Pokémon: the Vanguard Descends
Chapter 20 Team Asteroid’s Attack! Our Heroes Reunite!
Aichi’s current team
Level 50 Ahmes (Gallade) psychic/fighting
Level 48 Wingal (Lycanroc (dusk)) rock
Level 45 Llew (Golisopod) water/bug
Level 48 Gancelot (Lucario) fighting/steel
Level 37 Soul Saver (Axew) dragon
Level 100 Alfred (Aegislash) ghost/steel
Miwa, sweating nervously, was flying somewhere quickly on the back of his Flygon. It had been a week since Aichi had started training with Alfred in the secluded castle near Kagero town. Much had happened in his absence, countless towns had been recaptured by Team Asteroid and they were sending more in to take over other towns. He was searching for the one person he believed would be the biggest help in defeating Team Asteroid, Toshiki Kai.
It wasn’t easy though he had been searching ever since he disappeared in Grandblue city. He wasn’t at the usual places he normally went so Miwa had been checking the whole region. He finally landed in the last place in Kakusa he had to look, Dai City, the home of the final gym and where there is rumored to be underground battles happening. Dai city was more industrial focused rather than the coastal trading city of Grandblue. The uptown of Dai city was rather glamorous and rich. Miwa looked around a bit, but had a feeling Kai wouldn’t hang out here. So, Miwa went into the down town away from the bright neon lights of the uptown. The depths of the downtown were rather poor as expected with shady characters walking about. Aloan Raticates and other critters scurried around in the downtown. He went through an alleyway walking into a battle taking place behind a fence. The was a strong scent of nicotine in the air. Miwa looked over, seeing Kai and Overlord standing victorious.
“I can’t believe he’s hanging out with these lowlifes.”, Miwa said, looking over seeing various people betting on the matches.
In Kagero town…
Kamui had no idea what was currently going on in Kakusa too preoccupied ghost hunting. He kept trying and failing to capture a ghost type due to them either running away or him accidentally causing it to faint. He sat down tired and he was able to get some training in with the trainers here in between his unsuccessful ghost hunts. Kurosawa had told him Aichi was here, but he couldn’t find the supposed ghost castle he had mentioned for the life of him. He told him Aichi had come not too long before he appeared so he was probably alright. In this time Shout had evolved into Slaking and Tough Boy had recently become Rhydon. Kamui set out once again to obtain a ghost Pokémon going out into the spooky forest with his Pokémon by his side. When, went in, a Gengar appeared with Ghastlys and Haunters behind it. Yesterday he had beaten up some of the Ghastlys and Haunters trying to get one before they ran away.
“So, they actually brought the big brother out. That’s fine with me. The stronger the better! Go, Kaiser use dark pulse!”, Kamui ordered.
Kaiser shot a wave of darkness at the Gengar who jumped out of the way to dodge. As it did Buster slammed into it covered in fire hitting it back to the ground. Kaiser shot at it again, hitting it directly. Kamui threw an ultra ball at the Haunter to catch it. It broke free and Buster sent a fiery punch at it. Kamui tried again, the ball wobbled a bit and it broke out. The Gengar sent out a shadow ball that Tough Boy deflected. Kamui threw another ultra ball at Gengar and it got out again and this process continued on for at least ten times before Kamui finally caught a ghost Pokémon like he wanted. The other ghost Pokémon retreated when Kamui was victorious. He walked back to Kagero town before seeing an army of people in familiar black uniforms in the distance. Kamui ran back with his Pokémon as he saw it.
At Alfred’s castle…
Aichi stood across from a Doublade taking the stance Alfred had taught him wielding him. The Doublade took control of an empty suit of armor to replicate a person. It rested in the grip of the armor’s gauntlets. Marin watched on from the castle. The Doublade charged and Aichi reacted, parrying it’s blows. The Doublade possessed armor went far faster than armor would normally go. Partially due to being empty and the ghostly force controlling it. Aichi avoided as much wasted movement as possible as he parried the possessed armor’s blows conserving his energy. When he saw an opening he slashed towards where the neck would be braking perfectly before the blade hit.
“Good. You have mastered cutting and braking.”, Alfred said.
“That’s great. I think I’m starting to get the hang of this.”, Aichi replied, sitting down taking a relieved breath.
“You have come quite a way since you came here. I doubt you could have even beaten a Magikarp with your own strength.”, Alfred chuckled.
“Hehe, yeah I haven’t really worked out that much before besides a bit in gym class.”, Aichi replied.
Wingal ran over past them to the north sniffing something.
“Is something wrong Wingal?”, Aichi asked.
“Lycanroc! Lycanroc! Lycanroc! (I smell smoke in the direction of Kagero town!)”, Wingal yelled.
Aichi and Alfred flinched in surprise. Soul Saver walked up to them confused as to what’s going on. Aichi’s other Pokémon caught up to Wingal as Aichi got up looking down at Alfred.
“Let’s go!”, Aichi said.
