Meeting a Villainous Army
He waited for this day. He was excited. Finally, he could get a starter Pokémon. His training with a sword paid off, as he managed to prevent the balloon-using enemies from escaping. He never knew what it meant, though. He wondered though. Who were those people who used Pokémon like Pikachu and Emolga to steal money from innocents? “Shane!”
He fell off his chair. “What?”
“The professor is waiting for you outside.”
“It’s about your starting Pokémon.”
“Oh. I thought that I was going to become a lab experiment.” He left his room, went outside, and noticed that professor Willow was waiting in front of her lab. He ran to her. “Mom said that you wanted to talk to me, ma’am.”
“Please, call me professor. Anyway, you are to get your first Pokémon today, right?”
“Well, there’s bad news. Three others already got theirs, and I only have a Pachirisu left from when I captured it during my travels in the Sinnoh region.”
“A Pachirisu? And you want to give it to me?”
“Well, that’s the only solution I can think of. Of course, you could try taming one, but you don’t have any Pokémon to weaken the others with.”
“Thanks, professor Willow.”
Professor Willow took a Pokéball, and threw it. Out came an energetic Pachirisu, who didn’t waste time using Discharge on Shane. Luckily, his training paid off again, as he quickly unsheathed his sword, blocking the attack with it. “You have a sword?”
“I stopped some evil people with it by throwing it at their balloon.”
“Wait, you stopped Team Spark?!”
“If that is what they are called, yes, I did.”
Shane heard footsteps behind him and turned around. A young girl was running with members of Team Spark after her. “Help!” She stopped at Shane, gasping for breath. “They’re…” She collapsed.
“Hand us your Pokémon or you’ll get hurt,” said a big guy.
“Who are you people?”
“You should know, you were in the news!”
“You don’t watch TV, do you?”
“Well, we’re Team Spark! And we’re gonna… uh, what are we gonna do again?”
The female member groaned. “We are gonna take over the world,” she said slowly, “and then force everybody to give their Pokémon up - meaning, to release them all...”
“Kinda like Team Rocket and Team Plasma combined,” Shane said. “Pachirisu, use Discharge on them, please.”
Pachirisu disobeyed Shane immediately, sitting on Willow’s shoulder. “Pachirisu, I know I captured you, but I would like you to go with Shaun until he gets six Pokémon. She likes me a lot, so I think she prefers me…”
“Willow? Is that you?”
“I don’t know you, but yes, I am.”
“Never thought I’d meet my best friend from high school…”
“Reunions. Just like Reuniclus, in a way. I guess.”
“Well, I’ve missed you, but unfortunately for you, I’m with Team Spark, whereas you’re with Team Nobody.”
“And oink… Hey!” Jennifer threw a Pokéball and out came an Emolga. “Emolga, Thundershock that kid for tricking me to say ‘oink’!”
“You said it twice now.”
“AAARGH!” Jennifer was furious now. “THUNDERSHOCK HIM UNTIL HE FALLS UNCONSCIOUS!”
Soon enough, Emolga attacked with Thundershock, but Shane took out his blade, parrying the attack. “Hah! You didn’t even do much damage!”
“You’re lucky you’re not dealing with Team Steel,” Jennifer said, “as they’d have killed you with their swords. That’s why I have a scar here.” She took her glove off, and there was a scar on the palm of her left hand, as long as her index finger. “They did that to me. Worse, actually. They cut my right leg badly but it missed the bone by centimetres.”
“I can do worse, but I don’t attack females. The Team Steel fools are honourless. I should go and beat them up until they are blown to smithereens by their own stupidity.”
“Shane,” Willow said, “that’s enough. You’re not going to get yourself involved into any of this.”
“He is a new trainer,” Jennifer said, as she put her glove on again, “and he did witness this, so he’ll most likely be involved anyway… and is she okay? She hasn’t moved for minutes!”
“You two chased her and she collapsed, since she’s very tired.”
“Well,” Jennifer said softly, “at least we don’t want to hurt anybody.”
The big guy looked up. “I think we’re going to have to.”
“Uh oh. Team Steel.”
Their balloon landed near the lab, and two people wearing biohazard suits
jumped out. “Give us all your Pokémon… or else.”
“In your dreams,” Shane said loudly, interrupting Jennifer and Willow. He held his blade firmly in his hand.
