Volcano and Earth Badge
Disclaimer: I don't own Pokémon.
Ash and Brock were on the ferry to Cinnabar Island for Ash's seventh badge. Ferry was a bit of understatement for what they were riding on; it was more like an ocean liner. "We're almost there" Ash said.
"Cinnabar Island is said to be a great spot for tourist's attractions" Brock said. "It's got an active Volcano and produces great hot springs. Plus it's also got a great Pokémon lab there."
"Does it say what Pokémon the gym Leader uses" Ash asked Brock.
Brock pulled out a guidebook to the Pokémon League and flipped through some pages, "It says here that the Gym Leader is a guy named Blaine who specializes in Fire Type Pokémon."
"Well I've got plenty of Water Type Pokémon to back me up" Ash said confidently.
"I don't know where you get all of your confidence from" Brock commented. "Are you gonna use some of the Pokemon you got in the Safari Zone?"
Ash nodded, "Yeah also some of the ones we got in the cave." The ferry soon docked and Ash and Brock found themselves wandering through town. The town was full of people and shops everywhere with people going in and out buying man and many things. "Whoa tourist attraction is a bit of an understatement" Ash mumbled looking around. Both of them found the Pokémon center pretty quickly and it was very packed indeed, but very few of them were Pokémon trainers. "Excuse us Nurse Joy" Ash called.
"Yes can I help you" Nurse Joy said.
"You can help me anytime you want to" Brock said grabbing her hands with love struck look on his face. A flash later and Kabutops appeared and drove a sickle into Brock's back doing no damage, but effectively bringing Brock to his knees. Kabutops then dragged Brock away.
Ash sweat dropped and laughed slightly "Sorry about that. I was wondering if…"
"I'm sorry, but we don't have any rooms left" Nurse Joy interrupted. "We're so booked that we even got people sleeping in the lobby."
"I wasn't going to say that "Ash said. "I just wanted to see if I could transfer some of my Pokémon."
"Oh right sorry" she laughed nervously sweat dropping. "Right over there" she pointed to a transfer machine and a PC connected to it. Ash went over and plugged his Pokedex in it and Ash's profile came up with his Pokémon picture and all of his Pokémon. Ash decided to swap out his Charizard and Gengar for his new Gyarados and Kabutops. Once that was done Ash recovered Brock and they set off back into town.
"I see you are looking for Blaine's Gym" a laid back voice said. Ash and Brock turned to see a man wearing mostly red clothes with a long moustache, black sunglasses and long dirty blond hair.
"Yeah we are do you know where it is" Ash asked.
"It's right there" he said. Ash and Brock turned and gaped. It was a completely run down and destroyed building with tape blocking it off, "What happened here" Brock asked.
"Blaine, the Gym Leader, closed the gym down when trainers stopped coming here for Gym battles. Now all people do now is come here for the attractions. Tourists" he cried dramatically "they've ruined the island."
"Does the Cinnabar Island Gym still exist" Ash asked over the man's drama. "I gotta earn a Volcano Badge."
The man hopped back to his feet as though nothing happened, "Answer me this and you shall find Blaine's Gym. 'Where is a place that a Firefighter could never win?'"
"A riddle" Ash muttered as he and Brock began thinking. "Where would a firefighter never win? Hey mister-" Ash started to say, but stopped when he noticed that the man was gone and nowhere to be seen "Hey he's gone."
"He just disappeared" Brock said looking around as both of them couldn't spot the guy anywhere.
The next morning came with Ash and Brock camping out and they were enjoying a soak in the hot spring. Dratini was also taking a relaxing soak in it as well swimming around the warm water with enjoyment. "Where would a firefighter never win" Ash kept muttering.
"That's a tough one" Brock also muttered as both of them sank into the water as though it had a special aroma that would make them think of the right answer. While they were sulking under water Dratini looked behind it at the Gyarados statue and saw something. It looked like a gap. Dratini hopped on top of the statue to get a better look at it, but once she did the statue stopped producing water and it sunk to the ground and the rock wall opened up surprising Ash and Brock as they appeared from under the water. The wall separating the two sides collapsed and there was a giant opening in the wall.
