It was turning in to quite the tradition. Dorthea stepped off the bus and wished Aglaia a happy hunt before going off on her own. It was Dorthea's third run at the Bug catching contest, and though last time had been less than fun, she wasn't disheartened by one bad experience. She had just been tired and grouchy last time. That wasn't the contest's fault. Her chosen Pokemon was Sinos this time around, and it would be the first time she had a fire type with here. Nimrod and Madam had taken so well to their alone time with Dorthea, she figured a swift guy like Sinos would too. She had been a little worried the rangers wouldn't allow him in, his fire potentially being dangerous to the grass land and its bugs, but a promise of him being well behaved was all it took, and he really was. He walked with such a careful gait beside her, tasting the grass every now and then and small talking. She didn't know what he was saying, but she enjoyed the sounds he made. They sounded calm and happy. "It's a lovely day." she added her own sentiment. "No matter what happens, we'll have fun the two of us."
Metapod [Shed Skin]: Normal Sinos [Flash Fire]: Normal
While casually trotting through the tall grasses Sinos' hoof would boot across a harder spire of green. A metapod had been sitting, still as a camouflaged statue, right in their way. It grunted angrily as it was accidentally kicked head over heels.
"What's that?" Dorthea asked, when the sound of Sinos' hooves against the ground momentarily sounded different. Sinos shook his mane and tripped around the spot, taking care not to hit the thing again. Instead he bend his head towards it and whinnied curious and apologetic. He hadn't meant to stomp on it. "Oh," Dorthea mumbled, when she finally saw the Metapod. "It's not that smart to lie around where people are walking." She commented after a moments consideration. Though the tall grass was everywhere around them, Dorthea still believed they had walked on a path. "Do you care for a training battle?" She went on unconcerned. She was just as much here for Sinos and her to learn to fight together, and if they met something stronger later on it would be nice to know how much fire Sinos could use without burning the whole place down. "Sinos, if it agrees test out how to use your Flame Wheel here."
Sinos felt unsure about the whole thing. It wasn't polite to just walk on others, and he certainly understood while the Metapod had gotten angry, but Dorthea didn't seem to understand these finer details. At Dorthea's insistence Sinos asked as polite as possible. "Do you mind a quick battle." He had already been standing idle too long and was tripping on the spot. Before the Metapod could give a response to the request, he had started circling it, trotting down the grass to try and make some room.
Dorthea watched intensely as Sinos cloaked himself in fire. She was amazed about the control he kept of it, and only the Metapod looked to have been touched by the flames after the attack, though the grass beneath his hooves shrivelled a bit. "That was beautiful!" she cheered, when the Metapod had disappeared. Sinos shook his head and the fire cloak evaporated. Dorthea rushed to pat him on the head, not a thought to any potentiel residue of heat. "That looked truly remarkable. Let's go see what else we can find." She started walking again, and noticed that Sinos wasn't quite so calm anymore. His legs moved a bit faster, and she found herself running to keep up.
Wurmple [Shield Dust]: Normal Sinos [Flash Fire]: Normal
They didn't have to look long before a pink worm that was crawling out of a tree on the other side of a little creek. It paused and then its eyes grew wide at the sight of Sinos, it didn't look like it was scared but more like the light hypnotized it and it took a few steps forward.
Dorthea didn't see the Wurmple immediately. She was concentrating on movements in the grass in an effort not to be surprised, and it was hard to keep track of everything, while running. When Sinos stopped short she was a bit out of breath. "Can.. you walk a bit.. slower, Sinos?" She asked, putting a hand on his back for support. When he didn't respond she followed his gaze finally seeing the interested Wurmple on the other side of the flowing water. "Oh, that's a Wurmple. Just like Madam was before you met her." Dorthea chewed her lip worried. She didn't want to cause this particular bug any harm. It had been bad enough with how scared Madam had been. "Let's just go..." she started, but before she could turn to walk away, Sinos jumped across the creek, flames cloaking his body mid-jump.
Wurmple[Shield Dust]: Fainted Sinos [Flash Fire]: Normal
Sinos wasn't going to just walk away from a challenge; even if wurmple didn't really issue one. At first the bug was in awe of the beautiful flames spinning around it as the horse cleared the reflective waters. Truly a sight to behold. But the seconds afterward turned to sudden fear as it realized that it was under attack. It was over before Wurmple could even squeak.
Sinos had lost his mind for a moment there. Something had fried his senses at the Wurmples look of admiration, and he snapped without hearing a word of Dorthea's. When it was all over he shook his head repeatedly, and danced around the victim in concern, but it was all too late. Dorthea was calling him too, and he trudged back across the water, deliberately setting his hooves into its flow as a kind of punishment for acting so rash. The poor thing had just looked at him, but it was the kind of look he had learned to fear from humans especially. Dorthea had never looked at him like that luckily. "What has gotten into you?" Dorthea was asking, patting his neck. He whinied regretfully in response, unable to explain it in any way she would understand. "I can see you're sorry about it, so just not let it happen again. We are supposed to be careful with these bugs. We promised not to burn anything down, remember?" She offered a smile with her words, and Sinos nodded once. He tried to contain himself and his need for rapid running, when they next moved on.
