Me: I don't own Pokemon-whoa! It's been a long time since I've written a Pokemon story, hasn't it?

Chikorita: Chiko! (You can say that again!)

Me: Waaaa! Chikorita?! What are you doing here? And where's Ash?

Chikorita: Chikori chiko chiko chikori. (Ash had some training; that's why he sent me.)

Me: (pats Chikorita on head) Well, better to have a Grass Pokemon here than…I'd better stop if I don't want to get hurt.

Chikorita: (eyes narrow) Chiko, chikori! (No, by all means, continue!)

Me: I actually value my life, so I'll save what I would've said for the end…And this will be the only chapter in which I use the theme song for this season. Enjoy!

Pokemon: The Best of the Best

Prologue-Ash's skills are tested

"Did they buy anything?" –Uncle

"No." –Jackie Chan

"You terrible salesman!" –Uncle, Jackie Chan Adventures

It's a beautiful evening, and Ash is glad he's gotten all the badges he needs to register for the Johto League. But, as Ash and his friends head for the nearest Pokemon Center, Ash is going to be tested on the way there in more ways than one…

"I can't believe I've gotten all the badges I need to get into the Johto League!" Ash Ketchum exclaimed excitedly as he pointed to his 8 Johto League badges which were pinned inside his jacket.

"Yeah. Now all you need to do is head over to the stadium and battle a trainer in order to receive a Johto League trophy, as well as be seen by millions of people worldwide." Brock explained calmly.

"All you really need to worry about is that you don't choke like you did at the Indigo stadium." Misty cracked. Ash eyed her with a cynical look before starting forward.

"Very funny." Unbeknownst to any of them, they were being watched by a mysterious figure, shrouded in darkness. Once the figure stepped out, he was easily recognizable, but by only people-or Pokemon-who'd seen him before.

"I am truly sorry, my friend, but I see no other way to go about this. Please forgive me…"

Pokemon, Pokemon, Pokemon! (Let's do it!)

I wanna be the very best like no one ever was (ever was, ever was)

To catch 'em is my real test; to train 'em is my cause

My whole life has led to this! Time to test my skills and I know I just can't miss-gonna show the world!

Born to be a winner (Johto!)

Born to be a champion

Born to be a winner

Born to be the very best (Pokemon Johto!)

Born to be a winner-Pokemon!

(Fanfare starts as Misty says the name of the episode)

Misty: Ash's skills are tested!

"Hmmm…what should I do?" Ash asked himself a few hours later as he twirled a Pokeball on his finger, unaware that Misty was watching him from a distance, who was confused by something as well-her feelings for Ash, which had intensified over the years.

"Hey Ash! Do you need any help?" Misty yelled out, causing Ash to nearly drop the Pokeball, and nearly waking Pikachu up, who was sleeping on his lap.

"Oh! If you had to battle in a 6-on-6 Pokemon match within a few days, what kind would you choose-not just water!" Ash added with a grin, knowing what her response would've been.

"Besides water, you'd need fire, flying, grass, electric and that's about all I can do to help you out." Misty noted, naming various types off the tips of her fingers.

"Pikachu, Charizard, Chikorita, Totodile, Noctowl and Cyndaquil!" Ash declared within seconds.

"Those are the Pokemon you're going to battle with?"

"Yep. And Pikachu and Charizard can give the others battling tips!" Ash cracked with a laugh. Misty groaned as she fell over anime style at Ash's "joke".

"You're just lucky Charizard came back to train with you again." Misty muttered.

"And it couldn't have come at a better time. It's time for me to train for the Johto League!" Ash declared confidently as he rose the Pokeball in the air.

"Can't you wait to train until morning, like normal trainers do?"

"Oh, yeah. I almost forgot it was nighttime." Ash said grimly. Misty sighed with irritation a second after he'd said that.

"The Johto League for the New Year approaches. Before that time, the Chosen One will be summoned once again to defeat the one who once sought the power of the Legendary Pokemon, who has gained control of one of the most powerful Pokemon unknown by man…" Mewtwo nodded, keeping a tight smile shown as he continued reading the ancient prophecy.

"Yet, before and after the time of the Chosen One's victory, he shall be challenged to a battle by his most dangerous rival, a battle that he cannot win alone. Is that all you wanted me to translate?" Mewtwo hissed angrily at a seated person in the darkness.

"Yes, that is all for now. Oh, and if I were you, I'd devise a way to bring the Chosen One here to me, so that I may enact my revenge upon him." came the response. The Psychic Pokemon managed to control his anger. If he hadn't let his guard down, this latest prophecy would not have come to pass! He would not have been captured by the one known as a collector, Lawrence III.

"I choose you…Charizard!" Ash's eyes narrowed as he released his Fire Pokemon in one gesture the following day. Almost immediately, he sent an intense stream of fire into the air.

"Now, who should Charizard practice against? Hmm…" Ash considered his options carefully. Fire had only one main weakness, which was water. That meant Totodile was out, and it was exceptionally strong against grass, which meant Chikorita would be at a serious disadvantage.

"On the other hand, when we first ran into Chikorita, she handled her own against Charizard and battled him to a standstill." Ash thought calmly as he held Chikorita's Pokeball in his hand.

"Charizard, get ready to defend yourself. Chikorita, GO!" Ash demanded as he tossed the Pokeball in the air. Seconds later, Chikorita emerged from it, but almost instantly, she leaped on Ash's shoulder and nuzzled her head on Ash's cheek.

