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The story begins, with Kevin Roberts, Zach Willsone, Jill Naneoh, and Scott Bombilla ready for the free feast provided by the Indigo Plateau. Scott and Zach had just passed the second round of the Indigo Plateau Conference, their third match soon to approach. However, now it was time to enjoy themselves.
They walk into the food hall, where tables fill the area, each with hundreds of different foods all arraged by flavor, the scent powerful enough to attract Pokemon from all over the region. Trainers and civilians alike crowd the place, all eager to taste the delicious food. As the group approaches, their mouths start to water.
Zach: Oh. My. Arceus...
Kevin: Time to dig in...
Scott: ...I AM IN HEAVEN!!
Scott rapidly begins running around the building, grabbing platefuls of as much food as possible. Kevin immediately follows, with Zach close behind.
Zach: So much food...
Kevin: Oh my gosh, is that...
Zach & Kevin: Pancakes with extra butter and Pecha Berry syrup made specially by Chef Tauros? OH MY ARCEUS IT IS!
They both grab a stack, and run towards the table.
Scott is already sitting at the table with a mouthful of food, with his Eevee and his Ivysaur sitting with their own plates of food as well, gulping as much food as possible down their throats. While chewing, Scott glances over at Zach and Kevin, sticking his thumbs up and smiling.
Scott: You got the pancakes? Those are SOOOOOOOO Good!!
Kevin: Well, they WERE made by Chef Tauros!
Zach: Chef Tauros... Best chef ever.
Kevin glances over in Jill's direction, feeling a little guilty for bolting off like that. He ignores the feeling after he remembers that the others did the same. Jill waves in Kevin's direction, slowly bringing over a plate with two pancakes on it, and finding a seat in between Kevin and Scott. As she sits down, Scott shoves a fork full of fried berries into his mouth and stares in awe at Jill's food.
Scott: Are you gonna eat that?
Jill: ...I literally JUST sat down...
Scott: Don't worry, I'm still hungry!
Jill nudges her elbow into Scott's ribs, which seems to deliver the message to eat his own food. Kevin muffles a laugh, and starts eating his pancakes.
Kevin: So, I've been wondering, how did you two meet?
Jill looks down, as if trying to remember something, and then chuckles quietly.
Jill: Oh, funny story! So, I was just on my way to Professor Oak's Lab because I remember it was that time of week again where new trainers would get their own starters. Well, while I was on my way there, I see Scott with his new Bulbasaur, telling it to use Flamethrower against a Spearow!
Jill bursts out laughing, wiping her face with a napkin.
Jill: And his Bulbasaur looked so confused!!
Scott: That's NOT what happened!
Jill: That's EXACTLY what happened. Anyway, I felt a little sorry for him, so I decided to stick with him for a little bit to give him some tips on how to be a good trainer. But for some reason I just never wanted to leave, and I stuck with Scott to this day.
Zach, while eating, throws in a comment.
Zach: Sounds kind of romantic.
Scott: Uhh no, it doesn't.
Zach shrugs, and continues eating.
Zach: Just my thoughts...
Kevin: So... He was trying to tell his Bulbasaur... To use Flamethrower?
Jill: Sure was! It was actually quite sad to watch.
Kevin: I can only imagine...
While listeinng to the story, Zach's Ivysaur looks over at Scott's Ivysaur, and giggles, thinking of the situation. Kevin is silent for a second, then starts muffling laughter as well. Zach too stares at Scott, whose face is getting redder by the moment, and starts muffling his own laughter. Even Scott's own Eevee can't help but burst into laughter, imagining her trainer do something so ridiculous.
Scott: Oh come on!!! Jill, Why do you have to tell EVERYBODY!?
Jill: Oh hush and eat your pancakes!
The two boys finally stop laughing, and resume eating, Scott still red-faced.
Zach: To be fair, you learned from your mistakes. If you didn't, you wouldn't be here now.
Scott: Yeah, you're right! After my challenges in the Indigo and Orange League, I'm a much better Trainer than I was back then!
Jill: Yep, and you'll continue to get better each day!
Zach: You know, I'm looking forward to our battle. Assuming we both make it far enough to have one.
Scott: Me too! It's been so long since we last battled!
Scott takes a gulp of his Oran Berry Juice, before glancing over to Zach.
Scott: Remember when we first battled?
