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| I'm Always Grumpig First Thing in the Morning II/VS Grumpig II
I'm Always Grumpig First Thing in the Morning II/VS Grumpig II or Hidden Strength (Japanese: VS ブーピッグ II VS Boopig II or 明かされた力 Revealed Strength) is the 228th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Sapphire lies in shock after witnessing Ruby's victory over the rampaging Grumpig. She notes that Ruby specifically attacked the Grumpig's pearls, which isn't a technique a normal Trainer would use. Although Ruby feigns ignorance once again, Sapphire isn't fooled, and she has Rono attack Ruby. On instinct, Ruby dodges the attack and has Nana swat Rono away.
Sapphire asks why Ruby lied to her, but Ruby refuses to answer her question. When she sees that Ruby doesn't want to talk, Sapphire grudgingly accepts, since Ruby being strong is a good thing. Confused, Ruby asks why that it's a good thing.
Sapphire reveals that a catastrophe is hitting Hoenn, and with Ruby's strength, he'll be able to help the Gym Leaders with her. Ruby refuses, as he states that he his interests lies in Contests. Angered, Sapphire states that because of all the bad things that have happened, she isn't interested in challenging Gyms. Sapphire states that they should fight for Hoenn, but Ruby replies that since he just moved there, he isn't all that interested in fighting for it and plans on moving back to Johto after beating the Contests.
Furious, Sapphire immediately begins stripping her clothes off, much to Ruby's shock. Using the leaves from the trees, Sapphire fashions a leaf bikini similar to the one she wore when she met Ruby. As she does so, she reveals that despite their quarrels, she never really though Ruby was a bad person.
Sapphire shows Ruby the letter he wrote for her, and points out that he said that he thought she would look nice in the clothes he made for her. She reveals that the compliment made her happy, as no one had told her that before, which is why she decided to wear the clothes in the first place. She points out that even though Ruby is so strong, he's not putting his strength to good use.
Ruby tries to say something, but Sapphire refuses to listen to his words. Sapphire tosses the clothes Ruby made for her and tells him to never come near her again. Ruby complies with her demand and turns around to leave.
Back at the Gym Leader's location, Winona asks her teammates if they were alright after the earthquake. The others shrug it off, and complain about her decision to let Sapphire join them despite most of them not agreeing to it. Roxanne decides to wait until Tate and Liza arrive before making their decision.
As Winona wonders where the twins are, Tate and Liza walk through Mt. Pyre. They sense an evil presence and go on their guard. They express regret at having to miss the Gym Leader meeting, but they cannot tell the others about their other job. As they continue on, they managed to track the presence at the heart of the cave.
Suddenly, the cave becomes hotter, which is revealed to be caused by Team Magma. The Team Magma Grunts reveal that they have come for the Red and Blue Orbs, which they tracked the Detector. The Grunts attack, but Tate and Liza easily dodge using their combination. The two groups then begin their Double Battle.