Yea that's right, chapter three. The first chapter of this new thread which means new people to read it :D
“Go Falise, use tackle!” Nexus roared, Falise obeying as it charged up to the cowering Zigzagoon, it’s eyes full of fear. As Falise barged Zigzagoon into the tree, Nexus called her down, “Falise, I’m going to catch this one”.
Nexus tossed a white and red ball, it’s contents unknown to the average human. As the ball struck the wild Zigzagoon on the head, it’s body wavered, becoming blurry and then all of a sudden; was sucked into the ball.
The front circular button of the Pokeball glowed, its status determined whether or not the catch was successful or not. One glow. Two glows.
Nexus gripped Scott the Zigzagoon’s Pokeball tightly, his second catch in the Hoenn region. He loved making new friends, giving Pokemon an opportunity to shine and become a hero, he hoped he could do that with all the Pokemon he caught on this journey.
As he approached the entrance to Petalburg City a voice grasped him from the shadows to his right, “By some chance, are you Nexus?” the voice asked, the shadows of surrounding trees cast upon his face.
Nexus stopped and turned, his eyes following the sound of the voice until they fell upon the figure, “Uh, yea” he replied, his voice full of puzzlement.
The man stepped from the shadows, his face suddenly illuminated. What Nexus saw was undescribable, just an ordinary looking man; completely normal.
“My name’s Norman” said the man, now identified as Norman, “I’m the Petalburg Gym Leader.”
Nexus wasn’t surprised, but he guessed Norman was expecting him to be, he had met plenty of Gym Leaders of all sorts before, it wasn’t something new to him.
“I hear you’ve come to me to find out about Team Magma and Aqua, that true?” he asked as he straightened up his dull red coat.
“Yea,” he replied, “Much you can tell me?”
Norman laughed, his head tilted back, “yes boy, there’s plenty to tell you, but you’ll have to beat me to get it out of me”
Nexus entered Viridian City, his eyes absorbing the surrounding scenery, taking it all in.
“What do you think of this, Columbia?” he asked his companion, the small mouse-like creature clinging to his back.
She replied with a series of cheerful sounds and Nexus walked into the closest building to him, the Pokemon Center.
“Welcome to the Viridian Pokemon Center, how may I help you?” questioned the slim nurse behind the counter, sounding like she had said that line a million times, but happy about it.
“Could I get Pikachu here healed please?” he asked, even though Pikachu had only suffered minor injuries from the recent battles.
“Sure thing” she replied, a cheerful smile on her face as she beckoned for Columbia to jump onto the counter.
Nexus looked at the sign in front of him, his eyes scanning the information ahead of him, ‘Route 22’ it read, ‘The Road to Victory’, Victory Road that is, Nexus assumed.
Nexus tore off down the path to the closest patch of grass he could find, Columbia beside him, keeping a steady pace, obviously full of energy.
He lay in wait. Waiting for him. He knew the boy would come here, and he knew what he had to do.
The masked figure lay in a thick grouping of tall grass, keeping him out of view, but enabling him to see things on the outside. He saw the boy coming towards him, the Pikachu that had been given to him beside him.
‘He needs to understand loss’ the masked figure thought to himself as he withdrew a Pokeball from his belt and whispered, “Rattata, you are released from your duties.” A dull light sprayed from the ball and within the array of light a small rat creature appeared in front of the boy.
Nexus was happy to find a Pokemon, and a Rattata, which in his opinion was a great Pokemon. Fast and powerful, just not very good and dealing damage to the more solid typed Pokemon.
“Ok Columbia, here’s our first companion, go get him, but don’t kill him” Nexus commanded as Columbia the Pikachu hopped forward, ready for battle.
The Rattata stayed where it was, nerves making it unable to move, fear in it’s eyes.
“Columbia, use thundershock!” commanded Nexus, eager to get the battle started.
Columbia dashed forward, her speed obviously high compared to most Pokemon. As she neared the Rattata she began to pick up speed, her feet pounding hard against the ground. The Rattata didn’t move. As Columbia continued to sprint towards Rattata, her dull red cheeks starting to buzz, electricity building up in them as she prepared to attack.
“Ok Columbia, when you’re ready, this should only take one shot to weaken enough to capture”
10 meters from Rattata, Columbia launched herself into the air, her small yet powerfully packed feet able to propel her high into the air. As she soared, she unleashed the electrical energy, and showed Nexus her true potential.
A bolt of pure power surged from Columbia, her body engulfed with an eerie yellow shadow, the bolt of electricity shot into the sky, coming down a few seconds later, striking the Rattata who still hadn’t moved.
