokémon. Zubat flapped his wings tiredly, panting as well. Fearow’s attacks had proved too much for his frail little body. Looking at his opponent; both came to an understanding and nodded. Having dealt too much pain to each other; both simply gave up and hit the floor in defeat.
“Both Pokémon are unable to battle, the next battle will determine the winner of this match!” The ref announced as the two locked eyes and threw out their last Pokémon.
“Bulbasaur, hang in there!”
“Squirtle, show them who’s boss!”
The two Pokémon landed not far from each other. Bulbasaur sent out two of his vines and whipped them around to intimidate Squirtle. Squirtle wanted to also intimidate his foe, so foamed his mouth with bubbles. Unfortunately, he only ended up looking like a rabid turtle.
“Begin!” the announcer yelled.
“Ten bucks Bulbasaur will knock out Squirtle with one Energy Ball.” Tim whispered to Jake/
“Deal. Squirtle isn’t to be underestimated, Alex has trained him to –“Jake said, but was cut off as Tim grabbed him and threw themselves to the ground. Looking at the ceiling, Jake watched as Squirtle soared into the wall from an Energy Ball, knocked unconscious almost immediately.
Zach sat at his table, munching happily. The thing he loved about cruises the most was the 24 hour, all you can eat buffets. Of course, after a while, people tend to stare at you for taking all the food, but he didn’t care that much. He chuckled as Paras and Clefairy ran along his table and took some of his food.
“Go ahead you two, eat up.” Zach smiled. “You did pretty good in the competition, but Hayes’ Pokémon were…tactical.”
Just then, a loud clatter of china and glass came from down below. No one really noticed it, but Zach knew something was off. Getting up from his seat, he headed down a flight of stairs that had a sign saying “Crew Only” with Paras and Clefairy scuttling after him.
As he came to the final floor, Zach could not comprehend what he saw; numerous crew members sprawled across the floor. Multiple moans filled the air, disturbing Zach. Up ahead, he saw a blonde woman, chuckling to herself. Next to her was a Muk and a Jynx. Summoning his courage, Zach spoke up.
“What’s your problem?” he shouted, gaining her attention.
“Oh, fresh meat huh?” Yuna chuckled. Raising her hand, she snapped her fingers. Zach and his Pokémon gasped as a large scaly and winged Pokémon pulled itself over the crates behind her. Flicking its tail behind it, the Pokémon bared its giant fangs at Zach.
“Charmander, use –“
“Finish it off with Quick Attack Twitch!” Hayes ordered. The small purple Pokémon zipped from side to side, before striking Charmander and sending him flying into Jake’s arms. Jake smiled at his Pokémon as the announcer yelled out the results.
“And the winner is Hayes!” he yelled. The crowd cheered, absolutely hyped for the finals. Carrying Charmander, Jake sat back next to Tim and Alex, the latter still pouting over his loss to C.C., constantly mumbling.
“Don’t worry, you put up a good fight.” Tim said as Jake sat down. “You both came down to one Pokémon; it was Twitch’s speed that got the best of you.”
“I’m not too upset, it’s only for fun. But if this happens during the Championships, I don’t think I’ll be able to say the same.”
“And now, ladies and gentlemen, what we’ve all been waiting for all day; the finals!” The announcer yelled as C.C. and Hayes both stepped up to the stage. “Contestants, I congratulate you for getting this far. The rules are the same as before, but no substitutes. Now, begin!”
“Zubat, you’re up!”
Both Pokéballs clicked open, revealing their respective Pokémon. The two glared at each other before the announcer called for the round to start. C.C. quickly ordered a Supersonic attack a second before Hayes ordered a Round attack. Both sound attacks collided and cancelled each other out, annoying the Pokémon.
“Zubat, use Gust!” C.C. ordered. Zubat began to flap its wings wildly, creating a strong gale, sending Bonehead rolling backwards. Pushing herself up, Bonehead cried out before letting loose a Frustration attack, knocking Zubat out.
“Return!” C.C. called as Zubat fell from the air, the red laser catching him just before he hit the ground. Looking up, C.C. noticed Hayes’ face had a sullen look to it; distraught almost. Shaking off his thoughts, C.C. sent out Bulbasaur.
“Bulbasaur, Vine Whip!” he called out. Bulbasaur sent two vines flying from his bulb, striking Bonehead in the face. Cubone reeled back in pain as Hayes stood with his arms crossed. He stared as Bulbasaur continued its assault, knocking Bonehead all around.
“Bonehead, use Revenge!” Hayes ordered. Bonehead suddenly looked up, a red cloud suddenly forming around her. Grabbing the two vines, the angry Cubone used all her strength to hurl Bulbasaur up into the roof, getting a shocked reaction from the crowd.
“Hey, no need to be so ruff!” C.C. called out to Hayes before looking at his dazed Bulbasaur, who had hit the ground by now. “Bulbasaur, use Energy Ball!”
“That’s not gonna do too much.” Hayes smirked, “Even if you have the type advantage.”
“You’re forgetting Bulbasaur’s ability!” C.C. said confidently, getting a confused look from Hayes. “His ability is Overgrow, meaning when his health is low, all Grass type moves are powered up! Now Bulbasaur!”
“No! Bonehead, u—“ Hayes started, but was caught off guard as the ball of green energy slammed into Bonehead, sending her flying backwards into Hayes, knocking him to the ground. The crowd began to cheer, but quickly stopped – something was wrong.
The entire ship began to shake, a loud noise, almost like metal being scratched, echoing throughout the vessel. Soon, the shaking became more violent, sending furniture flying around, and people stumbling. By now, most passengers were beginning to scream and panic, pushing past others, creating more mob mentality. Hayes and C.C. looked at each other, confused, before returning their respective Pokémon and running over to where Tim and the others were.
“C’mon, we have to get to our lifeboat stations!” he yelled over the screaming passengers.
“Tim, we got on late, we never saw our life boat stations!” Jake yelled back as someone pushed by him. Jake suddenly felt his blood run cold as he felt his belt get slightly lighter. He whipped around and saw Butterfree’s Pokéball bouncing away from him, being kicked by running people.
“No!” Jake screamed in a distressed manner before sprinting after the Pokéball.
“Jake, come back!” Alex yelled; but it was no use, Jake was gone.
“Let’s go!” Tim ordered before pushing past everyone, trying to catch up to Jake, who had by now almost gotten the Pokéball, running down a staircase.
“Jake, come on! It’s unsafe!” Tim yelled as he and the others scurried down the staircase after him.
Without any warning, the ship suddenly tilted, surprising everybody. Just as Jake grasped the Pokéball, the ship lurched again, causing him to bang his head on a nearby railing. Falling to the ground, Jake tried to look up, seeing his friends trying to desperately keep their balance, but it was no use, he hit his head pretty hard…