Jon hasn’t talked to me all day. Does he really think I’m not upset too? It’s only been two days since Colbert died and now Katie’s gone too. I’m more upset than he is. As a trainer, I’m supposed to protect my Pokémon. It was Team Rocket that killed her.
So we left the Center in high spirits, excited about the next gym.
“I think we should stop at Diglett’s Cave before we take on Lt. Surge.”
“A ground type would be useful there.” Katie agreed.
“Look, just learn the stupid move!”
As we passed an alley, a man in a black uniform was yelling at a machop. He was holding a TM in his hand. When Mel saw the guy, he shrieked at flew at the Rocket Grunt. “Mel, wait!”
The grunt turned just as Mel tried to Bite him and his machop caught the Bite and Leered.
“What are you doing here?” I demanded, as Mel flew back towards me.
“Mind your own business, kid.” The grunt growled as he hid the TM.
“Where’d ya get that?” I asked, pointing to the TM.
“You’re way to nosy, kid.” He was backing away now.
“Mel, Supersonic, then Astonish!” It hit the machop.
“Shit, machop Focus Energy.” But his machop was was having trouble focusing on anything.
“Keep Biting it!” Mel swooped in and out with quick nips, making the machop flinch and eventually faint. The grunt growled and sent out a drowzee. Mel went in for another Bite, but the drowzee Disabled it. Mel gritted his teeth. “Supersonic!” I yelled. He tried, but the drowzee blasted through it and Headbutted Mel. Mel came tumbling back into me. “It’s ok.” I whispered to him. “Katie?”
“No problem.” and she jumped into the fight just as the drowzee tried to Hypnotize her. She dodged and dropped a Sleep Powder. The powder was too fine though and had no effect on the drowzee, who retaliated with Disable.
Katie hit first, confusing the drowzee, but it still landed the headbutt.
“Keep using Confusion!” Katie did it again, and again and again, the drowzee switching between Headbutt and Confusion. Then the drowzee landed a critical Headbutt. “No!” Jon jumped out from behind me and Water Gunned the drowzee and finished the fight. I wasn’t paying attention to the grunt at this point, but the police were there so it didn’t matter.
Katie wasn’t moving or breathing. I scooped her up and ran to the Pokémon center. I ran her to the counter and the nurse pushed a button, calling for a stretcher. Two chanseys burst through the double doors less than a second after that. The nurse placed Katie on it and ran to the back with the chanseys. Jon tried to follow, but the doors locked him out.
We only waited a minute before the nurse came back out. “I’m sorry. She was gone before you got here.” The nurse said. “It looks like the moment the attack hit, her neck snapped. She wouldn’t have felt a thing.
I was numb. “Thank you. I’m glad it was painless.” I reached into my bag and found the blue paper. “Can you send her ashes to this shrine?” I handed the nurse the paper.
She glanced at the number and nodded. “Of course.” And handed the paper back to me.
“How could you?” Jon whispered.
“How could you let her die?”
“No. You’re our trainer. You’re supposed to protect us!”
“You don’t think I wanted to protect her?” I shouted back. “What about Colbert? You think I wanted him to die?”
Jon glared at me. He was silent as he walked up to me and popped the button on his pokéball and disappeared.
“He needs time to cool off.” Max assured me.
“Yeah.” Max answered. “He did. I had a crush on Colbert too, so I get it.”
“I wish I could help him.”
“When he’s ready.”
I looked at Max, Mel and Wayne. “Katie wouldn’t want us to mope all day. Let’s get going.” We started for the door, then the PC caught my eye. “Wait.” I hurried over and signed in. From the three Pokémon in my boxes, I clicked on Jane’s sprite and waited as the transfer happened.
“Who are you transferring?” Max asked.
“Jane.” Her pokéball materialized in the transfer dock and I pulled it out.
“What are you going to tell her?” Wayne asked.
“The truth.” Jane popped out of her ball and stretched.
“Hey guys.” Jane yawned. “What’s up?”
I picked her up. “We need to talk.” We went outside, away from the others.
“What happened? Where’d Jon and Katie go?”
“That’s what I wanted to talk about. Jon’s mad at me because…well…”
“It’s Katie isn’t it?”
“Yeah. I’m so sorry Jane. Maybe if I’d switched her out-“
“Well there’s no point wondering. Katie understood what it meant when you caught her and I do too.” Jane said. Then she was quite. “Did it hurt?”
“The nurse said her neck snapped. She wouldn’t have felt anything.”
“Good. When do we start training?”
“How about now?”
I stepped back in and called Mel, Max and Wayne. “Our next stop is Vermillion City. Let’s get going.”
My map said to head South through Saffron City, so we started out. Route 5 was uneventful, except for catching a new pidgey named Levi. Then we reached Saffron City’s North gate, and the gate guard stopped us.
“I’m sorry, but no one is allowed in.”
“Orders. That’s all I know.”
“Well, how should I get to Vermillion City?”
“There’s and underground path. Takes you under the city and to Route 6. There’s another the crosses from Lavender Town to Celadon City.”
“OK. Thank you.”
The tunnel wasn’t hard to find, but it was long and dark. Max defiantly didn’t like it. “I wouldn’t want to run into anybody down here.”
When we came out on Route 6, the sun was setting. “Hey, Lisa.”
“I know it’s getting late, but do you think I could watch everyone battle?”
“I don’t know about Jon, but I think everyone else would be up for it.”
“Thanks.” I looked around for an easy battle and spotted a Bug Catcher. He was up for a battle and we started. Max took out his weedle no problem, then Mel beat his caterpie. Wayne fought the Bug Catcher’s other weedle, but took his sweet time beating it. I think he was showing off. After the battle, Jane was pumped and told them all how amazing they were.
So now we’re camping near the tunnel entrance. I can see the lights from Vermillion City in the distance, but there are a lot of trainers between here and there. Best get some rest.