The Ralts has already gotten used to me, Rina, and my house. I seriously thought it’d take longer than that for a stranger to get used to. Anyways, we were hours away from the ultimate showdown, so I decided to have a bit of leisure time with the two. It was a nice and sunny day anyways, what more could you ask for? First of all, I wanted to name this Ralts, but I couldn’t unless if I know its gender, so off to the Pokémon Center I went.
I arrived at the center, and it wasn’t crowded today like every other day it was. I went to go see the person who seemed to know everything about identifying the genders of Pokémon. I knew how she looked already. She was pretty slim and had blue hair, also wears rectangular glasses that made her look professional.
I approached the counter and she saw me and said, “Why hello Shigu! Are you here to drop off Rina again?”
“Not this time, she’s perfectly fine. I was wondering if you can determine the gender of this Ralts…”
She answered pretty quickly, “It’s a male.”
I was amazed yet again, “How’d do you keep on doing that?”
“That’s a family secret, now have a nice day!” And she left to see other customers.
I left the center and was walking aimlessly, thinking of a name for this male Ralts. Too bad for me, I wasn’t paying attention and happened to walk straight towards a tree. The Ralts, however, noticed that I was and teleported the tree out of my way. I just noticed the he did, but, I started to wonder where he teleported it to. Then a few seconds later, it appeared again falling onto the ground, next to where it was standing before. How he was able to teleport something that large, I’d never know.
We got back home, and did random stuff until the night shift…
It was time for the final card to be revealed. I dressed up accordingly and was on my way to the poker championship building with both Rina & the Ralts I still couldn’t name.
When we arrived, a lot of people were already there, awaiting for the last card to be revealed. A few moments later, Ryo arrived, and lastly, the dealer, holding a whole deck of cards in his hand. We were both told to grab the cards we had before they were stolen. Since neither of us knew which cards they were, we used the reference pictures given by the photographers to see what are cards were, mine were a jack of clovers and an ace of hearts. Neither of us would dare to cheat, because the photo evidence was right there, and we didn’t want to end up like Iori. The dealer then placed down the flop cards (jack of diamonds, 4 of spades, and 4 of diamonds) and the turn card (jack of clubs) according to the photo, and then grabbed the card in the deck that he was about to place down before the game was interrupted. I felt a bit tense at this point, because what I’ve long been waiting for is finally about to happen.
The dealer said, “I will now reveal the card.”
Something wasn’t right about him like he was yesterday. His voice was a lot deeper than before, and I just noticed that he was a lot fatter than before. I felt very suspicious. The Ralts was hiding behind Rina in some kind of fear, I started to wonder what that was about.
The dealer revealed the river card…it was a 4 of clovers.
I didn’t feel good about this, I didn’t think a full house was enough to win this game. But anyways, I revealed my cards. The deeper voiced dealer called, ‘three of a kind’! Then Ryo showed his cards…a 4 of hearts and an ace of diamonds. I was struck again, and the dealer called, ‘four of a kind’!
“The winner is Ryo~!” He was interrupted.
“Not so fast! Who do you think you are?” Another dealer appeared from the double doors. This was actually the dealer who picked up the card yesterday.
Everyone was confused, who was the dealer of this game?
But then the fat dealer laughed, in that horrible laugh that sounded too familiar to me. And then I knew…
“Hold it!” I pointed at the fat dealer, “Aren’t you…Iori Kaoru?!”
The fat dealer was no longer laughing, “Very good Shigu, I’m amazed you were able to figure it out!”
“But why sabotage the game?” I asked in such an annoying manner.
“It’s simple, really. After I was kicked out of this place, I wanted no one else to win the money! So I found a Ralts, and used it to teleport all the card decks it could find, to someplace where I only knew. However, it failed to teleport the deck you were using in your game because it was ‘too tired’. So I had my Scyther get in there and steal them for me. After I had all the decks in my possession, I disposed of the Ralts and went home to formulate the second phase of my plan! I disguised myself as the dealer with one of the stolen official deck of cards, and delayed the arrival of the official dealer by using one of my minions!”
I didn’t even pay attention to half of that, “Well, don’t think I won’t take legal action against you for sabotage and impersonation!”
“Not a chance!” He released his Scyther and it immediately went to work. It threw the dealer out of the room, and sealed all the doors. This only left me, him, his son, Rina, and the Ralts, which the Scyther didn’t notice, in the room.
“You and your Vulpix are going down! Scyther, slash them to bits!
