CHAPTER 38 - LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
“Melody, are you participating in this tournament just to see Ash?” Misty asked in a snappy voice. She, Ash, Lucy, Brock, Pikachu and Togetic were standing in front of the big stadium, where Ash was about to battle Melody today. As usual, Misty and Melody were fighting again. Meanwhile, Melody’s Furret was gushing over Togetic. “What a perv,” Pikachu and Togetic thought.
“No, I just wanna be a successful Pokemon trainer!” Melody countered, while winking at Ash, who just blandly stood there and didn’t know what to do. He didn’t want to anger Misty even more.
“And why did you wink at Ash like that?” the angry redhead continued.
“Because I love him,” Melody said.
“Well, he’s my boyfriend, so back off!” Misty snapped. “Stop trying to ruin our relationship!”
“It’s up to him to choose, not to you!” Melody countered. “So, Ash, who do you wanna be with? With nagging, snapping Misty, or with me and my sexy looks? I won’t nag to you all the time, and I’m not short-tempered like she is.”
“She sure does look sexy,” Brock said, while Lucy dragged him away from the Shamouti Island-native.
Then, Ash finally involved himself in the argument. “Melody, I’m sick of you and Misty always fighting! Yes, I like your looks, but I don’t love you! I love Misty, and I also prefer her looks over yours, and I always will!” Ash snapped.
“Ash, come with me, there’s something I want to ask you without others hearing it,” Melody asked, taking Ash to a corner behind the stadium. There, she started whispering. “I know how you like challenges, huh?”
“Yeah,” Ash said, while staring at Melody’s chest. “Our upcoming battle is a nice one. But I’m sure I’m gonna win!”
“Is that so? Well, then how would you like to place a little wager on it?” Melody asked.
“Wager? What are you talking about?” Ash asked.
“If you win, I’ll leave you and Misty alone and stop flirting with you. But if I win, you and I are gonna have a romantic picknick at the beach tomorrow,” Melody proposed. “And if he’s there with me, I’ll seduce him again with my looks,” she thought. “I know he’s gonna love my new bikini, and then, Ash will be my boyfriend! Will I finally find the love I’ve been looking for?”
“I don’t want that, it’s not worth the risk of hurting Misty,” Ash said.
“Oh, you can always tell her you’re going to run a small errand. If she doesn’t know, it won’t hurt,” Melody tried.
“I still stand by my answer, I don’t want this,” Ash said.
Melody tried to think of other ways to get Ash to accept her deal. Then, she got it. “Oh, are you scared? Do you think you can’t do it? If you’re really that good, you’d believe in yourself and wouldn’t even think about the possibility of losing!” she teased.
“No, I’m not scared! I just...” Ash moaned, while Melody imitated the sound of a frightened chicken. He couldn’t take it anymore, he knew he was going to beat that girl, but she kept teasing him. “Oh, alright then, deal!” he shouted.
“Splendid. See you in ten minutes on the battlefield, and then we’re going to the beach tomorrow!” Melody said, just before walking into the stadium.
Then, Misty and the others quickly walked up to Ash. “What did she ask?” his girlfriend asked.
He felt scared, he didn’t have the guts to confront his girlfriend with what would happen if he’d lose the battle. “Well, Misty, she had a deal. If I win, she’s gonna leave us alone and respect our relationship,” Ash said with a big smile.
“Awesome! And what if you lose?” Misty asked.
“Then I need to have lunch with her at the beach,” Ash admitted.
“What?” Misty asked. “How could you do this?” She was about to punch Ash in the face, but Tracey and Brock held her back.
“Believe me, I’m sure I’m gonna win!” Ash countered. “Don’t worry about it.”
“Ash, don’t you realize you’re hurting your girlfriend if you lose?” Professor Oak asked. “It’s very immature to even consider such a wager!”
“Professor, don’t be too harsh towards him,” Delia said. “He’s just so confident, of course he’s gonna win!”
“There’s always the possibility of losing. And then what?” Lucy asked Ash.
“Then I’m just not gonna show up,” Ash said.
