“So I see you finally made it to our match. What, you run out of excuses for ducking me?”
Placidly tossing a Premier Ball up and down in one hand, Chris simply smiled at Sam’s idle taunts. “And good to see you too madam. Trust me, when this is over, I won’t be the one looking for excuses.” Catching the ball in hand, he adroitly balanced it between three fingers and adjusting his silver tinted glasses in preparation, “Now, shall we?”
Smiling smugly, Sam gestured for him to release first, “By all means. Go right ahead.” Shrugging with a smile, Chris released his opening Pokémon. Erupting from her Premier Ball in a burst of white laser light was Tasha, Chris’s Tyranitar. Landing heavily, the Armor Pokémon immediately whipped up a violent sandstorm with its Sand Stream ability.
It was his staple opening gambit, but also one that Samantha was fully prepared for as she released her own Mienshao. Chris visibly winched at the unfavorable type match up. Sam on the other hand was all smiles, “Yeah, I figured that you’d start things off with your Tyranitar. Quick Mienshao, let’s bust him down to size with a Hi-Jump Kick!”
However, as the Martial Arts Pokémon leapt high into the air, Chris casually pulled out another Premier Ball. “Not one of your best match-up’s eh, Tasha? Tash, return! Hackenslash, your time to shine!” In an instant, the bulking Tyranitar was replaced with a sleek Aegislash. As opposed to the classic straight-sword and circle shield duplet, Hackenslash instead sported a long cutlass and half heater-shield with a skull motif.
Taking but a moment to grasp the situation, Hackenslash methodically unsheathed her cutlass, lining it up as if to decapitate the oncoming Mienshao on impact. Instead, the spectral blade, and in fact, the entirety of the Aegislash’s form phased harmlessly through the Martial Arts Pokémon. But between the pseudo-slash and the stinging sandstorm, Sam’s Mienshao botched the landing for her Hi-Jump-Kick, crashing painfully into the ground.
As the Martial Arts Pokémon wearily picked itself off the ground, Sam sucked her teeth, pulling out its Pokéball, readying her next Pokémon. “Mienshao, take five! Gengar, you’re up!” As Mienshao returned, a purple blob of darkness immediately eclipsed its swirl of light. A Cheshire smile stretched across the void, taking the shape of a grinning Gengar.
“But that’s not all!” Smiling alongside her own Ghost Pokémon, Samantha raised her arm to show off a gleaming Mega-Bracelet. A sinister indigo and lavender smoke enveloped the Gengar, wrapping and remolding it into a Mega-Gengar. Landing on the ground with a haunting laugh, its shadow streaked out towards Hackenslash, but with a deft whirl of her blade, the Aegislash sliced the attempt at trapping her with Shadow Tag.
“Well done Hack’s.” Acknowledging her prudence with a nod, Chris followed up with a command, “Now let’s set up a Substitute while we have a moment to spare.” Flourishing her blade, the Aegislash seemed to momentarily fade before a rudimentary facsimile of herself popped into existence.
However, Samantha wasn’t perturbed in the least by this development. “Not like I plan on giving you much of a chance to run away this time either. Gengar! Sludge Bomb.” Cheeks budging, the Mega-Gengar blasted out a ball of unsanitary black bile from its mouth. Even amidst the swirling sandstorm, the bomb seemed to strike Hackenslash dead on, but as the dust settled, a glimmering hexagon shield protected both Hackenslash and its Substitute.
“Now, what say we put an end to this upstart?” Registering Chris’s command, a sinister gleam traced its way across the edge of the Aegislash’s blade. As the hexagonal barrier dissipated Hackenslash unsheathed her sword once more, this time curling the cutlass up and over its shield, a dark ball of ethereal smoke accumulating at the tip.
“No! Gengar! Stop it with Hypnosis!” The Shadow Pokémon slammed its large hands into the ground, boring its third eye into Hackenslash, but to no avail. Her concentration too honed, and as if in retaliation for the attempt at involuntary somnolence, swings her blade around in a wicked arc, sending the orb of otherworld energy streaking straight toward the Gengar’s central eye.
The blast hit its mark dead-on, instantly knocking out the Mega-Gengar. Evaporating into its shadow like vesper wisps, the opposing Ghost Pokémon faded back into its Pokéball, defeated. To highlight her triumph, Hackenslash gave a flurry of showy swordsmanship to highlight her triumph, adding ‘just’ a bit of insult to the injury.