“Oh? You’re here, and you’re wearing a different uniform this time,” said the female member, looking at Jennifer.
“Uh, I think you’re missing something here…” Shane said impatiently. He swung his sword above his head.
“What? Oh, the kid who stopped Team Spark from robbing a bank. With a sword. You can’t stop us.”
“Oh yeah?” Shaun threw his sword up into the air, unknowingly hitting a balloon, which collapses on top of Team Steel’s balloon. A small case fell from it, which Shane caught, and his sword fell in the ground. “A poor Pikachu. I’ll set you free.” Shane opened the case, and the Pikachu jumped out, sitting on Shane’s shoulder.
“I think he likes you, kid,” Jennifer said.
“Do you want to go with me on my journey?”
“He said yes,” Willow said. “Your very first Pokémon. Guess Pachirisu doesn’t have to go with you, right?”
“Well, if I face a Water-type Gym, may I borrow her?”
“Sure!” Willow answered.
“Well, let’s see. Pikachu, our first battle as partners is now.” Shane said as he picked up his sword. “Go!”
Pikachu leapt off his shoulder and used Ice Beam, freezing the balloon that he was in, and followed with a massive Discharge. “No way! That Pikachu knows Ice Beam?!”
“That’s great! I like ice anyway, so now I have an Electric and Ice-type Pikachu! That’s awesome. Now then, Pikachu, let’s try that combination on Team Steel!”
“Our hazmat suits prevent attacks on us. Steel, you know. Very light as well, thanks to science. Try your best shot, kid,” said the woman.
Pikachu used Ice Beam around them and followed with Discharge, then added to the chain Iron Tail. Nothing happened, and they grabbed Pikachu, holding a knife to his throat. “Told you so,” said the man. “Say goodbye…”
Shane’s next move was unexpected. Shane simply turned around, jump-kicked the big guy of Team Spark, leapt to Team Steel’s balloon and swinging his sword to the left arm of the male member, startling him enough to stab his other arm and freeing Pikachu. Then Shane finished his attack with a perfect back-flip, landing on his left hand and then leaping off to near Willow, knocking the man to the ground. “Goodbye,” he said sarcastically.
“I’m going to KILL that kid!”
“Not now, let’s retreat.”
“Fine, but I’m telling the boss and he’s gonna be furious like a Glalie!”
“Whatever. He’ll be interested in the Ice Beam-using Pikachu, and the trainer with the skill to surpass us both.” The members of Team Steel ran to their balloon and fled. “Wow,” Jennifer said after they were out of sight, “you’re better than anyone thought.”
“Yeah, well, your team’s next.”
“How about a deal? If you promise to stop Team Steel, I’ll quit Team Spark and join… whichever team Willow is on.”
“How about ‘Villainbane?’” asked Willow.
“Good idea. So?”
“You don’t have to call me ‘ma’am’, kid. Just call me Jennifer.”
“We’ll be going…”
“You aren’t allowed to quit, Jennifer. Da boss says that anyone who quits is a traitor. And that he or she does not deserve to live.”
“What?! Aw man… Well, in that case, I think I have to tell Shane that the boss is closer to Team Steel’s HQ than Team Spark’s.”
“You already told him, Jennifer. I’m telling da boss.”
“When did she tell me?”
“Whatever,” Jennifer said, “let’s go now.” They walked in the same direction they came from.
“Is she okay?” Shane asked Willow.
“Yeah, as you said, she’s very tired and collapsed. Is it alright if she stays at your house?”
“Sure,” Shane said, “she’ll need a lot of rest and Mom’s good at taking care of people, so… yeah, I think it’s a good idea. My...” Shane took a deep breath. “My sister’s room is unused as well, so that room does have a purpose now.”
A week has passed since. Shane was training his Pikachu, testing to see what moves he knew. “Pikachu, can you use Volt Tackle?”
“Pika-chu!” His Pikachu proved that Volt Tackle was known by tackling a ragdoll.
“Can you combine that with Ice Beam?”
Pikachu charged an Ice Beam whilst preparing Volt Tackle, and soon an icy version of Volt Tackle was created. “Pi pikachu!”
“Well. Your first improvised attack. Great. Ice Tackle is the name of the new technique. That’s okay, right?” Pikachu leapt on Shane’s shoulder. “I assume that’s a yes. Great job, Pikachu! Oh, is it alright if I nickname you Raichu?”
