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The Hated Boss That Beats You Down

Chapter 32: The Hated Boss That Beats You Down

The next morning, Ash and Ilima had breakfast with Gary and Samson while discussing their plans.

"Well, I want to go for my next Z Crystal, but I don't know where to go."

"Ah, then you'll be heading for Hokulani Observatory. Just go up Route 10 to the bus stop, and the bus will take you right up the mountain there."

"Well, that settles it then. Once we're all set to go, it to Mount Hokulani for us, right Pikachu?"

"Pika!"

"Yo, Open up! We know ya're in there!"

"What the-"

They all ran outside to find Team Skull outside their door. Five grunts, among them Tupp, Zipp, and Rapp, squatted on either side of a man barely in his 20's wearing a golde S necklace. He was wielding a megaphone, indicating that he was the one speaking, although when he spoke again, they wondered if it was even on.

"Yo, I'm in a hurry so I'll make it quick. Give me all your Pokemon, and I'll let you go."

"And who are you to make such outrageous demands?"

This made the grunts double over in surprise.

"What? Ya mean ya don't know who the strongest trainer in Alola is? What are ya, stupid?"

"Easy Tupp, they'll learn the hard way."

The leader turned to his prey, a smug grin adorning his face.

"Alright, I'm only going to tell ya once so listen up. Names Guzma, and these here runts have been telling me you've been picking on them. No one picks on my family and gets away with it, so I'm gonna take your Pokemon as payback, so fork them over."

"No way! If you want our Pokémon, then you'll have to go through me first."

Guzma laughed as he took out a Pokeball, amused by Ash's challenge.

"Fine then, I like it when people choose the hard way. Go, Golisopod!"

The ball opened to reveal a massive Bug wearing what appeared to be armor and sunglasses landed on the ground with a massive thud, shaking everyone.

"Woah, what kind of Pokémon is that? Rotom?"

"Zzzzt, already on it. Golisopod, the Hard Scale Pokémon. A Bug and Water Type. The shell on its body is as hard as a diamond. Its most powerful weapons are its claws, which it can extract and retract at will."

"A Bug and Water Type, huh? Well then, I choose Pikachu!"

"Pika!"

Guzma sneered.

"Golisopod, show that Kanto rat who's the boss around here. Use First Impression!"

"Pikachu, use…"

Before Ash could even issue a command, Golisopod ran right up to Pikachu and hit it with its massive claw, sending Pikachu skidding. Ash was surprised. For such a bulky Pokémon, it had moved so fast he couldn't even see it. Guzma sneered.

"If you want to win, you'd better wipe that stupid expression off ya face. Golisopod, use Razor Shell!"

"Volt Tackle, Pikachu!"

"Pikachuuuuuuuuuuuuu!"

Pikachu rammed into Golisopod with a bright burst of electricity, causing it to grunt before using one of its scales to slash Pikachu back, causing him to flip over and land on its feet, panting heavily but still in the battle.

"Golisopod, put the rodent out if its misery with Pin Missile. Make sure it hurts."

"Dodge them all and use Electro Ball, right up close!"

Golisopod spat out pin after pin, exploding on the ground as Pikachu dodged all of them with increasing difficulty. Once he was close enough, he swatted the ball of electricity with his tail, hitting Golisopod with a massive explosion. When the dust cleared, Golisopod was nowhere to be seen.

"Huh? Where'd he go?"

Guzma snarled as he held Golisopod's Pokeball.

"Stupid Golisopod. It's his ability, Emergency Exit. Once he's taken enough damage, the coward runs away with his tail between his legs. Puh, you just got lucky is all. Come on boys and girl, lets scram before the cops show up."

"Huh? But boss, don't you want their Pokemon?"

"Tupp, what's the #1 rule of Team Skull?"

"Don't talk about Team Skull?"

"No, the other one. Always know when to cut your losses."

Guzma slouched off, hands in his pockets and mumbling to himself about "freakin' Golisopod." Realizing they didn't stand a chance, the grunts ran off after him, but not before Tupp turned back to Ilima.

"Don't think I've forgotten about what you did, Ilima. Next time we meet, I'll give you a beat down that you'll never forget!"

Ash and his friends watched the six retreat, not entirely sure what just happened.

"Hey guys! Over here!"

Everyone turned to see Professor Kukui and Lillie walking up the path.

"You guys alright? We heard all the commotion and came running."

"We're fine. Ash just beat Team Skull's leader and won!"

Kukui's face fell for a minute, but he quickly recovered.

"Well, that is something, isn't it? Congratulations, Ash!"

"Thanks, Professor! Hey, how's Burnett doing? Is she feeling better?"

Professor Kukui's grin grew bigger than Ash had ever seen.

"She's not just doing better, she's pregnant! In about 6 months, I'm going to be a dad! Woo!"

"Hey, congratulations!"

"You'll be a great father!"

Kukui just ate up the praise for a few minutes before turning to Ash.

"By the way Ash, I bet you're wanting to go to your next trial, right? If you'd like I can take you guys there. I need to head up that way anyhow."

"That sounds great!"

"Perfect, just finish getting ready."

After Ash and Ilima got ready to say their goodbyes.

"Good luck, Ash. I know you'll do great."

"Thanks, Gary. I know you'll make a great Pokémon researcher someday."

After the two high fived, Ash and Ilima made their way with Kukui to the bus stop, Gary and Samson waving until they were out of sight.

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