Chapter 5 Chapter 5: Danger! Scyther’s Den The sun continued to set and now painted the sky bright orange with very few clouds floating by with pink hues. Katsuro continued to walk his bike as he entered the park and marveled at its natural beauty. The lamp posts began to light up and other trainers were walking around, most of them with one Pokémon following them. He saw a female trainer walk with an Oddish following her. Then two male trainers ran past her with a Nidorino and a Cubone behind them. Katsuro walked toward the tall grass and fountain that looked like a pokeball from a bird’s eye view. There were trainers battling in the tall grass. Katsuro saw a Pokefan class trainer battle with a Raichu against a Lass who was using a Gloom. Raichu’s cheeks sparked and then a shockwave of electricity surged in a small radius which shocked the tall grass and Gloom. Katsuro then took his attention off the battle and headed to the fence and walked along it. He wanted to look for a Pokémon to capture and add to his team. Katsuro soon came to a gap along the fence. The gap was small enough for him to squeeze through but he’d have to leave his bicycle behind. There was a sign near the gap that read “OFF LIMITS! Area only opened during Bug Catching Contests.” Katsuro looked around. There weren’t any trainers nearby or looking towards him. He put down his bike’s kickstand and leaned it against the fence. Then he made his way through the fence’s gap and into the forest. The forest was dense with huge trees surrounding him on all sides. The branches and leaves of the trees blocked out the sun, making it dark in the forest. Katsuro wondered what kind of Pokémon he’d find here. Certainly if this was off limits then it meant finding a good Pokémon. After two minutes of wandering in the forest Katsuro tripped over a tree root and fell into soft mud. He got up and whipped the mud off his face with his gloves. He even managed to get some mud on his brown shorts but didn’t let that bother him. “OK, maybe I should let Sneasel out. Yeah, that way it could sense where the good Pokémon are hiding at. Come on out Sneasel,” he commanded and he reached into his pocket, hit the button on the pokeball, and released his Pokemon. The bright flash briefly lit up the forest and then Sneasel emerged from it. “Sneasel, sneasel.” It purred. Then katsuro pointed forward and it began to lead the way. Sneasel used its sharp claws to cut away at any twigs or small branches that would get in Katsuro’s way. As they headed deeper into the forest the ground below them became softer and the forest became colder. With every step Katsuro took he could hear the soft mud squish under his shoes. Somewhere in the distance he could hear buzzing. Could it be from the beating wings of a bug Pokémon? “Snea? Sneasel?” Sneasel suddenly stopped and its ears twitched. “What is it Sneasel? Something nearby,” wondered Katsuro. Sneasel then started running on all fours and Katsuro had to carefully navigate through big tree roots, shrubs, and patches of soft moist mud. Sneasel then stopped in front of a Butterfree. Butterfree was collecting pollen and honey from a big yellow flower. “A Butterfree? Huh, haven’t seen one of those in years.” “Sneasel!” Sneasel stuck out its claws and was ready to attack. “Sneasel don’t, not Butterfree. I want to find a different Pokémon,” said Katsuro. Then they heard a buzzing sound but it was louder then before. Then Katsuro heard the sound of a tree branch snapping and leaves rustling. The buzzing sound grew louder. The Butterfree he and Sneasel found seemed to get alarmed and fled. The buzzing sound grew even louder. Sneasel then struck its fighting pose with its claws sticking out in front of it. “It’s huge,” exclaimed Katsuro when he saw the buzzing Pokémon. It was a Scyther and it was using its two large scythes to cut down some of the tree branches near its territory. Then the Scyther spotted Katsuro and his Sneasel. It cried out very loudly. There were intruders in its territory. “What an awesome Pokemon! Let’s capture Scyther Sneasel! Start out with Icy Wind,” commanded Katsuro. Sneasel exhaled a breath of freezing wind with swirls of snow and ice that was headed in Scyther’s direction. It hit Scyther and ice built up on Scyther’s wings. Sneasel’s Icy Wind also froze some of the leaves on the tree branches near Scyther. Scyther landed on the soft ground and stopped beating its frozen wings. It cried out loudly in anger. Scyther then charged towards Sneasel with blinding speed. It was using Quick Attack and slammed into Sneasel. Sneasel was launched backwards and landed into some soft mud. Sneasel got up with moist mud dripping from its ear feather and left claw. Scyther didn’t let up on the attacks. It charged forward while trying to slice Sneasel with its scythes. Now it was attacking with Fury Cutter. “Sneasel, jump onto that branch then ambush Scyther with an Aerial Ace!” Sneasel did as Katsuro told. It hopped onto a branch near Scyther’s head as it dodge the fury cutter