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Old 04-16-2016, 03:59 AM
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"Minerva, be ready to block it!" Joey calls out as Tao prepares for his next attack. The Kangaskhan raises its fists in defense, making sure to consciously raise them higher than the last time, in order to really be able to block the Meowth's jump attack this time. The large pokemon is utterly unprepared when the feline instead goes for her tail, and Tao's teeth sink in deeply. Unlike the rest of the Kangaskhan's body, the tail does not seem to be covered in tough hide, and the cat easily draws blood, making Minerva shriek in pain. Flinching once more at the attack, the large Kangaskhan begins wildly shaking her tail to throw off the offender. The violent motion does indeed send Tao flying back in the direction of the arena wall, but like the cat he is, Robin's pokemon lands gracefully on all fours, unharmed. Meanwhile, the pain and the injuries seem to have gotten to much for Minerva, who slowly sinks to the ground, before falling over onto her back.

"The gym leader's Kangaskhan is unable to battle. The challenger Robin Jenkins leads one to nothing." Sam says from his vantage point in an official voice, raising a red flag in his right hand...the one that is on Joey's side of the arena. Simultaneously, Jason calls out "Way to go, Robin!" and the audience groans at the fact that the gym leader's first pokemon has gone down. Still, there is muttering among the watching trainers. Robin can't make out any details, but she almost gets the impression that the gym trainers have been positively surprised by Robin's performance so far.

"Minerva return, you did good." The gym leader says, raising the Kangaskhan's pokeball to call back his first pokemon. "Well, well. Not bad for a complete newbie. But don't think that means you've won yet. Alright, Kuruk, you're up next!" Enthusiastically, Joey throws out his next pokeball, and a second later, the red energy escaping from it materializes into the shape of a little brown bear with a white crescent-shaped moon on its forehead. It looks cute and cuddly, until Robin spots what look like razor-sharp claws extending from its small paws. "Teddi...URSA!"

OoCWell done, gym leader's pokemon number one has been defeated. Tao wins speed against Kuruk the Teddiursa if you are sticking with your Meowth. Otherwise, if you are switching out, feel free to check the Teddy's speed here after you have committed yourself to which pokemon you are going to use.
 


 
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Tao purrs loudly, once, as Minerva disappears, turning and moving towards Robin. The cat looked obviously pleased with himself. Robin knelt and reached out to pat his head, a bit surprised. It was the first time he sought out affection from the girl and actually stayed still to get it instead of shying away at the last second. "Alright! Great job, Tao. One down, two to go. How about you take a break in the Pokeball?" She asked, holding it out. Tao tapped the button once with a paw, sealing himself in.

Awww...it looks like Ty's Ragamuffin...except it moves...and has really big claws. I'm guessing it's not just going to lie on the ground and let Ty whip it around in her mouth, either. Robin thought, looking at the next opponent. "Okay, Ty, your turn." The dog barked once and trotted into the arena with an overjoyed demeanor.

"Alright, Ty, let's open it up with an Ember!" Robin called. They hadn't come up with any sort of camouflaging code words for it yet. Ty's speciality was more on the physical side, but the bear - and Gym Leader - seemed to be playing hard-to-get this time, with how far away he had sent the Pokemon. There was no way for Ty to get over to the bear fast enough for a physical attack before the bear got an attack of it's own long enough. Playing that game, the Teddiursa likely had a far-range ranged attack of it's own.

Ty barked once, trotting forward, unable to keep her tail from wagging twice more before she turned more serious and battle-focused. Turning her head back towards Robin, she whipped it back forward towards Kuruk to spit sparks of flame in a stream at it.

 

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Deciding to give Tao a break after the good job he had done and the close call he had had, Robin sends Ty out to deal with the razor-clawed Teddy instead. Figuring it for a long distance fighter given the way Joey sent it out, the medic quickly has her Growlithe cover most of the distance between the two combatants. Once there, Ty rears back her head and spits forth a stream of embers at the bear. The Teddiursa doesn't do much in the way of dodging, only raising its arms in front of its face to avoid the worst of the hit going into its eyes. When the attack is finished, the small brown pokemon shakes itself once, smoke rising from a few patches of its fur, but otherwise looking in pretty good shape. The attack certainly hurt it, but like the Kangaskhan before it, it looks like Kuruk is another tough pokemon that will take several good hits to bring down. Apparently Joey really was serious about this balance between offense and defense thing. At least the Teddiursa's defense seems solid to Robin so far, and she doesn't have to wait long to see the offense either.

"Kuruk lets go, charge in and use Fury Swipes!" To Robin's surprise, the gym leader opts not to go with a ranged attack, and instead the small ursine pokemon charges right at Ty, claws raised. Just like the Kangaskhan's Comet Punch, the Teddiursa's Fury Swipes are a lightning fast combination of claw attacks, rather than the typical single attack Robin and Ty are used to in the same time frame from their opponents. Unlike Minerva, however, Kuruk is highly focused and doesn't miss. A right-handed swipe at Ty's nose is followed by a swipe at her shoulder, before the Teddiursa switches to its left claw, swiping at Ty's chin from below. Without a breath, the right claw then flies across Ty's nose again, before finally the left claw swipes at the Growlithe's shoulder one final time. Some of the cuts are deeper, some of them are less deep, Total of 50 damage before defense. Ouch.but at the end of the day Ty is left bleeding from several spots and barely able to keep herself upright. She isn't out of the battle yet, but there isn't a lot missing. Several 'ooohs' go up from the trainers in the stands, but there are no audible cheers this time. Meanwhile, Robin can feel Jason visibly cringe behind her back, but her friend stays quiet and offers no advice...probably because he doesn't have any, anyway.

While the battle started out well for the young medic, this last attack might have turned the tides and Robin needs to watch out or the match will get away from her. On the other hand, she is still one pokemon up, so it's not like anything is lost yet. Her next move needs to be considered carefully, however...

