From: Time Lady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Re: [PW!][League]Semifinals: Sarah Jane vs Sirius
Time Lady wrote:
> From her position in the red trainer's box, Sarah Jane studied her
> opponent across in the green box. Sirius. The son of Lance the Dragon
> trainer. If he was anything like his father, Sarah Jane knew she was in
> for a tough match. This was also the guy who beat Damian. The battle
> that ended the friendship between Damian and Drake. She had to win...
> for their sakes.
> Cuddles and Spunky sat at attention on the floor of the box. Both were
> under strict warnings regarding their behavoir this match. Sarah Jane
> would have rather left the pair with her grandparents, but she knew she
> was facing a dragon trainer. In a dire emergency, Cuddles ice attacks
> might become necessary, should Asterik and Snowflake fail. But _only_
> in an emergency. Pteryx was with the Eckerts. Shields also stood by,
> ready should he be needed. Sarah Jane looked into the stands. She
> could see her grandparents, Jon, Christy, Julia, and Damian (who had
> been released from the hospital that morning) sitting in the stands.
> Again she turned her attention towards Sirus while she ignored the
> announcers discussion of their past victories.
> Her opponent would most likely use dragon pokemon... she'd leave
> Snowflake and Asterik for last, if she could help it. But what to send
> out first? Best to send out something reli\ble....
> "Right...." she said as she adjusted her Pokedex for the time being.
> She had 3 slots to play with, the other 3 slots being taken by Shields,
> Cuddles, and Spunky.
> "Let's see what you have." said Sirius. Sarah Jane glared at him.
> Sirius tossed out his Pokeball, revealing a Seadra.
> "Right," said Sarah Jane to herself. "Go Medusa!" shouted Sarah Jane as
> she threw out the Tangela's pokeball.
Sirius' eyes narrowed as he looked at his opponent's pokemon. He'd have to
rely on his Seadra being faster. "Seadra, smokescreen!" he called. The
Seadra began spouting smoke all over the field.
"Medusa, sleep powder!" called Sarah Jane. The Tangela complied.
Hoping his Seadra had managed to evade the sleep powder, Sirius ordered
Water spouts popped up across the field. Medusa was
slightly startled, but
relatively unharmed. In fact, a few of the vines
to perk up from the sprinkling.
"Try to broadcast your sleep powder across the field!"
called Sarah Jane.
"Seadra, Agility! Keep moving!"
The wind seemed to be with Medusa as she began releasing
her sleep powder.
"Sea dra...." could be heard from the
"Medusa, start charging your solar beam," ordered Sarah
"SEADRA, MOVE IT!" ordered Sirius. The smokescreen
began to clear with the
breeze, allowing Medusa a shadowy glimpse of her
opponent - just enough to
give Medusa a place to aim.
"Match to the red trainer!" called the referee.
"Damn," said Sirius as he recalled the Seadra. "Well,
this should take care
of that walking ball of vines. Charizard, Go!"
Medusa flinched at hearing the name of her next
opponent. Sarah Jane saw
this and mentally inquired if the Tangela wanted to
continue. Medusa shook
her vines. She'd never be able to face the other
Pokemon at the Eckerts if
she backed down.... "Okay," replied Sarah Jane aloud.
"You can do this."
Mentally, she added "Sleep Powder as soon as the ref
drops the flag." The
Tangela shook her vines in understanding.
As soon as the ref lowered the flag, Medusa complied.
Sirius was expecting
another sleep powder and quickly ordered "Flamethrower!"
"Medusa move!" ordered Sarah Jane.
"Fire blast it!"
Sarah Jane cringed when the flames hit Medusa. She
quickly recalled the
Tangela before it could suffer further from any burns.
"Match to the green trainer," announced the ref.
Briefly Sarah Jane considered sending out Asterik or
Snowflake, but she was
certain the Starmie and Dewgong would be more effective
later. It was a
flying Pokemon, so Digger would have less of an
effect.... better go with
"Svengali, go!" Sarah Jane heard the announcers comment
on her Hypno and
its previous battles the same way they had commented on
"All right. We can handle this," said Sirius, relieved
and suprised that
Sarah Jane hadn't sent out a water pokemon. However, he
had seen that her
psychic pokemon were strong and he wasn't taking any
chances. The ref began
the next match.
Sirius began with an earthquake, which left Svengali
shaken. A second
earthquake by the Charizard knocked the Hypno on his
rear. "All right, go
for the slash!"
