Though well-trained, I feel like my team still needed one more thing before we were ready to take on Celadon City’s gym, and that is Flamethrower. I like being able to thoroughly embarrass my opponents, and Hachiko’s Ember attack simply wasn’t enough for the level of utmost humiliation that I desire. Luckily for me, the TM for Flamethrower was currently being offered as a prize at Celadon’s Game Corner. Unluckily for me though, slot machines are a load of bull crap, and I found myself having a bit more difficulty acquiring the 4000 coins necessary for my desired TM than my wallet had anticipated. With my funds drained and my goal nowhere in sight, I realized that I would have to face the inevitable horror of the Kanto labor system if I wanted to earn enough money for that Technical Machine. Thinking that perhaps becoming an employee of the Game Corner would net me some sort of discount on coins, I sought out the nearest person that looked like an employee: a guy dressed in black who was adjusting a poster at the rear of the lobby.
“Excuse me,” I said as I tapped him on the shoulder. “Are you guys hiring at the moment?”
He whipped around and me and shouted, “I’m guarding this poster! Go away, or else!”
I planned on leaving like he said, but then he attacked me with a Raticate so that wasn’t really an option anymore.
“I’d better tell the boss!” he exclaimed after the brief rumble and disappeared into the back room.
“Does that mean you’re hiring?” I called after him.
Believing I was supposed to follow, I took the same semi-hidden stairs that he bolted down and found myself in some sort of basement. I didn’t see any “Employees Only” signs, so I just assumed that it was okay for me to be there until people started attacking me with Raticates again. That was the point when I realized that I should probably not be in this part of the facility and attempted to get out, but I may have gotten lost just a teeny tiny bit again. Somehow I ended up in front of a door guarded by two grunts. My sharp intuition told me that this was not the restroom.
“I know you! You ruined our plans on Mt. Moon!” shouted one of the guards.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
They both attacked me anyway and then panicked about failing their boss after they lost. My interest piqued at the mention of this “boss”, I walked past them into a room with several potted plants and an orange sofa. Based on the decoration, I assumed this to be the office of either a mafia head or a psychiatrist. Or both, which is frankly a frightening combination.
“So!” began the well-dressed man on the couch. “I must say, I am impressed you got here.”
“Does that mean I’m hired?”
“Team Rocket captures Pokemon from around the world.”
“Are you telling me this because I’m hired?”
“They’re important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going.”
“You guys are criminals? That’s cool. Are you hiring?”
“I am the leader, Giovanni!”
“Nice to meet you, sir.”
“For your insolence, you will feel a world of pain!”
“Once again, we seem to be having separate conversations.”
Our fight began. I sent out Hachiko, to which he responded by sending out an Onix. Don’t ask me how that thing fit in the room, but it did. It wasn’t happy about it, but it did. Desperate to get that thing knocked out so we could all breathe again, I swapped Hachiko for Bruce and took it down with a Low Kick. Next came a Rhyhorn, which Bruce also downed with a single Low Kick. Finally, Giovanni sent out a Kangaskhan, but I’m sure you can ascertain how that went down too. After the battle ended he glowered at me from across his table.
“I see that you raise your Pokemon with utmost care.”
“I can raise yours too if you want. It seems like they need it.”
“A child like you would never understand what I hope to achieve.”
“I’m just trying to achieve 4000 coins.”
“I shall step aside this time!”
“Aside from what?”
“I hope we meet again…”
“I can’t really say the same.”
He disappeared in a flash of light, leaving behind some weird item called a Silph Scope. The tag on it read “A scope that makes unseeable Pokemon visible. It is made by Silph Co.”
“Perfect!” I thought. “I can sell this.”
To be continued…
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