“That’s only one down,” At having her Pokémon one-shot so easily, Sam grit her teeth in an angry grimace before turning it into a grin as she readied her next team-member, “And I’m nowhere near out of the game just yet! Go! Goodra!”
With what could only be called a ‘plop’, the Goodra heavily landed onto the battlefield. Unknowingly, Samantha was expertly keeping on top of Chris’s tactics. For one of the pseudo-legendaries, Goodra was perhaps the most uncommon of them all, boasting one the strongest Special Defense stats of all the Dragon-types. This usually wouldn’t be an issue for Aegislash, which were primarily physical attackers… but Hackenslash had been raised with special move-set in mind.
Realizing this, Chris quickly rationalized a plan of action, “No need to worry, we’ve still got the sub up. In the meantime, let’s scout some moves.” Hackenslash re-sheathed its blade, readying King’s Shield right as a blistering Fire Blast scorched across the protective barrier. Now wary, Chris raised an eyebrow. “O-kay. Didn’t see that one coming. The good thing is that Fire Blast has a limited amount of shots, so we should be able to alternately tank them till she runs out of power.”
As if on cue, a powerful Thunderbolt crackled around the metallic Substitute. Fortunately, Hackenslash had a surfeit of stamina from which to make the mini-facsimile. However, it didn’t survive the bolt unscathed, a bit of the mock metalwork fusing and splintering apart. Naturally blessed in Special Defense, Sam’s Goodra was no slouch when it came to its Special Attack either.
Though Chris was struggling to retain an air of calm, Hackenslash was utterly undeterred and gave a flourish with her rapier, ready to retaliate. Nodding, Chris called the command, “Alright Hack’s, let’s send her a Shadow Ball and see if we can knock that Special Defense stat down!” The sword and shield Pokémon responded immediately and with a spiraling lunge, sliced a spectral hole in the air ahead of her to send a Shadow Ball hurtling toward the sticky slug-dragon. Despite the heightened power output from switching to her offensive stance, Hack’s Shadow Ball did little to daunt the dragon’s defense’s, shouldering into the blow before shaking itself free of the leftover lavender wisps.
“Now! Fire Blast!” Rearing up, the Goodra unleashed another blazing star toward the Aegislash. If Sam was trying to jump the gun and try land a hit before Chris could call for a countermeasure, it didn’t quite work. Already recognizing the routine, Hackenslash had already readied another King’s Shield, causing the inferno to whiff against the impromptu imperial barrier.
Spinning herself around to signify not only her devilish delight at rendering the Goodra’s efforts useless, but also a full recovery of her HP via Leftover’s, Chris smiled at Hackenslash winking and snapping his fingers toward the Goodra. In a dazzling display that brought back memories, Shadow Ball and Thunderbolt crossed, collided, mixed, and separated, striking both combatants with a merger of both ethereal and electrical energy.
Sam’s Goodra attempted to shrug it off in a show of strength, but it was clear that the Aegislash’s attacks were steadily wearing it down. But the cross-counter wasn’t without merit. Its resistance exceeded, fracture lines crisscrossed the Substitute before crackling into pieces. Samantha pumped her fist excitedly, “Alright Goodra, they’ve got nowhere left to hide! Now melt that rusty cutlass down to slag with a full force Fire Blast!”
Rearing up, the Goodra focused the heat building inside of it to its peak temperature, then, with a gleam in its eye that echoed its trainer’s zeal, unleashed a searing star of flames, crashing into the opposition with an impressive explosion. Raising her arm to shield herself from the blast of smoke, Sam looked on in eager anticipation, waiting for the smoke to clear to see the result of her Goodra’s attack.
Seconds passed, yet the resolution of the battlefield didn’t seem any clearer. In fact, it seemed to be progressively getting worse. Not only was Chris’s side of the field obscured, but her Goodra was getting hazy as well. It took a stinging sensation against her cheeks to cause for concern, but the clarity of the situation was only confirmed as a gap in the swirling shroud revealed that her Goodra’s full power Fire Blast had been stonewalled. Literally.
Instead of calling for another King’s Shield, Chris had switched his Pokémon at the last second, recalling his Aegislash and sending its stead… his Tyranitar. Unlike before when the battle had first begun, the craggy Pokémon seemed quite energized. Though in all fairness, he had switched it out almost immediately after seeing the unfavorable match up. In any case, the Dark Rock Pokémon gleefully whipped up a whirling sandstorm which now viciously lashed at her Goodra.