OoCTy moves forward to J10. I don't think diagonals are specified in the PTA rules, so we've been playing them like D&D (i.e. first diagonal counts as 1, second as 2, third as 1 again, and so on). This means that to get from F13 to J10 costs 5 squares of movement, not sure how you counted but that does seem to be the same number you came up with. This puts Ty six squares away from Kuruk and within Ember range, so the Ember hits. The Teddy charges forward and uses Fury Swipes, hitting for an unfortunate 5 times (total 50 damage before defense). Really unlucky for you, because I originally wanted to use Scratch instead (as the attack that was more likely to hit) but realized Kuruk's movement wasn't enough to carry him passed Ty which is necessary for Scratch. That would have only been 31 damage instead, but such is life. In any case, I believe Ty is still hanging in there, barely, unless I miscalculated. And Ty is up again.

 
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Robin looked on in horror as the Teddiursa mauled her Growlithe, helpless as the bear unleashed its claws on the puppy. Ty had been frozen in surprise as the bear swiped across her nose - what was with Pokemon and her poor nose! She needed that! - and unable to shield herself or get away, flinched back and braced herself. When the attack finished, there was a slight look of betrayal on Ty's face as she stared at the bear - Ragamuffin never did that! - and Ty was badly injured from the attack. Gone was the joyful look on Ty's face as she realized that this round might be over sooner than the dog would have liked.

"Ty? TY! You okay? Can you continue?!" Robin called when she could find her voice again. She could see Ty's front leg trembling and realized she was close to collapse. Five attacks in one... She thought in horror. That bear's a speedy Pokemon.

Hearing her trainer's voice, Ty let out a soft whine. She was supposed to be strong for her trainer. A strong dog, protecting her from everything. Ty gritted her teeth and let out a deep growl, followed by a bark as she forced her leg to stop shaking with an effort of will. She wanted to continue, even if that meant getting knocked out in the attempt. No way would she retreat in front of this creature. As Ty growled again, her fur seemed to glow with light, almost like she was strung up with Flash Firefire-colored Christmas lights.

"Alright, Ty." Robin had a feeling that the next move would knock her dog out for the remainder of the match, but she had to keep going. She couldn't give up if there was a chance for Ty to wear it down for her other Pokemon. "Bite back!"

Ty lunged at the bear, knowing that this would be her last chance to do some damage. Clamping down on the bear's paw, Ty growled one more time at Teddiursa, resigned to the hit that would come next. It was okay. The cat could finish this one off. Ty shook her head a little, as her lips curled faintly up in a playful gesture as her tail shook itself once. Did Teddiursas have stuffed Growlithes to play with when they were not-puppies?

"TY! GET AWAY!" Robin called. Ty's ears flicked forward as her smile disappeared in confusion. What? Oh! OH! Immediately dropping the paw, Ty turned on a dime and sprinted away as fast as she could across the arena. It had been the trick she tried with Tao as Ty watched earlier, but hopefully this small creature couldn't cover the ground like she could. It was worth a shot, right?

I hope to Arceus that this works. Robin thought, holding her breath. It didn't work with the Kangaskan, but she didn't want to just have Ty sit there and take the next hit if she could help it. See if range could work, then keep going...if not, they didn't lose anything. If it worked, they bought a little time.

 

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"Alright Kuruk, finish this with-" Joey calls out, just as Robin gives the order for Ty to fall back. With a mad dash, the Growlithe turns tail and gets as far away from the vicious bear as it can. "Well, well. Look at you go, Robin Jenkins. So few new trainers come in here anymore that know the value of strategically falling back to keep your distance. Alright Kuruk, follow it and use Leer! And make sure to corner it against the wall!"

"Teddi...URSA!" Kuruk looks a lot worse for wear from the two attacks he has already had to deal with, but bravely he charges after Robin's pokemon. The medic's plan works perfectly, however, as the small teddy's legs just can't cover the distance as quickly as the sprinting canine. Still, as it rushes forwards, it glares at Ty with an unnerving expression that makes the canine shudder.

Robin also quickly realizes the limitations of her plan. The arena is just not big enough to keep up this game of keep away, and Ty might already have nowhere left to run where the Teddiursa can't catch her. On the other hand, Kuruk might well be on his last leg as well, it's possible Robin and her dog can finish this in one move...

OoCWell played. Ty bites and then runs away, Kuruk follows but can't keep up, uses leer on Ty who's defense drops by 1 combat stage (which I believe equals a total drop of 1 as well).

 
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"Whew." Robin said, accidentally out loud. She knew she probably couldn't get away with that trick twice. With the bear blocking any attempt to go around in a straight line, Ty didn't have much ability to get away where the bear couldn't reach now. However, it worked at least once. Which hopefully might be all she needed.

At the edge of the arena, Ty turns to see if the bear could follow her. Nope. Wagging her tail madly at her trainer's cleverness, Ty dropped to her elbows and barked once at the "teddybear" before charging at Robin's next call. "Flame wheel!"

Her fur already filled with embers, Ty's hide ignites as Ty dashes back and then charges in with a roaring inferno surrounding her and rolling towards the bear with a fearsome attack.

 

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In a blur of flames, Ty charges forward at the Teddiursa that seems surprised at this sudden reversal of directions. It lifts its paw in a desperate last minute attempt to swipe its claws at the oncoming canine, but Kuruk is much to slow. The Growlithe bumps into the brown teddy, sending Joey's pokemon flying several feet back. It lands in the dirt with a heavy thud, and while it briefly tries to push itself back to its feet, it becomes clear it is a losing proposition. In a sigh of exhaustion, Kuruk collapses in the arena.

