Deep within the heart of Lacuna City, the trainer Benjamin Hale stood in the crowded Public Forum, somehow magicked out of the future to this ancient civilization by the power of the glowing Moon Stone, marveling at how noisy the surrounding skirmishes had become. Surveying the nearby match-ups with his grey-green eyes, Ben spied two trainers resort to a fist fight in order to decide the outcome of their battle, and he bolted in shock at violent things had become. Shaking his head from side-to-side and massaging his temples, Ben quickly cleared his thoughts and shifted his attention back to the situation at hand. He knew there would be time to figure out the state of affairs in the divided society later. For now, he and the Pineco Forteo had more pressing matters to attend to.
Eyes narrowed to slits in an effort to see better and ease his pain, Forteo Rapidly Spun across the battlefield and collided with Renelax as she cocked her head back and Howled to the moon. How the squinting Bagworm ever found the Poochyena, Ben wasn’t sure, but find her Forteo did; delivering a stunning blow in the process. As Forteo rammed into Renelax, he quickly buried his woody face into her furry neck. Before the monochromatic wolfpup could completely recover from the effects of the Pineco’s dizzying onslaught, Forteo dealt her a stinging Bug Bite. With a piteous cry, Renelax tore free from Forteo’s clenched jaw and scampered to safety. The last iotas of sand were whirled out of the Bagworm Pokemon’s eyes as he revolved merrily on his bottomspike, temporarily celebrating. From the sidelines, Ben breathed out a grateful sigh that his tiny partner could once again see clearly.
Whimpering painfully, Renelax wasted no time in scrambling behind the long, flowing garment of his black-clad trainer. "Renalex! Get back in there! Pin it to the ground with your Tackle! I mean NOW!" the female Rapa follower half-barked, half-snarled as she cruelly kicked the little Poochyena forward. Snarling, Renelax rushed at Forteo. Ben cheered as the Pineco dodged nimbly and delivered another super-effective Bug Bite to the head of the surprised Poochyena. Wearing an anguished expression, Poochyena raced around the little, makeshift battlefield, trying to shake off her tormentor. As Ben watched Renelax’s aggravated trainer stamp her foot, he realized that just like her Poochyena, she was beginning to lose her cool.
Ben’s stomach lurched as he recalled how the hooded woman had cruelly treated her Pokemon, and the spiteful glance Renelax had given her in return. From the moment he laid eyes on the cloaked Rapan, Ben had sensed a sinister vibe that had filled him with unease. Now he knew what had caused it. She was a bully, plain and simple. Ben wondered if the rest of Rapa’s followers were anything like her. He suspected they were, and felt sincerely glad he had chosen to side with Ikira and the disciples of Sauros. Ikira! For the first time since the battle had started, Ben wondered what had become of her. He figured she was probably somewhere close, facing off against a fellow follower of Rapa. Wherever she was, he hoped she was okay. Silently, Ben recommitted himself to doing whatever it took to stop the cruel Rapans.
Dragging a hand through his short, brown hair Ben thought hard to come up with a plan. The woman and her partner were visibly frustrated, and he could tell that he and Forteo had them on the ropes. He didn’t think that it would take much to finish Renelax off, especially if the woman’s anger got the best of her, and caused her to make a foolish mistake. After a moment of consideration, Ben issued his instructions to the patiently-waiting Forteo. “Okay, mate,” he began. “Brilliant work so far. Let’s see if we can finish them off now. Wait for Renelax to make the first move, then dodge with RAPID SPIN! After that, hopefully one more BUG BITE will do it!”
While Forteo fixed Renelax with a determined look, Ben suddenly felt sorry for the Bite Pokemon. Having been kicked once already this battle, he sereiously doubted that was the first abuse the Poochyena had ever received. At that moment a thought flashed in Ben’s mind. “One more thing, mate!” he hollered to Forteo. “I want you to be ready to defend Renelax with PROTECT if her trainer tries to beat her again!” Ben was determined to prevent any more ill-treatment to the poor Poochyena. Surprised at this new direction Forteo turned a curious expression to Ben, but the teenage trainer just nodded and Forteo quickly prepared himself to attack.