Zach thinks hard, and shakes his head.
Zach: Nope. Must've been so long ago that I forgot... I honestly can't remember....
Jill: Well, I certainly remember it. It was when I first got to know Kevin.
Jill looks over at Kevin, and smiles. Kevin smiles back, blushing a bit.
Kevin: Yep, greatest day of my life.
Zach: ...Fine, disregard the day we first met.
Scott finishes the last of his pancakes, and just stares at his empty plate.
Scott: ....Wonder if they have any dessert....
Jill: I wouldn't doubt it. But stay tuned, they're gonna release the next match-up soons!
Zach: I'm excited... Who could I be matched up with?
Scott: Dunno. I hope its someone stronger than my last two battles, those were just TOO easy!
Zach: Yeah. Those matches were too easy. Almost felt rigged!
Zach takes a sip of his Pecha Berry tea, cringing at the sweetness.
Jill: So, is everyone ready to go check it out?
Zach: I'm ready whenever you are.
Kevin: Same here.
Scott: Ok, let's go!
They leave the table, stomachs full, and walk to the match-up area. Looking at the screen, they see fifty trainers' faces, out of which several start to disappear. In the end, there are only thirty-two faces left.
Zach: Where am I, where am I.... There.
Zach points to his face, which is one of the thirty-two left.
Kevin: Scott, have you seen your face yet?
Scott: No.... I haven't ye- Oh, here it is!
Zach: Alright, we both made it! Not that there was any doubt.
They can hear audible groans and sighs of anger as the people who didn't make it realize what's happened.
Man: I was so close! My Grimer would've gone to house!
Girl: My Vileplume would've wiped the floor with you!
Kevin: Yeesh, some people...
Jill: Starting to get down to fewer people, only gonna get harder from here.
Zach: Jill, seriously, would you lighten up? You're starting to make me doubtful.
Scott: Yeah, seriously Jill, can you not?
Jill: Okay, okay.
Kevin shrugs, looking at the scoreboard.
Kevin: To be fair, these trainers do look pretty tough. ...Aw man...
Kevin: David made it through!
Jill: Looks like none of us are going to be happy... Scott, look who else made it.
Scott walks over to Jill, noticing a familiar face on the screen.
Zach: Who’s he?
Scott: He's a big jerk... He used to be my best friend, but for some reason once he started his Pokemon Journey he just... completely changed. He doesn't care at all about Pokemon, just about winning. One time he left a Pokemon that he didn't think was good enough, and just tied it too a tree without food or water.
Jill: He's disgusting.
Zach: Reminds me a little bit of Mark...
Zach clenches his fists, thinking about how Mark had joined Team Rocket.
Zach: I hope I get to battle him. Then I can wipe the floor with him. Or you can, if you get to battle him.
Scott: Yeah, one of us has to. People like that don't deserve to win...
Zach: Well, let's get some rest... Then we can focus on our battles tomorrow. Which apparently mine is against...
Zach studies the faces as they're put together, and he sees that he's going up against someone from a long time ago.
Zach: Aviadro? Man... I can't believe he actually made it.
Scott yawns, and looks down at his Pokemon.
Scott: Yeah, we should get some rest. All that food made me really tired.
Zach walks on ahead, stumbling a bit as he and his Ivysaur walk out the doors.
Kevin stays by the matching board, staring at it.
Jill: What are you looking at, Kevin?
Kevin shakes his head thoughtfully.
Kevin: I'm just looking at who Zach might face.... After Aviadro, of course.... David, Tony, Scott... So many tough trainers here that I'm not sure he can beat.
He stretches and cracks his knuckles.
Kevin: One thing I do know, is that if Zach loses to Scott... I don't think he'll be mad.
Jill: Why not?
Kevin: Zach isn't exactly a social person. When he makes friends, he sticks by them. I think, if he lost to Scott, he'd be more proud of Scott than he would be upset for losing.
Jill: Good for Zach, friendship is great thing to hold onto. Scott is... He can be very unpredictable... Sometimes he's excited to meet new people, but he can also hate meeting new people....
Jill: If Scott did lose Zach, I don't know... I mean, Scott has worked so hard for this, I'm not sure HOW he would take it... Zach and Scott are so similar, yet so different. The way I see it, Scott tends to use luck with his battles, which Zach seems to battle more strategically. It really could go either way.
