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Master in the Making: Part 4: Boulderbadge Battle!
Seth Bowman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How am I doing?
"We can start the battle as soon as I get my pokemon back
from the pokemon center," Zeth said.
"I'll be right back."
Zeth ran for the center at top speed. [Wow, a chance to get a Boulderbadge right off.
I can't pass this up]. Nurse
Joy was surprised by his early arrival, but fortunately, his pokemon
were ready to go. He
scooped up their pokeballs, and ran back to face Brock.
"We weren't in that much of a hurry," said
Misty, as Zeth gasped for breath.
"He's just excited about the chance to get a badge,"
Ash said. "I know what
Zeth managed to catch his breath.
"Let's start this match."
"Okay, but don't be surprised if I win.
Is three pokemon each fine with you?" Brock asked.
"It's great. Send out your first pokemon."
Brock nodded, then flung down a pokeball. "Go,
"Eva, I choose you! Use
your speed to counter Geodude's strength!
Quick attack!" The
little pokemon lunged at the Geodude, and managed to connect the hit and
escape a swat from Geodude's stone arms.
"Geodude, use your rock throw and tackle attacks."
Geodude started hurling baseball-sized stones at Eva, who tried
her best to dodge. One rock
connected and knocked the Eevee flat, and Geodude took the opportunity
to tackle her.
Or at least, tried to tackle her.
Eva rolled just as the floating boulder hurled itself at her,
then kicked dust in its face as she scrambled to get away from its
flailing arms. As the
Geodude tried to rub away the dust in its eyes, Eevee bit and scratched
at it. Blinded and
confused, the Geodude flailed madly, but only dealt a glancing blow to
the agile Eevee.
"Geodude, defence curl!"
The Geodude tried to obey, but a tail whip in the face followed a
tackle put it out of the fight. "Return."
Brock pulled another ball from his belt.
"Good start, Zeth. Now see how good you can do against
Onix." He threw the pokeball. "Onix,
[Not good!], Zeth
thought. Eva had no chance
against the giant rock snake. Onix
swung its massive tail at Eva, and she just barely dodged.
As Onix started to circle the Eevee, Zeth made a quick decision.
"Eva, return. Go,
Florio! Use your razor leaf
attack!" The Ivysaur's
sharp leaves were very effective against Brock's Onix.
It roared it pain and tried to flatten the Ivysaur with its tail.
"Bind, Onix!" Brock yelled again.
The snake wrapped its tail around Florio and squeezed.
Florio twisted and managed to get one vine whip loose, then
started smacking Onix's head with it.
"Florio, use your solarbeam attack!"
Zeth heard Brock murmur something under his breath.
[He knows Onix can't take
that!] Being wrapped in
Onix's coils, Florio had no chance of missing.
The powerful beam of light slammed into Onix and knocked it
Brock was silent for a moment.
"Onix, return." Then
he smiled strangely. [Uh-oh,
what does he have up his sleeve?]
Brock pulled out his third and final pokeball, "Vulpix, I
choose you! Use your
Now Zeth knew how Brock felt.
Vulpix could carve up Ivysaur easily.
[But at least Florio will
be able to weaken it]. "Florio, dodge and counter with vine whip!"
The Ivysaur tried to avoid Vulpix's attack but he still got badly
singed. He only got in two
good smacks with his vine whip before a fire spin from Vulpix finished
Only one more chance to beat Brock.
Zeth reached down for his Spearow's pokeball.
[I hope he doesn't let me down].
"Okay, Spearow, let's see what you can do!
Peck Vulpix!" The Spearow materialized with a loud screech.
It dove at Vulpix, slashing and pecking savagely.
[Wow, this Spearow sure is violent, I hope he doesn't decide to be
difficult, like Ash's Charizard].
Vulpix ducked away from the vicious Spearow and blasted him with
a flamethrower attack, setting feathers ablaze.
Spearow squawked and flapped, trying to put out the flames with
some success. It flew high
enough that Vulpix couldn't hit it again, then dove and smacked Vulpix
with its wing, knocking the fox down.
Before Vulpix could recover from the attack, Spearow landed on it
and pecked it between the ears repeatedly, quickly knocking it out.
Brock recalled Vulpix, looking quite unhappy.
"That is one mean Spearow you have there, Zeth."
Zeth stared at the triumphant Spearow, who was strutting around,
looking proud of itself. "Yes,
he is. Your Vulpix is going
to have one killer headache. Uh,
good job Spearow, return." The
bird glared at Zeth, then returned to its pokeball.
Brock reached into his pocket and pulled out a small object.
"Here, Zeth, take this Boulderbadge. You've earned it."
Zeth looked at his first badge, "Thank you, Brock.
I can't wait to tell my parents and Professor Ivy."
He looked up, "Speaking of which, shouldn't you be on your
way now? It's a long walk
through the forest, and you shouldn't waste any time."
Ash nodded, "He's right guys; let's get going.
Goodbye, Zeth and good luck."
"You too" At
this Ash and company turned and headed toward the forest path leading
toward Valencia Island, leaving Zeth alone to consider where he should
go next. [Well,
I got the Boulderbadge, so should I go back toward Cinnibar Island or to
Cerulean City as I had planned?]
After some careful thought, Zeth decided to head for Cerulean
may not be closest, but I still have a better chance of winning there.
Right now though, I have to get back to the center. That fight
really took a lot out of my pokemon.....]