This was it. Albert knew there was a fight coming up, and he was ready. Whenever Lily battled, she usually sent him out first, as speed was his specialty. He couldn’t take a hit, but if he was faster than his opponent (which he very often was), he could get in a super-strong first move. Even if, after that, he was taken out in a single hit, there was sure to be a serious dent in his opponent, which Shiva could exploit to gain a win. The shifty man was running away, and they could have given chase, but their path was blocked by several menacing Pokemon, all of them itching for a fight. Albert was only too happy to oblige.
Lily was about to take off after the man, but a large Dratini was released in front of her, necessitating Albert and Shiva to do something about it. “Once again,” she thought, “these Pokemon look terrible. Dratini usually move in an aquatic fashion, even on land, but this one… We just have to capture as many of them as we can. Surely someone at the Academy has more experience than I do with tortured souls like these…” Albert shot up into the air in front of her, ending her internal monologue, and she told him to remember that Dratini was a Dragon, and as such had almost no weaknesses. He just needed to use Psychic, and try to get as much as he could out of it. The words barely left her lips before Albert had his spoon up, pointing it at the offending Dragon and lashing it with raw mental power. It reeled back, its movements a little more sluggish, but it quickly recovered, countering with a surprising burst of Agility, followed by one of the strangest Draconic attacks: Dragon Rage. Possibly enhanced by whatever darkness was affecting it, the Dratini shot a shockwave of pure anger at Albert, hitting the Kadabra in the chest and knocking it out of the air.
He wasn’t about to go down that easily, however. Though probably fatigued, Albert thrashed the Dragon with another Psychic, bringing it to what seemed to be the edge of its endurance. His opponent played a bit smarter than he expected, however, when without much of a recovery period it charged up and slammed him, full body. The Kadabra wasn’t prepared for such an attack, and went flying, crashing into a nearby tree. Lily cringed, and quickly took out his rarely-used Pokeball to bring him inside, knowing that he would be safer in there until he could be revived.
Shiva nearly instantly took his fallen comrade’s place, facing the Dratini with a snarl on his face. Lily decided that, based on the Growlithe’s capabilities, there was nothing better than the basics: a bite. Shiva, after dodging another full-body slam, bit down mercilessly on the Dragon’s midsection. Lily had a Pokeball at the ready, and as soon as Shiva had attacked, she threw it, praying that it wouldn’t be strong enough to burst out. Sadly, the thought had barely crossed her mind when, surprise surprise, it did. It was still very weak, but seemed strong enough to continue fighting, even managing to shoot of another blast of Rage at Shiva, pushing the latter back a ways, but leaving him otherwise unfazed. Concerned, Lily brought out and threw an Ultra Ball, a parting gift from her father just in case she ran into something rare and exciting while at the Academy. The closed ball shook around for several seconds, and Lily held her breath, but finally, it beeped, and was still. She let out a huge sigh and returned her attention to the Trainers around her. “There’s no way to catch the distributor now,” she thought, “but at least we know we can help some of these tortured Pokemon.” This gave her a bit of hope, and she looked down at the closed Ultra Ball with a new resolve. “I will help you,” she said quietly. “I promise.”