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Old 08-09-2006, 11:47 PM
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Wheee-ooo, my first URPG story ^^. Just to tell you now, even though it'll be obvious in like, two minutes, I'm going after Scyther ^^.

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Between the Lines

It was a beautiful Tuesday morning in the National Park, just north of Goldenrod city. All over there were Bug-type Pokemon, many of them coming out to get warm and begin the day’s foraging. Dew glistened on the well-kept lawn and the leaves of the trees, and soft pink flowers that smelled of warm honey swayed gently on the morning breezes. The sky was clear and blue, with no clouds in sight, and the temperature was just right, around seventy degrees or so. The park was empty, except for the Pokemon. Outside the entrance stood a group of excited Trainers, for today was a Bug Catching Contest day, and it would be starting any minute now.

Standing among the group was a young woman who didn’t physically stand out from the other Trainers, but was exceptional nonetheless. She was about seventeen, and had dark blue hair tied in a braid. A white bandana was tied around her forehead to keep her bangs out of her crystal-blue eyes, which were scanning the park for the Pokemon she hoped to catch that morning. Her clothes were pale blue; a sleeve-less T-shirt and shorts that stopped just below her knees. Tied around her waist was a white jacket that had red trim around the zipper and pockets. Hanging off her right shoulder was a black knapsack, containing her spare PokeBalls, healing items, that sort of thing. On her feet were light brown sandals, and to complete the ensemble she had a red fingerless glove on her right hand. It was her “style,” as she liked to call it.

Now, as an attendant came to open the gates and admit the Trainers, the young woman was jostled around by the others, who were talking loudly and playfully shoving one another around. Sighing, she scooted to the side and out of pushing range before turning to face the young man who was approaching. His white suit looked as if it just got back from the dry cleaners, and his blonde hair was cropped close to his skull. Still, he was kinda cute. If the young Trainer hadn’t been so intent on catching herself one particular Pokemon, she would’ve paid more attention to him.

“Alright, alright, everyone settle down. As soon as you enter, the Bug Catching Contest will begin. Remember, each participant can only have one Bug Pokemon at a time, so if you catch one and run into another, you’ll have to release the first one. The contest will last for one hour, and then you’ll all be called to the break room in the middle of the park for judging. A winner will be based on the type of Pokemon caught, its relative health and strength, and other such aspects. Two runners-up will also be chosen. The winner gets a rare Sun Stone, and the runners-up will each receive an Everstone as a consolation prize. All competitors get to keep the Pokemon they catch.

“Now then, if you’re all ready…let the contest begin!” the young man cried, flinging the gates open and quickly moving aside as the group charged in. Instantly, the Bug Pokemon (now used to this routine) scattered and hide themselves among the trees and bushes. Some of the bolder ones didn’t bother to hide, but instead challenged the Trainers openly, charging at them in the same manner and giving battle cries. The older ones enjoyed these contests: they knew they were strong enough to not be caught, but could offer the Trainers and their Pokemon valuable knowledge. It was something they prided themselves on, in Buggish manner.

“Heh, back again Ria?” he asked as the young woman made her way more sedately into the park. She blew out a sigh of annoyance and nodded.

“Yeah, I got to try and catch that Scyther,” she replied, glaring after the other Trainers that were causing a ruckus as the attendant shut the gate after her. No others would be permitted inside the park now, until the contest was over. Sometimes the Bugs got too excited and would attack anyone they saw, even someone who wasn’t a Trainer. “But with all these other idiots running around causing so much noise, he’ll have hid himself by now for sure.”

“Well, you’d better get to it then, eh? You only got about fifty-five minutes left before the contest is over, and I have a feeling you’ll need all of it to find him. And then you’ll have to try to catch him, and there’s no guarantee that he won’t run off again.”

“Yeah yeah, I know,” Ria answered, slightly irked. She gave the young man a wave and then headed into the park, walking straight towards the more secluded areas. Most likely he’d be in one of those places, where the bushes grew so thickly most Trainers didn’t even bother searching there, let alone trying to battle or catch a Pokemon.

As she walked farther from the main body of the park and where most of the battling was taking place, the quiet tranquility of it began to come over her. Soon she couldn’t even hear the fighting going on, and saw all sorts of Bugs roaming around, seeming to be totally disinterested in what was going on back by the entrance. Perhaps they felt safe here, because it was obvious no Trainers ever came back this far. They watched her cautiously, but none offered to run or fight. Maybe they knew Ria was searching for a certain Scyther, and so they were safe.

