How To Train Your Pokemon @toothlove
Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Throughout the following day, Hiccup just couldn't get that dream off of his mind. It wasn't like any dream he had ever had, it was more…real.

Plus that message that the unknown voice said, 'Your destiny awaits.' what does that even mean, his destiny? What destiny? Was Hiccup brought to the Pokémon world for some big purpose? If so, what?

It was a lot to take in, for sure, but he tried his best not to think about it as he didn't want Astrid or Fishlegs to get worried. For now, he needed to focus on what was ahead and at that moment was the Dewford Town gym.

That same morning, the gang met up with Gobber after breakfast and he took the trio on his boat South down the water bound Route 105, where it would later turn and face East into Route 106 and into Dewford Town.

They were on the boat for only about 20 minutes when they soon saw the island that Dewford Town sat upon.

Once the island was in sight, Hiccup noticed that Fishlegs, who was standing on the front of the boat with him to his right, looked like he was about to jump off the boat from excitement. Hiccup asks, "What are you so excited about, Fishlegs?"

Fishlegs replies with lots of joy in his voice, "Guys, don't you know what's on Dewford Island? Granite Cave!"

Hiccup raises a brow to that. "Granite Cave?"

Astrid, who was on Hiccup's left, explains, "It's a cave to the Northwest of Dewford Town."

Fishlegs adds, "Not only that, it's where I met my Aron! And I barely even had a chance to fully explore it last time I went, oh just think of the Rock Types we might find."

Astrid pats Fishlegs on the shoulder and says, "We'll go there after Hiccup's gym battle. Ok?"

Fishlegs wanted to argue that but knew that Hiccup needed his support so he sighs and says, "Fine."

Hiccup then adds, "I will say though, it might be interesting to see what Pokémon live in the cave. But you are right Astrid, I might as well just do the gym battle just to get it out of the way. Say, you know anything about the gym leader here?"

Astrid thinks for a second, "I believe this guy uses Fighting Type Pokémon."

Hiccup nods. "Fighting Types eh?"

Astrid nods. "Fighting Types tend to have a lot of power to their punch. They are weak against Psychic and Flying Types."

Hiccup thinks about his team and says, "And I have neither of those. Great."

Astrid pats Hiccup on the shoulder and says, "Hey, just because you don't have a type advantage doesn't mean you're not going to win. Sometimes all you need is sheer trust and confidence in both yourself and your Pokémon."

Fishlegs adds, "She's right. For example, your Nuzleaf isn't the best against my Steel Type Aron, but you two still managed to pull off an impressive win."

Hiccup nods. "That's true. Well, maybe I'll just give this thing a shot."

Right after Hiccup says this, the boat finally docks at Dewford Town, and the gang get off. Once off, Hiccup says to Gobber, "Thanks for the ride."

Gobber nods. "My pleasure. And when you're ready to leave, just let me know."

Hiccup says, "It's probably going to be a few days before we're ready."

Gobber shakes his head. "Not a problem. This is a house boat so Pecko and I will be just fine."

Hiccup nods. "Well then, I guess we'll see you later."

Hiccup, Astrid and Fishlegs take a moment to look around Dewford Town and check it out. Dewford Town is a fairly small beach town that did look like a great place for a vacation, but at that moment the only thing on Hiccup's mind was getting that gym battle underway.

However, after walking through town, Hiccup noticed, to the side of the town's Pokémon Center, was a sleeping yellow cat of some sort.

Hiccup asks, "What is that thing?"

He pulls out the Pokédex and it reads, "Abra, the Psi Pokémon. Abra sleeps 18 hours a day and uses psychic abilities to sense danger nearby, allowing it to teleport to safety."

Astrid comments, "It's a Psychic Type, that would be perfect against this gym."

Hiccup says as he puts away the Pokédex and says, "I was just thinking the same thing."

He slowly walks up to Abra and says, "Hello, Abra."

