I have the chapter finished now. Quite a few things happen in this chapter, so I hope it was worth the wait!
I have the chapter finished now. Quite a few things happen in this chapter, so I hope it was worth the wait!
I’m afraid I won’t be posting the next chapter of Trainer Strawberry today. Usually, I write the chapters the same day I post them, but I didn’t get the next chapter done today. I’m really, really sorry about that. But, I hope to have it done and posted sometime tomorrow.
This is it. We’re finally gonna take on a Gym.
Pepper and I stood outside the Gym doors, full of confidence that we would win the Gym Badge. After looking at the building for a few seconds, we entered through the sliding, automatic doors. The inside contained rocks that lined the walls all the way up to the ceiling.
“Welcome, Future Champ!” The referee called as I entered. “Are you ready to take on the Rustboro Gym Leader, Roxanne, Rock-Type Extraordinaire? Rock-Types are weak against Water, Ground, and Grass-Type attacks. So, make sure you have plenty of Pokemon of one of those types on your team!”
“You bet I’m ready!” I answered enthusiastically.
So, Roxanne has Rock-Type Pokemon, huh? Well, I don’t have any Grass-Type Pokemon, but Caso and Aqua are both Water-Types. So, we should be fine.
“Great enthusiasm! That will take you to great places!” The referee said happily. He clearly loved his job, either that, or he was the best actor in history. “But, before you can challenge the Gym Leader, you have to get to her. The only way to do that is to make your way through the Gym Trainers.”
“Gym Trainers?” That was another term I had never heard of before.
“Gym Trainers are Pokemon Trainers that are stronger than the average Trainers you find hanging out on Routes. If you can get past them and make it to the Gym Leader, then you get to challenge Roxanne!”
I thanked the Referee for his help, then Pepper and I started walking to the back of the Gym. As we walked, I made sure that I had Caso and Aqua’s Pokeballs handy.
“Well, lookee here. We got us a challenger,” An unfamiliar voice said.
“Are you one of the Gym Trainers?” I asked the source of the voice, it was a boy who appeared to be a Pokemon Trainer.
“Sure am. You ready for a battle?” He asked as he prepared to throw one of his Pokeballs. I nodded my head I prepared to throw Aqua’s Pokeball.
“Let’s go, Geodude!”
“Come on out, Aqua!”
“Geodude!” A Pokemon that looked like a rock with arms, hands, and a face called has it emerged from its Pokeball.
“Marill, Marill!” Aqua called has she emerged from her Pokeball.
“Aqua use ‘Water Gun’!” I shouted. Aqua shot a steady flow of water at the Geodude.
“Humph. Geodude, dodge it.” He ordered his Pokemon like he had no interest in this battle at all. Geodude moved to the side faster than I thought it could. “Now use ‘Tackle’.” Geodude charged at Aqua.
“Aqua, look out!” I called. Aqua tried to dodge it, but the attack still slightly hit her. “Good job, Aqua! Now use ‘Tackle’ as well!”
“Ha. That won’t work. Geodude’s a Rock-Type; Normal-Type attacks just feel like a poke to him.”
“Who said we were using ‘Tackle’ to attack?” By this time Aqua had gotten to point-blank range. It no longer mattered how fast the Geodude was – it wouldn’t be able to dodge Aqua’s next attack. “Now, use ‘Water Gun’!”
“Oh no, Geodude!” The Gym Trainer yelled as Aqua’s attack hit the Geodude full force.
“Geodude is unable to battle, Marill wins!” The Referee called as the Trainer returned his Pokemon.
“No big deal, that was the weaker of my Geodude anyway.” He said while trying to act like this was exactly what he wanted. He threw another Pokeball that contained a Geodude.
“Aqua, return! Show ’em what you got, Caso!” I said as I threw Caso’s Pokeball.
“Mud, Mudkip!” Caso called as he emerged from his Pokeball. He then turned around and used “Mud Slap” to hit me in the face.
“Ugh, Caso! Now is not the time to do that!”
“Haha. Looks like your Pokemon doesn’t like you!” My opponent called arrogantly.