Out here, the path was slightly overgrown. Ria figured it was left like this on purpose, to make the Bugs feel more at home. Flowers of all sizes and colors grew out here, since there was no danger of them being trampled or in some other way destroyed in the heat of combat. The ones growing nearest the path Ria was on smelled a little like roses mixed with honeysuckle, with a hint of cinnamon thrown it. It was very pleasant, and Ria felt slightly giddy as she walked.

After a time, she came to a stop and stared at a family of Beedrill. They were buzzing around a large tree, seemingly protecting the Weedle and Kakuna that covered its trunk and branches. The Weedle were eating or simply crawling around, and the Kakuna were immobile, stuck to the tree and waiting to evolve into Beedrill. Ria smiled a little as she watched a small Weedle somehow lose its grip on the tree and tumble to the ground. Almost instantly a Beedrill buzzed down to check on it, carefully picking the Worm Pokemon up in its stingers and turning it this way and that, before setting it down and watching it clamber back up. The picture reminded her of last Saturday, when she had first run into the Scyther she was searching for…

***

It was raining, not too hard, but not gently either. Most of the Trainers taking part in today’s Bug Catching Contest had given up, seeing as most of the Bug Pokemon had retreated and were now hiding out of the rain, unable to be found or coaxed out. Still, a few Trainers were determined to catch something, and one of them was Ria.

Her dark red outfit was plastered to her body, as was her hair, and she was thoroughly soaked. She almost felt like she’d never be dry again, but it didn’t matter. She was on the trail of a Scyther, and with only twenty-odd minutes left to find him again, battle him, and catch him, she was seriously booking all over the place. She’d seen the Pokemon only minutes ago, though he had seen her too and took off, knowing what she intended.

Just as she was about to step off the path and search among a thick cluster of bushes, she heard the sound of wings cutting through the air behind her and to the left. Whirling, she saw the Scyther flying off back the way she’d come, though he was hindered because of the rain and his soggy wings.

Ria quickly ran after him and soon caught up, then released her Swampert from his PokeBall.

“Alright Swampert, use Water Gun!” she said, and the large blue Pokemon nodded. He sucked in a breath, and then shot out a powerful stream of water at the Mantis Pokemon. Quickly the Scyther dodged the attack and began to multiply, using his Double Team technique. Ria shook her head. “That won’t work…Swampert, use Blizzard, but not too powerful. We don’t want to hurt him!”

“Swaaaa!” Swampert answered as he stopped firing his Water Gun. Instead, he now concentrated on the air around him, and soon the temperature began to drop. Small ice crystals then started to form, and within minutes a small blizzard had whipped up, engulfing both Swampert and the Scyther, as well as his copies.

“Thaaa!” the Mantis Pokemon cried angrily as his concentration was lost and his copies faded. He flew up out of the range of the attack, clicking his fangs together in annoyance. Ria waved for Swampert to stop his attack, then glanced up, blinking rapidly as fat drops of rain splattered into her eyes.

“Okay Swampert, use Ice Beam!” she called. Swampert opened his mouth and shot out a blue, jagged beam of ice at the Scyther, who easily avoided the attack by dropping under it. “Now, Tackle!” Swampert gave a cry and charged forward, leaping at the Scyther and slamming into him powerfully. The Mantis gave a shrill shriek of surprise as he hit the ground, but quickly got to his clawed feet and began to smack his scythes together. He was preparing to use Fury Cutter.

“Swaaa…” Swampert grumbled softly, knowing how much damage a Fury Cutter could do. He’d been in more than one battle against Pokemon that wielded it, and now knew to be cautious. So did Ria, who knew it would only increase in power if it continued to hit.

“Okay Swampert, light on your feet, and don’t try to attack until I give the signal!” she called as the Scyther suddenly tore forward, slashing viciously at the larger Pokemon. Swampert quickly jumped aside as Scyther rocketed by, then whirled and came at him from behind. Swampert lowered himself to all fours and watched as Scyther flew past him again.

“Scyyyyyyyy!!!!” he screeched, getting more and more furious. So far neither of his attacks hit, and the more angry he got at his multiple failed attempts, the more he’d miss as he made more rash decisions.

So it wore on like this, though finally Scyther stopped trying to use his Fury Cutter, instead using his supreme speed to avoid Swampert’s attacks and deliver powerful Slashes when the other Pokemon left an opening. However, just when it seemed to come down to the wire, there came a loud ding of a bell and the sound of white noise. Then…

“Alright, the hour is up, and the competition is over! All participants please report to the break room located in the middle of the park for judging.”