“And do you think that sexy lady is gonna accept that? Oh no, Ash. If you lose, you’ve got a date,” Brock said.
“I can just tell her I’m ill, and then quickly leave Mt. Silver with Misty,” Ash suggested.
“Ash, why were you stupid enough to do this to me?” Misty asked.
“I wasn’t doing it to you, I was doing it for you!” Ash countered. “I know how much Melody annoys you, so the possibility of getting rid of her flirting appealed to me. I’m sick of these arguments!”
“And did you realize you could lose the battle as well?” Misty asked.
“Not really, of course I’m gonna win,” Ash said. “Misty, does this mean you’re gonna break up with me if I lose this battle?” he asked.
“No, I love you too much for that, I know your intentions weren’t bad. You just wanted to get rid of her, and maybe she tripped you into this deal with some seducing or teasing... But I’d definitely be hurt if you two would date. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with her and leave me for her...” Misty said, while a tear flew down her right eye.
“Don’t worry, Misty,” Ash said. “I’m just gonna beat her, there’s nothing to worry about!”
“I hope you do... I hope you do...” Misty whispered.
And so, ten minutes later, a very tense battle was about to start. Not only would Ash lose another League if he wouldn’t win today, but he might also do serious damage to his relationship with Misty. On the rocky field, Ash and Melody were ready to choose their first Pokemon. Meanwhile, Misty, Lucy, Brock, Professor Oak, Togetic, Psyduck, Hoppip, Azumarill and Ludicolo were cheering for Ash, while Pikachu stood next to his trainer. The yellow Pokemon was registered for this battle. Then, Misty ran at Melody. “Hey, you skank! Trying to get my boyfriend to cheat on me, huh?” she snapped.
“No!” Melody said. “It’s just a romantic lunch, no kissing or sex!”
“Really? Come on, you almost humped him last time and you’re gonna try it again if you get the chance!” Misty snapped.
“So what? He agreed on this deal,” Melody defended herself.
“Yeah, but you tripped him into this by making those chicken sounds!” Misty snapped.
“I can’t help it that he’s so stupid,” Melody said.
“Well, you shouldn’t take advantage of it!” Misty shouted.
“He doesn’t love you, don’t you realize?” Melody said. “If he’d really love you, he wouldn’t agree on a bet like that. Don’t you get it? He loves me, he wants to lose this battle in order to romantically date a real lady. A real lady like me!”
“Shut up! He loves me for who I am, he only liked you for your looks!” Misty snapped. Meanwhile, a stadium guard jumped from the stands and walked up to the fighting girls.
“I love him, and I’ll do whatever I can to get him,” Melody said. “Encouraging someone to cheat on you isn’t my proudest moment, but damn it, I love him!”
“You unbelievable b*tch...” Misty muttered, while raising her fist in order to punch the flirty girl, only to be stopped by the guard.
“Hey, this is between Melody and me! Go away!” Misty snapped.
“Sorry, but according to the Pokemon League Agency rules, only the Pokemon are allowed to fight on the battlefield. I have to ask you to go back to the coaching couch behind Ash immediately,” the guard said. Misty was disappointed, but knew she didn’t have a choice. After all, if she didn’t follow his orders, she’d have to leave the stadium immediately.
“Wow, Misty, you’re out of control!” Brock noticed.
“If another man would try to steal Lucy away from you, you’d understand how I feel,” Misty shouted.
“Brock already knows how it feels, because he fell for so many women who ended up with other guys,” Lucy teased.
“Hey, that’s not funny!” Brock snapped.
“Says the one who flirts with any girl he sees,” Lucy teased.
“That’s what happens if every girl I see is hot,” Brock said.
“I see so many guys, and the only one I see as hot is you,” Lucy said.
“Well, as long as I stay faithful, looking at other girls is fine, huh?” Brock asked.
“Yes, if you don’t mind me doing what Misty, Max and Croagunk used to do,” Lucy teased, much to Delia’s and Oak’s laughter. Then, it was time for serious business: Melody sent out her Serperior.
“Hmm, a Grass type, huh? Go, Pidgeot!” Ash said, while hurling a Poke Ball.
