CHAPTER 5

The next morning…

"Ok Dawn, Willow and I have a few errands to run. We need you to stay here with Xander and the pokémon." Buffy told her. "We shouldn't be long."

"No problem. I think Togepi's growing on me anyhow."

"What makes you say that?" Buffy asked.

"Oh, I don't know…" She looked down to see Togepi hugging her ankle. "Just a hunch."

"We'll be back soon." Buffy promised. She walked out the back door and was gone.

Something peeked out from the bushes near the Summers' house. "The coast is clear." A voice proclaimed.

"Well, it's about time!" A different voice whined. "I almost lost this weird bottle cap I found. A person with blue hair reached into his pocket and pulled out the cap to look at it once more. He ran his fingers across the letters. C-O-K-E. It was a mystery. In all his years studying and collecting bottle caps, he'd never once encountered a "COKE". He guessed it was a Pokemon thing. Pokè. Cokè. Yeah, that had to be it.

"James!" A smack to the side of his head told him that Jessie was awake. "Quit daydreaming and start thinking of a way to capture Pikachu!"

James laughed. "I'm one step ahead of you today. You see, while you two were dreaming, I was busy dreaming up the most ingenious plan ever. Ok, first, we sneak into the house. Then when Pikachu takes a nap, as I've observed him doing at least once every day, we trap him in this wooden crate." He produced a crate from seemingly out of nowhere. "Because as everyone knows, wood does not conduct electricity. Then, we sneak him out of the house and back to the boss."

"Wait-" Meowth began.

"It's positively brilliant!" Jessie exclaimed, cutting Meowth off. And they went about trying to break into the house.

Pikachu was a bit bored. He missed Ash and the others. And these humans, although they were very nice, didn't know about training Pokemon and keeping them happy and healthy. He went to find Togepi to take him outside for some exercise. He found him in the living room, watching TV with Dawn and Xander.

"Hey, Togee, how about we go outside for awhile and play?" he asked.

"In a minute, Pika. Togee want to see what happen on..." He looked at Dawn for help. "What it called?"

"Wishbone."

"Togee like!" He scooted over a bit. "Pika watch." He patted the couch next to him.

Pikachu reluctantly climbed up and sat next to him. The show was over soon and the four of them walked outside.

"Ok Togee," Pikachu said. "How about you show Dawn a Tackle attack?"

"What Togee tackle?" The young Pokemon asked innocently.

"You can tackle me." Pikachu replied.

"Togee not hurt Pika?"

"No. Pika's tough!" Pika balled his paws into little fists and flexed his muscles.

"Ok." Togepi said, laughing. He imitated Pikachu by making little fists, then tackled without warning.

"Wow!" Pikachu exclaimed. "That was a good tackle! I think you might have grown another level." He fell backward for emphasis.

Togepi walked over and climbed ontop of Pikachu's belly. He clenched his little fists again and growled cutely. "Togee win! Togee win!" He sang.

"There he is." Meowth whispered. Pikachu and Togepi had practiced for half an hour and were settling down on the couch for a late afternoon nap.

"Are you ready?" Jessie asked.

"Are you set?" James wondered.

"Then let's go!" Meowth exclaimed, popping up between the two.

The trio crept into the house carefully. Soon, they were standing next to Pikachu. They scooped him up and encaged him within the crate. They were about to open the door when voices were heard from the other side. Before they could react, the door opened and there stood Buffy and Willow.

"We got company." Meowth informed his friends. Immediately, the two humans stood up taller.

"Prepare for trouble."Jessie chanted.

"And make it double." James chimed.

"To protect the world from devastation."

"To unite all peoples within our nation."

"To denounce the evils of truth and love."

"To extend our reach to the stars above."

"Jessie!"

"James!"

"Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!"

"Surrender now or prepare to fight!"

"Meowth! That's right!"

"I believe you've got our friend." Buffy said. She took a fighting stance.

"Togeee?" Togepi woke suddenly, and rubbed his eyes.

"No, see... This is our pokemon." James told Buffy, as if nothing were wrong. "We've been worried sick over him and..."

"And we heard he was here!" Jessie finished. "No harm done! We'll just be leaving now!" She flashed Buffy a smile, and turned and ran out the door.

"Vampires?" Willow asked.

"They don't really look like vampires." Buffy shrugged. "Kick butt now. Find out later."

"Toge, Togee, Toge." Since he was being ignored, he amused himself by waggling his little hands and chanting.

Just as Buffy prepared to fight, there was an explosion! This of course, sent Team Rocket "blasting off", and freed Pikachu from his temporary wooden prison.

Everyone looked around in confusion. Togepi smiled and settled down to continue his nap.