Jill chuckles slightly.
Jill: Would you ever consider a Zach-for-Scott trade?
Kevin: I wouldn't say no to it...
Scott and his Pokemon walk into the hotel lobby where Zach awaits. Zach scans his Trainer ID on a snack machine, and takes out a chocolate bar. He takes a bite, and starts to walk up the stairs. He then looks away, and goes into his room, then opens up the computer.
Zach: Let's see what kind of Pokemon Aviadro has...
Looking through Aviadro's records, he sees a Muk, Victreebell, Krabby, Seaking, Magmar, Jynx, Arbok, and Raticate on record....
Zach: Of course he'd have more than six Pokemon... What three will he use...?
Scott walks over by the doorway, munching on some Oran Flakes.
Scott: So, is that the "Avacado" person you were talking about?
Zach: Er, Aviadro. I kind of fought him for Anne once, then he went off crying. Never realized he was actually getting Gym Badges.
Scott lets himself in, leaning towards the computer.
Scott: Doesn't look TOO bad.
Zach: It's not always about the Pokemon. It's often about strategy. He may have what looks like weak Pokemon, but trust me, he's gonna have a few tricks up his sleeves... So uh, who were you fighting again?
Scott: Some dude named Leonard. Would you mind if I looked him up? My stupid room doesn't even have a computer...
Zach: Sure, go ahead. Zach gets up, and closes out the roster and Scott sits down in front of the computer, typing in his opponent's name.
Scott: There we go!
Scott glances at the Trainer's roster, showing images of Tangela, Graveler, Kabutops, Wigglytuff, and Magneton.
Zach: He seems to have two Pokemon weak to Grass...
Scott: Well we got this, don't we Ivysaur?
Scott looks down at his Ivysaur, who smiles in agreement.
Zach: I think you should bring your Paras as well, for backup.
Scott: Well.. I would, but it's never actually been in a battle before, I think it'd be a bit too extreme for it.
Zach: Well, you've gotta give a Pokemon a chance to know its capabilities. Maybe you could spar with one of my weaker Pokemon, if you wanna train up Paras. Just a thought.
Scott: Oh, would you do that!?
Zach: Of course! We can spar in the forest so we don't make a mess in the hotel.
They walk out into the forest, where Zach sends out his Poliwhirl, and Scott sends out his Paras.
Zach: Hey Paras! We're gonna help you get stronger? That okay with you?
Paras hesitantly nods his head, looking back at its trainer.
Scott: Ok Paras, Use Stun Spore!
Zach: Poliwhirl, use an easy Bubble!
Poliwhirl lets loose a few bubbles which contain the Stun Spore, and they pop gently on Paras.
Scott: Not a problem, Paras!
Paras closes its eyes, trying to hide from the opponent.
Scott: Come on Paras, use Slash!
Paras opens one eye, as one of its tiny claws glow in a white light, and the Pokemon scatters closer to Poliwhirl, trying to hit it.
Zach: Poliwhirl, take the hit!
Paras slices feebly at Poliwhirl, who grunts a little as the tiny Pokemon hits him in the stomach.
Scott: Great Paras, do it again!
Paras repeats the attack with more enthusiasm, causing Poliwhirl to skid back a bit.
Zach: Alright, Poliwhirl, use Water Gun!
Poliwhirl shoots a beam of water at Paras, landing on its back.
Scott: Get up and use Giga Drain!
Paras struggles to get up, flailing its tiny legs into the air before flipping over. It scurries closer to its opponent, and uses Leech Life.
Scott: Oh... I guess it doesn't know Giga Drain yet.
Zach: Probably because you don't train it...
Paras's Leech Life drains some of Poliwhirl's HP, causing it to get angry.
Zach: Er, Poliwhirl, don't-
Poliwhirl uses Mega Punch, launching Paras into the air.
Zach: ...Holy craaaaaaap. Paras can get some air.
The Pokemon soars through the air, and finally skids through the dirt upon landing.
Scott runs after the unconscious Pokemon, and holds it in his arms.
Zach: Poliwhirl, what the crap is wrong with you!? We were SUPPOSED to help it grow, not absolutely destroy it!
Scott: Well... Paras, you take a good rest in your Pokeball, it's what's best for you. You did really well for you're first battle though.
