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- Topic: Pokémon Fanficles: Kanto Blues - A Fanfiction by the Author
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- Part 1 - BADGEs and FEEs and Zs Oh My!:
- Part 1: POKéMON CENTER: PEWTER CITY
AZUL and ROUGE enter the POKéMON CENTER. ROUGE is carrying a METAPOD.
AZUL: Wow, I can't believe FREE just changed like that. I'm so shocked!
ROUGE: Well, you wouldn't have stepped on that Pikachu's tail if you hadn't decided to run back into the forest on your wild crusade to find a Weedle.
AZUL: True... thanks for saving me, buddy!
ROUGE: You're w-
ROUGE: Oh, right... heheh...
AZUL: "ME... TAP... OD," huh? Neat!
ROUGE: Wait... Azul, are y-
AZUL: Ooh, who's that POKéMON?!
AZUL runs to the counter as ROUGE sighs.
ROUGE: Anything to say, FREE?
ROUGE: OOOOOH... I'm never gonna get it, heheh...
ROUGE and FREE sweat awkwardly.
AZUL speaks with a JIGGLYPUFF.
AZUL: Your name is PUDDING?
The JIGGLYPUFF nods.
AZUL: Is it because you look like pudding?
AZUL: Well, I think your name is very nice.
AZUL: A song? Well, sure! I'd love that!
PUDDING smiles as ROUGE gasps.
PUDDING: Puuuuu... PY-AAA puuuuu... PY-AAA puuuuu... puuu-PUUU-puuuuuuu...
Scene 2: PEWTER CITY
GARETH approaches the path to ROUTE 3.
GARETH's thoughts: Phew... almost to the FAIRY SANCTUM... I swear, if I see one more BUG, I'm gonna-
Voice: Hey, kid! Think you're a hotshot TRAINER?
GARETH looks over at the BUG CATCHER who dares address him.
GARETH: You know it! In fact, I was just on my way to-
BUG CATCHER: Perfect! BROCK's looking for new CHALLENGERs! Come wi' me!
GARETH: Look, I'd love to meet this... GROCK person, but I have better things to-
GARETH is suddenly lifted by a PINSIR.
GARETH: Did it just call me a-
BUG CATCHER: To the GYM!
GARETH cries as the PINSIR carries him into the city.
GARETH: NOOOOOOOOO! I don't wanna go to the GYM! WAAA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAH!
Scene 3: PEWTER MUSEUM OF SCIENCE: PEWTER CITY
AZUL and ROUGE enter a MUSEUM. AZUL's face is covered in comical drawings.
AZUL: Wow... this place is amazing!
ROUGE: I figured you were a science geek, Azul. Teehee!
AZUL: Don't diss the majesty of science, my dear ROUGE, even in a world filled with MAGICAL CREATURES and HUMANs with supernatural powers.
An OLD AMBER levitates past AZUL and ROUGE to the rear, with a SCIENTIST scrambling to catch it in a sprint of sheer panic.
AZUL: Does it feel staticky in the air to you?
ROUGE: A little...
AZUL: Oh, okay... I thought I was having another EXTRASENSORY experience, but I guess not.
ROUGE: Uh... what are you ta-
AZUL: Two tickets, please, Mr. CURATOR, sir!
AZUL approaches the service counter.
ROUGE: That kid is full of surprises.
AZUL's voice: 50 POKé DOLLARS each?!
ROUGE's eyes bulge.
AZUL's voice: Wow, that's way less than I expected! I am genuinely filled with surprise right now! Wow... what a welcome and generous price point for the wonder of learning.
ROUGE: I've never met someone so excited about learning before...
Scene 4: PEWTER GYM: PEWTER CITY
GARETH heads for the exit. We see CLYDE, the GYM GUIDE, chisel into a statue nearby.
GARETH: Well... it was tough, but I somehow managed to earn a BOULDERBADGE.