Jason cheers for Robin, but he is almost drowned out as the trainers in the stands all applaud. It isn't wild cheering for the challenger, but the medic and her pokemon seem to have at least gained a significant amount of respect. "Kuruk is unable to continue to battle. The challenger Robin Jenkins leads two to zero.", comes Sam's voice from his raised observation position. Two down, one to go, and none of her pokemon out of the battle yet. Things could certainly be going worse for Robin. On the other hand, Tao was on his last legs before she called him back to rest, and Ty looks even worse. This battle is a lot closer than the official score would indicate.

"Alright Robin, very good." The gym leader says from his side of the arena, a smile on his face as he returns Kuruk to his pokeball. "You are definitely a worthy challenger. But lets see how you do with my last pokemon. Out of the six I brought for the two of you, this one is probably my strongest. Let's go, Chip."

Joey throws out a pokeball right in front of him, making no move to get it close to Ty. Apparently he is confident he won't need any additional distance. No matter what Robin and Ty expected as the gym leader's final pokemon, after Kangaskhan and Teddiursa, after the speech he just gave them, it was almost certainly not what appears: A small, purple rat pokemon. A Rattata. A highly common pokemon found in grass and forests in pretty much all of Serakai. In fact, Robin has fought a trainer with a Rattata in the past. Not exactly the most powerful pokemon. Not exactly the pokemon one would associate with a gym leader. Definitely not the pokemon one would associate with being the strongest in a gym leader's set.

Of course, closer inspection reveals this one is definitely bigger than any Rattata Robin has seen in the past, its legs more muscular, and the medic could swear its teeth look sharper, but now she might just be psyching herself out. One thing a quick analysis tells her is that this pokemon probably can't take nearly as many hits as Kuruk or Minerva before it. And that's when Robin's quick analysis is cut short by Joey calling out an attack and the Rattata reacting before the young challenger has even fully realized what is going on. "Ok, no risks here Chip, we're going straight to full power and blasting that Growlithe from the arena. Shadow Ball, let's go!"

Immediately the small purple rat opens its mouth. Robin and Ty have the briefest moment of watching black, ghostly energies coalesce in Chip's mouth, before he rears his head back and slings the ball of energy at the Growlithe. The black mass flies right for Ty, only a few centimeters above the ground, kicking up dust and dirt as it rushes the fire type with incredible speed. The canine has no chance to dodge the high speed attack and the ghostly shadow sphere explodes as it impacts Robin's pokemon, flinging it back against the wall of the arena. Ty takes 36 damage before special defenseWith a whimper, Ty collapses, clearly out of the fight. There isn't even an attempt to get back up, the young medic's pokemon is way out of things. But she can't spend time worrying about that now if she still wants to win this battle. "The challenger Robin Jenkins' pokemon is unable to battle. She remains in the lead two to one."

Robin hears an audible gulp coming from Jason's direction before he is drowned out by the cheers from the trainers in the stands. Apparently, this has turned into a battle they are enjoying. For Robin though, this has turned into a battle that is looking a lot harder than it was a second ago. Chip might not be able to take too many hits, but his attacks are incredibly powerful and he is fast. Faster than Tao, perhaps. And he can clearly fight at range, but judging by those teeth he'll do just fine up close as well. The fact that he just used what is either a Ghost or a Dark type move is also bad news if Robin's plan for her third pokemon is to use Syren. There appears to be no obvious solution to the dilemma...

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Ty knocks out Kuruk, giving Robin a 2-0 lead. Joey sends out his Rattata. Theoretically Robin would be allowed to switch pokemon at this point, but the Rattata knows Pursuit, so Ty would have been knocked out if she had tried that as well. I decided to just shorten things since you've been waiting for this post for nearly a week and assume Robin left Ty in because things went to fast, rather than wait to see which attack knocks Ty out.

Remember, you can send out Tao or your third pokemon in any of the two rows ahead of Robin.

 


 
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Ty growled defiantly at the strangely muscled little rat. So I guess all Joeys have Rattata? Robin thought to herself before ordering her own attack. The dog didn't have a chance to even charge before the rat showed his surprising speed - faster than even Ty could handle - and attacking with a dark attack that knocked the strong Growlithe out with a whimper.

Robin felt her stomach sink. I don't know how he's faster than Ty, but not even Tao could outrun Ty. How will he outrun this one? She didn't have anyone that quick. Not to mention that her last fight against a Rattata prior to the Stamp Rally had told her that most learned something called Quick Attack. Even if she had someone fast, it could have been countered with the speedy attack. They could also cover a lot of ground for such a small Pokemon. There could be no running out of reach here. Not with Tao's slow speed. Or any of her other Pokemon's slow speeds.

Perhaps it couldn't take as many hits as Kuruk or Minerva could, but then again, neither could any of her other Pokemon. Not to mention that almost none of her Pokemon had ranged attacks. Syren would likely get attacked before setting up his double-team, Serafina wasn't trained enough, Mask wasn't as tough yet as she dared to throw against an opponent like this, and Tao was on his last legs. Which left...Yasu. The little Oshawott was her only chance left.

"Yasu! We need you!" She called, reaching for the Oshawott's ball. This time, she sent her friend out as far away from the Rattata as possible. Likely not going to be able to help, if that Shadow Ball was a ranged attack, but every little bit helped. Unfortunately, Yasu was about as fast as Tao when it came to covering ground, and sticking him in the corner for this attack was only going to work once, then jam him in for the next one. Much like Ty's run away tactic, it would only work once.

The Oshawott looked around curiously, before smiling and giving a little two-step at discovering it was in an actual battle. This was new and exciting! He hoped to be able to prove himself. Or at least give a good showing. Robin smiled despite herself. "Yasu! Water gun, against that Chip!" She commanded. Yasu looked over at his opponent. Chip? It looked like a Rattata to him. Puffing out his cheeks, then spitting, Yasu sent a shock wave of water at the rat. Shifting sideways, he braced himself in the corner of the arena.

