Subject: [PW!] [WC] [R1] Squids Can Be So 'Cruel
Date: 4 Dec 2002 18:15:33 -0800
From: email@example.com (Bandraptor)
Blizzard the Persian is sitting in the Scarlet City Coliseum, just
beyond the outskirts of the battlefield. She is accompanied by her
posse of Sting and Avalanche, and the three of them are watching as
Mamoru, a boy who's taking great care to avoid the splashing water
from the field, battles with Lorelei, an older trainer who sports a
pony tail and glasses.
"Persian," Blizzard murmurs in admiration, "" She
addresses her companions, ""
"" Sting sighs, ""
Blizzard gives him a funny look. ""
Blizzard continues, ""
" cool Sting demands, ""
Blizzard replies, "" She closes her eyes,
envisioning what she would look like with a Mystic Water pendant
hanging around her neck. ""
"Tentacool." Sting rolls his eyes, ""
"Shan." Blizzard does not know that the Whirl Cup competition is
limited exclusively to Water-type Pokemon, but she does know that she
has no intention of entering the arena herself. "" she says, grimacing visibly at the thought of getting wet.
"Graaan." Avalanche looks out at the pool, and taps his fingers
together ashamedly as he explains, ""
"Purrr," Blizzard says thoughtfully, "" She and Avalanche both turn their heads towards
Sting cocks an eye at the pair, " tent cooltas."
* * *
"What a battle!" The Whirl Cup announcer exclaims, as Mamoru and
Lorelei exit the arena. He replays a few of the key highlights from
the battle over the Jumbotron, as workers prepare the field for the
next set of trainers. When everything is ready, he readjusts his
microphone and states, "This next battle is going to be between
Marina, whom we've seen here in years prior, and a newcomer named
Persian!" He watches as the combatants enter the arena, then corrects
himself, "Wait, it seems that the opposing trainer actually *is* a
Persian!" A soft murmur goes up from the crowd.
Marina, a blue haired girl from the Orange Islands, doesn't murmur
under her breath when she catches sight of the ivory feline. Instead,
she yells. "Wow, a Persian! Oh, you are so cute!" Then she looks at
Avalanche, who's walking beside Blizzard, "Oh, and a Tyranitar! You're
even cuter!" Finally she notices Sting, who's being dragged, spread
eagled into the arena--one tentacle held in Blizzard's mouth, the
other in Avalanche's. Marina's eyes become full of stars, and she
clasps her hands in front of her face as she gushes, "Wow, a
Tentacool! You're the cutest one of all!" She giggles, "I just love
Tentacools! I love their cute little eyes, and their cute little arms,
and the cute little jewels on their heads! Most of all, I love the way
that they squish when you hug them!" She frowns briefly, wishing that
her opponent was a fellow Water Pokemon Trainer, and not a Persian, so
they could prate about Water Pokemon together. Marina shrugs off her
bad feelings, and she pulls a Pokeball from her belt as continues her
one-sided conversation, "Well, your Tentacool may be cute, but I've
got something that's even better!" Marina strikes a dramatic pose as
she throws the ball into the arena, "Go, Tentacruel!"
Sting's eyes widen a bit as he catches sight of his intimidating
evolved form, "Tent COOL tenta!" He squirms
to escape his captors' grasp.
Ignoring Sting's protestations, Blizzard and Avalanche swing him back
and forth a couple of times to gain momentum, then hurl him into the
pool. Sting sinks to the bottom, and resurfaces a few seconds later,
sputtering, and flailing about in a rage, "Tent s!
When I get outta here you're> ta"
"" Blizzard calls cheerfully. Avalanche nods to
concur, and flashes Sting a thumbs up sign, but not without a cynical
"The combatants have released their Pokemon!" The announcer shouts,
giving a play-by-play. "Marina is using her Tentacruel, while Persian
is using a Tentacool! Participation in past Whirl Cups has proven
Tentacruel to be a powerful contender, but what of Persian's
Tentacool? Persian must have some tricks up its proverbial sleeve if
it's sending an unevolved Pokemon into battle!"
"All right, Tentacruel!" Marina orders, becoming a bit more serious as
the battle gets underway. "Let's get things started! Use Icy Wind!"
