From: Time Lady
Subject: [PW!][League]A lull in the action
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2000 7:42 AM
At the league competition, the participants are having well earned
rests while the judges and board calculate the points and determine
which trainers are going to the final level. Members of the team
formerly (yet informally) known as the Mount Moon Crew are taking the
opportunity to relax and get in a little training. Except for Christy,
who is currently partaking of the shopping bonanza offered by all the
stalls set up to hawk merchandise to the competition goers.
After a lot of searching, Sarah Jane has found a nice quiet grassy area
away from all the bustle. Her grandfather was doing an informal
lecture at the pokemon center, answering questions about advanced
studies at the University of Rosetta, while her grandmother was at a
meeting of Pokemon breeders. Shields appeared to be dozing in the
grass, though the Mr. Mime was keeping a wary eye on the younger
Pokemon. Spunky was getting a taste as his own medicine as Pteryx the
baby Aerodactyl decided that the juvenile male Nidoran's tail was a
plaything. His sister was currently curled up asleep in Sarah Jane's
lap. Spunky kept turning round and round, trying to keep his front to
Pteryx and his tail away from her.
Sarah Jane thoughtfully looked through her Pokedex while trying to keep
an eye on Pteryx and Spunky. Biting her lower lip, she identified a
few of her pokemon as in extreme need of training. Her Voltorb was a
must.... she desparately needed a true electric pokemon on her team.
The Dewgong would do nicely as an Ice pokemon, with perhaps her
shellder as a backup.... and the new staryu had potential as her
kingler's backup. Her hardest choice would be a new bird pokemon. Her
late Fearow Bombadier would be difficult to replace. Sybil had some
training... but the Doduo was generally stuck to the ground with its
weak wings. There were times that taking to the air was vitally
important in a battle. Sarah Jane had seen many battles move to the
air over a field. She sighed. Her other choice was the Pidgey Hato-
kun.... who was untrained in battle. Well, that would have to change.
Since her grandparents still held on to Cuddles and Spunky's Pokeballs,
Sarah Jane had more flexibility in switching her Pokemon for training.
Best to take it one pokemon at a time, she thought. Looking around,
she saw some Rattatas nearby. After a mental note to work on her own
Rattata later on, she threw out her Pokeball.
"VOLTORB!" The Voltorb practically crackled with energy. Sarah Jane
had to laugh as she remembered how she got it.... Only Candi would
mistake a Voltorb for a giant Pokeball.
"Cherrybomb, tackle attack!"
"NI!" yelped Spunky as Pteryx nipped his tail. He growled warningly at
the baby Aerodactyl, who thought it was a game.
"AAAWWWWKKK!" returned Pteryx, thinking she had to do the same as
Spunky. Shields warily opened one of his eyes, ready to intervene if
Spunky tried to hurt the baby. Spunky instead growled and backed away
towards Sarah Jane. He looked at his sister sleeping peacefully, then
without warning pushed her out of Sarah Jane's lap. "RAN!" protested
Cuddles as she awoke with a start. She glared at her brother. Sarah
Jane was too involved in monitoring her training of Cherrybomb to worry
about what the nidos were up to.
"Do. Ni ran," stated Spunky as he took Cuddles place in Sarah Jane's
lap. Cuddles continued to glare at her brother, then with a flick of
her tail, she walked over to where Pteryx was futily flapping her
underdeveloped wings and jumping, as if trying to fly. It took very
little coaxing for Pteryx to jump on Cuddles back. She knew the baby
wanted to play, and that her brother was being a poor sport of things.
Next time he wanted to play, he'd get it for sure. Pteryx perched on
Cuddles back and flapped her wings while Cuddles ran back and forth,
until both were tired. Cuddles came back over to Sarah Jane and curled
up next to her, while Pteryx nestled close to her "sister."
After a couple of hours of training Cherrybomb, Sarah Jane recalled the
voltorb. She checked her pokedex and was pleased with the Voltorb's
progress. It had gained several levels and new skills in the last
couple of hours. She moved Spunky out of her lap and began unpacking
lunch, which served to rouse the 4 dozing pokemon.
"So there you are," she heard a voice say behind her. Looking up, she
saw Damian and Drake.
"Oh, hi," said Sarah Jane with a smile. "I was trying to do some
training with some of my Pokemon. We're just taking a lunch break.
Would you like to join us?"
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