Perhaps it was the swirling Sand Stream that billowed from out of the holes that lined the Armor Pokémon’s flank, or simply the concern that her Goodra didn’t have much stamina left anyway, but for some reason, Sam forwent with a STAB attack, instead opting for another Thunderbolt. Ultimately, the move was little more effective than the Fire Blast before, the bolt striking Tasha’s tough hide with hardly a sign she’d been struck.
Clearly unconcerned with any significant retaliation, Chris smiled and announced to the enthusiastic Tyranitar, “Alright Tasha, we’re a bit late to the party, but we might as well set up some Stealth Rocks for crowd control.” Nodding in acknowledgement, the Tyranitar focused for a second, modulating its sandstorm to fire out several glistening crystalline stones that hovered in midair over the opponents side of the field before refracting themselves into invisibility. It wouldn’t do any damage just yet, but it would put a price tag on any other switching from Sam. “Good opening Tash, now let’s clear another form the deck. Get ready to dish out some sweet Payback!”
“Oh no you don’t! Goodra get back! Go Lilligant!” In a speedy switch, Sam withdrew her Goodra and exchanged the longsuffering Pokémon for a fresh contender. A florally fresh contender, with a sound type advantage which would have worried Chris a little more if Tasha hadn’t immediately unleashed the Payback she’d prepared to finish off Goodra. Between Tyranitar’s attack, the sand storm and Stealth Rock’s entry damage, the Lilligant was promptly dropped to half health in a heartbeat.
Panicked at such a major setback from onset, Sam quickly called for retaliation… and recovery. “Ah! Quick! Lilligant, use Giga Drain!” Focusing, the Flowering Pokémon concentrated on the Tyranitar across from it. Little buds of green energy flourished all across the Armor Pokémon’s craggy body, her solid stonewall Defense little match for the Grass-type’s super-effective STAB Special Attack. Bud quickly blossomed into blooms, in the process, sending a swirl of rejuvenating energy toward the Lilligant, bringing its health back up… to the Tyranitar’s detriment.
“Hah! That’s it Lilligant! You’ve got ‘em on their last legs!” Giving another wry smile toward Chris she address him directly, “Now what are you going to do?” To this, Chris kept silent, instead looking toward his Tyranitar knowingly. Wearily looking back, Tasha gave a nod, and began concentrating yet again. It was another Payback, but vastly different to the previous attempt. Before, due to Sam switching as opposed to attacking, Tasha’s Payback had summoned a paltry six or seven spheres of vengeance made manifest, unable to harbor any deep-seated ill-will toward the newcomer. This time however, with the pain of Giga Drain fresh in her memory, Tasha successfully summoned several DOZEN spheres. With a reverberating roar, she stomped forward, sending her assembled ire streaking toward the Grass Pokémon.
The onslaught peppered not only the opponent, but the surrounding ground as well, kicking up a dust cloud once more. Samantha crossed her fingers. All she needed was for her Lilligant to hang on with just a couple HP. Just enough to get in one last Giga Drain to finish the Tyranitar off and regain a bit more health to prepare her sweep tactic.
The dust was soon blown away by the billowing sandstorm, and there, hanging on with her health in the single digits, stood Sam’s Lilligant. Petal’s ragged, flower nearly wilted, the Flowering Pokémon clung to consciousness with a deep rooted tenacity. Elated Sam pumped a fist skyward in triumph. She now finally stood a chance of turning the tables…
That was until an errant wind scythed across the battlefield, sandblasting the Lilligant and chipping away at that final lifeline.
Succumbing to the stinging sand, the Lilligant didn’t so much faint as she did swoon, dramatically falling to the floor. Gritting her teeth but saying nothing, Samantha silently recalled her Lilligant, and in its stead, sent out Mienshao. As the Martial Arts Pokémon struck a fighting stance deftly fending off the barrage of Stealth Rocks, Chris noticed that it seemed to be in better health than before.
