Hello everybody! Happy Monday, and welcome back to another chapter of FanFic Feature! I hope you all enjoy this batch of chapters, as I really enjoyed writing them. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Chapter 61: Challenge Failed
Eli and Atlas stormed into the elevator and ascended to the third floor, ready to take on any challenge that came their way. For this challenge floor, Eli decided to use his Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur needed some training to avoid falling behind, as he didn’t want to evolve yet. Atlas opted to use his Charizard like he did on the first floor, mainly because it was his strongest Pokemon to date. To Eli, this seemed that Atlas had a lack of dimensionality on his team, only wanting to use a few select Pokemon. But to Atlas, this arena served as a testing ground to apply new strategies for his best Pokemon. Atlas had already lost a lot of Pokemon on his journey, 7 to be exact. Only two Pokemon were still with him: Slowbro and Charizard. That is why getting to the top of the tower and winning Lairon was so important. Getting another team member would serve as a massive benefit to Atlas, and it would give him more flexibility down the road on who he was allowed to add to his team. When the elevator rung out its cheery sound, indicating that it had successfully ascended to the next floor, the metal doors slid open revealing the next hurdle Eli’s challenge. A maze hummed with life ahead of Eli, and he could hear screams of people inside the labyrinth, which caused him to shudder. The thought of the pain that could flood his body made him wince. However, he tried to steel himself, assuring his quavering brain that things would turn out OK. Eli looked at Atlas, who nodded at him with confidence. The two then ran into the entrance, starter Pokemon by their side. Eli took the leading position between the two of them, in desperate efforts that it would make him more confident and hide his fear from Atlas. Atlas looked calm as a cucumber, not showing even a glimmer of fear. The walls of the maze looked as if they were made of rubber, so many attacks would be deflected and sent back through the maze. Eli winded through the rubber walls, making random turns every so often. Eventually, they came to a hallway with what appeared to be the floor leader at the end of it. Eli, relieved by the closing of the maze, dashed forward as fast as he could. Unfortunatley, his left foot became snagged on a seemingly invisible tripwire, triggering the next few feet of floor to slide out from under Eli. Both he and Bulbasaur slid inside, leaving Atlas outside the brim of the trap. Atlas looked down at Eli, who was still helplessly trapped in the hole. Eli shook his head at Atlas, who was undoubtedly thinking about whether he should save Eli. Atlas seemed to understand Eli’s motion, and he and his Charizard dashed off down the path. Eli looked down at his stopwatch that he had found and surveyed the time. It was still only 9 AM, and Eli and Atlas had showed up at 8 AM. At this rate, they would get 3 floors down every hour and a half. Atlas, by that math, would finish in roughly 3 and a half more hours. Until then, Eli could only dwindle away the time by talking to his Bulbasaur. Even though he couldn’t understand Bulbasaur, it was still good to spend more time with him. While the two were talking, Eli began to think about potential ways to get out of the crater that they were trapped in. At first, Eli thought that Bulbasaur’s vines could rescue them, but Eli’s weight would cause serious damage to Bulbasaur at the least. It seemed that for the first time in his journey, Eli had been beaten by a challenge that someone could throw at him. However, Eli had to reconcile his losses and move on from the situation. The best way for him to do that right now was to wait the challenge out. As soon as someone finished, all the contestants would be freed and kicked out of the Battle Tower. Eli had tried as hard as he could, and had been taken down by a petty trap. After Eli and Bulbasaur had talked for about an hour, they decided to catch up on the sleep that they had lost the night before. Eli put his backpack down as a pillow and lay flat on his back, ready to catch up on his well-missed sleep. Bulbasaur paced over to Eli and curled up onto Eli’s chest, and the two quickly fell asleep.
Eli was awoken from his deep sleep by a heavy alarm and a voice blasting out of a speaker. It announced that the challenge was over, and Atlas had taken first prize. Eli smiled before silently leaving the battle tower. He handed over the three floor keys that he had earned to the chairman stationed outside the tower. Eli thanked him for hosting the competition and walked back to the Pokemon Center. While he walked back to the Pokemon Center, he saw a large bush rustling next to the hospital. Eli quickly ran over to the bush with his Bulbasaur hot on his trail. The bush’s rustling quickly ceased, and a blue horn sprung from the pace where the rustling had come from. Eli gawked at the Pokemon that had emerged from the bush. It had a large horn and bright eyes that gazed at Eli. Small wings buzzed on his back, and his fists swung back and forth, looking for enemies that may be in his path. Eli immediately flipped open his PokeDex to snag a picture of this awesome looking Pokemon. Apparently, this was known as Heracross. It was a Bug and Fighting type mix, and it was a ruthless fighter. Eli wanted this Pokemon on his team SO bad, so he sent out Arcanine to engage the fight. If Arcanine could wear Heracross down, then this would be an easy capture and a great addition to Eli’s team.
