OOC: This is an idea I have worked on in my head for a while. The other day I started writing and I'm progressing pretty fast. This is the first chapter, and I'm halfway through the second. The idea is that Allan, the main character, is about to enter a Trainer School. I have the story line and the characters pretty much figured out. BiC: The Class Saga Chapter 1 - Opening Ceremony! A smoky battle! ”Welcome everybody, to this years selective tournament!” the voice of a man, powered up by a microphone, sounded. ”Today we see champions being born, battles to remember, lifelong bonds of friendship blossom and of course,” he paused, ”dreams getting crushed”. The last words were said with clarity, as the man hoped that most people entering the selections were aware of the fact that not everyone would pass and be allowed to enter the Trainer Academy. ”And now, let the competition begin!” With these words he ended his short speech, and looked down on the crowd that had gathered underneath the balcony. There was a lot of people this year, both boys and girls. Of course, all of them were different except for one thing. They were all Pokémon Trainers and their only goal right now was to pass the selection. The determinaton in their eyes were inspiring even for him, and he could as every year recall the first time he had taken part in the upcoming event. Behind him sat four people, three men and one woman. They were all dressed in dark blue jackets. The men had black jeans and the woman wore a black, short skirt instead. Just as the man standing by the microphone, the principal of the school, they were very excited. The tournament would never cease to amaze them. The principal headed back to his seat, and down below, a bunch of older students all wearing white jackets with red details entered the hall. They informed the students that the battling fields would come up in a minute, and as for now the competitors were to enter a room at the back. In there they were to make their Pokémon ready. And, as soon as the hall was cleared of people the floor split in half and about a dosen of battling fields rose from below. Each field were separated from one another by a wall made out of a material similar to plexiglass. Inside the glass squares there were white lines that joined together and formed a plain resembling soccer fields. The preparations were set. ”Call in the first students,” the principal said quietly. Once again he smiled. --- A red haired boy stood by himself in a corner of a room filled with other people. It was warm, stuffy and noisy, but he didn't seem to mind it all. His mind were only set on one thing this morning, and that was winning against every opponent he faced. An Espeon sat by his feet, licking its right paw. The boy kneeled down and scratched it behind it's ear. The Espeon purred, pleased with the gentle treatment. ”Are you ready for this Espeon?” the boy asked, quite sure of what the answer would be. The Espeon looked at her trainer, and responded with a confident ”Eee”. ”I thought so, ” he said, grinning. As he rose from his sitting postition he continued. ”But for now I think you have to get into your ball”. He took a Pokéball from his belt and pointed it at the Espeon. ”Return” he said as a red beam emerged from the ball and hit the feline-like Pokémon. It disappeared into a flash of red light and the beam then flew right back to the ball. The boy didn't think that Espeon would be needed for the battling. He would save her for a formidable opponent, or something she was strong against, like a Fighting-type or a Poison-type. But until that moment, Espeon could have a good rest. From his pocket, the boy retrieved a pair of headphones, and as he was just about to tuck them into his ears a voice anounced that the battling was just about to start. The boy smiled when he heard his name. How nifty, he thought. A group of people, including the boy, followed some of the older students out of the room. Upon entering the other room, much smaller, the boy heard his name once again. ”Allan Galvani, Viridian City, and Louis Santos, Fallabror Town, are you here?” a girl with short, blonde hair shouted. Allan and the other boy took a step in her direction, and raised their hands. ”Good,” she continued. ”Your battle will be staged on field 5, so would you please follow me”. The boys nodded, and the three exited the room. But they