Chapter 19; Stealing Change
'Jay Gold?' Nurse Joy announced from behind the marble counter that was located in Terrafirma's Pokemon Centre, 'Your pokemon are ready for pick up!' She continued gleefully.
Jay scratched his head, disappointed with himself. He slowly lifted of the maroon couch he was resting on and made his way over to Nurse Joy who was handing him his Pokeballs.
He gracefully took them from Nurse Joy's hands and placed them gently in his deep blue rucksack.
'Don't sweat about it, Jay. Orella said to meet her at the flower beds for training. We can get some training done and you'll be ready, I promise man, golly you will get that gym badge.' Murdock reassured Jay as they both left the Pokemon Centre.
Jay and Murdock slowly walked through Terrafirma, the summer breeze swept through the city rustling the trees that gathered beside the rocky path ways.
'Clarissa, Amelia, Gertrude, even Damien have all won this gym badge! But yet I can't!?' Jay told Murdock in distress.
'Hay! You don't know for sure they have all won, we only know, Amelia has, and so what if they have? They probably trained real hard and earned that gym badge, which is something that you're going to do?' Murdock replied.
The boys finished talking as they came to the flower bed garden were Amelia had been meditating earlier. A tall, plump woman was waiting for them in the center.
'Hi boys! Heh,' Orella said cheerfully waving her chubby hands in their faces.
'Hi Orella! Thank you so much for doing this by the way, me and jay appreciate it a lot!'
'Its not a problem, I help train loads of trainers in Torpedo Town.'
'Torpedo Town?' Jay asked.
'Yes, my home town heh, I'm the gym leader there!'
Jay and Murdock turned to each other, shocked at hearing those words.
'You're a gym leader!?' Jay shouted, eagerly awaiting a description.
'You didn't think my brother was the only one who could battle did you? Heh!'
'Wow!' Murdock exclaimed, 'what type do you specialise in?'
'The hard rock types, the most powerful and noble type there is!'
'Oh my gosh, Jay! You're gonna train with a gym leader!' Murdock told him excitedly.
'Thats right heh, today's your lucky day, Jay.' Orella winked at Jay as she ran her fingers through her dirty fringe. 'Shall we begin?'
'Yes!' Jay shouted, eager to learn.
'I will choose my Pokemon first, as the gym leader usually does that, come on out, Golem! Heh!'
Orella lifted a Pokeball from her belt, she threw it in the air and released her partner. Round rocks made its stuff and firm body, short, stumpy arms and legs grew from the boulder that was its physical belly,, and reptilian head emerged from the bulk of the body, roaring.
'Now you know what my Pokemon is Jay, you think what may be an advantage towards it, you got any grass types? Or water types?' Orella informed Jay.
'No,' he replied, 'I don't.'
'Hmmmm... Heh,' Orella mumbled. 'Well, what do you think would be a good opponent for Golem?'
'Oh Orella I haven't got a clue, all my Pokemon are at a disadvantage to rock ground types!'
'That doesn't mean you can't counter another way, Jay think!' Orella added. 'Golem has a physical disadvantage, his speed!'
'Right! Okay, go Eevee!' Jay shouted.
Jay released his companion, Eevee into the flower beds. Eevee leaped from side to side, showing of, harmlessly taunting Orella and Golem.
'Heh, she's stunning, Jay!' Orella told him. 'I'm so used to the strong, bulky rock types that I forget all about the fragile and innocent Pokemon'
Eevee smiled to herself, full of pride and vanity.
'I wouldn't say innocent,' mumbled, Jay.
Murdock sat in the flowers, making miniature daisy chains that propelled the odour of freshness, Murdock's clarity. As he continued looping diddly stems and minuscule flower heads, a deep grey helicopter hovering around the city caught his eye, it contrasted with the cerulean sky and the golden rays that warmed Murdock's pallid skin.
'What moves does, Eevee know exactly, Jay?' Orella asked.
'She knows sand attack, quick attack, tackle and bite, Orella.'
'Ok,' Orella took a deep breath of the luscious summer air, 'I'm gonna have to be blunt Jay, I can't see, Eevee actually hurting any of mine or Klement's Pokemon.'
This was something Jay did not want to hear, his thumping heart felt like it had been the participant in a boxing match.
'What do you suppose I do, Orella?'
'I would take into consideration the limitlessness, Eevee has in this form. I would think about evolution.'
'Thats not my choice, Orella, Eevee gets to decide things like that. I don't mind waiting, if it happens it happen, I object to using, Eevee as a tool for winning. I trust in, Eevee and we don't need no gimmick to win this battle.'
Murdock took his eyes of from the stainless helicopter to witness Jay's inspirational speech, he thought to himself, 'Eevee, has such amazing possibilities though, why wouldn't he evolve her?'
