Hey everybody, thank you so much for all the reviews! Anyways, this is the next chapter, with a Frontier Battle, and I hope you all enjoy it!
My dreams, Dawn wanted to know all about them. I couldn't tell her though, that would be letting her inside my deepest darkest secrets. Besides, the obvious goal of wanting to be a Pokemon Master cannot be the ones she wants to hear about. I dream of being married and actually happy for once in my life. Is that too much to ask for?
I roll over and slide myself out of the sleeping bag, listening to the early morning forest sounds. I grab some clothes and change into a t-shirt, shorts and some running shoes and head off for an early morning jog.
I feel pent up rage, and the need to take it out on someone, anyone is almost uncontrollable. I hear a shriek ring out and it takes me a moment to realize that it was me who made that sound. I sink to my knees and scream again, not forming any words, just releasing. I clench my hands in the scraggly grass and refuse to let go. I feel a sob build up in my throat and choose to scream again. I cannot cry, I will not cry. I scream for what seemed like forever and then collapse into the grass and roll up into a ball. Everything, it feels like, is against me.
I haven't felt like this in so long. Not since I was young and my "dad" would beat me and my mom would cry and beg him to stop, but never do anything about it. I would escape and run outside of town, and huddle and cry until I felt good enough or hungry enough to return. I would walk back again and he would apologize and I would say I forgave him but I never really did.
This, this is different. This pent up anger is at myself. How the most important person in my life, I can't even seem to face. When she asks me questions, I can practically see walls closing up in my mind. It was closing me in; making me become a loner, with the only person that I can depend on is myself.
When the sun is beginning to penetrate the dark recesses of the forest, I stretch out and wipe the back of my hand across my face. I get up to my feet but really don't want to leave. These little episodes of mine may make me feel better, but it didn't help me figure out what to do. I mean, I could answer these little innocent questions of hers like my favorite color or whatever, but the bigger ones; I just don't know what to do.
Since Dawn will probably be getting up soon, if she is already not up yet, I need to get back there. The jog helps clear my mind a little bit and help me focus on my goal, my victory at the Battle Dome.
"Hey Paul, where were you?" asks Dawn, leaping up to her feet as I appear through the trees.
"Just thinking," I reply gruffly, heading over to my sleeping bag and rolling it up.
"Paul, I have a question that I want you to answer honestly," says Dawn, coming over and sitting down in front of my backpack, her arms crossed tightly over her chest. She doesn't bother to wait for my response and asks pretty bluntly, "Do you want me to travel with you anymore?"
"Why would you think I don't want you to travel with me anymore?" I ask surprised.
"Well," she sighs, laying her head down on her knees. "You just don't seem happy anymore. I mean sometimes you do, like the times when you kiss me. But the other times, when you ignore me, I don't know, I just don't feel needed anymore."
I stare at her, shock silencing my. I had no idea that she felt like that. I reach a tentative hand forward and rest it on her shoulder. She picks her head up to look at me and I force a smile onto my face. "I want you to keep traveling with me Dawn."
A few emotions flicker over her face before her look grows angry. "I need a reason Paul. I need a solid reason why you want me to keep traveling with you."
I focus my eyes on the ground and make a decision. I need to start tearing down these walls if I am ever going to be able to live my life. "I want you to travel with me because when you are with me, you make me feel human. I feel emotions I didn't even know I could feel anymore."
"That's what I wanted to hear," she smiles and stands up. "Oh, and look what I found." She twirls around and smirks, holding out a black rock. I take it from her hand and look at it, trying to figure out what it means.
"What is this for?" I ask, finally giving up.
"It's onyx, your favorite color." I let out a low chuckle and Dawn breaks out in giggles. "I figured since you told me something so deep within your soul as your favorite color, I had to give you something to show you my gratitude."
It takes me a few moments to realize that she is being sarcastic and just a tiny bit mean with this present. I am tempted to throw it far into the forest, never to be seen again, but something makes me stick it deep into my pocket. "Are you ready?"
"Of course," she chirps, quickly standing up and grabbing her bag. I walk off with her by my side. I sneak covert glances at her, but she just seems to be enjoying the sights and sounds of the forest.
We have traveled through most of the day when I spot a huge building up in front of us, neutrally colored with the words Battle Dome and a Poke Ball. "There it is!" squeals Dawn, and I have to hide the eye roll and bite my tongue to keep from saying some sarcastic comment.
There are many reporters and spectators crowded around someone who seems to be posing. At first I think it must be a girl, but the closer we get I realize it is Tucker, the Dome Ace. I shove my way into the crowd, not apologizing as I practically shove people over. I hear Dawn muttering sorry behind me as she tries to keep up with me.
I finally break through the throng and the cameras stop flashing as I block the shot. "Who are you guys?" asks one of the reporters, a petite woman with fine, straight blonde hair.
