This chapter will continue from where we left off.
Chapter 6: Rival meeting and the school.
The group was travelling for over a week now to Vermillion city, occasionally training their Pokémon. "Hurry up! I want my third gym badge!" Ash yelled excitingly.
"Ash, there are a lot of tough trainers here. You should be careful." Misty said.
"Don't worry, Ash and I can handle it!" Kevin said with a confident grin.
Ash was first to battle a trainer with a Spearow. Pikachu defeated it with a single Thundershock. The twins decided to battle in turn, with Kevin battling next.
"Deino, finish it!" Kevin yelled. He was battling his fifth trainer and he defeated his Rattata easily. Kevin shaked hands with his opponent.
"You're really great Pokémon trainer." The boy said. "Thanks." Kevin said.
"I bet you can defeat A.J.!" the boy said. "He has his own Pokémon gym and he hasn't lost a single match."
"Well, let's pay A.J. a visit." Ash said while grinning. They said their goodbyes and they began to walk to the 'so called gym'. They saw a big wooden fence with a bulletin on it.
"98 wins huh, he must be pretty good." Kevin said.
"Ivysaur, use Vine Whip!" A voice yelled behind the fence. "Leaf?" Ash and Kevin said in unison. They opened the fence door and they saw a huge tent with a battle arena in front of it. On the group's left side, a boy with wild green hair and a red black T-shirt was using his whip to give commands to his Sandshrew. On the right side, a girl with a red skirt, green top and white hat with a pokéball print on it was standing there, issuing commands to her Ivysaur.
"Sandshrew go!" The boy whipped the ground and Sandshrew began to curl up into a ball. It began to roll towards Ivysaur.
"Ivysaur, grab it!" Ivysaur grabbed Sandshrew with her vines and Sandshrew stopped rolling.
"Now use Take Down!" Ivysaur rammed Sandshrew while also letting go of him and Sandshrew fell to the ground, fainted. "Yeah I won!" the girl ran towards her Pokémon and hugged it. Ivysaur hugged her back happily.
"Sandshrew, come with me…" The boy solemnly said. He walked to the tent with Sandshrew behind him, trying his best to walk.
"What an interesting battle, Leaf." The girl looked at her left and she saw Kevin standing with his brother, the gym leader of Pewter city and an unknown girl.
"Congratulatio….wha!" Kevin was tackled to the ground and he tried his best to breath from the fierce hug he was receiving. "Can't, breath, Leaf…" Kevin choked. Leaf stopped hugging him but she still had him pinned to the ground.
"Why weren't you with us to get your starter!" She yelled furiously. Kevin looked afraid. He knew Leaf. She has a temper and she can be very scary when she was angry.
"Leaf, we can explain." Ash said slowly. Leaf got off of Kevin and she hugged Ash, but not as fiercely as Kevin. Misty looked jealous when she did that, but decided to not interfere. Kevin got up from the ground. He picked up Deino and he began to sit on his head, as always.
"Then explain." Leaf said.
"Look," Ash said, but he was interrupted by Kevin. "He broke the alarm clock again." Kevin said with a grin. Leaf looked at Kevin. She smiled sweetly at him before turning to Ash. "I could have expected it." She said. Kevin was dumbfounded. 'Why does she always get angry at me?' Kevin thought.
Brock and Misty were eyeing the conversation carefully. Brock was a pervert when it came to girls, but he knew exactly when a girl likes a boy and vice versa. He saw Leaf smile at Kevin. 'Could it be?' Brock thought. Misty however, was happy that she didn't smile like that at Ash.
"So, how's your journey coming along?" Leaf asked, but the group suddenly heard the boy in the tent screaming. "Now that your healed again, you're going to train extra hard. We lost our 98 win streak and I want to have a 100 win streak, so we start over!" the boy yelled.
"Let's look in the tent." Ash said. The rest nodded and they walked inside. They were shocked to see a whole training place. They saw a Butterfree dodging the stabs of a Beedrill. They also saw Sandshrew diving into the water and getting out. The Sandshrew then walked towards three Rattata and the Rattata began to toss the Sandshrew at each other. All of the Pokémon had a weird metal jacket around them.
"Ugh, why are you here!" The boy yelled angrily at Leaf.
"You don't have to yell at her." Kevin said agitated. "Ohh and who are you, her boyfriend?" He said mockingly. Leaf began to look away with a blush while Kevin just glared at him.
"What's wrong? Angry that you lost to a girl?" Ash said mockingly. The boy glared at Ash.
"And who do you think you are!" The boy said.