were not yet on the field, as they entered yet another room. It had the shape of a square. The walls were, just like they had been in the other rooms, white and boring. In the end of the room there were twelve elevators. Well, they resembled elevators at least. Allan was a bit worried, because the lack of any visible doors on them. He had a fright of hights. The girl hurried over to the elevators just as another couple entered the room. Allan and Louis followed her, and they all stepped on to the circular elevator pad. With a hum, they started their journey upwards. It wasn't long before they stepped out of it and on to the battling fields. They went out to the center of the field. ”Shake hands,” the girl informed them. ”This is a three on three match and I don't want to witness any shady tricks, okay? That will result in immediate disqualification. As you probably know, you'll have three battles each, and you will have a chance to heal your Pokémon between each battle. So don't be afraid to go all out from the start. If you fight hard the battles will only be more interesting and it will attract the teachers, and students, attention. Are you ready?” ”Totally,” Louis replied. Allan just nodded and they shook hands. ”Good luck to you both” the girl said, and thus ending the introduction. ”Please step back to the ends of the field and prepare”. Both of them walked over to the trainer zones. Allan inspected Louis. The opposing boy was rather tall. His hair was black and tousled. He wore a green shirt and a pair of brown trousers that, according to Allan, didn't fit him at all. Allan on the other hand wore a black jacket over a red t-shirt. On his legs he wore a pair of blue jeans. He also wore a red headband with a white Pokéball mark on it. It was pretty much his ordinary outfit. The blonde girl interrupted his thoughts. ”So, I hereby declare the battle between Louis and Allan started!” she shouted so that both contestants could hear. ”It has been chosen that Louis will start, please select your first Pokémon!” Louis took a Pokéball out of his belt and threw it out into the air. ”Go, Torkoal!” he yelled. In midair the ball opened and a red light flashed. With the light disappearing, a Torkoal stood on one side of the field. The ball itself bounced back and landed in Louis hand. The Torkoal cried, and some black smoke was released from its shell and nostrils. ”Show him what you're made of Torkoal!” Louis cheered. Allan looked at the coal Pokémon, with a slight glance of pleasure in his eyes. This could be interesting. He plucked a ball from his belt as well and tossed it. ”I guess you're up Lickilicky!” Allan said. From the dust cloud created by the large Pokémons landing, a shimmer was seen. This was not due to the Repeat ball's flash. Instead, a yellow Lickilicky emerged from the smoke. Both Louis and the blonde girl, as well as some other contestants and a few students sitting on the stands that surrounded the hall, gasped in surprise. Shiny Pokémon were rare, everybody knew that. And the chance of one of the contestants having one was quite a sensation. However, this Lickilicky was nothing special, according to Allan. It just had a different colour. Lickilicky itself didn't care about the attention, and it released its immense tounge so that it hung out of it's mouth, ready for a strike from the Torkoal it was about to battle. ”Let's do this!” Louis said with anticipation. ”Go ahead, it's your move,” Allan replied, confident. ”Fine! Torkoal, use Smokescreen!” The Torkoal opened its mouth and spewed out a thick black smoke. The smoke from the mouth mixed with additional smoke that exited through holes in the Pokémon's shell. Lickilicky, and Allan, was blinded by the smoke and coughed, trying to stay focused. ”Lickilicky, try back away from the smoke!” Allan cried. Just as Lickilicky reached the outskirts of the dark cloud, Torkoal dashed out of the smoke, headfirst. ”Torkoal, now, Rapid Spin!” Louis ordered. Torkoal confirmed the command by crying quietly. It was truly a sight to see such a slow Pokémon like Torkoal move with such speed. The four legs and the head disappeared into the shell, and it started to spin very fast. Lickilicky, completely unprepared for the sudden attack had no chance of dodging at all. Torkoal slammed into its opponent with a bang. Allan on the other hand had seen a move like this coming. ”Lickilicky, use