At this announcement, Scyther gave a funny little noise before shooting high into the air and taking off deeper into the park. Ria watched him go with a tiny cry of disappointment, then sighed heavily and recalled Swampert before trudging to the break room. On her way she noticed the young attendant wearing his normal suit, though it was sticking to his body in places despite the umbrella he had.

“Better luck next time maybe,” he said, obviously having seen her attempt at battling and catching the Scyther. Giving an irritated grunt, Ria simply shrugged and continued walking, feeling rather dispirited at not having caught the Pokemon.


***

As Ria came back to the present she realized there was a good possibility that the Scyther had left the park, for fear that Ria would return for the next contest and try to catch him again. Which was, of course, exactly what was happening.

Shaking her head, Ria turned from the Beedrill and their brood and continued on the path, carefully checking every bush and tree she came across. Soon she came to the other end of the park, and still hadn’t seen the Scyther. She was beginning to despair that maybe the Pokemon really had left the park, and with a heavy sigh she turned and started back towards the entrance, deciding to catch another Pokemon in the time she had left.
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She had barely gotten more than a few steps, though, when suddenly a familiar sound reached her ears. She turned her head to the right and gave a tiny yelp of surprise. A Scyther! It was flying right at her, showing no signs of stopping or even slowing. Ria stepped back, ready to leap out of the way if it should not bother to avoid her. However, much to her surprise, it stopped about a foot away and landed, wings continuing to beat slowly. For a moment Ria was confused, but then the revelation struck her.

“It’s you!” she cried, pointing at the Scyther. He cocked his head at her, as if asking what else she expected. Ria shook her head, then started to laugh, unable to believe her luck. “You didn’t leave like I thought you did, you’re still here! And you’re not running away! Does this mean you want to battle again?”

“Scyyy,” the Scyther replied with a nod. Ria grinned and took a PokeBall from one of her shorts pockets. She released from it a large orange-red dog-looking Pokemon, with a white flowing mane, a thick white tail, and small puffs of creamy fur on its ankles. Black stripes covered its body, and it stood almost as tall as Ria herself.

“Alright then, this time I’m going with Arcanine!” she said, and Scyther simply made a shrugging movement before lunging into the air, seeming to blink from sight. Ria smiled, easily recognizing the Quick Attack.

“Arrrr!” Arcanine growled as she glanced around, trying to locate the Mantis. Her keen nose would easily be able to find him, but the problem was the Scyther wouldn’t hold still long enough for her to get a lock on him. He blinked in and out of sight, and every time he became visible he was closer. Arcanine growled more and moved back some, glancing at Ria and waiting for a command.

“Alright Arca, use a Fire Spin attack!” the young Trainer called out. Arcanine nodded and let out a howl, then shot out a stream of fire that formed itself into a tall pillar of flames. Of course it was impossible at the moment to tell if the Scyther had been caught in the attack, but it seemed that wasn’t what Ria had been planning. “Now, jump into the pillar, Arcanine! You can defend yourself easier from in there, because Scyther can’t follow you in without getting hurt!”

“Ar!” Arcanine replied, leaping into the towering column of fire. The heat didn’t bother her, being a Fire-type Pokemon, and she felt much more confident inside the burning barrier. She knew what Ria was planning, as they’d used this tactic before. She sat down and tilted her head back, flicking an ear a few times as she stared at the sky from the only opening available to the Scyther: from the top. After a second she lowered her gaze, knowing that if she was constantly gazing up that the Scyther wouldn’t take the bait. They had to make it seem like they weren’t expecting an attack from above.

They didn’t have to wait long. From outside the blazing pillar Ria saw a flash of green zooming to the very top of the raging fire. A moment later the Scyther came into full view, no longer using its Quick Attack as it hovered above the opening, preparing to drop down and attack. Ria waited until the Scyther had lowered itself from view, then cried out, “Now Arcanine! Extremespeed and Flamethrower!”

“Aaarrr!!” came the muffled reply. There was a startled cry from Scyther as Aracnine suddenly lunged upwards and past him with blinding speed. Before he could react a Flamethrower attack collided with the edges of the flaming tower and closed off the only exit, effectively sealing Scyther inside the searing column. A moment later, Arcanine landed in front of the leaping flames and glanced at Ria, who nodded. Turning back to the fire, Arcanine prepared to attack once the fire died down. The team was planning on Scyther being weakened from the heat, and thus not being as fast or swift as he normally was.