"We are here for Tucker," I say, looking at the Dome Ace. He has his purple hair in pigtails like a little school girl. He has on a bright yellow t-shirt with a dark purple jacket over top. His skinny jeans are black and he is wearing pink high-tops. Black eyeliner swirls out from his eyes and is smudge with yellow and purple eye shadow.
"Why, I am the Dome Ace," says Tucker, doing a little pirouette and turning to face us. I force myself not to back away from him like I so very want to. He sticks out his hands and examines his nails as he looks at me out of the corner of his eye. "Are you here for a battle?"
"Yes I am," I reply, squaring my shoulders. His eyes travel up and down my body for he turns with a little wave for us to follow.
"Didn't I battle your brother a few years back?" he asks as Dawn and I follow him towards the building. "I seem to recognize you from somewhere."
"Yeah you did," I reply, my eyes scanning the gym as we walk into it. Spectators are already filling up the stands and Dawn goes and stands behind me as I take up my position in the arena.
Tucker releases two Pokemon out onto the field, a swampert and an arcanine. "Do you want to exchange your Pokemon before we begin?" asks Tucker. I shake my head and he lowers the machine back into the ground. I remember the battle my brother had against him like it was yesterday. I know my strategy.
"Torterra and Electivire stand by for battle," I command, throwing two Poke Balls up into the air. They appear on the battlefield with a loud roar. I allow myself a small smirk as Tucker looks at my Pokemon. He isn't going to stand a chance.
"Your move first," says Tucker, doing a little twirl as the spectators scream and cameras flash.
"Torterra use Leaf Storm, Electivire use Thunderbolt." Tornados of green leave build up around Torterra and then fly across the arena towards Swampert. Electivire summons up electricity and fires it at Arcanine.
"Arcanine use Fire Spin and Swampert use Water Gun," Tucker commanded, causing people in the stands to cheer loudly. The two Pokemon fired off their attacks, effectively blocking my moves.
I felt a growl rise up in my throat, but told myself to calm down. This was all going just as planned. I knew I was going to win. "Electivire use Thunder Punch," I order. Electivire ran forward, his right fist beginning to glow.
"Arcanine use Extreme Speed," shouts Tucker, watching as Electivire nears his Pokemon. I let out a whistle, sharp and loud, as Arcanine shoots off and the ground explodes with vines as Torterra finally releases his built up Frenzy Plant.
"Arc!" screeches Arcanine, being thrown up into the air. Swampert fired off water guns at the vines, trying to block them. It was so distracted, Electivire was able to land its Thunder Punch, which would only get it to look, not actually do any damage.
"Use Iron Tail," I shout. Electivire's tail began to glow and it brought them down on Swampert.
"Swam," it groaned, as it sank to the ground, unconscious. Tucker bit his bottom lip as he returned Swampert, whispering to the Poke Ball before stowing it away.
"You aren't going to win that easily," smirked Tucker, twirling around again, probably to get the audience screaming again. "Arcanine, use Fire Blast." Arcanine let out a huge burst of flames and then jumped into it. "Now use Extreme Speed." Before I could do anything since Torterra was still unable to use a move after Frenzy Plant, Arcanine slammed into him.
"Tor," he mumbles, falling onto the ground in a crumpled heap.
"Shit," I mutter quietly, pulling out Torterra's Poke Ball and returning him. "You could have done better," I growl at the Poke Ball before putting it away.
"You can do it Paul," shouts Dawn, standing on the sidelines. I glance over at her and she flashes me an encouraging smile, which I look away from very fast.
"You're Pokemon are pathetic Tucker," I say loudly, earning boos from the audience. "You have obviously not trained them very well."
Tucker narrows his eyes at me and places his hands on his hips. "You are definitely nothing like your brother," replies Tucker. "I think you need a personality makeover."
I ignore that last comments and focus on the battle. "Of course I am nothing like my brother; I am a much better trainer." Tucker raises an eyebrow at that. "Electivire use Bulldoze." Electivire summons up energy and then begins to slam into the ground, causing the entire gym to vibrate..
"Arcanine use Flamethrower." I tense up ready, to tell Electivire to dodge, but much to my surprise Arcanine uses it on the ground. It flies up into the air and successfully avoids the earthquake. Once Arcanine had gone up as far as it could go, it began to spin and glow with fire.
"Electivire use Thunder," I yell, desperation creeping into my voice. The yellow glow appears and the jagged bolts appear, but it is too little too late. Arcanine slams into Electivire, knocking him onto his side and extinguishing the storm.
"Now use Hyper Beam," says Tucker. A yellow energy appears in Arcanine's mouth and hits Electivire.
"Electivire is unable to battle, Arcanine wins. The victory goes to Dome Ace Tucker." The stadium erupts in cheers as I stand there stunned. I fling Electivire's Poke Ball onto the ground in anger and storm out of the gym, ignoring Dawn's protests as I brush past her.
Okay, this was very hard for me to right. And I realized how crappy the first chapters of this story are and I am going to go back and fix them. Please tell me what you think!
P.S.= I fixed this since you guys pointed out I had Torterra faint twice!