As the final test for any trainer that had aspirations of coming to the Elite Four, Victory Road was quiet. Few trainers were ever serious enough to dare to enter this cavern of pokemon that would make most quiver in fear for the looks of them, let alone their power.
Sidney was comfortable here, however. He had long ago proven himself to be able to handle the stresses of this place, and the trainers that had that dwelt within the beyond. It was funny to think that he was now one of them - one of the elites. It was just another reason for him to smile as he did.
Zubats flew overhead, their mouths agape as they navigated. The noises they made were inaudible to human hears, but to his Absol that laid beside him - they were cause enough for the pokemon to run and jump and try to reach his flying playmates.
"Well - this is a little early. Isn’t it?" a voice echoed throughout the space in which Sidney had settled into. He had to turn quickly to catch who spoke, and his Absol moved with him - the pokemon’s powers alerting it to its masters change in attitude.
"I’m sorry. I can’t… I’m not sure I know what you mean."
"You’re Sidney right, one of them elite trainers, yeah?"
"Yes, I am! Who are…" Sidney was interrupted by a growl from the Absol at his side. He knew the tone in which his pokemon used, the two had been together long enough for him to recognise what it was that the precognition of his pokemon felt.
"Oh, I get it. You want to battle me, don’t you?"
"Lucky Guess." the trainer picked a ball from his pocket, rolling it out into its full shape as he prepared to throw.
"Alright then! One on One, a little preview match then. Lets see what you can do."
The challenging trainer threw the pokeball. It exploded in a flash of white light fading to reveal the beast that was trapped inside.
"EXEGGCUTE" a chorus of tiny voices sounded up from the newly formed egg cluster on the ground.
"Well, ok then. No bets on who I’m choosing then. Absol - get in there." Sidney watched as his pokemon lept in front of him, lowering it’s body into an attack stance as it went…