Yes, that's my mom. She's very confused by all this Pokémon stuff and tends to forget half of what's going on between chapters (she's forgotten the War of the Legends is a thing at least three times), but overall she says she enjoys it.
I just read that you said this with respect to Gyarados being water-bound.
But either way TQftL takes place in the anime-verse, rather necessarily what with having anime characters in it, and as far as I've seen in the anime, Water-type Pokémon without terrestrial limbs are always waterbound there. Maybe at some point in the ten years since I started the fic this has been falsified without my knowledge, but it would be rather odd to suddenly switch now.
Personally, I completely understand the decision, although I think as a part-Flying type Gyarados would probably be able to move out of water somehow (even if it can't learn Fly).
Anyway, I found a screenshot from the first movie showing Gyarados and its clone fighting on land: