Keith, Meowth, Salazar, Hyrem, Sera, Vi, Aisa, Silas, Charm, Apollo, Peeves, Gilan, Ruby, Aquarius, Stewie, Don, Rukia, Icarus, Amelia, Hedwig, Batrach: As Keith finished introducing himself and Meowth to Charm, Peeves glanced at his trainer, his eye narrowing as he noticed one particular Poké Ball on Keith's belt.
"Um, Keith," Peeves said, "You didn't actually bring that one, did you?" he asked, pointing to an all-purple Poké Ball, cloaked in a sinister, shadowy aura.
Confused, Keith removed the ball in question from his belt, and sighed as he saw what he was holding. "Ah, yeah, that one," he remarked. "Didn't even realize I had him with me, to be honest. Relax, Peeves, I'm not about to send him out. I got no intention of causing any kind of mayhem here- oops."
For at that moment, Keith tried to reattach the Shadow Ball to his belt, but missed- the ball fell to the ground, landing button-first on a small rock, which enlarged it to full size. It then bounced off the rock, and as it came to rest in the grass, Keith sighed in relief. This relief, however, was short-lived- as Keith bent over to pick it back up, the ball split open, and in a flash of light, a dark grey Ledian materialized.
"Oh, crap," groaned Keith, as he grabbed the ball. "Stewie, no! Return!" However, the Shadow Ledian deftly evaded the ball's return beam.
"Nothing doing, hat man!" the Ledian snapped. "Now that I'm free from the confines of that infernal contraption, I intend to take full advantage of my newfound freedom! Ha ha haaa!" he cackled as he flew off into the air, headed right for the small flock of Flying-types about to fly away from the area.
"Stewie, get back in your ball this instant!" Keith exclaimed, holding up the Shadow Ball, but each and every time, the return beam failed to strike its target. Desperate, Keith turned to his Dusclops. "Peeves, hold him in place with Psychic!" he said.
The Dusclops nodded and focused, but at that moment, a pale blue aura became visible around Stewie's body, and Peeves's attack didn't seem to be doing anything. "He's using Safeguard to block my attack!" exclaimed Peeves!"
"Oh, crap," groaned Keith. "Hedwig!" he called up to his Crobat. "Use Hypnosis!"
At that moment, however, Stewie appeared above the flock, and let loose an echoing evil laugh. At the same time, numerous music notes formed from wisps of shadowy aura flew from his body, the ominous notes flying all around the flock.
"Ain't dat Stewie's Shadow Panic?" Meowth remarked. In response, Keith uttered a few choice swearwords in Shuppet language, for Meowth was completely right. Sure enough, the attack was causing all the Flying-types to fly more erratically, including Hedwig, who was too confused by the move to use Hypnosis as instructed.
"Oh, this can't end well," groaned Keith, as Stewie evaded the Shadow Ball's return beam yet again. "This-"
"Hmm?" Keith murmured as he looked back up at the flock. To his surprise, now he could see that his Pidove appeared to have been unaffected by the Shadow Panic.
"Hey!" Meowth exclaimed. "Batrach ain't confused! Dat attack must've missed her somehow!"
"Yes!" Keith exclaimed. "That's what I'll do- I'll battle Stewie with Batrach, and once he's defeated, there's no way he can avoid getting back in the ball!"
"Er," Meowth remarked, "does... does Batrach actually have a lot of experience wit battlin'?"
"Not a lot," admitted Keith. Then, he called up to his Pidove. "Batrach, use Gust!" he ordered.
"Piiiiiidove dove dove!" trilled Batrach as she flapped her wings hard, sending a forceful wind blowing towards Stewie. Gritting his teeth, the Shadow Ledian struggled to stay in midair, before flying around the Gust and striking hard with Mach Punch. This knocked Batrach out of the air, but she recovered almost instantly.
"Nice, Batrach!" grinned Keith. "Now! Quick Attack!"
"Piiiiiiidoooooooove!" responded the Pidove, now flying at great speeds. She streaked through the air, and slammed hard into Stewie, knocking him for a loop.
"Air Cutter right now!" called Keith- they were on a roll now, and he wanted to keep this up.
In response, Batrach flapped her wings again, this time creating a number of blades out of the air. They flew towards Stewie, who swiftly fired off a Shadow Wave. The two attacks collided in midair, each cancelling the other out.
"Batrach, use Quick Attack!" yelled Keith.