"My name is Ash and that's my brother Kevin." Ash said calmly.
"My name is A.J. and I strive to be the best Pokémon master in the world."
"Well, you have a long way to go then." Leaf suddenly said. A.J. glared at her.
"Why do all your Pokémon have a metal jacket on?" Kevin asked.
"It's not a metal jacket, it's a strength intensifier. It's my secret weapon at training Pokémon."
"I have to admit, your Pokémon indeed look well raised." Brock admitted.
"But why do order Sandshrew in the water. It'll hurt him." Misty said.
"I have trained him to withstand water and it really paid off!" A.J. said.
"Why are you so tough on them?" Kevin asked. "My Pokémon are strong too, but I first let them train a bit before picking up the pace every time." Kevin said.
"I need to be tough to become the best." A.J. said. "And I bet that I can easily defeat your… whatever it is called." A.J. pointed at Deino.
"I'm not in the mood of battling right now." Kevin said.
"Why, because you're afraid to lose?" A.J. laughed. "No, because your Pokémon are all worn out." Kevin stated. A.J. looked at his Pokémon and he decided to give them a break.
"All right fifteen minute break!"He yelled. Immediately his Pokémon laid on the ground, looking exhausted.
"Your Pokémon indeed look in great shape. I wonder what kind of food you give them." Brock said. "Come on, I'll show ya!" Misty and Brock began to follow A.J., but Ash, Kevin and leaf stayed behind. They began to sit on a chair.
"So Leaf, how's your journey right now?" Kevin asked.
"It's been going great. My Bulbasaur recently evolved as you can see and I've caught two other Pokémon. She grabbed two pokéballs and threw them in the air. A Clefairy and a Seel appeared.
"So you've been to Mt. Moon?" Ash asked. Leaf nodded. "And I caught Seel when I was walking in Viridian forest. I didn't expect to encounter one there. They normally live in colder places."
"Well, you should be happy. I've caught a Growlithe and Deino here is my starter." Kevin said. Leaf looked intrigued at Deino, who was sleeping soundly on Kevin's head.
"I've never seen a Pokémon like that before." She said. She pointed her pokédex at him but she didn't get any information.
"It's from another region." Kevin said. Leaf nodded in understanding. "And you have Pikachu as your starter?" Leaf asked. Ash nodded and Pikachu greeted her. "May I see your caught Pokémon?" She asked both Ash and Kevin.
"Sure." They said in unison and Growlithe, Vulpix, Pidgeotto and Butterfree appeared.
"Wow, Growlithe and Vulpix have a different color." She awed. "And they all are very friendly." The Pokémon began to happily talk to each other and they began to walk towards Sandshrew. Deino woke up and he followed them. He was greeted by the happy Pokémon and they began to play.
"It seems the Pokémon can get along fine." Kevin said. Ash and Leaf nodded in response.
"Have you got any badges?" Ash asked. Leaf nodded and showed them the Boulder and the Cascade badge. "I battled Brock, who is travelling with you now I see and I defeated Lily in Cerulean city."
"I fought Brock and Ash fought Misty. We both got the badge, because they thought Ash and I are equally strong." Kevin said.
"Well, that's nice of them. Have you seen Red and Gary?" She asked.
"No, but I know that they both are on step ahead of us." Ash clenched his fist. "Why do you ask?"
"I was kinda hoping that I could travel with one of them, because you two already have a group…" She said sadly.
"The more the merrier they always say, so I don't mind at all that you travel with us." Kevin smiled. Leaf looked at him and hugged him. "Thank you." She said. "Any time." Kevin responded. Ash looked at his right and he saw Pikachu trying to pry the strength intensifier off. He didn't have any problems with walking with it though. Ash walked towards Pikachu and he pulled the device of with his own strength. They suddenly heard a bell ringing.
"All right, back to work!" A.J. yelled. He looked at Ash and he saw that he had Sandshrew's device. "Hey, why did you broke it!" He yelled.
"I helped Pikachu prying it off." Ash said.
"Where is sandshrew?" A.J. suddenly asked. "Pikachu, have you seen him?" Pikachu shook his head. "You haven't? Sandshrew!" A.J. yelled desperately.
"Maybe he looked for some food?" Kevin said, walking over to them with Leaf behind him. Ash nodded in agreement at Ash while Leaf rolled her eyes.
"You two always think about food don't you?" She said. Kevin and Ash just grinned their famous Ketchum grin, while scratching the back of their head. Suddenly the ground opened and Sandshrew came out. He bumped his head against Kevin's chin and he fell in the arms of A.J., while kevin fell to the ground with Meowth laying a meter behind him. "kevin!" Leaf ran towards him and helped him up. "Are you all right?" She asked worried. "I'm fine, just a bit dizzy." Kevin said.
