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Kamaitachi
post Mar 15 2012, 11:53 PM
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"Appreciated" Tag nodded, giving her a glance in his periphery. Even if Jill lacked experience in pokemon battles, she more than made up for it with quick thinking and confidence.

Her fire spin plot worked beautifully, as the Staraptor found itself trapped in a spiraling column of flame. Tag's head shifted back slightly, taking in the beautiful display with a hint of admiration on his face. It appeared that Jill had caught a powerful partner.

"Suzu!" He bellowed up to his Ledian "Go for it!"

Throwing caution to the winds, Tag's loyal Ledian dove headlong into the column, then promptly burst out the other side, clearly not showing the hesitance that the Staraptor had displayed. Within a moment, she burst out from the other side of the column, holding Razor gingerly in her four arms, as if cradling a baby. It appeared that the ever motherly Suzu had remembered the Fire Pig's bruised baby back ribs, and that she had excersized extreme caution in handling him, despite the injury to her own self.

As she made her way back to her trainer, Tag snapped his fingers at Tobi "Hop into the Fire Spin. Use Flamethrower."

Tobi, who had spent his time proudly puffing out his chest and parading his tails for the female Vulpix, immediately snapped to attention. Before following through on Tag's command, he turned and winked at the fellow vulpine before running forward. Jumping headlong into the flames, he briefly glowed in a fierce light as his Flash Fire ability took over. Within moments, a Sunny-Day + Flash Fire boosted Flamethrower burst upwards in something that looked like rocket propulsion. When the flame cleared, the Staraptor lay on the ground, utterly defeated.

Suzu floated back to the ground, gently depositing Razor next to the unconscious Vernon, where she and Tag now stood guard. There weren't many pokemon left in Tiagiate Square now, just a handful that were already engaged with the remaining few trainers. Officer Jenny, Nurse Joy and their oddly congruent kin were now arriving on the scene. Tag waved a Nurse over to Vernon's position, backing away so the lady could work.

"This is why I can't have kids." Tag sighed to Jill, "Taking care of people isn't exactly my strong suit."

For a moment, he looked over at her, then immediately returned his gaze to the ground, blushing slightly. He felt rather lucky that the blush was hidden by his tattoos, and he found himself rather embarassed at revealing something relatively personal to a relative stranger. Noting the empty pokeball on the ground, he reached down to pick it up, inspecting it before pocketing it.


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post Mar 16 2012, 01:14 AM
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Jill watched with her arms crossed as Tag's Ledian charged the Staraptor, regardless of its inherent disadvantage. Such trust was dangerous, but could be strong when placed correctly. Tag apparently knew exactly what his pokemon were capable of, enough to know that his Ledian could go through the Fire Spin and engage directly onto a bird, while focusing on protecting a Tepig, and come out the other side still moving. This was the kind of intuitive knowledge that one couldn't learn just by watching a few battles or reading up on theory. This would take time, and she envied Tag for having enough to learn it.

Then, his Vulpix, aka Tobi, jumped into Jills' Fire Spin and absorbed the flames, then made what was probably the most devastating attack she'd ever seen. She looked to her own Vulpix to see her reaction to the display, and she was apparently very impressed. The fox looked up to Jill and then over to the Staraptor, then to Tobi, who was rightfully proud of what he'd accomplished with the help of his potentially new friend's Drought and Fire Spin.

After taking care of Vernon for a moment, Tag made a funny comment about how he couldn't have kids, and then acted as though he regretted it. The way he got embarrassed made her wonder if there was any possible way he could have known about her past. But, of course there wasn't, unless he took a moment during the battle to do some research.

"Vernon isn't your kid," Jill said. Maybe Tag's awkwardness stemmed from his need to take care of the kid and his inability to do so. "It wasn't your responsibility. Don't be too hard on yourself. You know, even the best parents can't always-" She stopped herself and looked away in the same manner Tag had just done. "So looks like the battle is wrapping up. I've got a third now, so I think I can take on Chloe."

There was also the matter of naming Vulpix, but she wanted to get to know her a little better before doing that.


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post Mar 16 2012, 11:30 PM
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A paramedic team of Chansey swarmed on to the scene, surrounding Vernon. With a sense of urgency, coupled with their innate gentleness and care, they moved Vernon and Razor to stretchers before exiting the scene. Tag sadly watched as Vernon disappeared off to the hospital, but at least he'd receive some good treatment there. He found himself wondering if Vernon's nickname had been an ironic one, or whether he, Taggarty Lee, simply annulled other people's luck. It wasn't exactly something he could quantify or measure, so he simply cast the latter thought aside. Nevertheless, he still couldn't help but feeling that he'd failed Vernon once again.

As Jill attempted some form of comfort, he noted that she trailed off. Eying her from his periphery, he watched her mirror his own gesture. She was probably correct in her advice, but what piqued his interest was her sudden embarrassment in turn. Not knowing anything about her, he had no idea as to the nature of her behaviour.