Ash and Brock looked from the wall to Dratini who sweat dropped and cooed slightly. So Ash and Brock got out, dried and dressed before they walked through the opening. Ash decided to carry Dratini in his arms as they walked down the steps that were inside. The walkway was dimly lit with some candles.
"Whoo" Ash sighed fanning himself slightly, "Is it getting hot in here or what?"
"Oh it's getting hot alright" Brock said also feeling the heat. They got to the bottom of the walkway and saw two giant steel doors. "Wonder what's in there" Brock wondered.
"Only one way to find out" Ash said putting a hand on the knob. There was a sizzle and Ash pulled his hand away wincing and shaking his hand "It's burning hot" he gasped. Dratini cooed and shot out a water gun at Ash's hand cooling it off, "Thanks Dratini" Ash thanked. Dratini cooed at Ash. "Here you better go back in the Pokeball. It's pretty hot down here" Ash said recalling the small dragon Pokémon back to the Pokeball.
Ash and Brock pushed the doors open with their shoulders so they wouldn't burn themselves and their eyes widened at what they saw. There was an open area where there was a lot of lava in the center and in the center of that Lava Pit was a gym platform field that was being suspended by four chains; one on each corner. "It's Blaine's Gym" Brock realized "No firefighter could ever win here."
Clapping met their ears "I see you solved my riddle." It was the man from before and he was smiling as he applauded them. "Now if you want to battle Blaine you must answer this. What can keep your head dry in the rain, but you can also where it if you already lost it."
"Not another riddle" Ash groaned. Brock and Ash began conversing with each other with thinking poses while the man stood there waiting patiently. After five minutes Brock and Ash were still conversing, but then Ash had a brain storm, "Wait a minute. It's a wig" Ash said triumphantly.
"How do you figure that" Brock asked.
"A wig can keep your head dry in the rain, but you can also wear it if you already lost your hair" Ash said as if lecturing a small child. He even had his left index finger pointed in the air.
"And Ash has solved it" the guys said and then pulled off his moustache and hair revealing he had long grey hair and a bald head "Wig is correct" he said in his normal voice surprising Ash and Brock. "You get it; I wear a wig because I'm secretly Blaine, the Gym Master."
"Of course we got it immediately" Ash and Brock said sweat dropping.
"So which one of you wants to battle me" Blaine asked.
"I do" Ash said stepping into the trainers box and now he was really feeling the heat from the Volcano. "Oh man hold on a second" Ash said. He took his hat off and also pulled off his long jacket and felt a little better.
"If you're done stripping I'll explain the rules" Blaine said making Ash face fault. "We'll each use three Pokémon in our battle."
"Okay" Ash replied.
"Then here comes my first Pokémon" Blaine said pulling out a Pokeball. "Ninetails go" he said and the beautiful fox Pokémon appeared.
"I knew he'd choose a fire type" Ash said and he also pulled out a Pokeball. "Kabutops show him your will." Kabutops appeared in a flash clanking its scythe hands together ready for battle. "Kabutops let's start this off with a night slash" Ash called. Kabutops' left sickle hand glowed and it charged at Ninetails.
"Ninetails use flamethrower" Blaine called. Ninetails launched a powerful flamethrower at Kabutops, but Kabutops dodged from left to right avoiding the flamethrower attacks and got close enough and slashed Ninetails hard.
"Ninetails fire spin now" Blaine said. Ninetails made a flip and launched a powerful fire spin at Kabutops and this time it hit and Kabutops was enveloped in flames.
"Kabutops" Ash called. Kabutops opened its eyes and then slashed through the fire spin freeing itself showing it had a few scorch marks on itself, but nothing too serious. "Alright Kabutops X-scissor now" Kabutops sickle hands glowed and then it charged at Ninetails and hit it hard sending it flying. Ninetails fell to the ground with swirls in its eyes.
"Ninetails return" Blaine said recalling his Ninetails. "I will commend your Kabutops performance, but now I get serious. Rhydon go" out came the evolved form of Rhyhorn ready to do battle as it gave of a loud roar.
"Not a smart choice since Rhydon is 4x weak to water attacks and 2x weak to rock attack" Ash smirked. "Kabutops use hydro pump." Kabutops opened its mouth and launched a massive hydro pump at Rhydon.
"Rhydon dodge and use tackle attack" Blaine said. Rhydon dodged to the side and moved at a quick pace and smashed into Kabutops making it cry out as it was launched back.