Scott returns Paras to its ball, and starts walking towards Zach.
Zach: Paras could use some work, but it's definitely more powerful than you give it credit for...
He recalls Poliwhirl, who is looking ashamed of itself. Zach leans against a tree trunk.
Scott: Thanks for helping me train it!
Zach: No problem man. It's a pretty cool Pokemon. Anyway, we should probably head back to the hotel now.
Scott: Yep. We want to be fully rested for the battles tommorow!
The two of them begin walking back to the hotel.
Zach: So, is there anyone you have your eye on? Because I could help. I'm like the master of love.
Scott: Um, I dunno….
Zach shrugs, looking him in the eye. He laughs it off a bit, but then turns back to Scott, serious.
Zach: Just remember, if you ever need help. With anything. I'll be here.
Meanwhile, Kevin and Jill lay on the dewy grass, staring off into the moonlight.
Kevin: I'm glad I get to spend tonight with you.
Jill: Me too!
Jill grabs Kevin's hand, and points it out towards the stars.
Jill: See that constellation over there?
Kevin's hand is guided along as Jill showcases the imaginary lines in the stars.
Jill: It's called Tauros.
They see the stars form a Tauros head. Jill guides Kevin's hand to another image in the sky, this time appearing as a Teddiursa.
Jill: That one's Ursa Minor!
Kevin: Wow... I never realized there were so many constellations.
Kevin moves a little closer to Jill, smiling.
Kevin: You're really smart, you know that?
Jill blushes, still keeping her hand locked with Kevin's.
Jill: You're so sweet!
Kevin: It's true though. You're like a genius.
Jill smiles even more than before, and looks up at the stars, not knowing what exactly to say.
Kevin leans over to her, and puts his arm around her, and starts to lean in as Zach runs down the hill.
Zach: Scott, I f-
Zach trips into Kevin, and Kevin goes rolling into the river not far below them.
Kevin gets out, sopping wet, with a furious look on his face.
Jill gets up, running towards Kevin with a towel in her hand as Scott walks closer, chuckling nervously.
Kevin is shivering from the cold.
Zach: Dude, really, I am sorry that I interrupted your romantic moment.
Without hesitation, Kevin punches Zach in the gut, and Zach's eyes bulge as he falls to the ground. Saying nothing, Kevin continues drying himself off with the towel, and they notice Scott attempting to sneak away and hide behind a tree.
Jill: ....We can see you, Scott!!
Jill walks over to Scott, yanking him over.
Scott: D-Don't hit me!
Kevin: Jill, mind if I...?
Kevin gestures at Scott.
Jill: Oh, Not at all.
Kevin: Trust me... This is gonna hurt you more than it's gonna hurt me.
Kevin slams his fist into Scott's midsection, causing the same reaction that Zach had. Zach starts to get up, and when Kevin raises an eyebrow, he just flops down. Scott looks up at Zach in pain, only able to give off a painful expression.
Kevin: So uh... Where were we?
Jill nervously looks at Kevin.
Jill: Well, I Uh....
Suddenly, the area's speakers come on.
Speakers: Everyone please report to your hotel rooms. Curfew is in five minutes!
The speakers make a ding sound as they turn off, and Kevin tries very hard not to kick himself.
Kevin: Hey, I just want you to know... I really like you.
Kevin kisses Jill on the cheek, and runs towards the hotel as Zach and Scott gets up.
Zach: Such soreness... Much pain... Many stars...
Zach stumbles towards the hotel, leaving Scott and Jill behind, as the episode comes to an end.
- Scott's Ivysaur
- Zach's Ivysaur
- Eevee (Scott's)
- Muk (Aviadro's; Image)
- Victreebel (Aviadro's; Image)
- Krabby (Aviadro's; Image)
- Seaking (Aviadro's; Image)
- Magmar (Aviadro's; Image)
- Jynx (Aviadro's; Image)
- Arbok (Aviadro's; Image)
- Raticate (Aviadro's; Image)
- Tangela (Leonard's; Image).
- Graveler (Leonard's; Image).
- Kabutops (Leonard's; Image).
- Wigglytuff (Leonard's; Image).
- Magneton (Leonard's; Image).
- Paras (Scott's)
- Poliwhirl (Zach's)
- Tauros (Image)
- Teddiursa (Image)