After arriving at Cyllage City both Red and Lucas were taking a walk in the city, taking a look at all of their surroundings as the City they were in was sandwiched between several rocky cliffs and the sea, as Red and Lucas took a seat on a bench, near the beach.
"So how are you enjoying our adventure so far, Luke?" Red asked Looking at Lucas who was looking at the bug badge, as the blonde psychic stirred up to look at Red.
"It's been fun so far, but I feel like we're rushing through our adventure." Lucas said as Red looked at him with a confused look.
"What do you mean by, rushing through?"
"I mean I feel like everything is happening so fast, we should at least try to enjoy our journey; after all this journey isn't just about me training Pokemon and getting badges, it's also about is building a strong, brotherly bond."
"Yeah, you're right Lucas, this journey is important for both of us to enhance our friendship even further, what do you say we spend the day doing stuff together, Luke?" asked Red as Lucas nodded his head with a smile.
"Sounds like a plan Red, what can we do first?" Red thought about it for a moment as he looked over at the ocean, and then it hit him.
"I know; we can go fishing." suggested Red as Lucas looked at Red with a bit of excitement.
"Cool, It's been a long time since I've last went fishing with my Dad and Claus." said Lucas as he was trying to remember the days as a kid when his father Flint used to take him and Claus out to go Fishing at the lake in Tazmily Village.
"I got us some Rods, here take this one." Red took out a Fishing Rod, it was still in pretty good condition as Lucas took a hold of it while Red took out his Rod which was also a pretty good Fishing Rod to use. "Do you remember how to fish?" asked Red as Lucas was looking at his Rod.
"I think so, do you have any bait or lure?"
"I think so, let me check." Red said as he looked in side his backpack for any more fishing equipment and took out a lure. "Here you go, we'll use this lure to fish with." Red handed Lucas the lure, as the blonde placed it on his fish hook.
"You ready to fish, Red?" Lucas asked as Red was putting the lure on his hook.
"Yeah, just swing back and once you feel something; reel it in." Red said as Lucas looked and nodded as both Red and Lucas casted their lines into the ocean and waited for something to bite.
"I wonder if anything in the water has seen our Lure yet?"
"Just have a little bit of Patience i'm sure we'll feel something soon." and just like that the boys both felt something shake their rods. "I think I feel something; Lucas reel your's in!" said Red as he started to Reel hat he has a hold of; though the weight of the Pole felt like Red was trying to pull a heavy log.
"Yeah me too, I wonder what it is." Lucas also tried reeling in, with all his might, and after a few moments of struggle, both Red and Lucas finally reeled in their catches as Red caught a Skrelp and Lucas caught a Clauncher. It's some kind of Pokemon." Lucas and Red both took out their Pokedexes to get some information on what they were exactly.
"Skrelp, the Kelp Pokemon; it uses it's Camoflauge as rotten kelp to hide it self, so it can use it's liquid poison on unsuspecting travelers. Clauncher, the Crustacean Pokemon; through controlled expulsions of internal gas, it can expel water like a pistol shot; at Close distances it can shatter rock." Red and Lucas put away their Pokedexes to examine the Pokemon they caught with their Rods.
"Awesome looks like we got a hold of some New Pokemon, and this could be something we could use to an advantage against Rock and Fire Types." said Red as Lucas nodded but the two caught Pokemon got loose from the lures and stood ready to attack Red and Lucas.
"Looks like they want to battle; well I know just the thing; go Chespin!" called out Lucas as he threw his Pokeball into the air and Chespin came out from inside
"Go Ivysaur!" Red called out his Ivysaur as the two Grass type Pokemon stood across from the two water type of Pokemon. Clauncher first attacked with it's watergun, but Lucas was able to remember what red has taught him about elemental advantages some Pokemon have over the other.
"Chespin use your Vinewhip on that Clauncher!" ordered Lucas as Chespin extended it's vines and let out a barrage of whips onto the Clauncher as it weakened the Watery Crustacean Pokemon. Lucas took out a Pokeball and threw it open to catch the Clauncher; the ball wiggled several times beefore it stopped and the Clauncher was caught, as Red went over and picked up the ball, happy about his latest catch.
"Ivysaur, use Razor Leaf on Skrelp!" ordered Red, as he was using Ivysaur against Skrelp however; Skrelp was only taking moderate Damage from Ivysaur's Razorleaf attack, but Red's Ivysaur was at a bit of higher level, though Skrelp ws lighter than the Ivysaur as it then started to use smokescreen to surround Ivysaur in toxic gas. Skrelp then struck Ivysair with watergun but it had no effect as Ivysaur was resistant to water attacks. "Use Vinewhip now." Ivysaur extended it's vines and whipped the Skrelp weakening it as Red threw a Pokeball to capture it, and after a few shakes the ball stopped and Red captured the Skrelp. "We both caught two new Pokemon." Red and Lucas high fived eachother relishing in their victory.
