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Old January 23rd, 2018 (9:59 PM). Edited June 28th, 2018 by BZRich64.
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    This is a story I started writing a few months ago to work on my writing skills and that is available in few places so far and I figured I might as well add it here too. I'm quite a long way into this story so far, so I think I'll probably just post a chapter a day or so until I get caught up here so as to not overwhelm anyone new to it. Anyway, here we go.

    Chapter 1
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    "My name is Samuel Oak, but most of you probably know me as the 'Pokémon Professor'. 'What is a Pokémon?' some of you may be asking. Well to some people, Pokémon are pets. Some use them for the purposes of battle. Some see them as friends, and to others they are family. No matter what Pokémon are to you, there is no questioning the importance of meeting your first Pokémon.

    It was roughly thirty-six years ago that I was given my Charmander and I began my journey across the region, learning everything I could about Pokémon. And now, almost four decades later I can still remember that day as if it just happened.

    In ancient times children were sent into the wilderness to tame their first Pokémon as a rite of passage, an initiation of adulthood. In modern times the connotation of ascension into adulthood remains, but now they are given out to those who have graduated from a learning facility approved by the Pokémon League. Here in Pallet Town, I have been approved as a licensed instructor and children are taught under my supervision. This year there are four students who I have deemed worthy of this great honor.

    And so, without further ado, it is my proud honor to bestow onto these four promising trainers their first Pokémon as well as official Pokémon Trainer licenses and Pokédexes of my own design. First up we have Ash Ketchum."

    Prof. Oak looked over to his right where the Trainers-to-be were sitting. A wave of hushed muttering passed through the auditorium as the audience noticed that there were only three chairs filled. Noticing the unease filling the room, the professor tried lightening up the mood.

    "Well, either I can't count, or Ash is late like always. I swear, the day he shows up to something on time will be the day I die." His attempt at a joke didn't seem to go over well with the crowd, so he decided to move on. "Well, I guess we'll just save him for last and hope he shows up. Next up is my granddaughter, Daisy Oak."

    The only girl among the three stood up and walked over to her grandfather who picked up her license and a Pokédex from the table to his left. As Daisy reached the podium, the Professor handed them to her and shook her hand while people in the audience took pictures, then told her to stand behind the table, where four Pokéballs were resting.

    "And now my grandson, Gary Oak."

    One of the boys stood up and walked over to the professor who handed him his license and Pokédex, shook his hand, and asked him to stand by his sister.

    "And last, but certainly not least, Samuel Redwood."

    The other boy, informally known as Red, got up and did as the others. He got his license and Pokédex, shook the professor's hand and stood next to Gary.

    "Is Ash here yet? No? Then I guess we'll move on." Professor Oak looked over to the three standing behind the table. "Now that you each have your licenses, you are officially able to have your own Pokémon. Before you are four Pokéballs, each one contains a Pokémon that will become a lifelong friend and companion. Choose among yourselves who will take which one."

    Each of the children picked up one the Pokéballs and held it up proudly in front of them.

    "Good, now release them from their Pokéballs and say hello to your new Pokémon!"

    The three did as the professor told them and as they did he introduced each of them to their new companions.

    "Daisy, you have chosen the Grass-type Bulbasaur; Gary, you have chosen the Water-type Squirtle; and Samuel, you have chosen the Fire-type Charmander. Your very own Pokémon legends are about to unfold. A world of dreams and adventures with Pokémon awaits you!"

    * * *

    As Daisy, Gary and Red set out on their Pokémon journeys, Ash Ketchum fell out of bed.

    "Huh? What?" It took him a moment to fully wake up. "Oh no! What time is it?" He looked over to his alarm clock and saw that it was broken. "How did…" Ash gazed out the window, seeing that the sun was already up higher than it should be. "It doesn't matter, I'm late."

    Ash got dressed and ran out the door as fast as he could, almost forgetting to put on pants. His mother must have left early that morning for work and went straight to the ceremony without him, assuming that he would get up on his own, as he usually did.

    He ran to Professor Oak's Laboratory where the graduation meeting he should be at was being held, or to be more precise, the building next to the lab that was used as a school. He slowed to a walk as he approached it, however, when he saw the large crowd leaving the building. His heart sunk as he realized that he missed his own graduation and getting his first Pokémon. Even worse, practically the entire town was there and saw that he missed it. Despite the embarrassment he walked past the crowd, saying hello to some of the people he knew. He made his way to the auditorium. Professor Oak was still on the stage, packing up his things. He looked up and saw Ash walking up to him.

    "Ah, hello Ash, I was wondering when you'd get here." The Professor stood up and picked up Ash's Pokémon license and the final Pokédex from the table. "I'm sorry you missed the ceremony, but if you want we can call your mother back here and we can still get a picture of you receiving your license."

    "No thanks." Ash held his head low as he took the license and Pokédex from the professor. "Do I still get a Pokémon?"

    "Of course you do." The professor picked up the last remaining Pokéball and held out to Ash. "Unfortunately, there's only one left so you don't get to choose."

    A huge smile crept over Ash's face as he grabbed the Pokéball from Prof. Oak's hand. "Thank you." He held out the Pokéball and pushed the button to release the Pokémon inside. A trail of red light poured from it and reached the ground where a small, yellow Pokémon materialized.

    "That's Pikachu, the Electric Mouse Pokémon." The professor explained. "Unfortunately, I only recently caught that one, so-"

    Ash reached out to pet his new Pikachu and was met with an electric shock throughout his system.

    "-you might have a little trouble with him at first."

    * * *

    With his new Pikachu in tow, Ash made his way back home. While passing by the Oak family residence he saw Gary riding off with an entourage of women in a red convertible.
    "What?" Ash wasn't really sure what to make of that. Before he had time to question it further, Daisy walked up to him.

    "Hi, Ash."

    "Uh, hi Daisy. Who were those women with your brother?"

    "Oh, just some girls that work for our dad. He said something about Gary 'not being mature enough' to go on his own. If you ask me, I think it would be good for him to be on his own for once, but oh well. Oh, before I forget, I had something I wanted to give you."

    Daisy reached into her bag and shuffled around a bit before pulling out a large, folded piece of paper and handing it to Ash.

    "What's this?" Ash said as he took the paper.

    "It's a map. I figured that since you seem to get lost all the time just in this small town, you're bound to need one if you plan on traveling the region."

    "Well, thanks for the vote of confidence." Ash said sarcastically.

    "I didn't mean that as a bad thing, directions just aren't your strong suit. Well, I should be going. It's a long walk to Viridian and I want to get there before dark. Goodbye, Ash."

    "Bye, Daisy." They waved at each other as Daisy walked off on the first steps of her journey. Ash felt a bit of sting as he realized that he had no idea when he'd ever see Daisy, one of his closest friends, again. After a moment he started on his way again before stopping in front of the Pallet House.

    Pallet Town was a pretty small town, so they didn't have any hotels or inns. There weren't enough people that visited to warrant any. What they did have was the Pallet House, a small bed & breakfast that had been started up by Ash's grandparents long ago. Currently, it was owned by his mother, Delia Ketchum, who had expanded the Pallet House into a large chain with Pallet Houses in almost every major city in the country. The key to its success was that every Pallet House strives to give the cozy, small-town feel of the original, no matter where they were. People from rural areas love staying at them for a sense of familiarity in large urban environments, while people from the big cities love them for the exotic, rural environment that they can't experience anywhere else.

    Or so Ash had always been told, anyway. His mother has always been somewhat overprotective of him and had never let him go with her whenever she had to go out of town for business meetings or to open new Pallet Houses. All he knew was that the original one here only enjoyed mild success.

    Ash walked inside and found his mom in her office. Despite owning the entire chain, Delia preferred to leave the business aspects of the company to others while she managed this Pallet House on her own. She was still involved in big decisions, but she spent most of her time here.

    "Ash!" When Delia looked up and saw her son she immediately put down the paperwork she was doing and ran over to him. "How did it go? Did you get your Pokémon? Oh! That Pikachu must be him!"

    "Wait, mom, don't pet him he'll…" Ash trailed off as his mother put her hand under Pikachu's chin, expecting it to shock her like it had him. And to his surprise, it didn't. In fact, the yellow mouse Pokémon seemed to enjoy it. "Hey! When I tried that he shocked me."

    "You must have done it too hard, you need to be gentle." Delia looked up at Ash while still stroking Pikachu's chin and then suddenly pulled him into a hug and started crying. "I can't believe you're going. My baby boy is going away on his Pokémon journey all on his own." She continued going on but her sobbing made it almost impossible to tell what she was saying after that. But then she stopped crying and stood up. "Wait a minute. You don't have to go alone. Carmine! Carmine, get in here!"

    After a moment a man ran into the room. He was tall, with dark red, shoulder-length hair. He had huge bags under his dark brown eyes and overall and had a disheveled look about him.
    "There you are." Looking at Delia now, you would never guess that she had been bawling her eyes out less than a minute ago. "Carmine, I want you to go with Ash on his journey."
    Ash and Carmine both looked at each other. A loud "What?!" was both of their responses.
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      Gary Oak had a plan. Once he got his Trainer's License, he would set out on his own to challenge the Gyms of Kanto, win their Badges and enter the Pokémon League. When he told his father these plans, his father, David Oak, simply laughed. According to David, Gary was 'not mature enough to be allowed on his own yet'. Gary tried to argue that his sister Daisy was going to travel on her own as well, but his father insisted that he had not 'earned that right'. And so Gary was now stuck in the back of one of his father's cars, escorted by the first six people his father could pay to completely drop whatever they were doing and accompany him for an indefinite amount of time.

      Gary glanced out at the grassy plain that was Route 1 and thinking about what he was missing. He could be out there right now training his Squirtle and catching more Pokémon. He saw some sort of large purple mouse in the distance and suddenly he had an idea. With no warning, he suddenly unbuckled his seat belt and jumped out of the moving car. The fall hurt like crazy, but he didn't let that stop him. He ran off to where he saw that mouse Pokémon, completely ignoring the car stopping behind him and the girls getting out of it to run after him.

      When Gary finally found the mouse, he called out his Squirtle from its Pokéball and ordered it to use Tackle on the wild Pokémon, and Squirtle rammed into the mouse with all its strength. The mouse was surprised by the sudden attack and retaliated with its own Tackle. Gary simply ordered his Squirtle to use Tackle again and the mouse went down. Gary threw an empty Pokéball at it while the girls finally caught up to him.

      "Are you alright?"

      "What were you thinking?"

      "Why did you do that?"

      Gary ignored their questions and picked up the Pokéball with his new Pokémon inside. He held it up high as he turned to face them.

      "I caught…" He quickly pulled out his Pokédex to see what it was he actually caught, "a Rattata! Level 2, male, slightly taller than average."

      * * *

      Meanwhile, Red was also on Route 1. He had his Charmander out, walking alongside him so that they could bond. Red felt that it was important that they get to know each other since they would theoretically be spending the rest of their lives as friends and partners. Eventually, the two came to a river blocking the way.

      "You probably don't like water." Red looked down at the fire lizard, who nodded. "Well, there should be a bridge somewhere. I guess we should have been following the road."

      Red and Charmander looked to see if they could find the bridge. Unfortunately, they seemed to be too far away. All they could see was a girl fishing on the other side.

      "Well, the water doesn't look too deep. We should be able to wade our way across from here." Charmander looked like it was about to have a heart attack from Red's decision. "Sorry, I meant that I can wade across while you can wait in the safety of your Pokéball."

      Charmander let out a sigh of relief as Red pulled out his Pokéball and called him back in. Red then proceeded to cross the river holding Charmander's Pokéball above his head. The water was deeper than he thought, going up to his waist. When he got to the other side he also found that the water had pushed him closer to the fishing girl.

      "You really shouldn't cross the river like that." The girl said to him, as he stepped back onto dry land.

      "I made it across just fine."

      "You lucked out. A Water Pokémon could have knocked you over and you could have drowned. Not to mention that Charmander of yours would have drifted away into the sea."

      "I didn't think of that. I'll have to keep that in might next time I-"

      "Hold on, I got something." The girl tried to pull in her line, but whatever she caught was too strong for her. "Don't just stand there, help me!"

      Together they were able to pull up the line, but to both of their surprise it wasn't a Water Pokémon on the line, but a girl. She appeared to be a little younger than Red and had long blonde hair tied back in a ponytail. The girl that had been fishing lowered her ear to the unconscious girl's mouth.

      "She's still breathing, but only barely. We need to get her to a hospital!"

      * * *

      Despite both of their protests, Ash and Carmine were unable to convince Ash's mother not to make them go together. And because of that, they were now running for their lives together from a flock of angry Spearow.

      "Can't you stop them with your Pokémon?" Ash yelled at Carmine.

      "You and your Pikachu are the ones who caused this! You stop them!"

      "What's Pikachu going to do against them?"

      "It's an Electric-type. They're Flying-types. You just graduated from school, right? You figure it out!"

      "Oh, right." Ash stopped running and turned to face the flock. "Pikachu! Thundershock!"

      The Pikachu desperately clinging on to Ash's shoulder didn't react to his command. Before Ash could go back to running, the Spearow caught up to him and started attacking him from every side.

      "Come on, really." Carmine stopped and reached down to one of the Pokéballs around his belt. Before he called out the Pokémon inside, however, he was stopped by a huge burst of electricity that shot out from inside the flock of Spearow.

      Pikachu let out another surge of electricity, knocking all but one of the Spearow to the ground, unconscious. The last remaining Spearow had now become even angrier than before and continued its assault on Ash, and Pikachu didn't have enough energy for another attack. In order to defend himself and his Pikachu, Ash reached into his backpack and pulled out the first thing he could grab out of it and threw the object at his attacker. Two seconds later and the Spearow had been successfully caught inside of the Pokéball.

      Carmine helped pull Ash back up onto his feet. "Well, I've got to say kid; that was actually kind of impressive, almost. I think I understand why your mom wanted me to go with you now, though. I could only imagine what could have happened if I wasn't here."

      "What are talking about? You didn't do anything!"

      "We should keep moving. It looks like there's a storm coming."

      "Don't change the subject!"

      * * *

      As it happens, there really was a storm coming, as Daisy Oak found out the hard way. The rain came down hard as she tried to shield herself with her bag.

      "Maybe I should have gone with Gary." She muttered to herself. "I'm sure he's nice and warm in dad's car right now."

      She continued trudging through the rain for a while, but then she heard the sound of thunder and saw a lightning bolt fall from the sky.

      "This day just keeps getting better and better." She said sarcastically.

      After a while, the storm finally cleared up, just as she came within visual range of Viridian City.

      "Finally, things are starting to look up." She continued walking towards the city but then slipped into a muddy ditch.

      "Oh! Come! On! I'm sopping wet, I've been walking for hours, the sun is already starting to go down, and now this. I just got this dress and now it's ruined."

      Daisy didn't bother getting back up at first. She just stared up at the setting sun. Eventually, she began to laugh.

      "If I can make it through this, then I can make it through anything you can throw at me, world! I will continue my journey! I will take on the Gym challenges! I will enter the Pokémon League!"

      She got up and climbed out of the ditch, then pointed a finger up to the sky and exclaimed at the top of her lungs:

      "Look out, world! Daisy Greenleaf Oak has got your number, and she's not calling you back!"

      She then lowered her hand back down again.

      "Wait, no, that didn't make any sense."

