30th June 2005, 4:34 AM
"Why hold back?" (Advanceshipping, PG-13)
New fic, this time made to be a slightly edgier version of an episode you might see in the show. For those wondering, this fic has no connections to my previous one.
“Why hold back?”
“Blast it!” Rico screamed as he shoved the Houndour into the cage and shut the lock.
“That thing friggin bit me!” he yelled, shaking his finger to ease the pain.
The Houndour growled from inside the small two foot tall cage, trying to bite the poles of the cage to get free.
Rico put his hands on both sides of the cage and rattled it up and down. The poor helpless Houndour was shaken back and forth, at the mercy of the poacher’s rage.
There were several identical cages lined up in a row next to the poor Pokemon. The cages were stacked two on top of each other, while the row stretched 10 cages long. Inside the other cages were additional Pokemon such as Geodude, Kirlia, Trapinch, Eevee, Tyrogue, Wartortle, and Baltoy.
Rico placed down the cage containing the frightened Houndour on top of an empty cage.
“You’re lucky I’m in such a good mood today you little runt, I’m going to make big money off of useless trash like you.” Rico stated as Houndour and the other pokemon looked at him with fear.
The sun has started to rise behind the mountains, as another fresh new day begins.
Cut to Opening Theme Song.
“We find our heroes still traveling through the forest in search of a town to rest, little do they know that rest won’t be the only thing they need.” the Narrator um…narrates.
Max was walking ahead of Ash, May, and Brock as he was eager to get something to eat.
“Hey Max, what are you going to eat when we get to the next town?” May asked.
“I don’t know, anything juicy!” Max turned to his sister.
“You think we’re almost out of this forest Brock?” Ash stated as he started walking next to May and Max.
“We should be almost to the end of it, this forest has to end sometime soon doesn’t it?” Brock stated.
Suddenly, our heroes hear a loud cry from the other side of the bushes.
“Did you guys hear that?” Ash asked.
“It sounded like something crying out in pain.” May replied.
“GET INSIDE THIS INSTANT!” a loud voice screamed from the other side of the bushes.
Ash and the group look at each other cautiously and decide to bend down and peer through the bushes. They get down on their knees and begin to crawl through the dirty grass as they get to a clearing.
Ash and May brush aside the bushes as Max and Brock look through next to them. Much to their dismay, they are shocked by what they see.
They see a very frightened Clefairy in the shadow of a large muscular man. The man is wearing tan pants along with a tight green V-neck shirt. His muscular body is apparent through his clothing, as his muscles are shown through his sleeveless shirt. His green hair is parted in the middle, only revealing his large forehead and intimidating blue eyes.
The large man known as Rico towers over the small Clefairy.
“You’re a Clefairy aren’t you?” Rico said, glaring at the tiny Pokemon. “Pokemon like you are pretty rare, I bet you would go for a nice price with my employer.”
“What does that guy think he’s doing?” Ash demanded as he almost got up from his position.
“Stay down Ash!” Brock whispered as he put his hand on top of Ash’s back to prevent him from rising. “Let’s see what’s going on first.”
“Come with me.” Rico stated to the Pokemon.
The frightened Clefairy shook it’s head putting it’s hands together.
“I TOLD YOU TO COME WITH ME!” the poacher screamed as he raised his leg and swiftly kicked the cute Pokemon right in the face.
“Agh!” the group gasped still concealed behind the bushes.
The poacher bent down and lifted the injured Pokemon with his left hand. He raised it close to his face as he saw his foot imprinted on the Pokemon.
The Clefairy was crying hysterically, at the mercy of the large towering man.
“I’ve seen ENOUGH!” Ash cried as he jumped out from the bushes and confronted the poacher face to face.
“Ash!” May cried as the three of them got up from behind the bushes.
“Who the hell are you kids supposed to be?” Rico asked glaring while still holding the Pokemon.
“What the heck did you kick that Clefairy for?” Ash demanded. “What the hell is wrong with you!” he cried.
“Pika PIKA!” Pikachu yelled.
“You’re a monster!” May yelled standing a few feet behind Ash along with Max and Brock.
“You know that being cruel to Pokemon is against the law right?” Brock shouted.
Rico took the injured Clefairy and threw it into a small cage sitting on the back seat of his jeep. The door of the cage closed on the impact of the small Pokemon being thrown inside of it.
“I suggest you kids better clear out of here.” the poacher stated stepping toward Ash.