Sarah Jane waited carefully. It was a move that had
Just as the Charizard was close enough, Svengali let his
"Aw shit!" exclaimed Sirus as his Charizard swayed in
time with the
pendulum. "Charizard, snap out of it!"
The Charizard shook its head, trying to keep itself from
The move wasn't going the way Sarah Jane wanted, but it
would have to do.
"Psychic!" she called. Without hesitation the Hypno
stared at the
Charizard. Svengali's eyes glowed.
"Chaaaaaaarrrrr...." howled the Charizard at the sudden
pain in its head.
"Fire blast!" ordered Sirius. The pain in its head
however had left the
charizard confused. It tried to comply, but wound up
blasting its own tail.
It howled in further pain, ending only when Svengali
managed a critical hit
with another Psychic.
"Damn," muttered Sirius. He recalled his fainted
Charizard. "Go for it
Sarah Jane blinked in surprise at the appearance of the
Marowak. She had
expected another dragon. No matter. Svengali should be
able to handle it.
The Marowak and Hypno faced each other. Svengali proved
the faster as he
managed to hypnotize the Marowak and put it to sleep.
Sirius watched on as
the Hypno began to eat his Pokemon's dreams. The first
dream eater wasn't
enough though, and as Svengali prepared to repeat, he
found himself hit in
the face by a bone club.
"All right! Skull bash him," called Sirius. Svengali
was unable to avoid
the Marowak as it barrelled into him. "YES!" exclaimed
A moment later, however, he groaned "Nooooooooo....."
when Svengali took
down the Marowak with a Psychic.
Glancing at the board, Sarah Jane realized she was
ahead. Shields gave her
the thumbs up. There was a chance she could actually
make the finals....
Then she admonished herself. "Don't get your hopes
up.... we can still lose
this, especially if he pulls out the dragonite."
Sirius didn't send out a dragonite. Instead he sent out
Svengali faced down his next opponent, ready to
hypnotize as soon as the
ref's flag dropped.
This time, however, Sirius was faster with his
direction. "Hyper beam now!"
The Hyper Beam hit the Hypno straight on. Svengali was
on his feet, but
only just. He tried to manage to hypnotize the Gyarados
while it recharged,
but his pendulum faltered. "Bite!" ordered Sirius. The
attack proved too much.
Sarah Jane recalled the fainted Hypno. She was facing a
water/flying type. Maybe..... and if not, she still had
3 more pokemon to
go. "Go Cherrybomb" she said as she tossed out the
Pokeball for her
Voltorb. Sirius practically laughed at the sight of the
The ref started the next match. "Light Screen" shouted
Sarah Jane before
Sirius could call his move. The Voltorb set up a
glowing shield around
itself. The shield buffered the blow from the Gyrados
first attack, but not
the second. Cherrybomb managed a screech before it was
knocked out by its
"Yeah, that evens us up," said Sirius.
"I shouldn't have sent Cherrybomb out there. We'll have
to work harder on
its training." Sarah Jane turned to Shields. "Think
you're up to it?" The
Mr. Mime did some mock sparring with himself to
demonstrate his readiness.
"Then go for it."
With a salute, Shields lept off the trainer's podium and
on to the field.
Sirius almost laughed at the comical Mr. Mime, until he
remembered some of
the other battles he had seen. These mimes were tougher
than they looked.
"Hydro pump," called Sirius as soon as the match
sidestepped the jets of water shooting out of the
"Confusion!" shouted Sarah Jane. Shields' eyes glowed.
The Gyarados shook
its head slightly in pain.
"Bite him!" yelled Sirius. The Gyarados, however, was
images due to the confusion induced migraine. A laugh
rippled through the
crowd as the Gyarados bit itself. "Not again....."
"Thunderbolt," called Sarah Jane. The Thunderbolt
wielded by the far more
experienced Mr. Mime did more damage than than the one
by the inexperienced
Voltorb. The Gyarados was smoking slightly as it hit
Sarah Jane glanced at the scoreboard. She still had 3
pokemon, while her
opponent had 2. One of which was almost certainly a
Sirius appeared to be saving his Dragonite for last
again, as he decided to
send out an aerodactyl.
"Aerooooo....." it sqwaked as it flew overhead. Sarah
Jane couldn't help
but admire what her little Pteryx would eventually grow
into. The last
Aerodactyl she had faced had been tough.... she hoped
she could manage this
"Thunderbolt isn't going to work on this one....," she
said to herself. She
waited for the referee to signal the start of the match.
