Having exhausted their pool of new trainers, our young heroes decided to move on from Viridian to Pewter City, leaving the Viridian Gym – and its powerful reputation – for another time. By traveling through Viridian Forest the crew managed to catch quite the batch of Bug-type Pokémon, but the true prizes were David’s new Pikachu as well as Jenni’s Pidgeotto and her acquisition of a Bulbasaur with the help of Jason’s fine cooking.
Once out of Viridian Forest, a two day journey, the party made their way into Pewter City. Famed for its museum, and having seen lights on late at night while coming into town, they decided to visit before continuing on with their Pokémon training. Once inside, Jenni managed to talk the group into a visit with Dr. Grant Hammonds and out of the entrance fee. In their talk with the famed archaeologist, the group found itself tasked with retrieving a Moon Stone from Mount Moon to help with Hammonds research – a request Jenni was eager to accept for her companions.
Mount Moon proved itself to be a more dangerous place than first expected. In addition to attempting to maneuver past clutches of Geodude who had attached themselves to the ceiling of the caves, and were quite protective of their territiory, David found himself in a death-defying chase after a Charmander deep within the cave complex where sulfur vents and extreme heat were poised to end the stalwart trainer. If it weren’t for the hard work of his Squirtle and Pidgey it is likely that Jason and Jenni would not have seen their friend again.
This happened as Jenni and Jason moved further into their mountain, and eventually they came across a Clefairy who appeared to be pounding away at the cave wall. Jenni quickly discovered that the Pokémon was digging for a Moon Stone buried deep into the rock. After retieving the stone, the Clefairy scurried away even deeper into the complex and Jenni quickly followed after it. Jenni and Jason soon found themselves inside of an antechamber where the Clefairy placed the Moonstone into the center of what appeared to be a crater and called forth its bretheren. The Clefairy formed a crescent around the crater that was soon filled by three Clefable and another Clefairy. The final Clefairy jumped into the crater and bowed to the Clefable to recieve a crown made of stone and precious gems. Once crowned, the Clefairy raised the Moon Stone over its head and used its power to evolve. Not to sit idly by during such an amazing occurence, Jenni made sure to use her video camera to film not only the crowning and evolution ceremony but also the party that immediately followed.