      Her hand shot back into the air again.

      "Look out, world! I will accept! No! Refunds! No, that was stupid."

      Daisy continued trying to come up with a good one-liner all the way to Viridian, but couldn't come up with anything.
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        Gary walked into the Pokémon Center with pride. He had just started his journey earlier that day and now he already had four Pokémon. In addition to his Squirtle and the Rattata he caught, he also managed to catch a Pidgey and a Spearow.

        "Welcome to the Viridian City Pokémon Center." The nurse waiting at the main desk said. "Would you like to heal your Pokémon back to perfect health?"

        Gary put his four Pokéballs in the tray the nurse held out him. She put the tray into the large machine next to her and after a moment took the tray back out and held it out to him.

        "Thank you for waiting. We've restored your Pokémon back to perfect health. We hope to see you again!"

        "What do you mean?" Gary asked as he took his Pokéballs back. "Are you saying you want my Pokémon to get hurt so I need to come back?"

        "Not at all. You are clearly a Pokémon Trainer, and in your line of work, it is inevitable that your Pokémon will eventually need healing again. What I meant was that I hope you come back here when that happens."

        "I guess that makes sense. It still seems odd to say, though."

        Gary turned around and began to walk back out. As he reached the door he turned again and spoke. "Smell you later."

        Outside, his chaperones were waiting for him. By now he was pretty sure he knew most of their names.

        Mallory, or "Mal", had curly, dark red hair. She had been Gary's father's campaign manager when he ran for mayor and had now more or less become the de-facto leader of the group.

        Katherine, aka "Kat", had long, brown hair and a notable tan. She was Gary's cousin from his mother's side. She had just returned home from her own Pokémon Journey around Kanto a few weeks ago.

        Ciel's hair was an odd blue color that Gary was pretty sure was dyed. She was Mallory's younger sister.

        Cleo's had black hair that she kept in a bob-cut. She was trying to form a career as a singer but hadn't had any success.

        Sue, short for Susan, had long, purple hair. She was a competitive swimmer with aspirations of entering the Pokélypics.

        And finally, there was Alice, or Ali. Her hair was short and brown. She was Gary's father's secretary.

        Right now, all six were wearing cheerleader outfits for no discernible reason.

        "What are you wearing and why are you wearing it?"

        "You're going to challenge the Gym Leader now, right?" Mal answered.

        "Yes..." Gary couldn't tell where they were going with this.

        "We're going to cheer you on in your match!" Kat chimed in.

        Gary just sighed and started walking towards the gym. When he got there he found that it was closed.

        "Hey, what gives?" Gary kicked the door in frustration. "I came all the way here and the gym isn't even open!"

        "The Gym's been closed for a while," said an old man sitting in front of the building, "no one was seen the Gym Leader in quite some time."

        "Then how is anyone supposed to get the Gym Badge?"

        "If he doesn't show up soon, the Pokémon League officials will assign a new Leader. You also only need eight of the fifteen badges available in Kanto to take part in the Pokémon League tournament, if that's what you want."

        "Alright, fine. Come on girls, let's find a hotel."

        * * *

        Red and the girl who had been fishing earlier were sitting in the waiting room of the Viridian Medical Emergency Center.

        "My name's Red, by the way." He had just realized they had not introduced each other yet.

        "I'm Misty."

        A man walked into the waiting room.

        "Hello, my name is Doctor Sallow. Are you the ones who brought in the girl?"

        "Yes. Is she going to be alright?" Misty asked the doctor.

        "Yes, she's going to be just fine. You got her here just in time. She's resting right now, but should be able to leave tomorrow."

        "That's a relief."

        The doctor left to check on another patient, leaving Red and Misty alone again.

        "Hey, Red," Misty turned to the young trainer, "Can you stay here to see her when they let her out?"

        "Yes. Why?"

        "I have to get back home to Cerulean, so I won't be able to stay myself." Misty pulled out what looked like a business card and wrote something on the back. "I want you to call me when they let her out. I want to know who she is and how she's doing." She handed the card to Red who took it from her.

        "Wow, I've been a Trainer for less than a day and I've already got a girl giving me her number."

        Misty shot him a death glare.

        "I was only joking. I'll call when she gets out." He looked down at the card and his mouth dropped for a second. "Hold on, you're a Gym Leader?"

        "Well, one of four, actually. My sisters and I share the title. But if I leave them alone for too long they get lazy and just hand out the Cascade Badge to trainers instead of accepting Gym Challenges and letting the trainers earn it. I've got to get back to make sure they actually do their job."

        * * *

        When Daisy finally made it to Viridian City, the sun had already fallen. She pulled a map and her address book out of her bag and began searching the city for something. Finally, she found it; Viridian City's Pallet House. She walked inside and was greeted by the receptionist and the front desk.

        "Hello, and welcome to the Pallet House."

        "Hello. I'd like an overnight room for one."

        The receptionist seemed friendly enough but his mannerisms suggested that he did not like the idea of a dirty, mud-covered kid staying here. His expression changed, however, when she handed him a small, plastic card.

        "This is a VIP membership card. Where did you get this?"

        "Mrs. Ketchum gave it to me as a gift when I left to start my Pokémon Journey this morning."

        "You know the owner?"

        "Yes, she's my neighbor. I'm also friends with her son and I worked at the original Pallet House last summer. Oh, and my dad's a major stockholder in the company."

        The receptionist just stared at her for a moment; trying to comprehend how this mud-covered little girl could be so important to the company he'd been working at for years.

        "So, can I have my room?"

        "R-right, of course. Can I get a name?"

        "Daisy Oak."

        After a moment of entering her information into a computer, he handed the card back to Daisy and gave her a room key. "Enjoy your stay at the Pallet House."

        "Thank you." Daisy took her card and the key and headed up the stairs.

        "I can't believe that just happened." The receptionist muttered to himself. Just then the front door opened again and a boy came in followed by six women.

        "We need some rooms." The boy said as he walked up to the desk and held out a VIP card.

        "N-name?"

        "Gary Oak."

        * * *

        When Ash and Carmine made it to Viridian City, Ash insisted that they stay at the Pokémon Center. When Carmine asked why they needed to stay there, Ash answered that the Pokémon Center offers free lodging for Pokémon Trainers. Carmine pointed out that they could stay at the Pallet House for free too, and that they would have better accommodations. Ash's reply was something along the lines of 'that not being the genuine Pokémon experience' and that was the end of that argument.

        While Ash was sleeping in the dorm room along with all the other Trainers there that night, Carmine chose to walk around the city instead. He had been having problems with insomnia for years and found that walking around outside for a while before going to bed helped him sleep.

        As Carmine walked by an alleyway, he happened to turn and see two suspicious looking people standing there in familiar looking uniforms. There were a man, a woman and a Meowth standing on its hind legs.

        "Team Rocket." Carmine muttered to himself as he moved out of view from the alley. "What are they doing here?"

        He peered into the ally again and was relieved to see that they hadn't noticed him. He tried listening in on their conversation.

        "And then we nab all da Pikachu's that are in da Pokémon Center 'cause of da storm." Carmine thought he had seen everything, but a talking Meowth just proved him wrong.

        "Then what are we waiting for? Let's go!" The woman said, walking out of the alley and straight into Carmine.

        "And where do you think you're going?" Carmine asked the trio.

        "That's none of your business." The man said.

        "You're wearing Team Rocket uniforms. That makes it my business."

        "And you do think you are, talking to us like that?" The woman pointed an accusatory finger at Carmine's chest.

        "My name is Carmine Noir."

        "Is that supposed to mean something?"

        "It should. I guess Team Rocket must have changed their uniform policies. I thought white was reserved for the higher-ups."

        "Why you… Prepare for trouble!"

        "And make it double!"

        "To protect the world of devastation!"

        "To unite all people within our nation!"

        "To denounce the evils of truth and love!"

        "To extend our reach to the stars above!"

        "Jessie!"

        "James!"

        "Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!"

        "Surrender now, or prepare to fight!"

        "Meowth! That's right!"

        Carmine had to hold back his laughter. "What was that?"

        "It was our motto. Now take this! Ekans!"

        "Koffing!"

        The two sent out their Pokémon, a snake and a ball filled with gas, respectively.

        "Not even evolved? You must be really low-ranked grunts." Carmine let out a chuckle.

        "So what, I doubt you even have any Pokémon to defend yourself." James said.

        Carmine pulled out a Pokéball. "I think I'll have a bit of fun with you. Sneasel, use Beat Up."

        The small, black Pokémon came out of its Pokéball already ready to attack. It took a swipe at Ekans and then immediately returned to its Pokéball. And then, one by one, each of Carmine's other Pokémon came out of their Pokéballs, attacked one of Team Rocket's Pokémon, and retreated before Sneasel came out again. By the time Sneasel was back out, both Ekans and Koffing were lying unconscious on the ground, with Jessie, James and Meowth staring in horror.

        "How… How did you…"

        "As I said, my name is Carmine Noir. Tell your boss I said I'm looking forward to a rematch someday."
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          When Ash woke up the next morning after he started his Pokémon journey, it took him a moment to realize where he was.

          "That's right; I'm in the Viridian Pokémon Center… I'm a Pokémon Trainer!"

          "One with a penchant for sleeping in." Carmine was sitting at a table to the side of the room, reading a book. "All the other trainers that were staying here last night have already left."

          Ash looked around and, sure enough, there was nothing but a bunch of empty bunk beds and the table Carmine was sitting at. Pikachu was resting on the other side of the table.

          "Why didn't you wake me up?"

          "I thought if the sounds of everyone else getting up, getting packed and chatting amongst themselves weren't going to wake you up, I wasn't going to be able to. It was pretty loud in here. Besides, I'm just here to keep you out of trouble, if you want to sleep in and fall behind the others then that's your choice."

          Ash jumped up with that last statement. "Oh, no! I can't fall behind Gary." He grabbed his backpack and ran to the bathroom to get changed.

          "Ah, the rivalries of youth. The constant need to best your fellow trainers, especially the ones you know the best. I remember when I was his age, traveling around the Johto region." Carmine spoke to Pikachu, who clearly wasn't listening. "I had a rival. Both in Pokémon battling and in love. I lost in both. But why am I talking to you? You don't care."

          Ash reentered the room, dressed and ready to go.

          "Come on, Pikachu! Let's go!" Ash held out his arm for Pikachu to jump on. He didn't.

          "Why don't you just keep him in his Pokéball?" Carmine asked Ash as he put his book down and stood up.

          "He won't go back in." Ash tried picking Pikachu up but was met with a shock instead.

          "Well, this is going to be a long trip." Carmine picked up his own backpack and put on a black beret.

          "When did you get that?"

          "I stopped by a clothing store this morning and decided to get it. This style is supposed to be popular among veteran Trainers in Unova."

          "Why would you care about fashion trends half-way around the world?"

          "I just thought it looked good on me. Oh, and I saw the Oak girl there, too."

          * * *

          West of Viridian City is Route 22, which leads to the Indigo Plateau, home of the Pokémon League. This route is where Gary was now training. Despite its close proximity to Route 1, Route 22 has a different variety of Pokémon that call it home. Among these are Nidoran, which Gary was now caught two of, one male and one female. Another Pokémon from Route 22 is Mankey, one of which is what Gary currently has his sights on.

          "Squirtle, use Tackle!"

          Squirtle charged up to its opponent, but before its attack could hit, the Mankey countered with a Low Kick, knocking Squirtle off his feet and onto the back of his shell.

          "Don't let it make a fool out of you Squirtle! Use Bubble!"

          Squirtle let out a stream of bubbles from its mouth that hit the Mankey square in the face. The force of the attack allowed Squirtle to get back onto its feet and Tackle Mankey. This time the attack hit and Mankey was the one who fell down. Making the most of this opportunity, Squirtle Tackled the Mankey again and this time it was knocked out cold. Gary threw a Pokéball at the Pig Monkey Pokémon and caught it with ease.

          "Way to go, Squirtle." Gary pet his starter's head as he turned to the Pokéball in his hand. "This Mankey should make a fine addition to our team." Suddenly the Pokéball vanished from his hand. "Wait, what?"

          "Pokémon League rules say that Pokémon Trainers can only have six Pokémon with them at a time." Kat explained. "You already have your Squirtle, Rattata, Pidgey, Spearow and those two Nidoran, so the Mankey was automatically sent away. Most likely back to the Pokémon care facility by the Professor's lab back in Pallet."

          "I already know that."

          "Then what were you confused about?"

          "I just don't know how the transfer was able to happen automatically like that."

          "Each Pokéball contains information about the Pokémon inside and networks with your Pokédex. When the Pokédex registers six Pokémon as already being with you than any more are sent to whatever care facility that it’s set to, where they can be properly cared for by the workers there. That way you, the trainer, can focus on the six you have with you."

          "But how do they get it to work. That kind of teleportation can't be easy."

          Kat just shrugged. "I don't know. I'm a trainer, not a scientist."

          The others had similar reactions to his question.

          * * *

          Red was still sitting in the hospital waiting room when Doctor Sallow entered the room, this time with the girl standing next to her.

          "The doctor says you saved my life. Thank you." The girl gave a slight bow as she spoke.

          "Misty's the one that fished you out of the river, I just helped. It's her you need to thank."

          The girl looked around. "Where is she?"

          "She had to go home, but she gave me her number so that we can call her and let her know you're alright. I'm Red, by the way."

          "My name's Yellow… I think."

          Red looked at her, puzzled.

          "Yellow seems to have lost all memory from before you pulled her out of the river." The doctor explained. "Unfortunately, without knowing who she is for sure, we can't contact her family to pick her up."

          "Well, that… doesn't sound good."

          "We can't send her on her own, so if we can't find her family then we're going to have to send Yellow into child services."

          Yellow looked up at Doctor Sallow and spoke. "I want to go with Red."

          Both the doctor and Red were surprised by this statement. The doctor scratched his clean-shaven scalp as he tried to think of the right way to tell her why that wouldn't work.

          "We can't send you with Red. We need to find someone who knows you."

          "I want to go with Red." Yellow said again. "He saved my life, and he feels…" Yellow trailed off like she couldn't find the right word, "good."

          "This is highly irregular." Doctor Sallow interjected.

          "You're traveling the region, right?" She asked Red.

          "Yes, but how did you know-" Yellow cut him off before he could finish.

          "So if I go with you, then you can help me find my family, wherever they are."

          "That does make sense, I guess."

          Doctor Sallow continued to point out why she couldn't go with Red, but it was no use. Finally, he relented and Red and Yellow left the hospital side by side.

          * * *

          After yesterday's storm, Daisy decided that a change in wardrobe was needed if she was to continue her journey. Before, she had not taken into consideration the physical taxation her journey would have on clothing, so she had worn a simple green dress; a dress that had already been ruined by the rain and her fall into the mud puddle yesterday. But now Daisy had more of an idea of what she was doing, she had just purchased new clothes better suited to her journey.

          As she left Viridian to head for Pewter, she wore a blue and black tank top, a red skirt and a white sun hat with pink trim designed after a Premier Ball. And most importantly, a good pair of running shoes that would serve her well. Going around Kanto would require a lot of walking, after all, and a lot of running.

          She approached the edge of the city and the entrance of Route 2.