"Wing attack!" called Sirius. The Aerodactyl swooped
down on Shields. He
tried to avoid the giant rock wings, but was swept off
his feet by the
"Metronome!" Shields waved his fingers back and forth.
Sarah Jane prayed
for a good move.... anything but Splash or an electric
wasn't a good choice, but it was still better than it
could have been. The
fire did a little damage to the Aerodactyl, but not
"Take 'em down!" shouted Sirius. The Aerodactyl dove
right at Shields,
bowling him over. The move wasn't without effect on the
Shields weakly got to his feet. He'd be darned if he'd
let the opponent get
the better of him.
Sarah Jane sensed the Mr. Mime's determination.
"Psychic!" she called. The
Aerodactyl faltered in its flight.
"Come on! One Hyper Beam should do it!" shouted
Sirius. Fate was not with
him on this Hyper Beam, which missed Shields and blasted
a hole in the
"Another Psychic!" returned Sarah Jane.
"AEERRROOOO!!!!" the Aerodactyl came crashing down to
"Damn it...." Sirius recalled the Aerodactyl. "Reis,
you're my last hope.
Do it for me." He tossed out the Pokeball for his
Sarah Jane bit her lower lip and adjusted her glasses.
enquired if Shields wished to continue. The Mr. Mime
affirmative. "Be careful," she advised.
Shields faced the Dragonite. He knew this was the one
responsible for the
split between two of his good friends, making Drake
leave. He had to
win.... The referee signalled the start.
"Seismic Toss," called Sirius.
At the exact same time, Sarah Jane called "Metronome!"
Coincidentally, Shields also wound up with a Seismic
Toss, leaving the two
in a wrestling hold. The Dragonite was far stronger and
Shields wound up
"Body Slam!" shouted Sirius. Using its full weight,
Reis slammed itself
onto Shields. The Mr. Mime didn't move. Sighing, Sarah
Jane recalled her
faithful Mr. Mime.
She had to choose between two remaining Pokeballs.
Snowflake was probably
the stronger of her two remaining choices..... The
Dewgong appeared on the
field. Sirius had been expecting it.
"Thunder" commanded Sirius as soon as the round
started. As unreliable as
the Thunder attack is, it missed, leaving Sarah Jane an
"Blizzard!" she shouted. Snowflake complied. The
Dragonite looked irritated as it shook off the layer of frost covering it.
"Dewgong...." said Snowflake as it faced its opponent. Another
"Thunder again!" shouted Sirius. This time the Thunder hit, leaving
Snowflake writhing in pain.
"Snowflake! You need to use Blizzard again!" called Sarah Jane. She would
have rather had the Dewgong use rest, but there was a chance of another
Thunder hitting again. Better if Snowflake managed another Blizzard....
"Dewwww...." The weakened Dewgong managed another Blizzard, but it was still
not strong enough to knock out the Dragonite.
"One more Thunder should do it Reis," called Sirius.Apparently he judged
correctly, because the thunder was enough to knock Snowflake unconcious.
"Good job Reis," said Sirius. "One more Pokemon and we should have this
"Ni?" asked Cuddles as she put her front paw on Sarah Jane's leg.
"No," said Sarah Jane. "This match is a lot tougher than the other." She
throws out her Pokeball. "Asterik, do it for me."
A Starmie appeared on the field, much to the surprise of everyone who had
been following the matches. Sarah Jane hoped that Asterik was ready and
that the Dragonite was weak enough.
The referee stood in the center. Sarah Jane watched the Dragonite as it
walked to the center. She noticed that it shivered. She knew what to do.
As soon as the flag lowered, she shouted "Ice beam!"
"Thunder!" called Sirius.
Asterik, boosted by its evolution, was much faster than the Dragonite and
managed to strike with Ice Beam faster. Reis howled as its feet were
encased in ice. The Dragonite tried to Thunder but was too distracted by
the ice covering its feet.
"Again!" shouted Sarah Jane. Asterik ice beamed again, this time aiming
higher. A third ice beam had the Dragonite encased in ice. The referee
came over and examined Reis. Reis appeared to struggle slightly, then
resigned itself to its fate.
"Dragonite is unable to fight!" announced the referee. "Game and match go
to the red trainer."
Sarah Jane collapsed to her knees. She looked up at the scoreboard, which
showed her picture prominantly with "Congradulations" flashing across the
bottom. "I don't believe it..." she said as Cuddles and Spunky climbed onto
her lap. Asterik jumped onto the podium. Sarah Jane embraced the Starmie.
"You did it!.... Oh my God.... we're going to the final round...." she said
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