As Columbia landed back on her own two feet she padded back to Nexus’s side, pleased with her show of power and happy to see Nexus happy as he found that the Rattata was still breathing.
Nexus neared the fainted Rattata, his body small and fragile as it lay on the soft grass that surrounded them. Nexus withdrew a Pokeball from his belt and pressed the center button, and watched as it grew from walnut size to palm size. He did a soft lob of the ball so that it hit the Rattata on the stomach, and then watched as the ball absorbed all the matter held by the Rattata. The ball began to bob, side to side, every now and then a enchanting glow of the button updating the status of the capture of the injured Pokemon.
“Oi!” yelled a deep voice, that you would expect to hear from a well built man or hiker of some sort. Nexus turned to find that the voice actually came from a young boy who looked to be slightly younger than himself, he wore dark brown clothing and wore a shiny neckless, that of which you would expect to be some sort of family heirloom.
“Yes? What?” asked Nexus, puzzled that the stranger would call to him in such a rowdy way.
The boy neared him, “Would you happen to be Nexus?” he asked, as he panted slightly.
“Yea I am, why do you ask?”
“Hehe, you’ve met Brock, the old Pewter city Gym Leader right?” he asked, a sly smile on his face.
“Uh yea, did he end up marrying that lady? Cassie was it?”
“Sabrina. My mum. Now, enough talk, let’s battle!” he demanded, whipping a Pokeball from the back of his pants, as it grew to palm size Nexus responded, he withdrew his own ball from his belt, his senses tingled as he felt it grow to palm size.
Nexus threw his ball at the same time as the boy, both Pokemon unveiled from the white light at the same time. Nexus’s Pokemon stood tall and proud, a Totodile that seemed to have relatively blunt teeth. The son of Brock’s Pokemon was recognized by Nexus as a Onix, a giant snake of rocks, huge, towering over all the surrounding scenery.
“Let’s do this thing” the boy said.
Nexus paused, thinking through a strategy to take down the towering beast that was upon him and his partner. He knew he had a type advantage, but he clearly didn’t have a height or weight advantage.
Nexus took a step forward, ready to command his recently gifted Pokemon,“Tyrant, jump onto his tail, try to climb up his body!” Tyrant the Totodile reacted instantly, he lunged at the enemy, jumping onto his tail and starting to crawl up the beast.
“Triton, shake him off!” ordered the boy, his voice full of confidence. The enemy Onix responded, shaking his thick body until the parasite fell from his tail, landing onto the solid ground below.
Nexus had a feeling he wouldn’t be able to do this. All Tyrant could do is scratch at the enemy but that would be pointless and ineffective. He gave up prematurely, admitting his defeat.
“That was the quickest match I’ve had in a while” the boy taunted, “Oh yea, and my name’s Brent.”
The boy left swiftly, without another word, and left Nexus and Tyrant to continue on to the next town, Cherrygrove Town.
A spiky looking creature appeared from Nexus’s Pokeball, almost identical to the one that had come out of Norman’s Pokeball. His was bigger and seemed to have a menacing look on his face. Scott on the other hand looked extremely frightened, even though it wasn’t his first Pokemon battle with Nexus.
“Scott, tackle it!” yelled Nexus, having not felt the rush of battling a Gym Leader for some time.
Scott obeyed, however he didn’t seem very happy about what he was doing. As he neared the opponent’s Zigzagoon Norman commanded, “Doug, roll left, tail whip spin then follow up with a tackle!”
Scott’s tackle missed as Doug preformed an awkward looking commando roll to the right, a maneuver they must have practiced many times. Doug whacked Scott on the bottom with his tail as he ran right where Doug used to be. As Scott panicked, trying to slow his pace down, Doug charged after him, his head held down ready to hit the other Zigzagoon.
Nexus thought. Nexus thought fast.
“Scott! Keep running forward towards the wall, back flip over him” Nexus ordered, figuring Scott would be used to running from battles.
Scott obeyed and continued to sprint forward, his short legs managing to keep up with each other. As he neared the wall 5 seconds after the command, he made sure the enemy was still behind him. He wasn’t.
A small pile of dirt in front of Scott began growing, and after a second Doug popped out from it, blocking off his path. However, Scott was still running, “Scott, head down and tackle!”
Scott’s reactions were fast enough, he stuck his head down and rammed into Doug, sending him flying into the wall behind him. Scott continued with a follow up, smashing his skull into Doug as he lay against the wall.
“One down” Nexus whispered, “one to go.”