Needless to say, this battle proved to be quite a challenge. My team and I are used to working against type advantages-which is why my team, including my Nidoking (though, as much as he could be...) are all especially quick and agile. Unfortunately, our speed wouldn't give us much of an upper hand in a gym that specializes in flying types, as naturally fast as they are. Which I why, I've attempted to make my team more diverse by teaching them moves outside of their type group (meaning the moves that are uncommon; a beedrill learning fireblast is far too frivolous of a though). Tactics, speed, and the aforementioned moves have always brought our victories, though we share defeat often. So I headed to Violet Gym that morning.
The place is very traditional-not unlike the rest of the town, as beautiful and preserved as it is. Anyways, the gym leader there seemed very confident, as well as his "partner" of sorts. They appeared to be very close and affectionate of eachother. Of coarse I could've done without the taunts of Mr.Yoshinori, but it seemed cute-the way he was supporting his boyfriend and all. Heh.
He begins with his Skarmory-and said pokemon looks quite intimidating. Though, my best bet was Anselm and his thunderbolt. The battle remained up in the air (figuratively, of coarse) for a bit-despite Anselm's heightened speed for a Nidoking, Skarmory was far more agile and quick, therefore dodging most of Anselm's attacks. After taking a few hits, Anselm finally struck the Skarmory with a powerful thunderbolt as he was preparing for a steel wing attack. Well-that was one pokemon down, but Anselm seemed to be near the point of black out, so I recalled him, after congratulating him on a job well done.
Next came the Noctowl-I have to admit, I was a bit afraid of how powerful this pokemon would be. Well, not afraid exactly...more like nervous or anxious. So I sent in Stanislaus. Their speeds were matched somewhat, making the battle a "dodging dance" for a while. Stanislaus's crunch and poison jab were effective with the occasional night slash (it became increasingly difficult to hit the Noctowl as Stanislaus's stamina drained). However, my dear Seviper fainted after one too many psychic hits. So I sent in Faustina, and, with a poison attack whose name escapes me at the moment, poisoned the Skarmory, who was eventually recalled. So now we're both down to our last pokemon.
His pidgeot was absolutly amazing-magestic and proud, as it's trainer was. Both pokemon were incredibly quick-I almost feared that it would be difficult to give out orders under such conditions. The battle was intense, with much dodging and swooping, but eventually with a last minute hyper-beam, we some how won. Some how...
Faustina was exhausted afterwards, so I took her to the Center. It was odd...I felt glad that we won, I really did. I was proud of my team, overcoming the type disadvantages, but I couldn't help but notice that the fight could have gone either way in a moment. Did I just happened to be lucky that th pendulum swung to my side? I am also contemplating asking Falkner for a rematch, seriously. I'm still undecided as to if I should request one or not, which I why I've been training on the routes outside of Violet City for the past week.
On a lighter note, Mr.Falkner and Mr.Yoshinori seem to make an excellent couple. They're very devoted to each other, which isn't something you see often in this world with all the complications of "one night stands" and "no strings sex" type deals. It was quite refreshing to see them, and I wish their future all the best.