Before responding, he took a moment to size up their pokemon. Tobi seemed in fine form, standing regally and vainly before his fellow Vulpix while still radiating from his Flash Fire. Suzu seemed a bit woozy as she gazed in the direction of Vernon's exit. Having passed through the Fire Spin to briefly engage a Staraptor, she definitely did not appear to be in top form. As Tag drew the pokeball, Suzu turned to face him with a protesting look, as if sensing his action. But, before she could voice her complaint, the red beam enveloped her, drawing her back into her pokeball.

Bachi, another of his planned battlers, had not gone through the battle unscathed either, while Tobi and Uchi had expended some of their energy in turn. Kana and Tonbo, too, had seen battle not too long earlier, meaning that his entire team was somewhat worn out. Jill, likewise, had probably fought with her entire team of three.

"May I suggest that we make a stop at the Pokemon Center first?" Tag suggested "Facing a gym leader without your companions at full strength is a little silly."

Without really waiting for a response, he turned to heed his own advice, heading in the direction of the Pokemon Center in stony silence.

* * *

An awkward trip to the Pokemon Center later, Tag and Jill both stood before the door to the Gigarte Gym. The tattoed man turned to his current companion, asking: "Would you like to go first, or shall I?"


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post Mar 17 2012, 03:44 PM
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Jill recalled her Vulpix and agreed with Tag that they should get healed. Vulpix, after all, did take a few hits from the Growlithe and from her own Ponyta, Pele. So, they headed to the pokemon center in silence. The two had so little in common, and it was so obvious that neither even really tried to start a conversation. Tag's life was and had always been pokemon. Jill's had been work. Maybe not always, Jill couldn't really read Tag that well, but it was clear that pokemon was a huge priority in his life, and it simply had never been for her - Pele and Vinyl were pets, not family, certainly not friends. She cared for them, of course, but none of them trusted Jill like Tobi and Suzu clearly trusted Tag.

Still, everyone had to start somewhere, and she was sure Tag recognized that. They healed their pokemon and then made their way to the gym. Whatever had happened with the wild pokemon had been solved with the help of the many heroic pokemon trainers and everyone went about their lives.

Tag's question was a good one. Going first would allow Jill to make her own mistakes and learn from them much more effectively. Then, she could see how a pro would react to similar situations. However, it also meant she was more likely to lose. Going second would allow her to see a pro in action against a gym leader (also, presumably, pro) and get some useful knowledge which she could use in her own fight and have a much higher chance of winning. So, ultimately, she had to decide if she wanted to win more, or she wanted to learn more effectively.

"I'll go second," she nodded to her companion. "Good luck."


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post Mar 19 2012, 06:26 AM
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The Gigarte Gym appeared quite different from the others around Furoh. The most notable difference was the fact that it wasn’t in its own separate building. It was part of a two building complex owned by Davenport Florists, a floral arrangement company. A plastic sign stuck in the ground had big letters that read “Gigarte Gym” to guide confused trainers inside. Once inside, the first thing Tag and Jill would see was a reception desk with an old woman who looked happy to see the two. She resembled the typical grandmother, with graying brawn hair styled in a honeycomb. Behind her, however was a much more impressive sight.

In the middle of the room was a giant zen garden, a perfect square measuring 100 feet per side. The ground was covered in pea-sized pebbles that were smooth to the touch, as if they came from the bottom of a river. Giant bonsai trees and ornamental grasses dotted the landscape, creating an exquisitely trimmed forest. Boulders and benches were arranged in a particular order according to the resident feng shui staff. To round out the look, various statues lined the edges of the garden, all made by local budding artists. There was a man with a rake arranging certain areas of sand to appear like waves on a beach. The one exception was the middle area, kept purposely clear for the upcoming matches. The Stonebloom Emblem appeared in the center of the arena, the same as that upon the badge. It was partially shaded by the overhead branches of the bonsai trees, a welcome addition considering the building was open air. Audience seating was on a second story balcony overlooking the garden. This consisted of the tables and chairs belonging to the small coffee shop there.

Before Tag and Jill could step on the grounds, however, they had to talk to the receptionist.

“Ooh, another young couple,” the lady squeaked. “I do love this time of year! Our special event arrangers are right down the hall and are more than prepared to handle your big day. I do love weddings…”

After an explanation from the “couple”, the receptionist quickly corrected herself.

“Oh…my mistake. You guys aren’t our typical…nevermind. I’ll just need those Trainer IDs and I’ll set up those matches in a moment. In the meantime, cookies?”