After a few minutes of rather tense waiting, the blaze finally died down, then sputtered out. Standing there was Scyther, wings beating madly to keep himself cool. He was so engrossed in this task he didn’t realize at first when the Fire Spin attack had stopped, which left him vulnerable. Without waiting for the order, Arcanine tore forward and slammed into Scyther with another Extremespeed. Shrieking, the Mantis hit the ground and bounced once, then came to a stop.

For a moment it seemed Ria and Arcanine had won. Ria pulled a PokeBall from her pack and enlarged it, smiling.

“That was a nice fight you put up, Scyther, but now you’re mine!” she exclaimed, then threw the Ball. It soared through the air, its aim true. It was about to be over…

…Until Scyther slashed at the PokeBall with a scythe and knocked it away. Ria gave a surprised gasp, and Arcanine yipped softly in shock. It had seemed Scyther was down for the count, but he had proved them wrong. Wings twitching, he shakily got to his claws feet and turned to face Arcanine, breathing hard.

“Arrrrr,” Arcanine growled softly. Scyther was young, and brash, and didn’t know when to give up. He was obviously running out of energy; even though he’d kept relatively cool inside the Fire Spin by beating his wings, he’d still overheated himself by the exertion. Arcanine didn’t want to fight him anymore and risk him getting hurt. Ria, too, felt bad about attacking the weakened Pokemon any further. She walked over to Arcanine and placed a hand on her head, then faced Scyther.

“We don’t want to fight you anymore,” she said softly. “You might get really hurt. So you can leave if you want to, and rest and get stronger, and we’ll just try again Thursday, okay? I can tell you don’t want to get caught yet.” She glanced at the spent PokeBall to emphasize her point. Scyther stared at her, looking confused, and she sighed. “Just go on, and get yourself all healed up. Just don’t leave the park, okay? Because it would be really hard to find you again if you did…”

“Attention all Trainers taking part in the Bug Catching Contest!! There has been a Pokemon theft near the entrance of the park, and until further noticed the contest is being put on hold. All Trainers, please report to the front of the park. Repeat, the Bug Catching Contest is now on hold due to a Pokemon theft!”

Ria and Arcanine glanced at one another, then Ria faced Scyther again as Arcanine turned around and lowered herself, making it easier for Ria to get on.

“Looks like we’ve got to cut this short anyways. Someone’s Pokemon getting stolen! It’s awful,” she said, mounting Arcanine and then shifting back to continue looking at Scyther. “We’ll see you Thursday, I hope. Stay safe!” she called back as Arcanine took off for the front of the park, before turning around to face the front.

If she had turned around, perhaps she would have saw Scyther take to the air, circle once, and then follow after them…

***

When the pair arrived at the front gate, they were greeted by a large group of people crowded around someone. There was a lot of loud talking and a fair share of arguing, but the noise that Ria heard before these was the anguished wails of a person who had just lost their Pokemon.

“My Pokemon!” cried a voice, and as Ria dismounted Arcanine and moved closer, she could see a young boy standing in the middle of the throng, crying himself hoarse. He had mussed brown hair, and his eyes were dark green behind the tears. His was wearing blue jean shorts, and his white T-shirt had a picture of a Rayquaza on the front. His black-and-blue tennis shoes looked rather scuffed-up, as if he'd had them for a long time.

The park manager, as well as the attendant who Ria doubted ever missed a day of work, were standing beside him, trying to console him. Someone mentioned that Officer Jenny was on her way to take a report down, but nothing could ease the boy’s pain.

“That poor child,” an older woman Trainer beside her said softly. “It seems he was fighting a Pokemon, and left his pack on the ground. Someone came up and grabbed it, then ran off with it. That boy had two other Pokemon inside. I want to tell him that he shouldn’t have left his pack lying around like he did, but I just don’t have the heart. He’s just experienced a terrible loss.”

“How long ago did it happen?” Ria asked, and the woman shrugged.

“I’m not sure,” she answered. “I heard the announcement and came as fast as I could, so I’m not exactly sure when it happened. I do hope they find the heartless person who took the pack and that boy’s Pokemon.”

“Well, we can!” Ria declared, and earned several looks from others who had been listening. Arcanine gave a determined “Ar!” from behind her, nodding in agreement, and the crowd moved aside for them as the two strode forward towards the boy.

“M-my Po-o-okem-mon!!!!” the boy was crying as they approached, and Ria kneeled down in front of him, smiling in a friendly manner.