“Regenerator, eh?” Chris noted to himself. The ability could have proved problematic prior to this point, but with nearly half her team down and out, the Martial Arts Pokémon wouldn’t be so easily suited to switch in and out. Especially now that Tasha had managed to set up a round of Stealth Rocks, keeping her Pokémon in constant rotation wouldn’t be in her best interests. Chris on the other hand, had no qualms about changing his Pokémon around, and with such an unfavorable matchup for Tasha, who had scarcely a quarter of her health remaining, succinctly made the exchange to Hackenslash once more.
Hedging her bets on whether Chris would recall his Tyranitar or not, Sam had called for her Mienshao to use Drain Punch as opposed to Drain Punch. It wasn’t as risky as Hi-Jump Kick, but would still get the job done if Chris didn’t switch. Nodding in foresight as the Martial Arts Pokémon’s fist phased harmlessly through the Aegislash, Sam quickly called for a U-Turn. Racing forward, the Mienshao elegantly leapt, slammed into Hackenslash’s hastily raised half-shield, then flipped backward in a spiraling somersault, disappearing in a flash of laser-light.
While Sam readied her next Pokémon, Chris quickly called out to his own, “Alright Hack’s, let’s set up a Sub while we’ve got a minute to breathe.” Giving a theatrical hack, slash, and stab with her cutlass, the Royal Sword Pokémon once again faded herself out as she created a rudimentary replica of herself. It was immediately followed by a flash of laser light as Samantha sent out a Porygon-Z. Peppered by several crystalline stones which materialized upon its release, the Virtual Pokémon buzzed and jinked erratically before setting its sights on the opposing Aegislash. For her part, Aegislash met the glitching Porygon’s gaze with a level one of her own. Their trainers too locked eyes, Sam’s terse expression in sharp contrast to Chris’s attempt to hide a smile. He’d burned through practically half of her team without losing a single party member of his own. Despite his advantage, he tried to keep his joviality under control, he knew just how easily the tide of battle could turn. As such, he continued to play things safe and called for Hackenslash to use King’s Shield.
Perhaps predicting this and not wanting to waste a move, Sam countered with Tri-Attack. Glitching out once more as it the three avian energies manifested and merged, Thunder, Fire and Ice fused into one Normal type attack that shot would have shot straight through the Aegislash’s spectral body… if it wasn’t scattered by its shield first. Not only did the Porygon’s attack reduce the successfulness of a subsequent attempt to immediate reuse King’s Shield, but it did little to help scout the Pokémon’s move-set.
Seeming to get back onto the groove somewhat, Sam warranted a bit of a smile. “Alright Porygon-Z, let’s see if we can put the freeze on this switchblade with Ice Beam!” Jerking erratically to turn one eye to look at Sam in acknowledgement, the other remaining trained on the Aegislash. Keeping its head fixed in place, the rest of its body twisted, flickered, and distorted disconnectedly. An ice* pattern grew over the surface of its synthetic skin, shimmering in fitful bursts, before the Porygon snapped back to standard. Then, drawing itself up, drawing in the frosty pattern to a single point, focused the freezing cold into a subzero beam of energy toward the Aegislash.
The bitter arctic blast struck the sword and shield Pokémon’s simulacra straight on, but echoing its creators typeset, the attack did little to dent the Steel framework. Putting on a bit of an Australian accent, Chris smiled and said, “You call that a strike? That’s not a strike…” Fluidly unsheathing its cutlass, Hackenslash let a gleam of silver-gray light danced along the edge of its blade. Flicking the shimmering gleam up into the air, the Royal Sword Pokémon danced its blade elegantly around the light-drop as it rose, reached the peak of its arc, then, began to tumble and fall. Shining like a silver coin in freefall, its sheen was only rivaled by the wicked gleam in Hackenslash’s agate eye.
“…This, is a strike!” Reaching directly in front of her, the Aegislash drew her blade back, then trust forward seamlessly slicing the bead of light, and sending a bolt of blinding silver-white energy lancing toward the Porygon-Z. Piercing the Virtual Pokémon, the Porygon thrashed wildly as the bolt of metallic energy lanced through it. It wasn’t a one-hit knock-out, but it came close, dropping the data Pokémon down to the red in a single strike.
Realizing that her Pokémon simply would not survive another attack, Sam hastily yelled, “Porygon-Z, quick! Use Dark Pulse to break the Substitute to pieces!” Tapping into its less salubrious network connections, the Porygon-Z rapidly compiled and condensed as much malware and shock site material into a material attack, and fast-forwarded the blob of dark energy toward the Steel Ghost.
