Well, this chapter turned out to be pretty eventful for just one route…
Also, I am TERRIBLY sorry, but I seem to have lost all of my screenshots for this chapter… >_< I tried to work around it a bit, though.
The Road to Eterna
There’s something in those flowers that’s just not normal. I meant to get up early, but the sun was high in the sky by the time I was on the road again. I checked my pokedex and to my surprise it considered the valley windworks to be its own location, not attached to route 205! Cool. I used this opportunity to snag a Buizel.
That done, I began my march up route 205, confident I could take on anything that came my way. Then I faced another trainer’s ponyta. That was a difficult battle. I came to realize that perhaps relying on two grass types and a flying type left me very wide open to certain attacks…
And then Kazza erupted into a fountain of light.
<kekekekekekekekeeeeeeeee> I kid you not, that was the first thing I heard through Kazaa’s Link. A crazy, psychotic laugh. That. Just. Wouldn’t. STOP.
Another trainer approached, and sent out a Budew. Time to see what Kazza could do. “Ok Kazza, GET HIM! Confusion!” <Kekekekekekekekekekeke> “…What are you doing? Why are you sitting around staring at the sky?” <KEKEKEKEKEKEKEKEKEKEKEKEKE>. “…Are you even listening, Kazza?” <No.> <I mean- KEKEKEKEKEKEKEKEKEKEEEEEEEEHEEHEE!!!!> “Are you serious?! You won’t even listen to me?!” That was upsetting. Finally, Kazza had the potential to be a great member of the team…and instead, he decided to not do a damn thing. I regretted that trade now…
I reached the edge of Eterna forest…and unfortunately, the shortcut around it was blocked by these thin (but VERY prickly) trees that were growing right there on the path. I didn’t feel like waiting another week or two for someone to clear those out. But I sure as hell wasn’t going through Eterna forest without some more antidotes. I turned back to stock up in Floaroma.
On the way, a wild Shellos attacked. It didn’t look particularly strong, but I needed every bit of help I could get. I decided that if I sent Ace or Beat in, they would probably kill the poor thing, so I let Breaker, my Geodude fight it.
That was a mistake.
A truly grave, regrettable, stupid mistake.
The Shellos fired a series of blue pulses at Breaker….I felt as if time itself slowed to a crawl as my brain processed a set of facts at lightning speed. Shellos was a water type. It had just used Water Pulse. Breaker was a Geodude. A rock/ground type. Super Effective.
“BREAKER! DODGE IT!” He didn’t. He couldn’t.
He took all four shots head on and fell to the ground with a soft thud and a moan. I ran up to him, hoping against hope he was alright. His eyes were blank and water dripped slowly from his mouth. I wasn’t too familiar with rock type biology…But that looked fatal. I could not tear my eyes away like I did with that other Geodude back at Oreburgh Gate. This time, it was completely my fault.
<Yeah, just keep walking away, you ugly slug!> Beat growled at the Shellos, who had lost interest and was now shuffling away. I turned to look, and then a fiery mood took me “Oh no you don’t. You are coming with us, Shellos. Beat. WEAR. IT. DOWN”. Beat turned and frowned <You sure? It just killed- > “I know what it did. And that’s why it’s not going to get away with it.> Beat pounced on the Shellos and began to give it hell. I threw a pokeball. It broke out. I threw another, it deflected it. My fury grew. I almost told Beat to slice it to pieces with a well placed razor leaf. Instead, I had Buddy come out and stun spore it. “Let’s see you break out of the ball now!” There was the sound of a pokeball opening and snapping shut. Then a few twitches. And finally, a satisfying *click*.
I ran back to the pokemon center, and they took Breaker into a back room. The regular healing device was nowhere near enough, they said. About a half hour later, I got the bad news. As I feared, there was nothing they could do for him. The water had seeped into his rocky lungs and drowned him from the inside.
They offered to send him to the Lost Tower in Solaceon town straight away. I asked to see him first. The nurse told me I didn’t want to see it. I insisted anyway.
She explained that they had tried to pump out the water from his rocky lungs, but apparently the air/water pressure was too much and…aahh…
She was right. I didn’t want to see it.
I sat there in the center for a while, unsure of what to do. I hadn’t had Breaker around for very long, nor was he a good member of the team yet. I hadn’t even managed to link with him. And yet…I felt terrible. I should have known Shellos was a water type… <Master, are you just gonna sit there all day and mope?> “No, Beat. I’m not.” I sighed and got up.
Breaker the Geodude has Died.
I allowed them to send Breaker’s corpse over to Lost Tower in Solaceon town via the PC system. I didn’t quite know what else to do with it.
I went to the PC and withdrew the Shellos that had killed Breaker and sat her down. “You listen to me. You took one of my friends from me. You will make up for that. I don’t know if you can understand me, but I’ll make this very clear. You are not getting off easy. That said, welcome to the team. Do me proud.” The Shellos blinked and slowly made a very noticeable nod.
Lilli the Shellos joins the team
I made a quick stop at the pokemart like I had planned and stocked up on antidotes, then made my way back to the forest entrance.
At the entrance, a woman was pacing back and forth, clearly worried. As I entered, she looked up and approached. My hand instinctively reached for a pokeball, but then I stopped as I realized she wasn’t here for a fight. She looked at Beat and nodded. “Hi Trainer. Umm…You’re a strong trainer, right?” I blinked “I guess so. What’s on your mind?” The woman looked over her shoulder and then back to me “I need to get to Eterna city in a hurry, but there are tons of trainers in here and I don’t have time to fight them all one on one. And there are rumors of Team Galactic members in here, and-” She stopped as she said those words and gave me a piercing look. I didn’t notice it at the time, though, since I immediately frowned and imagined those incompetent dunces causing more trouble. Not on my watch. “If Team G-Force is here, I am going to send them packing. I hate those guys”. The woman’s face immediately relaxed. “That’s…Good. My name is Cheryl. And yours?” “Ark” “Well, then, Ark, here’s my deal. You help me get through this place and to Eterna in a hurry, and Chansey and I will keep your Pokemon in top condition. Deal?” I nodded and off we went.
She wasn’t kidding about the trainers here. On seeing that Cheryl was traveling with someone, they immediately decided to double team us. After one particular brutal double battle which left Lilli, Ace and Beat burned out, Beat began to glow.
What began as a soft growl turned into a full on roar, and within moments, he was pawing the ground with his new giant feet, eager to test out his new form. <I. AM. A. BADASS!> “Yeah, I can’t argue with that…You look awesome!”
Cheryl gave me an odd look, and I was forced to explain Linking to her. To my surprise, she believed me without question, and peppered me with questions until we parted ways.
After a few more battles, we made it. Cheryl’s first aid skills were incredibly useful. With her help, Lilli was now combat ready, and Malice (My Zubat) was getting there. And then she was gone, running full tilt towards Eterna. And about time too. The sun was setting. I didn’t want to be in here after dark. Especially not with those Psychic Trainers going on and on about the “Old Chateau” in the area that they said “housed a powerful presence”. I didn’t like Ghost pokemon. I hadn’t met any yet, and I hoped I never had to.
And a short walk later, finally we crossed into Eterna.
Where I began to get a sense of just how big a problem Team Galactic would be for me.
Props to ZessT of DeviantArt for allowing me to use their Geodude image, found here.