          "Here we go." She said to herself. "Day 2 of my Pokémon Journey. Let's hope this goes better than yesterday."
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            Gary wandered through Viridian Forest, Kat, Mal and Ciel close behind. Ali, Sue and Cleo were taking the car around to Pewter City the long way. As Gary crept through the tall grass of the forest floor trying to sneak up on any wild Pokémon he could find, he was startled by the arrival of a kid in strange attire.

            "You there! Trainer! I challenge you to a Pokémon Battle!" The kid shouted so loud he hurt Gary's ears.

            "Who are you?"

            "I am Samurai, of the Viridian Forest!" Sure enough, the kid was wearing what appeared to be a recreated suit of feudal era samurai armor.

            "Who's your shogun?"

            "My what?" 'Samurai' was visibly thrown off by Gary's question.

            "Your shogun. All samurai serve a master known as a shogun. If you're a samurai, then who's your shogun?"

            "I serve no master but the forest!"

            "Well, if you don't serve a shogun then you can't be a samurai. A ronin, maybe, but not a samurai."

            "Fine!" The kid clearly just wanted to be battling already. "Then I am Ronin of the Viridian Forest! So, do accept my challenge or not?"

            "Sure. I don't see why not. What are the terms?"

            "A one-on-one duel is all that I ask of you!"

            Both trainers' called out their Pokémon. Gary sent out his Mankey, while 'Ronin' sent out a Scyther. 'Ronin' made the first move.

            "Gary! Gary! He's our man! If he can't do it, no one can!"

            Both Gary and 'Ronin' just stared at the three girls.

            "I thought I told you not to do that." Gary said to them.

            "Yeah, but Mal said we needed to anyway." Was Ciel's response.

            "Mal isn't here, is she?"

            "No."

            "Then don't do the cheer." Gary turned back to his opponent. "Now, where were we?"

            "Scyther! Use Focus Energy!" 'Ronin' shouted at his Pokémon, who drew in power for its next attack.

            "Mankey, Scratch!"

            Mankey clawed at the Scyther until Scyther returned the favor with its Fury Cutter. The Bug-type move didn't do very much against the Fighting-type Mankey, but the barrage of strikes was able to knock Mankey down. It got up and tried to counter with Low Kick to knock the Scyther off its feet, but Scyther just took to the air with its wings.

            "Now is your chance, Scyther! Quick Attack!"

            Scyther dove down and slammed into Mankey at top speed.

            "Don't just sit there and take it, Mankey! Use Scratch!"

            Mankey clawed the Scyther's wing before it could get back out of range, forcing the Scyther back onto the ground. Mankey then followed that up with a Low Kick and another Scratch, defeating the Scyther.

            "That was a very good battle!" ‘Ronin’ said.

            "Speak for yourself. That was barely a warmup."

            "Who are you, that you were able to beat me so easily?"

            "The name's Gary Oak, from Pallet Town."

            "From Pallet Town? Then I shall regain my lost honor by defeating all trainers from Pallet Town!"

            "What lost honor? It was just a Pokémon battle."

            'Ronin' stormed off without answering Gary's question. Gary just sighed and moved on.

            * * *

            Daisy was walking through the Viridian Forest when she spotted a Caterpie sleeping on a tree. She thought it looked adorable so she threw a Pokéball at it and caught her first Pokémon. Walking a bit further into the forest she encountered another Caterpie and decided to try out her new Pokémon.

            "Come on out, Caterpie." She sent it out and discovered to her dismay that Caterpie was still sleeping. The wild Caterpie Tackled hers, knocking it over, but not waking it up.

            "Caterpie, wake up!"

            The wild Caterpie Tackled Daisy's again and woke it up this time. Daisy's Caterpie Tackled the wild one and was able to knock it out in one hit.

            "That was a close. I thought for a moment you weren't going to wake up at all."

            Daisy's Caterpie then started shooting its String Shot straight into the air over its head, covering itself in a chrysalis.

            "What are you doing?" Daisy pulled out her Pokédex. "Wait, you're evolving? Already?"

            Just then a boy in samurai armor came out of seemingly nowhere.

            "You! Are you from Pallet Town?"

            "Y-yes…" Daisy wasn't really sure what to make of this strange boy.

            "Then I, Samurai of the Viridian Forest, challenge you to a Pokémon Battle!"

            "A samurai? So do you serve a Shogun then?"

            'Samurai' put his palm to his forehead. What were the odds that two trainers in a row would point out that flaw in his self-appointed title?

            "I am Ronin of the Viridian Forest, then!"

            "Okay, 'Ronin'. How is this battle going down?"

            "I see you have a Metapod!" 'Ronin' pointed to the newly evolved Pokémon in front of Daisy. "Then the battle shall be your Metapod against mine!" He called out his own Metapod.

            Metapod cannot move and their only attack is Harden, which makes it more durable, but is not an actual attack. As such, the battle went on for a very long time.

            * * *

            Red and Yellow entered the Viridian Forest. Red still wasn't really sure about letting Yellow go with him. He looked down at his companion as they walked and she looked back up at him with a huge smile. He just couldn't say no to that. They continued walking along the path leading through it until they came to a fork in the path.

            Red pulled out his map to see which way they needed to go to get to Pewter City. Yellow looked around as he did so and for a moment he thought she saw a flash of movement up in the trees.

            "Did you see that?"

            "See what?"

            "Never mind, it was probably nothing."

            * * *

            Daisy and 'Ronin' were still waiting for something to happen in their battle when suddenly Daisy's Metapod began to glow brightly. A crack formed along its back and a Butterfree burst out from its pre-evolved form's shell. Time seemed to stand still for Daisy as her majestic Pokémon rose up, covered in the glittering dust. It was a magnificent sight to behold. A wave of purple energy emitted from Butterfree's antennae and the Psychic attack sent Metapod flying into 'Ronin', knocking him back into a tree.

            "Fine! I admit defeat!" 'Ronin' got back up and called back his Metapod into its Pokéball, then walked off.

            "You're so cool!" Daisy hugged her new Butterfree. "Catching you was the best thing I've ever done! I can't believe that… wait. Are you already sleeping again?"

            Daisy could not believe it. Her beautiful and powerful Butterfree was apparently narcoleptic.

            "Okay. It looks like catching you may have been a mistake after all. Oh well."

            * * *

            After Red finally picked which way to go, he ran into the kid in samurai armor.

            "You are from Pallet Town, are you not?" The kid asked him.

            "Yes, but how did you know that?"

            "I am Samurai of the Viridian Forest. I challenge you to a one-on-one Pokémon battle!"

            "Okay, you're on." Red pulled out a Pokéball.

            "Go! Heracross!" 'Samurai' sent out his Pokémon.

            "Charmander." Red was rather unenthusiastic with this fight. He was more confused by the kid randomly dressed up as a samurai.

            "Heracross! Use Horn Attack!"

            The blue beetle Pokémon rammed into Charmander with its giant horn.

            "Charmander, use Ember."

            Charmander let out a small puff of fire burned Heracross. Heracross Tackled Charmander, but Charmander just used Ember again a few times and the battle was one.

            "No! I can't believe this! How could I lose three battles in a row?" 'Samurai' was no longer trying to hide his distress like he had after losing to both Gary and Daisy.

            "Hey, don't feel too bad about it. We all run into bad luck sometimes." Red tried to comfort 'Samurai', who looked like he was about to break down crying. "You said three battles, right?"

            "That is correct! I have challenged three trainers from Pallet Town today and lost every battle!"

            "Three trainers from Pallet. That means you have one left. Just do your best and I'm sure you can do it."

            "Do you really think so?"

            "Of course!" Yellow chimed in, in her usual cheery fashion.

            * * *

            A lone Pikachu looked over the trainers below from the treetops. "That's definitely her." She thought to herself.

            "I've found her at last, but what do I do now? Do I contact her? She doesn't seem to know who she is. Can I expect her to know who I am? The boy with her looks like he should be able to take care of her, but what if he comes for her? The boy won't be able to protect her from him. No one can."

            Red and Yellow continued on their way again, the samurai boy heading in the opposite direction. The Pikachu hopped from one branch to another in pursuit.

            "There's no telling what could happen. I should just follow from a distance. This is for the best."
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              Jessie, James and Meowth walked into a dark room. Inside the room was a large empty chair and a Persian lying beside it. After a moment, a man and woman both walked in from the other side of the room. The man sat in the chair while the woman stood next to it.

              "What was so important that you needed to interrupt my morning work out?" The man grumbled out to the trio. "My Hitmonlee doesn't like it when our sparring matches are interrupted, and neither do I."

              "Wells, ya see, Mr. Giovanni, sir…" The words stumbled out from the incredibly nervous Meowth. "We's tried ta take a bunch a' Pikachu's dat's were in da Viridian City Pokémon Center, but before we could even gets to da Center, some guy shows up and wiped da floor wit' us."

              "And did this 'guy' have a name?"

              "He said his name was Carmine… something." It was James that spoke now.

              "Carmine Noir?" Giovanni's interested was perked by this revelation.

              "Yes, that was it." Jessie was surprised by her boss' reaction.

              "That is interesting news. I never thought he'd leave his comfortable life in that backwater town of his."

              "You's know's him?"

              "Of course I know Carmine. He could prove a hindrance to our plans. Mallory." He turned to the woman at his side. "Send word, we need to move up the timetable for Project Dark."

              "Yes, sir! But, our top scientists are already working as hard as they can."

              "Then they will have to work even harder. Carmine is active again, there are probably others that will try to get in our way and our spies report that the International Police are on their way right now. I want results by the end of the month."

              "What about us?" James asked their leader.

              "You three are to report in with our operatives in Mt. Moon. There are a number of important assets that need to be recovered."

              * * *

              Ash and Carmine made their way through the Viridian Forest. Their trek through the woods was rather uneventful until they encountered a strange boy in samurai armor.

              "You! You are the last trainer from Pallet Town, are you not?"

              "Last? You mean the others have already made it past here?" Ash was dismayed by this revelation.

              "Yes! I, Samurai of the Viridian Forest have challenged each of the Pallet Town trainers as they passed by here and so far have lost to everyone! But not this time! I challenge you to a Pokémon Battle!"

              "The others all beat you. Then this should be easy. I accept your challenge. Pikachu! I choose you!"

              The yellow rodent hopped off of Ash's shoulder. It still didn't like its trainer, but at least it would listen to him now.

              "I made the mistake of not using my strongest Pokémon against the others! But I will not make that mistake again! Come out, Pinsir!"

              The large, brown beetle came out of its Pokéball. It gave Pikachu a menacing look and the battle began. Pinsir opened with a Vice Grip, catching Pikachu between the two large, spiked pincers on the top of its head. Pikachu tried to shock the Pinsir to weaken its grip so that it could get free, but it was no use. The shocks only made the Pinsir squeeze harder. Eventually, it became too much and Pikachu fainted.

              "No! Pikachu!" Ash ran to grab his Pokémon.

              "At last!" 'Samurai' jumped up in joy. "I have achieved victory!" He called back his Pinsir and walked off while Ash rushed over to his unconscious Pokémon.

              "You have a Potion, right Carmine?" When Ash didn't get an answer he looked around and couldn't find Carmine anywhere. "Carmine?"

              * * *

              As a plane landed at the Viridian Airport, most of its passengers were looking forward to going home, going on vacation or visiting friends. They were all unaware of the dark dealings going on in the Kanto region, all but one man. The man would tell you his name, but that would be a violation of international law. He went by the code-name of Looker and he was a member of the International Police.

              Looker got off the plane with the other passengers and as he entered the airport terminal he pulled a large, manila envelope from the inside of his light brown trench coat. He pulled a photo out of the envelope and looked around for the man in the photo. He found the red-headed man dressed in black and wearing a hat and sunglasses, sitting on a bench at the other end of the terminal. Looker walked over and sat on the bench, next to him.

              "I want to be the very best, like no one ever was." The man did not turn to Looker as he spoke.

              "To catch them is your real test; to train them is your cause." Looker responded.

              "Are you Agent Looker?" The man turned to him now.

              "Ja, yes. You are my informant, are you not?"

              "You can call me 'Dragon'."

              "Well, Dragon, what news have you for me?"

              "Team Rocket is back. There have been sightings in almost every major city in the region."

              "That, I already know. It is the reason I have returned to this country."

              Dragon looked around. "We'll need to go somewhere more private before I can tell you any more than that. You never know when they might be listening."

              "I know of such a place."

              * * *

              On the outskirts of Viridian City, there was an old run down building with a sign outside saying 'Beladonis Investigations'.

              "It is not much, but it is the International Police safe house." Looker told his informant as they went inside. "The other agents should be arriving here later this week and we can clean it back up. Now, what is it that you could not tell me at the airport?"

              "Rumor has it that it was Giovanni that resurrected Team Rocket, but we don't know why yet."

              "I should have known that it would be him."

              "I've heard you were part of the team that took down Team Rocket before."

              "That was one of my first assignments." Looker had an almost wistful tone to his voice as he recalled his past. "I was placed under the supervision of our team leader, Agent Beladonis. I told him that letting Giovanni go was a mistake, but he would not listen to the words of a rookie."

              "Why did they let him go?"

              "It was a part of the deal. He and the other members that went along with him were let free with all charges dropped in return for the names of all other members including their leader. We all thought that would be the end Team Rocket, but we were just being naïve. In our line of work, that can cost lives."

              * * *

              After looking around for a while, Ash finally managed to find Carmine.

              "Where were you?" Ash asked him, furiously.

              "Sorry. I had some business to attend to, if you know what I mean. How'd your battle go?"

              "How do you think?" Ash held out his unconscious Pikachu.

              "That bad, huh? Well, it's nothing a Revive shouldn't be able to fix." He pulled a small, yellow gem out of his bag and placed it on Pikachu's head. The gem glowed brightly and dissolved while Pikachu slowly woke up.

              "It sounds like you might need to do some more training." Carmine paused for a moment. "Or any training for that matter. This was your first actual battle wasn't it?"

              "Yeah, so what?"

              "Kid, training is important. You won't get far if you don't train."

              "But the longer I wait, the further ahead the others get."

              "This isn't a race. You're all going to enter into the Pokémon League. When that happens it will be a matter of who worked the hardest, not who got there the fastest."

              "But can't I train later, after I'm ready to enter the Pokémon League, but before the tournament starts?"

              "You could. But you need Gym Badges if you want to get into the Pokémon League and they don't just hand those out. You need to be able to win, and not just against Gym Leaders. There will other trainers challenging you, or even that you challenge, and you're going to want to win. There are also dangerous people out there like Team Rocket that you will need to defend yourself and others from."

              "Team Rocket? But didn't the police stop them years ago?"

              "Never mind that right now. We're training, whether you want to or not."
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                Gary walked into the Pewter City Gym. The inside of the building was lined with rocks and the Gym Leader stood at the opposite end of the main hall. He was a young man with dark brown hair and a seemingly permanent squint.

                "I challenge you to a Gym Battle!" Gary pointed his finger dramatically at the Gym Leader.

                "I accept your challenge." The Gym Leader spoke. "I'm Brock, the Pewter City Gym Leader. My rock-hard willpower is evident even in my Pokémon. That's right; I specialize in the Rock-type. This will be a one-on-one match, show me your best!"

                "Rock type, huh? This should be easy then."

                Gary sent out his Squirtle and Brock sent out a Geodude, and then the battle began. Gary opened by having Squirtle use Bubble while Brock's Geodude used Harden to strengthen its defense. Geodude then used Tackle on Squirtle which knocked him into a rock. Squirtle returned the favor with its own Tackle, which barely affected the Rock Pokémon. Geodude Tackled Squirtle again, slamming him into the ground.