Scene 5: PEWTER CITY
GARETH: And now that this unwanted-yet-slightly-ego-stoking detour is adieu, I can finally move onto the FAIRY SA-
Voice: Excuse me, Monsieur?
GARETH looks at the LASS speaking to him, and is immediately smitten.
GARETH: Oh... h-hey... uh... heheh...
LASS: Did you visit the MUSEUM?
GARETH: MUSEUM...? Y-
GARETH snaps out of his infatuation.
GARETH: Do I look like a science geek?!
The LASS tilts her head in curiosity.
GARETH: No! I didn't go to the MUSEUM!
The LASS beams with delight.
LASS: Really?! You absolutely have to go!
GARETH: No, I-
A BEEDRILL zooms toward GARETH. He screams and races in the direction of the MUSEUM. The LASS smiles sweetly.
LASS: Aw... my lil' RILLY has a new friend! Teehee!
To be Continued...
- Part 2 - MAGIKARP Getto Daze!:
- Scene 1: POKéMON CENTER: ROUTE 3
ROUGE sits on a couch next to the door, with ZENI sitting next to her. A BUTTERFREE flaps its wings nearby.
ROUGE: Now that FREE is fully evolved, there’s no challenge we won’t be able to overcome!
ROUGE: Although, given the run of bonkers occurrences at the hands of Azul, that may be too much of a str-
AZUL’s voice: Looks like you’re not the only one of us with a WATER-type anymore, ROUGE!
ROUGE: Hm? Hm?
AZUL walks up to ROUGE, tossing a blue-topped POKé BALL into the air and catching it with skill.
ROUGE: What are you talking a-
Voice #1: Hey! Come one, come all, and feast your eyes! I’ve got a swell POKéMON - a MAGIKARP - for only 500 POKé DOLLARS!
ROUGE: Hoo boy…
Voice #1: An’ there’s enough o’ these babies to go ‘round! Don’t be shy, TRAINERs!
Voice #2: Ooh, I’ll take one!
Voice #1: Then here ya go, SPORT! That’ll be a cold, hard 500 kippers.
ROUGE: Of all the reckless… what were you thinking, Azul?!
ROUGE: Do I have to retrace everything you did today?
AZUL: Don’t you mean “everything we did,” teammate?
ZENI smiles happily.
AZUL: You said it, ZENI!
ROUGE: Okay, let’s start with that freebie at PEWTER GYM…
The scene ripples into a flashback.
Scene -3: PEWTER GYM: PEWTER CITY
AZUL and ROUGE enter PEWTER CITY GYM.
AZUL: Wow, that BUG CATCHER was pushy...
ROUGE: Okay, do you have a problem with Bug Catchers or something?
AZUL: Of course not. Why would you even ask me that, ROUGE?
ROUGE: Well, you haven't exactly had anything nice to say about any of the ones we've met.
ROUGE: Let's see... you accused Rick of providing "information you already knew"-
AZUL: Well... yeah, I did. Doesn't mean he's a bad person, though.
ROUGE: Hm? Hm?
AZUL: His BATTLE technique is amazing. Plus, the way he comforts his POKéMON after FAINTing is sweet...
ROUGE: Okay, well... what about Pinsir Guy?
AZUL: What about him?
ROUGE: You just called him "pushy"!
AZUL: Of course I did. His PINSIR used STRENGTH. That's literally used to push things.
AZUL: And he has a name, you know. It's SAMURAI.
ROUGE: ...and the one in that garden?
BROCK greets AZUL and ROUGE.
BROCK: Welcome to PEWTER GYM! I'm-
AZUL waves his hand in BROCK's direction.
AZUL: Just a sec, please.
BROCK: Uh... okay...?
BROCK looks at a CLOCK on a nearby ROCK.
AZUL: What's wrong with spraying your garden with REPELs to keep BUG POKéMON out?
ROUGE: You said it was cruel!
AZUL: No, I said it was "cool," and you "agreed wholeheartedly" with me!
