Chapter Three: Gone but (He's) Not Forgotten
Saturday morning, Route 203
" Amazingly, the Abra could sleep through me screaming "HOLY SHIZNIZ AN ABRA!" Abra are a real pain to capturenotoriously rare, and they only know Teleportbut when they evolve, they kick all kinds of psychic ass. I yanked a Poké Ball out of my bag and threw it at him. One wobble. Two. Three
Ka-pop! "Huh whatta? AH! Human!" The Abra teleported away, and that was that. "OH COME ON!" I shouted in spite of myself. "I was this close!"
Then a kid who couldn't have been more than ten peeked around one of the trees. "I know the feeling," he said. "Maybe battling me will take your mind off things. I'm Michael, by the way. Go, Bidoof!"
"Allison. Brendan, I choose you!" Using him got somewhere, but thanks to Michael's Bidoof using Growl twice and Brendan's Simple, I wound up using Mufasa to defeat him.
"Zubat, you're on!" Fortunately for him, Mufasa didn't know any Electric attacks. Tobias got him in one good Tackle, and Mufasa leveled up! A little ways past that guy, I found a spare Poké Ball.
Thanks to that Abra getting away from me, I couldn't catch any Pokémon on that route for the rest of that excursion. I got plenty of training, though, so the route wasn't a total waste. One kid even had a Machop! I doubled back only once, to heal up in Jubilife.
A girl near Oreburgh Gate gave me a bit of a scareshe told me she'd gotten the Gym badge from Oreburgh City. I say "a bit" because she turned out to be just as much of a noob as the rest of the trainers. Come on, her first Pokémon was a level five Starly! No self-respecting trainer would use a Flying-type, let alone one at such a low level, in a Rock-type gym!
Oreburgh Gate was like every other cave in the history of forever, except for the hiker dude who randomly gave me HM06 Rock Smash. I guess he didn't need it anymore or something. The guy trainer was completely ordinary, but the girl
"Allison, this isn't a good idea," Brendan pleaded. "I only have nine HP, yup! What happens if the Budew is faster than me?"
I sighed. "Brendan, you're not gonna get outsped by a Budew. Especially not one two levels below you. Tackle her!" Brendan looked a little nervous as he charged in for the attack.
Turned out, he was right to be worried. "Budew, Absorb!" the girl smiled. Tiny roots sprung from Budew's flower buds and wrapped around Brendan. It only took a few seconds for her to drain all of his energy. "Told you so, yup yup," he gasped. Budew let go, and he collapsed on the cave floor.
Both of them panicked a little. "Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry, big girl! Is Brendan gonna be OK?" the girl asked. Budew nudged Brendan's body.
he's gone," I said quietly. Not as quietly as I thought, because Charlie popped out of his Ball, looking very angry.
"NO ONE hurts my friends!" he screamed, letting loose a barrage of flames that nearly killed Budew. In fact, the only thing that kept him from doing so with that Ember was me saying firmly, "No." Budew sprayed water all over herself to cool off. "Charlie, I know you're upset, but Budew didn't mean to kill Brendan. She was just fighting to win. Scratch!"
The younger girl stared at me in shock: "Kill?" "I'm doing a special kind of training journey," I explained. "Don't worry, your Pokémon will be fine."
The girl nodded uncertainly. "Go, Psyduck!"
"Charlie, Ember! They don't know Water Gun at level five!" Two of those brought down Psyduck. Using a nearby rock, the two of us dug a grave for Brendan and covered him up. As a final gesture of goodwill, I placed his Ball at the head. The Ball would revert to its default settings in three days, but that wasn't the important thing. I'd given my first casualty what he deserveda simple, but respectful burial. Just a step to the right of the grave
Trip! Ka-thump! "Owwww," the poor Geodude whom I'd tripped over and I moaned together. And a short battle later, I caught Dwayne ("The Rock" Johnson). By the time I got out of there, it was nighttime! Some random kid in shorts guided me over to the Gym (like I couldn't have just found the place on my own), and Barry.
"Oh, hi! The Gym Leader's over in the Oreburgh Mine. And get here faster, why don't you? I've already got my Gym Badge!" Surprisingly, he didn't run off.
I groaned with tiredness. "Thanks for telling me that, Barry." I went off to the Pokémon Center.
"Hey! Aren't you gonna go track him down and try for a badge?" Barry and Shorts Kid shouted after me. "Gym Leader Roark will still be in Oreburgh Mine tomorrow," I called back without missing a beat. I healed the team, then crashed in the newly-completed sublevel.