Continuing onward to Violet City, Amy & Jimmy, now joined by Kamon, had arrived into the majestic town of Palm Hills. The town is well known for it's large mansions & lush green (and obviously large) lawns.
"Look at how big those mansions are. Boy, wouldn't it be great to live in one of them?", said Kamon.
"I don't know. They seem too big for my taste.", Amy said with such a gruff voice. Jimmy then says, "You don't wish to live in such a big estate Amy?"
"Nope. I prefer a small home with rich decor." Serena and the boys look on with dumbfounded looks on they're faces, then Amy says, "But enough about that. This is Palm Hills after all, and this high class town is also home to some movie stars. I bet we can get a tour of the place if we find a tour guide."
"Um, but shouldn't we be getting to the Pokémon Center first and plot our next route?", asks Kamon, but Jimmy says, "I don't mind it. Violet City's not going anywhere. So let's just take a look around."
"Says the guy who wants to get to Violet quickly."
"Don't forget Kamon, I'm now gunning to become a Pokémon Adventurer, just like Jack Warren. And everywhere's an adventure." Jimmy follows after Amy while Kamon gives a heavy sigh, then thinks to himself, "At least Jimmy has a goal to look forward to. Me? I don't really know..."
Chapter 1 Part 6
A Three-Way Team Battle
Enter The Bandits
"Hmm...I don't think it'll be easy to find a tour guide. I guess Palm Hills is quite a busy place." said Amy.
"Okay, so now can we head for the Pokémon Center?", Kamon says impatiently, but then Jimmy says, "Hold on. Do you guys hear that?"
"Hm? Yeah, it sounds like a group of people. Let's go see.", said Amy.
"What? Hold on guys.", Kamon said but Jimmy & Amy had already took off, leaving Kamon disgruntled.
The trio made they're way to a street corner where they spot a crowd of people. They made they're way through the crowd and saw 3 people. One was a young man with sky blue eyes and green spiky hair with 2 of the frontal 'spikes' protruding more upward, the other was a young woman with rose-colored hair wrapped as a very long pigtail that reaches to her lower back & emerald-colored eyes, & the last one a short bald guy who seems to have 5 dots on his forehead that seems to be in a star-like pattern and has eyes that seems to be more like big dots.
"Come one, come all! You're visiting at the bestest, hippest, and greatest spot in all of Palm Hills! I am Chelsea Blue, and these are my protégés Aston Villan & of course Everton Toffee! We are the trio that run the Bandits Traveling Emporium!", spoke Chelsea.
"Traveling Emporium?", asked Amy, and Everton spoke & said, "That's right. we know all the good places where the movie stars live & hang out. In fact, we even got them to donate a little piece of what they once had from movie props and other such wonders."
"Yes. Take a gander at what we have here. For example, this here is an old pair of sunglasses once owned by the famous film director Stephen Pittsburgh. He's directed in such films as the Arizona Smith series, the Pokéssic Park series, & of course the Sharpedo horror films 1, 2, 3 & The Avenge."
Amy looks at the glasses and is approached by Chelsea. "So...you like Mr. Pittsburgh's sunglasses?"
"Actually...this doesn't even belong to Stephen Pittsburgh.", said Amy.
"Whaaaat?! H-how could you say such a thing! These are his genuine sunglasses! How could you say that these don't belong to him?!"
"Well, Stephen Pittsburgh wouldn't buy a pair of sunglasses that had a clunky frame, plus he prefers to wear sunglasses that are in his favorite shade of green.", said Amy.
"Okay okay, so the...sunglasses didn't pan out. We thought we got them from him, but there are other stuff, like this here mug from the film star Jefferson Pontiac. He's the star of the Arizona Smith films as well as starred in the Star Lore films. So...what do you think miss. You wish to buy this one-of-a-kind mug brought only by Jefferson Pontiac?" asked, Aston.
"I would...if this was actually his.", said Amy.
"Whaaaaat!?", yelled Aston, Chelsea & Everton. "While it is true a mug like this would be brought by Jefferson Pontiac, its in good condition. Jefferson Pontiac is known for breaking mugs for every film he did that was a success and would glue it back together as a memento of the film he did. He would never sell it back even in his darkest hour.", said Amy
The crowd looked at the trio as they grew nervous, then heard someone yelling, "Hey! There are the crooks who sold me that bogus merchandise!" The Bandits looked over and saw an angry crowd approaching them. "Those earrings you sold me were fake!", yells one lady. "This bowl isn't even from my favorite Growlithe crime fighting show!", yells one man.
"Uh-oh! Well, the Bandits Traveling Emporium is now close for the day!" says Chelsea as Aston & Everton desperately pack everything up. "We'll be seeing you. Bye!" The Bandits take off with the angry crowd chasing them.
"Hmm...guess they were phonies." said Jimmy. "Yeah, trying to pull that off. I know my film and film stars well enough.", spoke Amy, then Kamon says, "So with that said...can we go to the Pokémon Center now?" Jimmy & Amy looked at each other, smiled and chuckled. "Hey, what's so funny?!", asked Kamon.