ROUGE: Oh... heheh, my ba-
ROUGE flips out.
ROUGE: Why would you think it cool?! You love all Pokémon!
AZUL: Of course! Better to keep POKéMON away from your garden than be forced to make 'em faint just because they're laying into your GARDENIAs, right?
BROCK: I'm just gonna wait at the back of th-
ROUGE: Well, you didn't say much to the others!
AZUL: I didn't want to take up their valuable whatever-passes-for-time-in-KANTO!
ROUGE: Azul, they stand around all day in the middle of a forest catching bugs!
AZUL: And it brings them JOY! Who are we to criticise their pastimes?
BROCK's voice: Wait... you two know JOY?!
AZUL: And watch what you say around FREE, otherwise you may hurt his feelings!
ROUGE: Fair enough... wait... how do you know FREE's gender?! This is Kanto!
AZUL: He told me.
ROUGE: Of course he did...
BROCK's voice: Hey, CLYDE! Let’s snack on some PEWTER CRUNCHIES and TEA while these two finish sorting their issues!
ROUGE's eyes bulge.
ROUGE: Did... he just-
Scene 2: ROUTE 3
AZUL: ...and then things kinda snowballed from there.
ROUGE: Uh... I thought I was telling the story.
AZUL: Then why did you use "let's" when going into that flashback if it was meant to be a monologue?
AZUL: Also, what did you mean by "freebie"?
ROUGE: Are you kidding? The battle was over in a few minutes! That Geodude and Onix didn't even make a dent in SAUR's HP bar!
AZUL: Well, she outsped GEODUDE, and ONIX used BIDE. VINE WHIP is mighty strong against ROCK/GROUND POKéMON.
ROUGE: I stand corrected. Alright, then what about that disagreement in the POKéMON CENTER?
The scene ripples into another flashback.
AZUL: But that OLD MAN was mean!
Scene -2: POKéMON CENTER: PEWTER CITY
AZUL is using the PC.
OAK: -and so I said to them, "Sure, I'd love to come and visit you, Lorelei!"
AZUL: Wow, they sound strong!
OAK: Oh, you'd better believe it! They're no slouches, so you'll need to bring your A-Game, my boy! Haha!
AZUL: What do you recommend?
OAK: Well, I-
GARETH's voice: Hey, is that AZUL?
OAK: Why, yes it is, POOPERPOTION!
GARETH: Tell him he's totally pathetic!
OAK: Alright, I'll tell him!
OAK: GARETH says you have the potential to be as mighty as a GYARADOS!
GARETH: What?! That's not what I-
AZUL: Wow... thanks, GARETH! I'll do my best to keep up with you as your RIVAL!
GARETH: I swear, AZUL... if my new ABRA hadn't accidentally teleported me all the way back to VIRIDIAN CITY, I'd be-
OAK: Yes, yes... very good, POOPERPOTION. Now, AZUL, I recommend going to PEWTER GYM and challenging BROCK for the-
AZUL: -BOULDERBADGE? Already did.
GARETH: You what?!
AZUL: SAUR jumped all the way to Lv. 14. Two more levels and she's ready to evolve!
OAK: Now, before you go, would you like your POKéDEX evaluated, my boy?
AZUL: Ooh... yes please, PROFE-
Voice #-1: Hm-hm!
AZUL notices a GENTLEMAN frowning and tapping his foot impatiently.
GENTLEMAN: Other people need this PC too, y'know! And by "other people", I mean "me"! Scram!
AZUL: Uh... sorry, I gotta go, PROF.
OAK: But y-
Scene 3: MT. MOON
AZUL: ...and then things kinda snowballed from there.
ROUGE: I know. I was there. That Gentleman's language was quite undignified.
AZUL: Yeah, if it weren't for PUDDING floating in and sticking up for me... well, let's just say he's the nicest JIGGLYPUFF I've ever met.
ROUGE: He's the only Jigglypuff you've ever met.
