Finally, continuing my journey:
I finished grinding my Team to level 15 and got Metapod to evolve into Butterfree. Eventually wiped the floor with Falkner when my Pidgey knocked out his Pidgeotto. Finally left Violet City, crossed Route 32, cleared Union Cave and got a few numbers (especifically pointing out Picnicker Liz jeje). I will have to return to these areas later on with the Itemfinder and a few HM abilities to finish exploring. I arrived at Azalea Town and Team Rocket was present. Old Kurt and I did some house cleaning down at the Slowpoke Well; those grunts never stood a chance. Old Kurt is gonna hook it up with some custom Poke Balls now, sweet. Afterwards I challenged Bugsy who had a formidable Scyther, but it wasn't enough to beat my Pidgey and it's Gust. Coming out of the Gym I went around saying goodbye to everyone and leaving Kurt a special order before heading out to Ilex Forest. Nice big forest to get lost in. There's a legend about a guardian Pokemon that watches over the forest. I wonder what it could be....*wink*. After exiting the forest I decided to train on Route 34, preparing for the Gym Leader Whitney, who has a big reputation for killing trainers' winning streak. I leveled everyone up to lvl 20, which was barely enough to say the least. I had decided to keep my team from evolving until they learned they're last move (except Butterfree). But before challenging Whitney, I took a day off to look at the sites. The Game Corner was pretty fun, the Dept. Store had a bargain sale, and the underground was a nice stroll. Did I mention I got a free Bike? I also went to the Name Rater. Everyone is getting a nickname! The train station wasn't working, but something fishy was going on at the Radio Tower. I should keep an eye on that Rocket grunt.
Alright, the battle with Whitney was a little too close. This is the event of the day; total excitement. Her Clefairy was easily deafeated by Eve (Butterfree) with a SleepPowder/Confusion combo. But then Miltank came out, and all he** broke loose. That is one quick marry dairy. Eve tried getting Miltank to sleep but missed, and Eve was no more. K Rool (Totodile) was up next, surviving a third turn Rollout and turning things around by freezing Miltank with an Ice Punch, only to have my hopes diminished after Miltank defrosted right the next turn, defeating K Rool. Lilium (Chikorita) was able to put up a Reflect before getting knocked out. Not even Aquiles (Pidgey) was fast enough to get a first strike without Quick Attack. But he was able to get in 2 Quick Attacks and a Gust with the Reflect intact before falling for Miltank's Attract. Who knew Aquiles had a thing for cattle. Down to my last warrior. Pyros (Cyndaquil) was up, but with one sneaky Quick Attack, Miltank was out.
That was by far the best battle I've EVER had. Unbelievable, these little guys (and girls) came through for me. So now, with the Plainbadge on hand I think I'll stay a little longer, relax, take my Pokes to the National Park and probably enter the Bug Catching Contest. Maybe Bug Catcher Wade will be there....