Taking her completely by surprise, the ground near Carrie’s feet seemed to erupt in a spray of sand. Something small yet vicious clamped onto her right leg, digging in painfully. She yelped and waved her foot madly as the dust settled, allowing her a proper look at the orange creature which clung to her with a mouth of jagged teeth. Stubby legs on a tiny, round body flailed in the air as Carrie hopped and kicked like a maniac.
Having noticed the commotion, Theo turned and took in the scene. “It’s only a Trapinch,” he said quickly, coming over to her. “I can help…”
“I know it’s only a Trapinch, but it bloody hurts,” Carrie snapped, now standing on the leg the Pokémon clung to and trying to loosen it with her left foot. She hurriedly gave up that approach on realising that kicking the Trapinch only made its teeth clamp down harder. “And I can manage,” she insisted stubbornly, hopping away from Theo to prove she didn’t need his help while simultaneously fumbling through her pocket for a Poké Ball. “Velotus, get it!” she snarled.