Ready to be Graded!
Target: Magikarp(Easiest), Combee (Simple), Croagunk(Medium).
Required Length: 18k – 38k
Warning: I wrote this story MONTHS ago for Magikarp and Combee but decided to stop a little over half way through out of laziness. Finding it on my computer, I realized that I only really needed a battle to finish it. So please excuse me if the first half of the story fails in comparison to the second half, my writing has just gotten better over time. :3
Bumble Beach, the largest spring break hangout in the entire Chirroh region, was where Max would be spending all of the up coming week. Max’s friends had decided to stay at Max’s friend Kevin’s beach house over spring break; the five friends were just arriving.
“Here we are!” Kevin exclaimed. “Bumble Beach!”
Max and Seth, another of Max’s friends, jumped up from their seats in Kevin’s old cherry red convertible and looked out towards the ocean. As Max stood up the wind caught his long, curly, brown hair and pulled it back. Max was about 5 feet and 8 inches tall, had dark blue eyes, and an average body build. He wore jean shorts almost all of the time and lightly colored T-shirts. In a place like the Chirroh region you didn’t have much of a choice of clothing if you didn’t want to overheat.
There had to be miles of beautifully smooth white sand stretching across the ocean’s edge here. The crystal clear, blue, ocean water pushed itself against the shore, then retreated back into the ocean moments later, leaving the sand that it touched moist and light brown. The white capped waves were monstrous and perfect for surfing, as many people could be seen doing. Other people, and there were hundreds of them, lied on the beach tanning, had Pokemon battles in a special ring set aside for it on the east side of the beach, built sand castles, played volleyball, hung out in the Pokemon Center on the west end of the beach, or just ran around talking with their friends. All around the beach were the noises of people, the songs of the gulls flying over the beach, and the sounds of the blue ocean waves crashing against the shore.
Max took a big whiff of the air; he could smell the sweet honey smell that the beach was famous for. Bumble Beach was right next to Honeyglade Forest, a large forest known to be infested by Combee and Vespiquen. The smell of the bee’s honey overpowered everything else on the beach, giving it a wonderful sweet smell; the honey’s smell was most of the reason that Bumble Beach was so popular.
“Do you guys smell that? It’s amazing!” Max exclaimed, catching the taste of the salty ocean air in his mouth as he inhaled to smell the sweet aroma of honey in the air.
Kevin pulled the car over just next to the entrance to the beach; he pulled his key from the ignition and turned back to face the four friends in the back seat. “Now out of my car!” he shouted in a teasing tone, “go have some fun and we’ll all meet back at my place later on.”
Everybody stepped out of the car and stretched; Max decided walked over to his friend Julie to try and strike up a conversation. “Hey Jules, what are you planning on doing?” he asked.
“I think I’m gonna head over to that battling ring,” she replied, staring at the large Pokemon battling ring down on the beach.
“Should have known,” Max laughed; he knew Julie loved nothing more than watching and participating in intense Pokemon battles.
That was the only bad thing about Julie; she was very competitive and was obsessed with battling. Whenever she saw the opportunity to battle with her Feraligater she took it and completely forgot about everything else, meaning she would probably not hang out with them on the beach all week. Everything else about her was perfect. She was beautiful; having long blonde hair, almost the same eyes as Max, soft tanned skin, and a nice curvy figure. She was smart, very pleasant, and extremely fun to be around.
“What about you?” she asked.
“I think I’m gonna head over to the Pokemon Center to get a smoothie and then go surfing with Croagunk,” Max replied.
“Sounds fun! Stop over and watch me battle later, ok?” she asked.
“Alright, I will” Max promised, giving her the most eager smile he possibly could.
Julie ran off towards the east side of the beach, leaving Max standing by himself. All of the others had left while they were talking. Max began walking towards the Pokemon Center, on the way he saw tons of people having fun surfing with their water Pokemon. He couldn’t wait to get out there with them.
Max stepped through the crystal blue glass doors of the Pokemon Center and walked up to the smoothie bar. The bar was a long glass counter with tons of smoothie ingredients underneath which you could see, and pick from, from above. A young bartender stood at the counter waiting on anybody who came up to ask for a drink. The bartender looked like he was around the age of the teens on the beach and had short, spiky, brown hair, dark hazel eyes, and an almost orange farmer’s tan.
”What can I get for ya?” the bartender asked.
”Can I get a strawblerry smoothie?” Max asked.
”Strawberry and blueberry smoothie, coming right up,” the bartender replied. He grabbed a handful of strawberries and blueberries from under the counter, threw them into the smoothie blender with the other ingredients, and started mixing.
Max was sitting at the counter waiting patiently for his smoothie to be finished when he heard somebody calling to him from a few feet away.
”Hey kid!” the mysterious looking man said in a loud whisper. “Come here!”