“You’re…a poacher aren’t you?” Ash asked as he saw the injured Clefairy crying in it’s cage.
“Wow, we have a winner here folks.” Rico sneered. “I’m sure you’re the brightest one in your class kid.”
“You’re disgusting!” May yelled as she ran up next to Ash.
Brock stood in front of Max in the background trying to protect the young boy.
“Well whaddya know? Hello cutie.” Rico stated as he walked one step toward Ash and May.
Ash put his left arm in front of May as an act to protect her. He looked toward her with a serious face as she complied and stood behind his arm.
“What’s a hot girl like you doing with losers like these?” the poacher asked.
“Leave my sister alone!” Max yelled from behind them.
“Max!” Brock stated as he looked down at the boy.
“So you have a brother huh?” Rico looked over Ash and May’s shoulder. “Hey kid, I’m sure you won’t mind when I’m slamming your sister against a wall and ramming myself into her eh?”
Ash and May looked up at him a bit shocked.
“Yes….I could sure use a girl like you to relieve my tensions. I’d love to show you what a real man is like.” he sneered licking his lips.
“You bastard!” Ash yelled as he stood in front of May.
“Ash?” May looked at him cautiously.
“Maybe I should get rid of these losers first. Then you and I can spend some quality time together, little girl. Come out Machamp and Aggron!” Rico commanded as he threw two Pokeballs in front of him.
Both Machamp and Aggron appeared before Ash and May with menacing gazes.
“I’m going to take this Clefairy with me, I have an appointment to keep. But I sure wouldn’t mind taking that girl with me as well. Machamp! Aggron! Get rid of those kids!”
Machamp and Aggron began to move toward them as Rico sat in the drivers seat of the Jeep. The caged Clefairy was still crying in the back seat.
A sweat mark appeared on Ash’s face as he reached for his Pokeball.
“Grovyle go!” he commanded as his Grovyle appeared before them.
“Go Ludicolo!” Brock screamed as Ash and May looked behind them to see Brock let out his Pokemon.
Brock ran up to Ash and May.
“Ash this is serious. We have to get May and Max out of here and fast. We have to follow this guy and help that Clefairy. He’s disgusting!”
“You’re right, Ash replied, May go take your brother out of here!”
“But…” May tried to say.
Before Ash could say another word the Machamp leaped toward him and with one hand slammed Grovyle to the left of them and into a tree.
“What?” Ash looked up.
“Pika!” Pikachu yelled as it ran up to help Grovyle.
Aggron jumped toward Ludicolo and headbutted it into Brock.
“Ugh!” Brock cried as the weight from his Ludicolo fell on top of him.
“Perfect!” Rico yelled, “Beat those guys to a bloody pulp. Don’t forget about the little kid standing back there too!”
“No!” May cried as she threw a Pokeball.
Much to her surprise, her Bulbasaur came out. She really wanted to choose her Combusken, but in her nervousness she selected the wrong Pokeball.
A very pissed off Grovyle got up from the tree and rushed toward the Machamp. Grovyle stretched out it’s arms to use it’s Leaf Blade but the Machamp jumped out of the way and dodged it’s attack.
Pikachu started using it’s Thunderbolt attack against the Machamp as it began shielding itself from the electric attacks behind the tree’s.
The Aggron began to march toward Max. Max stood there trembling as the large Aggron towered over him.
“Max!” May cried. “Bulbasaur use Vine whip and save my brother!”
May’s little Bulbasaur let out it’s Vines and whipped Aggron’s back. The burly Pokemon seemed to be barely phased by the attack, and turned around toward the Bulbasaur.
“That’s a pretty nice Bulbasaur you have there.” Rico stated still sitting in his jeep. “Machamp, go get me that Bulbasaur too. It would make a fine addition to my wares.”
Machamp turned to the Bulbasaur while Grovyle was in front of it.
Ludicolo finally got up from on top of Brock allowing him to stand up as well.
“Ludicolo, use Water Gun!” Brock commanded as Ludicolo jumped in front of the Aggron.
Unfortunately, Ludicolo missed as the Aggron lowered it’s head and the attack hit Pikachu full force behind it instead. The force of the water catapulted Pikachu fiercely as it smacked face first into a tree. The little electric rodent was hit with so much force that the impact of the wooden tree caused it to nearly faint.
“Pi….ka..” Pikachu uttered as it fell down in pain.
