Chapter 18: The Art of Battle
The next morning, Ash and Ilima headed north for Wela Volcano Park, Ilima reading a brochure for the location.
"They say the hot springs there are the best for relaxation and rejuvenation. The perfect place for fire Pokémon."
"I bet Torrcat will like that, huh Pikachu?"
"Hold it right there, twerp!"
Ash and Pikachu sighed as Team Rocket burst out from the bushes. Ilima, on the other hand, nearly jumped out of his skin.
"Don't you three ever get tired of losing?"
"No, and neither do our fans!"
Ilima turned to Ash in surprise.
"Ash, you know these three? They're part of Team Rocket!"
"Trust me, they don't represent the best of the organization. They've been trying to kidnap Pikachu since I started my journey, and they always fail!"
"Not this time we won't! Hand over the fancy bracelet, buddy boy!"
"No way, get your own!"
"Where's the fun in that?"
"What's going on here?"
Everyone turned to see a dark skinned man with orange streaks in his hair running down the path.
"Stay out of this, bub! This is between us and them twerps."
"As a trial captain, it is my duty to prevent troublemakers like you from tearing apart Alola, so it is my business! Go, Marowhack!"
The stranger released an unusual looking Marowhack, being black and carrying a flaming bone.
"If that's the way you want to go, then fine! Go, Mareannie…No, not me! Him!"
"Seviper, show him who's boss!"
The three Pokémon burst out, staring each other down intensely.
"Poison sting, Seviper!"
"Water Gun, Mareannie!"
The unusual Marowhack danced around the attacks with ease, moving as if it were a graceful dancer. Team Rocket noticed this and burst out laughing.
"Ah look, his Marowhack wants to be a pretty ballerina."
"That's cute, but you need more than flashy dance moves to beat us."
While they were laughing, Marowhack dug a tunnel underground. By the time the trio had composed themselves, it had already disappeared.
"Hey, where'd he go?"
"Probably got embarrassed and ran away."
"I don't think so. Marowhack, use Bone club!
Marowhack burst out of the ground in front of Seviper, knocking it out with a barrage of bone smacks.
"Hit him with a Poison jab, Mareannie!"
Enraged by her comrades defeat, Mareannie spewed a barrage of energy spikes at her foe. Marowhack scoffed, jumping out of the way before landing on a handstand.
"Finish this off with a Bonemerang!"
Marowhack jumped off, hurling its club at Mareannie, smacking it on its back. Mareannie jumped up, ready to fight back…
Only to be hit once more by the returning weapon, knocking it down for the count.
"Now get out of here before I make you."
Upon seeing the stranger's Z Ring, James and Jesse hurriedly recalled their Pokémon and ran for the hills.
"Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again!"
Ash and Ilima just sweat dropped at the trio's antics.
"Typical Team Rocket. Thanks, stranger."
"Your welcome. My name is Kiawe."
"I'm Ash, and he's Ilima. Cool Marowhack. Is he an Alolan form?"
"Alolan form? Oh, you must be from Kanto. He sure is, a Ghost and Fire Type."
"Woah, that's so cool. And that way he was fighting, he looked like a dancer."
"Oh, you mean Capoeira."
Ilima stepped in.
"Capoeira, it's a style of fighting that incorporates aspects of dancing, acrobatics, and dancing into its fighting style. I learned about it in during my time in Kalos."
"Woah, that is so cool. Do you think you can teach Pikachu?"
Kiawe laughed cheerfully.
"Of course! I teach a class at the summit of Wela Volcano at sunset tonight. What about you, Ilima? Fancy a lesson."
"I don't see why not. I'm sure Eevee would like to learn something new."
"Great! Remember, Wela Volcano, sunset. See ya then."
At sunset, Ash, Ilima, and several others gathered at the summit. After an hour, all of the Pokémon got the basics down and were sparring. Pikachu and Eevee were sparring, Eevee dodging a break-dancing inspired kick with a somersault before doing a spin kick. Despite this, both were having the time of their lives while their trainers watched amused.
"Man, my friends May, Dawn, and Serena would love this stuff. Their Pokémon coordinators who are always looking for ways to spice up their Performances."
"Indeed. It sure does make the battle look beautiful."
"I see you two are enjoying the class?"
The two turned to see Kiawe walking over to them, handing out warm towels.
"You bet! This class is awesome!"
"That's wonderful! Should I expect you for the next class?"
Ash shook his head.
"No thanks. Its great, but I want to keep going on my Island challenge. I've got three Z Crystals and I'm raring for a fourth."
Kiawe's smile grew into a grin.
"Well then, its your lucky day. Your looking at the Trial Captain of Wela Volcano Park!"
Ash's jaw dropped.
"Really? You're a trial captain?"
"Sure am. But if its alright with you, I'd like to do this tomorrow. I have some things I need to prepare, and I think you and your Pokemon could use some rest."
Ash's long yawn confirmed his statement.
"Yeah, I agree. Its been a long day."
And with that, Ash passed out, causing everyone to laugh as he snored away.
A/N: Hope you guys enjoyed this. Before I go, I'd like to respond to some reviews left by Pokefan. Since he's a guest reviewer, this is the best way to address them in case anyone else feels this way.
1. Honestly, I forgot about Ash's 30 Tauros, not that its very hard to considering he hardly used them (plus their introduction episode never got dubbed). But honestly, if you were a cattle rancher and you saw a mad bull charging at you, wouldn't you be freaked out?
2. Hey, at least it was a second stage starter and not a first stage starter (looking at you, Trip). Also, I'm still new to writing battle sequences, so just chalk it up to being out of practice or something if you want. Plus, I didn't want every battle Sun was to end to end up with him losing.
3. Again, still figuring out how to write Pokémon battles. And don't worry, I have a plan for Mega Evolution. MWAHAAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHHAHHAHAHAHAHHAH!
4. Don't worry, you'll be seeing more of bagon soon. Didn't originally plan to use Gible, but now you've got my brain cranking.
5. Yeah, I'll admit that the Alola League was a letdown. Don't worry, when we get to that part of the story it'll be much more interesting, and Ash will earn whatever ranking he gets.
6. Ash is fifteen in this story, as is Lillie. Ilima is 17. And again, still figuring out how to write battles.
7. I don't know about drastic, but changes to the story will be occurring soon, mainly involving the Ultra Beasts and Team Rocket.
Hope this helped!