“Hey there, my name is Ria, and this is Arcanine,” she said, having to repeat herself a few times to get the boy’s attention. He looked up and sniffed a few times, then wiped his eyes a bit. “We can help you, if you like.”

“Really?” the boy asked, and instead of sounding so upset he sounded rather hopeful. The park manager and his attendant exchanged glances, but didn’t say anything as Ria nodded.

“Really,” she said. “Can you show us where you pack was when it got stolen?”

“Yeah, over here,” the boy said, walking forward as the crowd parted so he wouldn’t be hindered. Ria and Arcanine followed, as did the others, and a moment later the boy came to a stop. “It was right around here,” he said, waving an arm to indicate the general area. Ria nodded and turned to face Arcanine.

“Do your thing, girl,” she said, and Arcanine let out a short bark as she stepped forward and lowered her nose to the ground. She sniffed a few times, then abruptly lifted her head and gave a howl. Ria grinned and vaulted onto her back, then turned to the boy and waved him closer. “Come on, get on, we’re going to go get your Pokemon back for you!” she exclamied.

“Oh, thank you!” the boy cried out as he ran over and got on Arcanine’s back in front of Ria, with a bit of help of course (since Arcanine was taller than him; he was only about eleven or so years old). After taking a good hold on Arcanine’s mane, he nodded to indicate he was ready, and Ria gave Arcanine a gentle thump on the side.

“Let’s get to it, girl!” she said, and Arcanine let out another howl as she bounded off after the thief.

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It wasn’t long before Ria spotted someone in the distance, running on foot as if their life depended on it. Arcanine let out a growl, and the boy wiggled a bit and strained to see over the Legendary Pokemon’s head. Instead, he settled for leaning to the side a bit, and when he saw the person he let out an angry cry.

“That’s him! See that gray pack he’s got in his right hand? That’s mine! And anyways, he’s wearing the shirt with the star on the back, and that’s the same kind of shirt the guy who took my pack was wearing! It’s gotta be him!!”

“Aaaarrrr!!!” Arcanine replied, nodding firmly. Ria knew, even if the boy were wrong, in his desire to find his Pokemon, that Arcanine’s nose couldn’t be fooled so easily. The way she was carrying on, it had to be the thief for sure.

“Alright then,” she said, wrapping an arm around the young boy’s waist, pressing her other palm against Arcanine’s back between her shoulder blades, “let’s get your Pokemon back!” With that, she shoved herself off of Arcanine’s back and landed neatly on her feet, watching her Pokemon bound off. She let the boy go and then called, “Arcanine, Extremespeed now!”

“Arrrrrr!!” Arcanine howled. The thief turned to see what the commotion behind him was, then let out a cry of shock when he saw Ria’s Arcanine chasing after him. A moment later he stumbled, then fell, having tripped over a rock or something. Arcanine couldn’t help but let out a barking laugh as the young man tumbled head over heels a few times before coming to a stop. Fool human, he should have been watching where he was running instead of gawking at her!

Within a few seconds she drew to a stop about two feet away from him, barking and growling menacingly. When he tried to stand, she made a mock lunge at him, causing the young man to let out a strangled scream and fall over onto his butt, shaking in fear. Arcanine snorted at him as she landed less than a foot away from him, then slowly backed up a bit.

Ria and the boy, whose she’d learned a moment ago was Koji, soon caught up with them, and Ria had to suppress a laugh at the young man’s disheveled appearance. His lanky black hair was sticking up in places, his yellow shirt and matching pants were twisted around and had dirt smudged on them from his fall, and one of his red sneakers was hanging halfway off his left foot. Lying beside him, still limply clasped in his hand, was Koji’s pack.

“I think you have something that belongs to this young man,” Ria said, stepping forward and holding her hand down to the haggled-looking youth on the ground. Koji stood beside her, hands balled into fists, glaring at the thief.

“Yeah, you took my pack, and my Pokemon!” he said angrily. Ria nodded once, not taking her eyes off the boy on the ground, who was returning the glare. He slowly lifted his hand, as if making to hand the pack over, but suddenly he reached into a pocket with his free hand and pulled out a PokeBall. He threw it, causing Ria and the others to jump back in surprise, and there came a snap as the PokeBall popped open after hitting the ground. There was a brilliant white flash, and from it formed a large, blue turtle. Protruding from its tough, brown shell were two cannons. Two small ears sat slightly sideways on its head, like a cat’s. As the Pokemon stretched, its PokeBall shut itself and flew backwards, returning to the young thief’s hand as he leapt to his feet.

