From: TheRunt411 <> Subject: Re: [PW!] A quick trip to Erika's Gym.... Date: Friday, May 21, 1999 1:17 PM Since we last left them; Runt, Christy, and Sarah Jane met up with Jon and Damien at the Pokécenter and then went to Lunch. Afterwards, they stop outside the restaurant to discuss the rest of the day - This is where we rejoin them. "Before we go, I want to hit the gym," says Damien. "So do I," said Sarah Jane. "We should probably leave for our next destination in the morning, when we're all fresh." "Are you two going to come to the gym?" Jon asks. < Insert Christy's reply (Ladies first) > Runt opens the left side of his flannel to reveal three badges pinned behind the pocket. "And I've already gotten mine...Besides, I need to check up on Peewee - I think he's almost done pupating." He pulls out Peewee's leaf mottled ball and tosses lightly on the ground. "Nido ran ran do," Spunky barks. "I don't know if you two are ready," says Sarah Jane. "Gym battles are very tough." "Do ran ni ni do ni...," whines Cuddles. "RAN!" added Spunky. "I guess... but remember, this isn't like when we've battled wild Pokémon." "Ni do do ni nido," replies Cuddles. "Ni ran ran nidoran. Ni ran nido nido," Spunky stated. "What's up?" asks Runt, polishing his Metapod's shell. "They want to fight at the gym," explains Sarah Jane. "I don't know if they're ready yet, but they still want to fight." "All that in the conversation? You can understand them?" Christy asks in surprise. "I can understand Pokémon fluently, like they're speaking our language," admits Sarah Jane. "It's a gift I have." --- Later, after (some of) the others have gone inside --- Rolly rubs his paw around the Metapod, inspecting it. He then begins walking around it, one of his paws rubbing his chin in contemplation. Suddenly, he stops and cocks his head to the side. "What is it?" asks Runt. "Shwew.." replies Rolly, holding up a claw. He steps towards the immobile Pokémon and lightly scratches the top of it. The Metapod is surrounded by a yellowish-green glow. The scratch mark splits apart and, slowly, a Butterfree climbs out. "Reeee!" cries Peewee joyfully. After a few loop-de-loops and spiral rolls, he glides down to the ground. "Light green on dark," comments Runt as he examines his bug Pokémon, "Looks like he's been spending to much time with me..." <To Be Continued...> _______________________________________________________________ "Slow and steady wins the race."