Chapter 4: ‘Free as the Wind
It was nighttime and everyone had long since fallen asleep… Except Danny Carson, who was still making his way through the long and winding maze known as Viridian Forest. Normally, he would have been asleep by now, but he knew that he had to get out of this place to battle his first gym. He had just recently won his very first Pokemon battle, and had battled a few trainers since then. They were all taken care of quickly due to most of them being Trainers who owned only bug Pokemon, a type that was known for being weak.
He was getting tired but he kept going. At first, he thought this forest was interesting and a refreshing change of scenery from Route 1, but after seeing tree after tree he was starting to get bored. Up ahead, he could see a clearing through the trees and a wave of relief came over him.
His heart leaped and he began running. When he came into the clearing he could easily see that he was not out of the forest but was still pleased with what he saw. It was a large field of nothing but flowers, but there were trees surrounding it showing that it was just a small area in the middle of the forest where trees hadn’t grown.
‘This is a perfect place to sleep.
’ He thought. So he set the already-sleeping Chloe on the ground and laid down next to her. He instantly fell into a dreamless sleep and awoke at about 8 in the morning.
He was still a little sleepy and wasn’t completely aware of his surroundings as he stood up and rubbed his eyes. As his view came into focus, he was amazed by what he saw. There were thousands of Pokemon flying all around the colorful flowers. He took out his Pokedex to see exactly what these Pokemon were.
Butterfree, the Butterfly Pokemon. The final evolution of Caterpie. It collects honey from flowers and will even travel up to six miles from its nest to get it.
“I’ve gotta catch one!” He yelled. “Chloe, are ya ready for a battle? Chloe?” She was gone again. Danny was on the verge of panic when he saw a few bubbles floating into the air a few feet away. He made his way through the flowers and saw his little Pokemon playing with a Caterpie. Now that he looked around, he noticed that there was hundreds of Caterpie eating the flowers. There were even dozens of Metapod lying motionless on the ground.
He picked up Chloe and looked all around him, admiring the sheer beauty of the place. How these Pokemon were living in complete peace without humans to destroy their environment. He knew that he must be one of the few people who had ever even seen this wonderful place.
“I guess I shouldn’t capture one.” He said reluctantly.
“Charmander, Ember!” A voice shouted from the opposite side of the field as Butterfree flew in all directions.
Danny immediately looked toward the direction of the voice and could clearly make out the three trainers he saw on the first day of his journey who had gotten the three starter Pokemon before he could. He yelled for them to stop.
The three trainers looked his way and began to walk towards him. As they got closer he heard the girl who owned the Squirtle yell to him “Hey… Uhh. Kenny, right?”
“Danny…” He corrected her, a little annoyed.
“Oh, right.” She said as if she was distracted. “What are you doing out here? Did Professor Pine give you a Pokemon too?”
“It’s Professor OAK, and yes, he gave me a Poliwag egg.” He said. He wanted to leave. He had never been friends with these three and wanted to keep it that way.
“Hey wuss, why’d ya tell me to stop?” The boy who owned the Charmander asked angrily.
Danny went from annoyed to angry at this comment. He tightened his fist, ready for a fight. He told them that they were disturbing the Pokemon, trying to remain calm.
“You were disturbing the Pokemon.” The boy said, doing a very bad impression of Danny.
This pushed Danny past the edge. He swung his fist and hit the boy squarely on the chin.
The boy muttered something under his breath, tightening his fist, about to punch.
Upon seeing that her trainer was in danger, Chloe shot out a water gun that hit the boy directly in the face and knocking him on his back. His friends immediately started laughing hysterically. The boy then jumped on his feet fuming, but he wasn’t about to try to hit Danny again, for fear of another water gun.
“I challenge you to a one-on-one Pokemon battle!” The boy yelled angrily.
“I accept.” Danny answered calmly. “But not here.” He insisted. “I don’t want to scare the Pokemon any more than they already are.”
The boy agreed and informed Danny of a good place that they could battle. Then, they walked deeper into the woods.
They finally arrived at spot that seemed perfectly suited for battle. It was a very small, oval-shaped clearing that was covered in lush green grass.
“Ready?” The boy said.
“Wait.” Danny said. “First I want to know your names. I might be seeing you a few times on my journey and I’d like to know who you are.”
“Fine.” Said the boy. “My name’s Dante, the girl’s Brianna, and that kid is Lance.” Then he whispered something to Lance, who ran deep into the woods right after hearing what Dante told him.
Danny looked at them, puzzled.
Dante noticed him watching. “Let’s just start the match.”
