"Wow!" Billy yelled making Mickey's eyes roll. "Pokemon from Unova are so COOL!"
He happily hugged his Pokedex, more than likely thinking it was Elesa, before Mickey yelled to snap him out his trance.
"Billy, your Pokemon!" he said.
"Oh! Yeah, I forgot!" he laughed as he went through his bag.
"Ah!" Billy yelled. "Here he is! Now go, Empoleon!"
As the blue parts of his suit began to glisten under the light, his fully evolved Empoleon emerged from it's Pokeball.
"Huh?" Mickey and Elesa said in confusion as they observed the giant blue penguin.
"Why'd you choose a Water-type?" she asked.
"WOW!" Billy yelled as his heartbeat increased.
"Okay, I guess that's what your going with!" she laughed. "Emolga, Static Strings!"
On command, Emolga flew into the air with a loop, her small, stubby fingers turning a bright yellow.
Mickey called out to Billy, who was still entranced by his idolization. "Billy, Emolga's an Electric-Type! You have to give Empoleon an command!"
Billy didn't listen, he simply stared across the arena towards Elesa. Meanwhile, Emolga's cheeks began to spark, then her fingers turned into streams of electricity, spreading all across the arena. The streams jumped up from the rocky ground and bounced their way over to Empoleon, who nervously watched as they got closer.
"Alright! Go for it, Emolga!" Elesa yelled as the streams began to make contact.
Empoleon closed his eyes tight and shielded himself with his blade like arms, but he felt nothing but a warm jump as the sparks flew over him.
Mickey and Empoleon looked shocked, no pun intended, when the attack past by him and stuck around the arena like a large net. He unfolded and looked around.
"Surprised?" Elesa giggled looking around at the sparks jumping around the field. "Static Strings isn't exactly an attack of sorts, but it does give the opponent a pretty decent reminder that they can't switch out." She sighed and shrugged as she finished. "Only downside though is that it'll go away once I use another Electric type attack..."
"Wow..." Billy responded.
"You must be warming up or something, Billy?" Elesa asked with the same smile. "Emolga, use Quick Attack!"
From the air, Emolga sped off towards Emperor, a white stream forming as it broke the air in two from its speed. "EMOLLLLLLLL!!!" she yelled as she swooped closer by the second.
"Billy, come one! What are you doing?! You have to give Empoleon a command before Elesa takes him down!" Mickey yelled out cuffing his hands around his mouth.
Still nothing but another "Wow" from Billy.
In an instant, Emolga smacked into Empoleon, and he flew back due to its massive power. To recollect from the recoil, Emolga swooped in the air, then flew back to Elesa's side. Emperor easily stood itself up, but still had a few small scratches from the head-on attack.
"I sure hope your Empoleon's okay?" Elesa said as she let Emolga land on her arm.
"... ... ..." Billy just stood there and actually said nothing this time, so Elesa thought-- "WOW!"
Oh, well never mind.
"...I should probably wrap this up..." she said. "You think so Emolga?"
Her Pokemon nodded in agreement, so she gave it the last command. "Okay! Use, Zap Line!"
Emolga flew off her Trainers arm and swooped around towards Emperor. Her cheeks began to spark up and her body appeared to get smaller.
"Normally," Elesa started. "This attack is just a super fast form of Volt Tackle or Quick Attack."
The sparks around the arena from the electricity that surrounded it began to encase itself around Emolga, who in turn disappeared in a flash of light, and popped back up behind Empoleon.
He stood with a frozen look of pain on his face, while Emolga didn't turn to face him, and stood with a look of pride. In an other second or so, thousands of volts of electricity phased through Empoleon's body, and it screamed in pain.
Elesa then continued with a giggle as she watched Empoleon fall in defeat, "But when an Electric attack like Zap Line is supercharged with the affects of the Static Strings, it's an automatic powerhouse attack on Pokemon like Empoleon!"
"...Wow..." Billy repeated as he returned Empoleon to his Pokeball.
Elesa looked more confused now than ever as Billy stared at her even while placing his Pokemon back in his light blue bag.
"Pathetic..." a voice from behind Mickey lamented.
Mickey thought. Who said that?
He turned around from his seat in the bleachers to see an rather old man staring back at him. Their eyes quickly met and Mickey felt odd to breathe the air that he was putting off. He recognized it from an earlier time in his life; and, when it came back to him who the man was, his mouth slightly opened.