attack. A frozen leaf from the same branch fell and hit Scyther on its leg. Then Seasel launched itself from the branch and struck Scyther in its back where its wings joined its body. Scyther was slammed down into the soft ground. It got up with mud dripping from its lower jaw. Now it was very angry. It cried out so loud that Katsuro had to cover his ears. Suddenly more buzzing could be heard. Katsuro knew it had to be another Scyther approaching. The buzzing grew even louder and soon not one, but two more Scythers appeared. Katsuro gasped as he watched the two of them chip off the ice on the first Scyther’s wings. Then all three of them faced Sneasel with angry faces. Katsuro reached for his second pokeball and threw it. “Larvitar, help Sneasel out,” he said as he threw the second pokeball. Larvitar appeared next to Sneasel but panicked at the sight of three Scythers. The Scyther on the left had a bigger abdomen then the other two. The Scyther in the middle was the one Katsuro first encountered. The one on the right had scars on its scythes, showing that it has been in many battles. This one attacked first with both of its scythes glowing bright green. It struck Sneasel with an X-Scissor attack. Sneasel cried out in pain. “No Sneasel! Larvitar use Rock Slide,” shouted Katsuro. Larvitar jumped up and then hurled a few rocks it created onto the Scyther that attacked Sneasel. Sneasel got up but it was now exhausted from the battle. The Scyther that they originally met then slammed into Sneasel with another Quick Attack. Sneasel was sent flying into a tree trunk and was now knocked out. Larvitar was left fighting the three Scythers by itself. “Oh darn it. Sneasel return,” said Katsuro as he recalled it into his pokeball. Then he stood behind Larvitar. “We’re not afraid of you Scyters. We’ll take you all down!” “Tar! Larvitar!” “Now Larvitar, use Outrage.” Larvitar started glowing with a dark blue aura and then rampaged on the female Scyther with the big abdomen. Then the Scyther with the scars on its Scythes tried antoher X-Scissor attack. “Larvitar, behind you,” warned Katsuro. Larvitar saw the attack coming and then jumped out of the way. X-Scissor missed Larvitar and instead chopped down the tree branch Sneasel had frozen with Icy Wind earlier. Then Larvitar smashed its horn onto the Scyther’s face. After that it kicked Scyther in the lower jaw before landing back on the ground. The Scyther that Katsuro first encounter then hit Larvitar with its Scyther glowing black. It used Pursuit. Then the female Scyther slashed Larvitar with both of its scythes glowing with black energy at the tips. It used Night Slash. Katsuro gritted his teeth as Larvitar keep glowing with Outrage’s power. It began rampaging and hitting the three Scythers again. Then more buzzing was heard and to Katsuro’s horror a forth Scyther appeared. Katsuro felt his heart rate increase and beads of sweat began to form on his face. He and Larvitar were clearly outmatched. Katsuro did the only thing he could think of. He took out one of his empty transparent pokeballs and threw it at the one Scyther he and Sneasel first encountered. Larvitar continued to attack the other two Scythers while the forth one approached them. The first Scyther was hit by the pokeball and sucked into it. Then the pokeball fell onto the ground and shook back and forth. Katsuro waited and hoped for good news. Then the pokeball opened and bright light burst out of it. Scyther escaped and this time instead of attack Larvitar it began using Fury Cutter toward Katsuro. Katsuro jumped backwards and narrowly dodge the huge scythes but he felt something whoosh past his face. He then saw his own hair fall to the ground in front of him. He felt his bangs and could tell that Scyther had cut two diagonal lines that gave him a widow’s peak ending in one strand of hair between his eyebrows. “Well that takes care of my haircut for this month. Whoa!” Scyther lunged at Katsuro with another Fury Cutter. This time it sliced his shirt and Katsuro felt pain on his chest. Scyther had cut him and now he sat down next to a tree with the angry mantis Pokémon staring down at him. Larvitar was too preoccupied with the other three Scythers to help him. Katsuro’s heart was beating even faster, his chest was beginning to throb from the injury that was just given to him, and the cold moist ground below him began to numb his legs and butt. Scyther raised its right scythe and was ready to attack. Suddenly a loud, angry roar was heard and all four Scythers were alarmed and looked in the direction of where the roar came from. Larvitar had become confused from using Outrage and was now standing on the ground next to the female Scyther’s abdomen. Then a stream of fire shot out from the forest and hit two of the Scythers near Larvitar and missed the female one it was standing next to. Those two Scythers panicked and fled immediately. Then a Pokémon whose body was lit on fire charged in and hit the female Scyther. It used Flare Blitz to chase away that Scyther. It