"All of A.J.'s Pokémon are really happy that Sandshrew is back." Misty said.
"He may be tough, but he deeply cares for his Pokémon." Brock said.
"A.J. really cares about them." Ash said. He looked behind him and he saw his own Pokémon, Kevin's Pokémon and leaf's Pokémon looking at Meowth.
"What is he doing here?" Ash asked agitated. Kevin walked over to him and grabbed him by his tail. Meowth suddenly woke up and tried to scratch him, but Kevin saw this coming and threw him towards the ground.
"Ugh, how fast can you react!" Meowth yelled. "And where am I, what's going on here?" he looked at the twerps and he backed away. "How am I going to get out of this mess?" He asked himself. He suddenly heard his rescuers.
"Prepare for trouble," "make that double." Jessie and James suddenly appeared.
"Team rocket!" Ash, Kevin, Misty and Brock yelled in frustration. "Use the old motto!" Meowth yelled.
"To protect the world from devastation."
"To unite the peoples within our nation."
"To denounce the evils of truth and love."
"To extend or reach to the stars above."
"Team rocket blasts off in the speed of light," "Surrender now, or prepare to fight."
"Meow, that's right!"
"That felt great, we don't need a theme song." Jessie said. "It's a classic." James said.
"So you are the creeps that kidnapped my Sandshrew!" A.J. yelled.
"That was an unfortunate misunderstanding."
"Yeah, we don't need second rate Sandshrew."
"Second rate…." A.J. was fuming.
"We only want Pikachu and that other twerp's starter. You can keep those other wimps." James said.
"Wimps are they!" A.J. yelled. Ash wanted to tell Pikachu to give them a massive Thundershock, but A.J. stopped him.
"I'll take care of this. No one insults my Pokémon and gets away with it." A.J. said. "let's step outside."
"Ohh boy…" Ash said. He, kevin and Leaf recalled their Pokémon except Pikachu and Deino.
A.J. and team Rocket were standing on their side of the field while Ash and the rest were watching.
"Team Rocket has insulted our gym and we'll answer that with our first new win!" Sandshrew began to walk towards Team Rocket. "Good luck." Ash and Kevin said, while giving him a thumbs up. A.J. smiled at them before looking at Team Rocket.
"Your small talk will cost you big time! Ekans, take the field!" Jessie yelled. "Your turn, Koffing!" Ekans and Koffing came out of their Pokéballs.
"Sandshrew go!" Sandshrew ran towards Ekans and Koffing. He dodged Koffing and Ekkans their Tackle and jumped into the air. He curled himself up into a ball.
"Ekans, bind it now!" Ekans began to squeeze Sandshrew, but he easily came out of the grip. He stomped Ekans towards the ground.
"His Sandshrew is tough." Kevin said.
"Yeah, we had problems with him." Leaf said.
"Koffing, use sludge!" Koffing blasted a brown substance towards Sandshrew, who began to spin in the air and canceled the attack out.
"Meowth, don't just stand there and attack him!" James yelled. Meowth entered the battlefield and he ran towards Sandshrew.
"Sandshrew, Fissure!" Sandshrew began to jump in the air and began to spin before it punched the ground with his arm. For a while, nothing happened, but suddenly the ground began to crack and a fissure came. Ash, Kevin and the rest quickly moved out of the way.
"That's it I forfeit the match! Meowth yelled. He began to run away with Ekans and Koffing following close behind. "Come back here!" Jessie yelled, while running after them. "Meowth, where are you going!" James followed close behind. They ran until they were out of sight.
"We did it Sandshrew!" A.J. yelled happily.
"A.J., I think you're strong enough to win badges. Why don't you begin now?" Kevin said.
A.J. thought for a moment. "You're right; I don't need a 100 win streak to beat the gyms.
They began to say their goodbyes to each other.
"I hope we could battle again." He said to leaf. Leaf nodded and shook his hand.
"I hope that I can battle you too." Ash and Kevin said in unison. "And I'll win." A.J. said confidently. Ash and Kevin grinned at the challenge. They began to shake hands too and they began to go their separated paths.
"He's tough, but pretty cool." Misty said. She looked at Leaf who was walking with them. "Don't you have to go your own way?" Misty asked.
"I've asked Kevin and Ash if I could travel with you, and they said yes. Do you mind?" Leaf asked. "No…" Misty said, but she hoped that she wasn't going to hit on Ash.