In Kagero town…
“Kaiser use dark pulse! Buster use blaze kick! Tough boy use stone edge! Mr.Invincible use submission! Shout use hammer arm! And my new guy Hatred Chaos use shadow ball!”, Kamui ordered as his Pokémon sent the attacks out on the Team Asteroid grunts.
“Mimkyu use wood hammer!”, Kurosawa ordered being helped out by his robed allies from before with their ghost Pokémon.
They were able to hold off the grunts from advancing, but they weren’t able to drive them away. Things got worse as Kyou walked in with a smug grin.
“Remember me twerp? I’m gonna get revenge on you and your little friend for making a fool out of me!”, Kyou said as Kamui and the others tensed warily at the Team Asteroid admin.
Behind him was his Pokémon Skydiver, a Crabominable, Scrafty, Emboar, Primeape, and a Pangoro.
“I learned my lesson from last time all of my Pokémon are already out to crush you! Sky Diver use sky attack! Big arms use close combat! Dudley Dan use high jump kick! Juggernaut use heat crash! Reckless Express use outrage! Brakki use hammer arm!”, Kyou ordered.
“It won’t be like last time! Kaiser use outrage! Buster use close combat! Tough Boy use hammer arm! Mr.Invincible use submission! Shout use hammer arm! Hatred Chaos use shadow ball!”, Kamui replied as his Pokémon countered.
The shadow balls knocked over Sky Diver who Buster kicked hard into Reckless Express only enraging it more. Buster fought Brakki who swung its arm at it hard which it avoided. Kaiser charged at Reckless Express and the two berserkers fought. Juggernaut launched for Shout, but Mr.Invincible knocked it out of the way with submission. Dudley Dan came after it receiving a hammer arm from Shout while its guard was down. Sky Diver got back up nailing Shout with its sky attack.
“Looks like you’re not as weak as before. It doesn’t matter, you’ll still lose!”, Kyou taunted.
They all suddenly gasped in shock when they noticed all the grunts around them were defeated leaving only Kyou left. They were so absorbed with the battle they didn’t notice. They and the hiding town folks looked in awe as Aichi walked in brandishing Alfred with his shield on his arm like a buckler. On his shoulders which seemed a little broader were Wingal and Soul Saver. Soul Saver was cuddled up a bit more not having to worry about a mane full of sharp rocks cutting him. To his sides stood Ahmes, Llew and Gancelot. Kamui noted that Aichi’s team was finally complete and the Axew is what was in the egg. Aichi’s gaze looked far more determined and confident than before. His gaze was focused straight ahead at Kyou.
“It’s you!”, Kyou said, angrily pointing at Aichi.
“Aichi is that you?!”, Kamui questioned, genuinely surprised.
It had only been a week yet he seems to have changed so much.
“I won’t let Team Asteroid terrorize this town again.”, Aichi said.
“You think you can stop me!?”, Kyou replied.
Before Kyou could react Soul Saver shot a wave of blue energy from its mouth knowing out the rampaging Reckless Express. Kyou looked over gawking in shock. The others jumped when Soul Saver glowed with the light of evolution soon after. It grew a bit bigger it’s scales became black with the outer part becoming a dark green. The teeth sticking out of the sides of its mouth increased in length and were tipped in red. It’s claws became red and it’s tail became longer. It had become Fraxure. Kyou looked back over seeing all of his Pokémon clatter to the ground with Ahmes and Gancelot standing there. Kyou flinched at the glare Gancelot gave him stumbling back.
“What the hell! How did you get so strong?!”, Kyou questioned, hysterically.
Aichi walked up to Kyou silently.
“What is that kid?”, one of the hooded man asked.
He put Alfred’s blade against Kyou’s neck.
“Leave and never do this again.”, Aichi commanded as Kyou trembled.
He flinched, meeting Aichi’s stern gaze and sweated heavily.
“Hehe. This can’t be happening! You were a weakling before! How are you so strong now?! I refuse to believe it!”, Kyou denied, moving back before launching himself at Aichi to punch him.
“Look out Aichi!”, Kamui warned.
He soon gasped in shock when Aichi sidestepped Kyou causing Kyou to miss and fall to the ground. Kyou trembled with rage jumping up to deliver a sucker punch which Aichi dodged. Aichi with a very quick simple flick of the wrist hit Kyou with Alfred’s pommel knocking him out cold. Kyou crashed to the ground with a thud. Kamui could only stand there in awe. Aichi had made Kyou look like a complete pushover.
“I’m glad everyone’s alright! It’s been awhile Kamui!”, Aichi said, cheerfully losing all the seriousness from before.
He ran up to Kamui as Alfred slipped out of his hand floating beside him.
“It really has, Aichi. It looks like a lot has changed, you finally got a proper team and can kick butt yourself now.”, Kamui replied, running up to Aichi hugging him.
“Hehe. Yeah, I have been training for quite awhile. Honestly, I kinda lost track of time. Oh, this is Alfred.”, Aichi chuckled, sheepishly rubbing the back of his head before gesturing Alfred.
“Nice to finally meet you Katsuragi Kamui, Aichi has told me a lot about you.”, Alfred said as Kamui jumped.