"Whoa that Rhydon is quick" Ash gasped "Kabutops use ancient power." Kabutops formed a ball of energy in its hands and launched it at Rhydon. Rhydon stood there and held its hands out and blocked the attack before it dissipated leaving Ash and Kabutops gaping.
"Finish it with horn drill" Blain said. Rhydon's horn began spinning at a rapid pace and it charged at Kabutops and hit it dead on sending it flying back where it landed on the ground unconscious.
"Kabutops return" Ash said. Kabutops returned to its Pokeball and Ash pulled out his next one "Pikachu show them your will" Ash called. The little electric mouse Pokémon appeared in a flash with a cry and leaped onto the field with its cheeks sparking.
"An electric Pokémon against a ground type" Blaine scoffed "Either you're very confident or very stupid. Rhydon use horn drill" Rhydon's horn began spinning again and it charged at Pikachu.
"Pikachu use thunderbolt on the horn" Ash called. Pikachu obeyed its trainer and launched a powerful thunderbolt and it hit Rhydon directly on the horn. Rhydon cried out in pain as electricity coursed through its body. Blaine gaped in shock as Rhydon fell back on the ground unable to move.
"But how" he stuttered.
Ash smirked "A Rhydon's horn is one of is most powerful assets, but also a major weakness. Normally Rhydon are strong against electric attacks, but that horn acts as a lightning rod. So once it's hit just right with an electric attack lightning will course through its body causing major damage."
Blaine recalled his Rhydon "You're good. You have a good strategy that's unpredictable, but now it's time to end it. I call upon… Magmar." The lava below the stadium shook and turned before exploding outwards. It calmed down enough and it exposed a Pokémon that looked to be made of flames.
"Whoa a Magmar" Ash said shocked "Pikachu return." Pikachu returned back into the Pokeball, "Looks like I need some serious strength to extinguish this Magmar." Just as Ash was about to throw out his last Pokeball there was a banging on the door. Both Ash and Blaine looked over as the banging continued. "Were you expecting visitors" Ash asked confused.
"No not today" Blaine said just as confused as Ash was. Next thing they knew the doors were blasted open and missiles were fired into the place and when they exploded on impact there was ice everywhere. Blaine and Ash sure felt a lot cooler now, "Ice in a volcano" Blaine said with icicles hanging off his body "Now that's freezer burn."
"It's Team Rocket" Ash said.
"Right on the dot twerp, but we're not here for you" Jessie said. "We're here for that Magmar."
"Freeze blast the whole place" Meowth shouted. Now missiles filled with ice were being launched everywhere and exploding on impact with the walls releasing a bunch of ice everywhere. While that was happening the walls were starting to crack.
"What's going to happen to this Gym if it's filled with ice" Blaine cried.
"It'll be a snow cone" Ash said thinking it was another riddle.
"I wasn't making a riddle" Blaine barked. "Freezing all this hot rock can set off a giant chain reaction deep in the Volcano." It's true as all of a sudden the entire area began shaking rapidly and the walls began cracking worst than ever "I was afraid of this" Blaine continued dreadfully. "All this ice is cooling off the rocks and they're splitting apart."
"Won't the ice just melt" Ash asked.
"It's happening too fast" Blaine said "The rock is already shattering. Lava will flow through the cracks in the rock. The surge will cause a huge volcanic eruption." The volcano was shaking harder now as more cracks appeared in the walls and ground. The walls near the lava pit collapsed inside of it. Two of the chains on Ash's side broke off the walls and half of the stadium fell into the lava, but Magmar managed to jump to safety "My Gym is destroyed" Blaine cried.
The ground crackled more and one of them spewed volcanic gases that blasted Team Rocket out of the Gym, but no one cared right now as the wall spit apart in the center and lava started pouring through the cracks and it began filling up fast.
"Oh no lava's already started flowing through the cracks" Blaine said "It's only a matter of minutes until the volcano blows."
"What can we do" Brock asked.
Blaine grit his teeth, "Magmar if you can pile up enough rocks it might be enough to stop the lava flow." Magmar nodded and started grabbing as many rocks as it could and began throwing them into the lava flow to stem it. Magmar threw as many rocks as it could into the lava, but the flow was too strong and the lava broke through.