                "Squirtle!" Gary yelled to his Pokémon. "It's time for your new move!"

                Squirtle nodded at his Trainer and faced the opposing Geodude. It shot a stream of water from its mouth with Water Gun. The Geodude was severely affected by the attack and collapsed to the ground.

                "Good job." Brock said as he walked over to Gary. "As proof of your victory against me, I give you the Boulder Badge." He handed the small rock-shaped badge to Gary.

                "Gary! Gary! He's our man! If he can't do it no one can!"

                Gary ignored his cheerleaders as he took the Boulder Badge and held it up to the light flowing in from the windows just below the ceiling.

                "One down, seven to go."

                * * *

                Ash was sprawled out on the ground with his Pikachu on one side and his Spearow on the other. They had been training almost non-stop since Ash's battle with 'Samurai' and they had finally been given a break for a few minutes.

                "I never knew… that training… would be so… hard." Ash said between deep breaths.

                "What, did you think it would be easy?" Said Carmine, who was sitting on a nearby rock.

                "No... But I didn't... think it would be... so involved."

                "The best way to bond with your Pokémon is to experience part of what they go through. By being more directly involved in their fights when training, you can get a better idea of their abilities and they learn to respect you more."

                "Is that true?" Ash asked his Pokémon.

                "Pika."

                "Spear."

                Both Pokémon seemed to nod back.

                "It’s also good to focus on their individual strengths. So far, it looks like your Pikachu is good all around, while your Spearow has a focus on physical strength. Keep that in mind."

                * * *

                Daisy decided to visit the Pewter City Museum before heading off to the Gym. She was admiring the fossilized remains of several ancient Pokémon when a strange man in a white coat and glasses approached her.

                "Excuse me, miss. You wouldn't happen to be a Pokémon Trainer, would you?"

                "I am." Daisy wasn't sure what to make of the man.

                "Great. Could I ask a favor of you?"

                "Maybe…"

                "I have recently found a sample of Old Amber that seems to contain trace amounts of DNA from an ancient Pokémon. We don't have the equipment to analyze it properly here, so I was wondering if you could take it to a colleague of mine at Cinnabar Laboratories on Cinnabar Island. I'd do it myself but I'm too busy here at the museum. I tried mailing it, but the postal service apparently doesn't allow the transportation of this sort of thing for some reason."

                "I'll probably be heading there eventually. I guess I can take it."

                "Oh, great! Thank you so much." He handed her a small box. "This is the box I tried mailing it in. The Amber is still inside. My associate's name is Doctor Crichton. It's written on the address label in case you forget. Oh, and my name's Seymour, by the way." He then nodded and walked away, back to his work.

                "What did I just get myself into?" Daisy muttered to herself, looking at the box in her hand and putting it in her bag.

                * * *

                After resting for a while, Ash was about to resume his training with Carmine when they both heard some rustling in the nearby bushes. They both looked over to it just in time to see 'Samurai' walk out of them.

                "What are you still doing here?" Ash and 'Samurai' both asked each other at the same time.

                "I am wandering the forest looking for more trainers to challenge!" 'Samurai' answered.

                "Then how about a rematch?"

                "I fail to see the point in fighting someone I already know I can beat!"

                "I've been training hard since then. I can win this time."

                "Fine then! With that kind of arrogance you deserve to be beaten again!"

                "Oh, we'll see who's being arrogant."

                'Samurai' sent out his Pinsir again, while Ash sent out his Spearow this time. Pinsir opened with Vice Grip like last time, but Spearow was able to dodge the attack easily by flying upwards. It then looped around Pinsir and hit it from behind with Peck.

                Pinsir tried to catch Spearow with Vice Grip again, but again Spearow dodged and Pecked him from behind again. At this point 'Samurai' decided that it was time to change tactics and ordered his Pinsir to use Focus Energy, drawing in power for its next attack. As soon as Spearow came in range to try and Peck again, Pinsir grabbed Spearow with its arms and used Seismic Toss, throwing Spearow into the ground.

                Spearow was barely able to get back up. It managed to dodge another Vice Grip and fly back around Pinsir again. This time instead of Peck it used Fury Attack, hitting the Pinsir multiple times in quick succession. Pinsir was knocked down by the attack and did not get back up again.

                "Yes! I won!" Ash jumped for joy at his victory, before using a Potion on Spearow.

                "Fine, then! I admit defeat! It would appear that I was the arrogant one after all!" 'Samurai took off his helmet and held it in front of himself. "Perhaps dressing up as a samurai was not my key to victory after all." He was no longer shouting everything he said. "Know this, trainer from Pallet Town: the next time we meet I shall defeat you again."

                "I never introduced myself, did I?" Ash realized. "My name is Ash Ketchum, and I will become a Pokémon Master." He held out his hand and 'Samurai' shook it.

                "I am Rick Abner, Bug-type master in training."

                As Rick walked off, Ash noticed that Spearow was beginning to glow. Before his eyes, the small bird grew until it was slightly larger than him.

                "What just happened?" Ash asked aloud in amazement.

                "That? That was evolution. You did go to school, right?" Carmine answered him.

                "Yeah, of course." Ash tried to pretend he already realized that. "I've just never seen it in person."

                "I'm actually kind of impressed. Fearow are normally just less than four feet tall, but this one looks more around five feet. I looked a bit bigger than the other Spearow in its flock, but not nearly this impressive."

                * * *

                Red and Yellow asked around Pewter City to see if anyone knew who Yellow was, but no one recognized her. So, Red was now going to challenge the Gym. He entered the building with Yellow following him so she could watch his battle.

                "Are you the Gym Leader?" Red asked the man standing at the end of the rocky battle hall.

                "That's right; I'm Brock, the Pewter City Gym Leader. I specialize in the Rock-type."

                Red looked down at the Pokéball in his hand. Charmander was a Fire-type, and Fire was weak to Rock. He decided to risk the type weakness.

                "I challenge you to a Gym Battle!"

                "Challenge accepted. This will be a one-on-one match." Brock sent out a Geodude and Red sent out his Charmander.

                Charmander took one look at Geodude and turned back to Red with a worried expression.

                "I have a plan, Charmander." Red assured his Pokémon. "Start off with Growl."

                The Charmander opened his mouth wide and let out a high pitched Growl that intimidated the Geodude so that it would not hit as hard. Geodude used Defense Curl to make itself more resistant to damage. Charmander tried hitting it with his Scratch, but the attack did almost nothing.

                Geodude rammed into Charmander with a Tackle and knocked him back a few inches. Charmander let out another Growl before the Geodude Tackled him again, but was still knocked to the ground. Charmander got back up but was hit by another Tackle.

                Red checked his Pokédex, desperate to find anything Charmander could do against the Rock Pokémon. Looking through Charmander's attacks, he spotted one he didn't expect.

                "Charmander!" He shouted. "Use Metal Claw!"

                Charmander stood back up again and closed its eyes in concentration. Geodude was about to attack but stopped when it noticed that Charmander's right paw was beginning to glow a bright silver color. Charmander opened its eyes and charged at the stunned Geodude, a fierce determination in its eyes. Charmander pulled its arm up and struck its opponent with an uppercut of metal. Before Geodude had time to react, Charmander struck again, this time striking downward to knock Geodude into the ground.

                Geodude let out a faint "Dude…" as it tried to get back up again, but failed.

                "Geodude is unable to battle." Brock said. "The match is yours."

                Brock walked over to Red and handed him a Badge.

                "That was a very impressive fight. Normally a Charmander wouldn't stand a chance against my Geodude, but you proved your Pokémon's power, as well as your own strength as a trainer. You've definitely earned this Boulder Badge."

                "Thanks." Red took the Boulder Badge from him and pinned it to the inside of his jacket. "I suppose I should probably catch some more Pokémon though. I can't rely on that kind of luck to get me through every battle."

                "That would be a good thing to do. You're probably headed off to Cerulean, next and their Gym has a Water-type specialty. You may have lucked out this time with Metal Claw, but I doubt that Charmander of yours can learn any Grass or Electric-type moves."
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                [Note: only read the first two chapters so far.]

                This is an interesting take – or expansion – on the anime. I’m not that familiar with it, but I do remember the first episode and can appreciate changes or expansions such as Gary taking the car – not because he was the best trainer in his mind as we may be led to believe, but instead because his dad doesn’t think him capable enough. This and other changes have worked out decently imo, and I was quite amused at Daisy/Green’s attempt at one-liners at the end of the second chapter. On the flip side, the introduction of Ash having to travel with Carmine who was seemingly introduced out of the blue was too sudden to me. Red and who I assume to be Misty fishing a girl was quite surprising too; I suppose given this is still anime-verse though it’s true enough to the world.

                It’s also a nice idea to change between the four trainers and show their separate journeys, and so far you’re doing decently in establishing their separate personalities.

                I would suggest using a line of whitespace between paragraphs, much like how I’ve structured this post. Stories on forums are generally harder to read than in a book, so larger spacing is easier on the eyes and the recommended norm to follow.

                A couple notes on the grammatical side of things:
                Quote:
                "Well, the water doesn't look to deep.
                too deep.
                Quote:
                "I didn't think of that. I'll have to keep that in might next time I-"
                mind rather than might.
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                "What are talking about? You didn't do anything!"
                A missing ‘you’ there.
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                "Maybe I should have gone with Gary." She muttered to herself.
                With dialogue, if the part following the speech flows on (that is, it tells us who is speaking/how it was said/etc) and doesn’t work as a sentence by itself, then you should treat the whole part as one sentence. This means in the dialogue you won’t use a full stop (but you could use !, ?, etc), and the word following the dialogue shouldn’t be capitalised. The above hence should be:
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                "Maybe I should have gone with Gary," she muttered to herself.
                An example of using a full stop and a capital would be:
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                "Maybe I should have gone with Gary." She kicked at a pebble.
                as ‘She kicked at a pebble’ works as its own sentence and isn’t directly related to the dialogue. Another case of a few to watch out for:
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                "This day just keeps getting better and better." She said sarcastically.
                should be:
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                "This day just keeps getting better and better," she said sarcastically.
                Overall a nice start here. Good luck with the rest of the fic!
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                  Chapter 1- Review
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                  And now, almost four decades later I can still remember that day as if it just happened.
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                  And so, without further ado
                  Grammatically, seldom use conjunctives at the start of a sentence, elsewise they can lose their powerful effect. Also, I assume you are basing this version of Oak off of the games at this point, and not the manga or anime. If it is the version from the anime you have to be careful, since it is stated he has poor memory.

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                  Trainers-to-be were sitting
                  This should be “trainers-to-be”, unless you are assigning it as a title, or a rank, or titled-job.

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                  Well I guess we'll just save him for last and hope he shows up
                  This sentence doesn’t quite make sense. Is it Ash being saved? Or a Pokémon? If it is Ash you need to change “for” to “until”, if it is a Pokémon, you need to add “a Pokémon” or “one” into the sentence.

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                  and did as the others.
                  This sounds a tiny bit awkward, rephrasing it or adding to it might help.

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                  Grass-type Bulbasaur; Gary, you have chosen the Water-type Squirtle
                  Correct use of semi colon 
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                  Water-type Squirtle; and Samuel,
                  Incorrect use of semi colon. With a semi colon, as a list, you either have “and” or “;”, having both isn’t correct. If it is as a sentence break, both sides of the semi colon need to make sense on their own.
                  I brought my umbrella just in case it rained; it was raining hard.
                  I brought my umbrella just in case it rained. It was raining hard.
                  I brought my umbrella just in case it rained and it was raining hard.

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                  of sting
                  You are missing the indefinite article here.
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                  What?!"
                  Interabang required. “‽”

                  Summary:
                  ֎ Overall the story seemed to make mostly logical sense, however, my question about Oak’s memory is still important in regard to canon.
                  ֎ Grammatically, as it went on the grammar mistakes were more or less far and few between, however, I would check through your semi-colon and conjunctive usage.
                  ֎ Plot wise, the story is so far reasonably true to canon/parallel in regards to the anime, with some extended sections, which does add to the overall interest created in the text.

                  ֎ In regards to new paragraphs, I would add an extra space between each, as it currently is quite hard to detect when a new paragraph has been started.


                  Chapter 2- Review

                  Spoiler:

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                  Chapter 3

                  Gary walked into the Pokémon Center with pride. He had just started his journey earlier that day and now he already had four Pokémon. In addition to his Squirtle and the Rattata he caught, he also managed to catch a Pidgey and a Spearow.
                  Since we don’t see the event of him catching the Rattata, the sentence is quite awkward, if you were to move the Rattata into the list with the Pidgey and Spearow, it would read better.
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                  Chapter 3
                  "Are you saying you want my Pokémon to get hurt so I need to come back?"
                  Made me laugh a little.

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                  Chapter 3

                  "I guess that makes sense. It still seems odd to say, though."
                  Gary turned around and began to walk back out. As he reached the door he turned again and spoke. "Smell you later."
                  Should be one paragraph, since he is still talking.

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                  Ash's reply was something along the lines of 'that not being the genuine Pokémon experience' and that was the end of that argument.
                  *Nitpick (Sorry)* I think you might mean Pokémon trainer.
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                  Chapter 3
                  He peered into the ally again
                  Should be alley.


                  Summary:
                  ֎ I liked the twist at the end. Interesting character building for sure.
                  ֎ Grammatically this chapter was much better than the first.
                  ֎ Logic wise, everything made sense and functioned.

                  ֎ In regards to new paragraphs, I would add an extra space between each, as it currently is quite hard to detect when a new paragraph has been started.

                  ~ Will add on to this, but I need a break now ~ 
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                    Thank you both for your comments and opinions. I appreciate any and all constructive criticism that I can get. I do plan on eventually going back and fixing a lot of the mistakes from earlier chapters eventually, though it will probably be a while before I get to it. Also, I did have my paragraphed double spaced, but for some reason that seems to be undone when I copy stuff onto here and I didn't notice earlier. Sorry about that. I'll work on fixing it.
                    I should also probably mention that this story is not specifically based off of the anime's continuity and world. It blends together aspects of the games, anime, manga and other parts of the franchise along with original ideas.
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                    Since we don’t see the event of him catching the Rattata, the sentence is quite awkward, if you were to move the Rattata into the list with the Pidgey and Spearow, it would read better.

                    Made me laugh a little.


                    Should be one paragraph, since he is still talking.


                    *Nitpick (Sorry)* I think you might mean Pokémon trainer.

                    Should be alley.
                    You seem to have skipped Chapter 2 and reviewed Chapter 3 in its place. Your first comment is that Rattata should be listed with Spearow and Pidgey because we didn't see him catch it, but he did catch it in chapter 2, which is why I worded it the way I did.

                    Anyway, on to the next chapter.
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                    Daisy walked up to the entrance of the Pewter City Gym. This was it, her first Gym Battle. She opened the large double doors and walked into the Gym. She approached the man standing at the opposite end of the main room, who she assumed was the Gym Leader.

                    "I challenge you to a Gym Battle!"

                    "I accept your challenge, Daisy Oak of Pallet Town."

                    "How do you my name?" Daisy asked with great surprise.

                    "As a Gym Leader, I have access to the records of all officially licensed Pokémon Trainers in the Indigo League. I go through those records regularly to see who I'm going to be up against soon and which of my teams to have ready."