In a surprising bid of overconfidence, Chris didn’t call for King’s Shield, even in the light of this super-effective move that was even now streaking to impact his Aegislash… or rather it’s Substitute, he instead order another round from the light brigade. “Slice through the impossible and finish ‘em off with a taste of your steel!” Streaking forward sword drawn, her Substitute leading the charge, Hackenslash let the metal replica take the Dark Pulse, getting blasted to pieces in the process. But its purpose had been served, and up close and personal, the Porygon-Z had nowhere to maneuver to avoid the point blank Flash Cannon.
Glitching, twitching, then finally falling still, the Porygon-Z dissipated into raw data as retreated to its Pokéball. Despite her team suffering yet another loss, Sam didn’t seem too perturbed. Instead, she came across as being… well, almost pleased, and as she pulled out another Pokéball, elaborated on her reasons. “Now that that nuisance sword and shield’s shell is out of the way, we may just be able to make a bit of a dent in the ranks yet. Go! Gardevoir!”
A wave of nostalgia overtook Chris as Sam released the slender red, green, and white emotion Pokémon, recollecting his own long-lost Gardevoir, Specen. Shaking his head to clear the melancholy from his mind, Chris refocused on the task at hand. Sam had clearly opted for her Gardevoir over her Goodra and its Fire Blast for a reason, the only one which he could surmise, was that it was a dedicated Special Attacker with a super-effective Shadow Ball with Hackenslash’s name all over it. Well, it that was the case, then he had a switch in that was right up the Embrace Pokémon’s alley.
…but before that, there wasn’t any harm in scouting things with King’s Shield.
Confidently calling for the move, Hack’s swung her cutlass in a wide over arc before sheathing it alongside her shield, assembling the hexagonal energy barrier to defend against any assault.
Unfortunately, Sam had grown hip to his tricks, and opted out of an assault, ordering her Gardevoir to bypass the barrier by using Hypnosis. Her cat-eye gem falling to half mast, then rousing only to close completely, Hackenslash dozed off, soundly succumbing to somnolence.
As the Aegislash fell asleep, Sam rose to jubilation, seeing an opportunity to finally turn the tides. “Yes! Excellent work Gardevoir! Now, let’s follow things up with Psychic, see if we can start to etch away at that Special Defense as well!” It was another unconventional move, yes Gardevoir got STAB on Psychic attacks, but that wouldn’t do much to offset the type disadvantage Psychic had against Steel. Even so, Sam’s Gardevoir committed to the attack, and pulsing Hack’s senses with a psychic blast, knocked off a solid chunk of the Royal Sword Pokémon’s HP.
It was a clear sign that the Embrace Pokémon had indeed been geared toward quickly disabling the opponent with Hypnosis then hastily following up with a no holds barred barrage. Still in shield stance, Hack’s could handle a few more attacks of that caliber no sweat, but if Sam got the drop on her Special Defense or switched to something with a bit more effectiveness, that timeline would be hastily moved up. Cupping his hands around his mouth, Chris tried calling Hackenslash from out of her sleep, instructing her to wake up and use Flash Cannon to finish the fragile speedster in a single strike, but the Aegislash was in too deep. “Looks like your Aegislash is really out of it eh?” Sam crowed triumphantly toward Chris, “I wonder if she’s having a nice dream…”
The way she trailed off with that last statement clued Chris into what was coming next, and in desperation called toward Hackenslash again, “Come on Hack’s!” He clapped his hands together sharply, trying to wake the Royal Sword Pokémon, “Get your act together, this is no time to catch some Z’s!” But it was to no avail, the Aegislash was totally out of it.
“Oh well, you snooze you lose! Gardevoir, let’s take a taste of what a haunted relic’s dreams taste like with Dream Eater!” With a wink and a spin, the Gardevoir cupped its glowing hands around its mouth, but instead of yelling, inhaled deeply. From Hackenslash, a wavering trail of phantom imagery emanated. Stretched and squashed, it flowed through the air like smoke rejuvenating the Gardevoir to full health in the process. Now nearly down a quarter health, some subconscious command got through to the Aegislash and began absorbing nutrients from the scraps of Leftovers it held.
