Noriko watched helplessly as Kitty and Elmira proceeded to battle the angry Croconaw – with devastating results. Croconaw’s use of Rage made pretty much all of the two felines’ attacks only work against them by powering up the Water-type Pokémon even further. Elmira got caught in a powerful Bite and was tossed aside like a ragdoll. Her Intimidation was nearly useless and the battle was looking extremely bad for Noriko and her partners.
“Exeggutor, Psychic attack!”
The sudden command made Noriko stiffen, but what made the situation even more threatening was a large, coconut-tree-looking Pokémon rushing at them from a nearby bush, stomping loudly while at it. Noriko didn’t need to consult a Pokédex to recognize an Exeggutor, a Grass-type Pokémon with a good dose of Psychic-qualities. Croconaw stood still, heavily affected by Psychic no doubt, eyes fixed on the intruder. Not a moment sooner a young man came from behind Exeggutor, wearing khaki pants and a black shirt. The spiked hair seemed incredibly familiar…
“Your Pokemon all right? That was pretty close!” Noriko nodded to the young man’s question, her Pokémon having already run right into her arms in fear. There was no damage that a visit to the Pokémon Center wouldn’t fix, but Croconaw was a bigger issue.
“So, what’s gotten into this guy anyway?” This man was either very brave or very dumb, thought Noriko to herself while watching him approach the Croconaw and try to make contact with it. The man pulled a pair of tweezers out of his backpack. “All right, I’m just tryin’ to help you, kay?” A gasp escaped out of her mouth when Croconaw, clearly not happy with the young man, Bit right on his arm. Noriko didn’t even manage to run two steps before she was ordered to stand back. Incredibly enough he was still talking to Croconaw, like the attack on his arm wasn’t much at all. He held in his free hand a pair of tweezers, reaching quickly into Croconaw’s mouth and pulling out a bad-looking tooth after a bit of painful-looking struggling. Noriko watched in amazement as Croconaw quietly let go of the arm in response.
“There you go, now you just need some rest. Exeggutor, use Hypnosis.” Croconaw fell asleep without struggle, with the young man leaving a Sitrus Berry by its side for later consumption. Noriko still had a hard time processing this incredibly odd event. The man showed her the bad tooth.
“See? This tooth must’ve just grown weird and caused Croconaw a lot of pain. That’s probably why it went berserk. It should be fine now, though; it just needs some rest.” He proceeded to get some bandages from his backpack, and with some help from Exeggutor’s Psychic bandaged his arm up. “Oh yeah, I forgot to introduce myself! I’m Gary, the Viridian City Gym Leader!”
Noriko’s eyes went wide at the realization of who exactly was making casual conversation with her. Gary: a Gym Leader, a famous one at that, and even more powerful than Erika. So many girls had joined his fan club Noriko had lost count. Even ones at the Celadon Gym! Noriko, still holding Elmira and Kitty in her arms, bowed deeply. “It is an honor to meet a Gym Leader! I’m Noriko and these are Elmira and Kitty, my friends, and I apologize for the trouble, my friends haven’t been in a whole lot of battles yet and I overestimated my capability…” she went on to blabber apologetically, nervous like never before. Her head suddenly snapped back up. “Oh, how come a Gym Leader is wandering around these parts of the woods?” She laid Elmira and Kitty back on the ground, summoning both back in their Pokéballs for a good rest. “Or has that Croconaw been problematic for a long time?”