“Blasty!” he cried out, his voice an odd high pitch. “Use Hydro Pump now!”

“Toise!” Blastoise replied, lowering himself to all fours and aiming the twin cannons in its shell. A second later, two high-powered blasts of water shot out of them, each having enough power to punch through steel.

“Arcanine!” Ria cried, grabbing Koji and quickly getting out of the way of the battle that was unfolding. “Avoid him, use Extremespeed!”

“Aaarrr!” Arcanine howled as she lunged to the side, moving as a blur. The Hydro Pump sailed by and whammed into a tree, snapping it in half with ease. Blastoise gave an annoyed grunt as he tried to keep up with Arcanine, but it was no use. The Legendary Pokemon was moving too fast to even see clearly.

“Blasty, use Earthquake before it hits you!” the thief cried. Blastoise grunted again as he stood, then lunged into the air, much higher than would have been thought for such a large creature. At the peak of his jump, Blastoise pulled his tail, arms, legs, and head into his shell, and a moment later slammed into the ground with amazing force. The impact cause the ground to tremble violently, tripping up Arcanine and causing her to tumble to the ground. “Now, Bubblebeam!” Now Blastoise emerged from his shell and stood, taking a deep breath and then unleashing a barrage of large bubbles from his jaws. They shot forward at amazing speed and slammed into Arcanine’s side, flipping her over a few times as she yelped in pain. Those bubbles were extremely hard, their surface tension being higher than normal bubbles, and it took a lot of force to make them pop, which all of them did. “And now, Skull Bash!” Blatoise let out a mighty roar and pulled his head into his shell, then charged at the prone Arcanine.

“Arca-girl, get up, come on!” Ria cried, feeling awful. She’d left her other Pokemon in the PC, having wanted to train only Arcanine because she’s only joined the team a few days ago. Now she wished she hadn’t done such a rash thing, because Arcanine was really getting beat up out there.

“Arrrr,” Arcanine responded weakly, struggling to her paws. But even as she readied herself to continue fighting, Blastoise threw himself at her, his head coming out of his shell and smashing into Arcanine’s side with vicious force. Howling loudly, Arcanine flew through the air backwards a few feet, then crashed to the ground. She rolled a few times, then came to a stop, not moving.

“Arcanine!” Ria cried out in despair, rushing forward to her fallen Pokemon’s side. She dropped to her knees and stroked the weak Pokemon’s side, tears in her eyes. “Oh my sweet, strong, good girl. You did you best, but now it’s time for you to take a break.” She then pulled Arcanine’s PokeBall from her pocket and recalled her. A thin beam of red light shot from the lock of the PokeBall and engulfed the Arcanine. Within moments, Arcanine had been reverted to energy form, and the red light retreated back into the Ball, taking her with it. Afterwards, Ria put the Ball back into her pocket and stood, turning to face the young thief, who was laughing in triumph.

“If you ain’t strong enough to take them back, that makes them mine!” he crowed, and Blastoise gave a short roar, seeming to agree. He certainly was a big enough bully, having attacked Arcanine so roughly.

“No it doesn’t!” Koji yelled as he pulled something off his belt, which Ria hadn’t noticed at first because the young boy’s shirt had been covering it. “I want my Pokemon back, and I’m gonna get ‘em! They’re my friends and I won’t let you take them!!” He heaved the PokeBall as hard as he could, and while it was still in the air it popped open with the familiar crack-noise. There came the white flash as the Pokemon contained inside was released, and the Ball closed as it fell. Koji jumped up and caught it, and as he landed his Pokemon took shape and form.

Ria let out a gasp. A Scizor, the evolved form of Scyther!!! It stood about Ria’s height, and looked rather like a mantis that was encased in red armor. It’s scythes were now powerful pinchers with eye marks on them. A pair of translucent wings constantly beat and twitched, and three horns were sprouting from its head. She stared, dumbfounded, as Koji pointed at the thief and his Blastoise.

“Ripper, that guy’s the one who took our friends, and he won’t give them back, so we’re gonna have to take them back! Are you ready?!”

“SciZOR!” the Scizor exclaimed. Its voice was softer, like Arcanine’s, which told Ria that this Pokemon was a female.

“That’s great,” she muttered, then shook her head and snapped out of it a moment later. This was no time to be admiring another’s Pokemon! Instead she stood back a fair distance, ready to help in any way she could. She had a feeling, though, that Koji wouldn’t need her help. He seemed like a capable Trainer, despite his young age.