End of Chapter 61
Chapter 62: A New Addition To The Team
Arcanine stood majestically in front of Eli, who had engaged in a battle with a wild Heracross. Eli wanted this jolly bug on his team, as it would provide an added layer of versatility to his party. Now that Arcanine had learned to deceive his opponents using Double Team, this would be the strategy that Eli would fall back on. By wearing down his opponents with Double Team, they would be easier to catch than other Pokemon. Eli pulled himself out from his deep thoughts and looked the bug Pokemon right in the eyes. Its heavy fists looked like they could perform strong attacks that could level opponents, but Eli was still not too worried about it. Eli had the opportunity to move first, so he jumped on the chance and called out his first move. “Yippers, fool this Heracross by using your signature Double Team attack!” shouted Eli. Arcanine seemed to smile as this command was given before springing into action. He snarled and displayed his white fangs before making 4 carbon copies of himself to use in the fight. Heracross looked puzzled by this move, but then seemed to calm himself and be ready to attack. Heracross dug his back foot into the ground, using it to propel himself towards the Arcanine copies at a blinding speed. Eli was amazed that Heracross could move around that fast, and it intrigued Eli even more to add this specimen to his team. Then, Heracross began to rapidly swing his fists through the air, performing the powerful fighting type move, Close Combat. He slashed his way through two of the five total Arcanines before retreating to take a break. Eli knew that this move would tire Heracross out, but his PokeDex began to beep otherwise. Eli had an app installed that would send a signal whenever an opponent’s strength went up, whether it be in defense or attack. Eli noticed that this Pokemon, Heracross, had the Moxie ability. Moxie raised the attack stat of a Pokemon when it defeated another beast, making Eli’s clones work against him. The more Heracross used Close Combat to knock out the clones, the more his attack would soar. On the flip side, his defense would also leave him susceptible to other attacks that a healthy Heracross could have avoided. For now, Eli had to see the changes that Heracross made as Eli continued to try to wear the bug out. Now, it was Eli’s turn again and he was two clones down. The chances that Heracross could hit the real Arcanine rose by the turn, so Eli was nervous to what the outcome could be. He instilled more faith in his Pokemon and barked out another command for Arcanine. “Alright Yippers, make a triangle around Heracross and use Crunch, all at the same time!” shouted Eli. Arcanine perfectly obeyed Eli’s command, making a triangle of pain around Heracross. Heracross turned from side to side, nervously surveying the field to attempt to stop the real Arcanine. However, it seemed as if the large bug could not find the one he was looking for, as the three Arcanines bashed into Heracross, inflicting a large amount of damage. Eli purposely chose to use a less powerful attack, as it would still do a large amount of damage considering the lowered defenses of Heracross. Additionally, three attacks at once would be a hard thing to walk off from, and Eli was surprised at the will and determination of the Heracross to keep fighting and taking the hard blows. Now, Heracross ran towards the line of Arcanines, but this time he was moving slower. All the damage had really racked up and it was taking the toll on his body. However, Eli was still eager to avoid the powerful and attack boosted Close Combat. Heracross swept through the last two clones of Arcanine, leaving only two Pokemon remaining on the battlefield. Arcanine looked much less majestic, as his furry complexion wheezed in and out as he struggled to stay on his feet. While Heracross now had a monster attack, his defenses were not good and he too needed rest. Now was the time to throw a Pokeball and hope that the device was able to contain the beast. He reached into his already unzipped backpack and pulled out a Pokeball from the sack. He steeled himself before hurling the ball towards Heracross at a rapid speed. The ball hit the bug’s horn and he was sucked into the capsule with a flash of red light. Eli held his breath as the button on the sphere glowed once, meaning it was 33% of the way towards the capture. Again, the button glowed red and another phase of the capture had been cleared. Finally, the button glowed one more time, confirming that Heracross had been captured. Eli rejoiced and hugged his furry Arcanine, thanking him for his duty in adding a new member to the team. Eli then walked over to the Pokeball and picked the orb up. He smiled as he realized that this was only the second time that he had a full party of 6 this season. Last time, Drake the Lapras had been with him. Eli vowed not to let the same thing happen to Heracross. Eli decided to name his Heracross Citas, as it meant to live long. Hopefully, he would fulfill his name. Eli then walked into the chilled Pokemon Center after his eventful fight to earn Heracross.
After handing his Pokemon to Nurse Joy, he decided to scout out the areas in which he would travel next. Taking Route 8 to Vanadium Town seemed like the most logical way to go, as he could visit the stocked Pokemon forest that they had there, in search of a new Pokemon. If he caught one in the Pokemon Forest and Route 8, he would have backups, Arceus forbid he lost one of his Pokemon. After deciding on that route, he decided to go take a long sleep, even though it was only 3 PM. He planned to arise around 3 AM the next morning to get ready for his next route and get an early start. He willed himself to get up and go rent a dorm room from Nurse Joy. After receiving the key, he walked to the back rooms, hurled his backpack onto the chair next to the bed, and rolled onto the soft mattress where he quickly dozed off to sleep.