“Ugh, Pikachu!” Ash screamed.
Brock grunted as he realized he hurt one of his friends Pokemon, and turned around angrily facing Aggron.
Ash tried to make a run for Pikachu to see if it was alright, but he was quickly distracted by the loud Pokemon cries to his right.
Ash saw May’s Bulbasaur surrounded on both sides by Machamp and Aggron.
“Grovyle, help it out!” Ash cried as Grovyle moved into position.
May ran toward her brother and hugged him tightly.
“Oh Max, are you OK?” May cried as tears began to fall down her face.
Max hugged his sister back tightly, “May, what are we going to do?”
Bulbasaur looked a bit frightened as the huge Pokemon surrounded it. However, Grovyle managed to hit Machamp in the shoulder with it’s Leaf Blade attack.
“Champ!” Machamp cried as it felt it’s shoulder in pain.
“Aggron, use your Hyper Beam on those Pokemon!” Rico shouted from his Jeep.
Aggron obeyed it’s trainer and fired a Hyper beam at Ludicolo.
“Ludicolo!” Brock screamed as Ludicolo was hit full force with a Hyper Beam.
“Ludi…” Ludicolo uttered before it fell to the ground and fainted.
With two of their strongest Pokemon down for the count, Ash and Brock realized they were in a desperate situation.
Machamp then leaped toward Grovyle with a High Jump Kick attack. Grovyle managed to dodge the fierce waves of flying kicks until it found itself backed up against a tree.
“Vyle?” Grovyle said as it looked behind itself at the wooden tree.
Machamp’s legs came toward it as Grovyle ducked. The force of Machamp’s kick was so strong that it actually knocked the tree off it’s roots. Grovyle then lifted it’s body up and Body Slammed the Machamp.
Meanwhile Bulbasaur continued to use it’s Vine whip against the Aggron, with little success. The mighty Steel Pokemon continued to march toward the little grass type.
“May, your Bulbasaur!” Brock yelled as he recalled his fainted Ludicolo back into it’s Pokeball.
May quickly removed her arms from her brother and remembered that her Pokemon was in trouble.
“Heh.” Rico smiled as he turned the ignition keys to his jeep.
He then quickly stepped on the gas and drove toward May and Max.
“WATCH OUT!” Ash yelled. “That maniac is going to ram into you!”
Rico continued to step on the gas grinning heavily as he drove toward a frightened May and Max who were holding each other trembling.
“He’s going to hit!” Brock shouted.
Without thinking, Ash quickly leaped into the jeep as Rico was passing him by. Ash managed to land in the passenger seat with his face pointing downward and his legs in the air. The speed that the car was driving knocked Ash off balance.
“What the hell?” Rico said, looking at Ash beside him.
Ash quickly forced himself up as he pulled on the steering wheel to the right.
Just as the car was about to hit May and Max, Ash’s steering managed to make the car go in a different direction.
“You little punk!” Rico stated as he pushed Ash’s hands off the wheel.
As Ash was standing on the passengers seat, Rico quickly stepped on the brakes which shook Ash out of the jeep and caused him to slam into a tree.
“Aggggggggggh!” Ash cried as he laid on his shoulder in pain.
“I’ve spent too much time here already. Maybe I’ll just take the Bulbasaur and leave. Yeah, that’s it.” he said to himself as he drove toward his Aggron and the Bulbasaur.
May and Max could do nothing as they stood watching in horror. They still couldn’t even move due to the fact that they were scared stiff when they were almost run over.
Rico stopped his jeep right in front of the battling Pokemon. Grovyle was still using it’s Leaf Blade against Machamp, which continued to dodge it’s attacks.
“Aggron, Machamp! Get that Pokemon out of the way and get me that Bulbasaur!” the poacher commanded.
Aggron and Machamp heard their trainer’s words and surrounded Grovyle. Before the grass Pokemon could make a move, Machamp and Aggron body slammed it on both sides. Machamp rammed into it from the back, and Aggron rammed into it from the front. A very crushed Grovyle stood nearly flattened against the weight of Aggron and Machamp.
“Gro….?” Grovyle softly stated.
Aggron and Machamp moved their bodies away from the Pokemon, as it then plummeted quickly to the ground. Grovyle was out of stamina and out of commission.
“Aggron, use Sandstorm!” Rico commanded.
The Aggron obeyed as it whipped up a heavy sandstorm in front of the trainers.