“Begin!” the referee shouted, starting the six-on-six battle.
“Serperior, use your Leech Seed!” Melody commanded. The seed shot by the Grass-type wrapped around the bird, trying to drain away all its energy.
“This isn’t good...” Brock moaned, while looking at the way Pidgeot tried to peck the seed away, but failed. “All energy will be drained away and there’s nothing Pidgeot can do...”
“Pidgeot, return!” Ash shouted, while putting the bird back in his Poke Ball. “Retreating is better than losing a Pokemon too soon,” he thought. Then, he decided to go for another type advantage. “Arcanine, I choose you!”
“That’s a smart switch,” Lucy thought, while seeing how the dog Pokemon gritted his teeth, being ready to fight.
Meanwhile, Melody came up with an idea. Despite the hot summer temperature, rain was falling down from the sky. However, she had a strategy that involved different weather. “Serperior, Sunny Day,” she said. And so, the Grass-type caused the sun to shine brightly.
“Arcanine, use your Fire Blast!” Ash commanded. However, the shot of fire wasn’t affecting its opponent, who was able to avoid at blinding speed.
“Serperior, Solarbeam!” Melody commanded. Because of the weather, there was no need to charge for the blasting beam that struck Arcanine. However, the Pokemon stood up, despite feeling some pain.
“Arcanine, try some more Fire Blasts!” Ash tried. And so, the dog-like creature shot fire at its opponent, but all efforts ended up to be futile against the blinding fast Grass-type, who was able to avoid anything Arcanine tried so far.
“This is useless... Serperior will avoid anything Arcanine does...” Ash thought, while Arcanine got hit by a Tackle from the final evolution of Snivy.
“I got it!” Ash shouted. “Arcanine, use your Fire Spin!” A fast tornado of flames started moving rapidly fast on the rocky battlefield, striking Serperior. Because of the sunlight, the attack was even stronger than it would normally be, causing the Grass-type to collapse. “Serperior is defeated, Arcanine is the winner!” the referee shouted.
“You did it!” Ash complimented his pal. Meanwhile, he noticed Melody’s next Pokemon: Ninetales. He remembered a battle had had with Melody earlier on his journey with Misty, before Melody started pursuing a relationship with him.
Meanwhile, on the coaching couch, the group was talking. “A hot Ninetales fits a hot trainer,” Brock stated.
“And a cool Milotic fits your cool girlfriend,” Lucy joked, referring to her signature Pokemon.
“Melody has one too,” Brock said.
“Do you think Ash is in the lead now?” Delia asked.
“I wouldn’t be so sure, Arcanine is very tired,” Professor Oak admitted. “I’d retreat him if I were Ash.”
“I heard that,” Ash said. “Arcanine is doing great, why would I do that?”
“I don’t think Arcanine can take much more, he’s really tired,” the Professor explained.
“Aww, come on, what can a fellow Fire-type do? Ninetales lacks effective attacks, while Arcanine has attacks of different types,” Ash asked.
“I wish you’d listen to others once in a while... Oh well, it’s your choice...” Misty moaned.
Then, the battle resumed. “Arcanine, use your Dragon Rage!” Ash said. A big tornado whipped up, catching Ninetales and making her spin around in the air.
“Good! Now use Dragonbreath!” A green, small wave was aimed at the fox, who had to take another hit.
Then, the tornado caused by Dragon Rage stopped spinning. However, against everybody’s expectations, Ninetales was able to continue! She was barely able to stand on her feet, she was about to collapse, but she wasn’t done for yet. “Ninetales, now use your Heat Wave!” Melody said.
“Huh? Heat Wave? That’s not gonna affect Arcanine,” Ash thought. However, the heat caused a rock close to Arcanine to crash into pieces that fell down on the dog! Once the attack was over, everyone could see the Fire-type was done for. “Arcanine is defeated, Ninetales is the winner!” the referee said. “I knew he should’ve chosen another Pokemon...” Misty thought.
“Arcanine, you did a good job,” Ash said, while returning the Pokemon to his Poke Ball. Then, he sent out Pidgeot, who didn’t have to suffer from Leech Seed’s effects anymore. “Begin!” the referee shouted.
