The Battle Before Christmas (PG/K+, Comashipping)
Oh my GOD, it feels good to not have this monkey on my back anymore! This was a dare from HALF A YEAR AGO!!! SIX MONTHS!!! AND I ONLY JUST WROTE THE ENDING TODAY!!! I swear to God, I am OFF Comashipping forever!
Also, I threw in Ash's Oshawott and Snivy as a side pairing, just because I find them cute together. It must be because of the NatsuErza elements they have.
Anyway, I shouldn't have to say this, but I do not own Pokemon.
It was Christmas Eve in the Unova region’s Nimbasa City, where Ash was ready to make a challenge for his fourth Unova Badge. After a short adventure at the amusement park, the Gym Leader, Elesa, had offered to battle him the day after Christmas.
So far, the Gym Leaders – his friend Cilan included – were some of the toughest battles he’d faced since the Sinnoh League. Idly, he wondered how his old rivals would fare against them. Especially Paul.
Ash and Paul had always disagreed on raising Pokemon. While Ash always tried to bring out his Pokemon’s inner strength, Paul expected concrete results, and would push his team to their limits to achieve those ends. The way he treated Chimchar especially bordered on abuse.
But Ash and Chimchar, now an Infernape, had prevailed over Paul. Seeing how his old Pokemon had grown strong in Ash’s hands, Paul had finally opened his heart to the Pallet Town native.
Now, though, Paul was challenging the Kanto Battle Frontier, and Ash couldn’t help but wonder if Paul had gone back to his cold, uncaring ways.
Wait. If Paul was in Kanto, then why was he standing five feet away from Ash?
“Paul!” Ash called. The lavender-haired Trainer turned his head at the sound of his name.
“Ash,” Paul acknowledged him curtly. “I suppose if you’re here, then that means you’re challenging Elesa.”
“Yeah,” replied Ash. “Don’t tell me you’re challenging Unova’s Gyms now, too.”
“Actually, no,” said Paul. “Reggie and I are here visiting family for the holidays. Come New Year’s Day, I’m heading straight back to Kanto to fight the last two Frontier Brains.”
“Great, so what Symbols do you still have to earn?” asked Ash.
“Just the Ability Symbol and… the Brave Symbol.” Paul cringed visibly at the last three words. It was no secret to Ash that he held a deep-seated dislike of Brandon, the Pyramid King.
“You’ll get that Symbol, Paul,” said Ash reassuringly. “You’re a really strong Trainer.”
“Don’t patronize me, Ash,” said Paul harshly. “It’s only a matter of time.”
“Sor-ry!” said Ash. Paul grunted and took out a Poke Ball.
“Zebstrika, standby for battle!” he shouted, throwing the ball. In a flash of light, a wild looking zebra-like Pokemon reared up on its two hind legs giving a loud whinny as its white stripes and mane flashed yellow, signifying it was ready for battle.
“Whoa, Paul, what are you doing?!” asked Ash in a panicky voice.
“The Gym Leader happens to use a Zebstrika, I just so happen to have traded for my cousin’s Zebstrika, and so, I decided to challenge you with it so you could prepare for your Gym Battle,” Paul explained. “Think of it as your Christmas present.”
“Ohhhh-kay,” said Ash, but as the situation started to sink in, his eyes lit up. Turning to his ever-faithful Pikachu, he said, “Get ready, buddy!”
“Pi-kah!” Pikachu yelled. And with that, the battle was on.
“Pikachu, Thunderbolt!” Ash commanded.
“Pika-CHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!” Pikachu shouted as a yellow bolt of electricity shot out of its body. Zebstrika just stood there and took the attack, glowing as it did. When the glow faded, Zebstrika was totally unharmed.
“Why didn’t Zebstrika take any damage?” asked a stupefied Ash.
“That’s due to Zebstrika’s Motor Drive ability,” Paul explained. “When hit with an Electric attack, Zebstrika’s Speed rises. Now, Zebstrika! Use Flame Charge!” Zebstrika whinnied as it cloaked itself in fire and began to build up speed.
“Pikachu, match its speed with yours! Quick Attack, now!” Pikachu nodded and was off like a rocket towards Zebstrika, who managed to knock it back quite easily as Pikachu moaned in pain.
Having seen that electricity wouldn’t work, Ash quickly ordered an Iron Tail. Pikachu’s tail turned to solid steel, and as it came down on Zebstrika, Paul ordered a Shock Wave. Suddenly, electricity started to gather in Zebstrika’s mane and was discharged in a wave of energy, which happened to make contact with Pikachu’s newly metallic tail, causing the damage to be amplified.