 
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"So this is going to be your third pokemon, huh? Alright Chip, get ready to use Shadow Ball again as soon as you're ready..." Robin probably feels her heart sink initially when she hears the attack called, but hope returns when her brain processes the entirety of what Joey just said. Looking closely, she can see the Rattata breathing heavily from the last move it used. Apparently, the attack took its toll and cannot be repeated instantly. "In the meantime close the distance and focus energy..."

Faster than Yasu can react, Chip sprints forward, right at the Oshawott. If the distance between the two had been any smaller, it would have probably gotten there before the water type could do anything, but this way Yasu has time to follow its trainer's orders: A blast of water escapes the otter's mouth, hitting the Rattata square on and slowing it down in its approach a little. The attack seems to hurt, but the small purple pokemon keeps charging forward. Apparently, its eyes were closed when it got hit, because when Yasu's attack finishes, Chip is still going straight, and opens his eyes once more, looking focused and determined. Apparently the small rat has used its approach to gather its energies. Of course, it also looks a lot worse for wear from the water gun that just his it square on.

Robin's Oshawott flees to the corner of the arena, hoping to get enough distance between the two of them to get off another attack, but Chip is just to fast. "Change of plan, Chip, we'll save that Shadow Ball since we've got them cornered, use Bite instead!" Instantly, the Rattata changes direction to follow Yasu, and before Robin can even order another attack the small purple pokemon has caught up. Jumping, it opens its mouth to sink its fangs deeply into Yasu's head, while the Oshawott raises its arms to protect itself. The attack is just a fake, however, as Chip's leap ends up much shorter than it looked. Instead of flying at Yasu's head, the Rattata lands inches before the water type and 34 damage before defensesinks its pointy teeth painfully into the Oshawott's leg. It doesn't release the leg either, instead shaking its head and tearing at the wound to do even more damage. Robin's pokemon cries out in pain, but it is still standing, and it keeps itself from flinching away at the attack...ready to counter it.

Both Jason and the crowd have gone quiet, sensing things are coming down to the wire. Robin can see Chip still looks focused, all of its energy gathered. Perhaps she got lucky that last attack didn't hit even harder and finish Yasu in one blow. Still, her pokemon looks a lot worse for wear and probably can't take another hit. On the other hand, it is difficult to tell but the same could be true for the gym leader's Rattata. Despite its speed and the power of its attacks, Yasu's attack has left it wet and hurt. It looks like either way, the next hit will determine the outcome of this matchup...and quite likely of the whole gym battle.

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Chip goes first, closes the distance to Yasu but can't quite get there, so he uses focus energy. Yasu's water gun hits, seriously hurting the Rattata, but it continues to stand. The rat in turn finishes closing the distance to Yasu and bites, but neither flinches nor crits with the extended range, so lucky break there. Yasu is up. He can theoretically move freely (Chip having latched onto his leg is just for flavor and not anything mechanical), though I don't think there is a lot of point in him trying to run anymore...

Also, Shadow Ball is an EOT move, so you got lucky there as well

 
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Yasu threw up his hands to try and protect his head, but it was a feint. Instead, the little Oshawott shrieked in pain as the Rattata sunk his teeth into the leg and shook it, trying to bat at the rat's head with hits hands to make it let go. "Osha osha osha osha!" Robin balled her hands into fists and took a deep breath at the sight and sound. Yasu was tough. She knew her Pokemon. While she had been surprised at the ferocity of the gym leader's attacks, her Pokemon had come through so far. Yasu was still standing, and looking ready to counter the rat's attack. What does it say about me, that I become tangled up in knots during a match? Robin believed in her pokemon, but it was still hard to listen to them getting hurt, even if that was part of battling. Though, if this was going to be how she felt every time she was in a gym leader battle, was it such a good idea to be challenging gyms?

This is it, this is the attack that the whole battle hinges on. Robin thought, feeling her stomach clench up in a knot, even tighter. Chip looked ready and focused for another Shadow Ball once more, and Yasu couldn't take another hit. If Yasu managed to knock it out, she would win the match. If he didn't, Chip would knock Yasu out. That would leave her with only Tao left, and Chip was faster than Tao and would knock him out in a reversal of Tao's likely view of the natural order of things, before Tao could attack. Come on, Yasu. You can do it!

"Yasu! One more time! Water gun!" "Osh! Ha!" Yasu acknowledged. Inhaling deeply, Yasu exhaled a violent stream of water straight into Chip's face point blank. "Oshaaaaaa!"

 
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Yasu flails with his little arms, trying to beat away the Rattata that has latched onto its leg, but it is pointless. The vicious fangs have sunk in too deeply, and the small purple pokemon is holding on as if its life depended on it. In pain, the Oshawott acknowledges Robin's command to attack once more.

"Alright Chip, this is it, Shadow Ball, now!" Comes Joey's command from across the arena. Its jaw still clamped onto Yasu's leg, Robin can see purple and black energy building up inside of the gym leader's pokemon's throat. If it attacks like this, without letting go first, her Oshawott won't stand the remotest chance of dodging the blow. Yasu rears back and fires a jet of water at the offending rat, the proximity working in his favor as Chip doesn't stand the slightest chance of dodging. The blast of water hits Joey's pokemon square in the face and sends it tumbling backwards, finally ripping it loose from Yasu's leg, but the pain of the sharp fangs ripping a small chunk of the Oshawott's leg out as they come free threatens to overwhelm Robin's pokemon. Only a second after it started, the stream of water from Yasu's mouth collapses...easily the weakest she has ever seen this attack from her pokémon. It was enough to detach the Rattata and send it flying, but only a single meter. Hitting the ground with a heavy impact, Chip tumbles, being flipped over two times before finally coming to a rest.