“Ninetales, let’s go for the same recipe, another Heat Wave!” Melody said, while looking as confident as never before. Again, the rocks around Pidgeot crumbled. Then, in the blink of an eye, Ash knew what he had to do.
“Pidgeot, Whirlwind!” Ash shouted. And so, the small stones were all shot at Ninetales. The Fire-type wasn’t able to deal with rocks well and already took a beating from Arcanine, eventually leading to her defeat.
“Wow, Ash isn’t as stupid as I thought,” Lucy said.
“Yeah, he’s not that bright, but he’s good at improvisation in battles,” Professor Oak replied, while Melody sent out her Sylveon. And so, the referee told the trainers to resume the match.
“Pidgeot, use your Tackle!” Ash commanded, causing the bird to charge into the Fairy-type, hitting it at high speed.
“Sylveon, try a Swift!” Melody said. Star-shaped rays were shot at the big bird, who wasn’t able to avoid this giant blow.
“Pidgeot, use your Aerial Ace,” Ash shouted, causing the bird to quickly strike the fairy again.
“Sylveon, Shadow Ball!” Melody commanded. However, the big, purple ball didn’t have any effect.
“Huh, Shadow Ball?” Brock thought. “That doesn’t work on a part-Normal type!”
“It might be a trick,” Lucy suggested.
“Sylveon, finish it with Hyper Beam!” Melody shouted. And so, a big, yellow beam was shot at the bird, who crashed down. “Pidgeot is defeated, Sylveon is the winner!”
“That was a good strategy, distracting Pidgeot with Shadow Ball to make him less likely to avoid that Hyper Beam,” Professor Oak admitted.
“Yeah, Lucy was right after all,” Misty said.
Then, the defeated Pidgeot was recalled and replaced by Pikachu. “Begin!” the referee screamed.
“Pikachu, start with a Quick Attack!” Ash said. Melody told her Pokemon to do the same, causing them to bump into each other, leaving both damaged. However, because of fighting Pidgeot, Sylveon had less energy left than the yellow mouse.
“Sylveon, Shadow Ball!” Melody tried. This time, the opponent got hit with a major blow. However, Pikachu was able to stand up with ease.
“Pikachu, end it with your Thunderbolt!” Ash shouted. And so, Pikachu totally zapped the fairy, causing it to fall down on the ground. And so, Melody recalled her Pokemon and picked her next one: Furret.
“Oh, that Furret is quite strong...” Misty moaned.
“Have you seen him often?” Lucy asked.
“That Furret is no good, he’s a total pervert! He gushed over Togetic in a really inappropriate way before this battle started,” Misty remembered.
“So like a Pokemon-version of Brock,” Lucy teased her boyfriend.
“That Furret looks so adorable!” Delia fangirl squealed.
“Yeah, but I wouldn’t underestimate him, he looks strong,” Professor Oak stated.
After the signal from the referee, Pikachu tried to zap Furret with another Thunderbolt. However, the Normal-type quickly evaded the blow.
“Furret, use your Slam!” Melody commanded. The ferret ran at Pikachu, slamming him with his big tail.
“Great, and now Dig!” she said. The Normal-type dug a hole underground and was about to surprise Pikachu.
However, Ash knew what to do next. “Pikachu, use your Thunder in that tunnel!” Waves of lightning entered the hole dug by Furret, completely zapping the Pokemon, who jumped out of the hole quickly. The Normal-type looked very tired.
“Pikachu, finish it with your Volt Tackle!” Ash commanded, causing the Electric-type to run at the ferret at blinding speed.
“Furret, this is our chance! Use your Strength!” Melody said quickly, causing Furret to slam Pikachu at high power, causing the electric mouse to collapse.
“Pikachu is defeated, Furret is the winner!” the referee shouted. Then, Ash carried Pikachu to the coaching bench, asking Misty, Brock, Lucy, Delia and Professor Oak to take care of the tired Pokemon who didn’t want to be in a Poke Ball. Togetic quickly flew at Pikachu to make sure her boyfriend wasn’t too injured, and healed him with her Softboiled.