But before Hiccup could get much closer, Abra teleports away.

Hiccup's eyes widen. "What? Where did it go?"

"Away." Fishlegs replies. "Sorry Hiccup but once a wild Abra teleports, it's gone."

Hiccup nods as he retrieves Nuzleaf. "Well that's a shame. Oh well, better luck next time. Now, let's get to this gym."

The gang head over to the Dewford Gym which looked more like an actual fitness gym than a Pokémon gym. The doors open to reveal that it was exactly what it looked like on the outside, a fitness gym filled with weights, elliptical machines, treadmills, etc.

Standing in the back, however, punching away at a punching bag, was a man with red hair and a scar running across his eye which Hiccup recognized as a rival turned friend. He was also wearing an orange gym shirt with a Pokéball symbol on it. "Dagur? Is he the gym leader? Hiccup figured that he might as well ask. He goes up to Dagur and says, "Uh, hi. I'm Hiccup"

Dagur stops punching and looks to Hiccup to say, "Hi there, Hiccup. Are you here for a gym battle?"

Hiccup nods. "Yeah, that's right."

Dagur wipes the sweat from his forehead with a towel and says, "Awesome. I'm Dagur, the Dewford Town gym leader. I was actually just finishing up if you want to go ahead and get started."

Hiccup replies, "That sounds great actually."

Dagur has the gang follow him into another room where there was a battlefield set up. Although it did look more like a basketball field, it did have the battlefield markings on the floor. Astrid and Fishlegs took their spots on the bleachers while Dagur got himself ready.

After a few minutes, the referee stands at his podium and announces, "This battle between Gym Leader Dagur and the challenger Hiccup Haddock is about to begin. Both trainers can use up to two Pokémon in this battle. In addition, only the challenger is allowed to switch Pokémon. Are both trainers ready?"

Hiccup and Dagur reply simultaneously, "Ready!"

The announcer puts his hand up and says, "Let the battle…begin!" He puts his hand down.

Hiccup yells, "Torchic, Go!" Hiccup throws the Pokéball, sending out the orange chick that yells, "Torrrrchic." once it was out.

Dagur then yells, "Let's go, Machop!" He throws a Pokéball and out comes what looks like a small, grey, muscular person. "Machop!" It yells once out.

Hiccup pulls out the Pokédex and it says, "Machop, the superpower Pokémon. It's whole body is composed of muscles and it is able to exercise for hours without cramping or getting tired."

Hiccup nods and says, "Ok, let's see what this Machop is made of. Torchic, use Scratch!"

"Torrrrrrr!" Torchic runs towards Machop as fast as it can.

Just before Torchic could land the hit, however, Dagur says, "Machop, use Low Kick!"

"Ma-chop!" Machop twirls around with its left leg extended, causing Torchic to trip and fall face first onto the floor.

Hiccup says, "Well that one had to hurt. Let's see if we can soften the blow a little. Torchic, get up and use Growl!"

Torchic jumps back and growls a bit. Machop glows red as it's attack status is lowered.

Fishlegs comments, "Well, at least Machop won't do as much damage."

Astrid adds, "Yeah but somehow I don't think that will be a problem."

Dagur yells, "Think that's gonna take me out? Machop, Focus Energy!"

"Maaaaaaach." Machop closes its eyes and crosses its arms as it focuses its energy, causing its stats to sharply raise.

Hiccup says to Torchic, "Well, guess that was for nothing. Torchic, use Ember!"

"Torchic-chic-chic-chic." Torchic fires off a series of fire balls that strike Machop, but with the Focus Energy it looked like it did nothing.

"What?" Hiccup asks.

Dagur yells, "Now Machop! Karate Chop!"

"Maaaaaa…" Machop dashes towards Torchic at such speed that not even Hiccup had time to react before it hit Torchic right on the side, "Chop!" with such force that it took Torchic out with just one blow.

The referee announces, "Torchic is unable to battle."