"The more the merrier." Brock said. Ash and Kevin nodded in agreement. They began to walk further, towards Vermillion city.
Three days have passed and the group was still walking towards Vermillion city. By the day, Misty was getting on both Kevin and Ash's nerves.
"You two will not get out of my sight, until you paid for my broken bike." Misty said for the past three days.
"My bike, my bike, that's everything I hear from you! Just shut up for a moment!" Ash yelled. "It's your fault it broke!" Misty yelled back.
"If we didn't use your bike, Pikachu and Deino would have died! Do you want to see a Pokémon getting killed, because you weren't generous enough to let us borrow your bike!" Kevin yelled, before walking way ahead with Ash. Misty was quiet for a moment, but then she said something.
"If I didn't fish Ash out, this would've never happened." Misty said irritated.
"But I thought you like him." Brock smirked. Misty blushed at his comment and glared at him. Suddenly Leaf asked a question.
"How did you fish him out?" She asked. "Yeah Misty, I'm kinda curious how you met them." Brock said.
"All right, it started when I was fishing by a river between Pallet town and Viridian city, to catch some new water Pokémon. Then suddenly I caught something. It was hard to fish it out so I thought it would be a strong Pokémon. But no! It had to be some kid with an injured Pikachu!" Misty yelled on purpose, in the hope that Ash heard him. Unfortunately for her, Ash didn't say anything back, but she knew he heard it. "Then his brother came out with his own exhausted Pokémon. Then they stole my bike while the flock of Spearow was following them. I began to run towards the way they went and I saw my fried bike, so I wanted them to pay for it. I finally caught up to them, but Officer Jenny began to transport them to the Pokémon center and I had to walk again. Finally I met up with them in the Pokémon center and I started to follow them." Misty ended her story.
"That's certainly interesting." Brock said. "And you Leaf? How did you meet them? I had a gym battle with Kevin and he defeated me and I thought I would learn a lot with traveling with them, so I decided to go with them after my father reappeared. It's very fun traveling with them." Brock said.
"I met them at kindergarten. We quickly became friends, because they were so friendly and energetic, but Gary chose them as his victims. There was one time in elementary that Ash almost fought with Gary, and a faint blue glow surrounded him. Then Kevin came with the same faint blue glow and he touched Ash's shoulder, who began to calm down by the gesture."
"We've seen something similar, at Mt. Moon. They began to blaze in a blue glow and they suddenly became much stronger and faster." Brock said. "We still don't know what it is."
"They certainly have amazing potential in them." Leaf said, while looking admiringly at the boys, particularly Kevin. She saw them giving each other a fist and wondered why they did that.
While Misty was telling her story, Ash and Kevin were talking with each other.
"Ugh, that Misty, she doesn't know when to quit." Ash said agitated. Kevin nodded in agreement.
"If she so desperately wants her bike, then let's buy him now." Kevin suggested.
"You know that mom will know about that. It's her credit card." Ash sighed.
"I forgot about that." Kevin admitted.
"But no! It had to be some kid with an injured Pikachu!" They heard Misty yelling. Ash wanted to retort something back, but Kevin interrupted him. "Ignore it. Then she'll eventually stop." Kevin said.
"That's what mom said about bullies, you ignore them. But I haven't seen the results," Ash said.
"Misty is not a bully, so you can try it again." Kevin grinned. Ash looked at him and he suddenly laughed.
"What's so funny?" Kevin asked.
"I always thought that your head was growing bigger, but it's just Deino who is sleeping on your head with your hat on!" Ash laughed.
"A bigger head you say, I'm not the one who loved to boast." Kevin said.
"That was only at school, but in that case, you're right, I indeed loved to boast." Ash admitted.
"Always saying that you could take on the world." Kevin grinned. Ash laughed at the comment. They stayed silent for a moment, thinking about before they set off to their journey.
"Hey Kev," Ash suddenly said. "Shall we make a promise to each other?"
"What promise?" Kevin asked.
"That we go on every new journey together." Ash said. Kevin smiled. They began to bump fists.
"Promise." Kevin said while grinning. They saw the rest walking up to them.
"We're still in this foggy forest. Ash, Kevin, can you look for some firewood sow I can kook something to eat?" Brock asked. They both nodded and went searching. "Misty, Leaf, can you help me rearrange everything?" they heard Brock say. They looked around and they both were shocked to see a table standing next to Brock. They decided to not ask brock how he got that and they just left to find some firewood.
"Here firewood, here firewood." Ash continuously said.