“How can he talk?!”, Kamui questioned in shock.
“I am Alfred Pendragon, the once and future king of Galar reborn many millennia ago as a Honedge.”, Alfred explained.
“You mean like the knights of the round table?! Aichi where do you find these Pokémon?!”, Kamui questioned as Aichi chuckled sheepishly.
“I dunno, I just went where Kurosawa told me and found him. And this is Soul Saver the Pokémon that hatched from the egg I got in the gold challenge.”, Aichi replied, gesturing Soul Saver who jumped into his arms now that Alfred was no longer in them.
“Fraxure! Fraxure! (Hi, mama’s friend!)”, Soul Saver greeted as Aichi sweat dropped.
“Soul Saver how many times do I have to tell you I’m not a girl…”, Aichi replied, seeming used to it.
“Fraxure! (Aichi is mama!)”, Soul Saver replied, clapping as Aichi sweat dropped again.
“What is it saying?”, Kamui asked, completely lost.
“Soul Saver calls Aichi mama like he’s a girl. When, he should be calling him daddy.”, Alfred explained.
“Oh…it’s nice to have a second translator. Wait…your little egg baby calls you mama?! That’s hilarious!”, Kamui laughed as Aichi blushed embarrassedly.
“Fraxure! Fraxure ! Fraxure! Fraxure? (Hee! Hee! Egg baby sounds funny! What’s an egg baby?)”, Soul Saver replied as Aichi face palmed.
“A baby that hatches from an egg.”, Aichi answered.
“Fraxure? Fraxure? Fraxure? (Where does a egg come from?)”, Soul Saver asked.
“A creature like a Pokémon lays it.”, Aichi
“Fraxure? Fraxure ?(How did you lay me?)”, Soul Saver asked as Alfred broke out into laughter along with Wingal and Llew.
Aichi was red as a tomato as Soul Saver was completely clueless looking around for where it could have come from. Kamui and the other humans were also clueless.
“You walked right into that one!”, Alfred wheezed.
“Was it like this for my mom raising me?”, Aichi questioned.
In the downtown of Dai city…
Miwa walked up to Kai facing him.
“What are you doing here Team Asteroid is back and wrecking havoc?”, Miwa questioned as Kai looked at him.
“I came here to get stronger.”, Kai replied.
“Like you could have gotten better hanging out with these cheaters.”, Miwa replied as the thugs sneered at him.
Kai looked away as Miwa got closer.
“Oracle town was taken over and Shin and Misaki are in Team Asteroid’s clutches. I don’t even know where Aichi is. He disappeared like you.”, Miwa continued as Kai looked over again.
Kai frowned realizing the threat with Shin locked up. He saw him fight against Team Asteroid in Grandblue city.
“You can’t find Aichi?”, Kai questioned, with concealed concern.
“Last I heard he went to Kagero town. I looked there and even asked Kurosawa where he was. I couldn’t find him anywhere.”, Miwa explained.
Kai looked away.
“Please Kai we need your help.”, Miwa begged as Kai looked back at him.
“Fine.”, Kai replied.
In Kagero town…
The unconscious Kyou was tied up for the police to get and Aichi and Kamui set off to Gold Maine city still unaware of what’s going on. When they got through the gates of Gold Maine, Kourin leaned against the wall waiting for them. They looked over to Kourin surprised to see her.
“Oracle town has been attacked and Misaki has been defeated.”, Kourin told the two of them who gasped.
“Is she alright?!”, Aichi asked full of concern.
“No, who knows what’s happened, it’s been days since it was captured.”, Kourin replied.
“Then, we’ve gotta get there fast!”, Kamui replied.
“You think you can win? Against all of them? We can’t even rely on the police anymore; both them and all of the felons in Kakusa have joined their ranks.”, Kourin replied.
“I can and I will.” Aichi replied, determinedly.
Kourin was a bit taken aback surprised by his confidence.
“Then, let’s test it.”, Kourin challenged pointing to a nearby arena.
“Alright.”, Aichi agreed.
They walked over to the arena.
“Go, Nemain!”, Kourin called out.
She sent out the same Pokémon first from their first battle. The message was clear “Show me how much you’ve grown since then.”.
“Go, Soul Saver!”, Aichi called out.
Kourin looked a little surprised seeing the new Pokémon guessing this must have been what was in Aichi’s egg.
“Nemain use flamethrower!”, Kourin ordered.
“Soul Saver use dragon dance!”, Aichi ordered.
Soul Saver avoided the pillar of fire Nemain shot from its mouth while dancing. Nemain growled angrily charging at Soul Saver.
“Soul Saver use dragon pulse!”, Aichi ordered.
Soul Saver sent a blue wave of energy from its mouth while Nemain was mid air sending it crashing back. Kourin was stunned seeing Nemain was already knocked out. Soul Saver stood defiantly and Aichi’s eyes were full of determination. It was a determination that almost made her tremble.
“Let’s see how you deal with this! Go, Ashlei!”, Kourin called out.