The next to appear was a bit harder to spot off the bat, the pokémon blending into the sea of greens by wrapping itself around with large leaves. It just happened to poke its bright yellow head out at the wrong time to get spotted.
"Oh," Dorthea exclaimed in wonder, when the yellow head peeked out. "I haven't seen one of those before." She grabled for a sport ball, but halted mid-move. She looked from the bug to Sinos, and back to the ball. Sinos couldn't paralyse the bug like Nimrod, or put it to sleep like Sisi, and though they were rewarded for catching the bugs with as much health as possible, a little weakening wouldn't hurt too much she thought. "Sinos, would you be kind to just give it a little stomp, before I throw the ball?" Sinos quickly followed her request, and sprang into the grass for a surprise attack. He hoped to chase it completely out too, so Dorthea had a free view to the Sewaddle, and aimed to push it out if it didn't go willingly. When Sinos had done his thing, and Dorthea got a decent view of the bug she threw the sport ball.
(Ooc: Sinos uses Stomp. Dorthea throws a Sport Ball)
Sinos had no trouble stomping the cabbage-like pokémon, and all it could do in return is try to get a few cuts in with hits razor leaf along the horse's legs in the process. It was minor damage, and as the ponyta retreated the sport ball flew on by. It fought hard, but ultimately the ball managed to hold closed and capture the bug pokémon.
"Well done," Dorthea praised, when the ball had made the capture sound and she went to pick it up. Sinos was still dancing restlessly on the spot. "You really need to run a lot, don't you?" It was more a statement than a question, and Dorthea looked around. "I'm afraid this isn't the best place for a full out run, but when we're done here, I'll find a nice open place, maybe a road or something, so you can really get to stretch your legs." Sinos whinnied in what she hoped was appreciation. Next she checked their new capture real quick, finding the Pokedex' note of the Sewaddle dressing themselves in leaves funny. She pocketed it with a smile, and waved for Sinos to follow.
They passed a flower bed next, and Dorthea and Sinos stopped a moment to watch the Combee fly around. Dorthea considered. She hadn't seen that before in the contest either, as far as she remembered at least, but she did know they were good for a lot of things. In the end she still preferred the Sewaddle for keeps, but maybe the Combee was up for a little mock battle. "Hey, Combee? Do you want a quick match?" She waited for it's response, and if it looked to agree she nodded to Sinos. "You are free to use your fire as long as you don't hurt the flowers."
Sinos rolled his eyes at the restriction even if he understood it. This was certainly turning out to be a lesson in control.
(Ooc: Sinos uses Flame Wheel upon Combee's agreement to battle. He forgets Growl and learns Flame Charge)
Combee was excited to be offered the opportunity to battle. A chance to impress the queen, and with against a fire type? Maybe a bit shaky there but Dorthea was so nice how could it say no? Especially when she made a point about the flowers. The honey bee put more distance between itself and the colorful buds just to be safe, buzzing that it was ready once it was satisfied with the its distance away.
Sinos fired himself up, a rolling wheel of flames as he charged forward with amazing speed. Combee squeaked its surprise and tried to fly higher to get out of the way. But the horse simply jumped to make up for it, charring the little bee quite badly before sending it flying.
Sinos grew to LV 24!
BCC Encounter Weather: Clear
LV 15 HP 100% [41/41]
LV 24 HP 90% [59/65]
Sport Balls Left: 14 5/5 Encounters
Weedle [Shield Dust]: Status Sinos [Flash Fire]: Normal
Dorthea was delighted when the Combee itself decided to fly free of the flowers, so they were sure to be out of harms way under the battle. It was always a nice surprise when the wild Pokemon understood her. Sinos bowed respectfully before initiating his attack, but he still felt dutybound to keep a strict control over his fire during it. It felt like it was over in the blink of an eye. The Combee disappeared, and Dorthea and Sinos was alone on the field for a stunned moment before before a Weedle popped it's head out of the same flowers. Dorthea blinked incomprehensive for a moment. "Oh, well. These competitions seems extremely good for your training. Madam grew in leaps and bounds too, when she was along..." She shrugged and went to pat Sinos on the neck, this time a bit more mindful of his fire, which he was quick to make just a soft warmth at her approach. She glanced to the weedle looking at them. "Wystan was a Weedle to start with, if I remember Aglaia's word right. Come on, Sinos. Let's go back to the meeting spot. I'm not sure we've got much time left."