"I don't think that the firewood is coming to you." Kevin grinned. Ash just sighed. They suddenly saw a light burning in the forest and they began to investigate. They saw five boys surrounding another who was running on a treadmill. The five were asking questions.
"Do you hear what they say?" Kevin asked. Ash shook his head. Suddenly they saw the boy falling and the rest was looking in disgust at them. Ash and Kevin became angry and they began to run towards them.
"We don't want to study with losers like you." They heard one of the boys say.
"I think you are the losers." The five boys looked at Ash and Kevin as they began to walk towards them. Ash helped the kid up and Kevin began to speak.
"It's not very nice to bully someone, especially when you're with five against one. Pretty low don't you think?"
"There is no room for losers in our school who don't even know what the evolved form of Pidgey is." A boy with green hair said. They all were dressed in suits. "That includes you. I bet I can take you on." The boy said.
"If that's so, then I'm going to enjoy kicking your ass." Kevin said.
"We don't fight; fighting is for cavemen like you." A boy with long, dark purple hair said.
"I think you're just afraid." Kevin smirked. The boys ignored him.
"Joe, see ya later." The five said before walking off, completely ignoring Ash and Kevin.
"Who do they think they are?" Kevin said irritated.
"So those are the infamous tech students." Kevin and Ash suddenly saw Brock approaching, with Misty and Leaf behind him.
"Tech students?" Ash asked.
"Pokémon tech, it's short for Pokémon Technical, a school for Pokémon trainers. I thought I had a flyer of them." Misty said, while digging in one of her pockets. "Ahh found it." She gave the flyer to Ash who wanted to read it, but it was snatched away by Brock.
"Let's see what it says about this place. Pokémon Technical institute, a boarding school for serious Pokémon trainer preparation. All students are guaranteed to participate in a Pokémon league upon graduation. Pokémon technical is the educational facility for exceptional students, who want to become Pokémon trainers, in a short amount of time, without having to travel on difficult badge obtaining journeys." Brock said.
"Getting in the Pokémon league without badges is too easy." Ash said.
"Wait, there's more." Brock interrupted. "Student must keep up with the high standards of this school."
"You know what that means; it's one of those snobby millionaire schools who don't allow people who haven't got so much money." Misty said.
"That really makes me mad! Where is this school anyway!" Ash said angrily.
"It's right over there." The boy called Joe pointed in front of Ash. Suddenly they heard an announcer say something.
"Today's special class: fog battle techniques is now ended." Suddenly the fog cleared and they saw a massive school building in front of them. "Tomorrow's lesson will be snow competition secrets." They heard the announcer say.
"I guess tomorrow they make a snowman of me again." Joe sighed.
"Do they treat you like that all the time?" Leaf asked.
"My friends only want to help." Joe replied. Everyone was shocked to hear that.
"You call them your friends?!" Ash, Kevin and leaf said in unison.
"With friends like that who needs enemies." Brock stated.
"But they help me learn that Pidgey evolves in Pidgeotto at level 18 and learn Whirlwind at level 21, Wing Attack at level 31 and as its level rises, it learns various tricks." Joe said. Kevin was skeptical.
"You can't calculate when a Pokémon learns something new or when a Pokémon evolves with levels." Kevin said. "Some Pokémon don't even want to evolve, and it's also about how your own Pokémon is. For example, a bigger Pidgeotto will learn Wing Attack faster than a smaller one, because his muscles are stronger than the smaller one, because his wings need to support a heavier body." Kevin said. "Also, with the right amount of training and experience, a Pokémon can be even stronger than what you expect from a Pokémon you calculate as a low level." Ash said, while Kevin nodded in agreement.
"We learnt that from professor Oak." Ash said.
Everyone was speechless. Brock and Misty never assumed that Ash and Kevin would be that smart about Pokémon. Leaf however, already knew that Kevin and Ash got private lessons, because their interests didn't lie in subjects like English and math's. They liked more to learn about the history of the Pokémon world, how to care for a Pokémon and the anatomy of one of them. Of course, anatomy was a bit too high for them, but that's what their interests are. Leaf also knew that the twins are very bad at math's. She saw Joe looking unsure about what the twins just said, and she decided to change the subject quickly.
"If you already know everything about Pidgey, then why didn't you answer the questions right?"
"Sometimes I make them believe that I don't know the answers, because if I do they make the questions a lot harder. But I have to stay here at Pokémon Tech. My mother and father worked hard to pay for me to go here." Joe began to look to his right. "You see that guy over there," Everyone saw a boy sitting against a tree while reading a book. He had glasses and it looked like he was reading without doing something else for weeks. "He's an upper class man. The classes are so hard here, some students are held back for many years. Everybody is too ashamed to go home without a diploma. That guy, he's in the beginner's class with me."