For a second, the small purple pokemon lays there, allowing Robin to get her hopes up that the attack might have been enough despite how weak it was. Then, trembling, the Rattata valiantly pushes itself back to its feet. Its progress is slow, but steady, and as it gets its legs back underneath it, Robin can spot the shadow ball's energy still building up in its mouth. Apparently, even the impact with the floor didn't break Chip's concentration. The small crowd roars, cheering on the gym leader's pokemon in its struggle. Jason on the other hand has gone completely silent. He must have frozen in place because Robin can neither hear him breath nor move around on the bench. Like the medic, he probably figured out that this was the decisive attack and what it means for the match that Yasu failed to fell the Rattata. "Now finish this!" Joey calls out in encouragement, and in a final effort, the small purple pokemon rears its head back and opens its mouth to release the gathered energy. Then its trembling legs give out. Instantly, the small crowd of watching trainers fall utterly silent. And the Rattata collapses on the floor, unable to get back up. The purple energy between its mouth vanishes in a puff of smoke, as Chip lays there, breathing heavily.

"Good job." The gym leader says, quietly. "You did great. Get some rest now, my friend." Joey recalls his pokemon in a beam of red energy, and just like that the match is over. "The gym leader's pokemon is unable to continue battling. The challenger Robin Jenkins has won this match!" Sam announces loudly, breaking the silence that has fallen in the arena. "Very well done indeed, Robin. You kept a cool head and showed a good bond with your pokémon. Impressive for a trainer without any badges to her name."

The trainers in the stands begin to cheer, recovering from the shock of the unexpected end to the match. Apparently Robin managed to gain some sympathies throughout the match and the crowd feels like she deserves the badge she has just earned. Jason runs forward and looks like he wants to hug her, but restrains himself. "Way to go, Robin! I knew you would win!" Before the medic can get her prize, however, there is another order of business. "Robin, if you'd be so kind as to step back, so that Jason can have his shot."


Once Robin has taken her seat on the bench, Jason steps forward with a grin. "Just give me a minute, Robin, then I'll have this wrapped up and we can go celebrate our new badges!" Apparently, her friend has lost none of the confidence he was showing earlier. Like before Robin's match, Sam announces the rules, and then the battle begins. The first round goes well for Jason, who starts out with Lee to counter Joey's normal types. The gym leader's first pokemon is a Slakoth, and things go exactly as Jason had drawn them up. The type advantage of the fighting moves proves to be too much to overcome, and the Slakoth only manages to scratch Lee once before being handily defeated. The next pokemon, however, messes up Jason's strategy. The gym leader sends out a Ditto on his side of the arena, and by the time Lee has closed the distance to it, it has transformed into a copy of Jason's pokemon. The two pokemon are quickly locked in an intense struggle, throwing punches and kicks at each other...fighting a real fighting type pokemon battle. Barrages of attacks are thrown, and nearly as many are dodged and blocked. Only once in a while does one of the two fighters manage to find a hole and break through to land a solid hit on the other.

Soon, it becomes clear that despite being the copy, the Ditto is the tougher of the two pokemon and will be able to outlast its opponent. Rather than recall Lee and switch in a more suitable pokemon, however, Jason just continues to spur on his Machop, calling out words of encouragement. Despite Lee's best efforts, however, eventually Joey's pokemon lands one final solid punch to the Machop's head, knocking it out. With the match tied at one a piece, Robin's companion opts to send out Langsam. Initially, his hand was on another pokeball - the one Robin recognizes as his Totodile's - but at the last minute he seems to decide that would be a bad plan and opts for the Slowpoke instead. It is a solid choice, but its slow speed does mean it still takes a solid punch from the Ditto-Machop before firing off a water gun that knocks the gym leader's second pokemon out. Joey does not look particularly amused to have yet another one of his pokemon be knocked out by a relatively weak water gun attack, but it cannot be helped, and so he sends out his final pokemon: A Munchlax, similar to the large pokemon depicted in the epic drawing the two challengers saw in the entrance hall, only smaller. This time, it is Joey who has the type advantage, as his pokemon's lick attack proves to be highly effective against Jason's psychic type Slowpoke. Langsam gets off one water gun attack on his opponent, before easily being knocked out in turn.

With the match tied two to two, Jason sends out his oldest and strongest pokemon, Prayer. The two have certainly been through enough together that it is fitting she should be the one to decide the match. Robin can remember how she was originally named Rage, how Jason walked around with the gashes in his chest she had inflicted on him, how he hadn't even known she was female. Even though it had only been a few weeks ago, it felt like many years, and looking at the two now there is no resemblance to how their relationship started out.

"Alright Prayer, Quick Attack!" Jason calls out his standard opening move, and hits the Munchlax hard in turn. Shiga, as the female Munchlax is apparently called is tough, however, and while the attack definitely hurts her, she looks like she can take a few more like it. "Ok, Shiga, that Scyther has got strong attacks, let's pump up our defense some, use Defense Curl!" The small but heav-looking pokemon curls up, and when it pops back out of the ball it has formed, Robin can see its muscles have tensed, it seems more ready to dodge, and its skin looks tougher...though that last part might be the medic's imagination.

"If you're not even going to attack you aren't going to stand a chance. Alright Prayer, Quick Attack again!" Once more, the large green bug disappears in a blur of motion before impacting the Munchlax heavily. While it is still a decent hit, the attack already seems to have had less effect than the last one. "Keep it up, Shiga, Defense Curl again!" The scene repeats itself, with the Munchlax curling up in a ball and coming up looking tougher, and Jason ordering another quick attack in response. Again the Munchlax manages to block more of the attack than the previous round. Then the whole scene repeats itself, with Shiga pumping up her defense and Prayer slicing her up in the process. It seems like this is going to quickly turn into a losing battle for Joey. Even if the individual attacks are getting weaker, the cumulative damage is adding up, and Shiga looks to be on her last leg already. "Good job, girl. Now take a rest." Nodding at her trainer, the Munchlax takes a step back from Jason's Scyther...then plops down in the arena and is instantly asleep.