It would seem the grandmother was more used to dealing with children than people like Tag and Jill. More evidence of this would be the bulletin board with polaroids of successful challengers upon it. Still, the happy face chocolate chip cookies were a delectable distraction while they waited for Chloe to arrive.
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“Jeannette, I need a rush on the Brooks order. If those lilies aren’t in Barley by sunrise tomorrow, we’ll miss the anniversary party.”

Chloe Davenport was in the middle of the rush period. Spring brought weddings, birthdays, and the like, all of which required flowers for gifts or table arrangements. Even as CEO, she took care of much of the invoicing, inventory, and even approved arrangements prior to delivery. It wasn’t that she couldn’t get others to do these tasks. Chloe desired perfection: if she wanted things done right, she would have to do them herself. Today had gone quite well; she was expecting to be back home at a decent hour. Maybe she’d catch up with all those popular TV shows…

“Miss Davenport,” the buzzer rang, “you have two challengers waiting in the arboretum.”

Damn…

She had petitioned the League to allow her to close the gym during her busy season, but they denied her request. This was the last thing she needed when ten orders still needed to be out by the end of the day. It’s not like she didn’t enjoy pokemon battles. It would just be nice if people would set up appointments rather than waltz in for a battle on the spot.

“Send me their info. I’ll be down there in a moment.” With that, she sighed and grabbed her pokemon belt.
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The clapping of shoes indicated that Chloe had arrived in the gym. She did not waste time in preparing: the gym leader slipped off her high heels and hung her forest green jacket upon a tree branch. This showed off her sleeveless black dress, the only accessory on it being her belt of pokeballs. The gym leader took a deep breath to take in the scenery. There was a reason she made the arena into a giant zen garden: it helped calm her mind of her business related duties prior to battle. With that, she addressed the two challengers.

“I am Chloe Davenport, Gigarte’s gym leader. Who shall go first?”


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post Mar 19 2012, 01:59 PM
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Arasam and Petropolis had been rather 'to-the-point' in their gyms, mostly because their buildings had been dedicated to the gyms. Gigarte Gym had opted to stun first time admissions with sheer aesthetic pleasure.

Upon entering, Tag stood, dumbfounded, for a moment as he took in the visual symphony. Everything around them seemed perfectly ordered, but entirely natural. Some philosophical part of his brain conjured up the idea of the natural and unnatural in perfect harmoney, but he didn't quite have the actual words to describe that, save using that phrase, so he kept it to himself.

All in all, the effect was relaxing to the point of paralysis. Tag felt his battle-lust, which had been rising in anticipation of the gym match, quickly fading, replaced by a warm serenity. He squeezed his eyes shut in an attempt to regain his adrenaline, but found that even the aromas were perfectly balanced in the air to induce him back into that serenity.

He noted, surprisingly, that even if his pre-battle jitters disappeared, his mind still functioned at its usual pace, or perhaps even faster. Relaxing his entire body had caused his brain to brighten up, rather than focusing on the various aches and pains he'd acquired from travelling and tattooing.

His peace came crashing swiftly to the ground to die in a horrible din of embarassment as the old lady referred to them as a couple.

"Oh...uh...no. Trainers. Gym Challenge. Sorry." Tag found himself at a loss for words. He stammered about awkwardly, as he did, and looked to Jill almost embarassedly. "Not that I don't like you, but...uh...we just met. Couldn't afford a wedding." He then opted to shut up, in an attempt to catch himself before further miring himself in the realm of embarassment. This was not a great start to a gym challenge by any means.

"Oh you just said cookies." A familiar, hungry light returned to Tag's eyes as the old grandma set down the happy face cookies. They were both adorable and delicious, which was the exact combination to a near-perfect bliss with the hardened former Dragon Trainer. He waited for Jill to take one. Whether she did so or not, he grabbed a handful and immediately tore into them. Despite his almost ever-calm appearance, food was something that brought out the howling voracity within Tag. He never knew when the next time he would eat was, so as if he would starve if he didn't eat these cookies, he devoured them.

As he chomped away, he noted the bulletin board of successful challengers, not recognizing many of their faces until...

"Jaima Kuonji", Tag voiced aloud. He remembered the teen from his trip into the Steel Temple. Jaima had been an excellent battler, from what he recalled, and this only confirmed his suspicion that he'd have to face the boy again some day. With that, his old battle instincts soared up, only to plummet back down into the serenity from before, which made him rather uneasy.

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When Chloe finally arrived, Tag noted the simplicity of her attire, which somehow only elevated her elegance.

"I will." Tag stepped into the challenger's box. "Taggarty Lee from Blackthorn City." Having noted Chloe's quick and officious manner, Tag didn't wait for her to unveil her choice of Pokemon for the match. Usually, in his experience, the Gym Leaders would reveal their team first, and the trainer had the option of reacting. However, Tag had set his mind on a team, and summoned them to the field.

"Suzu, Tonbo, Bachi!"