"Ahhhh…we can hug later. Train with Charizard for now!" Ash insisted with a giant sweatdrop on his head.

Nodding, the Grass Pokemon jumped from Ash's shoulder and prepared to defend herself against the Fire-type.

"Charizard, Flamethrower! Chikorita, Vine Whip, now!" Ash growled defiantly.

"Char!"

"Chiko!"

Moments later, a powerful stream of flame was soaring through the air and nearly collided with Chikorita, but she nimbly jumped out of the way and released two vines from her back. Charizard smiled as he grabbed the vines and kept a firm grip on them.

"All right, Charizard, time to fly! Chikorita, try to use your Razor Leaf to free yourself!" Ash suggested. As Charizard took to the skies, Chikorita sent three sharp leaves straight toward the massive Pokemon.

"Ash is actually improving in his training, isn't he?" Misty asked as she, Brock, Pikachu and Togepi watched from a distance, under a tree.

"You know what? I think you may be right, Misty!"

"Char!" Charizard roared in pain as the leaves caused him some damage, forcing him to drop Chikorita's vines. The tiny Grass-type then wrapped her vines around a branch above Misty, Brock, Pikachu and Togepi's heads, saving herself from a terrifying fall.

"Good thinking, Chikorita. Both of you, use Tackle attack!" Nodding, both Pokemon gracefully soared through the air and hit each other with precision. They both received some damage, sending both of them to the ground-hard!

"Wonder what attacks Ash is going to have them both use now?" Brock wondered.

"Pika." Pikachu nodded in agreement.

"Chikorita, use your Sweet Scent! Charizard, try a Fly attack!" Ash said. Chikorita quickly sent out her intensifying scent; Charizard barely managed to avoid it by flying back up into the air.

"Chikorita, use your Vine Whip to bring Charizard down to you! Charizard, if she does that, use your Seismic Toss!"

"Ash, isn't that dangerous?" Misty yelled out. Ash gave her a reassuring nod.

"Don't worry about it, Misty. I'm sure Charizard wouldn't intentionally hurt Chikorita, and I'm also sure Chikorita's working on a way to free herself right now." Ash said. Ash looked up to see Charizard spinning up over their heads, Chikorita struggling to free herself from his grip.

Ash's prediction turned out to be right, as Chikorita finally managed to use her Sweet Scent on Charizard. The Fire Pokemon was so confused, he gently landed on the ground.
"Okay, Chikorita-try your Razor Leaf again! Charizard, be on your guard!"

Charizard struggled to think straight as Chikorita sent four razor-sharp leaves at him. Ash and the others waited with patience, all wondering what Charizard would do.

"CHAAAAARRRRRRRR!!!!!" The leaves were burnt to a crisp as Charizard's Flamethrower shot out in the air moments later.

"Nice work, you guys! Return!" Ash suggested. The two Pokemon vanished inside their Pokeballs.

"Pikachu! Pika…" The Electric-type jumped to his feet a second later, tiny sparks shooting out of his cheeks as it gazed at the horizon. Charizard, Chikorita, Totodile, Cyndaquil and Noctowl all exited their Pokeballs, the five of them all looking out at the sky the same way Pikachu was.

"What's wrong, you guys?" Ash asked. He didn't expect a response, and he didn't need one. A Pokemon appeared out of thin air a few meters from him, but not just any Pokemon…Entei. Ash immediately pulled out Dexter, his Pokedex.

"Entei: The Legendary Pokemon. Details about this Pokemon are unknown."

"At least we've battled against it before." Brock muttered as he and Misty got up and ran toward Ash, Misty safely securing Togepi in her backpack.

"Which one of you want to take on this Pokemon?" Ash said calmly as the skies above them grew extremely dark. Pikachu was seconds from volunteering, but Chikorita pushed him out of the way, intent on taking on the Legendary Pokemon herself.

"Pika…" Pikachu could tell that Chikorita was still jealous due to the way she was acting, but chose not to rise to her bait for now.

"Okay, Chikorita-time to use Razor Leaf!" Ash demanded.

"Chi-KO!"

"I've got his attention. Now what do you want me to do?" Mewtwo whispered in a menacing voice.

"Simple. Copy that Pokemon's attacks and wait until he uses his Charizard or Pikachu. That's when you lure him in." Mewtwo nodded in agreement, but its thoughts were its own.

"The only reason I'm even listening to you in the first place is because if I don't, the prophecy wouldn't be fulfilled. And if it isn't fulfilled, the whole world itself could be in danger."

A powerful blast of fire was shot from Entei's mouth and decimated Chikorita's attack!

"Chiko…" Chikorita narrowed her eyes and waited for Ash's instructions.

"Hmm…try your Vine Whip!" Ash said. Chikorita sent out two vines in the air, but Entei moved out of the way, replying with a second burst of fire. Chikorita was not only hit, but she was knocked out in one shot!

"Ahh! Chikorita, are you okay?" Ash asked worriedly.

"Chikori…"

"You were excellent. Return!" Chikorita safely vanished inside the Pokeball.

"Ready for a rematch, Charizard?" The Fire Pokemon nodded, as he stepped up to face Entei, fire blazing in his eyes.

"He's sent in Charizard. What now?"

"Now, the real game begins…"

Can Charizard defeat Entei in a rematch, or is this battle way out of Ash's league? And what does Ash have to do with the prophecy Mewtwo mentioned? Find out next time!