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New Characters (Thank you Pokésho!)
Ash, Jessie and James
Chapter 4: Close Combat
“Oh, I’m sorry! I should tell you my name!” The brunette broke away, and struck a pose with her Eevee. “My name’s May, and I’m a Pokémon Coordinator!”
Dawn smiled at her. Coordinator or not, May was sure to become an excellent friend for Dawn. “It’s nice to meet you, May.”
“So, I’ve never met a Coordinator before. What is it that you do?” Dawn asked casually, sipping a cup of hot chocolate.
“Well, I travel all over the world competing in Pokémon Contests. It’s a great way to show off your Pokémon’s inner beauty, and really bond with them,” May smiled as she prattled away delightedly. “But I haven’t gotten very far yet; I’m just a beginner.”
“Oh, have you won any ribbons?”
“None I’m afraid,” May smiled wryly. “Eevee’s my only Pokémon.”
“Is that so?” Dawn gave May’s Eevee a friendly pat on the head. “It sure is a strong Pokémon. Give it time and you’ll surely unlock its potential.”
“Thanks Dawn,” May pat her Eevee in turn. “My Eevee’s a good girl. We may’ve just started our journey, but I’ve already learned a lot about her, and myself.”
Dawn looked up to the sky as she spoke. “Hey, me too. We’re just a couple of rookies, huh? All alone in this big wide world with only a single Pokémon at our sides.”
“Shut up already, you’re depressing me,” the brunette shoved Dawn playfully. The two girls giggled and played until May’s hot chocolate splashed ominously. Then they resumed sipping their hot chocolate in silence.
“Hey, you know, I have a friend who’s also a Ranger,” May piped up.
“Really?” Dawn was startled by this revelation. “Who is it? Maybe I know them!”
May smiled, pulling out a cell phone. “His name is Ash. We met a while ago, when he was on a mission in my hometown, way out in Hoenn.”
“Wow, Hoenn! That’s pretty far!”
“Yeah, it is. You know, Ash is in the area, I think. He said something about visiting Professor Hastings. You want me to call him up? I’m sure he wouldn’t mind meeting a brand new recruit.”
Dawn giggled. “Sure, why not. Call him up!”
Meanwhile, stumbling around the deeper wooded area of Sunny Forest was a dark-haired boy. Unfamiliar with the area and searching for the now far away Kronos Region Ranger HQ, this young Ranger scratched his head confusedly.
“Why the heck would they put the HQ right beside a forest? This makes no sense, Pikachu!”
“Pika,” the small yellow rodent agreed sourly.
The Ranger, known as Ash, prodded the screen of his Vatonage Styler again, attempting to bring up a map of the woods. Unfortunately, the area was undocumented. Ash growled in frustration. What else could go wrong?!
Luckily for Ash, he and Pikachu found their way to a shady clearing, ridding themselves of the tangled underbrush.
“Well, looks like we’re getting closer to the exit, Pikachu.”
“Pi!” the little partner Pokémon exclaimed happily.
Ash smiled happily back, but stopped suddenly. He felt a strong sense of foreboding. Like there was something dangerous in the woods, preparing to attack him. He didn’t like it. Pikachu also sensed it, tensing up and pricking its ears.
“Let’s keep moving,” Ash muttered quietly. He began to walk away carefully, not wanting to provoke the wrath of whatever was hiding in the bushes. A twig snapped loudly, and Ash jumped a mile.
“Who’s there? Show yourself!”
“Pikachu,” the little rodent said apologetically. It had stepped on the twig.
Ash groaned and put a hand on his forehead. “You gotta stop scaring me like that, buddy.”
A quick breeze picked up, then it suddenly became a massive gust of wind. Ash and Pikachu ducked, shielding their eyes from the oncoming threat. Despite the dusty air, Ash could make out a fairly large armored vehicle – upon closer inspection, it turned out to be a small jet.
The door to the jet opened up, and two people stepped out.
“What is this?” Ash demanded through gritted teeth. “Who are you?”
“Prepare for trouble,” a female voice began.
“Make it double,” continued a male voice.
The windstorm quickly died down, revealing the two figures to Ash. The female had long red hair and blue eyes, while the male had short blue hair and green eyes. They both appeared to be in their mid-twenties, dressed in similar black attire and red boots. A red ‘P’ was emblazoned across their shirts. It was clear to Ash that these two were criminals, and they were after him.
Now fully aware of the danger he was in for, Ash spoke up. “Can I help you with something?”
“No, you can’t help us,” drawled the female.
“We’ll just help ourselves,” concluded the male.
“Who are you? What are your names?”
“My, such a demanding little brat, aren’t you?” the female asked patronizingly. “I guess that’s the attitude of a Top Ranger for you.”
“If you don’t tell me who you are, I shall place you under arrest,” Ash stated loudly. Pikachu tensed itself beside him, ready for combat.
“Please, spare us your lectures,” the male waved his hand. “Just surrender to us so we won’t have to do this the hard way.”
Ash raised an eyebrow quizzically. “The hard way, huh? What exactly does that mean?”
“It means no mercy, kid!” the female threw a Pokéball, and out popped a Yanmega.
Her male partner also tossed out a Pokéball, revealing a Cacturne. “Last chance, kid,” he quipped.
“I’ll never surrender to you!” Ash also tossed a Pokéball, releasing a Cyndaquil. ‘There, now we’re evenly matched,’ Ash decided.
“Alright! Pikachu, Thunderbolt! Cyndaquil, Flare Blitz!” Pikachu and Cyndaquil immediately leapt into action, launching their attacks.
“Cacturne, Pin Missile!”
Pikachu’s Thunderbolt was deflected with Pin Missile, while Sonic Boom knocked Cyndaquil backward. Ash grit his teeth. These two were strong, but he wasn’t about to give up.
“Cyndaquil, use Mimic on Yanmega!”
Cyndaquil’s eyes sparkled, and glowed white. In a flash, Cyndaquil unleashed the Sonic Boom it had copied from Yanmega. The gust was powerful, knocking both Yanmega and Cacturne down.
“Way to go, Cyndaquil! Wrap it up with Flare Blitz!” As it charged, Ash unleashed a second command. “Pikachu, Volt Tackle!”
Cacturne and Yanmega were easily knocked back as Cyndaquil and Pikachu made contact. The two crooks growled as Ash’s Pokémon returned to his side.
“Had enough, you two? Or are you going to make this difficult for yourselves?” Ash gloated, sure of his victory.
The man was quick to reply. “Oh, we’ve had enough… enough of you!” A sudden loud boom resounded, causing Ash to flinch. When he looked again, both Pikachu and Cyndaquil lay defeated, Yanmega and Cacturne standing dauntingly above them. It was over. Ash had lost.
“So kid, your time is up. Might as well come quietly, don’t you think?” The young woman’s cruel, high-pitched laughter rang ominously through the trees, leaving Ash completely at the mercy of the two mysterious crooks.
To Be Continued!
Ooo, a cliffhanger, aren’t I evil? How will Ash escape the clutches of our crooks? Only chapter 5 will tell!