“Zebstrika, Stomp it, and hurry!” Paul shouted. Zebstrika reared its front legs to deliver the finishing blow. Pikachu took the full force of the attack, down, but not out. Suddenly, sparks covered Zebstrika, and it couldn’t move – in short, it was paralyzed.
“Static!” Paul cursed.
“Pikachu, now’s our chance!” yelled Ash. “Iron Tail, one more time!”
“Chuuuuuuu-PIKA!” Pikachu yelled as it slammed the metallic tail on Zebstrika’s forehead, knocking it out. Sighing, Paul returned Zebstrika to its Poke Ball.
“You should have no problems dealing with Elesa now, Ash,” said Paul in congratulations. “Good battle.”
“Thanks, but if her Zebstrika is anywhere near as strong as yours, I may be in trouble,” said Ash. “I got lucky with Pikachu’s Static.” Looking down at Pikachu, Ash said, “Can you cut it a little closer next time, buddy?” with a smile.
“Pikachu. Pika pika, chu?,” said Pikachu, in a tone that clearly said “Oh, screw you, at least we won, right?”
Paul grinned despite himself. “I’m going to the Pokemon Center to heal Zebstrika. You should do the same for Pikachu.” Despite his earlier grin, Paul grimaced.
Cousin Ryan was never going to let him hear the end of this.
Back in the Pokemon Center, Ash and Paul waited for Pikachu and Zebstrika to be healed. As they stood in the waiting area, they forced small talk.
“So,” said Paul. “What other Pokemon have you captured in Unova?”
“Well, Oshawott is one of them, and-“ Ash was cut off by the sound of a Pokemon leaving its ball. Unsurprisingly, it was Ash’s Oshawott.
“Oshawott!” he said proudly.
“Oshawott, don’t you think it’s a little late to be popping out of your ball without permission? I’m gonna need you at full strength for my Gym battle in a couple days!”
“Osha!” exclaimed Oshawott. Paul was dumbfounded.
“Hold on! You don’t actually plan on using a Water-type Pokemon against an Electric-type Gym Leader, do you?” Paul asked Ash as though he was crazy.
“Osha-osha-wott!” yelled Oshawott indignantly.
“Actually, Oshawott’s pretty good against Electric-types when it’s using its scalchop,” Ash explained. He pulled out another Poke Ball and released the Pokemon inside, which happened to be his Snivy, who looked indignant at being woken up.
“Snivy, I want you to use Vine Whip on Oshawott, okay?” Ash told her.
“Sni?” Snivy said, quirking an eye at her Trainer’s odd request. Then again, she reasoned, that fool Oshawott probably did something to deserve it.
“Sniiii-VY!” she yelled as the vines extended to whip Oshawott, who panicked and held out it’s scalchop to block the attack.
Paul was impressed. “Amazing! Oshawott seems to have taken no damage at all!” he said.
“See, I told you Oshawott was one tough cookie!” said Ash proudly.
“Wott-oshawott!” said Oshawott in agreement.
Snivy just gaped at Ash. Did he mean that she was only called out so Oshawott could show off?! This would not stand! With a cry, she extended the Vine Whips again, one for Ash, and one for Oshawott. She smirked at their cries of pain.
Paul could only stare. “Well,” he said. “At least your Pokemon have personality.”
At that moment, the familiar jingle played, meaning that a Trainer’s Pokemon were fully healed. An Audino appeared pushing a trolley, on which rested Pikachu, as well as Zebstrika’s Poke Ball.
“Pikapi?” asked Pikachu in a nervous tone as he pointed upwards.
“What?” asked Ash. He and Paul looked up and saw that dreaded plant of the holidays: mistletoe.
“Oh, for God’s sake,” muttered Paul. He then pulled a screaming Ash into a kiss. It wasn’t anything flashy, just a good smack for luck. Paul wasn’t superstitious, but he wasn’t taking any chances with two Frontier Brains left to fight.
Oshawott had gathered from Ash and Paul kissing that if you were caught beneath the mistletoe, you had to kiss the person you were with. “Oshawott?” he asked Snivy hopefully.
“Sni,” said Snivy simply and curtly, which you didn't have to understand to realize it meant "No."
She would kiss Oshawott on her own terms.
Last edited by Nightlingbolt; 12th May 2011 at 5:21 PM.
Please stop complaining about Pikachu losing to "weak" Pokemon at the start of each new region. Its power is drained at the start of each new region, and anyway, it's equally bad storytelling for Pikachu to plow through all of its opponents.