"Whaaaat? Are you serious?" Jason calls out in confusion, apparently briefly hesitating with whether or not he can attack a sleeping pokemon. The hesitation quickly ends, however, and Robin's friend seems to decide it's Joey's own fault and he isn't going to hold back in a gym battle. Twice more, Prayer crashes into Shiga with Quick Attack, but in her sleeping state, the Munchlax doesn't really seem to feel too much pain. Or at least, that's what it originally seems like. When the gym leader's pokemon wakes up, looking rested and not a lot worse than when it was released from its pokeball for the first time, it becomes clear that Prayer's attacks just didn't hurt her all that much. While Shiga is still covered in cuts from the Scyther's blades, all the deep cuts are from Prayer's earlier attacks and have stopped bleeding. This newest barrage seems to have left little more than a few scratches.

"Alright, now that that's taken care of: Shiga, go, use tackle!" Yawning from her nap, Shiga shakes her head to wake up completely. A moment later, however, she is crashing towards Jason's pokemon, impacting the big green bug with all her weight, knocking Prayer back and onto the ground. The battle continues in this manner, an open exchange of blows, the Scyther using her razor-sharp blades to cut Shiga, the Munchlax using all of its body weight to impact Prayer. As the damage to each of them begins to add up, the two pokemon become slower and more sluggish. Like Robin's match, it is looking more and more like this match is going to come down to the wire, perhaps down to a final exchange of attacks. In the end though, Joey's strategy turns out to be too good. By pumping up Shiga's defense, he has neutralized the advantage of Prayer's enormous attack power that Robin has seen solve pretty much any problem Jason came up against in the past.

"Finish this now, Shiga. Tackle, one more time." One final time the Munchlax charges at Jason's pokemon, and this time when it impacts, Prayer is knocked back and onto the ground, where she collapses.
"THE CHALLENGERS POKEMON IS UNABLE TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT. THE GYM LEADER JOEY AQUIRA HAS WON THIS BATTLE!" Again the watching trainers in the stands cheer, as Jason is left there, at the edge of the arena, stunned that he has lost. He doesn't seem to know how to react. Or what to do now...

Robin has a minute to talk to Jason if she wants to, before Joey crosses the arena towards them, and Sam appears from a side door, carrying a box that he hands to his box. The gym leader stops in front of Jason, and addresses him: "You and your pokemon are strong, no doubt. But you are unbalanced. All offense, no defense, or vice versa. I'm sure you have managed to overpower many opponents this way in the past, but once you face people of at least equal strength, you will run into trouble. Until you learn that, you are not worthy of this gym's badge."

Leaving him with those harsh words, Joey proceeds towards Robin: "You on the other hand showed a good understanding of strategy, and of balance. Your pokemon's raw power might not match that of Jason's, but you were still the worthier opponent today. I am happy to present you with your first badge, you have thoroughly earned it." Joey opens the wooden box in his hand and pulls out the badge. About two inches by two inches, it depicts a set of golden scales. On the back, there is a small indentation where a clip could be attached if Robin wants to clip the badge onto her jacket or something. Or she could get a box to collect the badges in, she has seen them in stores in the past. For the first time in her life, the young medic has to think about how she actually wants to collect her badges.

Joey is not done yet, however. "I have something else for you. In addition to the When Robin checks later, she will find $7500 new dollars in her account from the Serakai League for her first gym victoryfunds the league will have wired to your account for your victory. Take this." He hands Robin a small wooden case, that has been labeled TM 44 with a wood burning tool. "This is a technical machine. It contains a syringe to inject your pokemon and teach it a new move. It's usually painless, but there are rare complications, so I suggest it's something you do at a pokemon center. Anyway, this one will let you teach one of your pokemon the move "Rest". As I'm sure you saw in this last battle, it can be quite convenient to be able to replenish your pokemon's energy. But it also means your pokemon will be asleep, briefly, leaving it open to attacks. So keep in mind what you learned here about balance, and use it wisely..."

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Yasu and Robin froze, hearts beating fast in their respective bodies. Yasu's legs were trembling, particularly the hurt one as it did it's best to stay standing. Instinct, likely. The last one that remained standing won, perhaps, even in the Wild Pokemon world. Robin didn't realize she was still holding her breath until she realized the black spots in her vision wasn't a Shadow Ball as Chip fell over. Exhaling and inhaling again, Robin felt her knees wobble a little as she returned the injured Oshawott to his ball with a "well done, Yasu!" Jason's hearty clap on her shoulder didn't help matters as she gave him a shaky smile and wobbled back to the bench to sit for Jason's match.

Pulling out her Pokedex once more, Robin trained it on Joey's side of the field in case of surprises or something new. Then Jason's turn came. Robin cheered on Lee as the fighting type managed to take out the Slakoth. However, the Ditto was another story, and Robin felt the stone in her gut return as the two sparred. She cheered on Lee, but she could see that it was an uneven match. Still, she called encouragement. Jason was a trainer in his own right, he didn't need backseat fighting. He might have had a strategy in mind. However, Lee went down, and Robin let out a groan of disappointment. Robin raised an eyebrow as Jason picked Langsam over his Totodile, but nodded to herself, realizing that the two were still working on their bond. Langsam, however, did not have as big a problem with Jason, and he seemed like a far more solid fighter than Jason had revealed beforehand. Robin realized with a start, that she could not remember seeing Langsam actually fight before, but apparently Jason's training was taking effect. Not enough to prevent a Ghost move from knocking him out though. Which made it two knocked out on both sides.