Keeping with his theme, Suzu and Bachi had fought in both gym battles before. Kyoko, Tobi and now Tonbo had been placed into the rotation.

Now, on the field, Suzu buzzed about in the air, while Tonbo, off to her right, lay on the field, his dopey face looking around him slowly. Tag watched closely as Suzu gently alighted on the ground, a smile appearing on her face as she took a deep breath. Tonbo, too, seemed affected by the beautiful scenery, and his wide-eyed smile appeared more tranquil than usual. Clearly his pokemon enjoyed this environment as well, which lead him to wonder if they'd hold back for fear of damaging it.

Next to him, Bachi bristled with excitement. Upon evolving into Nidoking, the creature's formerly clueless personality had evolved into a battle hunger, assuming that every moment was a fight.

"Relax, Bachi." Tag placed a hand on the large poison pin's arm, gingerly avoiding the spikes. "It's just like last time; I'm saving the strongest for you."

This seemed to placate the Nidoking, who crossed his arms and leaned to one side, watching his comrades eagerly.

"Miss Davenport, we're ready!" Tag nodded, crossing his arms in a move mimicking Bachi's. He had no doubt in his mind that Jill was watching closely from the audience seating. Keen eyed and sharp minded, he was sure that she'd pick up on as much as she could before entering her battle. A small, nagging part in the back of his brain hoped that she would be impressed by it. The rest of his brain? Well, it seemed rather confused at the mere notion.


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post Mar 21 2012, 10:46 PM
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After Tag revealed his pokemon team, Chloe took the time to examine his choices. It was quite risky to start a battle with a bug-flying type, not to mention backing her up with a water type. Her uncle had once taught her not to get too comfortable with type matching. Those that purposely used those weak to rock and grass types were ones to look out for.

With that, Chloe nodded to Tag and walked to her own position. As she walked, one of the statues in the room came to life, rolling across the pebble field towards the arena. Her hand brushed along his rocky surface as they passed each other. The statue in question stopped within the arena, revealing a graveller. As the rock pokemon took position, Chloe tossed another pokeball beside her first: revealing a rather odd pokemon. The cradily looked like a cross between a weed and one of those flailing inflatable guys one would see in front of a business. The fossil pokemon bobbled her head around with a crazed smile across her face. The gym leader took position behind the pair just as a third pokemon slithered onto the scene. The animated vine brushed all ten feet of its length against his master’s calves. With a regal appearance that demanded everyone’s attention, the serperior rose up to witness the battle beside Chloe, looking like a sinister emperor beside his queen.

“You’re halfway through your journey, Mr. Lee.” Chloe told Tag. “And yet, you choose pokemon with such disadvantages. Time will tell if your gamble pays off. As I am the defender, I will go first.” Unlike some other gym leaders, she was not willing to give up an advantage in the name of good sportsmanship. Chloe took in one final deep breath to take in the last of the calm within the garden. She then took out a pair of sunglasses out of her pocket and slipped them on in preparation for her move.

“Cradily, Sandstorm! Graveller, Rock Throw on that ledyba!”

The crazy bobblehead plant starting swinging her head around, rustling up sand around her. Soon enough, the sand grew stronger, eventually enveloping the entire arena within the sand storm. In addition to her pokemon being protected from the biting winds, the graveller had additional protection in the form of a Sand Veil. This rendered the rock pokemon nearly invisible amidst the winds.

It also made the flying rock emerging from the sandstorm a little bit of a surprise. The large projectile flew towards Suzu in Chloe’s attempt to draw first blood.


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post Mar 22 2012, 04:13 PM
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Tag watched Chloe with his analytic mind fully engaged. She moved with a calm and confidence carried only by gym leaders; they hadn't gotten their positions by chance.

The appearance of Graveler didn't much surprise him, as it was a fairly standard rock type. He'd fought scores of them when he'd first started out in Johto, but that was back in the day with the aid of dragons.

Cradily was a pokemon Tag had only heard about. He knew its grass/rock combo meant that he wouldn't be able to take advantage of too many type-bonuses.

Lastly, a pokemon he'd never even heard of appeared on the field. The regal serpent coiled up near Chloe, taking the perch opposite Bachi. The King Poison Pin Pokemon beside him bristled once more in anticipation, sensing the strength across the field from him.

Chloe's commands sounded across the field, setting the immediate tone for the battle. Cradily took the role of support, adding the incredibly advantageous Sandstorm to the field and immediately tipping the scales in her favour. Graveler, with his Sand Veil ability, easily disappeared amidst the whipping sand.

Tag, meanwhile, slipped on the Go-Goggles, the present from the currently hospitalized Vernon. A pang of guilt suddenly struck him, realizing that he'd opted to go off on his schedule, rather than checking up on the kid.