AZUL: Not anymore, technically, since he accidentally bumped the GENTLEMAN's only MOON STONE.
ROUGE: Oh... okay, what about that incident with the YOUNGSTER?
AZUL: Oh yeah... good old BEN...
The scene ripples into another flashback.
Scene -1: ROUTE 3
AZUL and ROUGE walk along a mountain path.
AZUL: I sure hope we meet someone with an interesting perspective on a particular type of garment in the next few seconds...
ROUGE: What an oddly specific thing to-
The "TRAINER's Eyes Meet!" jingle plays as a YOUNGSTER approaches AZUL.
YOUNGSTER: Hi! I like shorts! They're comfy and easy to wear!
AZUL: No way! I like fingerless gloves for the same reason!
The YOUNGSTER grins.
YOUNGSTER: No way! Dude, that's awesome! What's your name?
AZUL: AZUL! What's yours?
YOUNGSTER: I'm BEN!
AZUL: Nice to meet you, "I'M BEN"!
BEN cracks up laughing.
BEN: If I were drinking MOOMOO MILK right now, I would've squirted it outta my nose!
AZUL: No way! I love MOOMOO MILK and squirting stuff!
BEN: Seriously?! We should totally be BFFs!
AZUL: Yeah! We sh-
ROUGE: Are you two gonna battle already? I'd like to get to Mount Moon before dark.
BEN: Is... she aware there's no NITE in KANTO? Or DARK-type, for that matter?
AZUL: Yeah, she's one of PROF. OAK's grandkids.
BEN: Dude, no way!
AZUL: Way! We even got our first partners as gifts from him!
BEN: Sweet! Whatcha ROCKin', AZUL?
AZUL: A BULBASAUR and a NIDORAN♂!
BEN: You have a reptile and a rodent in your crew? I have a reptile and a rodent in my crew!
AZUL: Whoa, for realsies?!
BEN: Yeah, EKANS and RATTATA!
AZUL: Wow, this is like fate, bro!
BEN: I know, bro!
BEN: Dude! Yeah!
AZUL: Yeah! Woo!
Scene 4: MT. MOON
ROUGE: ...and then things kinda snowballed from there.
AZUL: How so?
ROUGE: That battle took three hours and eleven minutes... only eight minutes of which was spent actually battling.
AZUL: Why didn't you spend it battling the other TRAINERs on that ROUTE?
ROUGE: I did... and I caught another POKéMON while you and Ben were comparing your lunches.
AZUL: Oh yeah... can you believe we both had RICE BALLs with the exact same filling?
ROUGE: Yes... yes I can. Speaking of which, we both have the same number of Pokémon now.
AZUL: Wait... you didn't release FREE, did you?!
ROUGE: What...? No! Why would you even think I had?!
AZUL: After the rant you made about BUG CATCHERs-
ROUGE: Oh... sorry, I'm just used to always being around an obnoxious egotist who frowns upon anyone with a penchant for "inferior" types.
AZUL: Ah... GARETH?
AZUL: That's a relief. But... then why did you assume we-
ROUGE: Because you bought that Magikarp, remember?
AZUL: Why would I do that? I can FISH up as many MAGIKARP as I like for free when we get to VERMILION CITY.
ROUGE: True... but... then why were you tossing that POKé BALL back in the POKé CENTER?
AZUL: It helps NIDO relax after a gruelling trek.
ROUGE: Fine, but... then what did you mean when you said I'm "not the only one of us with a Water-type Pokémon anymore"...?
Scene 0: POKéMON CENTER: ROUTE 3
We see GARETH staring at a gold-topped Gacha-style POKé BALL.
GARETH: Wow, my very own MAGIKARP! According to that crusty old book in GRAMPS' library, this thing is "powerful enough to leap over a whole mountain range"... well, time to meet me, MAGIKARP!
We cut to a close-up of GARETH's face as he tosses MAGIKARP's POKé BALL into the air. His eyes widen as a flopping sound is heard.
