The wait didn't take long. The Pokeball stops. Farfetch'd was his. Jack runs over to the Pokeball and picks it up off the ground. He takes a moment to look at it.
"My first capture. Indeed a great one." He looks over a Vulpix. "A great battle deserves a rest." Vulpix is recalled into the Pokeball for a nap. He walks back toward Gregory.
Gregory lowers his head. "You can't capture Farfetch'd. The researchers said only my family can catch them. You have to give me that Farfetch'd right now."
Jack is shocked. "No way! I caught it fair and square. Besides, they don't know that I caught one, right?"
Greogory shoots back. "But I have to report everything that happens, including captures by other Trainers. You won’t understand." The argument lasted about five minutes. Jack keeps Farfetch'd but Gregory is going to tattle on him.
That night, Jack slept quickly at Gregory’s house.
The next morning came and Jack left as fast as he could, that was, after the energizing breakfast Gregory’s family had prepared. He felt full and happy. After a couple hours, he could barely see the top of a building over some trees.
"Vermillion City, I made it."
With the extra energy, Jack ran to the city. In no time at all, he reached the sidewalk of Vermillion City, the great port city in Kanto. He walked down the cement path until he ended up at a street corner.
"It's been a while since I've been here. Sure looks different." He then noticed a park, with trees and a lake and children playing and having fun. He tries to remember. "I don't remember any park."
Crossing the street, he heads over to the park to check it out. It looked about half mile on each side. It was very nice and clean. He strolled down a small path, letting bicyclists go by and other Trainer’s walking their Pokemon. There was a lot of activity for such a small park. But what grabbed his attention the most was the fact that there were plenty of Pokemon, everywhere. "Pidgey, Rattata, um, oh, a Caterpie..." He walks by the lake. "Magikarp, Goldeen....” He then spots a 'No Fishing' sign. "Oh well." Then he saw something else that caught his attention. "Is that a Kakuna?" Yep, a Kakuna was up in the tree above him. It was sleeping while grabbing hold of the thick branch. Jack takes out a Pokeball.
"Hold it." An officer steps next to him. "Catching Pokemon in this park is prohibited between the hours of six in the morning and nine at night. You’ll have to wait young man.”
Jack sighs. Kakuna would make a great Pokemon for his team. A Beedrill would help him. And they are cool. But the park rule was in the way. Only thing he could do was wait until nine at night.
He points at Kakuna. "I promise to be back tonight." Jack walks away as Kakuna opens one of its eyes.
After lunch at a small fast food joint across from the park, Jack searches his handheld organizer for the Pokemart. He found the directions and walked into the rather large old-fashioned building. He was window shopping inside the store.
"Look at all this selection. Even Pokemon for sale. Where’s the challenge of buying Pokemon. Nope. I have to catch my Pokemon. It’s the traditional way of the Trainer."
The person at the cash register looked upon the customer. "You wouldn't happen to be a new Trainer, would you?" Jack turns around and nods. The person puts a Pokedex on the counter. "If you want it, here you go."
“Yes. We had a shipment come in yesterday direct from the Pokemon League. We were told to hand them out to any new Trainers that wanted one.”
Jack walks to the counter and takes the Pokedex and smiles. "Thanks." Even though he may never use it, he knows to never turn down free stuff that might come in handy.
After exploring the Pokemart, Jack wanders around the city and eventually ends up at the Pokecenter. Now he must wait until night.
Night time has come. The moon shines brightly in the night sky. There were hardly any clouds so the stars were seen throughout the sky. The buildings turn on their lights, so business can go on. Many citizens head home to rest from whatever they did when the sun was out. But some people stay out and try their luck at the park to catch whatever may be available that night. And it’s not only the park, but the whole city too.
Jack steps into the park. A few light poles light up the park pathways. The bright moonlight above lights everything the poles can't reach. Darkness was a wonderous thing at night, and sometimes lovely.
"I need to find some Pokemon to catch." He remembers watching the television at the Pokecenter. A commercial advertised for a Tournament to be here in Vermillion City. "I have two Pokemon, I need six. So I need four more Pokemon to catch." He was determined to be in the tournament, knowing he wouldn’t win, but he can’t miss this opportunity. He was ready to catch almost anything at this point.
Walking, walking, walking. During the day their were many Pokemon. But now, their were none to be found. After a while, Jack steps off of the path and onto the dew covered grass. No Pokemon were wandering around. "Maybe they are in these trees."
