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Trainer Strawberry: Chapter 9

I wonder if there’s any more wierdos in these woods.

Once the Team Aqua member and the Devon Researcher were out of sight, Zip popped out of his Pokeball.

“Huh? What’s the matter Zip?” I asked while the little raccoon sniffed the air. Next thing I knew, he dashed into a bush right next to the path. A few seconds later, he re-emerged with a great ball in his mouth. “Oh, wow! Good job, Zip. You found a great ball.”

“Zig, Zigzagoon,” He said happily as I took the great ball from him and stroked him.

“Alright, let’s get a move on. Zip, return!” I held out his Pokeball as he returned to it. “Come along, Pepper. Maybe if we hurry, we’ll get out of these woods before nightfall.” Pepper barked in agreement, and we went back to walking the same way we had been before being interrupted by those weirdos.

*Later, still in the woods*

“This must be my lucky day! I’ve found a Pokemon Trainer. Time to battle,” A young sounding voice that I had never heard before said.

I turned to where the voice had come from. It belonged to a Bug Catcher. “Challenge Accepted. Bring it on!” I replied as we both got ready to battle.

“That’s what I like to hear. Go, Nincada!”

“Nincada.” the bug called as it emerged. I stared at it for a few seconds, I had never seen a Nincada before. It was kinda cute.

“Hey, what’s the hold up? Hurry up and send out your Pokemon!” the impatient Bug Catcher yelled.

“Alright, alright. I’m working on it!” I yelled back. “Go get ’em, Pepper!” Pepper ran forward and barked.

“Haha. A Poochyena? You’re new at this aren’t you?”

Now he’s saying I’m weak? That’s even worse than Norman turning me down! I’ll show him!

“Pepper use Tackle!” Pepper charged and hit the Nincada.

“I was hoping you would do that. Nincada use Leech Life!”

“Nincada!” It shouted as one of its front claws turned a light green color. The claw seemed to glow.

“Pepper, get out of there!” I yelled. But it was too late. The attack hit Pepper dead on, sending her flying back. She landed on the ground and didn’t get back up. “Pepper? Pepper! You’ve got to get up!” I shouted as I ran to her.

“You really didn’t know? Bug-type attacks are super effective against Dark-types like Poochyena.”

“They are?” I asked, kinda dazed. I looked at Pepper as I held her in my arms. Suddenly Norman’s words came to my head.

Your Pokemon aren’t strong enough yet. If I battle you now, there’s a chance your Pokemon might die in the battle. I don’t know about you, but I would have a hard time dealing with that.

No. How could I let this happen?

“Hey, come on! If you don’t send out another Pokemon soon, you’ll have to forfeit. On second thought, just go ahead and give up. There’s no way you can win,” He taunted me.

“I’m not going to give up,” I said as I stood up, still holding Pepper in my arms. “I have to win. For Pepper. Go, Zip!”

“Zigzagoon!” Zip cried happily as he came out of his Pokeball. All of his excitement faded when he turned around and saw me Pepper. “Zagoon?”

“It’s up to you now, Zip. Show ’em what you’re made of. Use Headbutt!” I ordered. Zip charged forward with purpose.

“Nincada dodge it!” His Pokemon jumped in the air at his command, causing Zip to just barely miss his mark.

“Zip, jump in the air and use Headbutt again!” Zip jumped high into the air and started diving down toward the Nincada. This time he didn’t miss, and the Nincada was sent crashing back down to the ground.

“Nincada return! Aw man, I thought for sure I’d win,” He sighed as he walked away.

“Good job, Zip,” I said as the little Raccoon walked toward me. He looked at Pepper, then up at me. He was clearly concerned.

“Zigzagoon!” He said determinedly, suddenly he ran forward on the path a little way. Then he turned around to see if I got the message.

“You’re right! Maybe it’s not too late! There should be a Pokemon Center in the next town. If we hurry, they might be able to save Pepper! I hope the town isn’t to far away…” The two of us took off running. We didn’t really know where we were going, but we hoped the path would take us there.

Hang in there, Pepper.


Info. Ooh, a cliff hanger. I wonder what’s going to happen? Oh yeah, that’s right. I already know.