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Old March 3rd, 2013 (1:11 AM). Edited March 3rd, 2013 by Swolligator.
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Aertio – Route 30, Jhoto

Supplies fully stocked and Growlithe at full health, Aertio headed out and onto Route Thirty. The sun now hung lower in the sky as the pair made their way up the route blazingly. With all the grass and bug type Pokemon showing up from between the branches and crawling through tall grass, Growlithe merely cast them aside hurling balls of Ember in their direction. If it wasn’t a game, the two would have had a trail of dead bodies rather than rapidly disappearing pixels behind them. Regardless, Aertio continued on, shouting in triumph as Growlithe downed yet another Ledyba here, Spinarak there. They were half way through the route and Growlithe was already up two levels, yet starting to get restless.

“Come one boy, let’s take a break.” Growlithe barked happily as Aertio lay his bag down on the soft grass next to the pristine lake. While in the game, they didn’t need to eat, but people ate purely out of custom and habit. Placing several pellets of PokeFood on the ground for Growlithe, Aertio helped himself to a single Rice Ball, munching on the compacted rice.

For all the hassle the game now put him in, it was only in this instance in which he sat down and had a look at the world he now resided in that he began to feel a pang of regret for not noticing this side of the game. Once finished, he fished for the Rod in his backpack, pulling it out and assembling it till the now sat in his lap.

“Shall we see what this does?” He asked the Growlithe who barked happily.

Not one usually patient enough, Aertio soon found that fishing in the game was a lot quicker than it had been back in the real world. Within moments he felt a tug at the lure and began pulling and reeling in his first catch. Flopping and splashing haphazardly, the Magikcarp would not let go of the line until Growlithe stepped in, biting the fish as his small teeth tried to penetrate it’s thick outer shell.

It only took a couple of bites before the red fish Pokemon soon disintegrated into a stream of pixels. Laughing in victory, Aertio again cast his hook into the pristine blue water again, waiting for the lure to bob in the water. Something definitely snagged when the lure went into the water suddenly, Aertio almost taken off of his feet. Reeling the catch in, Aertio was surprised to see, not a red Magicarp splash onto shore, but some blue-green frog-baby Pokemon.

“Growlithe, Bite!” He yelled as Growlithe surged forward, burying it’s jaw into the soft flesh of the tadpole Pokemon.

Angrily, the Poliway let loose a jet of bubbles, exploding into Grolithe’s eyes causing the dog Pokemon to let go yelping. “Ember” Aertio called, whooping as Grolithe buried the Poliwag in a conflagration of fire, but his victory was short lived when it emerged relatively unscathed and even angrier. Yet again it let loose a blast of bubbles, drenching Growlithe who seemed to be taking massive damage from it.

“Bite, Growlithe,” after learning from a valuable mistake, Aertio gave up on the thought of burning the Poliwag and, instead, decided to use bite to hopefully come out of this battle alive. Again and again, Aertio yelled for Growlithe to bite the Poliwag, while in response, it continued to soak Growlithe in layers of bubbles. The fight seemed to go neither way until Aertio saw Poliwag’s eyes glow as the Pokemon hypnotised his Growlithe.

“No!” Aertio yelled, but it was too late, Growlithe slumped to the ground, snoring loudly while the Poliwag jumped eratically, flailing in the air in some sort of victory dance. Grabbing an item from his bag, he tossed it at the Poliwag, intending to injure the Pokemon, hoping to give him some time to administer the Awakening to Growlithe.

In the background, Aertio heard a ‘click’ as he sprayed Growlithe first with an Awakening, then next with a Potion. Turning around, at first he thought the Poliwag had returned to the lake, but on closer inspection, where the Poliwag had stood was a small, round red ball. Picking it up, he soon recognised the Pokeball engraved with a small ‘A’ below its button; it was definitely his.

Pocketing the ball, he re-administered another Potion to Growlithe before they set out for the next leg of their journey up to Route 31 then across to Violet City.

Two trainers and a field full of grass and bug typed Pokemon later, Aertio found himself and Growlithe on Route 31, sky blackened by smoke and fire dancing on the treetops in the wind. He watched up ahead as another Player walked through the conflagration and into the cave beyond. Without thinking, Aertio ran forward, following the other Player into the darkness of the cave beyond. Amongst the fluttering and screeching of Zubat and rolling Geodude, he could vaguely hear a pair of voices ahead.

"Hello?" He called out tentatively.