Tag's pokemon didn't seem too phased by the sand, despite the fact that he knew they were. Suzu's sunglasses-like lenses helped her immensely, so that her eyes weren't stung by the blinding sand. Meanwhile, Tag wasn't sure if Tonbo felt anything at all, and the water pokemon appeared to be asleep on the field.

Without waiting to see if the Rock Throw connected, Tag issued his commands in turn:

"Tonbo, Confusion on the Rock Throw. Suzu! Encore on Cradily!"

Without bothering to spot the rock, Tonbo neatly grabbed it in the air with his enigmatic psychic powers. A blue aura wrapped around both him and the projectile as it burst through the sandstorm, stopping moments before slamming into his partner. Tag fervently hoped that Tonbo would be able to throw it back, but the strain of simply catching it caused the rock to drop to the floor with a heavy thud.

Meanwhile, Suzu broke into a round of applause, employing what was easily Tag's favourite move. The effects of encore would hopefully lock the Cradily into focusing on the sandstorm, rather than launching a new move in the next round.


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The match was off to a heated start, as Tag took advantage of the cradily’s sandstorm and encored it. Few trainers would actually strategize like that; Chloe was far too used to cutting those trainers down quickly. This one had some skill however, as evidenced by the two badges he already carried. However, she felt her particular lineup would be able to handle the match well.

However, even with her cradily on repeat, the gym leader still had options. It was quite a surprise that a pokemon named Slowpoke would be able to deflect a rock as soon as it became visible through the sandstorm. It was still a close call, so what would happen when five projectiles were introduced?

“Graveller, Rock Blast on the ledyba!”

The rock pokemon spun his arms like pinwheels, digging his hands into the pebbles. When his large hands emerged, they were wielding large boulders. The rocks were thrown into the air in quick succession, the graveller adjusting his aim to keep track of the bug’s movements.

Meanwhile, the cradily continued to spin her head around to launch an unnecessary sandstorm. Chloe took solace knowing that it still benefitted her pokemon, at least for the moment.


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Tag figured that his first defensive strategy would clearly not work a second time, especially since Chloe adapted hers. Hearing the command for Rock Blast, Tag immediately sprang into action:

"Suzu, Agility!"

Without voicing a confirmation, and perhaps sensing the urgency in Tag's voice, the Ledian launched into her technique. Agility was a move that sped her up considerably, which was probably Tag's way of telling her to dodge like crazy. While speeding through the Sandstorm, she felt the sands stinging harder than before, if only because she was moving faster into the distracting particles. She felt something whizz by her and stopped, assuming that she was safe. However, a second projectile, hot on the trail of the other, caught her full force and completely by surprise. She toppled from the air, vaguely aware that two more projectiles had passed overhead. Her own erratic flight, aimed at getting her back upright, had unwittingly saved her from the third and fourth rocks. Unfortunately, as she regained her balance, the fifth and final rock caught her directly in her 'stomach'.

Landing on the ground with a thud, she shakily rose back to her feet, opting not to spread her delicate and already damaged wings into the sand storm again. She would once she heard Tag's command, but until then, she'd save her strength.

Tag saw the whole ordeal in bits and pieces through the swirling sand. He took a moment while surveying the field to close the front of his duster, offering his stinging body a little more protection. Suzu had not taken back to the air, which more than meant that she was hurt badly. He couldn't find any indication that Swarm had activated, meaning that she hadn't suffered critical damage...but another attack from that nearly invisible Graveler could easily level her, even this early in the game. His gambit had been risky, but it was about to pay off.

"Tonbo, Disable on the Cradily!" Upon hearing the command, Tonbo's eyes slowly opened, revealing a sparkling blue light. The same light appeared in the Cradily's eyes, announcing that Sandstorm had been shut off in her mind. Combined with Suzu's Encore, Tonbo had now trapped the Fossil Root into using the desperation move Struggle. Cradily, not exactly a mobile pokemon, would be forced to use Struggle, alone and in a Sandstorm.


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Chloe was secretly flabbergasted that Tag had pulled off an Encore-Disable combo. Was that even a legal move? Regardless, the cradily was stuck in a self-destructive assault, performing a pretty desperate crawl towards the slowpoke. The fossil pokemon bashed her head towards Tonbo and/or the ground, certainly resulting in significant damage to herself. Normally, a switch out would cure her ails, but Chloe decided against it. Switching would put her serperior out early, leaving him weakened to the sandstorm. It was not something she wanted when facing a poison type. For now, she opted to wait out the encore and hope for the best?

The gym leader hid her frustration, brushed the sand out of her short blond hair, and focused on the other half of the teams. While Tonbo would hopefully be distracted by the struggling cradily, Chloe took the opportunity to go after the ledyba, hopefully finish her once and for all.

“Graveler, keep the ledyba on the ground. Smack Down!”

The rock pokemon grabbed a baseball-sized stone from beneath the pebble surface. He quickly wound up his pitch and tossed the stone straight for the ledyba’s back (specifically her wings).


