Pikachu walks in. Waves to you.: Welcome to my first gym battle. As well as Kim's first gym battle. Read about how Brock joined our group. Pikachu leaves.
Disclaimer: Pokemon do not belong to me with the exception of Kim.
The town of Pewter City was laid out below us. It had taken us about two weeks to get this far. During those two weeks, Ash and I saw several different types of pokémon. Ash’s Metapod evolved into Butterfree during our meeting with a Pokémon trainer name Samurai. But, that was in the past. I was looking forward to going to into Pewter City and healing my pokémon.
“Yeah!” Ash cheered. “Pewter City!”
“Pewter City is the color of stone. This town has always been famous for stone.”
Looking down, I saw a bearded man sitting Indian-style on the ground. “Who are you?”
“I’m Flint and you’re standing on my merchandise. Want to buy some?”
“No thanks!” Ash replied. “My friends and I are travelling trying to become Pokémon masters!”
“They are,” Misty interrupted. “I’m just happy being an ordinary trainer.”
Pikachu let out a deep breath. “Chu…”
“Your pokémon sure looks worn out,” Flint commented.
“Yes. I would like to take it to the Pokémon Center,” I admitted.
“Follow me. I’ll show you the way.”
The four of us followed Flint into Pewter City and into the Pokémon Center. I placed Pikachu and the balls containing Pidgeotto, Ekans, and my new pokémon Wartortle on a tray. Ash put Charmander, Butterfree, and Pidgeotto on another tray. “Please revitalize our pokémon,” Ash asked the nurse.
“Right away Ash!” the nurse answered. That was when I got my first good look at her. So did Ash.
“Nurse Joy? But this isn’t Viridian City. This is Pewter City…?” he said.
“The Joy in Viridian City is my little sister. I’m the older Joy. She’s told me nice things about you and Kim. By the way,” she said as she walked off. “Have you seen the poster?” Ash and I turned around.
“Wow!” I exclaimed. Before us was a poster for the Pokémon League Competition, the dream of all trainers.
“All right!” Ash exclaimed. “The Pokémon League Regional Championships! I’m going to enter!”
“Ha! Yeah, right!” Misty laughed.
“What? You don’t think we can do it!”
“I don’t have any doubts about you, Kim. It’s Ash I doubt.”
“What do you mean?” Ash inquired.
“To compete you need to beat gym trainers from different towns and get their badges as proof.”
“Yes.” I nodded, indicating that Misty should continue.
“Gym leaders are different from your everyday trainers,” the redhead continued. “They’re much tougher. You think you can do that, Ash?”
“Of course I can!”
“Heh, heh, heh.” Someone was laughing. Ash turned around and saw Flint, chuckling.
“Don’t tell me you plan on challenging Brock, the Pewter City Gym Leader.”
“I do!” I insisted.
“You do?” my friend asked.
“Of course. Being the Pokémon League sounds like a lot of fun. I’ll battle each gym leader if it’ll get me in the league.”
“Well. Good luck.” Flint walked off while Misty, Ash, and I got some food since Joy was still busy with our pokémon.
“You know, Ash. I could give you some help.”
“I don’t need any help. I’ll win my own battles by myself.”
Misty’s eyes narrowed. Then, she got up and walked off. Getting up, I ran after her, calling, “Misty, wait!”
She turned around. “What?”
“Ash may not want your help, but I would.”
“Sure. What have I got to lose?”
“Well, let’s work on your pokémon. Tell me what you have.”
“Pikachu, Pidgeotto, Ekans, and Wartortle.”
“Hmm. An electric, a flying, a poison, and a water pokémon. Four different types. Now, here’s some hints: Water weakens rock pokemon. Water conducts electricity. Flying pokémon are weak against rock types. Poison might work against rock or it might not. Poison types are hard to determine. I think that’ll be enough to start you off.”
“Thanks, Misty. I plan to head to the gym as soon as I get my pokémon.” The three of us reported back to the center.
“All your pokémon are back to normal,” Joy reported as we approached the front desk. She pushed the trays forward. Ash and I collected our Pokémon and I immediately headed for the door.
“Hey, Kim. Where are you going?”
“Pewter City Gym.”
“Oh. Good luck.”
“Thanks.” Pikachu and I walked off and soon we stood before the stone Pewter City Gym. I pushed the doors and stepped inside cautiously. “Hello?” I called.
“Pika?” my pokémon said, which I interpreted as echoing my hello.
