From: "STEFFAN HEDD ALUN"
Subject: [PW!] Alisha Catches a Pokémon - LIVE!
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2004 7:37 PM
Alisha approached the beautiful red contest house of Slateport City. Before
entering, she looked over her shoulder and smiled.
"Excellent," she said. "A cloudless day. Your Morning Sun will be on top
form today, Tifly."
"Beeh!" responded her Beautifly happily.
She entered the building, gazing happily through the familiar atmosphere of
buzzing competetiveness. She saw one contestant feeding a Lunatone a dark
blue Pokéblok. Alisha recognised the Lunatone. She'd competed against it
"This is our day, Tifly!" she grinned. "A rematch against Lacey's Lunatone!
I mean, who could find a lump of rock beautiful? We've probably won the
preliminary round before we've started!"
Alisha walked to a nearby PC to check up on some last-minute details. As
she did so, she heard some commotion near the front door. She turned
"Oh, gosh!" she exclaimed.
Gabby, the blue-haired reporter for the Pokémon News Network, had just
walked through the door. She was followed by a short cameraman.
"I didn't realise we were getting television coverage!" said Alisha. "Isn't
it wonderful, Tifly? Now everyone will see that you're the most beautiful
Pokémon in all of Hoenn!"
Lacey, the Lunatone's trainer, rushed to the door to meet Gabby. Gabby gave
the Pokémon an appraising look before marching further into the contest
"How about that one?" Alisha heard the cameraman suggest. She was surprised
to see that he was pointing at her!
"Perfect," said Gabby. "Don't mind doing a quick interview, do you dear?"
"Not at all!" giggled Alisha. "Is this going to be on television?"
"No doubt about it!" grinned the cameraman. "I'm Ty, by the way, and this
"I know!" said Alisha. She'd seen Gabby countless times, but she looked
completely different in real life.
"Roll the film, Ty," said Gabby.
"Alright. We're ready to go in five. Four. Three. Two. One. Rolling!"
"Hi! We're back in Slateport City once again! It seems like only yesterday
we were meeting Captain Stern here. Today, though, we're in the contest
house, meeting some of the most dedicated up-and-coming contestants in the
country. What's your name, dear?"
Gabby held the microphone out for Alisha.
"Alisha," she said. "I'm here to compete in the Beauty competition with my
"And what a fine specimen she is," smiled Gabby. "What's her name?"
"Tifly," said Alisha. "I've had her since I was ten years old, when she was
just a Wurmple."
"Impressive! Did you catch her yourself?"
"I certainly did!" beamed Alisha. "She was the first Pokémon I ever
"First? So you caught more afterwards? You must be something of an
"Oh, I wouldn't say THAT..." blushed Alisha.
"How about giving our viewers a demonstration?" asked Gabby. She pulled a
PokéBall from her pocket. "We'll go up to Route 110, and you can show us
how it's done!"
"Sure!" replied Alisha.
"Lead the way."
Ty switched off his camera. "Well done," he said encouragingly. "You're a
natural at this!"
Alisha smiled, and led the way to Route 110. As she did so, Gabby leaned
down to whisper in Ty's ear.
"What did I tell you, Diego? We're about to score ourselves a foreign
Pokémon and nobody will ever know a crime was committed!"
Diego smiled maliciously.
"Ingenious, Lauren. And all we had to do was-"
Diego was suddenly cut off as a bunch of competitors attacked Lauren with
"These competitors must lead extremely dull lives," mumbled Diego.
PokéWars!: Lauren and Diego
"Alisha Catches a Pokémon - LIVE!"
"We enter the long grass," breathed Alisha. "Tifly's ready to intercept
anything that attacks me."
Lauren checked her watch.
"We wait...and wait...walking around helps, of course, and-"
Suddenly, something small and yellow jumped out of the grass.
"A Pikachu?" exclaimed Lauren in disbelief. "In Hoenn?"
"What's a Pikachu?" asked Alisha off-handedly. "This is a Plusle!"
Upon closer inspection, the Pokémon was indeed quite different from a
Pikachu. It was smaller, and a plaer shade of yellow. It also had red ears
and an addition sign motif.
"We weaken it first," said Alisha, directing Tifly towards the creature.
"This is incredible luck," grinned Lauren, talking in an undertone to Diego.
"It's foreign AND it looks like Pikachu! We've struck gold!"
"Oops!" said Alisha.
Lauren and Diego looked at her. The Plusle was unconscious.
"Never mind!" said Alisha. "You can edit that out, right?"
Lauren stared at her.
"Those Plusles must be quite common, right?"
"You see a few," replied Alisha. "They're not the most common Pokémon in
this area, though."
Lauren clenched her teeth.
"Is that a Sentr-"
Diego gently trod on Lauren's toe. Comparing foreign Pokémon to their home
breeds was unlikely to be a habit of the real Gabby's.
"Use your Secret Power!" cried Alisha.
Tifly's next movement caught Lauren off-guard. The attack practically
obliterated the Zigzagoon.
"Hmm, how odd," said Alisha. "Always been a bit unpredictable, that move."
Lauren scanned the grass in search of another Plusle. She was confident
that it'd be an excellent money-maker.
"Why does it have to be so long?" she cried.
"It's the Pokémon's natural habitat," explained Alisha, who hadn't caught
the tone of anger in Lauren's voice. "They remain completely hidden until
"Leck! Eleck! TRIKE!"
"An Elecrtike," laughed Alisha. "They're always fun."
"It's a shame there are so few decent Electric types in the world," murmured
Alisha, ignoring Lauren's comment. "It's pretty much a choice of this one
or Plusle. And for Plusle, you really need to complete the set. Stun
"The set? What set?" demanded Lauren as Tifly released spores onto
Electrike, freezing it in its tracks.
"You need a Minun as well. They're often seen as partners. You know, like
you use Magneton and Exploud together." And Lunatone and Solrock, Alisha
added silently, thinking about the competition.
"Ah. Right," Lauren stumbled. She didn't question the girl further to
avoid appearing too ignorant. Staying in character was important.
Still, she though, partners! A set of two Pokémon would be sure to make a
lot of money. Still, they couldn't be picky right now - they needed to hide
the fact that they were down one Pokémon for as long as possible.
Preferably until they could retrieve the ball from the self-righteous thief
from the ship.
Turning her attention to the battle, Lauren saw Alisha hurl the PokéBall
they'd given her towards the Electrike. A wobble. A shake. Caught!
"Perfect!" cried Diego happily. "Strike a pose, Alisha!"
Alisha winked at the camera.
"How do you feel?" asked Lauren wearily.
"I suppose I feel elated and maybe a little-"
"Short and sweet, honey."
"COOL!" repeated Lauren. "Yes, that's the perfect clincher. Electrike.
Stun Spore. COOL! Alright, I hope we'll catch up with you some time."
Alisha skipped happily back to the contest house. Lauren retrieved the
"All according to plan," she chuckled. "Nice to see things going our way
for a change."
With a spring in their step, Lauren and Diego headed back to Slateport City.