Pleased with the surprising effectiveness of what was otherwise a not very effective move, Samantha called for an encore. Not the move Encore but rather a repeat of Dream Eater. Stronger than Psychic, the raw power the attack possessed was enough to mitigate the Aegislash’s Steel-typing, and to a degree, even its paramount defenses. As such, Chris wasn’t going to risk another turn of Hackenslash sleeping through a beating, and promptly pulled out another Premier Ball.
Swiftly recalling Hack’s, he released his Pokémon into the fray. The flash of laser light was accompanied by a downright psychotic screech of glee. Facehugger, Chris’s Gliscor energetically flew from its Pokéball and gave a leisurely orbital loop before hovering in the air before its trainer. Having already called for a Dream Eater, the Gardevoir dutifully followed through on its trainers command, but the move failed to click against the ‘emphatically’ wide awake Gliscor.
Hastily backpedaling on her orders, Sam decided to start from square one with tackling the newcomer. “Alright Gardevoir, let’s start things off with another Hypnosis! Then we can pick up where we left off…” Cupping its hands in front of its chest spike, the Gardevoir, centered its mind’s eye on the Fang Scorpion Pokémon, sending a hypnotic frequency towards the Gliscor to try and coax it to sleep. Yet despite the move soundly reverberating through Facehugger’s form, the Gliscor closed its eyes for only a second, giving a slow shiver of delight before opening its eyes accompanied by a maniacal grin. “Wha- but how?” Sam asked in bewilderment.
With a smile almost as wide as his Pokémon’s, Chris craftily asked his Gliscor, “Do you think I should tell her? Or let her find out on her own?” Flapping its arms, the Facehugger rose a few feet in the air, cackling maniacally as she/he did so. “Figure it out it is. Then in that case, why don’t you take this opportunity to do a little dance number?” Giving another shrill snicker, the Gliscor floated up, drifted left, then right, the spun, summoning several spectral swords with surrounded it for only a second before sinking beneath its skin. As a result, the Fang Scorpion Pokémon’s muscles bulged outward dramatically, granting Sam her answer as to why her Gardevoir’s attempt to put the Gliscor to sleep with Hypnosis failed.
Across the surface of Facehugger’s muscles, a network of deep purple pulsed and throbbed. The Pokémon had been poisoned, badly poisoned at that. Yet despite its status condition, the Gliscor seemed no worse for the wear when it came to its overall health. With one mystery solved only to be replaced by another, Sam opted for an alternate avenue of attack, and called for her Gardevoir to use Draining Kiss.
Floating forward with featherlight steps, the Embrace Pokémon did just that. And taking Facehugger’s head in its hands, initiated a downright sensual kiss. For his/her part, Facehugger was floored, waving her claws to either side of his/her body dramatically for several moments before calming some as the Gardevoir began to absorb some of his/her life-force as well. In fact, the siphoning smooch probably went on longer than it should of if only due to both Facehugger… and Chris’s entrancement with the embrace. It was only due to Gardevoir’s mounting disinterest and that fact that it had reached its own maximum health.
For a second neither Pokémon nor trainer made motion to counter, Facehugger even giggling a little. Soon its inherent joviality took over turning its giggles into outright cackling. “Alright Facehugger, that’s enough of that…” but the Gliscor wasn’t listening, too caught up in its giddiness to pay its trainer any heed. A little sterner, Chris tried again, “Come on Facehugger, reign it in.” Still, it was to no avail, the giggling Gliscor doubled over, clutching its belly, somersaulting in midair as a result. “Facehugger! Knock it off!” In an instant the Gliscor was not only upright, but streaking forward toward the opposing Gardevoir. Raising a claw, it spun itself into a continuous corkscrew twist, barging into the Embrace Pokémon with a barrel roll to deliver a devastating Knock Off. Backed by the strength of Swords Dance it send both Pokémon and its held Leftover’s flying, striking a critical point and securing a flawless OHKO.
Soaring upward in a leisurely shuttle loop, laughing maniacally all the way, the Gliscor came to rest, hovering placidly in front of its trainer. Samantha was speechless. Sure, Gardevoir’s weren’t the most strapping of Pokémon, but to get dropped from one-hundred to nothing in an instant was a bit much to comprehend. Mindlessly and wordlessly, she pulled out another Pokéball and released her Goodra. Even as the Stealth Rock materialized to pelt the gooey Dragon Pokémon, she said nothing. The realization of what was about to occur outweighed all other thoughts.
