Pokémon - Legends of Kanto
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July 3rd, 2011 (6:05 PM).
As a thread opening present, here is the first chapter.
The shimmering of a full moon illuminated the peaceful town. It was late at night now, and everyone was inside their houses and asleep. Almost everyone, that is. One lone girl was wandering through the grass fields of the town. A brunette with light blue eyes that beautifully reflected the moons light. Her name is Green, and she is in the portion of the class that didn’t graduate, meaning she isn’t receiving a Pokemon for her journey. Discontent filled her eyes.
“Darn it, I wanted one of those three Pokemon!” She pouted as she stopped and stomped on the ground.
“I don’t want to have to wait any longer to go on this journey.. Oh, what am I supposed to do!” She questioned herself as it appeared she was ready to rip her hair out from the anxiety.
She continued walking all alone until she reached the top of a large grass hill. She had a very good view of the other side of town from the top of this hill. Trees, houses, more trees, and Professor Oak’s Pokemon Lab. A mischievous idea popped into her head as soon as she laid eyes upon the laboratory.
“Of course, I can always get one of those Pokemon the easy way..” Green put her hand on her chin for a moment as she pondered, “But what if it’s too risky?”
Green continued her stroll to the Pokemon Lab, but her pace at this point was more of a jog than a walk. She surveyed the area to make sure no one was around. Then, she stopped, crouched, and looked through one of the back windows. There was no one inside the pitch-black laboratory. Green could see a table with three red and white spheres on it, no doubt the Poke Balls containing the starter Pokemon. Much to her dismay, the windows and doors were locked.
“Hmm, it‘s locked..” she thought for a moment, and the light bulb lit up. She pulled a bobby pin out of her wavy, brown hair, “I’ve got just the way to deal with you..”
Green wiggled the bobby pin inside the key hole of the door. She finally heard a pop after jiggling it inside the door for a few good minutes. She silently opened the door and devilishly snuck into the lab with an ever so mischievous smile spread to the corners of her face.
The bright, morning sun made its appearance over the Kanto region and filled every nook and cranny of Pallet Town. However, the suns rays weren’t enough to wake up Red all alone, who was passed out and snoring so comfortably wrapped up in the soft sheets of his bed. It was nearing 7:30AM, just a short half hour away before he is supposed to receive his starter Pokemon and set out on a journey. His mother took note of this and so quietly snuck into his room with two empty frying pans. Then out of nowhere she began banging the cooking pans together, which creating a loud, ringing sound that was more than enough to startle Red out of bed. The boy was so caught by surprise that he nearly fell face-first out of his bed.
“Ah mom, what was that for!?” Red exclaimed as he held his head, his ears were still ringing.
“Have you already forgotten what day is today, son?” She asked with hands on her hips.
“Oh yeah, I start my Pokemon journey today!”
Red excitedly jumped in the air and began undressing his pajamas immediately when he touched the ground, regardless of his mother who was still in the room. She approached his backpack and picked it up.
“I’m going to take a quick look through this and make sure you’re prepared, alright son?”
She didn’t wait for Red to answer her before she left the room, seeing as the boy was too busy looking through his closet for an outfit to wear on his journey.
His mother sat at the dinner table as she unloaded the contents of his backpack to make sure he was prepared. It didn’t come as a surprise when she discovered he wasn’t. She sighed once more at the thought of her son leaving on a journey. While she was no longer filled with any negative thoughts, she still couldn’t shake the fact that dangers are still present in the world from her mind. Then, her eyes lit up with a brilliant idea.
She whispered to herself as she looked down at her necklace. Around her neck was a gold and silver plated coin, and it looked very rare and valuable. Perhaps a treasure from her younger days? Still, she ripped it off, gave it a kiss, held it to her heart, and put it in the bottom of Red’s bag. This was no doubt her way of wishing her son luck on his Pokemon journey.
Red strode out his room looking like quite flashy in his journey attire. A red hat sat forwards atop his messy, black hair which flew in many directions. He wore a red jacket with white sleeves and a white collar over a black t-shirt. He also wore light blue pants and red and black shoes. On his hands were black, fingerless gloves. Red approached his mother with a question.
“So mom, am I all set to go?” He eagerly and looked up to her.
“Close, but there’s a few things you are missing,” she glanced over to the clock in the kitchen, “but you should really get going now, it’s 7:39AM. Why don’t you stop by after you get your Pokemon so you can get your backpack?”
