With Lucius having carried out the orders given to him, Ben felt slightly disheartened at the fact that the tactic didn't work to its full effect. However, this was not time to moan, and Ben merely applauded his Pokemon for what it had achieved in battle thus far. From what Ben could see, the Sandshrew was now entering 'tired mode', in which it may resort to giving its all in battle in order to defeat the foe, no matter what cost. Ben decided a tactic change would be in order.Politically Incorrect said:
Desert of Illusion (Please reply in darkorange)
You give your Magnemite its order, and it responds with a positive robotic "Magnemite!" before it begins to carry out its orders. Positioning its levitating body to give off a glare into the eyes of the Sandshrew, the reflection of the sunlight misses the Sandshrew by a few inches. Quickly adjusting its position, the glare strikes the Sandshrew right in the eyes. While the attack seems to have affected Sandshrew, Magnemite is also still in a bad spot accuracywise. Jetting forward quickly, the Magnemite hits Sandshrew's left shoulder. Sandshrew gives a cry of pain before it wildly scratches at the air, its Scratch attack missing. What will you do?
'Okay, Lucius, come back,' Ben ordered to his magnet Pokemon as he held out his Pokeball, and Lucius made a reply that sounded like relief, but also had a hint of regret that it wouldn't be able to finish the Sandshrew off. 'You're needed in the Move Tutor.'
And so, Ben looked down at his belt and eyed his new Pokeball. He had hoped that this Pokemon that he had recently adopted would do him well - now was the time to test it.
'Go! Alfred!' Ben cried as he threw the Pokeball to the ground. Out of the ball emerged Alfred - his Seedot - wondering where it was. From what Ben could see, it was clearly not accustomed to trainer life yet.
'Alfred, this is your time to shine!' Ben assured the small acorn Pokemon. Looking at the opposing Sandshrew, he commanded 'If it comes at you with any attack, use Harden! Then, regardless whether it has or hasn't, use Bide!'
The acorn Pokemon looked at Ben confusingly. Ben sighed - it was obviously still young as it had no knowledge of the word 'regardless'. 'Just...use Harden, and then Bide after that,' Ben had to border on baby-talk to discuss the attack plan with Seedot.
Having understood, Ben's new adoptee turned to face the Sandshrew, who had not given up yet...