From: Cat-Gonk (catgonk@azureheights.com) Subject: Re: [PW!] Call of the Tour Guide Newsgroups: alt.games.nintendo.pokemon Date: 2000-09-16 17:12:25 PST >"Monk-chan, I guess it's up to you now." Neither Chansey nor Dow were in any >condition to fight. Both of their trainers sweatdropped, and brought in new >Pokemon. >"He's using his strongest, I'll do the same," thought Felix. "Cygnet, I choose >you!" Throwing Cygnet's Pokeball to the ground, he prepared for the final >round. In an instant, Monk-chan was at close quarters with Cygnet before it had a chance to take to the air. Lunging forwards for a Siesmic Toss, his hands slid out from around Cygnet's downy feathers. "It's only a baby!" laughed Gads. "Your Siesmic Toss won't work, try striking techniques." Monk-chan grunted, knowing his trainer was correct, and leapt at Cygnet with a flurry of Karate Chops and Low Kicks from every available limb at every conciveable striking point. Cygnet didn't dodge. The Farfetch'd didn't have enough room to use his leek, and instead defended its body with its wings as it retreated under the steady hail of blows. One Low Kick got through, and checked Cygnet in the kidneys. Sprawling backwards, Cygnet was struck again by a Karate Chop before resuming his defensive stance. <I've never sustained any physical strike before,> thought Cygnet. Felix knew this as well, and began to draw up a plan while Cygnet continued to fight. The pair could think and fight fully independently of each other but could sense each others thoughts, so one thought while the other fought. A series of loud slaps resonated through the air, followed by silence. Cygnet had disappeared, Monk-chan's forward lunge was met by nothing but air. Somersaulting forwards rather than trying to maintain his balance, Monk-chan landed squarely on the ground and scanned the streets for his opponent. Monk-chan lurched forwards, and staggered with the force of the unseen impact. Cygnet stood a few metres to his left, the air around it shimmering as it charged up a Swords Dance. As the wild-duck Pokemon charged forwards for another attack, it's image fragmented and dissociated leaving nothing but a trail of brown and white for Monk-chan to follow. "It's been charging up a Double Team the entire time!" shouted Gads. "Get out of the way!" It was too late, Monk-chan raised up his guard to block the attack but Cygnet rushed around to his side and dug his bill into Monk-chan's body. A second attack from his leek followed, taking out Monk-chan's legs and causing him to fall towards the ground. Landing on his hands, Monk-chan retaliated by thrusting off the ground directly backwards, driving both feet into Cygnet and sending the Farfetch'd sprawling. "That's an injury right there," thought Felix. Already he had planned out a strategy for fighting on the ground, Cygnet had already picked up on it. The kick had struck Cygnet's left wing, not the one that held the leek but the one used for defense. He wouldn't be able to fly for the rest of the battle. This was unusual for Felix to see Cygnet hurt in such a manner, Cygnet was normally too fast for physical strikes and was only ever taken out by long-ranged attacks. "YES! Keep it up! You've cut down his manoeuverability, he should be defenseless!" At this stage, Gads was beginning to feel a little strange. His opponent hadn't made a single order the entire time, whereas he was shouting his encouragement. Felix simply stood there watching the battle, deep in thought. Unable to use his left wing, Cygnet took a firm grasp of the leek and pole-vaulted forwards towards Monk-chan. The unorthodox method of attack combined with the Double Team left the powerful Mankey defenseless, and he could only raise his guard in defense as Cygnet repeatedly vaulted towards him and lashed out with his webbed feet and bill. Cygnet's balance was perfect, driving the leek into the ground spot-on with every jump, until Monk-chan swept it out from under him with a Low Kick. "That's the one! Time to finish it off!" Pouncing on the downed Farfetch'd, Monk-chan held one fist to his waist ready for the final blow, and landed right on Cygnet's leek. Cygnet's Swords-Dance enhanced thrust combined with the ferocity of Monk-chan's attack took the wind right out of him, and he fell to the ground besside Cygnet. Picking up his leek, Cygnet slammed the left side of his body into the ground. "You've seen too many movies," said Gads. "That doesn't work in real life. Trust me, it's happened to me a lot." He picked Monk-chan up, and examined it for signs of consciousness. "Good match," said Felix. "Your Mankey put up a really good fight, and I only really won by luck. "I didn't think to ask you before, but what's your name? I'm Felix, and this is Cygnet, my Farfetch'd." Cygnet gave a polite squawk, flourished his leek to Felix, and hobbled off to the Pokecentre in the manner of which a suddenly-flightless bird does. Felix threw him two Pokeballs, which the Farfetch'd caught in his bill. "Gads, Gads Trisan. Say, is he off to the Pokecentre? I need to get my bearings, as well as my Pokemon healed." "Yeah. I'll lead you there." TBC...