Striaton Gym Battle; Mysterious Girl Revealed
Disclaimer: I don't own Pokémon.
"Finally there's Striaton City" Ash said excited. Ash finally got to Striaton city and he was exited to finally get his first Gym Badge. Behind the bushes the same girl watched Ash as he ran into town.
She smiled "I can't wait to officially meet you."
Striaton City was indeed a very big place as there were many people wandering around buying things from local markets "Wow this place sure is busy" Ash noted.
"Of course" Iris said "Striaton City has some of the best restaurants in all of Unova."
"Ah our humble city has earned quite a flavorable reputation" a voice said. Ash and Iris turned to see a man about two years older than Ash with green hair that spiked in the front with green eyes wearing, what looked like, a butlers suit. "Forgive me I couldn't help, but overhear your conversation" he said.
"It's ok" Ash said "I'm Ash and this is Iris."
"I'm Cilan, it's nice to meat you" Cilan said kindly.
"Hey Cilan well we're looking for the Striaton City Gym" Ash said. Cilan seemed to grin at that.
"Well then come with me I'll lead you to the Gym" Cilan said.
"Thanks a lot Cilan" Ash said. Cilan lead Iris and Ash to a large building that looked like a giant restaurant. "Alright time for my first battle" Ash said walking up to the doors. He opened them, but what was inside, was not what he expected. There were many tables in there with a bunch of girls sitting around "Um is this the Striaton Gym or a restaurant" Ash asked nobody.
"Hello and welcome" a boy with red hair and eyes said to Ash "Can we offer you a drink or something to eat?"
"We just recently put in a new lunch menu with great prices" a blue haired boy with blue eyes added.
"Thanks, but no thanks" Ash said politely "I'm actually here to battle the Leader of the Striaton Gym." People in the place suddenly got excited and the blue and red haired boys grinned.
"Well then look no further" both boys said before walking up with Cilan joining them "For the three of us are the Gym Leaders."
"We're triplets" Cilan said "Each of us can be challenged."
"I'm Chili" the red haired boy said.
"I'm Cress" the blue haired boy said.
"And I'm Cilan" Cilan finished.
Now the restaurant morphed into a Gym battlefield with Chili, Cress and Cilan on one side of the Gym while Ash was on the other side. The girls ended up being Cheerleaders on the top area while Iris was up on top to cheer Ash on.
"Now the rules of this battle are simple" Cress said. "You may choose which one of us to battle."
"If you are victorious then you will earn a Trio badge" Chili said.
"So Ash who is your choice" Cilan asked.
Ash thought about it for a few seconds "I choose you Cilan" Ash said.
Cilan smiled "An excellent choice; I gladly accept your challenge." Cress walked up to the side and decided to be referee.
"This will be a one on one battle between Gym Leader Cilan and challenger Ash" Cress announced "The match will be over when either side is unable to battle."
"Pansage I choose you" Cilan called sending out a green monkey Pokémon.
"A grass type huh" Ash mused "Then my choice will be Tepig." The little fire pig appeared in a flash. Ash didn't want to use his Legendary Pokémon since he wanted to train his other Pokémon to be just as strong.
"A fire type" Cilan noted "Such a delicious choice. Now Pansage let's show them how to spice things up, use bullet seed." Pansage shot out many bullet seeds from its mouth at Tepig.
"Tepig use flamethrower" Ash called. Tepig took in a deep breath from its nose and launched a large flamethrower from its snout that burned all the seeds into little ashes. "Now use flame charge" Ash called. Tepig surrounded itself in flames and charged at Pansage and hit it dead on.
"Hang in there Pansage use Solar Beam" Cilan called. Thanks to the sun's rays Pansage had the perfect opportunity to build up a solar beam and was about to fire it.
"Tepig use dig" Ash shouted. Pansage fired the solar beam just as Tepig dug under the ground. Tepig dug through the ground and shot up in front of Pansage surprising it and Cilan. "Alright Tepig flamethrower at full power" Ash called. Tepig shot a massive flamethrower from its snout that completely enveloped Pansage. Pansage flew out of the flames and landed on the ground with swirls in its eyes.
"Pansage" Cilan called worried.