"You're a beginner?" Ash asked.
"Beginners have the same qualification as someone with two badges." Joe said. "The intermediary class has the qualification of four, and the advanced students have the qualification of six. If you graduate, you can enter the Pokémon league without traveling around to collect the badges. That guy is a beginner, but he's so much older than anyone else in the class so nobody bothers to help him like they help me."
"But what do the teachers say about that?"
"They don't even know about it, or they pretend not to."
"I think this is a violation of student rights, which must stop immediately, if not sooner." Ash said. He looked at Kevin and Leaf and they nodded in agreement.
"I want to meet the student in charge of this system and I'll make sure that it stops." Ash said confidently.
"Here's a picture." Joe said. Everybody except Kevin began to look at the picture and they saw a beautiful girl with long brown hair talking to someone else.
"It's a girl?" Misty asked skeptically. She began to fume when she saw Brock and Ash looking hopelessly in love.
"She looks pretty." Ash said. "She can violate my rights." Brock said after him, staring with a hypnotic gaze with drool hanging out his mouth. Leaf looked if Kevin was watching the picture, but to her great relief she saw Kevin playing with Pikachu and Deino.
"Hey, if she makes your life so miserable, then why do you have a picture of her?!" Misty said irritated.
"I don't like the way she treats, but I like the way she looks." Joe admitted.
"Yeah, not like some other girls who treat you bad and look even worse." Ash subconsciously said. Misty began to glare daggers at Ash and began to scream.
"Why are you two snobbing over that damn picture! I'm gonna find this witch and I'll straighten her out!" Misty began to walk towards the school.
"Huh, why is she so suddenly angry?" Kevin asked. Joe wanted to show him the picture, but Leaf jumped in front of him.
"Let's just go after Misty." Leaf said sweetly to Kevin. Kevin nodded and began to walk with the rest after them. Leaf looked relieved.
Joe was escorting the group to a simulation chamber, where students could virtually battle on a screen.
"Giselle always practices her alone. Even if you win the fight, it won't matter to her. At the Tech, it's your skill as a Pokémon trainer that counts, even more than winning every battle.
"That's what I've been hoping, because Kevin, Leaf and I all have two badges." Ash said while showing his.
"But Giselle is the top beginner at the tech, that's even better than having three badges." Joe said. "Even though I'm at the bottom of my class, I'm still better than someone with two badges. Ash wanted to say something back, but he was pushed aside by Misty.
"Hold on a second here, I learnt to be a Pokémon trainer at the Cerulean gym. Are you saying you can beat me." Misty said.
"Ahh, Cerulean city, the gym with water Pokémon."
"How do you know?" Misty asked.
"I always beat them on the simulator, see." His simulation Weepinbell easily defeated the Starmie.
"What is this? A simulation is one thing, but this is real life. Let's battle!" Misty yelled.
"You'll be sorry." Joe said. Joe and Misty began to stand on the opposite side of the arena that was in the chamber, while the rest was watching.
"Why do you have to battle?" Ash asked.
"Shut up Ash, I have a reputation to defend." Misty said. "And I'm gonna defend it. Starmie go!" Starmie came out of its Pokéball, ready for battle.
"Too bad your water Pokémon won't be able to beat my plant. Weepinbell, let's go!" Joe threw a Pokéball and Weepinbell came out.
"I'll teach him about Pokémon, use water Gun!" Starmie shot a blast of water that instantly defeated Weepinbell.
"Huh, but Weepinbell is strong against water Pokémon." Joe said.
"True, but there is one thing you didn't know," A girl's voice behind Joe said.
"Your opponent is from the Cerulean city gym. Her Pokémon have way more experience. You should have known that." Behind her, the group who questioned Joe appeared. "You're an embarrassment to the whole school." Giselle said.
"But Giselle…" Joe said, but he couldn't say anything else.
"She's really is pretty." Ash said. "Yeah, she looks like a movie star…"Brock said dreamily. Kevin got a closer look. "She may be beautiful," Kevin began. "But she should do something about her attitude." Ash looked at Kevin and he nodded in agreement. Leaf was happy to hear that the boys weren't mesmerized by her as Brock was. Misty however, glared daggers at Brock and the twins.
"I'm the top student of the beginner's class at the most exclusive trainer school in the world, Pokémon tech!" Giselle said. "It's sad that others aren't blessed with my beauty, my talent and my humble attitude," Ash and Kevin chuckled. "Humble," They muttered, trying their best not to laugh. "People call me a star, but I'm just Giselle!" Giselle began to pose. She began to walk towards Joe.