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With his visibility marred by the barrage of sands from all sides, Tag had once again focused his ears on Chloe's commands. His heart sank at the sound of yet another Rock attack on his beloved Suzu, as it surely spelled the end for her. Unless...

"Suzu! Baton Pass!"

Two simultaneous flashes of light erupted on the field, revealing Suzu standing calmly at Tag's side. She appeared visibly shaken from the effects of the Sandstorm and the onslaught of rocks from Graveler's Rock Blast, but she still stood.

Meanwhile, the Smack Down baseball impacted with a dull thud on the stomach of Bachi, who had appeared on the field in Suzu's stead, complete with her Agility boost from earlier. He seemed a bit confused as to appearing magically in the middle of the field, but at least, due to his ground typing, the Sandstorm didn't affect him in the same way. Still, Tag didn't feel right issuing a command to him immediately, as he needed to get his bearings. This proved particularly true as Bachi stared questioningly at the Smack Down rock at his feet, curious as to why it had been thrown at him.

"Tonbo! Use Yawn on the Cradily!"

Tonbo, in Tag's opinion, was easily the cutest pokemon in the entire universe. Even in the already heated battle, surrounded by the serenity provided by the Zen Garden, Tag took a moment to simply watch the cuteness of his pokemon. Tonbo's big, dopey Slowpoke mouth opened wide, and his whole body shook for a moment as he unleashed a very vocal yawn. Now, hopefully, once encore subsided, the Cradily would just fall asleep. Tag seemed perfectly content to keep her staggered and out of the fight. He needed the Sandstorm to disappear for Tonbo's attacks to take full flight; right now the sand would disrupt too much of Tonbo's water attacks, and the Graveler was already nigh impossible to hit.

The main problem with this battle was that...he hadn't yet inflicted any real damage to either of his opponents. But, now an Agility-Boosted Bachi was on the field, and he was ready to wreak some havoc. He had the added benefit of Suzu to save for Chloe's Serperior, and her bug/flying typing would only serve as a great boon in that match too.


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Chloe gave an inward sigh as her victory against the ledyba was snatched away. Her calmness was breaking under the strain of the battle. The gym leader was not entirely there. Her mind went to the shipment of arrangements that had to be made by tonight. She could be finished at a decent hour if it weren’t for these challengers coming at such an inopportune time. Chloe considered just forfeiting the match just to get back to work. Of course, that wouldn’t work: there was another challenger waiting in the wings. The struggling cradily was now about to be afflicted with sleep, just as the encore attack was about to pass. Honestly, the gym leader wanted Tag to deliver the knock out just to get it over with. Whatever was driving Tag’s spirit, Chloe had lost some time ago.

Her serperior was almost mimicking his master, taking more interest in an errant caterpie than the battle. The graveler on the field took notice of Chloe’s apathy. Though her eyes were hidden behind sunglasses, her sagging shoulders and relaxed position revealed her weariness. The gym leader needed someone to light a fire under her and get her back in the game. She needed a game changer, something the graveler was prepared to do. Determined to help his master, the graveler began to glow. His bumpy exterior turned into cracked stone, shape converted to some more globe-like, and his long back arms were lost. The rock pokemon had evolved into a golem, crying out his name to let the opponent on the other side of the sandstorm know it.

Chloe was shaken from her business dealings, looking upon the battlefield. It was true that she had been training the rock type for some time, but his evolution still caught her off guard. Her graveler- er golem still held on hope that they could pull through. The least she could do was see the battle through. She quickly thought up a plan to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity.

“Cradily, focus on the nidoking. Golem, Steamroller!”

Cradily wobbled towards the nidoking in an attempt to use its struggle against him. Regardless of the results, this was only to be a distraction, something to block the nidoking’s path to his ally. Shortly after, the cradily rested her head upon the ground, fast asleep. With only half her HP left, it was a welcome respite.

Meanwhile, the golem tucked his limbs and head inside his body and rolled through the sandstorm. With his newfound move, the rock pokemon attempted to roll over the dopey pokemon and crush him under the golem’s weight.


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Despite Tag's blazing battle spirit, he had maintained his professional veneer. With his back straight and eyes alert, he'd carefully monitored the battle through his Go-Goggles. Now that Bachi had appeared on the field, with a speed boost, and with the Cradily falling asleep, it was now his time to sweep the field.

The Cradily swung her massive head, hitting Bachi squarely in the stomach before succumbing to the sleep. The former Dragon Trainer's mind raced with the new possibilities on the field, quickly analyzing as his eyes darted back and forth between the barely visible Graveler and the sleeping Cradily.