"Pansage is unable to battle" Cress announced "Tepig is the winner so the winner is challenger Ash Ketchum."
'Looks like Pansage got a little over cooked' Ash thought chuckling slightly. Tepig ran back to Ash and jumped in his arms making Ash smile. "That was great Tepig. You just kept on going out there; you never let me down do you?"
"Pansage return" Cilan said with a smile. 'That Ash is a strong trainer. I didn't' even land one blow on his Tepig. I wonder how he's so strong; that Tepig looks really young and he looks to be about fifteen.' Cilan decided to ponder later as he and his brother's gave Ash the Trio Badge. It was shaped like a corn skew with a red, blue and green kernel along it.
"Alright I got the Trio Badge" Ash grinned. "Well Iris what do you think?"
Iris hummed "Not bad for a kid" she smirked.
Ash sweat dropped "Again with the kid stuff. Can't you just give a compliment?"
Iris grunted "Maybe if you weren't so arrogant in your battling I would. Later Ash" she said walking away.
"Aren't you two travelling together" Cilan asked.
"To be honest I have no idea" Ash said before leaving the Gym and heading for the Pokémon center to get his Pokémon fixed up. Ash got there quickly seeing another Nurse Joy only this one looked a lot younger. After handing his Pokémon over Ash sat in the waiting room.
"Ash" Cilan called walking up to him.
"Hey Cilan" Ash greeted "What are you doing here?"
"Well I needed to get Pansage healed in case there's another Gym Battle" Cilan answered. "To be honest I wanted to speak with you about our battle."
"Sure" Ash said.
"What was that amazing recipe you used in our battle assuring you a perfect win, and that extra zest you add when avoiding and getting through attacks" Cilan asked enthusiastically "I'm dying to know."
"Well" Ash said. "Most of my strategy involves good reaction timing."
"Oh please explain" Cilan asked writing down in his small notepad.
"Well planning out ahead has never been my style" Ash said. "Planning ahead means that you automatically know what your opponent is going to pick. I go with the flow in battle and fight back with whatever means possible. A lot of trainers think that you can win a battle based on type alone. I'm proof that that's impossible since I've actually beaten many rock type Pokémon with electric types before."
"I see" Cilan said still writing down. "Well Ash you sure are an amazing and unique trainer."
"Trainer Ash to the front please" a voice called over the intercom. Ash picked up the tray carrying his Pokeballs.
"Thank you Nurse Joy" Ash said.
Cilan noticed most of the Pokeballs looked different "Pardon me Ash, but why are these Pokeballs different?"
"Oh most of these are gifts from my mom" Ash said gesturing to Zekrom and Latias' Pokeballs. "I got his one specially made when I got back from the Hoenn Region."
"You've been to the Hoenn Region" Cilan said surprised.
Ash nodded "Yep, along with Kanto, Johto and Sinnoh. Unova is my last journey."
"Why your last" Cilan asked. Ash was about to answer when Iris ran into the Pokémon center with Axew glowing a bright pink color.
"Nurse Joy help" Iris cried "Something's wrong with Axew."
"It's glowing" Cilan said noting Axew's pink glow.
"Wait a minute I recognize this" Ash said. "I can help Axew, but I need to make a quick call first."
"Our phone is right over here" Nurse Joy told Ash. Ash quickly thanked her and went to the phone and made a call. He put a Pokeball in the transfer machine and soon it was transferred and soon came a pitch black Pokeball with a white line running vertical across it with the center a bright emerald color. Ash hung up the phone and ran back over.
"What did you just do" Iris asked.
"I got a Pokémon from back home that will help Axew" Ash said. He held up the Pokeball "Ok Darkrai help us out" Ash called. Immediately the pitch black Pokémon appeared with a grunt.
"W-What is that thing" Iris stuttered in slight fear.
"I've never seen such a dark Pokémon before" Cilan said.
"Don't worry Iris, everything will be fine" Ash assured "Darkrai wake up Axew." Darkrai nodded and a black mist escaped its arms and enveloped Axew before it disappeared and Axew was no longer glowing pink. Axew blinked a few times before opening its eyes and looking around.
"Axew you're ok" Iris said happily. "Thank you so much Ash."