“Grr. Caso use ‘Mud Slap’!” I shouted. Caso began firing spheres of mud at the Geodude. The Geodude dodged the attack easily. It was like Caso wasn’t even aiming at the Geodude.
“You call that an attack? Geodude show ’em what a real ‘Mud Slap’ looks like!” The Geodude began attacking with spheres of mud of its own.
“You know what to do, Caso!” I shouted encouragingly. It had taken me a minute, but I had picked up on Caso’s strategy. Geodude’s attack hit Caso, causing mud to splatter everywhere. When it stopped raining mud, Caso was nowhere to be seen.
“What’s this?! Where’d that Mudkip of yours disappear to?” He asked as both him and his Geodude looked around frantically, trying to figure out where Caso was.
“They don’t call Mudkip the Mudfish Pokemon for nothing!”
“When Caso used ‘Mud Slap’ earlier, he wasn’t aiming for Geodude. He was using it to get the battlefield nice and muddy, so he could dive into it. Now, Caso reappear and use ‘Water Gun’!” Caso leaped out of the mud directly behind the Geodude, and shot out a steady current of water from his mouth. The Geodude was down for the count.
“Geodude is unable to battle, Mudkip wins!” The Referee shouted as we both returned our Pokemon while complementing them on how great they were. Afterward, we both shook hands and agreed to battle again sometime. Pepper barked happily and wagged her tail, she was happy that we won too.
I decided to wait a while before we challenged Roxanne. Because, even though we won, the battle against the Gym Trainer hadn’t been easy. And I knew Roxanne would be even harder to defeat. So, Pepper and I headed to just outside of Rustboro to do some training. And once we’re stronger, we’ll come back to challenge Roxanne!
Info. We finally made it to the Gym. Whew, it took awhile, but we made it. I should have the battle against the Gym Leader in the next chapter. But, there is a possibility I won’t with how I’ve been writing this.
We’re finally going to the Pokemon Gym. At long last! I’ve almost caught up to my in-game file. In order to help me keep motivated in my writing, I decided that I would stop playing after I finished a Gym, and not start back until I had caught up to my in-game file in my story. Anyway, the actual Gym Leader fight is not in this chapter, but the battle against the Gym Trainer is. I hope you like it!
After a close call with Pepper, and a good night’s rest, my Pokemon and I walked out of the Pokemon Center and into Rustboro City. I had returned all of my Pokemon, except Pepper, to their Pokeballs after breakfast. It was great to see Pepper feeling like her old self again. She seemed just as excited as I was when we walked out the front doors of the Pokemon Center. Rustboro was the biggest city I had seen so far on my journey.
“Oh, wow! Look at all the buildings!” I exclaimed in awe as I looked around. Pepper barked in agreement, I guessed that she had never been in a city this big before. Okay, so Rustboro wasn’t really all that big, but for a little Poochyena, these buildings were big enough to keep giants away. “Where do you suppose the Pokemon Gym is?” I asked my little companion. Pepper gave me a look that said ‘How am I supposed to know?’. “Haha. Well, I guess we’ll just have to walk around until we find it.”
The two of us started walking around, looking for anything that resembled a Pokemon Gym. Suddenly we heard the laughter of children, along with shouts of “Hey, that’s mine!”, “Catch me if you can!”, “It’s my turn!”, and “Ready or not, here I come!”.
“Huh, there must be a playground nearby. Sounds like those kids are having a lot of fun.”
“Hey, look! It’s a Poochyena!” A little girl shouted as she pointed at Pepper. Soon she and a few other children had ran up to admire Pepper. Poor Pepper had no idea how to react at first, but she got used to the sudden attention pretty quickly and even seemed to enjoy it. “Is this your Poochyena, Miss?” The little girl asked sweetly.
“Yep. You can pet her if you want to. She doesn’t bite.”
The little girl gave a happy gasp as she reached out her hand to pet Pepper. Pepper jutted her nose forward to meet the hand. She obviously loved kids. It wasn’t long before all of the kids that had came over were crowding around Pepper to pet her.
When they started to be crowded too closely to the Poochyena, I decided it was time for Pepper and I to move on. “Okay, it’s time for us to go. Come on, Pepper.”
