From: Karnivax (email@example.com)
Subject: [PW!] The Maleficent Seven, Part 3
Date: 2000-09-26 18:10:09 PST
(OOC: Oh well, it's gonna be a four-parter. But really, I'm just
treading water 'til G/S...)
The match had come down to a two-on-two simultaneous battle. Kyle
shakily clutched the Pokéballs containing Tassadar and Wildwing.
Vincenzo very confidently took up his last two. The statuesque figure
who was either Jessica or a Ditto posing as Jessica just stared
vacantly into the arena. Spellbinder the Hypno, inside the arena's
sound booth, blasted "The Extreme" from Final Fantasy VIII.
"Alakazam! Psyduck! I choose you!" Kyle thundered as he tossed
both Pokéballs out with one hand. The deeply meditating Tassadar
materialized right in front of the walleyed Wildwing. Kyle immediately
booted up his Pokédex to determine his current Pokémon's attacks.
"What's th' matter? Savin' th' worst for last?" Enzo scoffed.
He threw down his last two Pokéballs one after the other. "Gamera,
Slyde, let's finish this!" On Enzo's side appeared a towering
Blastoise and a frenetic Jolteon. Two doors at the top of Gamera's
repaired carapace opened, and normal-sized water cannons popped
out. "I decided not to replace Gamera's illegal cannon augments after
yer Gengar destroyed 'em," Enzo quickly explained. "Not that that'll
save ya! Slyde, Thunder Wave!"
"Jolt!" Slyde barked. He jumped out in front of Gamera. Slyde's
spines stood up as he proceeded to radiate rings of electricity.
"Dodge it!" Kyle shouted. Without even opening his eyes,
Tassadar floated up out of the Thunder Wave's way. Appropriately
enough, Wildwing ducked under it. "Good, both of you! Tassadar,
"Alaaa..." The floating Tassadar opened his glowing eyes and
thrust his spoons forward. A brilliant flash of light filled the
arena. As the light cleared, Slyde was looking around, and Gamera was
rubbing his eyes.
"Slyde, Thunderbolt on Psyduck!" Enzo commanded. "Gamera,
Earthquake on Alakazam!"
With a boost from Gamera, Slyde flew into the air and launched a
mighty electric spear at Wildwing. Flailing his tiny limbs about,
Wildwing was just barely able to jump out of the way.
Gamera pounded the arena floor with his fist and sent an arrow-
shaped seismic wave rumbling toward Tassadar. Tassadar took the
physical blow head-on. After recoiling from the attack, the Alakazam
clutched his head, inside which his highly advanced brain was jostling
around from the impact.
"Tassadar, Flash again!" Kyle ordered. "Wildwing, use...uh...I
"Kazam." Tassadar let off a another powerful burst of light. As
this one subsided, Slyde was blinking rapidly and Gamera was rubbing
his eyes harder.
"Duck..." Wildwing waddled out in front of Tassadar. Using
seemingly all of his mental faculties, Wildwing created a humble puddle
of water underneath Slyde.
As he tried to step out of it, Slyde slipped and fell into the
puddle. "Jolt eon!" He then got up and irritably shook the water off
like a dog. "Jolt..."
Enzo doubled over with laughter. "Oh man!" he cried as he looked
at the results of Wildwing's Surf attack. "This is rich! Slyde, let's
get Alakazam outta th' way! Use Pin Missile!"
Slyde's spines stood on end, and he launched a volley of five Pin
Missiles into the air. Tassadar did not move. The Pin Missiles flew
Enzo's smile faded. "What do ya call that?!" he bellowed at
"He's losing his accuracy," Kyle noted. "Use Flash one more time!"
"Kazam!" The third Flash attack went up. Slyde was still
blinking abnormally after this one, but Gamera was starting to stumble
about in near-blindness.
"Slyde, Pin Missile again! Same target!" Enzo roared. Right
away, Slyde fired off two more Pin Missiles. Neither of them hit their
mark. "Argh! Gamera, Earthquake again! Same target!" Gamera slammed
the ground with his other fist. The resulting seismic ring actually
came closer to Wildwing than it did to Tassadar, but the wave
dissipated right in front of the waterfowl. Enzo's jaw fell open.
_Flash should buy us time...but I still don't know what to do with
Wildwing!_ Kyle pondered. _What was it Jessica said about him?
Kyle's next order: "Tassadar, use Recover, and Wildwing,
Tassadar twirled his spoons, and a multicolored aura developed
around him. Enzo fumed and cursed as the majority of Tassadar's wounds
healed right up.
An aura formed around Wildwing as well. He clutched his head and
closed his eyes as if he were about to unleash some psychic blast...but
then the aura faded, and Wildwing opened his eyes again. He looked
even more confused than before.
"Slyde, Gamera, same attack pattern!" Enzo boomed, determined to
repeat the process until it worked. Gamera went before Slyde this
time. The Blastoise hit the ground with both fists. And again the
attack fell short of hitting either of Kyle's Pokémon. Next came
Slyde. He unloaded four Pin Missiles...but this time, the pointy
barrage nailed Tassadar. The Alakazam fell to the ground as the spines
stuck in his lightly-armored body.