                    "What do you mean by 'which teams'?"

                    "The role of a Gym Leader is to challenge Pokémon Trainers and make sure that they are ready for the Pokémon League. Trainers of all skill levels can challenge any of us they choose, so we each have multiple teams set up to use based off of how many Gym Badges you've already earned."

                    "Oh, yeah, I guess that makes sense. Now are we going to battle now or what?"

                    "Of course. I am Brock the Viridian City Gym Leader and Rock-type specialist. Since you don't have any badges yet this will be a one-on-one battle."

                    After Brock finished talking, he sent out his Geodude. Daisy called out her Bulbasaur and the battle commenced.

                    "Open with Leech Seed!" Daisy shouted to her Bulbasaur. The green Pokémon shot out a seed from the bulb on its back that hit the Geodude while it used Defense Curl. Small vines grew out from the seed when it hit, which slowly drained Geodude's energy and transferred it to Bulbasaur. Geodude tried to pull the vines out but was unable to get a hold of them, so it Tackled Bulbasaur was able to brace itself for the hit and countered with a Vine Whip attack. The vines hit Geodude hard and it backed off wearily. Geodude tried to flank Bulbasaur and attack it from behind but to no use. The vines growing out from Bulbasaur's back where able to hit Geodude from any direction. After several hits, Brock's Pokémon was knocked unconscious. The Leech Seed fell off as it hit the ground.

                    "Good job." Brock said as he walked over to Daisy. "Nice use of Leech Seed to wear the opponent down quickly. Here's your Boulder Badge. You've earned it."

                    Brock held out the small, gray Badge to Daisy, who took it gratefully and pinned it to her bag's arm strap.

                    * * *

                    Ash took a big breath and stretched as he took his first steps out of Viridian Forest. It felt like so long ago since he left home, even though it was only a few days ago. Carmine walked behind him, squinting at the sudden increase of light from no longer having the treetops blocking the sun out. The two made their way to Pewter City, were Ash healed his Pokémon at the Pokémon Center and then immediately went straight to the Gym.

                    He challenged Brock with his Pikachu and quickly learned how much of a mistake that was. Pikachu was quickly beaten by the Geodude without being able to harm it in the slightest. After the loss and another trip to the Pokémon Center, Carmine took the aspiring trainer to the edge of town.

                    "You have an extreme disadvantage." Carmine said to Ash. "Geodude has high defense, resists Normal and Flying-type moves and is outright immune to Electric attacks. Fortunately for you, I have a solution."

                    "What's that?"

                    "Sneasel!"

                    The small black Pokémon sped out of Carmine's Pokéball and chopped a large rock in half with a single blow.

                    "Brick Break is a powerful Fighting-type move. If your Pikachu can learn it, taking down Brock should be a piece of cake."

                    And so, Carmine got to work trying to teach Pikachu how to use Brick Break. He had Pikachu chop a rock like his Sneasel had done, to no avail. After trying to break the rock for nearly an hour, Pikachu began letting out Thundershocks in frustration. One bolt of electricity shot past Ash and Carmine and they heard a yell behind them.

                    "My bike!" The red-headed girl looked furious as she held up the fried remains of a bicycle. "You're paying for this!"

                    "What?"

                    "That's your Pikachu that destroyed my bike, isn't it? Your Pokémon means your responsibility. You owe me a new bike!"

                    "But I can't-" Ash started to say.

                    "You can and you will!" Misty cut him off. "This is non-negotiable."

                    While Ash and Misty continued arguing about the destroyed bicycle, Carmine stared off into space. Then he spoke.

                    "Wait a minute!" Ash and Misty both stopped to look at him. "I have an idea!"

                    "About my bike?"

                    "What? No, not about that."

                    * * *

                    As Red and Yellow left Pewter City and headed out to Route 3, they passed by an old man in a red knit cap selling souvenir rocks by the side of the road.

                    "Ooh, can we get one?" Yellow grabbed on to Red's arm and looked up to him with her eyes wide.

                    "They're just rocks." He said back to her, bluntly.

                    "They're not just any rocks!" The salesman argued. "These are the finest rocks that the Kanto region was to offer, no, that the world has to offer."

                    "They're still just rocks."

                    "But have you ever seen a rock that looks like this!" The salesman held out a perfectly normal looking rock.

                    "Wow!" Yellow gazed in awe upon the utterly plain looking stone.

                    "That looks just like any other rock."

                    "It does?" Yellow asked in confusion.

                    "Of course it does. Do you not know what rocks look like?"

                    "How should I know?"

                    Red and Yellow both looked at each other in an awkward silence for a moment.

                    "I'm sorry. That was rude of me."

                    "What do you mean?" The salesman asked. "How would you not know if you've seen a rock before?"

                    "I don't remember anything." Yellow answered. "The doctor said I have amnosia."

                    "Amnesia." Red corrected her. "We're trying to find anyone who knows who she is."

                    "That sounds serious." The salesman's voice changed from a man trying to sell useless junk to a man that was thinking of important matters. "So you don't even remember your family? Your parents?"

                    "Nope, not at all."

                    Yellow didn't seem as shaken up about it as she probably should, but she was only a child. The true significance of her current condition was lost on her. It was not lost on the salesman, however, who sat quietly in deep thought for a moment before handing the rock he was holding to Yellow.

                    "Take it. It's on the house. Take anything here you want. After all, as your friend here said, they're just rocks." The man stood up. "I… I have something that I need to do."

                    He almost seemed to be crying as he began walking back to Pewter City.

                    "What do you think that was about?" Yellow asked Red.

                    "I don't know, but it seemed important."

                    "Well, I hope whatever he needs to do works out."

                    "Me too."

                    * * *

                    "Back so soon?" Brock wasn't expecting the young trainer to be ready for a rematch less than a day after his defeat. He then turned to the girl beside him. "And Misty? What are you doing here?"

                    "The idiot owes me a new bike." Misty mumbled while trying to disinterestedly look away.

                    "I know I can beat you this time!" Ash yelled, turning Brock's attention back to him.

                    "Okay, I guess. Let's see what you've got this time."

                    Brock sent out his Geodude again and Ash's Pikachu leapt off of his shoulder onto the battlefield.

                    "Pikachu again? Are you sure you know what you're doing?"

                    "Definitely!"

                    "Alright." Brock shrugged. "Then let the battle begin."

                    Geodude opened with Defense Curl, as usual, while Pikachu ran up to it at top speed.

                    "Here we go, Pikachu! Brick Break!"

                    Pikachu jumped up and swung its tail down, pulling the full force of his strength and momentum into a single blow to Geodude's head. In one blow the rock Pokémon was defeated.

                    "Well… that was unexpected." Brock was nearly at a loss for words as he pulled out a Boulder Badge to give to Ash. "Sometimes I wish I could be a trainer like you, being able to better myself and my Pokémon. Not just being a challenge for other trainers to overcome." He hadn't meant to complain about his life like that, but the words slipped his mouth.

                    "Then maybe you should." Everyone turned around to see the old man that had just walked into the Gym. "Maybe it's time you get to be your own man."

                    "Who are you?" Brock asked the strange old man.

                    The man replied by taking off the cap he was wearing that obscured the top half of his face.

                    "Has it really been so long that you don't recognize me?"

                    "Dad?"
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                      Looker sat at his desk reading case reports on the information his team had gathered so far. It wasn’t much. As he looked through the reports, two people walked into the room, Dragon and a blonde girl that appeared to be somewhere in her mid-to-late teens. Looker peered up at them and put the reports down.

                      “I believe that I know where they are going to strike next.”

                      “And where would that be?” Asked Dragon, who pulled up a chair and sat down across from Looker.

                      “Recent geological surveys of Mount Moon have shown a large number of rare fossils, minerals and other highly valuable resources that have until now remained completely unnoticed. I believe that they will try to obtain these resources for themselves.”

                      “What makes you think that?”

                      “When I met Giovanni briefly during our investigation of the first Team Rocket, I noticed that he does not seem to hold any value in gold. Despite it being the foundation of our global economy, he seems to feel that it will no longer hold any value in the future. As such, it is my belief that he will want to maintain Team Rocket’s finances through other assets.”

                      “Then what do you want us to do?” Asked the girl, who was still standing in the doorway.

                      “I’m glad you asked that, Agent 009. The three of us are going to go to Mount Moon and confront any Team Rocket operatives in the area.”

                      * * *

                      Ash, Misty, Brock and Brock’s father sat around the dining room table in Brock’s house. Brock’s father, Flint, explained to his son the reason for his absence. Two years ago, after Brock had passed the Gym Leader exam so that he could fill in for Flint when he was gone, Flint decided to take a short break to challenge the Pokémon League himself. He lost in the preliminary rounds and became so ashamed of his defeat that he couldn’t bear to show himself to his family again. And so, he opened up his souvenir rock stand and had been running that ever since.

                      “So what made you finally decide to come back?” Brock asked his father.

                      “Earlier today I met a girl with no memory of her past. She couldn’t even remember her own family. It made me realize what I must be putting you and your brothers and sisters through. Everyone deserves a father that is there for them, but I’ve been denying that right to all of you for my own selfish ego.”

                      Ash wasn’t quite sure why they were here for conversation. It seemed a little too personal to have guests over for. Brock seemed to know Misty, at least, but that didn’t explain why Brock invited Ash and Carmine. For that matter, where was Carmine?

                      “So tell me, Brock, are you willing to give me a second chance to be your father?”

                      Brock took a moment to answer him.

                      “I think I can. But I’m not the only one you need to ask.”

                      “I know. But, where are your brothers and sisters?”

                      “They're all at school right now.” Brock looked up at the clock. “Although it’s about time to pick them up. You can reintroduce yourself to them there.”

                      * * *

                      The trio of Jessie, James and Meowth arrived at Mount Moon and were greeted by two other Team Rocket Agents, who were both wearing customized uniforms, a sign of high ranking agents.

                      “You must be J Squad. We heard you would be meeting up with us.” One of the agents said; a large, heavily tanned man with spiky blonde hair. His uniform was light grey and lacked sleeves. He was also wearing sunglasses even though they were in a cave.

                      “Which one of you is the squad leader?” He looked back and forth between Jessie and James as he asked.

                      “I’m da top cat here!” Meowth said.

                      “That is interesting.” The other man spoke. He had light grey hair and his uniform was the same shade of grey as the first ones, but with short sleeves and a dark blue shirt underneath. “We’ve heard rumors of a squad led by a talking Pokémon, but we never thought they were true.”

                      “I’m Attila. My partner over here is Hun.” Said the blonde man.

                      “So what are we doin’ here anyways.” Meowth asked Attila.

                      “Legend has it that a meteor crashed into this mountain hundreds of years ago and that it has special evolution-inducing properties. Your assignment is to find and retrieve that meteor at any cost.”

                      “If you run into trouble then call it in. We’ll be nearby searching for rare fossils.” Hun added.

                      “Agent Masque is also stationed here.” Spoke Attila. “Ah, here she comes now.”

                      Agent Masque walked over to the other Team Rocket members. She wasn’t particularly tall, with a slender frame and reddish-brown hair parted on the right. The left half of her face was covered by half of an opera mask. Jessie, James and Meowth all had the feeling there was something distinctly wrong about her.

                      “What are you all waiting for?” Her voice was almost a monotone. “Get to work.”

                      * * *

                      Daisy walked slowly along one of the tunnels running through Mount Moon. Going alone through a dark tunnel was definitely not her best idea. She was cold, and only had a flashlight to light her way. After a while, she was finally able to get used to it.

                      She turned a corner and caught a glimpse of pink for a second before whatever it was moved out of view. She tried to catch up to it, but a sudden earthquake rocked the tunnel and the ground gave out underneath her. She slid down a rocky slope at least twenty feet, letting out a scream of pain as hit the ground.

                      “Not to self: Never explore a cave without pants.”

                      Her legs were covered with scratches from the fall. She tried to stand up but her left leg gave out under her and she screamed again.

                      “Not good.” She climbed up and sat on a rock. “Although I guess I should try looking on the bright side, at least all those books I read about the medicinal uses of Grass-type Pokémon are about to come in handy.”

                      Daisy was trying not to give into despair in her current situation, but it was hard. She pulled out one of her Pokéballs and called out Bulbasaur from it.

                      “Okay, Bulbasaur, I need you to listen very closely and do exactly what I tell you. I need you to use Sleep Powder on the cuts in my legs. It’s going to sting like crazy at first, so I might scream, but don’t stop. The powder will stop the injuries from getting infected and after a few seconds will numb the pain. After that, I’ll need you to form a cast around my left leg with your vines. They’ll need to be tight, but if their too tight they could cut off the circulation.”

                      Bulbasaur followed her instructions and treated her injuries. After the make-shift cast was formed, Daisy tried to stand up again, Bulbasaur used its vines to help keep her upright. They began walking around to see if they could find the way out but found something else instead.

                      “Clefairy?” The small, pink Pokémon looked up curiously at Daisy and then down to her leg. It reached out and touched her leg with its fingertip. “Clefairy.” A pulse of white light radiated from its finger and spread around Daisy’s leg. Daisy could feel the healing energy of Healing Pulse fixing her leg.

                      “Thank you.”

                      “Clefairy.”

                      With a sense of urgency, the Clefairy gestured for Daisy to follow it. Daisy recalled Bulbasaur into its Pokéball and walked after it. The Clefairy took her to a large opening in the cave where what looked like a giant meteor was resting. A large hole had been blown out of the cave ceiling up above. A blue-haired man, a red-haired woman and a Meowth were trying to dislodge the meteor.
                      Clefairy launched an attack at the three, drawing their attention.

                      “Who are you?” The man asked.

                      “It doesn’t matter,” said the woman, “She’s not stopping us.”

                      The Team Rocket trio went through their motto and called out their Ekans and Koffing. Daisy fought them off using her Bulbasaur and Butterfree, with the assistance of Clefairy.

                      “It looks like we’ll need to make a strategic retreat.” Jessie said when their Pokémon were defeated.

                      “But shouldn’t we call in the others?” Asked James.

                      “And let them knows we gots beaten by a twerp like this? No way.” Meowth argued. “We’ll just say we never found it.”

                      The three ran off, leaving the meteor behind. A group of Clefairy entered the cave from the other side and, seeing that Team Rocket was gone, began to dance in a circle around the meteor. The Clefairy that lead Daisy here gestured for her to join them. She tried to mimic the Clefairys’ movements as best as she could. After their dance was done all of the Clefairy began to glow and they evolved. The one that had brought Daisy here walked off and came back carrying an egg, which it handed to Daisy.

                      “Are you giving this to me?”

                      “Clefable.” The Pokémon nodded.

                      After Daisy took the egg from the Clefable, it lifted its fingers up, which began to glow. Daisy felt herself being lifted up off of the ground and out through the hole in the ceiling. She was let down gently on the soft grass outside the tunnels.

                      “I don’t know what just happened.” Daisy said to herself. “But I do know that I’m never going back into a cave again as long as it can be avoided.”

                      * * *

                      Inside the Pokémon Center just outside the Pewter side entrance to the tunnels through Mount Moon, Red was getting his Pokémon healed. After the nurse handed them back to him he turned around to see Yellow carrying a large orange fish Pokémon, almost the size of her.

                      “What-” He started to ask.