the close encounter to your advantage! Grab a hold of it!” Allan countered. Lickilicky, still a little shaky after the tough hit, acted quickly and took a hold of it's enemy. The firm grip surprised Torkoal, and it growled. It started shaking its legs and let out some smoke. Unfortunatley for Torkoal, Lickilicky was very determent and would not let go of it very easily. ”Great job Lickilicky!” Allan said cheering. ”Toss it into the air and then use Brick Break. Try and aim for the belly, the shell is probably too hard, even for you, to break through!” Looking at its trainer and nodding, to confirm the order. It then bent its knes and threw the poor tortoise into midair. Before Torkoal could comprehend what had happened, Lickilicky leaped after it and hit it twice with it's little fists. Not to be fooled by the tiny arms, there was a lot of power in both blows. Torkoal cried with pain and flew backwards, landing right in front of its trainer's feet. ”Torkoal!” Louis called. ”Can you still battle on?” The Torkoal lay motionless for a short time, and then slowly rose to a standing postion again. The smoke had been blown away by now, so Louis decided that his first move would be to continue on with what he had started it all with. He hoped it would work better this time. ”Use Smokescreen again!”he ordered. Just as he said it, Torkoal released the black smoke again, but this time in larger quantities. Louis didn't say anything else, so Allan recalled it to be his turn. He knew just what to do, the same tactics wouldn't work twice. ”Lickilicky, Rollout!” he said. It was a simple command, but Lickilicky knew what he meant. They had had many battles together. Lickilicky was used to Allan's way of thinking. It quickly curled up into a ball, and dashed through the field. Upon enetring the smoke, the speed was so immense that most of the smoke blew away, leaving a trail of fresh air in the cloud. This took both Torkoal and Louis by surprise, once again. Unclear on what he would counterattack the Rollout with, Louis could just stand there while Lickilicky crashed into Torkoal. The power from the hit threw Torkoal away, and it banged into the wall behind Louis. Allan was pretty sure that it would not stand up again in this battle. And he was right. The Torkoal opened it's mouth and exhaled some smoke. Its head then feel on to the ground. ”Torkoal is unable to battle, Lickilicky wins!” the blonde girl announced. The sudden twist in the battle had directed many eyes towards their direction. It was not that Allan didn't like attention, he just felt discomfortable with everyone glaring at him. As Louis' Torkoal re-entered its Pokéball, he looked at Allan as well. ”Wow, I didn't excpect Torkoal to lose so easily,” he sighed. ”But I guess my next Pokémon will have to bet you instead!” ”We'll see,” Allan replied, with a laid back tone in his voice. ”Oh, yeah, you'll see! I choose you, Volbeat!” Once again, Louis threw his Pokéball into midair, and the little bug Pokémon appeared in front of him. Allan could not help but giggling a little. The tiny Volbeat looked rather silly standing face to face with such a big Pokémon as Lickilicky. Louis noticed Allan's amusement over his Pokémon. ”Just wait and see,” he said, a little angry. ”Great power often come from where you least expect it.” ”I surely hope so,” Allan grined. The girl announced that they could start whenever they wanted to. Both of them was so eager to battle that they ordered their Pokémon to attack at the same time. ”Lickilicky, use your tounge and slam it!” Allan cried. ”Counter it with Flash, Volbeat!” Louis said, just a quarter of a second after Allan. Lickilicky started to run inVolbeat's direction and its huge tounge flew towards the bug. Halfway to its target, a blinding flash lit the glass square and Lickilicky immediately lost track of where it was. Louis used this to his advatage. ”Just as I wanted to!” he said triumphant. ”Volbeat, attack it with Zen Headbutt!” Just above the Volbeat's head, a small blue circle started to glow faintly. It then flew into the air and quickly moved towards the blinded Lickilicky. Allan, as well as Louis, knew that this would result in a direct hit. ”Lickilciky, watch out!” Allan shouted to his Pokémon. But it was too late. Volbeat hit Lickilicky right in the humongus stomach and sent it flying. Lickilicky landed hard in front of