"No problem Iris" Ash said. "Thank you Darkrai" he recalled Darkrai.
"Ash just what was that Pokémon" Cilan asked.
"That was Darkrai; the pitch black Pokémon" Ash replied. "Darkrai is normally a Pokémon that causes people and Pokémon to have nightmares, but it also has the power to awake other Pokémon from a deep sleep."
"Wow such an amazing Pokémon with an exotic taste" Cilan noted.
"Iris what caused Axew to glow in the first place" Ash asked.
"It was that pink mist that's flowing around outside" Iris answered "It just hit Axew and Axew started flowing and fell asleep." Ash decided to go out and have a look.
"No please stay inside" a woman with long blue hair wearing a lab coat called to Ash. She had a pink Pokémon floating beside her as she ran up to the Pokémon center and made Ash go back inside. The lady went up to Iris "Is your Axew ok" she asked.
"Yes it's just fine" Iris said "Ash woke it up."
The scientist lady turned to Ash "You woke up Axew, how did you do it" she asked.
"I used my Darkrai" Ash replied.
The woman went wide eyed "You have a Darkrai."
"Pardon me, but who are you" Cilan asked.
"Oh sorry I haven't introduced myself" she said. "I'm Doctor Fennel, a scientist specializing in dreams and other mysterious powers, which so many Pokémon possess." The mist was covering all of Striaton City and people were looking at in awe while Pokémon that were touched by the mist were falling asleep.
"Wow that mist sure is powerful" Ash said seeing a Pokémon fall asleep. Axew didn't want to be affected by the mist again so it hid in Iris' hair. "Why isn't Munna affected by the mist" Ash asked Fennel.
"Munna and the mist are attracted to one another so it won't be effected" Fennel said "And, if what I heard is true, and you have a Darkrai, then it also shouldn't be affected by the mist."
"Really" Ash said pulling out Darkrai's Pokeball "Darkrai come on out." Darkrai appeared in a flash and when the mist touched it Darkrai was unaffected by the mist "Wow I guess Darkrai is unaffected."
Dr. Fennel lead the three of them to an old abandoned work area where there was an accident caused by Musharna and some people who wanted to use Musharna's power. Fennel was a part of that research, but has since abandoned it when Musharna disappeared.
They got to the abandoned sight and saw three cloaked figures doing something on a computer that was previously disguised as a suitcase "Hey what are you three doing" Ash called.
"Oh not you again" one of them muttered.
"Wait a minute" Ash said before groaning loudly "Oh c'mon." It was indeed Team Rocket that was harnessing the power of Musharna. They ended up trapping Musharna in some kind of machine and used it to harness its power to launch attacks at them.
"Musharna" Fennel cried.
"That does it" Ash shouted. "Darkrai go." Darkrai flew at Team Rocket "Destroy that machine with your dark pulse." Darkrai launched a swirling beam of dark energy and it destroyed the machine freeing Musharna.
"Uh oh time to retreat" James said as the three of them activated their jet packs.
"Not quite Darkrai dark void" Ash called. Darkrai quickly launched its signature attack three times and hit all three of them putting them to sleep instantly and they fell to the ground snoring.
Officer's came and arrested the three Team Rocket agents, who were still asleep while Fennel hugged her old Pokémon "I can't thank you enough for what you've done Ash" Fennel said.
"It's no problem Dr. Fennel" Ash said "Thank Darkrai since it did all the work."
"I thank you Darkrai" Fennel said bowing to Darkrai. Darkrai nodded with a small grunt and Ash recalled it. "I hope we meet again soon Ash I would love to learn more about your fabulous Darkrai."
"Yeah" Ash said.
Back at the Striaton Gym Cilan had slung a pack over his shoulder and was bidding his brother's goodbye "You're leaving" Chili said shocked.
Cilan nodded "Yeah, after battling Ash and spending the day with him I've learned that there are many more things I can learn to become a world class Pokémon Connoisseur. I want to learn all I can."
Cress smiled "Well if that's what you want then we'll hold down the fort here until you return."
"Yeah Cilan, go out and be the best you can be" Chili said.
"Thank you Chili, Cress" Cilan said shaking hands with both of his brothers.
