This is a fanfic I have had in mind for a while now. I thought about good ways to end the anime when I was looking at one of the threads on this site concerning that topic. I developed an idea that starts with Ash in the Sinnoh League and Dawn in the Grand Festival. I am following the canon and putting everyone in character. I decided to add more personaity traits to characters like the Elite Four who rarely appear in the anime and therefore don't have too many character qualities. I hope everyone enjoys the fic and I would greatly appreciate any comments or criticism (as long as it's not spam, of course.)
Pokemon: Battle of Battles
This fic is rated PG for mild violence. No sexual content or swearing.
Chapter 1 - The Sinnoh League Champion
Ash Ketchum waited for years and traveled through four different regions to arrive at this very battle. Sweat trickled down his face and gathered in his cap. The roar of the crowd at Sinnoh Stadium was deafening, but the thumping of his quickly beating heart was even louder. He was in this same situation in his semi-final battle and he narrowly got out of it with a victory. He was hoping to do the same thing now. Ash grabbed the last remaining Pokeball from his belt and stared at it. “I’m counting on you,” he said.
Ash casted the ball high in the air. It burst into a brilliant red light and the creature inside of it emerged onto the battlefield. The large creature that came out of Ash’s Pokeball was his Charizard. The dragon roared and blew an astounding flame from it’s mouth straight in the air as it confidently waved its powerful wings. The figure on the other side of the stadium was Ash’s opponent, Paul. Paul arrogantly smiled as he released his last Pokemon. “Standby for battle!“ he shouted.
Paul's Ursaring emerged from the Pokeball. The large bear glared at Charizard menacingly, not taking too kindly to Charizard’s arrogance. Ash knew this was Paul’s strongest Pokemon. He took a deep breath and tried hiding his anxiety. Ash glanced at the sidelines to see two of his best friends, Dawn and Brock. He saw Brock nod his head in reassurance and he saw Dawn mouth the words, “No need to worry.” He looked back at Charizard and saw how pumped up it was for the battle. Ash relaxed his shoulders and smiled. Charizard looks fantastic, and my friends believe in us, he thought. I know we can do this.
The referee gave the signal to begin and Paul immediately gave his first command.
“Focus Blast!” he yelled. Ursaring barreled toward Charizard. A bright, glowing sphere formed in its hands as it lunged at Charizard. Charizard flew to the right, narrowly escaping the powerful blast of energy. Ursaring's Focus Blast landed on the ground and created a thunderous sound and a gaping hole.
“Flamethrower!” Ash commanded. Charizard exhaled a strong jet stream of flames at Ursaring. Ursaring took the hit and yelled in pain. It dropped to the ground for a few seconds but was able to get itself back up. It threw itself at Charizard with another Focus Blast, and hit Charizard this time. Charizard was flung backward and into the wall. Ash expressed great concern on his face until he saw Charizard get up with a look of sheer determination.
“Way to be strong, Charizard! Let's get 'em with a Steel Wing!” Charizard’s wings became a bright, silver color and it flew toward Ursaring at full speed. Ursaring was unable to fire off another attack quickly enough, causing it to be defenseless as Charizard’s left wing made solid contact with its face. It was once again knocked to the ground. Paul was furious. He clenched his fists until his knuckles turned white. “Ursaring, we are not losing to this pathetic trainer! We didn’t come all this way to lose! Get up!”
Ursaring slowly got up, clearly in pain, only to be immediately knocked down by Charizard yet again. The crowd erupted with excitement. Never throughout the tournament had the atmosphere been this electrifying. Dawn stood up with enthusiasm. “He’s gonna win! Ash is gonna do it!” she proclaimed.
Brock didn’t look as certain. “Don’t be so sure yet. Paul trained his Ursaring well, it won’t give up this easily.”
True to its reputation, Ursaring got back up and waited for Charizard to come back around. It timed Charizard’s flight speed and pattern perfectly. Charizard was struck down to the ground by Ursaring’s fists.
“No!” yelled Ash. He wasn't sure how much more Charizard could take.