“Alright Ripper, start things off with Double Attack, then use a Swords Claw, and finish with an Aerial Wing!!”

Ria blinked a few times, wondering what the boy was talking about. What in the world was Double Attack? Or Aerial Wing? Ria wasn’t the only one confused though, as the young thief and his Blastoise exchanged puzzled looks. Koji’s Scizor, though, seemed to know exactly what to do. With a fierce cry she tore forward, multiplying. Double Team, of course. And then, every copy started to blink in and out of sight. Ria did a double take, stunned. Double Attack!

“Toise!” Blastoise cried as the Scizors fell upon it. Using her speed, Scizor was able to make it seem as if the copies were physically attacking. Blastoise staggered back, taken completely by surprise, and his Trainer let out an angry shout.

“Blasty, quick, Ice Beam!”

“Toise!” Blastoise responded, opening its mouth and readying to fire an Ice Beam. But he didn’t know which Scizor was the real one, and thus didn’t know which to attack. Crying out in frustration, he finally chose one and fired the attack at it. The moment the attack made contact, the Scizor faded from sight. It was a copy, and Blastoise stomped the ground in anger, glancing around wildly, trying to decide which Scizor was the real one.

Meanwhile, Scizor and her copies had fallen back and were taking this opportunity to use the next move, which Ria was eager to see. Swords Claw, it obviously was Swords Dance coupled with another move. But what? Ria was too excited to think about it as the Scizors each began to glow red. Ghostly shapes began to appear in front of them, and slowly formed into swords that were glowing red as well. The swords then began to spin around each Scizor, until they were red, flaring blurs, which were slowly absorbed by each Scizor. The glow then faded from them, until only one Scizor was still glowing. It was the real one, but before this revelation could be made by Blastoise or his Trainer, the Scizor had charged forward and slammed both of her pinchers into his chest. As Blastoise fell back, dazed by the blow, Ria could see Scizor’s pinchers were glowing. That must have been a Metal Claw attack, paired with a Swords Dance! As the attack hit, the Scizor’s Double Team faded, leaving her as the only Scizor in the battlefield.

“Blasty!” the Blastoise’s Trainer shouted. “Come on, you can take down that stupid Scizor! Use Hydro Pump again!”
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“Tooiiise!” Blastoise bellowed, getting his wits back about him and shaking in anger. Koji snorted as Scizor flew backwards, then shot into the air high above them. Blastoise aimed his cannons upwards and fired twin blasts of water. Easily, Scizor dodged them as she flew up higher and higher, and Ria was reminded of how the Scyther she was trying to catch had evaded Swampert’s Water Gun.

“Do it now Ripper!” Koji cried out, and a moment later Scizor began to fall, angling her body so that she was falling straight down, her body vertical to the ground. She folded her wings back against her sides and plummeted towards the Blastoise with breakneck speed.

“Blasty, now! Hydro Pump again!” the young thief screamed, thinking this the perfect shot. How would the Scizor avoid the attack now? Blastoise let out a satisfied grumble and aimed its cannons.

“Ripper, quick, dodge it!” Koji cried, but Ria knew it wouldn’t work. There was no way the Scizor could evade this attack, even if she used an Agility move. She was falling too fast, and even as she started to spread her wings so she could try and dodge the attack somehow, Blastoise let loose another Hydro Pump. There was no way, no way to avoid getting hit…

“Scythaaaaaa!!!”

A green blur suddenly tore out of the bushes to the right and whammed into Scizor, knocking her out of the path of the Hydro Pump. Scizor let out a surprised cry as she tumbled through the air, beating her wings madly to regain her balance. After a moment she landed, confused. What had happened?

“What the heck?” the thief cried out as the green blur began to slow down. It seemed to have lost no momentum because of the collision, and Scizor herself wasn’t hurt. Apparently she’d been hit at just the right angle and speed to get her out of the Hydro Pump’s range, but not hurt her, or the one who had flown into her.

“It’s a Scyther!” Koji exclaimed a moment later as the green blur landed and was still. Indeed, it was a Scyther, and Ria couldn’t help but grin widely.

“You!” she said, moving forward a few steps. “Did you come to help us?”

“Scyyyy,” Scyther replied, nodding. He then turned to face the Blastoise, who was looking more worried than annoyed now. His Trainer, though, seemed hell-bent on keeping the Pokemon he’d stolen.