Elsewhere Aston, Chelsea, & Everton, exhausted from a lot of running, were hiding somewhere. An angry Chelsea said, "Grrr, blast them. We were so close as to make money off of those memorabilia...and that girl had to go and ruin it for us."
"Well, they were fake and not the real McCoy Chelsea.", Everton said, and Chelsea reacts with a knock on his head and said, "Keep your opinion to yourself shrimp. We need money to kick start our plans since our chance to join Team Rocket went up in smoke when they disbanded."
"Chelsea, we put in our applications to join that other team nearly a month ago. It's not as if we expect them to hire us at the start.", said Aston.
"Maybe...but...augh, I'm so frustrated! That girl...I'll get even with her if its the last thing I do. In fact...I'm going to do that right this instant!" Chelsea runs off. "Oh boy, this isn't good.", said Everton.
Minutes later Jimmy and friends left the Pokémon Center. "Sigh, I was really hoping to meet some movie stars today. Oh well, I guess we can leave now.", said Amy.
A stunned Kamon says, "That's it Amy? You're not even going to argue about it?"
"Nope. Knowing some of the ones I like live here in Palm Hills is good enough for me...or at the very least they own homes here."
"Well then, we should get going then. According to the Map Card on my PokéGear the next town we'll be coming to is called Cherrygrove City.", Jimmy says.
"Cherrygrove huh? Well then, why don't we head out then?", Amy says and Serena gives a cheerful 'Chika' sound.
"Hold it right there!" The trio stop for the moment. "Hm? You guys hear something?", Amy asked.
"Don't pretend to ignore us shrimp!" The heroes looked behind them and saw the 3 charlatans they met earlier.
"Oh, its those 3 bogus salespeople. Sorry, but my friends & I were just leaving.", Amy says, but a disgruntled Chelsea angrily says, "Oh no your not. My crew & I were doing just fine before you 3 showed up here. Now we'll make you pay!"
"Do either of you know what that woman's talking about?", Amy asks. "Well, if I had to guess, I think its because you exposed they're bogus operation Amy.", Kamon said.
"Oh, that. Well, if they were better salespeople, then I wouldn't have ratted them out, or something.", Amy says with a light chuckle.
"Grrr! You think this is funny?! My boys & I were going to make money, and then live our dream of becoming first-tier Team Rocket members!", Chelsea says with angry in her voice.
A confused Kamon asks, "Wait...did you say 'Team Rocket'?"
"I've heard of them in a news report. They were a notorious gang who used Pokémon for evil purposes. Though I think they disbanded 3 years ago.", Jimmy says.
"Yeah, that's right. Our dream organization was forced to disband when the leader lost to some trainer from the Kanto region. We were forced out before we could become real members, and establish a Johto base here.", Aston said.
"You know, you shouldn't tell them that at all Aston.", spoke Everton.
"Ugh, enough chit-chat. We, the Bandits of Palm Hills will defeat you and revive Team Rocket. Now, go hurt them Tyrogue.", said Chelsea. "Assist me Venonat," said Everton. "Let's do this Grimer." said Aston.
The Bandits revealed they're Pokémon. Tyrogue is a humanoid-like Pokémon with a predominantly pale purple body and brown hips and feet that resemble short pants and shoes. It has three blunt protrusions on top of its head, yellow eyes, and circular sections on each side of its head that resemble protective padding. There are white bands resembling bandages on its torso and wrists. It has thin limbs, and its hands have three fingers each.
Venonat has a round body covered in purple fur. Poison oozes from all over its fuzzy body with a pincer-like mouth, stubby forepaws, and a pair of clodhopper feet that are visible through its fur. There is also a pair of white antennae sprouting from the top of its head, with the most prominent feature on its face are its large, red eyes.
Grimer is a slimy, amorphous blob-like Pokémon made of living purple sludge. It has two large eyes with beady pupils, and a gaping mouth with a grey tongue. It has two arms with three digits on each hand & constantly oozing; endlessly leaking a bacteria-rich fluid from all parts of its body.
"I'll take the girl, you 2 focus on the boys!", Chelsea said. "Alright then, if its a battle you want, then its a battle you'll get." Amy tosses a Poké Ball in the air, and a blue mouse-like Pokémon is revealed. It has a nearly spherical shape with a white belly, and has round ears with red insides. Its arms and feet are short and possess no visible digits. There is a blue, bubble-like ball at the tip of its zigzagging black tail.
"Wow, its a Marill. I've never seen one up close before.", Jimmy said as he checks his Pokédex on Marill. The entry was as followed: "Marill, the Aqua Mouse Pokémon. The tip of its tail floats in water, so it can swim in any current no matter how rough."
"Okay Cyndaquil, let's show them how its done.", Kamon says. "I guess we better join in too Serena. Let's go.", Jimmy says as Serena leaps off of his shoulder to join Marill & Cyndaquil.
