Although the Goldenrod Tunnel featured a variety of differen trainers and wild monsters, one breed in specific was quite the oddity. Magnemite was a common Pokemon in the paths, countless denizens of Goldenrod will tell you that the steel type was very common throughout the landmark. But what made it come here? No one really knows why or how the Pokemon made it way to the tunnel. Researchers suggested in the years throughout Goldenrod’s expansion, Magnemite flocked towards the fluorescent lights that began to build as the decades went on. Most Magnemite could be traced to power plants, but, it is important to note that Magnemite is an extremely common Pokemon, not just in Johto, and can be found in every single region known to mankind.
Although there can be thousands of Magnemite counted in population, one had been making its way through the tunnels on this day. They’d been known to hide in boiler rooms or places where energy is conducted at a high frequency, but this little magnet wanted to see the tunnel. As it floated along, it had encountered a trainer and her Pokemon also enjoying the path. Magnemite stood still, blinking in an awkward confrontation.
Catherine had a clear goal in mind; prepare for the upcoming gym battle of Goldenrod! She was getting both herself and her team members ready for the vicious battle ahead, unbeknown to her. Trainers would often pass, muttering in irate tones about the harsh battle style of the local queen bee; Whitney. Catherine remained oblivious to such snippets but not so much her Pokemon. Marzena, her floating, silent Musharna, was absorbing such information. Whilst she couldn't communicate directly with Catherine, she could intervene in battle when the time would arise. Drifting in a sleepy daze, Catherine's other Pokemon, Atlas, would twitch his ears occasionally and the sound of the repeating name. Whitney, Whitney, Whitney. The name was beginning to send shivers down the spine of the easily spooked grass monkey. He hoped Catherine would steer clear from this upcoming battle but knew his trainer all too well, this battle would be unavoidable.
"Aah!" An excited chirp escaped Catherine, drawing up the gaze of her Simisage. Almost crashing into the back of her legs, Atlas had to quickly stumble into a number of hops in order to avoid knocking into his trainer. She had stopped in her tracks; another wild Pokemon had approached. "A Magnemite!" She smiled, clapping her hands together lightly, "Such a worthy foe!" Atlas glanced towards Marzena, whose eyes remained gently closed. "Let's keep up with our training. Josuke! Hit it with a Karate Chop!" With a flash, Catherine had released her Pancham's Pokeball from her fingertips, the orb spinning and opening with a pop, revealing a cute looking panda bear. A smug look to his face, the little bear clenched his jaw, gripping hold of the leaf which had been loosely hanging from his grin. Arms warming up by moving in a wheel motion, the Pancham sprung forward, ready to go.
Not quite sure what to do, the magnemite simply ended up floating idly while the events unfolded with a flash. The magnet pokémon blinked, dumbfounded at the little panda that had been sent out to pulverize it. Josuke was almost like the new rats that had moved into the area, but not quite the same. As the fighter rushed forward Magnemite simply elevated itself and squinted down to watch. Unfortunately it's expectation of big buck teeth turned out to be horribly horribly wrong; for it.
Josuke expertly maneuvered off the wall in a springing jump to reach his opponent. He saw the enemy's cyclops eye widen as he whipped his arm down upon the metal body. There was a screech of an old fax machine for the short duration the magnemite was vaulting to the ground. Its body bouncing off the floor to smack into the wall and begin a tumbling roll down a corridor into the darkness.
Catherine and her team had bumped into yet another opponent. Only, this one wouldn't last all that long. Sending forth her Pancham, Josuke, the black and white panda seemed to draw in the attention of the Magnemite, it's lone eye following the creature cautiously. Perhaps mistaking it for something else, when a fist came at it rather than a pair of buck teeth, the poor magnet was sent hurtling back into the darkness of Goldenrod Tunnel, it's very body clinking and clanging as it bounced from wall to floor, right into the abyss. Silence settled for a second, Catherine blinking her large, emerald green eyes slowly before springing forward, throwing her arms into the air in a celebratory manner. "Josuke! You are so strong! A true diamond!" Giggling as she clapped her hands together, she lifted the Pancham up in one swoop, a look of embarrassment sweeping over his face as she snuggled him with attention.
After squealing out more complaints, Catherine withdrew her Pancham back in his Pokeball, allowing him to rest further. Tucking it away into her hip back, she looked over her shoulder to Atlas and Marzena, motioning an arm to indicate that they were moving on. "Let's keep going! There is still much more to this tunnel!" Walking with little steps, her tiny shoes tapped gently against the concrete ground, Atlas bounding after her as the Musharna continued her dreaming floating. Eyes on high alert, the group were eager to see what would turn up next, whether it be a person or a Pokemon.
Catherine's weren't the only pitter-patter of little feet traveling down the vast tunnel spanning the underground of the big city. After some time a sparkly pup would cross her path, sniffing its way through the musty industrial corridors. What it was sleuthing out was impossible to say, but once it spotted the nurse it set to barking aggressively. It approached a little ways, making sure to stand at the center of the path, and let a crackle of static ripple across its fur. It may be small, but it was a fierce little one.
Continuing her venture through the underground tunnel of Goldenrod City, it wasn't too much of a wait for Catherine's next opponent to make itself known. Attracted by the sound of the previous battle or through it's own means, this next battle was bound to be full of sparks. As the electric pup cut up her waltzing, Catherine found herself tripping to a halt, various zaps and crackles of electricity reflecting in her wide, emerald green eyes. Although, she hadn't stopped because she had seen the Electrike, rather, her other Pokemon had. Grabbing her by the ankle, Atlas had managed to stop the oblivious nurse just in time, otherwise she would've accidentally trampled over the wild pup. Her Musharna had also floated ever closer, protectively, but remained in her natural, dazed state. Once he was certain Catherine was no longer going to stomp forward, the Simisage released his grip from his human trainer, glancing up to see her expression filled with awe rather than upset with his actions.
"An Electrike!" She exclaimed excitedly, "Fancy seeing one of these in a dingy place like this! Such a cutey!" Though the Electrike's defensive stance and aggressive expression could hardly be classed as cute, Catherine's simple mind was a hard one to intimidate. "It sure has some spunk!" Catherine spoke with a slightly raised voice, having to almost shout her words out, over the incessant barking of the electric pup. "Let's help it release some of that pent up energy!" Feeling fully charged herself, Catherine hoped the brief pause from the previous battle meant her Pokemon of choice was ready to go once more. "Josuke! Batter up!" Pulling a lone Pokeball from her belt, Catherine gripped it tightly and pulled her arm back, throwing it forward to reveal the energetic Pancham. The small stature Pokemon eyed up his similar sized opponent. Trying not to feel too intimidated by the dog's constant current of electricity, the Pancham twirled the leaf it held in his mouth and braced himself for a fight.
Seeing both Pokemon were eager to get started, Catherine playfully punched an arm forward and gave her order. "Alright Josuke! Get right in there with a Slash attack!" Punching his arms forward and feigning the odd ducking motion, the Pancham tried to show the Electrike that he meant business. Sharp claws ready and eager on both paws, the tiny panda was ready to battle and win.
Going head to head was the point of a Pokemon battle, wasn't it? The Electrike and Josuke prepared to fight, Josuke preparing his Slash attack. Claws came down on the other Pokemon, knocking it back, and perhaps hurting it much more than first intended. Critical hits were tricky like that after all. The electrike responded in kind, using its spark attack which buzzed in Josuke's fur. A few wild sparks flying off Josuke's body would tell Catherine he had been paralyzed.