A person accidentally runs into him. "Ow..." The person apologizes and continues on. Jack steps forward but notices something on the ground. With closer inpection, it's a flashlight. The person must have dropped it. He picks it up. "I could use this. Thanks mysterious person whom I'll never see again." He shines the light into the nearest tree. Nothing. He switches to another tree. Nada.
Suddenly, a sticky string is shot and lands on the back of Jack's head and hat. Jack feels the coldness with his hand. "It's String Shot." He turns around and shines his flashlight in the tree he had previously searched. There, a Spinarak hangs from a branch. It spits out another sticky string and hits the Trainer’s shoes.
Jack becomes angry. "That is plain rude. Never shoot anyone in the back without them knowing, that's the cowards way." He wipes off the String Shot and steps out of range. He then selects a Pokeball and throws it out. Vulpix comes out yawning, with wide eyes adjusting to the darker day. "Use Flamethrower on that string." Vulpix opens up and fires at the string. Due to Spinarak's slowness, the string with which it was hanging from burns up. Spinarak falls to the ground. Vulpix quickly leaps forward and hits Spinarak right after it lands on the ground. It sails in the air and lands at the base of a tree with its legs. Spinarak climbs up the tree to escape from Vulpix.
"Hmmm, fire is no good, I don't want to put the tree on fire. How about Confuse Ray. Do it."
Vulpix nods as her eyes glow purple. The purple ray moves out and hits Spinarak as it almost makes it to the leafy part of the tree. Spinarak's eyes were squiggly. @.@
"Now, Quick Attack the tree."
Vulpix rushes forward and smacks the tree with her side. The confused Spinarak lets go of the bark and falls to the ground. Upon hitting the ground, Spinarak became confused no more. It fought back with Psychic. The waves hit Vulpix with much pain. Vulpix weakens as Spinarak jumps on her and grabs tightly. It glows as the energy is sucked from Vulpix to itself. (Leech Life and Constrict at same time).
Jack didn't know what to do; he almost wanted to go out and kick the spider off her. "Shake it off." Vulpix used as much strength and shook and shook until Spinarak finally let go. "Fire Spin." Vulpix turns around and lets the fire tornado loose. Spinarak is caught off-guard and stuck in the middle. As the fire closed in, Spinarak quickly shot a line up and luckily it hit a branch. Spinarak follows the string up and barely makes it out of the fire.
"Wow! That's Amazing." Jack looks to Vulpix. "Take it down."
She fires, not at the line, but straight at Spinarak. It was a weak Flamethrower but did the job as Spinarak fell to the grass once again. Spinarak, all burnt up, sucks it then fires out a circular spider web. It lands over Vulpix and traps her to the ground. Jack starts to run over to Vulpix to free her, but Spinarak fires a String Shot purposely missing as a warning. It inches closer to Vulpix who is too weak to even do a fire attack.
"Good try Vulpix. Return." Spinarak jumps on the web as Vulpix is returned. "Next." His second Pokemon, Farfetch'd comes out.
Spinarak quickly notices its new 'friend'. It steps forward as Farfetch'd runs at it. Poison Sting is fired but Farfetch'd holds up its wing to block it from hitting his face.
"Farfetch'd, you need to wait until I give you a command. It's too tired to battle you, so use Agility with Slash and you should be fine."
Farfetch'd looks into its Trainers’ eyes. He nods in agreement. Farfetch'd dashes from one side to another as Poison Sting misses continuously. Farfetch'd moves up close to Spinarak and...*Smack*
...pecks Spinarak on the back extra hard. Spinarak falls down, collapsing from the heat of the battle.
"I don't think that was a Slash but oh well." Jack takes out an open Pokeball but remembers one of Farfetch’d’s attacks. "Oh yeah. Use False Swipe." Farfetch'd walks up to the exhausted Spinarak. He raises his leak and slashes downward, releasing a light blue power on Spinarak. (Imagine False Swipe kinda like Bladebeam from FF7. :D) Spinarak attempts to rise up but falls back down as Farfetch'd Leers into its spider eyes.
"Now I can go." Jack threw the Pokeball forward and watched as Spinarak was sucked in. Farfetch'd stood next to the ball as it rocked back and forth....
Original Post: November 2001 @ Ultimate Club
(-o-) Spinarak Captured!