The Scyther flew at mach speed towards Rina, but I said to her, “Rina, burn that Scyther to a crisp before it thinks about it!”
Rina shot a blazing Flamethrower at it, but the Scyther dodged it and slashed Rina very hard. Rina was knocked into the wall, and when she got back up, a part of her body had a visible cut. However, the Flamethrower she shot earlier hit the mini bar at the other end of the room, causing the flammable alcohol to burst into flames. The Scyther felt the heat, but it wasn’t affected as bad.
Iori gave Scyther its next command, “Scyther! Use Night Slash on that Vulpix!”
The Scyther’s arm glowed light blue and it flew at its high speed towards Rina.
I then gave Rina her next order, “Rina, use Payback!”
The Scyther first hit Rina on the back with its Night Slash, Rina was wailing in pain. But she leapt into the air, and used that damaged she just got earlier and hit the Scyther right on its back. The Scyther wasn’t in pain like when she got it however.
“Next up, Fury Cutter! Get ready for your demise!”
The Scyther slashed Rina with its scythe. It didn’t deal too much damage, but it put another cut on Rina body.
“Okay Rina, Fire Spin!”
Rina breathed out a flame and aimed it below the Scyther. The flame than rose up like a twister and burned the Scyther’s wings. Because of that, the Scyther was no longer able to fly.
“You’ll pay for that, use X-Scissors, Scyther!” He yelled at it.
The Scyther’s arms glowed again and crossed its scythes. It approached Rina and slashed them, but Rina jumped out of the way on time.
“Let’s use Extrasensory, Rina!”
Rina’s mind focused on the Scyther, and she burst invisible power at it. The Scyther flew back far, but not far enough to touch the flaming alcohol.
“Use Double Hit!”
Scyther approached Rina, and slashed her with both scythes at once. Rina couldn’t take anymore, and collapsed to the ground.
Iori was laughing louder than ever, “That’s what you get for crossing me!”
But then I started laughing, “It’s not over yet. Come over here Ralts!”
The Ralts was too afraid to come out on the open because of Iori’s presence, but after seeing my non-maniacal expression, the Ralts came forward.
“Hah, do you think you can beat me with that weak sauce? Use Fury Cutter, Scyther!”
The Scyther ran towards it, but I had a move in mind.
“Ralts, use Teleport!”
Ralts started teleporting away from the Scyther. The Scyther kept on following it, but Ralts kept on teleporting. As soon as the Scyther was tired out, the Ralts had something in mind. He teleported the Scyther right inside the mouth of the flaming alcohol.
The sight wasn’t pretty at all, the Scyther’s skin was crisping to a brown. Iori returned the Scyther in it’s Pokéball before it got any worse.
Iori was angered, “You got lucky! I’ll be seeing you again for revenge! Come Ryo, let’s go home.”
Ryo did not object his father, and left the scene without saying a word, in fact, he hasn’t said anything since it began.
I put out the fire with an extinguisher and forced all the doors open. Everyone was already gone, and the game was never finished after all. I carried Rina in my arms, and the Ralts slowly followed me. I something a little eye catching on a bar counter. It was a face down card, and there was a note next to it. It read, “I’m sorry we couldn’t finish the game, the game was cancelled because of this disturbance. But just for laughs, I left you the river card for only you to see.” –From, Kuro Hakun. And at the bottom right-hand corner, there was a Luxio stamp on it.
I assumed this ‘Kuro Hakun’ was the original game dealer. So I took a look at the card, and shocked I was, it was a jack of hearts. I would’ve won the championship if it weren’t for that disturbance. It didn’t really matter to me anymore however, I just wanted to go home. And all three of us departed.
The next day, I started off by watching the news. The showed a report on Iori Kaoru being sent to jail for committing felonies. Afterwards, they showed a short bit on that Kuro Hakun guy, asking him what that final card was.
He replied, “I’m very sorry, but that secret is mine alone.”
He was very sly to not mention that he showed me the card. But it didn’t matter, because my poker career is behind me. I think another job will suit me.
Ralts came up to me and teleported a Pokéball on my lap. His facial expression read that it wanted to stay with me forevermore. I can’t say no to a face like that. I threw the Pokéball at it and his silhouette was absorbed into the Pokéball.
The Pokéball shook once, twice…
Ready for grading!
My knowledge of poker is very limited, please don't count that against me.
In this story, the move Teleport can also teleport other objects to designated areas