After training Carolina to about level 8, we continued north on our quest, and battled the ever-popular Youngster Joey, wielding the Rattatta of top-percentage. We beat him easily, though. And continued on. At the end of the route Lyra gave us the VS Recorder, though I don't know how she caught up to me so quickly.
Now we're at Violet City! We can't go into the gym yet, though. So I entered the Sprout Tower. It was basically Bellsprout, Bellsprout, Bellsprout, ooh Hoothoot, Bellsprout, Bellsprout, Rattatta, Bellsprout. We did encounter Ranjit, and we beat the Elder. After that battle, Kindle evolved into a Quilava!
We then challenged the Flying type gym, with only Carolina taking any damage. And thus it was time to fight the Gym Leader with this snazzy new system:
Kindle was sent against the first Pidgey, which managed to get a burn off of its first Ember. The Pidgey spammed Sand Attack, causing Kindle to not KO it with Quick Attack, but it fainted next turn anyway.
Then it was the big one: Pidgeotto. I sent Carolina at it, and though they were matched in level, Carolina could not defeat the Pidgeotto thanks to it Roosting its HP back and being faster. So Kindle was the only choice, but after some thinking with Quick Attack and Ember, we ended up victorious.
Falkner gave us the Zephyr Badge, and as we headed out to gain our next team member, Prof. Elm told us to get an Egg from the Poke Mart!
Kindle: Lv. 15 (Quick Attack/Leer/Smokescreen/Ember)
Carolina: Lv. 14 (Quick Attack/Brave Bird/Sand Attack/Aerial Ace)