Pikachu nodded. “That’s a great nickname.”
Shaun was surprised. “Did you just say that?” Pikachu looked at the door, and Shane turned around to see the girl who collapsed a week ago standing there. “Oh, you’re awake.”
“Yes. I assume you helped me?”
“Indirectly, yes. Team Spark and Team Steel were after you, I assume.”
“Team Steel too?!” The girl sighed. “They wore biohazard suits, right?”
“Yeah, how did you know?”
“They were after me the day before Team Spark chased me.”
“One week and one day ago. Wow.”
“They are after my Pachirisu because she knows Ember.”
“Well, they’ll most likely be after Raichu. He knows Ice Beam.”
“Fire and ice…” The girl walked to Shane. “Pachirisu, come on out!” Out of a Great Ball came a Pachirisu with pink stripes instead of a blue one. As it emerged, it sparkled.
“A shiny Pokémon. That’s a rare sight,” Shane said.
“I know. What’s your name?”
“My name is Kim. I’m from Jubilife City in the Sinnoh region.”
“That’s rather far from the Draconian region. Originally I lived in the Surfacia region, but three years ago had to move here.”
“I see. That Pikachu… How’d you get one?”
“Well, when Team Steel attacked, I threw my sword in the sky, which hit a balloon, and he was in a case. I got him out, and he wanted to join me on my journey.”
“Much like Pachirisu and I. In a way. She was in a glass case, and after I freed her, she followed me. Team Rocket tried to get me, but one Ember sent them blasting off to Kanto.”
“Wow. Kanto’s rather far. Her Ember must be very powerful.”
“Well, I wonder where my first Gym Battle will be…”
“Please, may I tag along?” Kim asked politely.
“Sure. If Team Steel and Spark try to attack you, they’ll have to get through me, and they’re after me too.”
“We’re in this together, then. And it’s dark soon. May I stay another night?”
“Ah, you’re awake.” Shane looked up and Kim turned around. “I wondered where you went off to.”
“You’re probably Shane’s mom?”
“Why, yes, I am. Did you tell her about me?”
“No, not really.”
“Ma’am, may I stay another night please?”
“You may stay as long as you need to. You’re always welcome here.”
“Thank you, ma’am. My name is Kim.”
“Nice meeting you, Kim. Come in, you two, else you’ll get a cold.”
“I won’t,” Shane said, “because I am immune to coldness. I’ll probably get a burn, though.”
“You like ice?”
“I like fire, so fire and ice again…”
The following day, Shane was training with his sword against a practice dummy whilst waiting for Kim to get ready. “Die, dummy, die!” Shane executed a perfect spinning slash with a rolling slash finisher. “That’s that for now…”
“Yeah, you don’t want to be too tired!” Kim said, standing at the door.
“Wha? Oh, morning. You’re finally ready?”
“No, I have yet to change. You remembered to get your Poké Balls from the professor, right?”
“Oh, uh, no. Thanks for reminding me.”
“Yeah. With that kind of memory, I’d probably have to join you on your adventures just to remind you.” Kim giggled, then went back inside.
“Okay.” Shane walked to the Pokémon lab, but he didn’t expect broken windows and a door with its lock picked by somebody. “Professor?” Shane opened the door, and found the lab in a total mess. “Oh no… This is bad. This is REALLY bad.”
After a while, Kim walked to Shane, who was annihilating every practice dummy nearby. “Shaun?”
“Why’re you venting your anger on the dolls? Y-you’re not angry with me, are you?”
“No. I’m angry at whoever took Professor Willow.”
Kim gasped as she looked at the lab. “Any clues?”
“So we have to buy Poké Balls, then. But what about a Pokédex?”
“Well, that’s a problem, but I don’t care much about that.”
“You need one, Shane.” Shane turned around, sheathing his sword. “How else will you know what Pokémon you could spot?”
“I know all the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh and Unova Pokémon. Every single one of them. Zorua evolves into Zoroark. Emolga has no evolution forms but it evolves from Squirshok. Solosis evolves into Duosion, who evolves into Reuniclus. Starly evolves into Staravia, then into Staraptor. Latios and Latias are legendary Pokémon in the Hoenn region. Celebi is known as the time travel Pokémon. Magikarp, a weak Pokémon, evolves into Gyarados which is a stronger Pokémon. This resulted in something called Magikarp Power.
