Jack threw up his arm to shield his eyes as another blast of sand swirled around him. The battle was already difficult enough to see without blocking his view with a limb.
What luck do I have that I’d have an opponent with Earth Power in the desert arena? And someone had to choose the Sandstorm weather for our battle! Ayessel was pressed as close to Jack’s head as possible to avoid most of the debris.
His opponent was a naïve-looking girl named Laura. She had fielded a Gothitelle and what looked to be the surliest, meanest looking Camerupt he’d ever seen. The Camerupt showed her strength immediately by using Earth Power on both of his Pokémon before they’d had the chance to acclimate to the horrid weather.
Before he could give a command, Portent was up and running. As usual, the Absol had a plan of her own, and that was fine. Jack knew she could take care of herself. He marked her destination as the Camerupt and returned his focus to Luminaire as she shook sand off.
“Lumi, spit a Hex at that Gothitelle!” A fast moving purple fog erupted from the Lampent and sped toward the Astral Body Pokémon. The move hit, but distance and swirling sand lessened its effectiveness. The Gothitelle barely flinched as the move struck and prepared a Psyshock. The psychic energy ripped sand out of the air and hurled it violently at Luminaire.
Jack smiled as Lumi shrugged off most of the powerful attack. “Use Telekinesis! Same as always, pin ‘em and burn ‘em!” But as the fuchsia energy grew around Luminaire, the Gothitelle grew surrounded by the same color. Uh oh. He’d never seen two Telekinesis collide, but he had a feeling it wasn’t good.
He wasn’t sure what he expected, but this should have been one of the possibilities. Both Pokémon had tried to lift the other into the air to buffet them around and instead had pulled them toward each other. Both Pokémon looked startled as they crashed into each other and bounced roughly apart.
Wincing in sympathy, Jack used their recovery to check on Portent and her enemy. Besides the dirt from the hit she’d taken early she looked pristine. Her predictive battling kept her ahead of the Camerupt’s attacks. A purple sheen covered the Absol’s body, and he took it as a sign of Future Sight at work. Jack could see slight gashes on the Camerupt's sturdy body where Night Slash had struck, but they looked to be carved in clay or soft rock.
Strange, I’ve never seen something like that. It looks almost like build-up on its body, and…is it slowing down her movements? Oh! He knew Portent didn't need it, but Jack couldn’t help warning the Disaster Pokémon.
“Portent! She’s used Curse! Several times it seems, so keep your wits about you!” She didn’t need the help, as usual. She dodged the Take Down, much slower than it might have been. The purple shine disappeared and an equally purple beam of light burst from just above the Eruption Pokémon to slam down into it. Of course, that was likely exactly what Portent was planning. Lure it into using a physical move that placed it right in the path of Future Sight. I need to just trust her judgment more on these things. Shaking his head he returned his attention back to the other fight going on, only to see the two Pokémon smash into each other again.
“Lumi, I understand you love using Telekinesis, but it’s not going to work this time. Use Inferno!” The resulting blast was impressive looking, but without the grasp of Telekinesis it didn’t hit anything but sand. Jack could feel his shoulders tense as he looked on. Luminaire could use Hex, but without burning their opponent, it wouldn’t be enough.
Jack drooped and covered his face in his hands, taking a sharp breath. What if I lose her? She’s not doing well in this sand. She can barely see, much less hit with her strongest move. I don’t want her to die, what do I do? What if… His tear blurred eyes cleared as a none too gentle smack on the back of his head interrupted Jack’s panicked thoughts. He turned to see a rather pissed off Chatot staring at him, one wing directing him pointedly to the continuing battle.
With a shake and a nod of his head he turned back to the action. Lumi was going to need some extra work to win. Small wilting plants grew out of two spots behind her, and Jack could only guess they were the result of deflected Energy Balls. Ugh, I’m so dumb to get caught up like that. Focus, Jack!
He studied the battle between the two and noticed the result of an earlier attack. Lumi’s previous Inferno had melted a wide swath of sand into glass. A cruel thought entered Jack’s mind as he ordered the Lampent to fire another burst of super heat into the ground underneath her. This is brutal, but I’m not fighting for myself. I need to remember that.
“Lumi, use Psychic on the glass you’ve created! Send it all at that Gothitelle!”