We had lost so much. But still, we had come so far. There was no turning back now.
Into the fourth chamber we went.
"Ah! I've heard about you, Jack!" my opponent began. "I lead the Elite Four. You can call me Lance the dragon trainer."
"I've heard about you too, Lance the dragon trainer."
I actually hadn't.
"You know that dragons are mythical Pokemon."
I actually didn't.
"They're hard to catch and raise, but their powers are superior."
They actually are.
"They're virtually indestructible. There's no being clever with them."
I actually can neither confirm nor deny that.
"Well, are you ready to lose?"
"Not a chance."
But I can confirm that I wasn't.
"Your league challenge ends with me, Jack!"
Without Hachiko, I was already at a disadvantage. Luckily for me, though, Lance opened the battle with his Gyarados, which easily fell to Minato's Thunderbolt. Next came a Dragonair, which Minato managed to flinch with its Bite repeatedly until Lance was forced to use a Full Restore on it. Minato continued his offense while the Dragonair used Outrage to deal some sizable damage. But confusion soon set in for the Dragonair and it knocked itself out on the same turn that I healed Minato with a Hyper Potion.
Lance sent out another Dragonair, which responded to Minato's attacks with Thunder Wave, paralyzing my Jolteon. I continued the assault, waiting for the opportune moment to apply a Full Restore to my Pokemon. That moment came when Lance's Dragonair again became confused as a side effect of its Outrage. I healed my Pokemon, the Dragonair struck itself, and Minato finished it off.
Next up was the big one: Dragonite. The first thing Minato and I did was zap it with a Thunder Wave to paralyze it. With his Pokemon paralyzed, we would have a critical advantage. That advantage was much needed, too, as Lance's Dragonite was easily capable of outdoing us in terms of raw power.
I decided to match raw power with raw power. I returned Minato and sent out Craig, who took a hard Outrage on entering.
Luckily for us, the Dragonite was afflicted with confusion after that attack. I used Hyper Potion after Hyper Potion on my Pokemon as it repeatedly withstood our enemy's Outrage, waiting for it to slip up so we could go on the offensive. It took about ten turns, but that opportunity finally came. I muttered angrily under my breath about the statistical improbability of not getting paralyzed or confused at all in ten turns and then gave the order.
"Craig, use Rock Blast!"
And then breathed a sigh of relief as I watched that blasted Dragonite finally go down.
Lastly, Lance sent out his Aerodactyl. Though Aerodactyl is a strong Pokemon (and quite clever, in my experience) it could not overcome the type disadvantage and it quickly fell to my Golem.
"I still can't believe my dragons lost to you, Jack."
I called out all of my Pokemon and began dancing around in celebration of my new title as Champion of the Pokemon League.
"You are now the Pokemon League Champion!"
"Heck yeah, I am!" I exclaimed joyously.
"...Or, you would have been, but you have one more challenge left."
"There is one more trainer to face!"
"His name is..."
"Son of a Bisharp."
"Buttock! He beat the Elite Four before you. He is the real Pokemon League Champion."
"I hate my life."
To be continued...
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