For the past few days, Pikachu and I have been crashing inside some guy's house in Route 3. After the police decided to stop the investigation and just let a construction crew rebuild the gym, I observe the town map to check what the closest city is, and it's Cerulean City; all I need to do is trek through Mt Moon, which I heard is full of rare Pokemon... and full of Team Rocket operatives. I had heard of Team Rocket on the news; evil crooks out to steal all the rare Pokemon in an effort to take over the world! My righteous indignation reached critical mass; I had to get to Mt Moon so that I could defeat those bastards!
Unfortunately, I had to plough through groups of trainers, mostly kids and people in their early teens. Bug Catchers with their Caterpies, Weedles, Metapods and Kakunas were easy pickings for Pikachu and Spearow, Youngsters with their Ratatas and Ekans didn't give Mankey and Pikachu much of a challenge either. The only thing that the Lasses had that gave me a challenge would have to be their looks – *bleep* they're cute. But I got over it and all three of my Pokemon laid waste to their Pidgeys, Nidoran Fs and whatever else they had. The element of distraction at its finest – maybe these kids and young teens were paid by Team Rocket to slow travellers down while they perform their dark deeds in Mt Moon? Perhaps.
Inside Mt Moon, the only signs of life within sight are Zubats and Geodudes, as well as another cute looking chick. I approach her, but just as I start hitting on her, she asks me to battle her, and I oblige. She sends out a Clefairy, and I send out my Mankey. A couple of Low Kicks later, she runs away crying, and trips over a sleeping Geodude. Just as the Geodude attacks, I command Mankey to go and save her by kicking the shit out of the Geodude. Quickly, I realize that we had just made a huge mistake, as a gang of Geodudes surround us, poised for attack. I take the Lass and find a place to hide, which is down a floor. The gang doesn't follow us down; they just float circles until they give up and go back to sleep.
Just as we explore down below, we spot a gang of Team Rocket operatives digging. Sneaking around, I spot a group of Clefairy, and decided to catch one for myself, just in case I'd need it. Before we could escape, a Ratata and a Sandshrew attack Pikachu and Mankey. I order Mankey to dispose of them with Low Kick attacks. The trainer of these two Pokemon emerges from hiding – it's a Team Rocket operative, and he sends out a Zubat, but it was no problem for Pikachu's Thundershock attack. After he was defeated, two more operatives ambush us with Ekans, Ratata and two Zubats, though Pikachu and Mankey were able to deal with them no sweat. Unfortunately, it alerted the diggers, and what ensues is a chase. Thankfully, we bump into a Hiker, who's Onix and two Geodudes manage to defeat the diggers and send them running, crying like schoolgirls.
Just a few more meters left, but a Super Nerd stops us dead in our tracks. Just a bit of a shame that Pikachu and Mankey gave his Koffing, Voltorb and Grimer quite a beating. At the end, he presented us with two fossiles – a Helix Fossil, and a Dome Fossil. I took the Dome Fossil, and he kept the Helix Fossil. Didn't really care either way, but whatever, maybe it might be useful? Who knows... anyway, just as we're about to leave, two people and their Meowth stop us. They recite some stupid sounding motto, introducing themselves as Jessie and James (get it? As in Jesse James?). The one named Jessie sends out an Ekans while the one named James sends out a Koffing, and Meowth joins the fight. Despite their tiredness, Pikachu and Mankey manage to take them out. The Hiker then sent out one of his Geodudes and ordered it to use Selfdestruct, sending them flying.
As soon as finally get out of Mt Moon and into Cerulean City, they heal their Pokemon at the Pokemon Center, and from there, the Hiker parts ways with them, stating that he has to find the Rock Tunnel to find something. Just as I was about to head to the gym, I get a call from Gary, wanting me to head to the Nugget Bridge for a battle, so the Lass and I part ways, as she wants to challenge the gym leader. Fair enough.
Anyway, the battle against Gary wasn't really anything that could be considered tricky. His Spearow looked strong, but Pikachu managed to zap it dead. Mankey finished off his Ratata, Sandshrew and Eevee with an arsenal of Low Kick and Karate Chop attacks. He leaves, but not before reminding me that he is ahead of me as far as Pokemon catching goes, and god, I was so tempted to tell him it's quality over quantity, especially since I kicked his ass THREE TIMES NOW. God, I sound like Paul everytime I beat Ash even though he's the one going on about being friends with Pokemon to bring out their inner strength when Paul would rather just bring out the best in Pokemon through intensive but fair training, like a drill sergeant.
Upon stepping onto the Nugget Bridge, a Bug Catcher challenges me to battle, and surprise surprise, a Caterpie and a Weedle. Spearow, use Peck! Next was a Lass sporting a Pidgey and a Nidoran F, both just asking for a Thundershock. Then a Youngster with a Ratata and Ekans, which got Low Kicked and Karate Chopped by Mankey. A second Lass approaches with the same Pokemon the first Lass used – be more creative, kthx. Jr Trainer was last up to the plate with a Mankey – well, all I could do is get Spearow to use Pe-- wait, what, Karate Chop DEFEATS Spearow!? Mother*bleep*er! Oh well, there's always my Mankey, ready to Karate Chop his Mankey. Victory. At the end is some guy who gives me a Nugget, and then wants me to join Team Rocket... then he takes off his disguise and sends out Ekans and Zubat, which was made easy with Pikachu's Thundershock attacks. He blasts off, defeated...
So now Pikachu and I are on Route 24, and we see a guy with a Charmander. I ask to trade Pikachu for it, but he just gives me the Charmander with no strings attached. Umm, okay... So I show him just how awesome Charmander is by burning lots of Oddish and Bellsprout. Bet he's regretting his choice now. But nope, he seems rather content. Alright, well, I'll just be taking down some trainers with it and the other three Pokemon. All of those wins, with a fair few for Charmander, and yet, he's still not coming over to me, begging for it. Dumbass.
At the end of this trip, we head inside Bill's house, only to see a Pokemon... or not. Bill just screwed up an experiment, so we have to wait for him to get inside a teleporter, activate the device via desktop, and then wait for him to get out the other one and see if it worked. Should've known that Windows 2000 was a little too advanced for you, dude. For helping him, I get a St Anne ticket, because he was given one but he hates parties. We wishes that we partied hard for him, and oh, believe me Bill, we will... we *bleep*ing will...