"It's not working we should make a run for it" Brock said.
"When the volcano blows there won't be any place to run" Blaine said in a quiet voice "If Magmar can't stop it this island will be destroyed."
"We've got to help Magmar out" Ash said and pulled out three Pokeballs, "They may not be fire type Pokémon, but they can take the heat. Dragonair, Gyarados, Kabutops help us stop the lava flow." The three Pokémon appeared in a flash and started grabbing as many rocks as they could and throwing them in with Magmar.
"Alright Rock Pokémon can take heat too" Brock said also pulling out three Pokeballs "Kabutops, Onix Geodude help them out." The three rock Pokémon appeared and also began piling rocks everywhere. Brock pulled out two more Pokémon, "Omanyte, Omastar keep everyone cool with water gun."
It was a real Team effort as all of them threw rock after rock into the lava pit and got a quick cooling from Omanyte and Omastar before continuing all over again. The lava was being blocked off and after a couple minutes it was over and the lava stopped flowing as they all got the lava blocked off.
"Alright they did it" Ash cheered.
"It was a real Team Effort out there" Brock said.
"I don't know how I can thank you two enough" Blaine said gratefully.
"Let's just finish our battle and I'll call it even" Ash smirked. Blaine smirked back agreeing with Ash.
Now we find the three of them on top of the volcano. In the center of the volcano were a bunch of rock pillars that were partly submerged in hot lava. Blaine and Magmar were standing on one side of the gym while Ash and Brock were standing on the other side of the Volcano. "Since my Gym has been wrecked would you object to our battle being held on top of the volcano?"
"Not at all" Ash said.
"We'll continue where we left off with both of us having only one Pokémon" Blaine said "My Pokémon, of course, will be Magmar."
"In that case I choose Dragonair show him your will" Ash called sending out his dragon Pokémon who flew in midair.
"Magmar flamethrower" Blaine called. Magmar shot a flamethrower from its mouth towards Dragonair.
"Dragonair ice beam let's go" Ash shouted. Dragonair formed an ice beam on its horn and launched it at Magmar. Both attacks hit dead on and the ice beam began freezing the flamethrower and soon it went back and hit Magmar making it fly back and land on another pillar. The frozen ice fell into the volcano with a big splash and melted instantly.
"Magmar fire blast go" Blaine shouted. Magmar jumped and fired a fire kanji shaped blast at Dragonair and it hit Dragonair making it wince in pain.
"Dragonair twister now" Ash called. Dragonair recovered from the attack and launched its tail forward and a twister formed and shot toward Magmar.
"Magmar fire blast now" Blaine called. Magmar fired a fire blast at the twister and it hit destroying the twister.
Ash smirked "Dragon rush now" Ash called. Dragonair gained a sapphire blue glow around its body and charged at Magmar and hit it dead on making Magmar fly back again. "Now iron tail" Ash called. Dragonair flew forward and smashed its glowing tail into Magmar and sent it into the volcano.
"Magmar" Blaine cried. The lava was still for a bit before it erupted upwards and Magmar jumped up and landed on a pillar glaring at Dragonair. Ash glared while Blaine smirked. Magmar looked ready to attack before it winced and fell on the pillar face first and went unconscious.
"Alright we did it" Ash cheered. Dragonair flew back towards Ash and the two hugged "Great job Dragonair you were amazing."
"Magmar return" Blaine said smiling and recalling his down Pokémon.
"Well Ash that was a great battle we had" Blaine said. "Now I have one last riddle for you. What's hot, but doesn't burn anybody?" Blaine laughed and pulled out a small badge shaped like flames "The answer is a Volcano Badge." Ash and Brock sweat dropped "And you have earned this one."
Ash took the badge "Thank you Blaine." Ash and Brock now set off towards the dock to get off of Cinnabar Island and towards Ash's final Gym. Ash was staring at his badge case that held seven of his eight badges "Brock where to last?"
"Well there's a Gym back in Viridian City" Brock said "We can go there for you to earn an Earth Badge."
"Then off to Viridian City we go" Ash said and both of them continued on.
TIMESKIP SCENE BREAK
Three more months had passed until Ash and Brock finally managed to make it back to Viridian City. The city had hardly changed "Wow it's been a whole year since we've been here" Ash said looking around "Not much looks to have changed."