“Fine by me.” Answered Danny. “Go for it, Chloe.”
Chloe jumped from his shoulder and onto the battlefield, eager to fight the trainer who had tried to hurt Danny.
“Go, Charmander!” Dante yelled, throwing out a pokeball. He had deliberately aimed it at Chloe but she used her broad tail to hit back at the boy, hitting him right in his gut. Despite all that the ball had been through during the last few seconds, it still released the Charmander inside.
“Char!” He yelled in a cute sounding voice.
Danny had already taken out his Pokedex, the Lizard Pokemon. The smaller the flame on its tail, the sicker a Charmander is. If the flame were ever to go completely out, this Pokemon would die.
Dante was getting impatient, so Danny made the first move. “Chloe, Water Gun!” He yelled.
She immediately released a spray of water that knocked Charmander off his feet.
Dante grunted in anger. “Ember!” He yelled to Charmander, who released a ball of fire from its mouth which Chloe easily dodged.
Unfortunately, the fire kept flying through the air and hit Danny in the chest. He fell to the ground with a THUMP which knocked the Pokeball containing Mark the Pidgey off his belt. Chloe jumped on his chest and began aiding the burn with a light water gun.
Catching his opponent of guard, Dante quietly ordered a scratch from Charmander who ran up behind Chloe and cut into her back.
“Poli!” She yelled in pain as the claws sunk in. Danny immediately jumped to his feet holding Chloe in his arms.
“That was a dirty trick.” He muttered while inspecting his little Pokemon. After seeing that there was no serious damage, he set Chloe on the ground. “You can do it Chloe” He said. “Hypnosis!”
Meanwhile, right behind Danny, a Caterpie was inspecting Pidgey’s Pokeball. Finding something interesting about it, he shot string from his mouth and which stuck to the ball. Then, he crawled into the woods, towards his nest.
The Caterpie was having difficulty making his way through the woods with the Pokeball. Eventually, he arrived at the flower field that Danny had been in earlier and climbed up a tree that was completely covered with the same type of string that he was using to carry the ball. He was on the top branch, when he looked out upon the field and saw a human attempting to capture the Butterfree.
While he was looking on in fear at the threat that was before him, the Pokeball slipped loose of the string, and fell to the ground.
Upon contact, it opened and released Mark, who immediately flew into the air and cried “Pidge-eeee!!”
This caught the trainer’s attention, giving the Butterfree that he was currently attempting to capture a chance to get away.
“Hey, you stupid Pidgey! Bulbasaur, Vine Whip!” Said the trainer, who turned out to be Lance.
Suddenly, two vines shot out from under the Bulbasaur’s bulb and wrapped themselves around Mark. Thinking fast, he started to peck the vines, and attack which he had recently learned from all of the battles he’d had in the forest. He eventually broke the vines and they fell to the ground. Pidgey, on the other hand, flew high into the air and used a gust to blow the Bulbasaur away. Then, he flew at top speed to look for Danny.
“Quick, use Water Gun!” Yelled Danny as the battle raged on. It was obvious that Chloe had the advantage over a fire-type, but Charmander had been in more battles, therefore it had more experience.
“Dodge it and use scratch!” Dante yelled. But the effort was useless as the water gun was too fast for Charmander to dodge. He fell to the ground and for a moment Danny thought it was over, but Charmander managed to stand up again.
Dante, angry that such a young Pokemon was doing so well against his Charmander, ordered his strongest attack. “Charmander, use Metal Cl-“
Danny looked up and saw Mark Flying toward him. “Where’d you come from?” He asked, a little confused.
He was breathing hard, and seemed worried.
Dante immediately accused him of cheating, due to two of his Pokemon being on the field at once.
But Danny wasn’t listening. He was more concerned with Mark and how he had gotten out of his Pokeball. While he was inspecting him, Mark flew out of his arms and looked back at him. Then, he flew a little farther and looked back at him again.
‘He wants me to follow him.
’ Danny thought. “Come on Chloe.” He called as he ran after Mark.
“Poli!” She yelled as she happily trotted behind him.
“Get back here!” Dante yelled stomping his feet in anger. But Danny was already too preoccupied with his Pidgey to even hear him.
Mark had led him to the flower field. When he got there, he ran towards Lance clenching his fists in rage. He didn’t want to fight him, but he had no choice if he was to protect the Butterfree.
He swung, but his hand was stopped by a vine. He tried to swing with his left hand, but it was also stopped by a vine.
Lance giggled that it was too late, as he had already captured at least a dozen Butterfree.