All of a sudden blustering winds rapidly attacked the trainers, the flower bed danced to the powerful chorus that was the air, chiming together some tulips that lifted into the skies, departing from the rest of their clean aroma society. About fifteen feet away from Jay, Orella and Murdock, a metal contraception capable of flight landed, knocking the trio to the clumsy floor. The mild hurricane settled and out of the steel, winged beast walked Lexy Lutorious, she walked out from the helicopter like it was her private runway show, flaunting her high maintenance, materialistic figure whilst an eager lump waddled behind her scoffing cheap value cookies from his blazer pocket.
'Good afternoon, Orella,' Lexy patronisingly said.
Martius waved gleefully from the side of the crimson haired beauty.
'Lexy! Martius!' Orella angrily replied as she stumbled to her feet. Orella helped Jay and Murdock both up whilst her eyes threw daggers at Lexy.
'I see you missed us, Orella! Haha!' Lexy replied.
'What do you guys want, heh!?' Orella snapped back.
'What? Why would you want me?'
'Its a question I've been asking myself all day,' Lexy mumbled as her eyes rolled, 'Madam, thinks you're useful, we also need some ancient artefacts so ya know, get in the helicopter, chop chop.'
'Orella, isn't going anywhere with you freaks!' Jay interrupted.
'Freaks!?' Martius replied with a mouth full of about seven chocolate chip cookies, 'freaks? You're the one with-' Martius suddenly froze as an epiphany surrounded his mind. 'Haven't I seen you before?'
'Yeah! I've seen you before too!' Lexy added, 'you two were the pests in Paragon cave!'
'Um no,' Murdock mumbled, 'that wasn't us, heh, heh...'
'Heh, heh?' Murdock thought to himself, 'great, now she has me doing it...'
'Shut up you snotty child! We came for Orella, and we are not leaving without her!' Lexy screamed, throwing a small tantrum.
'Go, Magby!' Announced, Jay as he released his feisty Pokemon.
Magby entered the atmosphere, smoke erupting from his mouth, he was ready to defend his friends.
'Eevee, you stay close to me!' Jay told her.
Eevee's face dropped, her eyes began to boil up, she stared at, Magby. Her supposed replacement, Eevee felt betrayed, why is she being substituted whilst Magby gets to battle?
'Golem! Prepare yourself my dear!' Orella said calmly.
'Ew, Metang, show these fools how its done!' Lexy released her Pokemon, Metang hovered close to both Magby and Golem, attempting to intimidate the pair.
'Magby, ember attack!'
'Golem, stone edge!'
Magby roared with passion and released burning flames from within, Golem tagged along and formed sharp, daggering rocks that flew towards, Metang.
A direct and a super effective hit landed on, Metang who seemed shocked by the execution of these attacks.
'Remember, Metang, Orella is a gym leader! Not that she's any good but still!' Lexy mumbled. 'Metang! Use psychic!'
Metang's stainless steel body stiffened, a majestic aura swerved around its heavy body, Metang focused and carefully raised, Golem and Magby into the air, awaiting Lexy's command.
'Hang in there, Magby!'
'You too, Golem!'
Eevee, who was right beside Murdock witnessed the unnecessary pain and conflict and jumped onto Metang's spaceship like back and chewed on his tough body with a bite attack.
'Eevee! Come back here right now!'
Metang lost concentration, Golem and Magby were let free from the Pokemon's supernatural powers and fell to the floor, accidentally knocking each other out as they bashed into each other. Metang grabbed Eevee with its metal claws and chucked the fragile fox onto the flower bed, brutally.
'Eevee!' Jay ran towards his injured Pokemon.
'Metang, take the trainer away...' Lexy, sinisterly commanded.
'Taaaaang!' Metang created his aura once again and picked, Jay up, just before he could reach his distressed Eevee. Metang threw him onto the bulky Orella and they both plummeted on the floor next to tree trunk.
'I think we need to take this time to teach, Eevee a lesson. Don't you agree, Metang?'
Martius watched the conflict from the sidelines, eyeing up Orella who seemed to have been knocked out as she was flung against a titanic, rugged tree trunk that was situated in the flower bed. Murdock ran over to Orella and Jay, scared for their welfare.
'Jay, you go take care of them, I'll be right here looking after, Orella!' Murdock told him.
Jay just nodded, he then picked himself up from the soil infatuated earth and ran towards Lexy.
'Ah, ah, ah!' Lexy tutted as Metang picked Jay up once more and flung him to the ground. 'Metang, bullet punch that Eevee!'
'Eevee!' Jay shouted.