"It might be a little hard though" Chili said. "Right as you left another challenger came in. She was something else since she challenged the both of us and managed to defeat us using only her Pignite and it didn't receive so much as a scratch."
Now that surprised Cilan since no one had ever challenged more than one of them at a time and the fact that she only used one Pokémon to defeat them. Cress was the best battler of all of them and rarely lost to challengers. "I'll remember that" Cilan said before biding another goodbye and walking off with Ash.
Now Ash and Cilan were walking along the walkway out of Striaton city "So Cilan where are you heading?"
"Wherever you are" Cilan said surprising Ash. "I've seen your battling style and it truly intrigues me and I want to learn more about the world and become the best Connoisseur ever."
"Well then I'm glad you're coming" Ash said "It's never fun travelling alone."
"What about Iris" Cilan asked.
"Eh she's off and on" Ash said "Sometimes she comes with me and sometimes she just disappears."
"Hi" Iris said from the tree next to them surprising the two boys. Iris laughed "Did I scare you?"
"A little" Ash replied. "Well me and Cilan are officially travelling together. Are you going to travel with us Iris or go on by yourself?"
"Well I still want to find out what's so important about that Diamond Badge you have on you so yes I think I will travel with you" Iris smiled.
'Diamond badge' Cilan thought 'Why does that sound so familiar?'
"Well that's great, let's get going" Ash said. Before they could go on someone stepped in front of them. it was the girl that watched Ash back at Professor Juniper's lab. "Can I help you" Ash asked seeing her staring at him.
She smiled at him "So you're the famous Ash Ketchum" she said "It's nice to officially meet you."
"Famous" Iris said.
"You don't know and you've been following him for almost a week" she said shaking her head in disappointment. "How could you not know who he is?"
"We don't know who you are" Cilan said.
"Oh right" she said sheepishly "My name is Hilda; I'm aspiring to be a great Pokémon master like my idol" she said looking at Ash.
"Me" Ash said surprised.
"Of course" Hilda said "I've watched your battles since the Johto League almost over four years ago. I really admire you and your Pokémon."
"Thanks" Ash said blushing slightly since the girl was rather cute.
"Excuse me, but is so special about Ash already" Iris asked impatiently.
"Yes I would like to know as well" Cilan said.
"First of all Ash has become a Pokémon idol of the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh Regions for his past battles. He became the youngest person ever to win a League competition at the age of 11, then at thirteen he wins another one by using Legendary Pokémon and finally at the age of fifteen he won another League. By accomplishing all of this Mr. Goodshow, the Head of the Pokémon League, awarded Ash the title of Kanto Champion at the age of fifteen making him the youngest champion ever."
Cilan and Iris looked at Ash in shock "You're a regional Champion" Iris asked shocked.
Ash nodded "Yeah I am. I became one only a few weeks ago."
"If that's true then why are you here in Unova" Cilan asked.
"I want to finish my journey before I move onto my duties as Kanto Champion" Ash said "Plus I have at least five years to find eligible candidates for the position of Elite Four."
"You're searching for Elite four Members" Hilda asked surprised. "I thought you already had them."
Ash shook his head "Not yet, but I've got a few ideas on who to pick. Anyway we should get going. I want to get to Nacrene City as soon as possible,"
"Ash" Hilda asked "Would you mind if I travelled along with you and your friends? I want to be the best trainer I can be and I'm hoping to learn from you."
"Sure" Ash grinned "The more the merrier." Hilda squealed slightly before grabbing Ash by the arm and practically dragging him down the street.
"Hey wait up" Cilan called as he and Iris chased off after them.
A couple days had now passed since Ash had officially gained Cilan, Iris and Hilda as traveling companions. Ash was enjoying their time together immensely. Cilan was a very smart guy and very enthusiastic when it came to Pokémon and cooking; it almost reminded him of Brock. Iris was like Misty in a way only not physically violent. Now Hilda was something else, she was a tough battler and looked to Ash as her number one idol and never wanted to leave his side. Ash was actually pretty flattered by all this since he's never had someone idolize him before.