“Wow. You’re like, a living Pokédex!”
“Not really. I don’t know all the Surfacian and Draconian Pokémon.”
Kim shivered. “It’s colder than I thought…”
“For you, maybe. I don’t feel cold, right, Raichu?”
Raichu nodded. “You’re not human, Shane,” Kim said as she put on a pair of black gloves.
“I know, that’s why I’m that agile to actually obliterate three ragdolls in one unarmed attack!”
Kim shook her head. “It's really cold…”
“Maybe we should go before night falls again and I’m unable to reach the first Gym.”
“Croagunk City is north of this town,” Kim said, shivering.
“I assume the Gym there is Poison-type?”
“Great. I’m not going to be much powerful against that type.”
“I’ve been there, too.” Kim held a badge case, which has three Gym Badges. “Croagunk City, Pichu City and Bellossom Town.”
“Pichu City is in North Draconia, and we’re in South Draconia. You travelled a long way. And got three more badges than I do.”
“I know. But you do realize that as Croagunk City’s Gym Leader is a user of Poison-type Pokémon, you’ll have to wear a biohazard suit or a gas mask to be able to survive in there?”
“What?” Shane was shocked.
“It’s true. Luckily I have a shiny Gardevoir too, who likes being humanlike, who used Psychic to beat them all.”
“A shiny Gardevoir doesn’t have green, he or she has blue.”
“Yep. Luckily I had enough Antidotes...”
“Bellossom Town is east of… Wait a second. Aron Village is in Southern Draconia, and is west from Bellossom City. So, I can challenge those Gyms instead, before heading to the others…”
“Two Gym Badges of each province of Draconia are required to enter the Pokémon League. Meaning, I need seven badges, one of which has to be from North Draconia, and the rest from the other provinces.” She sighed. “And I should warn you that all Shaie Kent’s Pokémon knows Sleep Powder and Stun Spore. She’s the Grass Gym Leader.”
“Who'd break into a Gym like that...”
“Team Rocket, Team Spark, Team Steel…”
“Oh... Well, I miss the Sylraphia region...”
“Sylraphia region? Never heard of it,” Shane said.
“Oh. Right. It’s west from Surfacia. I wonder when that other trainer will come to this region?”
“Who?” Shane asked.
“The one who has a Pikachu as well. He managed to reach the Sinnoh League, last time I saw him.”
“What’s his name?”
“I think Ash was his name… A Kanto Trainer.”
“That's new... How good is he?”
“He's a pretty good Trainer. His Pikachu actually managed to knock out a Latios... or was it a Latias?”
“Yeah, those two are confusing. Well, are you ready to go to Bellossom Town?”
“You’re still going there?”
“Yep. As long as those idiots don’t try to attack, we’re safe.”
“You mean, you’re safe.”
“Suit yourself. But in any case, are you ready?”
“Well, it’s winter. I hate winter. It’s so cold that I have to change again, so no, I’m not ready!” She walked in the house again.
“As she said, she hates winter. For her, it’s so cold that she wouldn’t be able to survive long enough. And with the robots in the forest these days, she’d probably end up a hostage on her first day. She’s lucky she wasn’t chased by Team Spark in the winter, else she’d end up a hostage and we’d never have met.” Raichu leapt onto Shane’s shoulder.
“You like her, don’t you?” asked a voice from behind.
“As a friend, and you wouldn’t happen to know where professor Willow is, would you, Jennifer?”
“She’s at her lab, isn’t she?” Jennifer asked.
“Her lab was broken into, she’s missing, so no, she isn’t,” Shane answered.
“Darn it! Team Steel must have had something to do with it!”
“Well, you’re probably here to torment Kim again?”
“Actually, no. I came here because of bad news. My sister called, said that our father had a heart attack.”
“Oh. Wait, your father? But my grandfather had one too…”
“Wait, your mother’s name is Eloise?”
“Yes… Wait, she’s your sister?”
“Yep. So, that makes me your aunt, and thus forces a truce between us.”
“Oh, hey, sis!” said Shane’s mother from the door. “Have you seen any members of Team Spark?” She wore rubber gloves, so she was going to wash dishes soon. Shaun knew it since she always wore gloves before, during and after she did so. Sometimes pink, sometimes yellow, and rarely green. Usually it’s green when something good happened to Shaun, since his favourite colour is green.