"Same attacks as before!" Kyle called out. "We'll starve them!"
From his position on the ground, Tassadar used Recover again and
floated back up into the air. Wildwing used Amnesia a second time, but
after this time, Wildwing no longer looked confused...quite the
Enzo was turning red in the face as snarling unintelligibly at his
Pokémon. Gamera and Slyde went ahead with the same attacks. Slyde
unleashed a trio of Pin Missiles. And for the second time in a row,
Slyde was right on target. Tassadar once again hit the floor. While
the wounded Alakazam pulled the missiles out of his chest, Gamera
hammered the ground as hard as he could. The pointed Earthquake zigged
and zagged...then finally struck Tassadar. As if hit by a battering
ram, Tassadar was knocked straight back several feet. His spoons flew
from his hands as he came to a stop just inside the boundaries.
"He's still in this!" Kyle shouted.
"Look again," Enzo countered. He started to calm down.
Kyle picked up one of Tassadar's spoons and gently poked the
Alakazam's forehead with it. The psychic was breathing, but he was not
conscious. Kyle's hope sunk as he realized only Wildwing stood against
Enzo's Pokémon now. He withdrew Tassadar and made a silent plea to
Goddish for divine intervention. "Wildwing, Amnesia one more time..."
An ephemeral aura surrounded Wildwing for the third time. As this
aura vanished, the Psyduck's eyes seemed to be on fire.
"Let's make this quick! Slyde, Thunderbolt!" Enzo commanded.
"Jolt!!!" Slyde bared his teeth and powered up for several
seconds before discharging an mighty blast of lightning. The
Thunderbolt scored a direct hit...but it did not even budge Wildwing.
Enzo's face turned crimson. "What in hell...?!"
"Hah!" Kyle uneasily laughed in an attempt to look like he had
anticipated Wildwing standing up to the electric attack. "Wildwing,
"Psyyy...!" Wildwing waved his stubby arms, and the whole arena
started to rumble.
"Jolt?" Slyde watched with both fear and amazement as a gigantic
wall of water burst up in a ring around him. As Gamera backed away in
surprise, the watery barrier collapsed upon itself and nearly crushed
Slyde to death. Gamera was almost washed away in the powerful
aftershock. After the Surf attack passed and dissolved into the floor,
Gamera looked over at his teammate. It took Gamera's damaged vision
quite a while to realize it, but Slyde had been knocked out in one hit.
"I'll never doubt Jessica again!" Kyle thought out loud.
Enzo fell to his knees in sight of this unbelievable
spectacle. "We can't lose to this...this walking dinner!!!" he
shouted as he withdrew Slyde. "Gamera, Earthquake!"
But Gamera did not listen. He rubbed his eyes one last time.
Witnessing the tiny duck's sudden surge of strength, Gamera had to
prove that he was the greatest of all water Pokémon. He trained his
water cannons on Wildwing as best he could in his near-blind state and
unleashed the dreaded twin Hydro Pump that only a Blastoise could pull
off. Gamera watched with glee as the cohesive water blasts rammed into
Wildwing and exploded in a dazzling display of steam, bubbles, and
water energy. Gamera ran into the cloud so he could be standing atop
his defeated opponent when the steam cleared.
Just seconds after Gamera disappeared into the cloud, however, he
came flying right back out, courtesy of an Ice Beam the size of a
tractor trailer. Gamera crashed to the floor and skidded on his
carapace to a stop very near one of the boundary lines. Enraged, the
giant turtle righted himself (with quite a bit of difficulty given his
physiology) and decided to just go with an Earthquake.
"Blaaastoise!" Another Earthquake tore through the arena
floor...and missed its target completely. Gamera's vision had not
"Finish him off! Dig attack!" Kyle ordered.
"Psy duck!" Dull claws slashing madly, Wildwing dug a hole and
disappeared underneath the arena floor.
"Blas?" The exhausted Gamera turned to his master for guidance.
But the furious Enzo was just watching his own hair fall out.
About half a minute later, a small portion of the floor burst up
underneath Gamera. The proud Blastoise stumbled and tried to stay
upright, but he did not stumble long before he collapsed. His eyelids
fell. Wildwing squirmed out of the clay and slapped the fallen Gamera
in the face a few times. The reptile offered no response.
Wildwing flashed a "V for victory" sign. "Psy duck!"
"You lose, Enzo!" Kyle shouted. "You lose!!!"
"No..." Enzo snarled under his breath. He seemed to be in a lot
of pain as he stood up and withdrew Gamera. "No...ya still...have one
more Pokémon to beat..."
"I beat all six of your Pokémon!" Kyle protested. "It's *over*,
Enzo! Give me my Pokéballs back!"
"One...more...Pokémon!" Enzo growled. His voice seemed to be
Kyle threw up his hands. "Oh, for Christ's sake! All right!
What Pokémon is so great that you have to break your own rules to send
it in? Your Hypno?"
"No..." Enzo raised his left arm as it quickly transformed into a
black Scyther blade. "...Myself!"
(OOC: I promise I'll bring Panopticon back after this quartet is out of
the way, I prooommmissse!)
--K * A * R * N * I * V * A * X--
"There is no such thing as the Pika Cup"
--Pokémon G/S preview CD