"Torchic, return!" Hiccup says as he retrieves Torchic into its Pokéball, a little mad that he was taken out so quickly. "This guy is tough, but I can match it. Nuzleaf, go!" Hiccup throws the Pokéball, causing Nuzleaf to pop out again.

"Nuzzzz."

Fishlegs asks Astrid, "Why did he pick Nuzleaf? Doesn't he know that Nuzleaf's Dark Type is weak against Fighting Types?"

Astrid replies, "Probably not. Nuzleaf did help him win against you though, so maybe he's just relying on sheer power here."

Hiccup says to Nuzleaf, "We're gonna have to keep things long distance. Nuzleaf, use Razor Leaf?"

"Nuz-leaf-leaf!" Nuzleaf fires off a series of sharp leaves right at Machop.

Before the leaves could hit, Dagur says, "Machop, Karate Chop!"

"Ma-chop!" Machop makes its hand flat as it actually chops the oncoming leaves, doing nothing more than just barely scratching its hand, before charging at Nuzleaf.

Hiccup yells, "Seed Bomb, now!"

"Nuz-leaf!" Nuzleaf fires off a series of seeds that explode once they hit the ground. However, Machop seemed to be able to dodge all of them and even chop one as it continues to run towards Nuzleaf.

Just before Machop hit, Hiccup yells, "Nuzleaf, jump!"

Nuzleaf jumps high enough to get out of Machop's way, causing it to instaed chop at the wall, which ended up creating a hole due to Machop's strength. It's hand did get stuck, however.

Hiccup comments, "Dang, that Machop just won't let up will it? Nuzleaf, Razor Leaf again!"

Nuzleaf fires off another round of leaves while still airborne. However, Dagur says to Machop, "Machop, Karate Chop the wall again!"

"Ma-chop!" Machop chops the wall and that ends up allowing it to free its arm and do a backflip to get out of the way of the oncoming leaves.

Once Machop was now safe, Dagur yells, "Alright, let's end this. Machop, Karate Chop!"

"Maaaaach." Machop leaps in the air after Nuzleaf.

Hiccup says to Nuzleaf, "Nuzleaf, Absorb!"

Nuzleaf attempts to turn around so it could land an Absorb attack, but Machop got to Nuzleaf too fast and ended up chopping it right then and there, knocking Nuzleaf out of the sky and onto the gym floor.

The referee announces, "Nuzleaf is unable to battle. The winner is gym leader Dagur."

Hiccup's eyes widen as the realization of what just happened kicks in. "I…lost."

Machop runs up to Dagur to high five him as Dagur says, "Great job, Machop. And hey, no hard feelings right Hiccup?"

Hiccup blinks and says, "Uh, no not at all. Yeah you…you win. Uh, Nuzleaf return." He retrieves Nuzleaf into its Pokéball as he walks out of the gym with his head held low.

"Hiccup." Fishlegs says as he stands, but Astrid stops him.

"Just, let him be. He's never lost a battle before and I guess he's just taking it a little hard." Astrid says.

Hiccup walks out the gym doors to see that it was already almost dark. He looked up at the sky as stars formed. He then heard a voice behind him says, "Hey, you ok?"

He turns around and sees Dagur standing there. "Yeah, I guess."

Dagur places a hand on Hiccup's shoulder. "Listen, it's ok to lose sometimes. As a gym leader, I've lost many times and while it does hurt, I still keep my head held high and appreciated the challenge."

Hiccup sighs and says, "I get that, it's just initial shock I suppose. I think I'll be fine."

Dagur nods and says, "Well, your Pokémon do seem strong. With some training they could become a good team. Look, you can come back at any time and I'll be happy to give you a rematch."

Hiccup nods and says, "Yeah, thanks Dagur. I-I'll just try harder next time."

With that, Hiccup and Dagur say their goodbyes as Hiccup, along with Astrid and Fishlegs, head to the Pokémon Center to rest up for the night.

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