Subject: [PW] Scyther Scuffle!
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 16:37:11 -0700
From: "R. Tech Weaver - Biggest Dreamer"
Organization: CompuServe Interactive Services
The doors to the Azalea Pokemon gym burst open. Yolei marched in with a
look of intense determination on her face.
"All right, bug-boy!" she called out. "You and me, right now!"
Not too far behind, Lynkeru and her fairy, Indi, entered the gym casually.
"You're right," Lynkeru said to her winged companion. "She scares me
Yolei ignored her and breezed past whatever obstacles stood in her way as
she approached Bugsy, Azalea's gym leader. He looked young, perhaps school
age. His interest in bug-type Pokemon was illustrated by the Butterfree net
leaning on the tree next to him, as well as his dominance in the field of
A Kakuna descended directly in front of Yolei. It soon found itself against
the far wall.
"I was wondering when you two were coming back," Bugsy said. "This is,
what? The third time you've gotten here? Do you want to battle or do you
have some crush on me?"
Yolei's vicious look eased up a moment as she blinked, then scratched the
back of her head.
"Well, you are kinda cute, I guess," she admitted. Then she snapped back
into her challenging posture. "But that's not why I'm here! You, me, Hive
"All right, all right," Bugsy said as he reached into his pocket. Under his
breath he added, "Wierdo."
At Indi's proding, Lynkeru said, "Oh, uh, sorry about that hole I made in
your hedgemaze earlier."
"Don't worry about it," Bugsy said with some annoyance. "It'll grow back."
He produced a PokeBall from his pocket. Yolei readied one of her own.
"This'll be a one-on-one match," Bugsy said. "That way, I can get you out
of my gym faster. Is your friend going to fight, too?"
"No, I'll just watch," Lynkeru said. "I don't need Pokemon to fight my
"Suit yourself. Scyther, go!"
Bugsy tossed his PokeBall to the ground, release the Scyther held within.
"Scyther!" it screeched.
Yolei smirked to herself. This was going to be easy.
"Mera, go!" Yolei called out. She flung her PokeBall, causing her Cyndaquil
"Cyndaquil?" Mera said. He sniffed the air. Sensing the presence of a
Scyther, his backside flared to life. "Cyndaquil!"
Bugsy shook his head. "They always want to take the easy route. Scyther!
The Scyther zipped about quickly, zig-zagging about the gym. Each time it
stopped and changed direction, it left a duplicate of itself in its place.
The duplicates soon began to dart about as well.
"Hey!" Lynkeru protested. "I thought you said this'd be one-on-one!"
"It's just Double Teaming," Yolei explained. "The copies Scyther makes are
only illusions and can't harm anyone. It's a common defensive tactic. I'll
just use one of my own! Mera, Smokescreen!"
The flames on Mera's back immediately extinguished themselves. In their
place, black smoke jetted out of his pores, filling the area around him.
Indi made some twinkling sounds.
"I know," Lynkeru said. "I can't see him either!"
Scyther and his clones darted about the cloud aimlessly, trying to find a
good angle on the Cyndaquil within.
"Scyther, Slash attack!"
One by one, the Scythers quickly dove through the cloud of smoke. Each one
passed right through without stopping. Some even made return trips.
Mera leapt straight out of the top of the cloud. He spun like a wheel,
flinging flames everywhere. Most of the Scythers they hit dissappated.
Mera then dropped back into the cloud.
"All right, then," Bugsy said. "Scyther! Slash again!"
As the illusionary Scythers dove in to attack, a spinning ball of Cyndaquil
leapt out from the cloud in attempt to slam into one of them. Mera just
sailed right through the one he tried to hit and right into the waiting
claws of the real Scyther. It slashed at him, sending him through the cloud
and into a tree. Mera soon found himself surrounded by Scythers.
"Fury Swipes!" Bugsy commanded.
"Smokescreen!" Yolei called out.
The combatants were soon enveloped in smoke. Various slashing and snarling
sounds could be heard as Mera crawled out from the cloud. Much to his
surprise and chagrin, he was dragged right back in.
"Quillllll.......!" Mera whined as he was forced into the cloud.
"Mera!" cried Yolei.
"I thought that was kind of funny, actually," Lynkeru said.
"Ember attack, Mera!"
Several fireballs escaped from the cloud, flying in all directions.
"Ah, man," lamented Yolei. "This isn't doing me any good. I can't see a
"Slash him, Scyther."
"QUIL!" Mera wailed from inside the cloud.
Bugsy's Scyther was thrown from the cloud and skidded across the ground. It
hopped back into the air and awaited orders.
"Scyther, do us all a favor and get rid of that smoke! Use Rapid Spin!"
The Scyther rapidly flew in circles around the cloud of smoke. The cloud
turned into a funnel and rose upward, where it was sucked into a nearby air
vent. What was in the cloud's place was a shocking surprise!
"Whoa!" Lynkeru gawked. "What is... What happened?"
"Hey!" complained Bugsy. "I don't think that's completely called for!"
"He evolved!" Yolei cheered. "Mera evolved!"
"That's Mera?" Lynkeru exclaimed. "What is he?"
"Quilava!" Mera responded.
"I guess that answers my question," Lynkeru said.
Mera's new form was much larger and longer. The long snout that was Mera's
nose was now a more rodent-like muzzle and was accompanied by a crest of
flame on his head.
"Perfecto!" Yolei cheered.
"This battle's not over yet!" Bugsy said. "Scyther, finish him off with
your Fury Cutter!"
The Scyther powered up one of its arm-blades and dove in for the attack.
Mera quickly spun around and exhaled a gout of flame at the descending
mantis. Scyther was instantly burnt to a crisp and crashed to the ground.
"Okay," Bugsy admitted. "Now it's over. You win the Hive Badge and the
special Fury Cutter TM."
A Butterfree flew over to Yolei and handed her both items.
"All right!" cheered Yolei as she accepted the items. "Excellent!"
"Perfecto, even," Lynkeru added.
As Yolei pinned the Hive Badge next to her Zephyr Badge, Mera trotted up to
her. Without warning, Mera's jaws latched onto her collar and hoisted Yolei
onto his back. Yolei had first yelped with surprise, then she laughed
playfully as she realized Mera was giving her a ride. 
"Hey, cool," Yolei remarked. "Wanna ride, Lynk?"
"Okay," Lynkeru replied as she climbed onto Mera's back. "Just don't call
me Lynk, okay?"
"To the PokeCenter, Mera," Yolei said as Mera trotted out of the gym. "See
"I don't train Pokemon," Lynkeru said, "But if I did, I think I'd train a
"Cool. Can I call you 'Keru?'"
"How about Lyn-chan?"
"Nuh-uh. Lyn's good, though."
To be continued...
 I imagine Quilavas are big enough to do that, yes?
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