“Excuse me, Miss? Do you think you could bring Pepper over to the Pokemon Trainer School sometime? I’m sure all of the other students would love to meet her.” One of the older kids asked. By older, I mean that he was seven at the most.
“Pokemon Trainer School?” I looked at the boy questionably. I had never heard of a Pokemon Trainer School before.
“Yeah. It’s the building over there,” He pointed at the building right next to the playground. “It’s where young Pokemon Trainers go to learn all of the basics of being a Pokemon Trainer. Didn’t you know that?”
“To be honest, I had never heard of it before,” I replied as I scratched the back of my head in embarrassment. “It sounds pretty cool, though. What do you say, Pepper? Do you want to go check it out?” Pepper barked happily, then she began to pant excitedly. “I guess that’s a yes, then. Do you kids think you could show us around?”
All of the children replied with a happy “Yes”, and “Come on, follow me!”. They giggled excitedly the whole way there.
*Later: After most of the tour around the school*
“And this is Mister I. R. Cheesi’s class room. This is where the final year students study,” The boy informed me as we walked into the biggest room in the building.
“Mister I. R. Cheesi must be brilliant Pokemon Teacher if he has a class this big.” I said as I looked around in awe.
“Actually, he tends to be a little cheesy sometimes. But, all in all, he is a great teacher.”
“He’s a little cheesy sometimes? Really?” I asked even though his name should’ve given that one away. Suddenly, Pepper started barking at something. “What’s the matter, girl?” I asked as I turned to see what she was barking at. Leaning against the wall was that weird guy we met as we were leaving Oldale. “Hey, it’s you! Let’s see, what was your name again? Wasn’t it something like ‘Spot’ or something?”
The guy fell over when I asked if his name was “Spot”, then he quickly got up and angrily corrected me, “My name is ‘Scott’, not ‘Spot’!”
“Oops, sorry. Anyway, Scott, what brings you here?”
“Oh, me? I’m here looking for Pokemon Trainers with potential. What are you doing here?”
“Pepper and I were just taking a look around. By the way, you wouldn’t happen to know where the Pokemon Gym here is, would you?”
“Why, of course! It’s just down the road. If you head toward the Pokemon Center, you’ll see it on your left.”
“Thanks, Scott. Well, we should probably get going. Come on, Pepper.” I then turned to the kid that had shown us around, “Thanks for the tour of your school. It was really impressive.”
“Anytime, Miss. Good luck at the Gym.”
“Thanks, we’ll do our best. Right Pepper?” Pepper barked in agreement. “Well, later guys.”
As we left the Pokemon Trainer School, there was only one thing I could think about.
I can’t believe we walked right past the Pokemon Gym, and we didn’t even notice!
Info. I have a question for all of you awesome readers, do you think I should be more to the point in my writing? Or do you like the way I’m writing now? If I was more to the point, I’d probably get to the end of Trainer Strawberry quicker. But I probably wouldn’t have as much storyline as I do now. Also, I’m still taking requests for what I should play next, so if there’s a game you want me to play, leave a comment with the name of the game. The game you request could be the next one I play! The only restriction is that I do not play FPS games.
In this next chapter of Trainer Strawberry, Pepper and Strawberry head to the Pokemon Trainer School. While they’re at the school, they run into a familiar face, and they get directions too.
Anyway, I’ll probably put this at the bottom of the chapter as well, but do you guys think I should try to be a little more to the point, or do you like the way I’m writing Trainer Strawberry right now? Also, I’m still taking requests for what I should play next, so if there’s a game you want me to play, leave a comment with the name of the game. The game you request could be the next one I play! The only restriction is that I do not play FPS games. Anyway, I hope you like the next chapter of Trainer Strawberry!
“Nurse Joy! Nurse Joy!” I called as I burst through the front doors of the Pokemon Center. Zip and I had ran as fast as we could to get here in time.
“Yes, what seems to be the problem?” Nurse Joy asked from behind a counter directly in front of the door.
“Please, Nurse Joy, you have to help my Poochyena,” I begged as I glanced down at Pepper, whom I held in my arms.
