“What do you mean you won’t battle me?!” I shouted in surprise. I had returned to the Gym to request a battle, but I had been turned down.
“I mean I won’t battle you,” the Gym Leader named Norman replied. “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. But, if you come back when you’re stronger, I’d be happy to battle with you.”
“Oh, you bet I’ll be back when I’m stronger. You’ll see, Norman. My Pokemon and I will defeat you someday. And when that day comes, you’ll see that we’re more than a match for you. Come on, Pepper. Let’s go.” Pepper barked in agreement as we turned around to leave.
I can’t believe this! I thought Gym Leaders had to accept every challenge they received. Then Norman goes and tells me that I’m too weak to challenge him. He might as well tell me that I shouldn’t be a trainer! Well, I’ll show him. Just you wait, Norman. We’ll make you eat those words.
*On Route 104*
“That’s it, Aqua! Keep it up!” I shouted encouragingly. Since Norman turned us down, we decided to do some training on Route 104. Everyone else had finished their training, the only who hadn’t finished yet was Aqua.
“Maaaaaaarrrrrrrrill!” Aqua exclaimed as a steady flow of water shot from her mouth.
“Whoa! Aqua, you just learned Water Gun. That’s great!”
“Marill, Marill!” Aqua jumped up and down happily. When she stopped jumping she turned toward me, “Marill, Marill?”
“Hahaha. Okay, Aqua. You can have some ham sammiches now. Come on, guys. The rest of you can have some too,” I called to my other Pokemon as I dug the sammiches out of my backpack.
After we ate, I returned my Pokemon to their Pokeballs. Then Pepper and I started walking towards the woods that were between us and the next town. We were about half-way through the woods when some weird bussiness guy walked up.
“Excuse me, have you by chance seen any Shroomish around here? You see, I came to these woods during my break to see one, but I can’t find them anywhere. It’s a shame really – I love Shroomish so much. The way they walk on their stubby, little legs. The way the wiggle when they move…” The wierdo went on and on about Shroomish.
Either this guy seriously has some love life issues, or I need to get ready to have my ear talked off.
“What about you? Don’t you think Shroomish are just the greatest?” He asked as he suddenly got right in my face.
“I-I’m sorry, but, who are you?” I asked while I tried to restrain from punching him in the face.
“Oh, right, sorry. I am a Devon Researcher. I was on my way back to Devon when I remembered that Shroomish live in these woods.”
“Well, I haven’t seen any Shroomish, but I hope you find some soon.” Suddenly Pepper turned and started growling. “What’s the matter, girl?”
“There you are! I’ve been waiting for you,” A voice I didn’t recognize said as the person it belonged to ran up.
Great. Another weirdo.
“Hand over those papers now, and nobody gets hurt!” The newcomer demanded.
“No! Devon needs these documents. Who do you think you are anyway?!”
“I’m the Team Aqua member that’s going to take those documents off your hands, that’s who I think I am.”
“Back off!” I demanded as I side-stepped to stand between the Weird-Shroomish-Guy and the Weird-Documenting-Taking-Theif. “You’ll have to go through me first.”
“Alright. This won’t take long. Go, Poochyena!”
“Poochyena use Tackle!”
“Dodge it, and counter attack with Water Gun!”
“Mud, Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud!” Caso shot a steady flow of water from his mouth, blasting the Poochyena and causing it to crash into its trainer.
“I-I won’t forget this!” My opponent shouted as he returned his Pokemon and ran away like the coward he was.
“Good. Maybe that’ll keep you from trying to take something that doesn’t belong to you!” I called after him. I then turned toward the Devon Researcher. “Are you okay?”
“Yes, thank you. Oh my gosh! Look at the time! I’m going to be late! Thanks again,” He said hurriedly as he shook my hand. “Got to go. Bye!” Then he was gone. Gone like the wind.
“Later,” I said quietly, still dazed by what had just happened. “Well, I guess we should get going too. You did great Caso.”
“Mud, Mud, Mudkip.” Caso replied proudly. He acted like there was never any question of if he would win or not.
“Return!” I said while holding out Caso’s Pokeball. After he went in in the red light, Pepper and I continued walking through the woods.
Well, defeating that Team Aqua guy was easy enough. Soon, we’ll prove to Norman that we’re stronger than he thinks!
Info. I can’t wait till I get to fight Norman, he’s gonna get it. LOL I’m just kidding. I’m not really mad. Have you ever played Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald? What was your reaction to getting turned down by Norman? If you haven’t played Pokemon R/S/E, what is your reaction to Norman in this fanfic?