A/N: Alola, Sun and Moon Anime. For better or worse, you were Pokémon. Cant wait for the next series to begin!
Chapter 21: Sweet Victory
As a congratulations for passing his trial, Kiawe treated Ash and his Illima to lunch at Mallow's restaurant the next afternoon. Whilst Ilima ate his food quietly, Ash and Kiawe were having an eating contest, loudly slurping of the food like there was no tomorrow. At last, Ash slammed his bowl in victory.
"Done! Victory is mine!"
Kiawe slumped over in defeat.
"Aw man, I thought I had it."
Just then, Mallow walked over and put their check on the table.
"Alright boys, time to pay up."
Kiawe reached into his back pocket, pulling out his wallet to pay…
Only to find the only occupants of it were dust bunnearies.
"Um, do either of you guys think you could loan me some money?'
Ash and Ilima did a double take, shocked.
"You said you would pay! What gives?"
"Hey, cut me some slack! I don't get paid for being a Trial Captain, and the Thrifty Megamart doesn't pay me until Friday!"
"Well, I can't pay either. I had to put my tutoring sessions on hold to travel with Ash."
Ash sighed in defeat.
"Alright, I'll pay. Let's see, what's the damage…WHAT?!"
Ash felt like his eyes were about to bulge out of his head. The bill was way above what he had on him right that moment.
"I don't understand, how could it be this much?"
"Well, you guys did have 10 bowls of soup each."
Ash slumped over in his chair, defeated.
"Great, so none of us can pay. Guess it'll be an afternoon of washing dishes for us."
Mallow rubbed her chin in thought.
"Well, maybe not. I might have a solution for you."
All three leaned in curiously.
"See, there's this new recipe I've been wanting to try, but it requires a certain ingredient that I haven't been able to find: Yellow Nectar. It can only be found in two places, the Royal Avenue and Akala Meadow. But Royal Avenue is always sold out and I can never find enough free time to go searching in the meadow. If you guys can find me some, it'll more than pay for your bill and I'll consider us even steven."
Seeing as they really didn't have a choice, the three agreed, using Rotom's map to find the meadow.
It took them 10 minutes to find the meadow, just west of Wela Volcano. Once there. Ash checked Rotom for a picture of the yellow nectar as they walked.
"Huh, so that's what it looks like. I wonder where… Aha!"
To Ash's pleasant surprise, they found it rather quickly. As he bent down to pick it up, however…
Ash had to dive out of the way as a Pom Pom Style Oricorio swooped down in an attempt to peck him. Ash looked up in confusion at the new Pokemon.
"Rotom, what's that Pokemon?"
"Zzzzt, way ahead of you, Ash! Oricorio, Pom Pom Style. The Dancing Pokemon. It creates electricity by rubbing its pom poms together. Then it dances as it approaches its opponent before attacking. When it drinks special nectars found only in Alola, it can change its type."
"Well, sorry Oricorio, but we need that. Rockruff, I choose you!"
The Oricorio glared, before letting out a sharp cry. Before Ash could react, two more Oricorio's swooped down, one a Balie Style and the other a Sensu style.
"Hey, three on one isn't fair!"
"Don't worry, Ash, we've got you. Go, Eevee!"
"Turtonator, I choose you!"
Illima and Kiawe sent out there Pokemon to aid Ash, Eevee taking the Sensu Style while Turtonator took the Balie Style.
"Rockruff, use Rock Throw!"
"Turtonator, use Fire Blast at full powerl!"
Rockruff growled before shooting rocks out of its fur at its opponent, battering it but not knocking it out before it returned fire with a thunderbolt, shocking Rockruff but not knocking him out.
Eevee leapt up, biting down hard on Oricorio's wing, causing it to yell in pain before attempting to fight back. Its attempts were futile, however, as its ghost type attacks were useless against the normal type and Eevee managed to hold on no matter how hard it tried to shake him off.
The Balie Style Oricorio had it the worse, not even landing a single hit before Turtonator's Flame Charge knocked it out with one hit.
"Finish him off with a Rock Tomb, Rockruff!"
Before Rockruff's opponent could fire another Thunderbolt, it was barraged by falling rocks, the strain being too much and it passed out.
Eevee increased the pressure on Oricorio's wing, causing it to cry in pain before passing out, Eevee waiting to make sure it was down for the count before finally letting go, returning to his master's shoulder and nuzzling against him.
"Good work, Eevee. You did amazing."
"You too Rockruff."
Rockruff let out a content "ruff" as Ash stroked his fur before returning him to his Pokeball. Ash then picked up the yellow nectar.
"Alright, let's get this over to Mallow so we don't have to clean dishes all day."
Mallow was waiting for them back at the restaurant. She smiled as Ash handed over the sweet nectar.
"Great, thanks guys! Your debt is now paid in full."
"That's great! Now I can get back to my journey."
"Oh, that reminds me Ash. My trial is all set up when you're ready."
Ash's enthusiasm was cut off by the sound of his stomach growling.
"Well, maybe tomorrow. All that searching worked up an appetite. Got any more food, Mallow?"
Everyone, including Ash, laughed.
"No, I'm serious."