“That’s so sweet!” Professor Oak noticed. “Togetic gave some of her energy to Pikachu, so he doesn’t have to go the Pokemon Center anymore!”
“Yeah, some rest should do for now,” Brock said. Then, after seeing Ash chose Butterfree as his next Pokemon, they concentrated on the battle again.
First, Melody told her Furret to use Quick Attack. However, Butterfree flew upwards and avoided the blow. But then, Furret tried again and struck again, hurting Butterfree.
“Butterfree, use your Tackle!” Ash shouted. However, the butterfly saw Furret jumping away just before the blow.
“Furret, Brick Break!” Melody commanded. And so, the Normal-type ran at the butterfly.
Then, Ash knew what to do. “Butterfree, Silver Wind!” Ash screamed. A beautiful gust of wind struck the ferret, smashing him against a rock, causing him to be defeated.
“Furret is defeated, Butterfree is the winner!” the referee said. While Ash was cheering, Melody complimented Furret and retreated the Normal-type, while Magnezone entered the battlefield.
“This isn’t good, Butterfree can’t take Electric attacks...” Brock complained.
“So? Ash has Squirtle and Bulbasaur left, he can switch,” Delia suggested.
“Not really... Squirtle also can’t take electricity, while Bulbasaur needs to be saved for battling Melody’s Milotic,” Professor Oak explained.
Then, the battle resumed. “Butterfree, use your Silver Wind!” Ash tried, knowing the attempt would be futile. And indeed, even though Magnezone was too slow to avoid the attack, the wind did little damage.
“Magnezone, Flash Cannon!” Melody shouted. A big, mirror-like light ball was shot at the butterfly, who was fast enough to fly away from the attack.
“Butterfree, let’s try Take Down,” Ash suggested. Butterfree flew at Magnezone at high speed, attempting to charge into the magnet.
“Magnezone, we got him! Thunder!” Melody commanded. The Steel-type did what its trainer asked him to, zapping Butterfree from a very small distance, defeating the Bug-type.
“Thank you, Butterfree, you did an awesome job,” Ash complimented, while returning the bug to his Poke Ball. Then, Squirtle was sent out.
“This is bad, Squirtle won’t stand a chance!” Delia thought. However, her son, who she forced to put on clean boxers against his will again today, had a strategy in mind.
“Hmm... Squirtle, weird choice...” Melody thought. “He probably has some weird trick in mind when choosing a Water Pokemon against Magnezone... I’ll have to dispose of Squirtle quickly, and then I’m close to a chance to seduce my beloved Ashyboy!”
After the referee told the trainers to begin, Melody ordered her Pokemon to zap Squirtle with Thunder. Ash told the turtle to retreat in his shell to lower the done damage, resulting in survival of the attack. Then, Ash saw that Magnezone was still sparking from electricity and knew what to do. “Squirtle, use your Hydro Pump!” The turtle started spinning around, spouting water out of his shell, shooting Magnezone at the wall and causing an explosion around Magnezone, as a result of how water conducts electricity. And so, Magnezone was defeated!
“Squirtle, that was awesome!” Ash said to his Pokemon, who was clearly hurt by the Thunder. Meanwhile, Melody complimented Magnezone for a good battle and for defeating Butterfree and sent out her strongest Pokemon. On a rocky battlefield, Milotic wasn’t very mobile or fast, but that wouldn’t stop Milotic from being very strong.
Then, the referee gave the signal to begin. “Squirtle, let’s start with Skull Bash!” Ash said. The Water Pokemon jumped at Milotic, attempting to charge his head against her.
“Milotic, use your Iron Tail!” Melody commanded. The Tender Pokemon moved her tail a bit, enough to smash Squirtle against the wall, causing it to collapse. “Squirtle is defeated, Milotic is the winner!” And so, Ash sent out his last Pokemon, Bulbasaur.
“Wow, both have one Pokemon left, it’s all or nothing now...” the tense Misty whispered silently. “Bulbasaur just has to win, I don’t wanna lose Ash to that flirty b*tch...”