Metang's bulky, metallic arms gal-umped back on forth on the minute, defenceless Eevee.
'Veeeeeeeeeeeee!' Eevee, cried in pain.
'Um, Lexy... Do you not think you're going a bit too far? Martius whispered to her, scared of a response.
'Nobody crosses, Lexy Lutorious! NOBODY MARTIUS!' She screamed as fires from hell enveloped her iris'.
'Eevee!' Jay once again shouted as he got up, he then sprinted towards his beaten up Pokemon.
'Didn't you learn the last time?' Lexy told him, 'Metang! Get him out of here!'
Metang raised his arms away from Eevee, he them turned towards Jay and used his psychic attack, the neon sapphire aura surrounded him and Jay however this time there was something in the way, Metang couldn't control Jay, his determination seemed to be too strong.
'Ahhhhh!' Jay shouted as he attempted to push against Metang's psychic attack, the aura soon left however, leaving Jay free to chose direction.
'Metang!?' Lexy squealed.
Metang looked worn out though.
'Psychic is a move that takes a lot of energy, Lexy.' Martius told her, secretly happy about the circumstances.
Jay reached his destination, he picked up Eevee from the ground and held her beat up body in his arms. 'Im so sorry,' he told her sympathetically.
Eevee opened one deeply bruised eye and replied with a worn out, 'eeee.'
'No!' Lexy exclaimed, 'Metang, bullet punch!'
'Jay!' Murdock shouted from the flower bed.
Jay turned so his wormed out body to protect Eevee and took the attack.
THUMP, THUMP, THUMP! Went Metang's beasty claws, thumping on, Jay's back rapidly and hard.
'Ah! Ah! Ah!' Jay grunted after every hit.
Murdock attempted to wake up Orella but it wasn't happening, paralysed with fear, Murdock held Orella's rough hands, squeezing them tighter and tighter with every punch Metang threw.
A small tear dropped onto Eevee as she looked up at Jay who was taking a beating for her. Every 'Ah' was getting to her, uncontrollable emotions built up inside her until she let out a growl.
'VEEEEEEE!' She roared, creating silence among the rest of the group.
Suddenly a bright, shocking light enveloped Eevee. Jay held her close, still protecting her from the elite force, whilst unimaginable energy swirled around her.
'Whats happening?' Jay thought to himself.
'Its evolving!' Martius exclaimed, 'beautiful!'
'Beautiful!?' Lexy repeated, staring at Martius and his greasy, double chin.
Eevee's shape began to change to a more mature, cat like shape. Eevee's body morphed, creating elongated pink ears, a crimson jewel on the crown of her forehead and a Gemini tail that elegantly posed.
'Its an Espeon!?' Lexy muttered.
The bright light soon faded revealing Espeon to Jay for the first time.
'Espeon...' Jay mumbled, excitedly.
'Ehhhhhhhhhs!' Espeon gracefully roared as she jumped in front of Jay, attempting to take control of this disastrous situation.
Lexy just shook it off, 'whatever! Its only an Espeon! its still as pathetic as before! Metang, psychic!' Lexy snapped.
Espeon was not intimidated however, and began to form a bright, violet plasmatic energy from her mouth, the attack built up rapidly and was executed perfectly. The psychic wave rushed towards, Metang and landed a direct his as he was focusing on using psychic, Metang swirled around becoming less aware.
'What move was thaaaaaaat!!!??' Lexy screamed unhappily.
'Haha! I don't know, I don't care but whatever it is, I know it's gonna be the thing that blasts you silly!' Jay patronisingly winked at, Lexy, mimicking her.
Lexy's pale face screwed up, 'Metang! Psychic!'
'Espeon...' Jay cautiously said.
'Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!' Espeon, growled as she created another wave if psychic energy from the gawking mouth.
'Ooooooon!' She exclaimed before launching her attack at Metang.
Metang swirled into, Lexy and they both fell to the floor.
Lexy, shot up, wiping her newest midi dress clean and flicking her shimmering hair, 'WHAT!?'
'Um, Lexy? I have, Lairon you know.' Martius tardily told her.
Lexy turned to him, fear was her shadow, 'don't you think I know that, Martius?' She said in a mimicry voice, 'Lairon is no good, YOU'RE ITS TRAINER!!'
Martius shot his head down, now he knew why even the boss doesn't like her.
'Return, Metang! You intolerable Pokemon.' Lexy withdrew her fainted battler and turned her head to, Martius. 'You too! In the helicopter! We will be back, Orella!' Lexy screamed to the incongruous trainer in the distance.
Jay and Espeon watched from the distance both commanders enter the metal bird as it flew away, Jay gave a sigh of relief then looked down to Espeon, 'I've never been more proud of you.'