GARETH: Oh, no...
To be Continued...
- Part 3 - Wild LUMIOSE appeared!:
- Scene 1: MT. MOON
AZUL, SAUR, and ROUGE wander through MT. MOON.
AZUL: Wow, this place is amazing!
ROUGE: I’ll say…
The scene cuts to ROUGE’s face.
ROUGE: Still, we should stick together-
AZUL’s voice: Whoa!
ROUGE: -otherwise we may get separated.
ROUGE: Thoughts? Azul…?
The scene cuts to a full view. AZUL is absent. SAUR smiles happily.
ROUGE giggles sweetly.
ROUGE: I figured he was lost in the “amazing” scenery, SAUR.
We cut to a view of a tunnel. AZUL stands and rubs his bottom.
AZUL: Who the HAIL put that hole right there for people to blunder into?
AZUL’s attention draws to a black-and-yellow striped tape and a broken sign that reads: “CAUTION! Ladder under repairs!”
AZUL: Oh. Well, thanks for breaking my fall, SAUR.
AZUL looks in SAUR’s direction. His eyes widen when the POKéMON staring at him is, in fact, a wild PARAS.
AZUL: Hey, you’re not my-
AZUL: Look, I swear it was an acci-
AZUL is surrounded by wild PARAS.
AZUL: Well… sh-
The PARAS use SPORE on AZUL.
AZUL: -oo… t…
AZUL falls asleep. One of the PARAS pokes his face, with no response. Another PARAS rummages in his backpack and swipes his lunchbox, before the whole SWARM flees with their loot.
ROUGE and SAUR continue wandering through the cave.
ROUGE: Ooh, look! A Clefairy in their native habitat!
We cut to a view of a CLEFAIRY skipping and dancing around a MOON STONE.
ROUGE: Shh! We’ll need to speak very softly while we observe, otherwise we may scare it aw-
GARETH’s voice: Oh, hi, SIS!
Startled, the CLEFAIRY skips away, along with a flock of ZUBAT. ROUGE sighs as GARETH approaches.
ROUGE: Ugh… hi, Little Bro.
GARETH: Oh, come on, ROUGE! You’re only a couple hours older than me. Can ya drop the “LITTLE” already?
ROUGE: I dunno… your Big Boy voice clearly hasn’t dropped yet, seeing as you just scared away that Clefairy.
GARETH: What CLEFAIRY…? Ooh, MOON STONE! Dibs!
GARETH picks up the MOON STONE. The “Found Item!” sound effect plays.
ROUGE: The one that’s not here, teehee!
GARETH: Well, you know who else isn’t here? My stupid RIVAL. So why the heck is his stupid BULBASAUR here?
GARETH: No offense, DOTTY.
SAUR whips GARETH’s ankle.
GARETH: Ow! Hey, quit it!
ROUGE: What are you talking about, GARETH?
GARETH: She just whacked me in th-
ROUGE: Not about that… what do you mean your stu- … “rival” isn’t here?
GARETH: Well, unless he’s turned invisible or learned TELEPORT… much like a certain PSI POKéMON who shall remain nameless-
ROUGE: Azul’s standing right over th-
ROUGE looks around as the scene zooms to a full view of the cavern. SAUR immediately panics.
ROUGE: Oh no… now what do we do?
GARETH: Press on and hope for the best?
ROUGE: We can’t just leave him behind!
GARETH: Sure we can!
ROUGE: By which I mean, “We shouldn’t just leave him behind,” genius.
GARETH grins more enthusiastically.
GARETH: Sure we should!
ROUGE: The way you speak is like a SANDSHREW running in a big wheel, you know…
GARETH: Well, I don’t know much about running in sandshoes-
GARETH: -but if there’s one thing I do know, it’s that my rival may be stupid, but he’s also smart. Like, really smart… don’t ever tell him I made a compliment about him behind his backside.