Then, as Tag's eyes settled on the Graveler, he watched the creature evolve before his very eyes into the fearsome Golem. Golem had been a pokemon he'd faced many times in his past, and it had always been a problem for him. Now, coupled with the move "Steamroller" that he'd never heard of, he needed to think of something fast. Using Water Gun or Water Pulse would prove ineffective, of course. The sandstorm combined with what was presumably the rotational power of a Steamrolling attack (which implied rolling), would wind up with Tonbo very hurt.

With Cradily asleep for now, it seemed a good time to focus on the new threat. Cradily had moved to intercept Bachi, but the Nidoking had a trick up his sleeve that would help Tonbo despite the oncoming attack.

"Bachi! Earth Power!" Bachi drew back an arm, glowing green with terrakinetic energy, then slammed it hard into the ground. In Golem's path, a column of earthen energy blasted upwards like a volcano, angled to collide with him.

"Tonbo! Water Pulse!"

The idea had been to at least slow down the Golem somewhat, with two quick, consecutive, super-effective attacks. However, with the Golem difficult to see, Tag wasn't sure if the attacks actually had even connected, let alone actually affected the trajectory.

He watched as Tonbo rose and immediately flopped to one side, laying there with his Dopey smile...and let out a horrid gasp as the Golem rolled right over him.

The path had not been deterred, and Tonbo lay there. Tag's heart skipped several beats as he noticed that his Slow, Dopey friend actually had pain registered on his face. By flopping to one side in such a way, Tonbo had effectively missed the center of Golem's massive body and avoided critical damage. But still, the attack had stung, leaving a second of Tag's pokemon now on the verge of defeat. His offensive defense had, presumably, failed, and giving Chloe the undeniable advantage going into the next round of combat.

Tag took a slow, deep breath, his hands sinking into his pockets as he glared at the battlefield, racking his brain for any possible remaining strategies.


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The sandstorm had lasted just long enough to protect the golem from the first attack that was directed upon it: Earth Power. It wasn’t quite a direct hit, barely grazing the rock pokemon. There was still the matter of the water gun, but that too was being taken care of. Rather than striking the golem, the stream of water was redirected towards the cradily, acting as a Storm Drain. Even though she was still asleep, the cradily was quietly building up power when or if it would strike again. After spending most of the battle effectively shut down, the fossil was finally showing her worth once more.

With the sands finally subsided, the golem had lost his Sand Veil, making him vulnerable to more attacks. It appeared Tag was ready to move to a more offensive strategy; he would be directing his full force upon the golem. Chloe had to move fast to make the most of the timely evolution.

“Rewind!”

The golem was rolling backwards, retracing his path back to the slowpoke. This time, the steamroller attack would strike from behind. Predictable, but effective.


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Something similar had happened in Tag's battle against Seiccan Serroc: Seiccan's Maractus (aptly named "Mara") had done precisely the same thing to Tonbo's Water Gun.

Unsurprisingly, Chloe had designed her team to cover its inherent weaknesses. Storm Drain had been the perfect ability for the situation, and now Tag was paying dearly for it.

Knowing full well that Tonbo couldn't risk even a glancing Steamroller, he had to act quickly.

"Tonbo! Zen Headbutt Cradily! Bachi! Poison Jab Cradily!"

"Poke" Tag heard his Slowpoke reply. His brow furrowed with concern, especially since Tonbo's mouth hadn't moved.

Lifting himself off of the ground with his psychic energy, Tonbo telekinetically flung himself towards the Cradily, safely out of the way of Golem's return Steamroller. He impacted fairly violently with the sleeping pokemon. As he flopped to the side of it, still looking around as if in a daze, Bachi reared back, both arms glowing a vicious purple before pounding them into the dozing Cradily.

Tag did not find striking a sleeping opponent particularly honourable. However, he needed something to turn the scales of battle back in his favour, and that meant utilizing his advantages.


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Now that her opponents had cought wind of her ability, Cradily was being beaten down in her sleep. She would not last the assault. Even so, Chloe did not want to give them a victory so easily. Her golem changed course to head towards the group, heading right behind them. The gym leader waited until he was in range before issuing the command.

“Golem, Bulldoze!”

The rock pokemon obliged, gaining speed as he barreled right into the three pokemon. With the force of a high-speed collision, the attack had the possible effect of bringing down the speed of other pokemon (or negating an ability boost). Though he came from behind the nidoking and slowpoke for some sort of advantage, he also hit the cradily head on. This proved to be the final blow for the fossil pokemon, its head flopping to the ground in defeat. The cradily was reabsorbed back into her pokeball and into Chloe’s hand. She still had the first knockout, even if it was her own pokemon.

“Get in there,” she told her serperior. With that simple command, the large grass snake slithered forward, ready to unleash his deadly arsenal.


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"Poke!"

Tag heard the voice once again, clearly in his head as if Tonbo were right next to him. He was rather confused by the sudden hyper-awareness of his pokemon's cries.