"Hey..." Mickey said in a voice similar to the awe-struck Billy. "I recognize you... your--"
The older man cut him off. "Juan" he said. "My name is Juan."
"Yeah, I know..." Mickey replied as he reached into his jacket pocket. "Your the Gym Leader from Sootopolis City."
Juan watched as he pulled it open, and was shocked to see the six Sinnoh badges he had already acquired. He then pulled a slab up from inside of the blue velveteen case, and it showed a full set of badges from Hoenn too.
Mickey turned back to him and held up the badges as he spoke. "I battled you when I was in school last semester and won the Rain Badge from you." he said pointing to the aforementioned badge. "It wasn't easy...your Milotic almost destroyed
"You...defeated me with your Roserade." Juan said again with a flushed and spooked expression.
Happily, Mickey pulled out a Pokeball from his belt. "Yep!" he laughed as he waved it towards Juan. "So you remember Scout and I, huh?"
Juan noticed that Mickey hadn't noticed his looks while he spoke, so Juan quickly changed to his stoic and clam demeanor.
he coughed. "Yes, well how are you then monsieur?" he asked in an French accent. "I see you still haven't managed to keep proper company..."
Mickey turned back to the stadium, furious at Juan for his quips at Billy.
"Maybe you should let Mickey have a go, Billy?" she said. "I mean if your not up to it at he moment, then I'd be happy to--"
"OW!" Billy yelled interrupting Elesa.
She looked on the ground and saw a third white shoe beside Billy's two. She turned into the stands on her far right and saw Mickey just getting out of a throwing position.
"Snap out of it, you blubberin' 'twit!" he yelled shaking his fist angrily. Billy stared at him as he massaged his head. "Your in a battle
, you know?! SO ACT LIKE IT!"
That really hurt!
Billy thought continuing to rub his skull. Huh? ...What's going on? What am I doing up here?
He looked across the brightly lit room that the dance music filled through, and saw Elesa on the other end.
Am I battling her?! ... This has to be some weird dream...
Then it all started to come back to him. Oh! That's right! I AM battling her!
He scrambled around in his bag, and Mickey smiled hoping that he'd finally gotten through to his best friend.
Well, if it's a battle...
Billy thought as he pulled out Empoleon's Pokeball. Then I'm gonna give it my all! ...Oh, wait that's right...Empoleon's finished...
He looked over at Emolga expectantly flying around her Trainer and giggled.
"Unova's Pokemon are still so cool!" he yelled searching for another Pokemon. "It's okay, Mickey. I'm back, and I'm gonna win this battle no matter what!"
Elesa smiled as Mickey began to cheer him on. "About time you bloody twit! Now go and getter!" he screamed throwing his fists into the air. Juan past by him to take the seat on his left, then affixed himself in it to watch the fight continue.
"Okay, let's see..." Billy said to himself as he searched for another Pokeball. "Yep, here we go!" He gave the Pokeball a toss into the sky.
"Okay, get ready, Emolga." Elesa said as he got into position.
Emolga nodded and flew into the air as well.
"Let's go, Glaceon!" Billy yelled as his Pokeball lit up.
Billy's Pokemon jumped to the ground and pounced around playfully as she eyeballed her opponent.
"An Ice-Type, eh?" Elesa said with a nod as she watched the icy blue feline dance around. "Well, I do like a challenge. Emolga, use Static String, once more!"
And just like before Emolga flew up a little above the arena as the music was drowned out by the strong sounds of the shocks her cheeks produced. Her fingers began to flow with the electricity, and started to set the perimeter around them.
"Don't let that happen, Glaceon!" Billy called pointing to the sparks bouncing off Emolga's tiny fingers. "Use Quick Attack!"
Glaceon sprinted off, the trail of white quickly accompanying the attack. She panted her name with each step she took, pacing herself to jump up and attack Emolga.
Elesa saw how close Glaceon was getting, and quickly had to call off the charge. "Emolga, dodge it and use Acrobatics!"
Emolga stopped the attack, the sparks just about to spread from her fingertips, and attempted to watch for Glaceon's movements, so she'd know when to duck or sway.
But the icy body of Glaceon was too fast to keep track of. In a flash of white, she slammed into Emolga, and she fell hard on the rocky ground below.