Charizard got up and it traded punches and claws with Ursaring. Charizard clawed at Ursaring’s face, leaving a decent gash. Ursaring retaliated by striking Charizard in the face, briefly leaving it dazed. Ursaring then grabbed Charizard by the shoulders and started pushing it backward. Charizard was able to gather itself together and it grabbed Ursaring’s shoulders. The two were pushing each other hard when Ash’s face lit up. “That’s it!” he shouted. “Charizard, Seismic Toss!”
Charizard grabbed Ursaring’s arms and pulled the bear closer to it. Charizard flew hundreds of feet in the air and then began racing toward the ground, still tightly holding on to Ursaring by its arms. Ursaring was slammed into the ground, creating a large crater in the center of the arena. Charizard stood up as Ursaring lay motionless on the ground. The referee raised the red flag in the air. “Ursaring is unable to battle, Charizard wins, and the winner of the Sinnoh League is Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town!”
The crowd went wild. Flags were waving in the air, drinks and snacks went flying everywhere in the stands, and confetti slowly dropped all over Ash. Ash stood there motionless as he watched Paul glare at him and then his Pokeball that contained his fallen Ursaring. Paul turned and walked out of the stadium. Dawn and Brock arrived at his side and congratulated him. Tears ran down Ash's eyes.
“I did it,” he said quietly. Then a grin painted his face. “I did it!” he shouted, jumping in the air. He and his friends ran over to Charizard and embraced it. Charizard was fatigued from the battle, but it smiled nonetheless and blew a victory flame into the faces of Ash, Dawn, and Brock. Each of their faces were fried and the flames dried up and ruined Dawn’s pretty blue hair. She dropped down on the ground and planted her face into her right palm. “Why do I bother with my hair anymore?” she grumbled. Ash and Brock laughed. No matter what the situation was, Dawn was always overly concerned with her appearance.
The President of the Sinnoh League soon approached Ash with a friendly smile. Above that smile was thickest mustache Ash had ever seen. He greeted Ash with a powerful handshake. “Well done Mr. Ketchum, may I ask you to stand on the winner’s podium so I can present you with your trophy?”
“Oh yeah,” said Ash, returning to reality. He rushed to the podium and received the giant, golden Sinnoh League trophy in front of tens of thousands of fans at the stadium, and millions more watching on live television.
Back in Pallet Town in the region of Kanto, Ash’s mother, Delia, was watching Ash on television alongside Ketchum family friend and brilliant Pokemon researcher, Professor Oak. They watched Ash's battles in the Sinnoh League tournament religiously. Delia's heart leapt when she saw her son holding the trophy. She knew how hard Ash worked and how badly he wanted to win.
“Oh my goodness, my baby boy did it!” Delia exclaimed. Ash was about to speak about his victory while the sound of a vacuum cleaner roared in the next room.
Delia turned around and called in to her house cleaner, Mr. Mime. “Mimey not now, I’m listening to Ash!” The sweeping continued, however. “Mimey!”
The vacuum stopped and Mr. Mime walked into the room with a guilty look on its face. Delia turned back to watch Ash finish talking. Tears formed in her eyes when Ash acknowledged her in his speech. When Ash finished talking, Professor Oak looked at Delia. “And to think this is the boy who showed up at my lab just a few years back in his pajamas, frantically begging for his first Pokemon,” he said chuckling. He recalled Ash sweating and gasping for air as he asked him what Pokemon were left. "At least Ash being late for Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle resulted in receiving Pikachu."
Delia nodded in agreement. “Yes, I remember that day quite well. I'm so excited that my Ash is such a little Pokemon Master."
“He’s not done yet, however, Delia.” Oak said in a more serious tone. “He still has to face the Elite Four and then the Champion in order to become the best. They are five of the best trainers in the world, so Ash can’t get too confident and let up on his training.”
Delia nodded. “You’re right. But I know my son, and he has it in him." Tears welled up in her eyes once more. "I can't help but get emotional. All he's ever talked about growing up is becoming a Pokemon Master."
Professor Oak had to smile. "He's well on his way now."