“Well, at least Bulbasaur has a type advantage,” Lucy tried to cheer Misty up.
“Yeah, but that Milotic is strong,” Brock said. “I’ve seen that Milotic defeat Pikachu with one hit some months ago when I was with Ash and Misty between National Park and Goldenrod City, so I know the Milotic we’re dealing with is not a weak one!”
“Brock, who are you supporting?” Delia asked. “I can understand why Melody is hot for you, but Ash is your friend!”
“I’m torn!” Brock screamed. “I just have a soft spot for hot ladies, but I don’t want to abandon my best friends! I know Ash needs to win, both for himself and for Misty.”
“And for me,” Professor Oak mentioned. “I’d rather see happy Pokemon at my lab than ones that are sad about losing a League again. And it’s pretty sad how a great trainer like Ash never won a League...”
“Well, I believe in him, he can beat Melody,” Lucy said. “Bulbasaur has the type advantage, and both Ash and Bulbasaur have proven themself often.”
And so, the battle started. “Milotic, start with your Iron Tail!” Melody said.
However, Ash knew how to deal with that attack. “Bulbasaur, use your Vine Whip!” The Grass Pokemon’s vines grabbed the tail of the long sea snake.
“Now, use your Solarbeam!” Ash said. The sun was still shining, which meant there was no time needed for charging up the attack. A strong ray of energy was shot from Bulbasaur’s bulb. However, Melody knew what she had to do.
“Milotic, use your Mirror Coat!” she shouted quickly. And so, Bulbasaur got hit by his own attack, and that at double power! However, Milotic wasn’t undamaged either. Both Pokemon were clearly struggling.
“Milotic, let’s not dwell too long and just finish it quickly,” Melody suggested. “Use your Surf!” A giant flood wave emerged from one side of the battlefield, about to soak Bulbasaur.
Ash was under pressure, he had to do something quickly about an attack that can’t just be evaded. “Bulbasaur, use your Whirlwind!” Ash shouted. A gust of wind emerged from the bulb, causing the flood to turn backwards, crashing down on Milotic! “And now grab her with your Vine Whip and finish it with Solarbeam!” Bulbasaur did what he was told to, resulting in another strong Solarbeam hitting Milotic, who was too dazzled by Surf to use Mirror Coat again.
“Yes, we did it!” Ash shouted. However, Milotic stood up again!
“Milotic, finish it with your Double-Edge!” Melody shouted, attempting a last-ditch attack to strike down the small Grass-type. The serpent charged into Bulbasaur, who was clearly hurt. Then, both Pokemon tried to stand up after collapsing. Misty almost collapsed too, fearing that Bulbasaur might be done for.
“Bulbasaur, you can do it!” Ash encouraged.
“Come on, Milotic, Bulbasaur won’t last long anymore!” Melody said.
Then, Milotic stood up and seemed ready for battle again! However, then, she collapsed again. This time, she was really defeated. Meanwhile, Bulbasaur managed to get up!
“Milotic is unable to battle. Bulbasaur is the winner! Victory goes to Ash from Pallet Town, who advances to the next round!” the referee shouted. Meanwhile, Ash was hugging Bulbasaur and celebrating with Pikachu, while Melody made sure Milotic wasn’t too hurt. Then, Misty entered the battlefield. “Ash, you did it!” she shouted, while giving her boyfriend a tongue-kiss.
Then, Melody walked up to the kissing couple. “Ash, Misty, I’m a woman of my word. I’ll leave you two alone from now on, this is true love right here. I’ll find the boy of my dreams someday,” she said. “It’s time for me to move on. I’m going to travel through Kanto now, I’m sure there must be some nice boys there.”
“That’s very mature of you,” Misty said.
Then, Brock ran at Melody, not counting on Lucy going after him. “Melody, Lucy and I welcome you in the Battle Pike, how about a sexy threesome?”
“Maybe you want that, but I don’t,” Lucy teased, while dragging Brock away by his ear, causing the entire group to laugh. “That’s our silly Brock,” Delia commented. Meanwhile, Pikachu was restored from the injuries he suffered during the battle and kissed Togetic.