ROUGE: You talked about butts one too many times in that line of dialogue, Pooperpotion-
GARETH: My wit is a major part of my charm.
ROUGE: -but you’re right. He probably went on ahead of us.
GARETH: Hey… you just said “butt,” ya freakin’ hippogriff!
ROUGE: Let’s just go.
ROUGE, GARETH, and SAUR proceed.
GARETH: And he can’t sit still for two seconds. I mean… when have you ever known him to laze about and snooze all afternoon?
AZUL leans against a wall, still sleeping off the effects of the SPORE.
AZUL: Hm… all your SPAGHETTI are belong to BIMMY…
AZUL suddenly wakes with a start.
AZUL looks around.
AZUL: Oh… it was all just a crazy dream.
AZUL stands to his feet.
AZUL: As if I’d be swarmed by a flock of angry PARAS who accuse me of having a slightly above average BMI for my height.
AZUL looks ahead.
AZUL: Well, I guess now’s as good a time as any to find a way out of this tunnel.
AZUL treks away from the broken ladder. We see a brief blue twinkle next to the cave wall as a CLEFAIRY skips along.
The CLEFAIRY picks up the ITEM and smiles with delight, before skipping away happily.
ROUGE, GARETH, and SAUR continue their trek through the cavern.
GARETH: Be honest, SIS… you like AZUL, don’t you?
ROUGE: As a friend, yes.
GARETH: Shyeah right! Then why are you suddenly all, “Oh, I hope Azuuuuul is alright,” and “Gee, I hope Azuuuuul isn’t hurt,” and “My, I suuuuure hope Azuuuuul finds his way back saaaaafely!”
ROUGE: A little thing called compassion, Bro. Look it up.
GARETH: ”COMPASHEON,” huh? What’s that, an EEVEELUTION or somethin’?
ROUGE: Besides, Azul being in a relationship with a girl would never work out.
GARETH: Oh, don’t be so melosomatic, SIS! Sure, he’s kind of a dweeb, and he may have thought he was still eleven years old until you set him straight a week ago, but I just know the perfect girl is out there for AZUL. Ever hear of “true love”?
ROUGE: What if it they aren’t the perfect girl, hm? Hm?
GARETH: Wait… so… AZUL’s into robots?
ROUGE: Never mind.
GARETH: Actually, now that you mention it, I’m starting to get a little worried about him…
ROUGE: Relax, Gareth. He may not have Saur to help him-
ROUGE: -but he still has at least one Pokémon as backup.
GARETH: What, you mean the scrawny purple thing that totally didn’t beat my CHARMANDER on ROUTE 22, no matter what AZUL says?
ROUGE: His name is NIDO.
GARETH: And my name’s GARETH. Everyone has names, ROUGE, including POKéMON.
ROUGE: Says the guy with a Magikarp named Magikarp.
GARETH’s eyes widen.
GARETH: How the HAIL do you know about my MA-
GARETH calms down.
GARETH: Whatever. My point is that AZUL stands a much better chance of survival without Bucky McPoisonrat as his only wingmon!
The CLEFAIRY skips past, before tripping over a rock. As the ITEM flings into the air, NIDO suddenly pops out, causing the CLEFAIRY to flee in a panic.
GARETH: Huh… what are the odds?
ROUGE’s eyes widen.
ROUGE: Gareth… do you realise what this means?!
GARETH: Sure do, SIS. I’ve gained the power to invoke sudden poetic irony at the worst possible moment… this is awesome!
GARETH grins as ROUGE facepalms.
AZUL enters another cavern.
AZUL: Wow… this cavern is amazi-
VOICE: Oi! You there!
The “Trainer’s Eyes Meet: Sinister” tune starts playing.
AZUL: Hm? Hm?
AZUL sees a ROCKET GRUNT approach him.
AZUL: Oh, hi, Mister!
GRUNT: ”Mister?!” How old d’ya think I look, ya punk?!
AZUL: Uh… like, 34? Maybe?