                      “I bought a fish!” She said, as enthusiastic as ever. “The man over there sold to me for 500 Pokédollars.”

                      “Where did you get 500 Pokédollars?”

                      “The rock salesman said I could take whatever I wanted from his stand, and it didn’t look like he was going to come back for it.”

                      Red put his hand up to his forehead.

                      “In the future, don’t take someone’s money unless they directly give it to you. And what are you going to do with that Magikarp, anyway? You’re not a trainer, so you can’t technically have your own Pokémon.”

                      “I can’t?” Yellow thought for a moment. “Well, then how about you catch it and I can hold on to it until I can have my own Pokémon.”

                      “I suppose that could work. You really need to think these things through better, though.”

                      Red pulled out an empty Pokéball from his bag and bumped it against the Magikarp. A red light poured out from it and sucked the Pokémon inside. The Pokéball shook a bit in Red’s hand and then the button on the front glowed red for a second and faded out. With the Magikarp successfully caught, he handed the Pokéball to Yellow.

                      “Wow! That was so cool! You need to teach me how to do that!” She looked to the Pokéball in her hands. “I’m going to call you Maggie. Maggie the Magikarp.”
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                        After the tearful reunion between Flint and his children, it was decided that Flint would resume his old position as the Pewter City Gym Leader while Brock would be allowed to go on his own Pokémon Journey. Or rather, to go on Ash’s journey.

                        Brock wasn’t really interested in fighting Gyms or entering the Pokémon League. He just wanted to explore and meet new Pokémon. As such, he decided that going with Ash’s group would fit better for him than going out on his own. Ash would have objected, but at this point, he figured that people were just going to join up with him no matter what he said and just accepted it.

                        And so, Ash, Carmine, Misty and Brock set out on their way to Cerulean City, where Ash’s next gym battle awaited.

                        * * *

                        Red and Yellow made their way through the tunnels of Mount Moon until they began to get tired. Red checked his watch and saw that it was getting late, so he decided they should make camp for the night.

                        “In a cave?” Yellow questioned this decision.

                        “Why not? It’s not like we can do anything else right now.” Red pulled out a sleeping bag from his backpack.

                        “Wait… How did you have that thing in your backpack?”

                        “What do you mean?”

                        “It’s clearly too big to have fit in your bag.”

                        “Oh yeah, right. It uses a similar technology as Pokéballs, using matter-to-energy transference to store objects in containers smaller than themselves.”

                        “What kind of energy?”

                        “I don’t know, it’s just energy.”

                        “There’s no such thing as ‘just energy’.”

                        “You don’t know what rocks look like, but you know about energy?” Red looked at the girl like he didn’t know what to make of her, which he didn’t.

                        “I don’t know why I know that either.” Yellow shrugged.

                        “Well, hopefully, it’s a sign that you’re getting your memory back. I’ve heard the term ‘Pokénergy’ used for the Pokéball energy stuff, but I pretty sure that’s just slang I don’t know the proper term for it.” He finally put the sleeping bag in the ground and laid it out. “I’ve only got the one sleeping bag, so I’ll let you use it.”

                        * * *

                        Ash’s group was able to reach the foot of Mount Moon without any trouble along the way.

                        “Do we have to go through those tunnels?” Misty wined.

                        “The tunnels are the best way to get past the mountain,” explained Brock, “and we can go up against the wild Pokémon along the way.”

                        “Or we could just walk along the road.” Carmine pointed out. “It’s faster, easier and we don’t have to wander around in the dark. I don’t really care much, either way. I’m just supposed to make sure that the kid here doesn’t get into trouble.”

                        “Don’t call me a kid!” Ash yelled angrily.

                        “I’m almost three times as old as you and I’ve known your parents since long before you were born. You’ll always be a kid to me. Now, which way are we going?”

                        Ash looked up at the sky and saw that it was getting dark out. “I guess we’ll stay at that Pokémon Center over there and decide in the morning.”

                        “Way to be non-committal. You remind me so much of your dad that it’s not even funny.”

                        * * *

                        Red lay awake on the cold cave ground. He couldn’t quite fall asleep. In his mind, he was going over all that had happened since he began his journey. He was eventually pulled from his thoughts by the feeling of something crawling over his leg.

                        Red pulled out his flashlight and saw an orange insect Pokémon with mushrooms sprouting out its back crawling over his legs.

                        “Well.” Red whispered to himself. “Not going to pass this opportunity up.”

                        He pulled an empty Pokéball out of his backpack and tossed it lightly at the Pokémon, which was sucked into it. The ball rattled around a bit and the button flashed red. Red pulled out his Pokédex to check what he caught.

                        “Let’s see… it’s a Paras, male, Grass and Bug-type, with the Dry Skin ability. That’s lucky. He should be really good against the Cerulean Gym. Wait a minute, wasn’t that Misty’s Gym?” He reached around in his pockets until he pulled out her card. “Yes, it is. That should be interesting. Wait a minute… I got so caught up in things that I forgot to call her and let her know about Yellow. I guess I know what I’ll be doing when we reach the city.”

                        * * *

                        The girls traveling with Gary, or his ‘cheerleaders’ as he had taken to calling them in his head, had insisted that they drive past Mount Moon rather than exploring it. Gary was disappointed that he didn’t get to see what kinds of Pokémon were there that he could add to his team, but at least there was one good thing to come from it. They managed to reach Cerulean long before Gary was expecting.

                        He walked into Cerulean City’s Gym with his cheerleaders following him. The interior was very different than Pewter’s had been. The main hall consisted primarily of a large swimming pool as the battlefield, with a spot on each side for the trainers to command their Pokémon from. To each side of the room was a large set of bleachers.

                        “I used to train here,” said Sue, “for swimming, that is. I’m not really into Pokémon.”

                        “So do you know the Gym Leader then?” Gary asked her, mildly intrigued.

                        “Yes. Well, three of them anyway.”

                        “Three of them? There’s more than one?”

                        “Cerulean has four Gym Leaders, known as the Sensational Sisters. They rotate through their duties and you only need to battle one to earn the badge. I never really got to know the youngest of them, but I’m good friends with the other three.”

                        “That is interesting.”

                        Before their conversation could continue, a blue-haired girl poked her head out from the water in the pool.

                        “Hey, Sue! Is that you?” She asked. “It’s been too long. How have you been?”

                        “Hi, Violet! I’ve been good. Right now I’m helping this kid enter the Pokémon League.”

                        Violet turned her attention to Gary.

                        “So, do you want a Cascade Badge then?” She held out a water drop shaped badge. “Here you go.”

                        “What? You can’t just give that to me. I need to fight you for it.”

                        “Oh, fine, if you want to be that way.” Violet made no attempt to hide her disappointment as she pushed off the side of the pool and swam a back-stroke to the other side. She flipped up out of the pool with expert skill.

                        “How many badges do you have already?” She shouted back to Gary.

                        “One, about to be two.”

                        “Well, at least this will be over fast.” She mumbled to herself as she pulled out a Pokéball from seemingly nowhere “Then this will be a one-on-one battle!”

                        “Where did that Pokéball come from?”

                        “That is the most closely guarded secret of swimmers everywhere.” Sue answered Gary’s question, though it wasn’t really an answer.

                        Violet tossed the Pokéball over the pool and a Seel came out from it. Gary sent out his Squirtle in response. Both Pokémon dove into the water and swam around waiting for their orders.

                        “Seel!” Violet called out. “Use Headbutt!”

                        The sea lion Pokémon swam over and rammed into Squirtle headfirst. Squirtle was knocked back into the side of the pool, but was able to push itself off and use it to add more momentum into its own Tackle attack.

                        This was Gary’s first underwater battle, but he felt like he was getting the hang of it. He ordered Squirtle to follow up with another Tackle. Violet had Seel retaliate with its Icy Wind attack, freezing the surface of the water and making it harder for Squirtle to maneuver while Seel was still right at home in the icy water. Squirtle tried to catch up to Seel for another Tackle, but Seel was able to outmaneuver Squirtle and went in for another Headbutt. That proved to be a mistake, however, and as soon as the move hit, Squirtle was able to Tackle the Seel into a patch of ice. Seel was knocked out by the impact, meaning that Gary had won the battle.

                        Violet walked around the pool and handed Gary the badge she tried to give him earlier.

                        “Here you go, the Cascade Badge.” She then turned to the girls. “Nice cheer.”

                        “Thank you,” responded Mal, “it’s nice to know someone likes it.” She glared at Gary.
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                          “So, which way are we going?” Carmine looked down at Ash.

                          Ash looked back and forth between the entrance to Mount Moon’s tunnel system and the road leading around the mountain while looking contemplative.

                          “I think…” The others stared at him, waiting for his answer. “We’ll go through the tunnels.”

                          “No…” Misty moaned.

                          “You don’t have to go with us.” Brock pointed out to her.

                          “And let this kid ditch me before he pays me back for my bike? No way.”

                          “Why does everyone keep calling me a kid?” Ash asked. “I’m almost eleven and I have a Pokémon Trainer’s License. I am an adult.”

                          “Not really.” Carmine argued. “You may have a lot of the privileges of being an adult, but you’re still the youngest here and you still tend to act like a child.”

                          “I do not.”

                          “Says the boy who’s basically having a tantrum.”

                          “Whatever.” Ash said indignantly as he turned and started walking for the tunnel. “I’m going. Anyone who’s coming with me should just follow quietly.”

                          * * *

                          After Seymour had asked Daisy to deliver to deliver the Old Amber to Cinnabar Labs, he had been assigned to find some new fossils at Mount Moon for the Pewter Museum of Science’s ancient Pokémon exhibit. He managed to excavate a large number of fossils from various prehistoric Pokémon that were native to the area millions of years ago and was just getting ready to leave.

                          “Where do you think you’re going?” Seymour turned around to see two men in grey Team Rocket uniforms.

                          “I’m heading back to the Pewter Museum. Why do want to know? Who are you, anyway?”

                          “My name is Hun, and my friend here is Attila.” Hun spoke rather nonchalantly.

                          “You weren’t planning one taking those fossils with you, were you?” Asked Attila.

                          “Yes, of course I was.”

                          “We’ll I’m afraid that’s too bad.” Hun almost seemed sorry for Seymour, but it was clearly insincere.

                          “We’ll be taking those off your hands for you.” Attila on the other hand, made no such attempt at hiding his pleasure from taunting Seymour.

                          * * *

                          Ash felt surprisingly at ease in the tunnels of Mount Moon, and made his way through them without any trouble at first. After some time, a small Pokémon dug out from the side of the tunnel, right in front of Ash.

                          “That’s a Sandshrew. They’re pretty common in the area.” Brock pointed out.

                          “I’m going to catch it.” Ash turned his hat around on his head and stretched out his arm. “Pikachu! Brick Break!”

                          Pikachu ran along Ash’s outstretched arm, jumped, and swatted the Sandshrew with its tail. Before the Sandshrew had time to react and attack back, Ash threw a Pokéball at it and the Pokémon was caught. Ash picked up the Pokéball as Pikachu leapt back onto his shoulder and held his new Pokémon out to show the others.

                          “Say hello to the newest member of my team.”

                          “Hello.” Carmine said, sarcastically.

                          * * *

                          Red and Yellow continued wandering though the tunnels, when they came across Attila and Hun threatening Seymour. Attila had sent out his Skarmory, which was holding the bladed tip of one of its wings up to Seymour’s throat.

                          As if by instinct, Red sent out his Charmander and ordered it to fire an Ember at the Skarmory. The small fireball knocked Skarmory’s wing away from Seymour and turned the attention of the two Team Rocket Agents to Red.

                          “Who dares?” Attila seemed furious at the interruption. “You’re going down, kid!” His Skarmory slowly walked out between Attila and Red, then assumed a battle-ready stance.

                          * * *

                          Masque set down her radio and stood up from her seat. She had just gotten word that the International Police were in the area. She packed up the secret base they had set up in the tunnels and was about to contact the others when Ash’s group wandered in.

                          “Hi.” Misty said. “Can you tell us which way to go to get to Cerulean? We’re kind of lost.”

                          “We are not lost! I just took a wrong turn.” Ash turned to Masque, and then a puzzled look came over him. Like he was seeing something the others couldn’t.

                          “That ‘R’ on your uniform,” Carmine said bluntly, “you’re with Team Rocket.”

                          Ash, Misty and Brock were all taken aback by Carmine’s comment, but Masque just seemed to smirk under her half-mask.

                          “You took a worse turn than you thought.” Masque grabbed a strange black Pokéball from around her belt and called out a Vileplume. “Petal Dance.”

                          Vileplume launched a whirlwind of spotted red petals from its head that almost hit Ash’s group, but were deflected at the last moment by a white beam of energy that came from the cavern’s entrance. Looker, Dragon and 009 came storming into the area with a Dragonite and Croagunk. Vileplume launched another wave of petals, this time around Masque and itself. When the attack cleared, the two were gone.

                          “What in the Distortion World just happened?” Misty asked, completely dumbfounded.

                          “Wait a minute.” Carmine said. “I know you; you’re with the International Police.100kr, wasn’t it?”

                          “I am known as ‘Looker’ now, but yes. I too remember meeting you before. I’m afraid we all have much to discuss.”

                          * * *

                          Red and Attila were just about to start their battle when a voice came over Hun’s radio.

                          “This is Agent Masque reporting in to all Team Rocket Agents in the Mount Moon area. Our mission has been blown. I repeat, our mission has been blown. Evacuate the area immediately. I repeat, evacuate the area immediately.”

                          Attila and Hun both glanced at each other and nodded.

                          “You got lucky this time, punk.” Attila turned back to Red as he recalled his Skarmory. “But we will meet again, and I will destroy you.”

                          The two Team Rocket Agents ran off leaving Red and Yellow with Seymour.

                          “Thank you so much. I thought for sure they were going to kill me.” Seymour bowed to Red and Yellow in thanks. “I don’t know how I can ever repay you for this. Here, take a couple of fossils, it’s the least I can do.”

                          Red and Yellow took the fossils that Seymour handed to them and the two waved goodbye to him as he headed back to Pewter.

                          “That was so cool!” Yellow said, as she grabbed on to Red’s arm. “Those bad guys were going to hurt him and you were just like ‘not today, villains’ like a superhero or something!”

                          “I didn’t say anything like that.”

                          “Okay maybe not, but still, that was so cool.”

                          “We’re lucky we even managed to get out of that okay. I doubt I would have been able to beat that guy. Even if I could have stood up to him, there was no way I could have beaten both of them.”

                          “I didn’t even think of that.” Yellow lost her smile for a moment, but then it was back. “We sure are lucky then.”

                          “Let’s just get out of here.”

                          * * *

                          Daisy made her way slowly down the side of Mount Moon, making sure that the egg she was carrying stayed safe. Her walk down the grassy mountain slope was otherwise rather uneventful. Eventually she reached the base of the mountain and found the road leading in to Cerulean City.

                          “I should have just followed the road to begin with. Although I guess I wouldn’t have gotten this egg if I did.” Daisy held the egg up in front of her. “They say just seeing a Clefairy is supposed to bring good luck. I wonder what it means when one gives you an egg. I mean, I guess it was just thanks for getting rid of those people trying to take that meteor, but it seems weird to give away your unborn child. Then again, they might not think of it that way. I don’t even know that this is a Clefairy egg.”

                          Before Daisy could ponder it further, she reached the Pokémon Center along the outskirts of the city and went inside.