"All right we caught some new Pokemon; so Red what should we do now?" asked Lucas as Red placed his hand under his chin and started looking around town for something to do; then he saw a group of Bicyclers riding bikes around the city close to the rocky hills across from the beach. "Hey Lucas do you know how to ride a bicycle?"
"I've seen them before but, I never did learn how to ride one." said Lucas, as he relized he has never rode a bike before.
"Well Big Brother Red, will teach you how to ride one." said Red as Lucas looked a bit nervous.
"Up those rocks?"
"We can talk up them maybe, anyways let me go find a bike store and rest us some bikes so I can teach you to ride one." said Red as Lucas nodded as the boys went to a Bicycle shop to look at Bikes, as they were greeted by a worker at the shop.
"Hello there you are our 10, 099 and 10, 100 customers here at our shop, and for our 10,100 customer we would like to offer you a free bike." the man said as Lucas looked a bit thrilled.
"Yep pick any color you want, as for you Red hat boy, i'll give you the chance to win one if you answer a question correctly."
"Do Bicycles come in more than just one color?" asked the man as Red already knew the answer. "Yes" "Correct, you win a free bike too, pick out whatever you want." Red went over to Lucas as the boys were trying to find bicycles that would be perfect for their respective sizes.
"Hey Red, here's one my size i could try." Lucas said as he was showing Red a small sized Bicycle that was blue in color.
"All right, man that one looks like it would be suitable for you." Red picked up a medium sized, red colored bicycle as the boys approached the Store Clerk.
"So you like your choices?"
"Yes, we'll take them."
"All right boys, have fun out there and be careful going up the cliffs." said the clerk as Red and Lucas left the store with their Bikes and looked for a spot, so Red can teach Lucas on how to ride a bike.
"Ok, the best way to ride a Bicycle is to sit on the seat, and place your feet on the pedals, and when you use your feet to push the pedals, the wheels on the Bike will move you." Lucas looked at the Bicycle for a moment as he sat on the seat and placed his feet on the pedals of the bike. "You may want to put this on your head." Red said as he gave Lucas a Helmet to wear on his head.
"Ok, safety first, anything else?" asked Lucas, as Red nodded
"Red: if I had any elbow and knee pads for you, your size I would lend you some." Red held on to the Bicycle as Lucas placed his hands on the handlebars. "Good, you can use your handlebars to help steer and it's important to keep a hold of them while riding."
"Hey Red, do you think this thing can be balanced on two wheels?" asked Lucas, as Red looked at the Bike and thought for a moment; Lucas has never rode a bike in his life, and he's too old for training wheels, so it was up to Red to give his buddy some support.
"Well it depends on if you can balance your body on it, and because of your size, I think you can balance on this bike as long as your tires are inflated good, and your seat is to where you can Pedal good, and I can see you're good to go. Anyways, i'll give you a bit of a push on the Bicycle just to give you a start, if that's ok with you."
"Sure Red, I appreciate the help." Red smiled as he took his foot on the kickstand of the bicycle and kicked it up releasing the mechanisms to move the Bicycle as Red was holding on to Lucas, as Lucas stuck his left leg out on the ground to balance himself on the Bike.
"Ok Lucas, I got you so go ahead and place your Feet on the pedals, and put some muscle into your legs and push the pedals, and it will move you." said Red as Lucas smiled as he placed his foot back on the pedals and used his leg strength to push the pedals as the Bicycle started to move. "All right, so far so good, might want to take it slowly, so you can get used to it. Red was assisting Lucas keeping the Bike stood up as Lucas slowly pedaled the bike along the small stretch of road that they were on. "Do you want me to tell you how to stop yourself by hitting the brakes?"
"Ok, go ahead!" as Lucas stopped pedaling and stuck his leg out to stop the bike, while Red held on to the Bike.
"Luckily, i'm holding on to you, cause if I wasn't holding you, you would've hurt your leg or foot, so what you do to brake on your Bike is to take your Feet on the pedals while you're moving them and while keeping your Feet placed on the pedals, use your leg strength to push back on the pedals while your moving and it will stop your momentum, and the kickstand that I kicked off on your Bike; after you stop your Bike you take your foot and kick your kickstand down to hold your Bike while it's stopped so you can park it, when you're finished riding it; want to give it a try?" Red asked as Lucas looked at Red with a confident smile and nodded.
"I'll do it!" said Lucas as he placed his feet back on the pedals and pushed them back with his Feet. "Hey, how come nothing is happening?"