Also over the days both Hilda and Ash caught some new Pokémon. Ash captured a stubborn female Snivy that took a while to capture because it was so smart, but in the end she accepted Ash as her trainer and allowed him to capture her. Ash's Pidove also evolved into Tranquil and Ash caught a Sewaddle.
Hilda had a wide assortment of very powerful Pokémon. Her starter Pokémon was a Pignite while her other Pokémon was the Ground/Dark type Krookodile, the Rock/Flying type Archeops, the Ice type Vanilluxe, the Ghost/Fire type Chandelure and the Electric type Eelektross.
Right now though Ash and Hilda were on the sidelines as Iris requested a mock battle with Cilan to help ready Axew for battle. The battle was utterly pathetic in Ash and Hilda's point of view as Axew couldn't even take a small bullet seed at 20 percent power. As a matter of fact when Ash first saw it he laughed and Hilda laughed with him "What's so funny" Iris shouted at them.
"You and Axew" Ash said snickering.
"Well it's not funny we're really training here" Iris said.
"Believe me that's not training" Hilda said controlling her giggling.
"Oh yeah, well what do a couple of kids like you know" Iris said in a snarky tone.
"Okay first of all stop calling us kids since we're older than you are" Hilda said ticking Iris off. "And second we know what training is since we've been doing this a lot longer then you have."
"I like going at my own pace" Iris said.
"That's fine and all" Ash said "But if you keep going the way you are then Axew will never evolve" When he said that Axew looked down at the ground sadly since it wanted to evolve badly.
"Ash" Iris hissed holding Axew "Why'd you have to go and say that for?"
"Iris" Ash said seriously "Take this from a guy who's raised many more dragon Pokémon then you have. You've got one while I've got six of them. A dragon Pokémon relies on brute strength, stamina and endurance. If you want Axew to get strong then you must take his training seriously. If you don't and try going about it the soft way then Axew won't get stronger."
"How exactly did you raise your Dragon Pokémon Ash" Cilan asked.
"I trained them day and night" Ash said. "When I first got Latios he didn't know any dragon type moves at all. Latios wanted to be powerful and get stronger so I helped him get what he wanted and you've seen the results. I know Axew wants to get stronger, but to get there he has to be willing to push his body beyond its limits and the trainer has to be willing to do it as well."
Iris was silent as she heard Ash explain all this before she asked "How many dragon attacks does Latios know?"
"All of them" Ash said. "Dragon Rage, Twister, Outrage, Dragon Breath, Dragon Dance, Dragon Claw, Dragon Rush, Dragon Pulse, Dual Chop and the mother of all dragon moves Draco Meteor."
"Draco Meteor" Hilda said confused.
"The strongest move any Dragon Pokémon can learn" Iris said. "It's said that any Pokémon that takes a direct hit from it will be knocked out immediately."
"Yeah" Ash said "So how many dragon moves does Axew know" Ash asked.
"Just dragon rage" Iris said.
"Show it to me" Ash said. Iris looked slightly nervous at that before complying.
"Alright Axew use dragon rage" Iris called. Axew's body glowed a bright blue and formed a ball of energy in its mouth.
Ash's eyes widened "Hit the deck" he shouted. Too late for most of them as the dragon rage exploded sending dust everywhere. When the dust cleared it showed Cilan, Pansage, Hilda and Iris covered in dust and soot. Axew was standing in the middle of a crater sheepishly rubbing his head. Ash was smart enough to get behind a tree "Whew that was close" he breathed.
"See that always happens" Iris whined.
"I see" Ash said while the others wiped the soot off of themselves. "Axew's got a lot of power behind that Dragon Rage, but just doesn't know how to launch it properly. Just a lot of practice and experience and Axew will learn Dragon Rage in no time."
Ash and Hilda were practicing in an open area having a mock battle. Hilda was using her Pignite while Ash had chosen Oshawott. "Pignite use flame charge" she called. Pignite surrounded itself in flames and charged at Oshawott.
"Oshawott aqua jet let's go" Ash called. Oshawott surrounded himself in water and flew at Pignite. Both of them met in a clash with Oshawott and Pignite both being even. They jumped back and face each other "Now use razor shell" Ash called. Oshawott grabbed its scalchops and charged at Pignite.