Brock stood there covering his eyes trying to see what was going on. An injured Ash still laid on the ground in pain. May and Max continued to hold each other in fear. And May’s Bulbasaur could barely keep it’s eyes open from the tornado of sand.
“We…have to get out of here.” Brock said out loud as he tried to move toward May and Max.
Ash screamed, “Brock, save May and Max. Try to get them to safety. Call Officer Jenny!”
“Can you get up?” Brock asked across the blazing sand.
“Yeah, just get them out first!” Ash yelled through the sandstorm.
Brock heard Ash’s words as he moved slowly toward May and Max shielding his eyes from the twirling sand.
He quickly grabbed Max’s arm and began to pull him with him.
“C’mon Max. We have to go. May follow us!”
“Ugh…Max?” May said as she let go of her brother’s arm only to get lost in the sandstorm.
“Maaaaay!” Max cried as Brock continued to pull his shoulder and run away with him.
“I’ve got Max, we’re going to run away. Ash go get May and Bulbasaur!” Brock screamed as his voice and figure began to fade away into the sandstorm with Max.
“Pikachu! May! Where are you?” Ash shouted as he struggled to stand back up.
“Ash! I’m over here!” the girl shouted back.
Brock and Max continued to run waving their arms trying to get through the storm.
Max looked to his right as he saw a Pokemon crying out in pain, “Brock! I think Ash’s Pikachu is over there!”
“Huh?” Brock said as he stopped in his tracks trying to look through the sand.
The two walked closer and found Pikachu nearly fainted on the ground. Brock quickly bent down and picked it up.
“Is it OK?” Max asked still holding onto Brock’s arm.
“I don’t know, we better get it out of here right away.” Brock paused before holding Pikachu up in it’s arms.
“ASH! I have your Pikachu! I’m going to make a run for it!” he yelled as he pulled Max with him.
Ash could barely hear Brock in the distance but was able to make out that his Pikachu was in good hands. Ash smiled as Brock, Max and Pikachu continued to fade away in the distance.
“C’mon already!” Rico shouted from his Jeep.
Aggron growled as it looked down at Bulbasaur, which was crying due to the sand flashing in it’s eye. Aggron suddenly rammed it’s horn straight into Bulbasaur knocking it into the air.
“Bulbaaaaa!” it screamed as it was flying through the air in pain.
Ash held his arm struggling to find May and Bulbasaur. He then came into a clearing where he saw May’s Bulbasaur plummeting to the ground.
“Bulbasaur!” May cried as she kneeled down next to it, still trying to cover her eyes due to the storm.
“Machamp!” the Pokemon taunted as it used it’s lower hands to pick up the badly beaten Bulbasaur.
“No, that’s my Bulbasaur!” May cried as she grabbed onto Bulbasaur’s legs trying to break it free of Machamp’s hold.
Machamp and May continued to pull on the Bulbasaur until Aggron walked up right next to the girl.
May looked up in fear at the fierce Pokemon, only to be greeted with a quick smack on the side of the arm by Aggron’s tail, which caused her to plummet backward onto the ground.
“Damn it!” Ash yelled as he could do nothing but watch as May was slammed to the ground.
Machamp held the Bulbasaur upside down by the bulb on it’s back. Bulbasaur glanced at May as it saw her face flat on the ground. The frustrated Pokemon could do nothing but watch as it’s trainer lay on the ground in agony.
“Machamp, Aggron! Return to me now!” Rico commanded from the distance.
Aggron and Machamp obeyed it’s trainer as they started to jump away from May.
“Bulbaaaaa!” the injured Bulbasaur cried as it was being carried away by the Machamp.
“My…my Bulbasaur…” May tried to say as she struggled to lift her face up from the ground.
The two Pokemon approached Rico in his Jeep. Rico motioned with his head to throw the Bulbasaur into another cage in the back seat. The Pokemon complied as Bulbasaur was slammed into a tiny cage and locked up. Rico then recalled his two Pokemon into their Pokeballs.
Ash saw the jeep in the blazing sand, but couldn’t move fast enough due to his pounding arm.
Rico smiled as the caged Pokemon was crying in the backseat, “Thanks for the Pokemon little girl! I’ll sure be able to get a good price on this one, ha ha!”
He then shifted the car into drive and started to speed away on the jeep into the distance.
“Ugh!” Ash muttered as the sandstorm began to clear.