End of Chapter 62
Chapter 63: Route 8
The harsh morning sunlight sliced through the partially shaded window of the simplistic Pokemon Center dorm. Eli rubbed the sleep out of his swollen eyes and rolled out of bed, throwing the covers off the bed. He shot an angry glance over at the clock, and it read 4:07 AM. He hated himself for waking up this early, but he knew that it was for the good of his adventure. Waking up early made him stronger, both mentally and physically. He quickly changed into his clothes for the morning and swung his backpack over his shoulder. He slipped his PWT hat over his ruffled hair and walked out into the barren lobby of the Pokemon Center. He quickly retrieved his full party of 6 Pokemon and walked out the door, ready to take on the day ahead.
Even though the morning was still young, many wild Pokemon roamed the outskirts of Route 8. Eli was astounded by how much life flourished in the early morning, and it rejuvenated him. Now with his energy filled, he released his newly caught Heracross from its Pokeball and allowed it to walk alongside him. Heracross curiously examined the route ahead before leading the way through the gates and into Route 8. A stark contrast to the outskrits of Route 8, the inside held no Pokemon in site. Trees looked like they had been swung at with an axe for a long time, and all of the grass and bushes seemed out of place. Maybe it was the early morning tugging at Eli’s mind, but he felt that this area had been ravaged by some beast. While Eli and Heracross walked down the grassy route, Eli tried to think of what in the world destroyed this route. Could it have been a Pokemon? If so, how powerful had it been? Eli was approaching the 7th gym soon, but there couldn’t be a Pokemon that powerful yet, could there? Now disturbed, Eli walked down the path with his hands tucked neatly inside his pockets and his Heracross bounding out ahead, looking for a Pokemon to add to the team. His massive horn may have scared all of the weakling Pokemon away, but Eli also found that very unlikely. Then, Eli thought of what else could have ravaged the forest this maliciously. Only one group popped into Eli’s head, but he doubted that they had anything to do with it. Surely Team Eclipse would not go after anything in the next town. They were already foiled at Mount Aurum, and Eli thought that that would be the end of them. Eli tried to erase the fear of meeting up with Team Eclipse in his mind, but it still reaped over him like a rain cloud on a sad day. However, Eli was quickly drawn out of his daze by his Heracross prodding him on the arm. Apparently, he had found something worth looking for, so Eli and Heracross both walked over to the spot the big bug had beckoned to. When Eli peeled back the vines and the shrubs that stood in the way, he found Atlas and his Lairon training together. Atlas looked weary, as if he had not slept in quite some time. His knees shook with every step, and they were more than ready to give into the fatigue that plagued the rest of his body. Worriedly, Eli jumped through the barrier and called Atlas’ name. Atlas turned around, and Eli was shaken by the look on his face. Large bags were under his eyes, and it was even more obvious that he needed some sleep. His hair was matted and ruffled, and the corners of his lips drooped in exhaustion. Eli then ran over to Atlas, who fell into his arms. Eli set Atlas over by a tree and propped him up before deciding to ask any questions. As Eli was about to speak, Atlas motioned to his stomach- he needed some food, and quick. Eli commanded Heracross to go get some berries as quick as possible, and the blue bug was off in an instant. Eli then took a look around the battlefield where Atlas and Lairon had been training. Trees had craters smashed into them, and the ground had claw marks sunk into them. This looked different than the devastation that Eli had seen earlier, but it was impressive. Lairon and Atlas had bonded quickly in their short time together, and it was apparent that they would be a force to be reckoned with. Suddenly, Heracross bounded back to Eli with an armful of berries that had been freshly picked. Eli handed them to Atlas who quickly devoured the whole batch. Then, Atlas wiped off the excess food from the corners of his mouth and looked at Eli, ready to tell why he was here.
“Thanks so much Eli. I was getting a little tipsy out there. Titanium and I were out here training when we heard a massive hoard of trainers and machines moving this way. At first, I though that it would be a great training opportunity to go up against that many people. However, I was so wrong. Team Eclipse was marching through here, ready to take over Vandium Town as their new HQ. I tried to hold them off as long as possible, but it was no use. None of my Pokemon died, and I beat about 50 trainers but they just kept coming. They then lead me on a chase and I ended up here. Isaac was the main person chasing me, and he ended up catching me. He spared me for now, but told me if I was not stronger next time, that more than my Pokemon would die. So ever since yesterday afternoon, I have been out here with Titanium training,” finished Atlas. Eli sat down, visibly shaken up by his story. He knew how bad it was to encounter Team Eclipse, but they had to go in the belly of the beast. Eli cleared his throat and looked Atlas in the eyes, summoning up his confidence.
“Alright Atlas, here is what we need to do. We’ll lie low until we are all healed up, and then we try to sneak in Vandium Town and take out part of Team Eclipse. If something goes wrong on the inside, we keep fighting and take out as much as we can before we die. If you really need to get out, you can, but just trust your Pokemon and keep fighting if possible. I have an extra Team Eclipse uniform, so I’ll sneak in and get one more for you. After that, we find out what they are doing and try to get them out. Got it?” asked Eli. Atlas nodded his head in agreement, spurring Eli to go out into the wilderness to find supplies for their raid.
End of chapter 63