                          “Welcome to the Cerulean City Pokémon Center. Would you like us to heal your Pokémon.”

                          Daisy put her Pokémon’s Pokéballs in the tray on the counter in front of the nurse. The nurse put the tray inside the healing machine and turned to Daisy.

                          “Would you like something to help you carry that egg? We have special portable incubators; if you want one, then it would help you carry that egg around.” She said, then took the tray back from the machine and handed it to Daisy.

                          “Yes, that would be nice.” Daisy placed the Pokéballs back in her bag as she spoke.

                          The nurse left and came back with a class case with an incubator and placed in on the counter. Daisy carefully placed the egg inside of it and put the incubator in her bag.

                          “Thank you.” Daisy said as she turned to leave. She walked out of the Pokémon Center feeling ready on take on anything. “Cerulean Gym, here I come.”
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                            “As I said at Mount Moon, I am known as Looker. I am an agent in the service of the International Police. Team Rocket has recently been reactivated after five years of dormancy and we are working on figuring out why that is and find a way to take them down again.”

                            Looker, Dragon, 009, Ash, Carmine, Misty and Brock were all sitting around a table back at the Adonis Detective Agency. The building and its interior had been fixed up thanks to the efforts of the International Police officers that had been stationed under Looker.

                            “I don’t actually work for the International Police.” Dragon said. “I’m technically just an informant, but I decided to help out more directly. My codename is Dragon.”

                            “Codename?” Misty asked. “But everyone already knows who you are, your Lance.”

                            “Yeah, I’m not really sure why I bothered with the codename. I’m a well known public figure throughout the region and I’m a Dragon Master, so ‘Dragon’ was kind of a dead giveaway.” Lance took of his hat and his bright red hair spiked up dramatically.

                            “So, what do you know about the revived Team Rocket?” Carmine tried to get the conversation back on subject.

                            “For the clarity of those who do not know the whole story, I shall start at the beginning.” Looker said. “Team Rocket was one of the largest criminal organizations in the world until five years ago when one of their agents decided to give them in. I believe you all know him; he is sitting in this very room. Mr. Carmine Noir.”

                            Ash, Misty and Brock nearly fell out of their chairs in surprise at this revelation.

                            “You were with Team Rocket?” Ash asked him, baffled. “Wait, does Mom know about that?”

                            “I would assume so. Your parents were the ones who convinced me to leave them.”

                            Looker cleared his throat to direct everyone’s attention back to him.

                            “As I was saying; Mr. Noir directed us to the son of Team Rocket’s leader, Giovanni Rozzo, and my superior at the time, Agent Adonis, made a deal with him. In exchange for the names of everyone in Team Rocket, Giovanni and anyone who followed him in being a part of the deal would have all charges dropped against them. We all thought that would be the end of Team Rocket until a few months ago. It would appear that Giovanni has revived the Team for some reason. Our mission is to find out what reason that is and put a stop to them. If you have any information, any at all, it would be appreciated.”

                            “I stopped a squad from trying to steal a bunch of Pikachu that were in the Viridian Pokémon Center from the storm a few days ago. They had a talking Meowth with them.”

                            “A talking Meowth…” Looker stroked his chin as he took in that information. “That is interesting.”

                            “Wait, what?” Ash looked at Carmine, confused. “When did that happen?”

                            “That night we stayed at the Pokémon Center here. You were asleep at the time.”

                            “That lady in the mask at Mount Moon.” Brock said. “The Pokéballs around her belt were strange. They were black and had a design I’ve never seen before.”

                            “That’s right!” Ash added. “And there was something off about her and her Pokémon. They both seemed like they were covered in a dark cloud or something.

                            The others all looked at him, confused.

                            “What do you mean?” Carmine asked.

                            “I didn’t notice anything like that.” Misty commented.

                            “Covered in a darkness that most people can’t see. I feel like I’ve heard that description somewhere before…” Looker’s eyes widened and he banged his fist into the table. “I’ve got it. I think I know what it was. We’ll need to bring in more help for this, and I think I know just who.”

                            * * *

                            Daisy walked into the Cerulean Gym and waited for a while. The Gym was completely empty. After she waited around the pool for a while she finally got up and was about to leave, but then a blonde woman walked in.

                            “Oh, I’m sorry. Have you been waiting long?” She asked.

                            “Yes, quite a while, actually.”

                            “I’m so sorry. I had some stuff I needed to do and I didn’t think anyone would come in today.”

                            “Can we have a Gym Battle now, then?”

                            “Of course. I’ll go get ready.” The blonde woman walked over to the other side of the Gym.

                            “I only have one Badge right now!” Daisy called out to her.

                            “Got it.” The woman grabbed a Pokéball from some kind of console and stood at the other end of the pool from Daisy. “And you don’t need to yell. We have really good acoustics in here. It helps with our water shows.”

                            “Water shows?”

                            “Yeah, we have live performances in here. I was actually working on preparations on tonight’s show right now.”

                            “That sounds nice.”

                            “If you beat me, I can give you a free ticket with your Badge.”

                            “You’re on!”

                            “This will be a one-on-one match with standard Pokémon League rules. I’m Daisy, by the way, one of the Sensational Sisters and Gym Leader of Cerulean City.”

                            Daisy had to hold back a laugh. “What a coincidence, my name’s Daisy, too.”

                            * * *

                            Red and Yellow finally made their way out of Mount Moon. They stopped to enjoy the feel of the sunshine and fresh air for a while, and then sat down on a patch of soft grass.

                            “Being in that cave was fun, but I’m glad to be outside again.” Yellow said.

                            “I know what you mean.” Red grabbed the two Pokéballs on his belt and called out Charmander and Paras to enjoy the outside as well.

                            “When’d you get that crab-thing with the mushrooms?”

                            “I caught him while you were sleeping. He was crawling over my legs.”

                            Yellow shivered. “That must have been creepy.”

                            “A bit creepy, yeah. But I’m glad I have him.” Red pet his Paras in the head, between the two mushrooms growing out of its back.

                            Yellow lay on her back and looked up at the sky. “I’m glad that I get be out here with you. I feel like I didn’t really get to be outside much before, and that I didn’t like being inside so much.”

                            * * *

                            Daisy Oak sent out her Bulbasaur to battle against the Gym Leader Daisy’s Horsea. Bulbasaur had to stand outside the pool because it couldn’t swim, which gave Horsea a large terrain advantage, countering Bulbasaur’s type advantage.

                            Horsea opened up with a Bubble attack, launching a steam of bubbles at Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur shrugged off the attack and countered by sending out a wave of Sleep Powder over the pool which, Horsea had to swim under the water to avoid. Bulbasaur took this opening to send out its vines into the water and hitting Horsea with a Vine Whip while it was distracted by the Sleep Powder. Horsea then swam up the surface again and let out a Smokescreen.

                            Not being able to see Horsea through the smoke, Bulbasaur sent out another blast of Sleep Powder over the pool as well as Poison Powder, making it so that Horsea could no longer safely surface through the water.

                            “I’m so glad we have someone to clean this stuff out of the water for us.” The Gym Leader said. “Battles like this would be a nightmare if we didn’t.”

                            Horsea didn’t notice the powder because of the smoke and tried to hit Bulbasaur with another Bubble, but inhaled some of the Sleep Powder when it poked its head above the water and instantly fell asleep. Bulbasaur used Vine Whip again and won the battle.

                            Daisy the Gym Leader walked back to Daisy Oak and handed her a Gym Badge.

                            “Here you go; one Cascade Badge. You earned it.” She then reached into her pocket and pulled out a small piece of paper. “And, as promised, a ticket to tonight’s water show.”

                            * * *

                            A gust of hot desert air blew in through an open window in a small jailhouse. One of the prisoners lay relaxed on his bed, while the other four seemed uneasy about his presence. One of the two men in the cell next to him finally stood up and walked up to the bars dividing their cells.

                            “What are you in here for?” He asked the man. “Aren’t you supposed to be a hero or something?”

                            The man let out a small chuckle as he sat up on his bed. “I don’t think anyone’s ever called me a hero before. Theft, arson, kidnapping; I’ve done plenty to earn a place in here.”

                            “But you’re the one who got us in here, man. And you’re supposed to have saved the entire world or something, right?”

                            “I wouldn’t go that far. I may have done a lot of good recently, but I’m no hero.”

                            “No one cares!” Yelled one of the women in the third jail cell. “Just shut up already!”

                            They all went back to just sitting in silence for a while. That silence was broken however, when the chief of police entered the jailhouse. He walked up to the cell that the lone man was in and pulled out his keys to unlock it.

                            “You have a visitor.” He said.
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                              Looker sat at one end of a small table. 009 leaned against the wall behind him. Across from the detective sat a gray-haired young man with heavily tanned skin and strikingly golden eyes.

                              “Weston Jaeger.” Looker addressed the man.

                              “Most people call me Wes.”

                              “It sounds like you’ve done a lot of bad things in your life.”

                              “What’s it to you?” Wes asked, a little more defensive than he meant.

                              “You’ve also done a lot of good. I have heard that you were responsible for the defeat of Team Cipher before the International Police even knew what was going on.”

                              “So what? I was just in the right place at the right time.”

                              “I have also heard that you have experience fighting their ‘Shadow Pokémon’.”

                              Wes let a grin slide smoothly across his face that did not extend past his mouth. “That’s right. I captured every Shadow Pokémon they made and purified each and every one to their original state.”

                              “Good. We have need of your experience.”

                              Wes’ grin faded and he went on the defensive again. “And what would you need that for? There are no more Shadow Pokémon left. I made sure of that, personally.”

                              “That may be, but it would seem that Team Cipher were not the only ones who knew how to make them.”

                              “That’s impossible.” Wes sat upright, his attention fully caught up in the conversation now.

                              “Apparently not. There has been at least one sighting of a Shadow Pokémon in the Kanto region under the ownership of Team Rocket. We do not know if they managed to find the process of making them on their own or if Team Cipher had some involvement with Team Rocket, but somehow they have Shadow Pokémon. And it is doubtful that they only have one.”

                              Wes paused for a moment, looking deep in thought, then spoke. “I’ll help you. But I can’t sense Shadow Pokémon on my own. I had a partner when fighting Team Cipher. You’ll need her, too.”

                              Looker smiled as he stood up. “We are already aware. She was the one who suggested we get you. Gather your things and we’ll go.”

                              “Now, wait just a moment.” Interrupted the police chief, Chief Sherles. “As much as I’d like to see Wes go free because of all the good he’s done for this town, he’s still a convicted criminal. We can’t just let criminals free whenever it suits us, he has to do his time in here.”

                              “That is a hindrance.” Looker nodded. “Or rather, it would be. I have been fully authorized to formally drop all charges against Wes for his past wrongdoings if he cooperates.”

                              “I guess that’s that then.” Said Wes as he stood up. “Sounds like a win-win to me.”

                              * * *

                              Red and Yellow walked into the Cerulean Gym and were greeted by one of its Gym Leaders.

                              “Welcome to the Cerulean Gym. I’m Lily.” Said the pink haired girl, who held out a small teardrop shaped badge. “Take this complementary Cascade Badge.”

                              “Complementary?” Red asked. “I thought I needed to fight you for it.”

                              Lily’s shoulders drooped and she put the badge back into the pocket of her dress. “Why does no one ever just take the badge?” She moaned to herself as she turned and walked back to the other side of the pool.

                              “Weird…” Said Yellow.

                              “I’m guessing you only have, like, maybe two badges?” Lily asked Red.

                              “Just one.” Was his response.

                              “Alright.” Lily seemed rather bored. “One-on-one then. Show me your best, or whatever.”

                              Lily tossed a Pokéball out over the pool and a Goldeen came out of it and dove into the water. Red called out his Paras, which stood along the edge of the pool.

                              “I didn’t take the possibility of having a pool as an arena into account.” Red muttered to himself. “All of the strategies I planned on the way here relied on having equal footing with the opponent.

                              “I’m sure you’ll figure out something.” Yellow reassured him.

                              Paras stared blankly at the pool while Goldeen swam around, waiting to see what it would do. After a while, Lily grew impatient and ordered her Pokémon to use Peck. The fish Pokémon leapt out of the water and descended so that its horn would hit Paras.

                              “Paras!” Red finally came up with a plan. “Hit it with Scratch and knock it away from the pool!”

                              The bug Pokémon swung one of its large front legs as the Goldeen was about to reach it and knocked the Goldeen away. The fish Pokémon was only able to flop around uselessly on land, making it an easy target for Paras to hit repeatedly until Goldeen fainted.

                              “Oh, joy.” Lily said sarcastically as she walked back to Red. “Just take the stupid badge already.” She pulled the badge out of her pocket. A couple small slips of paper slipped out with it. “I forgot I had these. You might as well take them; they’re tickets for tonight’s water show.”

                              “Water show?” Yellow asked. “I don’t know what that is, but it sounds great.”

                              * * *

                              On the road between Cerulean City and Saffron City, Gary and his cheerleaders had just found their way blocked by a large fallen tree. They got out of their car to examine the tree.

                              “I could clear the way with me Pokémon.” Kat suggested to Gary, who took a moment to answer.

                              “Nah, I say we turn back. We passed a turn off to Celadon City earlier. I think we should go back that way.”

                              “Well, I’m going to clear the path anyway, for people coming by this way later. I’ll meet back up with you at the Pokémon Center.” Kat said as the others got back in the car.

                              Mal made a U-turn and drove off with the others. Kat turned back to the tree and pulled out a couple of Pokéballs from around her belt.

                              “Alright! Go, Charizard and Nidoqueen. Let’s get this tree off the road, shall we?”

                              The two large Pokémon each grabbed hold of the large, fallen tree and lifted it up off to the side of the road.

                              “Well, that was fast. You know, I don’t think we’ve had a proper fight since the Pokémon League last year. We should fix that some time.” Kat’s Pokémon both nodded in agreement. “I feel like Gary’s going too quickly with his journey. I think I was only just getting to Pewter at this point on my journey. I hadn’t even caught you yet, Nidoqueen.” She rubbed her hand against the blue Pokémon’s head. “I suppose we should probably be going now.”

                              * * *

                              “You are probably wondering why I have called you all to this meeting.” Giovanni said to the room full of Team Rocket Agents. “This is the first time we have gathered all of our high ranking members at once since our organization’s revival. The reason is simple. We have enemies. The International Police have sent a team to take us down and even the local trainers are starting to fight against us. And they’re doing a bit too well against us for my tastes. That is why I have decided to put all of you through an intense training regimen. To start with, I have hired one of the world’s foremost Pokémon Hunters to work for us.”

                              Giovanni gestured to an open doorway on one side of the room. A gray-haired woman walked in and sat at one of the two empty chairs around the crowded table.

                              “This is Hunter J. After this meeting you will all report in to her and she will make sure you are all equipped with full teams. After that, you are to report to the head of Project Dark, the Iron-Masked Marauder, who will augment your Pokémon into Dark Pokémon, giving you an edge over any who would dare oppose us.” Giovanni now gestured to the doorway on the other side of the room where a large man wearing an iron mask walked in and sat in the other empty chair.

                              “Once you are finished with that, each squadron will report to one of our Executives. They will train you to become better fighters. Mallory will inform you of which executive you should report under. Are there any questions?” Giovanni looked around the room. No one raised any questions, so he moved on. “That will be all. This meeting is now adjourned.”
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                                “Too bad we couldn’t have gotten a lift back to Cerulean.” Misty said.