Then Prayer was up. Robin let out a large cheer as she saw the Scyther. She knew that Prayer was the strongest of Jason's Pokemon, and she might turn the tide around. However, Shiga and Joey seemed prepared for all comers. Robin cheered again as Prayer attacked, having an obvious effect. Then...Shiga fell over. Robin let out a gasp at the same time as Jason, feeling a bit confused herself. Oh...no. She thought in horror, watching Shiga get back up. More than Lee and Langsam, Robin was familiar with Prayer, and she was a bit confused that Jason didn't use any of her other tricks like focusing herself to negate Shiga's increased defenses. Robin didn't realize that she was clenching both hands tight, knuckles white and nails digging into the palm of one hand. She watched the exchange of blows, realizing only too soon what was happening. Defense Curl had negated Prayer's strong attack power, and ...oh, poor Jason.

Getting up, Robin approached the stunned-looking Jason. She wasn't sure what to say. Would he think that her words were trite, given that she won and he did not? Would he want her to say something? "Jason, are you alright?" She asked hesitantly, putting a hand on his shoulder and giving him a light squeeze. "It was a good try. Joey was tough. Maybe we can do some more training with them, and try again in a couple of days? Lee, Langsam, and Prayer did good."

Joey crossed the gym and Robin winced slightly at his words. It was the truth. Robin had seen that before and could see that in the match. Whereas she had her Pokemon try to run and dodge - for what good it did and did not do - Jason didn't have his Pokemon do anything other than straight up attack. However, telling a challenger that "you are not worthy of this gym's badge" was rather harsh. She might have said, 'practice balance and come back'. It would have been a little more encouraging. However, for this island's residents, this also might be the first real challenge that want-to-be Pokemon Trainers might have as trainers, or the first real challenge in their lives, and a wake up call might be what was needed to ensure that only the trainers capable of planning ahead and seeing the journey through the league traveled far from home.

Robin felt bad for Jason's loss but that didn't stop her from feeling a surge of pride in her Pokemon at his words. Taking the badge from Joey, she took a moment to admire it, before realizing she had nowhere but her jacket to put it in. She would have to get a box or risk it falling off of her coat in harsh weather. Huh? There's more? Robin thought, looking up from the badge to take the case. "A technical machine? I don't think I've heard of those before." The moment she said it, she felt foolish, as she remembered some of her medical books mentioning ways for Pokemon to learn moves that their species didn't learn naturally, but too late to take it back. "I will." She said with a nod, taking the box carefully. She didn't know of anyone in her group that it would be good for, but perhaps she would run across a Pokemon later.

Hesitating, Robin looked between Jason and the gym leader, feeling a bit awkward. Is that it? She wasn't expecting anything else to be given to her, but did they just walk out after a challenge? Was that polite? "We should get going back to the Pokemon Center. Our Pokemon need to be taken care of, and they're probably starving after fighting like that." Robin said with a smile. She only hoped that Ty and Yasu only lost a bit of skin and did not get deeper lacerations from the fangs and claws used on them. Did the Rattata have to shake Yasu like that?

Taking her leave, Robin led Jason back to the Pokemon Center, trying to get a read on him. Handing her Pokemon over to the nurse to be taken care of, she took a seat next to the other trainer in the waiting room. "So, how are you feeling?"
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When Robin puts her hand on Jason's shoulder and tries to comfort him that it was a good effort she gets little reaction. The other trainer still stands where he did when the match ended, stunned. Then the gym leader crosses the arena and speaks words that in the medic's opinion are overly harsh. Couldn't he have said what he had to say in a nicer way? On the other hand, isn't what the gym leader said similar to what other people, maybe even including herself, have said to Jason in the past? So far, people have been nice about it, and they haven't gotten any reaction out of Jason. At the very least, judging by her companion's face, the gym leader has gotten a reaction. Jason looks up at him, a look of determination on his face: "You're right, I'm not worthy. But I'll be back. I'll be stronger. And more balanced. You'll see. I'll show you."

He nods at Robin's suggestion to get their pokemon taken care of and some food, and turns around to walk out of the arena. Before she turns around to follow him, the medic can briefly see the stern look Joey was giving Jason replaced by a smile. Apparently, he had gotten just the reaction he wanted. Unlike the friendlier words Robin or others had used to try and give Jason advice, Joey seems to have instantly reached the young trainer. One battle had been all he needed to size up Jason and decide the last thing he needed was to be coddled. Quite the impressive assessment, given he had barely even talked to Robin's friend. Apparently, you don't get to be a gym leader by collecting bottle caps.

The two trainers head to the pokemon center and give their pokemon into care, before sitting down in the waiting area. Jason seems lost in thought, just like he did on the way over here. Robin gives him a while, sensing that he has something he needs to work out for himself, before finally asking how he is doing. The young man looks up at her, the same look of determination on his face she saw earlier after the gym leader spoke to him. "Surprisingly good. Robin..." He starts, before pausing, carefully considering his next words: "I think this is where we part ways. You said earlier we could train for a few days and then try again, but that's not true. You have responsibilities of your own. You have an egg to get back to its parents, you don't have time to wait around for me..." Again the young man pauses, before continuing: "And as much as I might have been telling myself otherwise so far, you clearly don't need me to protect you, either. I think the battles today showed that. I should have realized it back at that small tournament we had in the basement of that pokemon center. You won, and I was outmaneuvered, because I was unbalanced. I didn't see it then, but I see it now, clear in front of me: You're not weak, you don't need protection. You're stronger than me, have a better bond with your pokemon. If I had had faith in my ability to get along with my Totodile today perhaps I would have won. But I'm not sure we would have managed, whether he would have fought for me. That's something that would have never happened to you..."

Jason looks down, searching for his next words, before returning his gaze to Robin, looking her in the eyes. Again she can see the determination, stretching all the way to his piercing green eyes. "I'm going to stay here and train. Work at improving my bond with my pokemon. Work on my balance until I'm worthy of that badge. If I keep following you, I'll be like a side kick in your story. It's time for me to be the protagonist in my own story. I learned a lot from you, Robin Jenkins, but I think I need to go it alone from here, at least for now. I think what I realized today I need to learn, is something I can only learn on my own..." Still looking at Robin, Jason pauses a moment, gauging her reaction and giving her the chance to reply.
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Robin glanced back, then blinked, and glanced at Jason. So, what she needed to have done was to be harsh with him? She had figured that after what Jason had told her about his life, that he had been through enough harshness. Apparently, "tough love" was still what got through to him best.