“Okay, sounds good. See you later, mom!”
Red rushed out the door quicker than his mother could reply. She could really see the excitement that overtook him. She smiled as she began looking throughout the house for anything else to add to his backpack.
Red walked all the way through Pallet Town as the light breeze played with his hair. The town was bursting with early activity, from mailmen dropping off mail to each doorstep, to people shopping for food at the outside market, to children chasing the wild Pidgey and Spearow. Red had only one thing on his mind, and that was getting to the lab on time for his own Pokemon. Had he owned a clock he would’ve known that the time was nearing 8:00AM. When he reached the top of the hill that overlooked Professor Oak’s Lab, a rush of adrenaline took over and sprinted towards it. He slowed his pace when he saw Blue and Barclay in conversation, walking the same way he was.
“Hey guys, what’s up?” Red shouted and waved to get their attention. He was panting by the time he reached them.
“What’s up buddy?” Barclay replied.
“Huh, what are you so out of breath for?” Blue teased with a cocky tone in his voice, “Wake up late?”
“Well, uh…” Red’s cheeks blushed a rosy hew as he scratched the back of his head.
“Eh, it doesn’t matter,” the blonde-haired boy Barclay interrupted, “let’s go get our Pokemon, the lab is right there!” he pointed.
The three boys stared at the Pokemon lab and continued their walk towards the building.
“So, have either of you decided on what Pokemon you’re going to choose, yet?” Red inquisitively asked as he turned his head towards both his fellow graduates.
“I already know which one I’m going to pick,” Blue answered, “but what kind of trainer would I be if I shared my plans?” he said with a smart tone.
“I’ve given a lot of thought to it, and the only Pokemon I want is Bulbasaur.” Barcaly held his fist in front of him as he imagined what his first Pokemon was going to be like.
The clock struck 8:00AM exactly, and the three boys stood outside the Pokemon lab. A soft breeze flew by as the three boys stared intently at the building which housed their first ever Pokemon. Blue decided to do the honors of opening the door, but it was locked. Confused, the spiky-brown haired boy attempted to open it again, but to no avail.
“What’s the deal here?” Blue asked.
“Here I am! Wait just another minute!”
The three boys turned their heads to see Professor Oak approaching them, lab coat and all. How ironic it was that he told them to show up on time and he’s the one that’s late. However, it didn’t seem like any of the three boys were complaining, they looked overjoyed to see the Professor with their ear to ear smiles.
“Sorry for making you three wait on me, it’s quite a walk to here from my house.”
“No need to apologize Professor Oak, the important thing is that we’re all here!” Barclay exclaimed.
“Ahh, I see you are excited for your Pokemon journey,” Oak commented with a smile, “shall we now enter the lab?”
Oak pulled a key out of his pocket, unlocked and opened the laboratories front door. He flipped the main power switch as soon as he entered the lab. The overhead lights turned on one by one. While the lab itself wasn’t huge in size, there were many bookshelves filled with endless knowledge about Pokemon physiology. Towards the back of the lab were computers and various machines, all beeping and buzzing with one function or another. The group of four made their way to the back of the lab where the Pokemon were.
“Here is the moment of truth, boys!” Oak exclaimed as they neared the back.
Professor Oak’s mind was sent into a whirlwind of confusion as soon as he laid eyes on the table. There were only two Poke Balls on the table, which obviously wasn’t right. Professor Oak rushed to the table, and the boys could tell something had gone wrong.
“Professor Oak, what‘s wrong?” Red asked.
The curious Professor examined the table and walked to the backdoor. It was obvious to him now that someone had broken into the lab the night before, and the culprit failed to shut the door completely upon exiting. Professor Oak turned to the three boys with the look of disappointment in his eyes.
“Well, there is no other way to explain this. One of the Pokemon has been stolen. I have no other extra Pokemon to give, so only two of you will receive Pokemon..”
Professor Oak frowned. He hated the thought of leaving one of the boys out, and he could see the disappointment and confusion forming in their eyes. The three sighed and looked at each other.
“Well,” Red gulped at the thought that he might be the odd one out, “how are we going to settle this?”
The other two boys looked down and thought for a good, long minute. Blue was the one to break the silence with his idea.
“Well, let’s see what Pokemon there are to choose from first. From there on, we can decide on how to work out this problem.” Blue turned his attention towards his grandfather, “Professor, would you please release the remaining Pokemon from their Poke Balls?”