“Chansey, come quickly!” Nurse Joy called urgently as she took Pepper from my arms and dashed into a room. Chansey soon followed, then the doors closed, and a red light that was over the door started glowing.
“Well, Zip, I guess all we can do now is wait,” I said to the little raccoon as we both walked towards the seats and sat down. Suddenly, the rest of my Pokemon came out of their Pokeballs. At first they seemed confused, then Zip explained what had happened. They all looked surprised. Then their expression changed into a look of worry. Well, Caso didn’t look worried, but he didn’t look too hateful at the moment, so I guess that’s his way of looking worried. “Don’t worry, guys. Pepper will be okay, you’ll see,” I said as reassuringly as I could.
Now if only I could believe that. Why did I have to send Pepper out in that battle?
Suddenly, the words of the old lady that gave Pepper to me rushed to my mind.
Pepper will always be there for you. So, you just make sure you’re always there for her.
That was when I realized: I had been taking Pepper for granted. I hadn’t been noticing her as much as I probably should have. I had been paying attention to the things going on around me, which usually meant I didn’t notice her. I then remembered all the things my brain had previously thought of as unimportant information.
Pepper being as excited as I was when I caught Zip. She jumped up and down while barking happily to show her excitement.
Pepper being amused by Caso and Zip when we went to the costume shop in Oldale. She made a noise that sounded like laughter.
Pepper being confused by Scott. She sat down at my feet and looked up at me as though she was looking for an explanation to his behavior.
Pepper encouraging Wally while he tried to catch his first Pokemon. She sat next to me while we watched him.
Pepper being angry when Norman turned down our challenge. She growled at him, her neck fur was bristling, and her ears were pinned back as we walked out of the Gym.
Pepper being weirded out by the Devon Researcher. She stood between me and the Team Aqua Member as though she would attack if he got any closer.
And now that I thought about it, Pepper seemed a little hesitant to fight that Nincada.
I’m sorry, Pepper. I should have paid more attention to you. Then I would have noticed that you didn’t want to fight that Nincada. I guess I wasn’t there for you. But, even though we had only known each other for a few days, you were there for me. Thank you. When you get better, I’ll try my best to repay the favor. But not as someone who thinks it’s their duty to repay a debt, but as a friend who wants the best for their friends. Just make sure you get better, okay?
*A few hours later*
Nurse Joy walked out of the room, with Chansey pushing a stretcher not far behind her. My Pokemon and I looked at Nurse Joy expectantly.
“I have some good news. Your Poochyena is going to be just fine,” She smiled.
My Pokemon and I gave a happy gasp while we all turned to look at each other. Then we turned back to Nurse Joy. “That’s great news!” I said happily.
“You’ll have to stay here for the night, however. Even though your Poochyena is going to be okay, she still needs some rest.”
“Okay. Thanks, Nurse Joy. When can we go see her?”
“You can go see her now. Just make sure that you don’t get too loud.”
“We’ll make sure that we’re quiet, Nurse Joy. Come on, guys. Let’s go see Pepper!” We all got up and dashed off in the direction the Chansey had taken Pepper.
Info. And there you have it, the tenth chapter of Trainer Strawberry! I actually had to rewrite part of this chapter. I had wrote up to the part where it moves up a few hours, then my computer ran into an error and restarted. The last time I had saved my progress was about the middle of the chapter. So, I had to rewrite the memories of Pepper. Joy.
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.
Time for chapter 9 of TS! There’s a little drama in this chapter, but I’m not going to tell you why. Anyway, Strawberry and the gang are still in the woods, which are full of bugs! The gang is still on the way to the next town, but the way there isn’t going to be as smooth as they thought it would be. Will they all make it there alright?
How’s that for a chapter introduction? I think it still needs work, but hopefully I’ll get good at it soon. Anyway, the new Professor Layton game comes out tomorrow! Who’s excited? I’m super excited. I’m gonna get to play a new Professor Layton game! PROFESSOR LAYTON!!!!!!!!!
I must calm down. Okay, I’m a little calmer now. Not.
“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?