Jason seemed to be lost in thought and Robin folded her hands together nervously, glancing at the Center's counter where the nurse had taken her Pokemon. She looked over as he turned to look at her, eyebrows going up in surprise as she notes the same determination on his face as when he left. Despite herself, the look on her face froze with surprise written all over it as Jason spoke. WHAT?! Part ways?! WHAAAAT? Reaching up with a hand to pat his shoulder, the action died halfway through as words of protest did the same. Well...okay, that part was true...and...that part. That part as well. Much as she hated to even think it, his words about his Tododile rang true as well. No, that would not have happened with her Pokemon. That only meant that Jason...was...still...Oh.

No, he did not have to protect her. He had never had to protect her. At first, his insistence that he had to was irritating. Actually, no, it was kind of irritating the entire way through, but his presence had grown on her. The last three weeks or so of danger and adventure, she had had him next to her. He had been the one to get her from the submarine to the ship. When they split up, she had left with him. She had worked with him on his bond with his Pokemon, taking satisfaction out of seeing it grow. Would he really turn into her sidekick if he followed her? Would their friendship really become that unbalanced? Her face fell a bit, thinking that.

Robin looked down at her hands for a moment. Her stomach was a stew of emotions. She felt a bit of relief. Perhaps this was for the best. If he could train in the area, or at the gym, he'd be a lot better off near the city than out in the wilds. Perhaps Joey could teach him. She felt a bit of loss. She would be alone on the road, except for her Pokemon. Was she ready for that? Could she make it, with just her and her team? "I...I'll miss you." She said finally. "You're right, though. Each Pokemon Journey is going to be different for everyone, that's what they all tell starting trainers."

"Alright. Then...what are you going to do for now? I was here to challenge the gym, then move forward. I wanted to go down south to investigate the myth from the museum, after. However, after that phone call with Julia, I think the you-know-who's are still out and about, doing what it was they were doing. Do you think you could keep your ears to the ground? If you're going to stay in one spot? We have each other's phone numbers, you can call if you hear anything or just want to keep in touch. I'll do the same. Call each other every two days or so, see how the other one is doing on the road." Robin felt words spilling out of her. Now that Jason had said it, it felt like time was fast-forwarding. "Do you mind if Ty and the others say their goodbyes to yours before we go? I want to at least say goodbye to Prayer and Lee before I leave town."
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"I'm going to hang out in the area, yeah. Do a lot of training, both inside town and around it. Maybe explore those caves we saw at some point. See what else this city has to offer." Jason answers in response to Robin's question what he is going to be up to. "But yeah, I'll keep my ear to the ground. See if I hear anything. I don't expect anything though, this place is pretty out of the way, I don't know what they'd want here. You stay on the lookout as well, let me know if you find anything during your travels."

The other trainer smiles as he sees Robin come to the conclusion that he is right. "It's not like this will be goodbye forever. We'll meet again at some point in the future, I'm sure. And we'll stay in touch. Probably not every two to three days. But once a week or so..."

When all the pokemon that took place in the battle are returned, Jason lets all of his team out from their pokéballs before the two trainers part ways. "Ok guys, this is it. We're going to follow our own path from here, and it's going to take us in a different direction than Robin's. So it's time to say goodbye."

"Scy-?" Prayer, as so often, is the first to react. The Scyther looks slightly confused, but Robin also thinks she sees something else there. Pride? Perhaps. It has always been hard to read the Scyther's expression. Still, Prayer walks carefully up to Robin, and pats her on the back with one of her blades.

Langsam on the other hand doesn't react to the news at all, not even with a delay. Who knows whether the Slowpoke has processed the news and simply has no opinion or whether it will hit him later. The Totodile is still pointedly looking away from Jason, ignoring him. While there has been progress, the two of them clearly still have a long way to go. Little Wobble on the other hand just looks around confused, clearly not understanding what is going on.

That leaves Jason's final pokemon. "Machop? Ma- Machop!" Lee seems to be taking this news worse than Prayer, wanting to argue with his trainer, but quickly realizing there is little point. Tears come to the fighting type's eyes as it rushes forward and throws itself around Robin's leg, clutching it tightly. The news of their 'little family' being broken up seems to be hitting the Machop particularly hard, reminding the medic that there were still some unresolved issues left with how he had originally been captured and taken away from his friends and family. While he had seemed to be dealing with it pretty well recently, this new goodbye is likely bringing a lot of things to the surface. But that is something Jason has to deal with, not Robin. The other trainer returns all of his other pokemon after Prayer has waved to all of Robin's pokemon, before focusing on Lee. "We'll see her again, Lee. This isn't goodbye forever. And when we see her again next time we'll be stronger, and more balanced. I know it's sad, and it's ok to cry. But we have to go now..."

Jason pats the Machop on the head, before leading him away, towards the pokemon center doors. Lee is still crying as he walks, turning back to wave to Robin and all of her pokémon. "Don't get lazy on me now, you hear, Robin? You've seen what you know who can do, if you ever run into them again you'll need to be a lot stronger than either of us are right now. I know you don't know how you feel about challenging the gyms, but please keep it up, yeah? It'll keep pushing you, forcing you to get stronger. I'll do the same. And then someday, when we meet again and run into those jerks, we'll be able to stop them from hurting anybody else." Jason walks towards the pokemon center's door, a sobbing Machop following in his trail, still waving to Robin and her pokemon. The other trainer doesn't turn around anymore, not until right as he is heading outside. "Goodbye now, Robin Jenkins. Until we meet again..."

The door swings shut behind her friend and then he is gone.
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