"There's the Gym" Brock pointed towards a large building. Both of them immediately made run towards the building, but were stopped when a large red convertible pulled in front of them.
'Oh boy' Ash groaned internally knowing who was in there.
"Well if it isn't Ashy-boy" Gary said stepping out of the car. "I'm surprised you're still here. I thought you gave up long ago and went back home."
"Well I'm still here so obviously I didn't give up" Ash countered.
Gary laughed "Maybe so, but I bet you don't even have enough badges yet to enter the Indigo League."
"This is the last one" Ash said pulling out his badge case and flipping it open to show Gary.
Gary hummed a bit "I'm impressed you even got that many, but you still got some catching up to do." Gary then pulled out his badge case and flipped it open. Ash and Brock gaped slightly as Gary already had ten badges. "As you can see I already have ten badges. Still think you have what it takes to be a Pokémon master?" Ash growled slightly "I just stopped by from my trip to Pallet town to see if this Gym Leader has the guts to take me on." Gary walked up to the front of the gym and faced the guards "I'm Gary Oak from Pallet and I hereby request a battle."
The guards let Gary in and his cheerleaders but shut the doors once they got in. Ash stared at the Gym doors for a whole minute before Brock put a hand on his shoulder "There's nothing to do now" he said "You might want to go train your Pokémon for the battle."
"Right" Ash said. He pulled out a cell phone he bought at a store a while back "Just give me a call when the Gym Doors open okay" Ash asked. Brock nodded "Thanks." Ash turned and decided to go into Viridian Forest since the entire forest should be void of Pokémon trainers.
Indeed it was as there wasn't a Pokémon or a Pokémon trainer in sight so Ash picked an open area and released all of his Pokémon. Rayquaza, Pikachu, Dragonair, Dratini, Gyarados and Kabutops appeared. "Well guys we've got a while before our final match so let's get some last minute training in before our match" Ash said. The Pokémon roared in agreement and they got to battling.
About an hour later they had stopped for a break. The team had made quite a lot of improvement in attacks and defensive moves. Gyarados had learned dragon rage and twister; Kabutops learned shadow ball and Giga Impact; Pikachu learned Electro Ball; Dragonair learned double team and Safeguard; little Dratini learned take down and hydro pump while Rayquaza got down Dragon Pulse and was starting on Draco Meteor.
After their training session Ash returned them all to their Pokeballs and walked back to the Viridian Gym to see Brock still standing there "It's still not open" Ash said surprised.
"No I haven't heard a peep from inside for over 45 minutes now" Brock said "I'm actually getting a little worried."
"So am I" Ash said as they both stared at the door "Let's go inside." They both went forward and pushed the door opened and they were greeted with a sight they'd never forget. Gary and all of his cheerleaders were all on the ground out cold "Gary" Ash said worried and went over to help him up. Ash held Gary in his arms and tried shaking him awake. "Hey Gary, wake up" Ash shook him more.
Gary stirred "It's here" he groaned.
"What is it? What's here" Ash asked.
"The unstoppable Pokémon" Gary continued to say as though in a trance.
"Gary there's no such thing as an unstoppable Pokémon" Ash said.
"There's something different about this one" Gary said "The things it did. Its power was unbelievable."
"I can't believe Gary lost" one of his cheerleaders said before they all started bawling making Brock and ash cover their ears and snapping Gary out of his trance. Everything went silent again when the lights were suddenly flicked on.
"Who's there" Ash called. (Insert pathetic evil laugh and pathetic Team rocket Motto.) "Oh brother" Ash groaned before he realized something they said "Wait a minute you three are gym Leaders?"
Jessie laughed "That's right, just mere moments ago we were put in charge of this gym and the Earth Badge." She held up a badge that was shaped like a tiny leaf. "So if you want the badge then you'll have to defeat us."
"Fine by me" Ash said.
"Then step into the ring we've prepared for you" Jessie said as a green box rose from behind Ash. "Well step into the trainer's box twerp."
"Be careful Ash, this could be a trap" Brock whispered to him.
"I know" Ash said before climbing up into the box and taking his place.
"This will be a three on three battle" Jessie called.
"Fine by me" Ash responded.