"Pignite use fire punch" Hilda said. Pignite's fist ignited in fire and went to punch Oshawott, but Oshawott smacked it away with its scalchops and then slashed Pignite. Pignite groaned in pain and fell to the ground out cold. "Pignite" she called.
"Pignite is unable to battle" Cilan announced "Oshawott is the winner."
"Alright great job Oshawott" Ash said.
"Pignite return" Hilda called. 'How did that Oshawott take down Pignite so easily?' Hilda pulled out her next Pokeball "Go Vanilluxe" Hilda called sending out a little ice creamed shaped Pokémon with two faces "Vanilluxe use ice beam" Hilda called. Vanilluxe fired a powerful ice beam at Oshawott.
"Oshawott use Aqua jet" Ash called. Oshawott surrounded itself in water and charged at Vanilluxe and was hit dead on by the ice beam freezing it solid, but Oshawott was still going. Hilda, Cilan and Iris were surprised by this "Oshawott ice aqua jet" Ash called. The attack his Vanilluxe head on shattering the ice around Oshawott and knocking Vanilluxe out cold.
"Vanilluxe is unable to battle; Oshawott is the winner" Cilan announced.
Hilda recalled her Vanilluxe 'How did he do that' she thought. 'Vanilluxe has never gone down in one hit.
Simultaneously Ash was thinking similar thoughts 'How did Oshawott do that? I haven't trained Oshawott to have that much physical strength yet.'
Hilda sent out her next Pokémon "Go Eelektross" she called sending out a large eel Pokémon with a suction mouth and sharp teeth.
"Whoa an Eelektross" Cilan said amazed.
"What's so special about it" Iris asked.
"Eelektross is Pokémon that has no elemental weakness" Cilan said shocking Iris. "Normally it would be weak to ground type moves, but thanks to its ability, Levitate, it can't be affected by ground type moves making it have no weakness."
"Eelektross use zap cannon" Hilda called. Eelektross sparkled with electricity before launching a ball of electricity at Oshawott.
"Oshawott use dig to avoid it" Ash called. Oshawott dug under the ground and zap cannon flew over it. "Now use razor shell" Ash called. Oshawott burst from the ground and slashed Eelektross hard in the face. Eelektross groaned weakly before falling on the ground with swirls for eyes.
"Eelektross is unable to battle; Oshawott is the winner" Cilan announced.
"Eelektross return" Hilda said.
"Great job Oshawott" Ash said. Oshawott grinned and jumped into Ash's arms feeling a lot of pride for defeating three powerful Pokémon.
"Wow Ash your Oshawott is a really powerful Pokémon" Hilda said.
"Thanks" Ash said while Oshawott swelled with pride. "I didn't even know Oshawott was that strong." Ash heard giggling in his mind "What was that?"
"What was what Ash" Iris asked.
"Didn't you hear it" Ash asked.
"I didn't hear anything" Cilan said. Ash heard more giggling in his mind.
'Only you can hear me Ash' a voice said in Ash's mind nearly making him jump a foot in the air. 'Just think your thoughts and I will hear you.'
'Okay who are you' Ash asked.
'I am Victini' the now identified Victini said telepathically. 'Like Zekrom I have awaited a long time to meet you.'
"Ash" Hilda asked concerned seeing him zone out "What's wrong?"
"Nothing" Ash said with a smile "I just figured it out."
"Figured what out" Iris asked. Ash pulled out his Pokedex and pressed a few buttons before showing it to them.
"Victini, The Victory Pokémon; Victini is said to bring victory to whoever owns it regardless of the type of encounter" the Pokedex said.
"The Legendary Victini" Hilda said "What about it?"
"That's what I heard" Ash said. "Ok Victini come on out. We're all friends here." Immediately a small rodent Pokémon with cream and orange colored fur with large ears shaped in a V came out in front of them.
Its blue eyes shined up at them "Victini" it said cutely.
"Oh it's so cute" Hilda and Iris squealed. Victini smiled before jumping into Ash's arms and sat next to Oshawott.
"Osha" Oshawott said to Victini.
"Tini" Victini said back before they both smiled and shook hands with each other.
"Man why is it you who gets all the cute Pokémon" Iris whined making Cilan, Hilda and Ash laugh.
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