Professor Oak complied with his grandsons request and picked up both of the red and white spheres. He then proceeded to press the white buttons located at the center of each ball, which opened each one up and released the Pokemon inside. The three boys watched in amazement and anticipation as two entities of bright energy emerged from each Poke Ball. The bright light from the energy faded as soon as the Pokemon materialized on the floor before them, revealing their identities.
The first Pokemon was a short, orange, reptilian creature. The Pokemon had sharp claws on both its hands and feet, as well as four baby fangs inside its mouth. The most noticeable feature of this Pokemon was the fire raging atop its tail. The Pokemon opened it’s large, blue eyes and looked at Red, who caught the creatures gaze.
“Char.. Charmander.” The Pokemon spoke in a soft voice.
The second creature was a light blue turtle, and was even shorter than the preceding Pokemon. A hard, brown and cream colored shell surrounded its body.
“Squirtle, Squirtle!” The Pokemon exclaimed as it looked up to the Professor with its brown eyes.
“Well boys, Charmander and Squirtle are the only remaining Pokemon.”
Immediately, Red and Blue looked at Barclay. It was visibly apparent how crushed his spirits were as soon the corners of his lips formed into a deep frown with eyes sadly gazing at the ground.
“What’s wrong, Barclay?” Professor Oak asked.
“Professor Oak,” the boy raised his head as his eyes began to water, “Bulbasaur is the Pokemon I had my heart set on starting out with..” he clenched his fists.
Professor Oak looked deeply saddened by Barclay’s display, sharing the same discontent with Red and Blue. Red clenched his fist and shut his eyes for a second, gulped, and placed his hand on his friends shoulder.
“Barclay, you can have my spot.” His voice was shaky.
Professor Oak, Blue, and Barclay all had a surprised look on their faces at Red’s statement. The Oak’s stayed silent to let the two converse.
“Really Red, do you mean it?” Barclay wiped his tears away.
“Yes.” He sighed.
Barclay was shocked by Red’s offer. He paused for a moment to look at Charmander and Squirtle eye to eye. He then looked down at the ground with his hand on his chin. He took one more look at the Pokemon before turning back to Red.
“Thank you for the kind offer Red, but Bulbasaur was supposed to be my first Pokemon.. It wouldn’t feel right setting out on a journey without the Pokemon I wanted and stripping you of your chance for a journey.”
Barclay placed his hand on Red’s shoulder, “Thank you again my friend, but I just can’t do that.” he sighed.
“Well, I must say, I am impressed,” Professor Oak spoke up, “both of you have presented a high level of maturity. Both of you will make great Pokemon trainers, I‘m sure of it.” he said with a smile and a nod.
“But, Professor.. How can I be a trainer without my starter Pokemon?”
“You can still be a Pokemon trainer. You have been waiting awhile for this, yes? Well, I won’t let your chances of being a Pokemon Trainer slip away so easily. After Blue and Red pick their Pokemon, we shall all escort you to Route 1 and catch a Pokemon for you. While this may not be the preferred method of starting out your Pokemon journey, it’s better than nothing, right?”
Barclay’s eyes widened as he burst with an unfathomable amount of joy.
“Really Professor? Then what are we waiting for,” Barclay turned to both his friends, “choose your Pokemon, guys!”
Red sighed with relief that he didn’t have to give up his one chance for the right Pokemon. He looked to Professor Oak and then to Blue, “So, how are we going to settle who chooses first?”
“Like this. I choose Squirtle.” Blue turned to and pointed at the turtle Pokemon.
“Well, nothin’ much I can do,” Red shrugged, “Charmander is mine.” he smiled at the Pokemon.
Professor Oak approached the two new Pokemon trainers and handed them their respective Poke Balls. The Pokemon proceeded to approach their new trainers, who were matching with their ear to ear smiles. The Professor smiled as he witnessed the birth of the Pokemon - human relationship, a truly reminiscent experience for all trainers and Pokemon alike. He closed his eyes and tilted his head back to remember what it felt like when he became a trainer himself while Red and Blue introduced themselves to Charmander and Squirtle.
“Well, it’s settled then,” Professor Oak demanded the attention of the room, “Let’s go catch a Pokemon!”
Professor Oak and the three boys exited the Pokemon Lab. Blue and Red were focused on their Pokemon. Then, a soft breeze blew by the group, the wind of a new beginning.
Credit for the theme goes to Hybrid Trainer
anyways, check out my fanfic, Legends of Kanto
first volume completed, chapter releases on the way!
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