The GRUNT mumbles under his breath.
GRUNT: Lucky guess…
AZUL: Well, you look similar in age to me, so it was easy to infer. I will say this, though: finding out you stopped being eleven over 22 years ago really makes you start to consider the downsides of MUNCHLAXen Syndrome by DEOXYS…
GRUNT: Uh-huh… anyway, whatcha doin’ here, dude? Spyin’ on my radical assignment for my all dat criminal organisation?
AZUL: Oh… nah, I’m just a little lost in trying to find my way out. All these tunnels look the same… it’s like I’m in an episode of Professor Qui or something!
GRUNT: Yeah? You’re totally lost, and no-one knows where you’re jammin’?
AZUL: Pretty much.
The GRUNT laughs menacingly, prompting AZUL to laugh innocently.
GRUNT: This is gonna be, like, so easy!
AZUL: Oh, you wanna have a POKéMON BATTLE? Sure, I’m game!
The song “Battle! (Rocket)” from Pokémon Gold & Silver starts playing.
AZUL: Wait a minute… isn’t this playing a few years early?
GRUNT: Uh… dude, Gen II came out, like, over 20 years ago an’ junk.
AZUL stares vacantly at the GRUNT.
GRUNT: Uh… dude?
AZUL: Hm? Hm? Oh… sorry, I just got lost in your eyes. What’s “coming out”…?
GRUNT: Ugh… why are the cute ones always so naïve? Send out your POKéMON, or you, like, forfeit and stuff!
AZUL: Alright then… Come on out, NI-
AZUL realises NIDO’s POKé BALL is missing.
AZUL: Uh… Ni! Ni! Ni! (etc.)
GRUNT: What are you-
AZUL: Just a pre-BATTLE warmup! Don’t wanna get SLEEPy in pre-BATTLE, right?
GRUNT: Uh-huh… while you do that… MONTY, let’s GO!
The GRUNT sends out an EKANS.
AZUL: In that case, I must find… a shrubbery!
AZUL grabs SAUR’s POKé BALL.
AZUL: Aha! SAUR, let’s do the thing!
AZUL throws SAUR’s POKé BALL. A text box appears that reads “Nothing happened!”
AZUL: Oh, KARP…
GRUNT: Well, looks like I’m the victor. Get ready, bud…
AZUL: Ready for wh-
The GRUNT pulls a gas mask and a small orb vaguely resembling a KOFFING from his pocket. A MEOWTH gachapon toy, a GOLDEN BOTTLE CAP, and a BEAUTY CONTEST RIBBON fall out of the same pocket.
AZUL: Ah, I love references to-
GRUNT: Think fast!
AZUL: My I.Q. i-
The GRUNT slams the orb to the ground, kicking up a cloud of gas that overwhelms AZUL.
AZUL slinks to the ground, unconscious. A text box appears that reads “AZUL blacked out!”
GRUNT: Looks like we got a new recruit… yeeesssss…
Scene 2: ROUTE 4
ROUGE, SAUR, NIDO, and GARETH walk along ROUTE 4.
ROUGE: I just don’t see how he could’ve-
A truck zooms past the party, flipping SAUR onto her back and enraging GARETH.
GARETH: Hey, watch it! You coulda TACKLEd into m-
ROUGE looks at GARETH.
GARETH: -us! You okay, SIS?
GARETH: Good. Sheesh… what the HAIL kinda cargo does that maniac have in their truck, anyway?
We cut to a view inside the truck, where we see AZUL bound and gagged. As he wakes up, a PARASECT approaches, causing him to freak out. The PARASECT shakes its body, creating a faint jingling sound as it releases a mass of SPOREs that fills the whole truck, overwhelming AZUL as he slips back into a deep sleep. The view pans to the driver, the ROCKET GRUNT from before, wearing the gas mask, as he makes a short, sharp chuckle. The scene then zooms to the outer wall of the van, where we see a logo that reads “CLIFF’S HANGARS”.