also fled after being hit with a big black burn on its left leg and abdomen. Then the Pokémon using Flare Blitz charged into the Scyther attacking Katsuro and shoved it away from him. Without any hesitation Scyther joined it swarm and fled. Katsuro was still breathing heavily as he looked up at his savior. Then the flames died down and Katsuro saw a huge canine like Pokémon. It was covered in tan fur with large white plates coming out of its back with a gray mane flowing out of it. The beastly Pokémon also seemed to be wearing some kind of mask that was yellow on the top and black on the sides. Katsuro marveled at what he saw and somehow he felt like he knew the Pokémon. “Entei…” was all he could get to come out of his mouth. In his mind he want to thank Entei but after all that has happened he his mouth didn’t want to cooperate with his mind. Then out of confusion Larvitar bit Entei on the flowing gray mane coming out it its back. Entei angrily roared at Katsuro and shook off Larvitar. “Larvitar no! Entei’s not our enemy.” Larvitar fell off of Entei and then it immediately fled the scene. “Entei wait. Please come back,” pleaded Katsuro but it was too late. Within seconds it had disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. Katsuro then whipped the cold wet mud on his hands on the tree closest to him. Then he recalled his Larvitar into his pokeball and then began to head back out of the forest the way he came. Next thing he knew he saw a light. Some one else was in the forest and they were holding a flash light. “Hey, anyone out there,” called out a man’s voice. Then Katsuro ran toward the man with the flashlight. The sun had almost disappeared from the sky and it was becoming even darker in the forest. “Over here. Please help me,” shouted Katsuro. Then a park ranger appeared with a Houndour next to him. Katsuro felt relieved that he wouldn’t have to escape through this forest alone. “Kid, what the heck do you think you’re doing out here? This area is strictly off limits right now,” said the park ranger. His Houndour began to sniff Katsuro. It was checking him for something. “Sorry, but I really wanted to capture another pokemon. Not a lame one like Hoothoot or Sunkurn. So I thought I’d find one here. My Pokémon and I were attacked by Scyters,” explained Katsuro. The Houndour that was inspecting him came back to the ranger’s side. Katsuro saw his nametag on his uniform and found out his name was Tad. “Scythers huh? It’s that time of the week when the Scyther Swarms split up and find new territories to nest in. You must have encountered a newly formed swarm of them and invaded their territory so they attacked to protect their new home. That explains the cut and blood on your shirt,” said Tad as he pointed the flash light at Katsuro’s shirt. Katsuro looked down and saw that the cut was at least three inches long and the blood stain was spreading to the Pokeathlon’s logo. Suddenly the throbbing pain in his chest near his rib cage returned. “How did you know to come look for me sir,” ask Katsuro as he gripped his wound. He tried to apply pressure so he wouldn’t bleed as much. “A trainer found your bike next to the gap in the fence. You aren’t the first trainer I’ve found here crossing that boundary. Now come on and follow me. I can get you medical help at the ranger station in the park,” said Tad as he turned around with his Houndour at his side. Katsuro did as he was told. Then Tad suddenly stopped. “One more thing kid. If you were attacked by a swarm of Scythers how did you fend them off,” he wanted to know. Katsuro figured it was best not to mention his encounter with Entei. “I just got lucky. Really lucky,” he said. He followed the ranger all the way to station where he got his wound cleaned up and bandaged. Tad had taken his Larvitar and Sneasel and used some Revives and Hyper Potions kept in the ranger station to heal them. Then Officer Jenny appeared after his treatment. Katsuro was sitting on the doctor’s table with just his shorts on and the bandages wrapped around his rib cage. “Katsuro right,” she asked as she handed him back his trainer ID card. Katsuro had to give it to Tad when he checked in at the ranger station. “Yes officer. What’s up,” he asked as he slid his ID card in the back pocket of his shorts. “You’re on a warning for crossing that boundary. Do anything like that again anywhere in the Johto Region and the police force will put a ban on you. You won’t be allowed to come to any of our landmarks in this region. Understood,” explained Officer Jenny in a stern tone of voice. Katsuro hated being in trouble and the consequences that came with it. He gulped. “Yes ma’am,” he said. “Good, now rest up and stay out of trouble. Not just for you or the rangers here, but for your Pokémon as well.” Officer Jenny then walked out of the room and the paramedic who had treated him came back in with his knapsack and signaled him to follow him. Katsuro got a dorm room for the night. He slipped right into the bed and quickly fell sound asleep.