Alas, after finally making it to Brock's gym...
A battle of epic proportions unfolded.
Batterfly came out first, and with it's quick wit was able to bring down Geodude. However, the intense battling brought it to low health.
In came Onix. I switched out for Chawmander. He used Bide for whatever reason, so I reduced his attack with Growl. I used Ember, burning him. Hahaha, now what.
Alas, the next turn I used Ember, and critted. With low HP from my tribulations in Viridian Forest, and my lifetime ban from Pokémon Centres, Somebody was going to die. Alas, Batterfly, your time had come. Switching out... And then I realized that Onix had two turns of inactivity. Punching myself for my stupidity, I watched as Batterfly fell to the ground, devoid of life. In came Chawmander. Who proceeded to miss with Ember, and was taken down by a well aimed Tackle from Onix. Two deaths! This carnage would not go unpunished!
My final hopes were left with Treeckochu. With only a single hit point, could Treeckochu manage? The answer, apparently, was yes. As Onix's final Tackle missed, it was overwhelmed from the pain of its burn. Treeckochu's level grew 3 sizes that day.
So I am left with a Pikachu with 7 HP left. At level 6.
Had to flee from a Pidgey on Route 1.
Didn't go to the route before the E4.
Ran out of Pokéballs trying to catch a Caterpie on Route 2. I don't think I've ever had it break out of 1 Pokéball, never mind 4. At least I did catch it, someone would be getting punched if I didn't.
Got the Pokéball in Viridian Forest and caught a Pikachu. Turns out I had weakened it to 1 HP. Was wishing this game had Heal Balls.
Managed to make it through Viridian Forest, Butterfree at Lv. 10 and Chawmander (poisoned) at level 14. Pikachu was still weak.