"Piiiiiidooooooooove!" trilled Batrach yet again, as she flew into Stewie with great force and speed, sending him spiraling down towards the ground, but only for a moment- he righted himself, glaring furiously at his avian adversary.
"Hey, Batrach's doin' pretty good out dere," Meowth observed.
"Heh, she sure is," grinned Keith. "Air Cutter again, Batrach!" he called.
"Pidoooove!" Batrach cooed, flapping her wings hard and sending blades of air soaring towards Stewie. This time, the Shadow Ledian zoomed forward, deftly weaving in and out between the blades, evading the attack completely, before going into a Comet Punch. Then, before the Pidove could recover from this, Stewie fired off String Shot from his mouth, and in an instant, Batrach's wings were pinned to her side. Though she struggled to free them, the Pidove started falling.
"Oh, crap, Batrach, no!" exclaimed Keith. He reached to his belt, reaching for Batrach's Poké Ball, intent on recalling her...
"Pi.. Pi.. DOOOOOOOOOOOVE!" bellowed Batrach, as her entire body was suddenly enveloped in a bright white light. As she changed shape, the String Shot exploded off of her. She rose back into the air, flapping wings of steadily increasing length, and as she was level with Stewie once more, the glow faded, revealing a brand new in Batrach's place. "Tranquiiiiiiiill!" she trilled.
"Batrach just evolved into a Tranquill!" Meowth exclaimed. Thrilled beyond words, Keith pointed his Pokédex at Batrach.
"Tranquill, the Wild Pigeon Pokémon, and the evolved form of Pidove," droned the device. "Tranquill has an amazing sense of direction, and can always find its nest. No matter what the circumstances, it can always find its way back to its Trainer."
"What the deuce?!" demanded Stewie as he warily eyed Batrach's new form.
"You're not winning this time, Stewie," Batrach cawed, a confident gleam in her eyes.
"One more time, Batrach- use Air Cutter!" Keith ordered.
"Tranquiiiiiiiill!" Batrach replied, giving a single flap of her newer, longer, larger wings. This time, they produced a single large X-shaped blade of air, which struck Stewie head-on, and sent him falling toward the ground. This time, it didn't look like he was going to recover before hitting the ground.
"Stewie, return!" Keith exclaimed, holding out the Shadow Ball. Mercifully, this time, the Shadow Ledian was unable to avoid the return beam, and was sucked back in. Immediately, Keith pressed the button to minimize the Ball, then pressed a few buttons on his Pokédex, and the Shadow Ball vanished, having been transported to the PC storage system.
"Dat was close," sighed Meowth. "Hey, but it looks like dey're all startin' ta snap outta da confusion," he added, glancing back up at the flock of Flying-types. Keith followed Meowth's gaze, and could see that this did indeed seem to be the case. Hedwig was shaking her head as though to clear it. Also, Batrach was descending down towards them, the newly evolved Tranquill landing on Keith's arm.
"Heh, nice going, Batrach," grinned Keith. "Thanks for helping out with Stewie like that. And congratulations, I can't believe you evolved!"
"Tranquill, Tranquill!" cooed Batrach happily. She then took off, flapping back off to the flock of Flying-types, for whom the confusion had worn off.
"Whoa..." Hedwig muttered, shaking her head to try and clear it. "What just happened... What the-" she added upon spotting Batrach.
"Check it out, Hedwig- I evolved!" the Tranquill chirped happily.
"Oh. I see," Hedwig replied. She didn't sound nearly as pleased as Batrach, however- whatever Keith had reassured her to the contrary, she couldn't shake the ominous notion that this Tranquill might someday replace her as Keith's mode of aerial transportation. "How... nice."
Batrach did not seem to notice Hedwig's less-than-enthusiastic response, though, her enthrallment at having evolved preoccupying her far too much, and she flew back over to Mia and Rukia.
Shelley, Dwebble, Chad: Meanwhile, a Dwebble was searching around for something, his Trainer not far off, apparently doing the same. Arriving on the scene was a Torkoal, who observed this search going on for a few minutes, before working up the courage to approach the little Bug/Rock-type. As she watched him search for... whatever it was he was looking for... she tilted her head in mild curiosity. A puff of smoke floated out of one of the holes in her shell, and drifted on the air until it would be within the Dwebble's view. En route, the puff of smoke took the unmistakable shape of a question mark, Shelley's way of asking Dwebble what he was doing.
What? Pidove is evolving!
Congratulations! Your Pidove evolved into Tranquill!