Max was hesitant to walk into the corner where the man was standing but he decided to see what he wanted anyways. If anything bad happens I’ll have Starmie to help me out
, he thought. Max got up from his stool at the bar and walked over to the mysterious man.
The man wore a long, raggedy, brown trench coat and a baseball cap which was two sizes too bag for his head. Due to the collar of the trench coat and the hat’s shadows, Max couldn’t see any anything of the man’s face. The only reason Max even knew that it was a man was because of the deep, raspy voice that he had.
”Yes?” Max asked; the tone in his voice giving off the impression that he was somewhat frightened.
”Hello, hello! Let me ask you boy, have you heard the stories of the great sea dragon Gyarados?” the man asked.
”Yeah, that’s the massive sea serpent Pokemon. A colony of them just destroyed that new resort out in the middle of the Mid-Chirroh Sea,” Max replied, still wondering what he could be getting at.
”Exactly, so you can only imagine how powerful it must be!” the man exclaimed. “Well then, I have deal for you,” the man said.
Max was listening intently now.
”How would you like the pre-evolution of the mighty Gyarados?” the man asked. “It’s all yours for just 500 Pokedollars!”
”Really?” Max asked, almost not believing him. Gyarados were extremely rare and monstrous, so any trainer who had managed to capture one quickly became highly renowned. “Yeah, I’ll take one! But what is it?” he asked.
”It’s a Magic Karp,” the man said. “It’s just as vicious as its evolution, I promise,” the man assured Max as he handed him a pokeball containing the fish.
Max handed over 500 pokedollars to the man and ran towards the door, excited to show Julie his new soon to be Gyarados. “Thanks mister!” Max shouted to the man as he ran out the glass doors of the Pokemon Center, completely forgetting about his strawblerry smoothie.
Max walked briskly down the shore of Bumble Beach, staring at the shiny red and white ball that housed his new Pokemon. ”It’s just as vicious as its evolution, I promise!”
The shady figure’s words rang through Max’s head constantly like a broken record. “I need to try this thing out…” he mumbled. Deciding what he wanted to do with the rest of his day, he bolted off towards the battling ring on the other side of the beach.
”Get it! Hit it harder!”
Max heard nothing but cheers as he pushed his way through the crowd surrounding the large dirt circle.
“Who’s next?!” the winner of the last match called out; his tall brown fighting Pokemon standing beside him.
Now’s my chance!
Max thought as he recklessly charged into the circle, ready to take on the trainer and his ferocious Hitmonlee.
“I’ll take you!” Max shouted, pulling his newest Pokeball from his belt and staring down his opponents.
Max took a glance behind him and noticed Julie standing in the front of the crowd; she’d be watching his battle, so he’d have to do well. Having the girl that he liked watching his every move intently made him nervous though, he had to wipe the sweat from his brow at least twice before clearing his throat and tossing his Pokeball into the air.
I better not screw this up…
Max thought as he tossed his new Pokemon’s ball onto the battlefield. “Go Magic Karp!” he shouted, calling out the name of the Pokemon that the mysterious man had given him.
Awaiting a dragonic serpent of some sort to appear in front of him, Max was not only shocked but horrified as a tiny red fish appeared in the battle ring. The red carp flopped around, doing absolutely nothing but moaning “Karp… Karp… Karp…” as it slashed in place.
“Ha!” Max’s opponent cried, almost bursting into laughter. “ That’s your Pokemon?! Hitmonlee, get rid of that pitiful thing.”
The crowd burst into laughter as the tall Hitmonlee walked towards the flopping carp, swinging its foot through the air on occasion to show off.
Max turned to look at Julie, even she was laughing at his blunder of a Pokemon. Max couldn’t believe this was happening, the man had told him that the Magic Karp was as ferocious as a Gyarados. He’d been tricked.
“Water Gun! Hydro Pump! Tackle! Do something!” Max roared in anger, trying to make himself look like less of a fool.
However, with each word out of his mouth the crowd around the ring just roared even louder with laughter. Finally Hitmonlee came to a stop next to the bouncing red fish and jumped into the air. With a quick roll above Magikarp the kicking Pokemon dived down to the ground and spun as it kicked Magikarp high into the air. Max and the crowd all stared at the fish as it flew farther and farther away from the battle ring, over a hundred feet, and fell right into the middle of Honeyglade Forest.
“Sorry kid, but you shouldn’t have brought a damn Magikarp to the battle ring,” the opponent said from across the ring.
Max ran out of the ring, embarrassed, angry, and confused, towards Honeyglade Forest. Just as he stepped out Julie stepped in, still giggling from Max’s mistake even though she really did feel bad for him.
“What are you doing here, little lady?” the battle ring champion said as Julie stepped up to battle, “What? Got a Caterpie for me to kick?
As Max approached the forest the last thing he heard was the ferocious roar of a Feraligatr that was about to tear a Hitmonelee to shreds.