"Tyrogue, use Tackle! Make that mouse pay.", Chelsea yells. "Not so fast. Use Defense Curl Marill." Tyrogue rams Marill, but the little aqua mouse was able to withstand the attack. "Now Marill, counter with Water Gun!" Marill shot out a jet off water straight at Tyrogue, connecting with the attack. "Ack! Tyrogue!", yells Chelsea.
"Okay Cyndaquil, let those these Rocket wannabees how we get do things. Use your Tackle attack." Cyndaquil charges at Grimer and lands the Tackle, but he is quickly bounced back. "What the-."
Aston laughs and says, "Oh ho ho ho. It seems that my Grimer's sludgy body works well for defense. Your puny Cyndaquil's Tackle did hardly any damage."
"Is that so? Well then Cyndaquil, use your Ember and surround Grimer." Cyndaquil jumps into the air and fires a barrage of Embers, in a circle, trapping Grimer. Grimer lets out a 'Gri Gri' cry in distress. "Augh! Grimer!"
"Seems that you & I are going to tangle. Too bad, my Venonat's a Poison-type Pokémon. Your Chikorita doesn't stand a chance.", Everton said.
"Well then I guess we'll see then, won't we Serena?", Jimmy asks and Serena gives a confident sounding 'Chika'. "Hmph. Well Venonat, let's show them your Poisonp-." Before he could finish, Serena struck Venonat with her Vine Whip. "Wha-wha-whaaat?!" "Alright Serena, you know what to do." Serena lets out a 'Chika' sound, then grabs hold of Venonat via Vine Whip as the little furry bug lets out a 'Venonat' sound in distress. Serena starts to spin Venonat around and around. "Agh! M-my Venonat!"
"Grr! Tackle Tyrogue. Give it all you got.", yells Chelsea. "Use your Rollout Marill.", says Amy. The little rodent gives a 'Marill Ma', sounds, then leaps into the air, curls up into a ball and spins rapidly at a fast rate. It vears right into Tyrogue, taking it out. "N-no! My Tyrogue. Quick you losers, call back your Pokémon!", orders Chelsea. "R-right!", says Aston & Everton. They call back they're Pokémon quickly.
"Wait...you guys are giving up already?", asks Amy.
"Listen here little girl. This isn't over between us, not by a long shot. My cohorts and I will retreat this day. But you better not make no mistake about it. The Bandits will get back at you one day, I swear it!" The Bandits then took off running.
"Well that's a shame. I wanted to continue on with the battle.", Amy said. "I don't think we should mix up with people like that. No good will come of stuff like that.", said Kamon. "Yeah, I suppose so, but at least Marill and i showed that woman a thing or 2."
"So should we get going then? The sooner we hit the road, the better we reach Violet City.", Jimmy said. "Okay, fine. Let's go then. By the way Jimmy, remember we'll be stopping in Happy Town first to check out that Pokémon Contest."
"I know, I know. You don't have to remind me." As jimmy and Amy spoke, Kamon thought to himself. "Those two. They seem to have they're plan in check. Even those clowns who mentioned Team Rocket have they're own, but me..." "Hey Kamon, are you coming or what?" Kamon snaps out of it and yells, "Hang on. I'm coming."
Elsewhere were the Bandits. Chelsea was even more angry. "Grrr! I'll get that girl if its the last thing I do. I'll teach her a thing or two, no...three."
"Hey, calm down Chelsea. We've all got embarrassed. Let's just try to relax and-." Chelsea cuts off Aston & says, "I will do no such thing you hear?!"
"Excuse me, are you loud miscreants Aston Villan, Clelsea Blue, & Everton Toffee?"
The trio turned and saw an old man in a tux. "Uh, yeah, who wants to know old man?", says Chelsea.
"I do beg your pardon, but I was to give you three this letter." Chelsea takes it and says, "Uh...thanks." Chelsea opens the envelop and reads it. "W-w-w-whaaaaat?!"
"Chelsea, what is it?," asked a concern Aston. "Tell us. Don't keep us in suspense.", says Everton.
"Hold on old man, are you.-"
"All I am is just a messenger young lady. Now, what will you & your comrades do next is up to you. But this chance doesn't come by often. The meeting place will be outside of the Catallia City Outskirts in 2 days. Do make sure to arrive on time." The mysterious old man walks away.
Chelsea stands up & says, "Aston, Everton, this our big break. All our struggles have finally lead to this. It may not be Team Rocket, but we'll do just fine. Let's go, we've got a lot of prepping up to do."
"Uh, yeah. Let's go.", said Aston. "Yeah! Our big break is here!", spoke Everton. "From this day forth, we pledge to do our best. For we are the Bandits of Orion!", said Chelsea. The trio run off cheerfully, leaving behind the torn envelop that had a purple 'O' on it with a 4-sides star on the lower right of the letter.
To Be Continued...
Chapter 1 Part 7
Serena's Missing Poké Ball
Catch That Quagsire!