"Go all three of you" Jessie called sending out a Machamp, Kingler and a Rhydon.
"If that's the case then Kabutops show her your will" Ash called sending out the fossil Pokémon that sharpened its sickle hands.
"Whoa a Kabutops" Gary said amazed before pulling out his Pokedex.
"Kabutops; the Shellfish Pokémon. Not much is known about this Pokémon as it is believed to have become extinct tens of thousands of years ago. Though it is speculated that this Pokémon may still exist there has been no sightings of this Pokémon alive."
'Where did Ash get his hands on such a rare Pokémon' Gary thought.
"Machamp karate chop" Jessie called. The massive Pokémon charged at Kabutops.
"Aqua Jet" Ash said calmly. Kabutops charged forward surrounding itself in water and plowed into Machamp sending it flying against the wall. The trainer's box under Jessie sparked getting her attention. "Now Kabutops use night slash" Ash called. Kabutops' sickle hand glowed and it slashed Machamp hard making it cry out. Then Jessie was suddenly being electrocuted much to Ash's shock "What the…"
She screamed "James, what is the matter with you? Why'd you hook it to both sides, turn it off, turn it off."
"I didn't think it mattered since it never occurred to me that we could lose" James said.
"What the heck are they talking about" Ash asked.
Brock caught on "Ash they must have booby trapped the trainer's box; get out of there." It was too late to take Brock's warning as Jessie recovered from her shock.
"Kingler use bubble and Rhydon use take down" she shouted. Caught by surprise Kabutops was hit dead on with a bubble attack and then hit hard with a takedown. Now Ash was getting shocked and he cried out in pain as his body was electrocuted.
"Ash, no" Gary and Brock shouted.
"Hey you cheaters, that was a dirty trick" Gary shouted.
"Well I'm the Gym Leader so I make the rules" Jessie smirked.
"Well" Ash grunted as the electrocution stopped "If that's the rules then take this. Gyarados and Dragonair I need your assistance." In a flash appeared the Atrocious Pokémon and the Dragon Pokémon "Gyarados use hyper beam and Dragonair use Dragon Rage" Ash called. Gyarados launched a powerful hyper beam that hit Rhydon head on while Dragonair's dragon rage hit Kingler head on. Jessie was then shocked even harsher than before. "Now Kabutops finish them all with a full powered night slash" Ash shouted.
Kabutops' sickle hands glowed and it gave one slash to Machamp, one slash to Rhydon before giving two slashes to Kingler. All the Pokémon retreated; they had enough of being pushed around.
"Alright we won" Ash cheered before hopping off the death box. "Good job all three of you" now Gary's cheerleaders actually cheered for Ash while Brock smiled and Gary looked at ash in disbelief never knowing ash could battle so well. Ash walked up to the Team Rocket members as Jessie beat on them for putting the shock in both boxes. "It's over Team Rocket; I won the battle fair and Square so give me the Earth Badge."
"Well you're not getting it" Jessie made a face at Ash.
"What" Ash shouted furious "Could you be any more of a pathetic loser?"
"Who are you calling a pathetic loser" Jessie shouted at him.
"Pikachu use agility and get that badge" Ash called throwing another Pokeball. Pikachu appeared and charged at Jessie with blinding speed and snatched the Earth Badge and reappeared on Ash's shoulder and dropped the badge into Ash's hand. "Once again you guys lose."
"That does it" Jessie shouted "Arbok get him." The purple snake charged at Ash.
"Guys if you would" Ash said. Ash's four Pokémon nodded and charged their attacks. Pikachu launched a powerful thunderbolt, Dragonair a Dragon Pulse, Gyarados a Hyper Beam and Kabutops a Dark Pulse. It hit them and they were sent blasting out of the building. "Good job guy's return" Ash said recalling them all. Then the building began shaking and rubble began falling.
"The building's collapsing" Gary shouted "We need to get out of here." They got out of there just in time as not a few seconds later the whole gym collapsed to the ground. For a while they just stared at the fallen building.
"I wonder if we'll ever get to see the Pokémon that Gary was talking about" Brock said as they walking away from Viridian.
"Maybe one day" Ash said "But until that all I want to do is look at my eight badges. Now we go back to Pallet town and train until the Indigo League." The two friends made their way back to Pallet Town.
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