He continued walking until he found his Grovyle fainted on the ground. The sandstorm had almost completely disappeared by this time, giving Ash a clear view of the surrounding area.
“Grovyle! You put up a great fight buddy, I’ll make sure they pay for what they did to you.” he said as he recalled the grass lizard back into it’s Pokeball.
As Ash put the Pokeball away in his pocket, he looked ahead to the poor girl sitting on her knees.
“May!” Ash yelled as he ran over to her.
May looked up at him while sitting on her knees.
“They….they took my Bulbasaur.” May said in a teary voice.
“I know, don’t worry we’re going to get it back.” Ash boldly stated as he began to run ahead following the tire tracks.
Ash then looked behind him as he was running and noticed that May was still sitting on the ground. He knew he had to follow the tire tracks quickly while they were fresh, or else he would lose track of Rico and the captured Pokemon. But as he turned around he knew he couldn’t leave the girl sobbing on the ground. Ash grinded his teeth as he took one last look toward the path Rico went, before quickly turning around and running back toward May.
May was crying almost hysterically on the ground, quickly using her hands to wipe up her tears.
“May.” Ash said in a soft voice as kneeled down right in front of her.
“My…my Bulbasaur.” May said in between cries. “He…he took it.”
“I told you, I’m going to get it back.” Ash stated as he extended his hand out toward May in order to help her stand up.
May however didn’t budge an inch, and didn’t reach for his hand.
She continued sniffling, “I…I tried to pull my Bulbasaur back. I…I really tried to help it.” She put both hands on her eyes as she rubbed them heavily.
Ash stared at her compassionately lowering his hand.
Tears began to flow down May’s face as she couldn’t control her emotions anymore. “It was in such pain Ash! I’m it’s trainer….I was supposed to protect it….but I couldn’t.”
She lowered her face in reaction to her words and continued sniffling heavily.
Ash put his hands on the side of May’s shoulders, and slowly began to lift her up in order to get her to stand. She began to rise still crying as Ash stared at her solemnly.
“Are you hurt?” Ash asked quietly as he began to brush May’s arms up and down in order to calm her.
“Y-yes. The Aggron knocked me to the ground…it…hurt. It still hurts.” she moped staring toward the ground.
Ash put his right hand in a fist underneath May’s chin, and raised her face to meet his. She stared at the boy’s face still filled with tears and uncertainty.
For a few seconds, Ash said nothing but gazed into her hurt-filled eyes. He lowered his hand from her chin and instead put his hands on her shoulders. May stopped crying a bit but the tears were still flowing down her face.
“Ash…it…it was so scared…I really tried to help it…” May tried to utter.
“Shhhhhhh.” Ash whispered gripping firmly on her shoulders.
Ash then used his right hand to wipe the tears from underneath May’s eyes. May stared as he used the side of his pointer finger to remove the tears that had formed on her face. His left hand was still holding onto her shoulder.
“I know that you did everything you could to save your Bulbasaur.” Ash reassured her in a low voice. “You wanted the pain Bulbasaur was feeling to go away, you wanted to feel strong enough to save it rather than feeling weak and helpless.”
May nodded but said nothing as Ash was literally a few inches from her face.
“I promise you. I will do everything I can to get your Bulbasaur back. I got hurt too when my shoulder was slammed into a tree, and he will definitely not get away with hurting my friends.” Ash said as he put his right hand on May’s cheek.
May began to calm down as Ash was rubbing her cheek, she began to feel more secure and stopped sniffling. She stared back at him flustered, for the moment he held her she felt like there was almost nothing terrible that just happened before.
“Ash….?” May whispered as Ash continued rubbing her face.
“I promise, we’ll find him.” he stated as he brought May close to his chest and hugged her tightly.
May hugged him back tightly, wrapping her arms around her back. She closed her eyes as her head rested on her shoulder, thinking about how Ash calmed her down. Their bodies were pressed against each other for twenty seconds long, as they both held something that was dear to them.
Ash then let go of her and stared back at her in front of him again.
“Are you ready to go find your Bulbasaur now?” he asked.
“Y-yes.” she replied. “Ash…thank you.”
This fic is only 3 chapters long, as it was made to basically be a 22 minute episode of the cartoon. (If only slightly more adult due to some language).
Some stuff in this fic may seem a little cliche especially if you read a lot of shipping fics, but hey, everyone makes something with poachers sooner or later.