For once the "bad guys" aren't after money, world domination, filling the world with water, or any combination of the three. They just want Pokemon to be free. But before I could sign the roster...
That was when I knew I hated this guy. His only Pokemon was a freaking cat; not just any cat, but one that was one level higher than my strongest. Since Arbuckle is a certified champ, we won anyway.
I then walked to Route 2, in order to meet my next teammate.
I caught her, and based on the red eyes and this Pokedex entry.
After grinding out a few levels on my three partners, we continued down Route 2, and into Striaton City. Fighting Bubbles as we entered, and Creeper in the Trainer's School. I was right about them. Bubbles was barely worth mentioning, and Creeper threw me for a loop by leading off with his starting Pokemon. Since ToEG v. Creeper was a 3:2, it wasn't too difficult.
I then found my way to the Gym. Where I met the worst NPC of all time
That's right. He asked me what I had then planned appropriately. Challenge freaking accepted you cheater.