Chloe's Golem charged directly into the fray, ruthlessly hitting all three of the present pokemon. Tag mentally cursed himself for taking his pokemon's attentions off of the Golem. He'd succeeded in getting the annoying Cradily off the field, and breathed a note of relaxation, knowing that Tonbo's Water attacks would now be in full effect.

Except that Tonbo appeared unconscious.

A quick confirmation proved that Tag's Slowpoke was indeed defeated. Almost forlornly, he drew the pokeball out and summoned Tonbo back to his home.

"Suzu, you're back."

Once again, Chloe held a clear advantage on the field. Tag pointed Suzu to a spot behind Nidoking, keeping the bulkier pokemon in front to guard from Golem's devastating rock attacks. This time, however, Tag would be starting off the combat, wherein earlier he'd been reacting.

"Suzu, Reflect! Bachi! Earth Power Golem!"

Suzu spread her arms out wide, allowing all four to glow with a psychic energy. Within moments, the light expanded to form two barriers in front of her and her partner, Bachi, giving them a gentle buffer against physical attacks.

Bachi once again drew back his arm, punching the ground and unleashing the dormant terrakinetic energy. Once again a powerful burst of energy exploded from the ground, aiming to envelop the GOlem with its concussive force. Tag held disadvantage at the moment, but that didn't mean he would simply stop fighting and give up. Now that Chloe's spirit had sprung back into the game, it meant that he had to up his own, or sit back and let Golem and Serperior have their way with his comrades.


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Chloe watched as Tag ordered a change in positions for his pokemon in order to better protect the ledyba. The bug was providing support in the form of barriers. This would make the battle last far longer than she would have liked. The gym leader would counter with her own change n positions.

“Golem, strafe around, target the ledyba. Serperior, stay in front, go all in on the nidoking.”

The golem performed a side roll around his opponents, not even bothering to tuck in his limbs. The rock pokemon proceeded to toss another smack down attack towards the ledyba to keep her grounded and distracted. Meanwhile, serperior stood tall as he summoned a mighty storm. He had been kept as a snivy for far longer than most others. Chloe had a purpose for this: to gain access to more powerful attacks at an earlier level. Of course evolutions came shortly after. The regal pokemon was quite eager to test his new strength against such powerful adversaries.

Leaves from the trees around them began rustling, releasing their leaves for the assault. The leaves then started blowing around in a violent windstorm that surrounded the nidoking, almost as if he was caught in a storm of swords. Rather it was Leaf Storm, perhaps the most powerful grass type move any of Chloe’s pokemon possessed. Such a move would certainly drain most pokemon, but this didn’t seem to phase serperior. On the Contrary, the grass snake only appeared stronger with using the attack.


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Chloe's pokemon moved under very generic pretenses. While Tag had grown accustomed to trainers who communicated in code, this was something new all together. He'd faced trainers who issued commands in foreign languages, used code words, and even non-verbal communications. The latter he'd discovered while in the company of Raven Amaranth, who used forms of music and percussion in order to guide her pokemon.

The novelty of the situation was that Chloe simply gave her pokemon generic commands now, letting them fill in the blanks, thus making the moves very unpredictable. Up until now, Tag had been able to issue his own counter-measures within moments of Chloe's own orders. But she changed the pattern on him, making it instantly harder for him to react to the new situations.

His hesitance showed as the Leaf Storm wrecked havoc across Bachi's frame and the smack down attack grounded Suzu once more. His two pokemon looked worn out and tired, and were facing two reasonably healthy pokemon.

Leaf Storm, a move that usually required a lot of stamina to use, did not seem to phase the Serperior in the least. In fact, it appeared that Serperior had gotten stronger, which meant trouble. Tag surmised it had to be due in part to Serperior's ability, which he knew nothing about.

But, on his side of the field, a tell-tale sign appeared. A soft green aura began to radiate from Suzu's worn body, indicating that her own special ability, Swarm, had finally activated. This meant two things to Tag: 1.) Suzu was on the verge of defeat. 2.)Suzu would now receive a boost to her Bug Type attacks.

He had been hoping to use Acrobatics, easily the most powerful move in her arsenal power wise. Golem's Smack Down attack had kept her grounded, disallowing her access to the move.

Finally taking a moment to lift the Go-Goggles from his eyes, Tag called out his next command confidently:

"Target the snake! Suzu, Silver Wind! Bachi! Poison Jab!"

Moving shakily forward on the ground, Suzu opened her wings, buzzing them at a rapid pace. Within moments a powerful blast of wind shot forward, speckled with glimmering silver motes. The spores from Suzu's carapace had given the technique a name, and with Suzu's Swarm boost, it seemed like a particularly deadly attack at this time. Bachi charged in its wake, his arm seeping with a potent venom as he lunged forward, hoping to turn the scales with a quick, but powerful offense.


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