“Blasty, it’s time to get serious! Use Blizzard until they faint!” he shouted, looking furious. Blastoise scowled, and looked like he didn’t want to battle anymore, but he didn’t want to disappoint his Trainer by giving up and began to prepare his attack.

“I don’t think so!” Ria retorted, stepping forward again. “Alright Scyther, use a Fury Cutter attack!”

“You too, Ripper! Hit it with all you got!” Koji commanded, and the two Pokemon leapt forward, both looking ready to finish the battle once and for all. Blastoise, caught off-guard by the speed of the dual attacks, stepped back in a feeble attempt to avoid them. It didn’t work.

“Blaaaaast!” he cried out as Scizor hit him with a pincher in the chest, and Scyther landed a blow on his side. Again and again they attacked, each blow being more powerful than the last. Blastoise’s thick shell protected him from the blows at first, but he had no time to defend himself in any way, or to take the offensive, and soon he began to feel the attacks as they gained strength.

“Blasty, use Withdraw!” his Trainer yelled, unable to see that it wouldn’t help. Scizor and Scyther’s combined attacks had become too powerful for Blastoise’s shell to be an effective defense now. Indeed, a moment later the Pokemon collapsed, weak and aching all over.

Scyther and Scizor retreated a bit, both looking rather tired after the frenzy of attacks they’d used. They remained cautious though, in case the Blastoise tried to fire one last attack at them. But it was over; Blastoise was in no condition to keep fighting. With an infuriated, wordless cry, the thief recalled him and then angrily threw the gray pack at Koji.

“Take your stupid Pokemon back!” he shouted, then whirled around and took off. Scyther made an angry noise and made to chase after him, but stopped when Ria called out to him.

“Let him go, he’s learned his lesson, and Koji has his Pokemon back now,” she said, and Scyther nodded slowly. Koji picked up his pack from where it had landed at his feet, then stood and looked at Ria.

“Thanks a lot. You really helped us out. I don’t think I woulda been able to get my Pokemon back without your help,” he said, then looked at Scyther. “That Pokemon is wild, isn’t he?”

“Yeah, he is,” Ria said, smiling at the Scyther, who was looking uncertain of what to do. “I’ve been trying to catch him for two days now. I was about to try it when the announcement was made, so I had to let him go. I wonder why he’s here?”

“I’ll bet he wanted to help, because he knows you’re a good person. You could have ignored the announcement and kept fighting him to catch him, but instead you came to help me. He knows you’re trustworthy, right?” He directed the last part at Scyther, who gave a hesitant nod. Ria smiled, impressed at Koji’s wit, then stepped forward again.

“I’m glad you came to help us, Scyther,” she said. “If you hadn’t, we might have lost.”

“Scyyyy,” he replied, puffing his chest out and looking proud now. Ria chuckled.

“So what do you say? You want to come with me? I would be really glad if you did…” When Scyther didn’t reply, Ria stepped back and pulled a spare PokeBall from her knapsack. “It’s your choice. If you don’t want to come, you can break out of the Ball.” She then threw it, and it lightly hit the Mantis on the chest. It popped open, engulfing Scyther in a mass of red light, and then drew him inside before closing. The Ball landed on the ground, and Ria watched anxiously as it began to wiggle...


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Note: Heh, ER wanted me to add that he wants to grade the story. So here it is lol. Remember, this be my first URPG story (but far from my first fic).
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Reserving stories isn't allowed, so I'll take over from here.

Story: Very nice. It has a basic plot (you run after a robber and then battle the wild Pokemon you've wanted for days), but it was done well. As a first story, I'm pretty impressed. The Pokemon were also given much personality, which added to their character.

Spelling/Grammar: Little to no errors. I ran this through a spell-check, but nothing came up. You certainly know your grammar and how to write. However, I think beginning sentences with "but" is incorrect. Very minor mistake, though.

Description: Wonderful. Both the plot and battles were fleshed out, making them more exciting and really giving more to this story as a whole. I really like your style of writing. Things like "burning barrier" to describe an attack by the Arcanine were just one of the little details that made this enjoyable to read.

Length: Seems close to 30,000 characters, which is perfect for our little mantis.

Battle: Great, especially the description you use! I think it could have been a bit longer for a rare Pokemon like this, but what you had was good enough, in my opinion. Very nice work.

Outcome: Scyther captured! Please tell me you will add more.
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^^ I'm glad you like it, and of course I need to add more, ne? Can't leave it hanging like this. I'll have it up soon, sometime today hopefully ^^.
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