“Wait,” Kim said, shocked. “She’s your sister
“Yes, and that makes her my aunt, and once I beat Team Spark’s boss, she’s not going to be on their side. Apparently their boss kills those who leave without permission.”
“You’re… you’re with Team Spark?”
“Sorry, Eloise… But I thought that it was a group for saving Pokémon!”
“Well, he’s gonna beat your boss, right?” Kim asked.
“Hope so,” Jennifer answered.
“Well, let’s go now, Kim, before the Pokémon Center closes!” Shane said, and then ran to the town gate.
“Alright, I’m coming!” Kim ran past Jennifer. “Bye!”
When the two were halfway to the forest, Shane noticed Kim still shivering. “You’re still getting cold, aren’t you?” Kimberley nodded.
“This place is the coldest place ever...”
“And you’re still getting cold. Wow. You feel like you’re in Antarctica, whilst I feel like I’m in a volcano.”
“In this c-cold weather?”
“I’d rather join Team Steel than s-s-shiver to death!” Kimberley said softly.
“Yeah, but other travelers will run from you.”
“Oh, and there’s robots in the forest that try to kill people.”
“Yep, killer robots in the forest.”
“Whatever,” Kim replied. “Well… the forest’s dead ahead!”
“Not for you twerps!” said a familiar voice. The girl from Team Steel.
“Great. Them again!”
“Well, at least now they can’t hurt me!”
“But you, kid, on the other hand…” The girl lashed at Shane with a whip, which had thorns that cut his right hand badly.
“Ah!” Shaun collapsed on the ground, looking at his bleeding hand. “Great… Now I can’t use my right hand for a year or longer…”
“That’s the price you pay… for hurting my husband.”
“Shane!” Kim hugged Shane tightly. “Shane! You’ll be alright…”
“The thorns was poisoned. He’s gonna die soon, and you too. Our goal is to destroy the world! Except of course, for our base on the moon.”
“Oh no… I think… she's lying…” Shane said softly as the girl flew off on a jetpack.
“Yeah?” Kimberley asked.
“Well, it’ll be together at least. But I do have an antidote…” She took a first aid kit from her backpack, opened it, and took out a needle. “This will hurt, Shaun, but I have no choice. It’s either that or your possible death.”
“I’d rather… die than be… injected…” Kim ignored Shane and injected the antidote, which of course hurt a lot. “YEOW! THAT HURT THAT HURT THAT HURT!”
“There. The poison should be neutralized, but your bleeding’s bad.” She took a pair of rubber gloves and put them on, before searching for bandages to cover the wounds on Shane’s hand with. “And I think your fear of needles... are a bit overkill.”
“What!?” Shane replied. Then, after a while, he slowly said, “You’re nicer than… anyone else your age that I… know.”
“I am?” Kim asked, shocked.
“Yep. I know a lot of people your age, and they all hate me. They even throw me with rocks.”
“You poor thing…”
“I’m not a thing; I’m a Pokémon trainer and swordsteen.” Kimberley giggled. “Well, at least that cheered you up a bit… did it not?”
“Yeah, it did.” She smiled as she bandaged Shaun’s wounds. “Well, hopefully it will help.”
“I’m right-handed. Until then, I can’t participate in any sort of battle.”
“Oh…” Kim sighed.
“What was that for?”
“I feel sorry for you, Shane.” Kim looked upwards.
“What about the killer robots?”
“I don’t care about them. I…” She hugged Shane tightly. “Oh, Shane… Promise me that you won't go doing stupid things...”
“Uhhhh... I promise?”
“Heh,” Kim said, “you asked. You really don't feel the cold?”
“... Heat tends to make me easier to anger, and as a result I annihilate stuff. I almost destroyed an entire city once, just because it was in a desert...” Shane sighed.
“What do you mean?”
“Remember that room that you used back at my house? That was... That was my sister's room...”
“Yeah. She's... dead because of me. Since then... Since that fateful day, I trained with a sword. If I cause more destruction, I can end it before it's too late.”
?! Are you out of your mind!?”
“Well,” Shane said slowly after a while, “I guess I can't keep a secret. My mother told me to keep that about my sister secret.”
“I'll tell nobody. But Shane...”
He smiled. “Let's just go to the nearest town before you freeze to death.”
Kim smiled as well. “Finally.”