"I want to continue to help my classmates getting the very best they can be," She began to hold her hand over her heart. "To teach each other, to respect each other, to ensure the Pokémon get stronger, but you're a weakling!" She said harshly. Joe didn't know what to say. "You better get stronger, or your fellow students will turn their backs on you for good." She began to walk away, but then she heard laughing behind her.
"Humble attitude you say…" Kevin snickered. Ash laughed at the comment. "She is definitely not that." Ash said. Misty however, couldn't laugh. She was angry that she turned her back on Joe.
"Not so fast, a true friend would never turn their back or walk away when someone needs their help. You may look beautiful, but you remind me of an old saying that beauty is only skin deep." Misty said. Giselle decided to ignore the laughing and began to say something back at Misty.
"Jealousy isn't pretty either." Giselle smirked.
"I think we should step in." Ash and Kevin said simultaneously, but Brock grabbed them. "Pokémon trainers never get into a cat fight." Brock said. Leaf glared at him, making him step away in fear.
"Against your water Pokémon, I'll choose Graveler." She grabbed a Pokéball and threw it in the air. A Pokémon who looked like a stone ball appeared. It had four arms.
"Graveler! But rock Pokémon are weak against water Pokémon!" Brock said.
"But my Pokémon are at such an advanced level that they can beat water Pokémon." Giselle smirked.
Kevin sighed. "Here they go with that level crap again." "Yeah, but I have to admit, that Graveler looks tough." Leaf said.
"Starmie, Water Gun!" Misty yelled. Starmie shot a forceful shot of water at Graveler, but graveler began to roll himself up while jumping towards Starmie. Starmie was hit by a powerful rollout, breaking the gem in the middle. Starmie flew out of the window and landed in the pool. Misty looked in disbelief at what just happened.
"I, I can't believe it…" She muttered. She began to run towards Starmie, the rest was following her. She pulled it out of the water and hugged it close.
"Now we're by the pool, your Pokémon's specialty. You can choose a different Pokémon if you want."
"Ohh, and I'm sure you'll use a different Pokémon that's weak against water." Misty said irritated.
"Pokémon are only as strong as the trainer who raises them. A Pokémon who's weaker but better trained can still win. It depends on the trainer." Giselle looked at Joe. "I hope you learn something from this Joe." She said. A Pokémon's level is as much as a factor as a Pokémon's type in deciding a match. A first class Pokémon trainer can calculate that." Giselle said.
"There's more in Pokémon training than calculating levels." Ash said calmly.
"May I ask your name cutie?" Giselle smiled. Ash blushed for a bit, but he began to talk again. "I'm Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town and I've already got two badges."
"In other words, you're a beginner." Giselle smirked. "And how long have you trying to become a Pokémon trainer?"
"A month or so." Ash said.
Giselle looked shocked. "One whole month and you let your Pikachu walk free. Haven't you even been able to tame it yet? Maybe the Pokémon are training you." Kevin decided to step in.
"Friendship is an important part of being a Pokémon trainer. Also, if you want a Pokémon to like you, you should listen to what he wants. Pikachu and Deino don't like being in their Pokéballs, so we let them out." Kevin said.
"A Deino, ohh, that's most interesting. I've never heard of a Deino before." She looked at Deino, who was standing next to Pikachu. "I'm kinda curious in how you found it." "That's none of your business." Kevin said. Giselle just looked indifferently.
Do you even have another Pokémon, or are these your only one?" She asked.
"I also have a Butterfree, Pidgeotto and Vulpix." Ash said. "And I only have a Growlithe." Kevin said.
"Four and two? Hahahahaha!" She began to laugh, making Ash and Kevin angry.
"Most beginning trainers usually have six Pokémon. You sure are lucky to have two badges with only four and two Pokémon."
"Quality goes before quality, and I let them choose if they want to be captured. If they run away, I won't chase it." Kevin said.
"I wonder, with one month of experience and two badges, your Pokémon should at least be at level 20, but obviously they aren't even that strong." Giselle laughed. Pikachu began to spark with electricity, while flames began to leak out of Deino's mouth. "Have you even thought about evolving Pikachu? Of course not, Pikachu evolves into an electric type called Raichu. It's gets an average length of two feet and seven inches. Pikachu can shock you, but otherwise it's really cute. So if you don't let them evolve, they make great pets. Especially for little girls." Giselle laughed.