Allan. ”Are you okay?” Allan asked tentative. Lickilicky responded by slowly getting up into a its standing position again. I better call him back, he thought. And so he did, by aiming his Pokéball at the yellow Pokémon. ”Return, Lickilicky,” he said calmly. ”You might come back out later in this battle, but have a good rest for now.” Louis glared at Allan. ”Are you so afraid of losing a Pokémon that you let it back into its Pokéball instead of cuntinue fighting?” he mocked. ”Oh well, Volbeat will counter anything you choose!” The Volbeat buzzed with hapiness since it had proven a point by defeating Lickilicky. Allan didn't mind them. ”Camerupt, give 'em hell!” Allan shouted, tossing a Pokéball. From the flash, another big Pokémon emerged. This one looked a little bit like a camel. On its back you could see two little volcanoes, that spat out a little smoke every now and then. The red body was a little on the fat side and the face had a slow expression. This Pokémon didn't really look like a fighter. ”You said that you shouldn't be fooled by a Pokémon's looks, didn't you?” Allan countered the previous mocking. ”Let's see how well you can fight of Camerupts flaming fury!” Louis' smile disappeared. Volbeat was weak to Fire-type attacks, so he had to watch out. The best thing would be to not rush any attacks. ”You can go first,” Louis said. He wanted to see if Allan would fall for the bait. ”Sure thing,” Allan replied. ”Camerupt, use Smokescreen and blind their sight just like Torkoal did before!” The big Pokémon stomped the ground and leaned forward a bit, aiming the volcanoes just above Volbeat's head. A grayish smoke puffed out of them and a thick cloud filled the stage again. Louis tried to think of a way to get pass the smoke. His best plan was to simply hurry through it. ”Quick Attack, now!” he commanded the bug Pokémon. It quickly flew forward right into the smoke and disappeared as it went deeper into it. ”My own tactics won't work on me, Allan!” Louis said, and he started smiling again. ”Your own tactics?” Allan said with a tone of fake surprise in his voice. ”I would never use that tactic, 'cause it didn't seem to work very well. I had something else in mind with the smoke.” ”Wait, what do you -” Louis never finished the sentence, as Allan interrupted him with an order for Camerupt. ”Camerupt, grill that bug gor me, will you? Use Flamethrower, and aim right at the smoke!” Allan cried. The fire-Pokémon opened its mouth and a flaming beam shot out of it. As soon as the first sparks hit the smoke cloud, a big explosion triggered and a deafening sound was heard. The shockwave made both Allan and Louis slide backwards a bit, and they covered their eyes from flying stone chips. When the dust cloud that had been created by the explosion vanished, a burnt Volbeat lay all by itself in the middle of the field. It coughed a little, and then it fainted. After gathering herself, the blonde girl announced that Volbeat had been defeated. Louis returned the poor creature, and said something quietly to the ball. ”Maybe I went a little overboard with that,” Allan said, while scratching the back of his head. ”I hope that Volbeat'll be okay.” Allan could hint a smile behind Louis' now very serious face. He could also see how he reached for the third ball in his belt. Throwing up and down a little in his hand he finally tossed it. Just as the flash of red light returned to the Pokéball, Allan shivered a little. In front of Camerupt a Dusknoir had appeared. ”Now this will be interesting,” Allan said. Louis then said something that made Allan even more curious. ”Dusknoir is my strongest Pokémon. I wonder if you'll be able to tackle this.” Allan turned his focus to Camerupt. The Fire-type looked rather displeased with its opponent. It was not like Camerupt was afraid of ghosts, he just didn't like the fact that this Pokémon hovered silently over the ground. He didn't like fighting flying Pokémon. ”Cheer up Camerupt,” Allan whispered. ”This might be a real challenge.” Camerupt answered with a silent cry and looked directly at the Ghost-type. Dusknoir's lone red eye seemed to stare right through Camerupt. Allan was a little creeped out by it, especially the markings on the stomach which resembled a face. He knew from excperience that most of the hovering Pokémon's attacks would come from there. What to do now, he thought. I have to defeat it fast.