Coming to her senses slightly, Sam weighed her options and called for a Fire Blast. Nodding, the Dragon Pokémon’s neck began to glow as it began to build the temperature in its gullet… but Chris had other plans. “No-no Gliscor, let’s not have any retaliation, what say we nip this one in the bud before they pose a proper problem?” Nodding, the Gliscor smiled, and with a laugh, sent itself spinning wildly toward the Goodra. True to its name, Facehugger latched on to the Goodra’s, clamping its claws and tail around the Dragon and pressed its wide and wild smile right up against its opponents. Cheeks beginning to bulge from the bottled up blast, the Goodra looked up over the top of its Wise Glasses at the Gliscor in ire… and then realizing that its maniacal grin was legitimate, immediately turned to dread.
Fortunately, Facehugger had its orders, and while an inadvertent explosion by misfired Fire Blast would have been neat to see, unclamped one claw, letting the impending inferno vent harmlessly out of the side of the Dragon’s mouth. Flames subsided; the Gliscor gave a grin and fluidly back-flipped, landing a solid uppercut with its tail, knocking both held item and Pokémon for a loop, assuring yet another KO. “Five Pokémon down, one left to go… Will there be a comeback, or shall this end six-oh?”
This little singsong limerick sparked a flame of fury in Sam, who glared at Chris and flung out her final Pokémon, her Mienshao. Expertly fending off the bulk of the belligerent Stealth Rock’s, it’s Regenerator Ability had it at nearly max health itself. Between its practically capped health and its type resistance to Knock Off, Sam saw no way for a repeat performance of the one hit knock out her Gardevoir had suffered earlier. “Okay Mienshao, let’s rock their socks off with Stone Edge!”
Nodding, the Martial Arts Pokémon turned from Sam to face it’s opponent, concentrated intensely for a moment, then in a fluid whirl, gave a powerful stomp dislodging a jagged boulder, sending it airborne, and with a simple palm strike, sent it streaking forward to stab the Gliscor in the solar plexus. While not a Critical Hit, it mattered little as the attack knocked out nearly a third of the Fang Scorpion Pokémon’s health. Giving a wheezing giggle, the Gliscor turned to its own trainer, veins of purple bulging around its muscles. “They want to play it that way, eh? Well let’s see their sock rocker and raise them a quake maker…”
Catching its breath, the Gliscor gave a shrill screech of laughter as it gave a flap and took off skywards. Ascent slowing as it angled its incline higher and higher, the Fang Scorpion progress finally stalled and began to slip earthward once more. But this was no uncontrolled descent. Adroitly spinning itself around in midair, Facehugger barreled downwards, enthusiastically adding a roll to its maneuver, contrails forming from every point of its body. Then, just before crash-landing, the Gliscor flipped and slammed its tail powerfully into the ground, causing the earth to violently splinter and crack, overwhelming the Mienshao’s expert reflexes with the sheer magnitude of the strike force.
Battered back and forth between the upheaved boulders, the Mienshao found itself pounded and pulverized down to a pulp. Tremors quelling after several agonizing seconds, the Martial Arts Pokémon stood only to fall faint. Less a master of martial arts than a modern installation Sam disconsolately recalled the Mienshao, sulking at Chris’s wide smile. As he opened his mouth, most likely to say something glib, probably along the lines of, ‘That rocked your world enough?’ or ‘Now that’s what I call a shakedown!’ Sam simply held up a finger for silence.
“You… won. This time.” She begrudgingly admitted, “But know this; my team today was nowhere near top notch, so don’t think it any major accomplishment that you managed to win so…” She paused, unwilling to say it. Figuring she was simply at a loss for words at having her entire team trumped by three members of his own, Chris helpfully interjected, “Thoroughly? Soundly? Absolutely? Definitively? I can go on you know.” Gritting her teeth into a grimace, she waved him away, “Yes… that...” she admitted noncommittally. “Anyway, next time, I’m going to bring my A-game and take you to pieces. Mark my words.”
Shrugging with a smile, Chris recalled his Gliscor and nodded. “Then I await that day with bated breath.” Trite as it sounded, it was a statement of genuine anticipation; as much fun as it was to steamroll an overconfident opponent, there was nothing like the thrill of a hard fought back and forth battle. Giving a curt nod in due respect, Chris bid his farewell to which Sam responded with one of her own. At that, the two trainers parted ways, to train both their skills and their Pokémon, for next time.