"You got to pedal forward to move yourself first, before you can pedal back to brake, silly!" Red said patting Lucas's head as Lucas laughed as he took his Feet to Pedal the Bicycle forward to move himself and then after getting enough momentum forward, Lucas took his feet on the pedals and pushed the pedals backwards, to stop the Bicycle as Lucas then placed his left foot on the kickstand and placed it on the ground. "All right; you sure are a quick learner." Lucas smiled as he kicked the kickstand back up.
"Hey Red would it be OK with you if I try to ride on my own a bit?" asked Lucas as Red smiled at him.
"Sure buddy, but if you have any trouble i'll be here to help you." said Red giving Lucas the thumbs up as Lucas also gave Red a thumbs up as he took his Feet on the Pedals of the Bike and started to move himself, while Red who was more experienced with riding a Bicycle got on his and followed Lucas around for any help and support in case something happened. After some trial and error Lucas stumbles a few times but once he saw Red his confidence started to grow and put his fear behind him, as Lucas started to get the hang of riding a Bicycle. "Hey' you're doing great buddy, do you want to have a Picnic?" asked Red as Lucas hit the brakes on his Bike and lowered the kickstand.
"Sure Red, I sure am getting hungry." Lucas said as he and Red both set up a blanket on top of the grass as both boys kicked off their shoes and sat on the blanket. Red opened up the basket and took out some sandwiches and riceballs for the duo to eat. "These sure look tasty, Red." Lucas said looking at the food and also a plate of Buffalo Chicken Wings too. "Uh Red, don't these look too hot?" asked Lucas as Red looked at them and smiled.
"Yeah, but do you remember the Super Spicy Curry from the Smash Tournament?" asked Red as he took out some napkins too.
"How can I ever forget, how hot that was." Lucas said as he remembered how hot that Curry was.
"I know, but if you can get used to that type of heat, than maybe you can try a Buffalo Wing; would you like to try one, if it's too hot, i'll give you something to drink to cool your mouth down." Red took out a bottle of Milk from the basket as Lucas looked at the plate of wings
"Ok i'll try!" Lucas picked up a wing and took a bite out of it, and after chewing and swallowing the meat, he took a drink of Milk to cool his mouth down. "It's tastes good, but it's hot, but I'd like another!" Lucas said as he took another wing. After eating several sandwiches, wings, and riceballs both Red and Lucas laid back on the blanket to take a nice nap.
"Having fun, buddy?" asked Red as he placed his hand through Lucas's blonde hair.
"Yes, ever since we've started traveling together we've had so much fun hanging out, playing together, and catching Pokemon." Lucas said as he smiled at Red.
"I have a feeling that when we get older, we'll always have memories in our hearts forever of this adventure."
"I'll never forget any of the adventures we've had here; you really are the best friend I've ever had Red, I can never replace you with anyone.
"Awwww Lucas that's so sweet; you're the best friend I've ever had as well; and I would never trade this for anything else." Red and Lucas both blushed as they sat up and smiled at eachother. Hours later the Sun would begin to set over Cylliage City and during the sunset both Red and Lucas were riding their bikes around with Lucas starting to get better at riding a bike.
"Hey Red, I think i'm getting better at Riding my bike." called out Lucas as Red was riding up beside him.
"I'm proud of you Lucas; you really are starting to get better at everything you do; hey I think we better go stay the night at a Pokemon Center it's starting to get dark out." Red said noticing the Sun starting to lower and the sky was starting to darken.
"Yeah you're right, I'm going to challenge the Gym Leader tomorrow and I need to be well rested to be at my best to battle." said Lucas as he began to yawn.
"All right let's go in and maybe we can talk about strategy as well." said Red as he kicked up his kickstand
"All right, but i'll race you." said Lucas as he took off on his Bike.
"Hey no fair, you got a head start." cried Red catching up to Lucas. as the boys made their way to the Pokemon Center as made their way to their room as they sat on a bed and talked about the Gym Leader.
"Says here that the Gym Leader is named Grand and he specializes in Rock type Pokemon."
"So I should use Squirtle and Clauncher for this battle?" asked Lucas knowing Red as the expert.
"Well water type does have the advantage over rock type, but you got to take level into consideration as well."
"Yep, why don't we do some Training in the Morning before we go to the Gym?"
"All right let's do it." said Red as he and Lucas would turn out the lights and get ready for bed. "Goodnight Lucas; sweet dreams bro."
"Good night Red, i'll see you in the morning." said Lucas as he and Red both would both go to sleep as night would turn to day.
After a relaxing day of friendly bonding, Lucas appears to be growing more confident in his abilities, and with a Pokemon Battle against Gym Leader Grant coming up, Lucas is determined to do his best and to come out on top; what will happen in Lucas's upcoming battle? Find out in the next chapter.
To Be Continued