It has won several awards and has sparked off an entire genre of different "Rival Stories", so you'll find it rather hard to find a member who hates the fic.
Gastly's Mama is a great friend of Instrutilus, creator of The Travelsverse, so it should come as no surprise that the fanfic-in-the-works Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama was originally intended to be a standalone fic, until Instrutilus suggested it be connected to Rival's Story via the battle with Lance. With Instrutilus working on a one-shot set in the same continuity and both he and Flame Haze working on two fics that focus on two rivals, Agatha and Oak, it can be safe to say it has become it's own universe, named by Instrutilus and named outright by Gastly's Mama as The Rivalsverse.
This work contains examples of:
- Affably Evil: the Scientist
- Always Someone Better: after Red's third battle with Blue, Red.
- Big Bad: Giovanni.
- Chekhov's Gun: the healing device the Scientist uses.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Blue at times.
- Kick the Dog: Red's abuse of his Eevee.
- Mad Scientist: The Scientist.
- The Mafia: Team Rocket, as usual.
- O.C. Stand-in: Maxwell, who is perhaps the most minor character in the Pokémon games. And that's saying something. note
- Old Shame: Red's abuse of his Eevee.
- Original Character: Completely averted.
- Pet the Dog: Red's teaching Return to Eevee.
- Pride Before a Fall: Blue's Alakazam
- The Rival: Red, naturally.
- Sequel Hook: Blue, Red, and Giovanni try and capture Mewtwo.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.
- To Be a Master
- You Should Know This Already