"Wow, your Pokemon is pretty fast!" Elesa noted only seeing Glaceon's dark blue tail as she landed on all-fours. She slightly turned to observe Emolga. "You okay over there?"
Emolga got up just as quickly as Empoleon did, but still had a scratch from where Glaceon slammed into her.
"Okay then. Acrobatics, one more time!" she yelled.
This time Emolga didn't fly up. She glided just a little above the ground to keep herself leveled with Glaceon.
"Alright Glaceon, here's our chance!" Billy said watching Emolga closely. He let her get a little bit closer as his feline friend chilled the air around her, something Glaceon tends to do when she's really focused on something. "Okay! Go, use Quick Attack again!"
"GLACE-EON!" Glaceon yelled as she sprinted off again.
The run wasn't long due to Billy's impeccable timing. The black caped squirrel and the icy blue feline were about to collide in mere seconds.
Emolga however, stopped flying abruptly and let Glaceon zoom past her. Emolga quickly yanked her by the tail though, and gave her a quick jab to the back, before using her own momentum against her and launching her further down the arena with an skillful kick.
Glaceon rolled forward, popping up whenever she'd hit a sharp rock or a pebble above ground. The recoil made her stop halfway before she'd reached the middle of the arena.
"Ah! Oh, no! Are you okay Glaceon!?" Billy yelled in worry. Luckily, the nimble attack from Emolga didn't do much damage, and she stood up soon after. "Alright, good job! Now try and hittem with Frostbite!"
Glaceon turned around instantly to lock her gaze on Emolga, who was standing in an boastful position, mocking her intentions with a small giggle. Angrily, Glaceon sped off and slammed into her side side again, the attack slightly chilling her cape with chunks of ice.
Billy watched happily as the swift attack from Glaceon sent Emolga flying back his way and rolling to his feet like Glaceon did earlier.
"Ha!" he scoffed. "How do ya like THAT!?" Billy looked at Emolga's winged membrane and noticed the blue residue sticking to it from the chill of Glaceon's move. "Looks like Frostbite's affects are starting to kick in too!"
"Hmm...that's not a bad combination..." Juan said as he observed the battle.
Mickey was impressed too, as he's been on the end of that series of attacks before.
"Glaceon rams into her opponents with Quick Attack, weakening it an precise point, then goes in with Frostbite and softens it up more..." Juan shivered as he spoke. "It's quite an excellent strategy I must say..."
The song above changed for the third time during the entire match, meaning that the whole thing must have been at least 12 minutes from Elesa's timing. Emolga struggled to fly back up and face Glaceon, because the thick chips of ice were weighing her down slightly.
"Looks like it's working, Glaceon!" Billy said happily. "Now lets keep it up! Frostbite once more!"
Glaceon sprang off again as Emolga struggled to maintain her composure in the air. Elesa noticed this and knew she had to do something. "Emolga, use Double Team!" she yelled.
"Mooolll-GA!" she yelled as her body morphed into different copies around the field.
"Don't slow down, Glaceon! Look around for the slowest copy!" Billy ordered.
Glaceon continued to run around, with the blistering cold chill wrapping constantly around her body. All the copies of Emolga each had one thing in common in that they all sort of glitched every now and again.
She went around the field one more time until she noticed the one copy that slightly went out of order. Billy noticed it too and called out the order, "There she is, Glaceon! Now go get her!"
Glaceon hopped into the air to prepare to jump into Emolga. Out of fright Emolga accidentally made her clones go away, revealing that the one they were aiming for, was indeed the real one. With no hesitation the attack slammed into Emolga dead on, and they both fell to the earth in a cloud of brown dust and sparkly blue ice shards.
When it began to clear and the silhouette of Glaceon and Emolga phased, you could see that Glaceon was triumphant. Even going as far to stand one foot on her to declare the victory.
"Wooo! Way to go, Billy!" an impressed Mickey yelled from the stands.
Billy embarrassingly waved in thanks, just coming out of the trance he gets in when he's focused on a match.
Sadly, Elesa recalled her Pokemon in the red beam of light. "You did great, Emolga. You take a nice long rest, okay?" she said coveting the Pokeball in her hands.
"That was a great battle, you two!" Billy said finally in a normal tone.
Elesa nodded and smiled back at him. "Yea, it was!" She pulled another Pokeball from her belt and bounced it in her hands. "...But it's not over yet!"
- End Of Chapter 4 -