Okay, this was another childhood love of mine, so I had a lot of fun with this idea!
Alya had every reason to believe she’d lose the instant she stepped into the gym. Waterfalls lined the walls, and an enormous Gyarados fountain filled the middle of the room, obscuring all but the trainers she’d have to battle before taking on the leader.
She swore under her breath. So much for using the bulk of her team. She might have to rely on one or two and let the rest sit this one out. Thankfully, Marinette had been sweet enough to share a batch of potions with her last time they met up, so if she was lucky, Alya stood a chance.
After a few battles that hit her harder than she had hoped, Alya finally reached the leader.
“Hey, good job. Looks like you made it.” Interestingly enough, he looked about her age. Not only that, she could swear his bright orange headphones were familiar.
“Yeah, I did.” She stepped up, hands on her hips. “I’m ready to challenge you.”
He raised a brow. “You don’t want to heal up first?”
She frowned, scrutinizing his expression to try and figure out why he seemed so familiar. “No, I’m fine.”
“Okay.” He smiled. “If you’re sure.” He tossed out a Pokeball, calling out his Lapras. “You don’t get extra credit for being stubborn, though.”
She snorted. “I don’t need extra credit to beat you.” She summoned her Pidgeotto. “Let’s do this.”