Today started with us visiting Alder like I said we would.
I actually had quite a bit of fun and so did the Crew. We got to hang out with two of Alder’s apprentice trainers, and they were pretty nice kids. We had some good battles; the Pokemon really seemed to enjoy themselves. Well, except Troust, he just kind of stood there, staring blankly into space. Apparently that’s normal for Pidove according to the Pokedex.
Alder healed up the Crew and thanked us for coming by. He said we should head back to Aspertia to challenge the new gym leader. I didn’t even know we were supposed to get one. As soon as we started making our way back down Route 19 we were accosted by a man rambling about medals. He gave me a case for said medals. I think I’m starting to see why we weren’t allowed to leave town without a Pokemon; it’s not to protect us from the wild Pokemon, but from the people.
After getting rid of the crazy medallion man, Alder caught up and gave me some berries for the Crew. He said the berries could heal them if need be. Pretty cool!
We arrived at the trainer school that housed the gym in Aspertia, and made our way to the back. The gym leader, who introduced himself as Cheren, told me that we had to defeat two of his gym members before being allowed to take him on.
So we did!
The first trainer had a Patrat and Lillipup. Neither one was a match for Troust and his mighty gust. He wiped the floor with them – literally. I didn’t know a Patrat could slide like that. It was like watching a greased up mongoose go down a Slip ‘n Slide. The Lillipup didn’t do much better.
The second trainer had a Lillipup that gave Frascher a bit of a hassle, and after some leering, it got a good tackle in on him that nearly killed him. Thankfully, the berry I’d given him earlier managed to bring him back in to the fight. I don’t think Frascher liked how hard the pup hit him because he left it with a nasty burn that wound up taking it out. Her second Pokemon was a Patrat that went toe-to-toe with Frascher, and it injured him badly enough that I had to switch Morrigan in. She finished off the Patrat without any real problems.
After a quick trip to the Pokecenter, it was time to take on Cheren, but I’d never taken on a gym leader before, so just to be safe, I took the team back to Floccesy Ranch to train for a while.
I’m starting to doubt Morrigan’s dedication to the Crew. She doesn’t put much effort in during battles, is incredibly lazy during training, and tends to just hang around by herself most of the time. I don’t think Gozer or Frascher care much for her. Troust is – well, he’s Troust. He’d forget to breath if you didn’t remind him, but he’s a good Pidove, and Frascher and Gozer like him, so that’s a plus.
We finished our training and headed back to the Pokecenter as the sun began to set. I think we’re going to wait until tomorrow to challenge Cheren. It’s been another long day for the Crew and everyone’s tired.
Hopefully we do well and succeed in the battle, but only time will tell.
Well, that ends this entry of the journal. Be sure to come back Monday at 8pm EST to see how the Crew handles Cheren!
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