"You can't calculate a Pokémon level with strength. And Pokémon evolves when he thinks he's strong enough or when you use an evolution stone. Maybe a Pokémon doesn't even want to evolve, but that doesn't mean it stays weak. I bet that Deino or Pikachu can easily defeat your Pokémon, because we share a powerful bond with them." Kevin said.
"All right then, who wants to battle me?" Ash looked at Kevin and he nodded. "All right Pikachu, show them who's boss." Ash said.
"For your Pikachu, this should be more than a match. Cubone, go!" A small Pokémon with a bone in his hand appeared.
"Kevin, Ash, Cubone is a ground type. Pikachu is at a disadvantage." Leaf said. "We know," Ash and Kevin said. "But I've fate in Ash. He'll win this no sweat." Kevin grinned.
"Cubone, use Bonemerang!" Cubone began to throw his bone.
"Pikachu, grab it." Pikachu blocked the bone with his tail and grabbed it.
"What!"Giselle yelled. "Now Pikachu, Thunderbolt, now!" Pikachu released a massive thunderbolt and Cubone instantly fainted from the attack. Giselle stared in disbelief about what just happened. Kevin looked at leaf, who looked perplexed.
"Told ya so." Kevin grinned.
Cubone began to sit down and he started to cry. "Cu! Cubone Cubone!" It wailed.
"Cubone, you did great, please don't cry." Giselle said before returning it.
"None of the textbooks ever mentioned a Pikachu defeating a ground type with electricity." Giselle said.
"That's a once in a lifetime battle." Joe said.
"Well, it seems you miscalculated Pikachu's level!" Ash said with a cheeky grin. Suddenly smoke was coming from the middle of nowhere.
"Oh no…" Ash and Kevin groaned as usual.
"Allow us to introduce ourselves. "James said.
"To protect the world from devastation."
"To unite the peoples within our nation."
"To denounce the evils of truth and love."
"To extend or reach to the stars above."
"Team rocket blasts off in the speed of light," "Surrender now, or prepare to fight."
"Meow that's right!
"I knew of you team Rocket. You had the worst grades of every student who attended Pokémon Tech." Giselle smirked. "How about your team against our team." Giselle and the five infamous tech students grabbed their Pokéball, but when they wanted to throw it, Team Rocket was already blasting off.
It was a beautiful sight to see the sun going down. Giselle was sitting on the edge of the pool, while Joe was standing next to her. Ash, Kevin and the rest of the gang were watching the display with interest.
"There are some things you can't learn at school, and that's a good lesson." Giselle admitted.
"I'm going back home to start from full scratch. Just like Ash and Kevin did." He began to look at Giselle. "Hey Giselle, maybe we'll meet each other at the Pokémon league."
"I hope so." Giselle said. She began to look at Ash and Kevin. "And I want to see you too at the Pokémon league." She winked at the boys, making them blush. Misty however, tried her best to calm herself down. Leaf just shrugged it off.
"I'll hope that you'll be a worthy opponent Joe." Giselle said.
"Giselle, is it all right if I hold a picture of you?" Joe asked.
"Of course, I also have pictures of my friends." Giselle said." Me too?" Joe asked. "Of course, of you, Kevin, Ash and Leaf. And if you want to know how I got a picture of those three, let's just say I have my ways." Giselle smirked. Kevin and Ash looked puzzled about what she just said, but shrugged it off. Misty was inwardly blazing with fire, while Leaf smiled that she considered her a friend.
"I never saw you talking with her." Joe said. "Well, I talked with her about girl things when you were talking with Ash and Kevin after we defeated team Rocket." She said. She began to stand up. "Good luck Joe." She said while gesturing a handshake. Joe returned the gesture and smiled.
"You see Misty, why can't you and I be like that?" Ash asked. "Because he doesn't owe her a bike!" Misty yelled. Ash began to back away, while smiling nervously.
"Wow Misty, you shouldn't be so grumpy all the time." Kevin joked. Misty began to glare daggers at him. Kevin began to hide behind Leaf. "It was just a joke…" Kevin nervously said. Ash just laughed, happy that he isn't the one on Misty's bad side right know.
"So, I'll see you all at the Pokémon league?" Giselle said. Ash, Kevin and Leaf nodded.
"Definitely and I hope we'll have a splendid battle." Kevin said. Giselle and Joe nodded and they began to say their goodbyes.
I wanted to give Ash and Kevin two new rivals so I thought Joe and Giselle would be a nice choice. Also, I wanted to give the gang another companion, because the more, the merrier! And this chapter is over. In the next, Ash will have a starter catching frenzy, with Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. Kevin will also get his Charmander. And thanks for reading and review + favorite :D