A light snapped on and a male voice said, “Who goes there?” I turned to the light and saw a boy somewhere between Ash’s and my age sitting under the light.
“I’m Kim from Pallet and I’ve come to earn your badge.”
“Is this your first gym match?”
“Yes, but I’ve had a little coaching before coming here.”
“There are special rules.”
“We will use two Pokémon each. And don’t expect me to be easy on you just because I find you pretty.”
“That’s fine with me, Brock.”
“How long have you been with that pokémon?”
Brock’s question caught me off guard. “Two weeks.”
“Yes. Your Pikachu’s in it’s cutest stage. It can’t win.”
“We’ll see. I’ve trained it nicely.”
Brock snapped his finger and a rocky battlefield appeared and more lights came on. I stood on one end of the field with Pikachu. Brock stepped off his place and stood on the other end.
“Let the match begin,” he said.
“Ready when you are.” I wanted to see who his first Pokémon would be.
He threw the first ball. “Geodude, go !” The ball opened and the rock pokémon appeared. I remembered Misty’s hints, but I wanted to save my water pokémon for last.
“Pikachu, go!” My friend stepped onto the field.
“Big thundershock, Pikachu!”
“Pika…Chuuu!” A huge charge exploded from Pikachu’s body and struck Geodude, who was smoked and black after the charge.
“Geodude, return!” Brock recalled his pokémon. He grabbed another ball. “Your Pikachu’s no match for Onix. Onix, go!” He threw the ball. In a flash, the biggest rock pokémon I ever saw appeared. But, I was ready.
“Pikachu, return!” I called my friend back and brought out my secret weapon. I threw the ball. “Poké ball, go!” Wartortle appeared.
Brock gasped, “ A Wartortle! That’s a rare pokémon!”
“Wartortle! Water gun, full blast!”
Wartortle let it’s full water gun power fly at Onix. Onix groaned from the assault. It was working ! Just as Misty said it would.
“Keep it up, Wartortle!” The turtle-like pokémon did so and Onix finally collapsed, unconscious.
“Onix, return!” The giant pokémon returned to it’s ball. I recalled Wartortle. Brock approached me.
“That was impressive. You won, Kim. You’re as smart as you are pretty.”
“Here’s a Boulder badge for defeating me.”
I took the badge and looked at it. My first badge! I had taken the first step toward the Pokémon League Championships. “Thanks again. Good luck, Brock. I hope you win your other gym matches.” I left the gym and ran into Ash.
“Ash! Are you going in next?”
“Yes. I’m going to earn a badge. Did you win?”
“I did. Good luck, Ash. I’m going to find Misty.”
“Okay.” Ash entered the gym. I decided to see if Misty was back at the Pokémon Center. As I entered the double doors of the center, I spotted her in the waiting room. She spotted me, smiled, waved, and then came up to me.
“How did it go?”
“It went great. I won! It actually seemed easy. Your hints really helped me, Misty. Thank you.”
“No problem. I feel good about helping a trainer out.”
“I hope Ash is doing okay.”
“If he doesn’t, it’s his fault. I offered my help and he refused.”
“He’s my friend. Naturally, I’d stick up for him.”
“Yeah, he’s a really determined guy.”
Misty, Pikachu, and I walked out of the center. “Tell me how you won the match.”
“Well, Brock started with a Geodude. I sent Pikachu.”
“You managed to beat Geodude with Pikachu?”
“Yes. I had Pikachu give off a big thundershock. Brock recalled Geodude and sent Onix.”
“That’s a big pokémon.”
“I called Pikachu back and sent Wartortle in. Brock was pretty surprised. It beat Onix good. Oh, by the way, Brock said that he finds me pretty.”
“Wow. He sounds like a nice guy when he’s not in a Pokémon match.”
“You bet I am,” another voice said. The two of us turned around and saw Brock with Ash, who looked pretty happy.
“I did it! I got a Boulder badge!” Ash opened one side of his jacket and showed the badge pinned there.
“Brock’s joining us on our Pokémon journey,” Ash continued. “His dad will take over where Brock left off.”
“Welcome aboard Brock,” I said, shaking his hand.
“Thanks. And don’t worry about more competition. I’m training to be the world’s best Pokémon breeder.”
“We sure could use a Pokémon breeder.”
With our new friend Brock ready to go, the five of us began our journey out of Pewter City and towards our next adventure.
Next time: Cerulean City Splash