Marina's Tentacruel spreads it tentacles out all across the surface of
the pool, then begins to spin around on its axis, churning the water,
and simultaneously exhaling breaths of frigid vapor, which transform
the churning water into a slurry of ice. As the water continues to
freeze, Tentacruel's spinning grows progressively faster, until the
centrifugal force causes the slurry to rise into a column around it.
BAM! With a noise like a gunshot, the column explodes, sending shards
of ice flying into Sting, Blizzard, Avalanche, and the protective
fiberglass barriers that surround the battlefield on all sides.
"A powerful attack from the start!" The announcer cries, "Tentacool's
taken the brunt of this technique, but it looks like Persian's been
dazed too! This sudden lack of trainer direction is sure to slow
Tentacool down! Could this be it folks? Is the battle over already?"
"Cool!" Sting yelps, reeling from the force of the attack.
"Don't let up!" Marina shouts, "Tentacruel, hit Tentacool with Sludge
Tentacruel rears up on the posterior forty of its eighty tentacles,
and fires a big ball of sticky black sludge from its ink sac. Sting
finishes shaking off the effects of the Icy Wind attack, and looks
over at his opponent just in time for the Sludge Bomb to hit him in
the face! The force of the impact sends him sailing down into the hard
cement floor of the pool. "Cool! Sting bounces off the floor, and
slowly floats up to the surface, his tentacles drifting limply behind
"Now!" Marina, like the announcer, is sure that if Blizzard is using
an unevolved Pokemon to compete in a major tournament, then it must be
a very powerful Pokemon indeed--and she's not going to let it stick
around long enough to hit her with any of its fancy techniques. She
orders her Tentacruel quickly, "As soon as it surfaces, grab it with a
Wrap attack!" Tentacruel spreads its tentacles out once again, knowing
that its opponent is doomed to become entangled in them the instant he
attempts any kind of counterattack.
"Persian!" Blizzard calls out towards the water, ""
Sting groans, "Coool."
"" Blizzard coaxes, ""
"Tent " Sting yells suddenly. " cool"
Blizzard blinks, "Purr?"
Sting scowls, infuriated by Blizzard's insinuation that he is fighting
for a cause. " tent
cooltas!" He leers at Blizzard, ""
"" Blizzard says thoughtfully, ""
Sting narrows his eyes, "
cool" He swims over to Blizzard so he can yell at her
some more, "Tentacool coolta tent Tentacool Tentacool,
Marina and her Tentacruel both look surprised, since Sting is moving
away from the tentacle net, and not into it, as they'd expected.
Marina fears that Sting might be charging up for a Hyper Beam, or some
other long-range attack, and decides that she'd better do something to
stop him--and fast. "Tentacruel, use Supersonic!"
Tentacruel emits a high-pitched noise from its beak--but Sting isn't
listening, so he doesn't get confused! "Tent tent
coolta cool cool tenta
cooltent, and dragged us out to this> tenta tent tent!"
When Sting makes no move to counter after the failed Supersonic
attack, Marina's Tentacruel figures that he's just trying to stall the
match. Annoyed by Sting's cowardly tactic, the Tentacruel readies
another Sludge Bomb attack, swims over to him, and taps him on the
head with a tentacle, wanting Sting to turn around so he can see its
face as it defeats him. "Cruelll."
Sting snarls, furious at the interruption. "Tent cool!" He
snaps, slapping the Tentacruel away.
WAM! Tentacruel flies out of the arena, and into the stands! There is
an enormous crash followed by a stunned silence on the part of
everyone assembled, including Sting. The crowd recovers quickly
though, and cheers wildly in response to what they think is an
incredible upset victory! Sting, encouraged by the audience's
approval, snaps out of his shock, and uses his two tentacles to flash
an obscene gesture in the fainted Tentacruel's direction.
"Unbelievable!" The announcer screams, "Persian's Tentacool has come
from behind to defeat Tentacruel with a single hit! Incredible! Let's
see that again on the Jumbotron!"
Blizzard watches Sting as he swims around the pool, his two tentacles
raised high in the air. She turns to Avalanche, and sweatdrops, ""
Avalanche responds, ""
Sting rounds the pool a couple of times, so everyone in the arena can
get a good look at him, then turns over on his back, and swims idly
past Marina, " cool"