Danny was breathing hard. He had to save the Butterfree. He knew that these trainers wouldn’t take care of them. “How about a Pokemon battle? If I win, you release all of the Butterfree that you’ve captured so far. If you win……. I won’t try to stop you while you capture the rest of the Butterfree.” He said reluctantly.
After a few moments of consideration, Lance finally agreed.
They were at the spot where Danny and Dante had previously been battling.
“Two-on-two?” Danny asked.
“Fine with me.” Lance answered nonchalantly. Then he threw a pokeball into the air that opened to release one of the freshly caught Butterfree.
“Freeeee!” She cried.
“You’re up.” He said to Chloe who jumped off his shoulder and ran onto the battlefield.
“Poliwag!” She yelled playfully.
As soon as Poliwag was on the field, Lance ordered a Confusion.
Danny didn’t know what to expect. He had never seen a confusion in action before. But before he knew it, he felt a strange wave come over him. He started to get dizzy and he could see that Chloe was suffering from the same effect. She had just tripped and wasn’t able to get up.
“Pathetic.” Lance said triumphantly. “What should I use next? How about a gust!?”
Upon hearing this, Butterfree started to flap her wings at a high speed, creating a small tornado similar to the one that Pidgey could create. It lifted Chloe up into the air, and then flung her onto the ground.
Chloe immediately jumped to her feet, and Danny could see that she had overcome the effects of confusion, as he had.
“Hypnosis!” Suddenly, the spiral on Chloe’s stomach began to spin, putting Butterfree into a deep sleep. She fell flat on her back, obviously not going to wake up anytime soon. “Water Gun!” Danny yelled. This was the final blow. As soon as the water hit the Butterfly Pokemon, she was clearly not asleep anymore. She had fainted, leaving Lance with only one more Pokemon.
To nobody’s shock, he chose Bulbasaur as his second Pokemon.
Danny’s Pokedex droned, the Seed Pokemon. It absorbs energy through sunlight. The greener the bulb on its back, the stronger the Bulbasaur is.
Danny picked up Chloe and threw out Mark’s Pokeball, knowing that flying-types were strong against grass-types.
Danny took to the offensive and ordered a Peck. Pidgey, who was already in the air, started to dive down towards Bulbasaur, his sharp beak about to make contact.
“Stop him with a vine whip!” Yelled Lance. Once again, vines shot out from Bulbasaur’s back and wrapped around Pidgey, stopping him in mid-air. Then, Bulbasuar slammed Mark hard onto the ground.
“Pi… Pidge…” Mark coughed out. The impact with the ground had knocked the breath out of him, but, otherwise, he was fine.
“Peck!” Danny yelled, but he didn’t know why, as Pidgey was already pecking through the vines.
Once it had freed itself, it flew up in the air to avoid another vine whip. Danny commanded a gust, and Pidgey began flapping its wings in a manner similar to the way that Butterfree had, creating another miniature tornado.
It sucked Bulbasaur into the air but, instead of being thrown toward the ground, kept spinning within the tiny twister. After going around a few times, Bulbasaur was flung high into the air and fell to the ground hard.
“Saur…” It was clearly hurt but somehow it found the energy to stand up.
“Use razor leaf!” Lance commanded, not seeming to care that his Pokemon was severely injured.
“Bulba…” It managed to say. Then he collapsed with no energy to stand up again.
“Weakling!” Lance yelled at his poor Pokemon. “You get up right now and use Razor Leaf!” After seeing that it wasn’t doing any good to yell, he recalled Bulbasaur back into its Pokeball.
“Now you’ve gotta release all of the Butterfree that you captured.” Danny said coolly.
“Fine.” Lance said, almost in a whisper.
It was about an hour later, and Lance had released all of the Butterfree that he had captured. The trio was now making their way through the forest.
“Wuss.” Dante muttered, obviously directing this comment at Lance. “Why would you release all of those Butterfree?”
“I didn’t.” Lance said slyly, while holding up a Pokeball. “I kept the one that I used in the battle.”
This whole time, Brianna had remained silent. Although she usually didn’t engage in deep thought, she kept thinking about Danny.
‘Why did he want to protect all of those Buppertree?
’ She thought, not realizing that, once again, she had forgotten another name. She quickly brushed the thought away and continued to follow her comrades.
Meanwhile, Danny and his Pokemon were still wondering through the trees, far behind Dante, Lance, and Brianna. He knew that this recent venture had taken up a lot of time, but he was glad that he could save the Butterfree.
‘I must be through at least three-quarters of this forest.
’ He thought. With this in his mind, he kept walking through the Viridian Forest, not realizing that an enemy was not far behind.