                                “Yeah.” Brock agreed. “Looker and 009 teleported away with an Alazakam and Lance flew off to who-knows-where without even asking if we wanted a lift.”

                                “You know,” Carmine pointed out, “we don’t have to go straight back to Cerulean. We could take Diglett’s Cave to Vermilion instead.” Carmine looked down to Ash and then interrupted right when Ash was about to speak. “Let me guess, you’re going to wait until morning to make a decision.”

                                “I was not!” Ash said indignantly. “We’ll go to Vermillion. Although I do want to stay here for the night, it’s starting to get dark.”

                                “Do we have to go to a cave?” Misty sighed. “I don’t want to be underground again. Besides, I need to get home soon.”

                                “Actually, if we go through Diglett’s Cave to Vermillion, then take the Underground Path to Cerulean, it should take about the same amount of time as going through Pewter and Mt. Moon.” Brock pointed out.

                                “Fine.”

                                “Are you going to make us sleep in the Pokémon Center again, or can we actually stay in the Pallet House this time?” Carmine asked Ash.

                                “Well… this is just kind of an unexpected detour, rather than a real part of my journey, so I guess we can go to the Pallet House this once.”

                                “The Pallet House?” Misty asked. “You struck me as more of the kind to stay at cheap motels or something.”

                                Ash and Carmine both glared at Misty.

                                “You do know who you’re talking to, right?” Carmine asked.

                                Misty looked at them a bit confused.

                                “My mom owns the whole chain. It’s the family business.” Ash explained.

                                Misty’s jaw dropped and Brock looked rather surprised as well.

                                “I thought I’d heard the name ‘Ketchum’ before.” Brock said. “I guess that was it. I’m not really into business stuff, though. Actually, I feel like it was somewhere else. I think it was on the news or something.”

                                “That does sound familiar, actually.” Misty added.

                                “You’re probably thinking of when Graham disappeared.” Carmine said. Both he and Ash looked down at the ground mournfully.

                                “I miss Dad.” Ash said.

                                “What happened?” Misty asked, genuinely concerned.

                                “We don’t know for sure.” Explained Carmine. “He went missing around four years ago. There were some strange reportings near the Cerulean Cave. Graham went to check them out, but never returned. No one’s seen or heard from him since then.”

                                “I think I remember that. They said there were sightings of a strange, powerful Pokémon in the area.” Said Misty. “It apparently left after a while, though.”

                                “Can we please talk about something else?” Ash looked about ready to cry from the memories of his missing father.

                                “Sure kid.” Carmine tried to comfort him, a bit awkwardly. “Let’s go check in at the Pallet House. It’s been a long day.

                                * * *

                                Red and Yellow found their seats for the Water Show. They were in the front row of the bleachers on the western side of the Gym. As they sat down, Red heard a familiar voice call out to him.

                                “Hey, Red! Red, is that you?” Daisy walked up to where they were sitting. “How have you been?”

                                Red stood up to greet his old friend.

                                “Hey, Daisy. What were the odds of meeting up here? How have you been?”

                                “I’ve been having a little trouble traveling on my own, but I have managed to get two badges already. How about you?”

                                “I have two badges, too. If you’re having trouble alone, you’re welcome to come with us.”

                                “Us?” Daisy was caught off-guard by that.

                                Yellow got up and shook Daisy’s hand.

                                “Hello! My name’s Yellow! Probably, maybe, who really knows?”

                                “It’s a long story.” Red said in response to the confused look on Daisy’s face.

                                Before they could continue their conversation, the lights dimmed, marking that the show was about to begin, so they sat back down in silence. The show was called “The Mermaid and the Pirate” an odd mix-up of Romeo and Juliet with The Little Mermaid. Lily played Romeo as a member of a band of pirates that wanted more from life, while Violet played Juliet as a young mermaid who wants to explore the human world and Daisy cycled through the other major characters while their Pokémon served as the extras. Despite this odd premise, they were able to put on quite a show that left the audience in awe.

                                * * *

                                Jessie, James and Meowth stood in a room with the other squads that had been assigned under Executive Administrator Archer. The other squads were Attila and Hun, Thunder Squad, who the trio had worked with at Mt. Moon; Thief Squad, a pair of sisters named Annie and Oakley; and Outlaw Squad, Butch and Cassidy, who have been J Squad’s rivals ever since they joined Team Rocket.

                                “Well look what the cat dragged in…” Cassidy said when she saw the trio. “I thought you three would have been kicked out by now, but I guess they’ll just let anyone here.”

                                “Oh, yeah?” Jessie responded. “I guess they do if you two are here.”

                                The two women walked up to each other and looked like they were about to attack each other, but were stopped by a pair of hands resting on their shoulders.

                                “Enough.” Attila said. “As much as I like a good fight, we’re all working together. And we can’t work together if we’re at each other’s throats.”

                                “Well put,” came the cool voice of the man who just walked into the room, “you appear to be smarter than you look. Good”

                                Executive Archer was one of the highest ranking members of Team Rocket, second only to Giovanni himself, and he looked the part. Archer was a suave man, impeccably dressed with short, teal hair and he had an heir about him that allowed him to take charge of any situation he was in without any fuss. Even Attila, who would normally object to a backhanded compliment like the one Archer just gave, stood speechless in the man’s presence.

                                “I’m going to assume you all at least know each other’s names, you all know who I am of course, and I really don’t care who you are. So, we’re going to skip the introductions and pleasantries and go straight to why we’re here. You may be some of the best Team Rocket has to offer in your respective skillsets, whatever they may be, but those are not the only skills that will be necessary as we reach our goals and our enemies try to stop us. Thus, it is my job to make sure that you have the power to stop anyone who dares get in our way. Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?”

                                * * *

                                The Iron-Masked Marauder sat in a chair, fiddling with the latest prototype for his Dark Ball. He was so caught up in his work that he almost didn’t notice someone walk in to his lab.

                                “I thought I recognized you.” Said Hunter J. “You used to work for Team Cipher didn’t you?”

                                The Marauder didn’t bother looking up. “So did you. So what?”

                                “This Project Dark I keep hearing about; it’s the Shadow Pokémon project isn’t it. And those special Pokéballs, they’re modified from Team Snagem’s snag machines.”

                                “You’re close.” He admitted. “I left Team Cipher shortly before they were defeated and rounded up by the IP. I ended up here and Giovanni offered me a position here in Team Rocket. We have resources here that Cipher never even imagined. Project Dark is a modified version of the Shadow Pokémon Project, but they’re not quite the same.”

                                The Iron-Masked Marauder stood up and smiled at Hunter J, gesturing for her to follow him further into the lab. She did so and he led her to a strange, glowing orange crystal with wires coming out of it, connected to the various machines and computers in the room.

                                “This is the Dark Synergy Crystal.” Marauder explained. “We found it in the far-off Ferrum region. I t has properties similar to Shadow Pokémon, and allows us to make even better versions of them. This new kind of Shadow Pokémon, or Dark Pokémon as we call them here, Are just as powerful as the old ones, but they remain much more under control. We don’t have to worry about them attacking their own trainers anymore. In addition, this method seems to be more potent. We even have a successful human prototype.”

                                “That would by the girl with the mask.” Hunter J’s comment was more a statement than a question.

                                “Yes. How did you figure that out so quickly?”

                                “This thing’s more than just for show.” Hunter J pointed to the visor she was wearing. “It allows me to see aura. I stole it from a lab back in Orre that’s working on fighting another potential Shadow Pokémon outbreak. I also managed to get this Snag Machine from them.” She motioned to the silver gauntlet on her left arm.

                                “I was wondering about that.”

                                “It looks like Team Cipher’s legacy has served us both well, huh John?”

                                “I’m the Iron-Masked Marauder now.”

                                “That’s kind of a mouthful. I’m just going to keep calling you John.”

                                “Only if I can call you Jael.”
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                                  A lone Charmander held his tail under his chin in the vain hope that would shield its flame from the rain. Three days had passed since his trainer had left Charmander on that rock. Three long days of waiting for his trainer to return.

                                  “Damian will come back for me.” Charmander thought to himself. “He said he would, and I believe in him.”

                                  And so, Charmander continued to wait for his missing trainer as the rain finally began to slow to a stop. Charmander continued dwelling in his thought when he realized something.

                                  “What if something happened to Damian? What if the reason he hasn’t come back is that he can’t?”

                                  Charmander looked down the path the way Damian had gone.

                                  “That must be it! Damian is hurt and alone! I need to rescue him!”

                                  Charmander breathed a small, pathetic flame onto its tail to keep it from going out and slid down the rock Damian had placed him on. Three days of no food and in a constant near-death state had left Charmander weak and he was barely able to walk down the path, put his heart and soul into making it. He needed to save his trainer and nothing would stop him, or so he thought.

                                  As Charmander continued stumbling forward, his feet gave out under him and he tumbled down a slope along the side of the path.

                                  * * *

                                  The next morning after Daisy met up with Red and Yellow, Daisy went on her way south to Vermillion City. She had decided not to take Red up on his offer of traveling with them. She was going to give traveling alone another chance; hopefully she wouldn’t have to deal with anything like what happened at Mt. Moon again.

                                  As she made her way along the road, she eventually stumbled upon a group of young boys only a few years younger than her. Three of the boys appeared to be beating up the fourth, so Daisy ran up to stop them. The moment the boys noticed Daisy coming up to them they high-tailed it away and towards a large building in the distance.

                                  “What was that about?” Daisy asked as she helped the remaining boy get back onto his feet.

                                  “Nothing.” He said quietly. “They’re just bullies.”

                                  “What is that building over there, anyway?”

                                  The boy looked up at Daisy with a look of confusion. “That’s Pokémon Tech, duh. How do you not know that?”

                                  “Why would I know that?” Daisy countered.

                                  The boy just walked back to the school without paying any more attention to Daisy.

                                  “Well that was rude.” Daisy muttered to herself. “Well, might as well check it out.”

                                  * * *

                                  Red and Yellow made their way north from Cerulean. This led them to Route 24, best known as the home of Nugget Bridge. They walked onto the famous bridge and were immediately confronted by a trainer.

                                  “Stop! People call this place the Nugget Bridge. If you can beat all five trainers here, you can win a fabulous prize! Do you have what it takes?”

                                  Red looked down at Yellow and then back up to the trainer.

                                  “I might as well give it a try. Bring it on.”

                                  Red and the trainer each pulled out a Pokéball and sent out a Pokémon. Red sent out his Charmander while the trainer sent out a Kukuna. Charmander used Ember and the Kakuna fainted almost instantly.

                                  “Well, that was unexpected.” Said the trainer. “Maybe you have what it takes after all. You may proceed.”

                                  Red continued along the bridge with Yellow following him, but was stopped again only a few steps later.

                                  “I’m the second trainer! Now it’s serious!” The trainer said as she sent out a Pidgey.

                                  Red’s Charmander once again beat the opposing Pokémon in only a single move. The process repeated until Red defeated the fifth trainer. Red and Yellow finally reached the other side of the bridge when a man walked up to them.

                                  “Congratulations! You’ve beaten all five of our elite trainers! You’ve just earned a fabulous prize.”

                                  “It wasn’t exactly difficult.” Red said as he took the prize, a golden nugget, from the man. “You should probably get some stronger trainers for this.”

                                  “By the way,” the man continued, “how would you like to join Team Rocket?”

                                  “What?” Red asked. Both he and Yellow just stared at the man.

                                  “We’re a group of professional criminals specializing in Pokémon. Want to join?”

                                  “We know what Team Rocket is. We’ve dealt with your people back at Mt. Moon.”

                                  “I’m telling you to join.”

                                  “No!”

                                  “Alright, I see you’re going to need convincing!” The man pulled out a Pokéball and called out his Ekans.

                                  The snake Pokémon leapt towards Charmander and used Bite on Red’s Pokémon, followed by Wrap. Charmander responded by using Metal Claw to force the Ekans off of him. Charmander then shot out an Ember while the Ekans countered by spitting a Poison Sting. The two moves collided in mid-air and Charmander took the opportunity to charge and slam Ekans into the ground with another Metal Claw, causing the Ekans to faint.

                                  Charmander began to glow white and grew into his evolved form: Charmeleon.

                                  “Alright then.” The Team Rocket recruiter said as he recalled his fainted Pokémon. “Smoke escape!” He flung a small smoke bomb onto the ground. When the smoke cleared he was gone.

                                  “That was a neat trick.” Yellow said. “And your Pokémon evolved!”

                                  “I can’t say I’m entirely sure what just happened.” Red commented. “But so far this is shaping up to be a good day.”

                                  * * *

                                  Gary walked into the Celadon City Gym. The Gym was arranged as a garden maze, which Gary had to navigate his way around to reach the Gym Leader.

                                  “I challenge you to a battle!” He shouted when he finally reached her.

                                  The Gym Leader was a young woman with black hair and wearing a traditionally designed kimono. She was taking a nap on a large cushion designed to look like a Vileplume’s flower. She woke up from Gary’s shouting and stood up slowly while rubbing her eyes.

                                  “Huh, what was that?” She said in-between large yawns.

                                  “I said, I challenge you to a battle!” Gary repeated himself, rather annoyed.

                                  “Right, of course. Sorry about that, I sat down for a moment and I guess I must have fallen asleep.”

                                  “Two.” Gary said proudly.

                                  “Only two?” She reached under her cushion and pulled out a Pokéball. “I guess this will only be one on one then. I’m Erika, Gym Leader of Celadon City and Grass-type specialist.” She tossed the Pokéball and a Tangela came out from it.

                                  Gary sent out his own, recently evolved, Pidgeotto. Pidgeotto opened with a Gust attack, knocking Tangela back. Tangela then used Ingrain, sending some of its vines into the ground where it absorbed nutrients from the soil, healing itself. Pidgeotto flapped its wings hard to create a Whirlwind that sent Tangela flying up into the air so that it couldn’t heal itself more, then rammed into it with a couple Quick Attacks. Tangela fainted by the time it crashed back down to the ground.

                                  “Very good.” Erika said, clapping lightly. “In honor of your victory, I bestow unto you this Rainbow Badge.” She held out the badge to Gary who grabbed it from her eagerly.

                                  * * *

                                  Charmander awoke feeling much better than he had in days. It felt like he had his strength fully restored. He opened his eyes to see that he has lying on a grass mat in some kind of cottage. His tail flame was resting on a flat stone so that it wouldn’t catch anything on fire and was burning brighter than he had ever seen it.

                                  “It’s good to see that you’re awake.” Said a woman sitting in a chair on the far end of the cottage. “My name’s Melanie and this is the Hidden Village. I take care of injured Pokémon here.”

                                  Charmander nodded to the woman as a sign of thanks. The woman smiled and pointed to a Pokémon sitting next to her.

                                  “This Bulbasaur here is the one who found you and brought you here. If you should be thanking anyone, it should be him.”

                                  “Thank you.” Charmander said to the Bulbasaur. Pokémon may not be able to communicate directly with humans, but most species could understand each other’s languages.

                                  “It was nothing.” The Bulbasaur responded. “I was just doing my job.”
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                                    The area just outside the eastern entrance to Diglett’s Cave was very calm. The wind blowing gently through the grass and trees was the only movement to be seen as all the wild Pokémon were either away hunting or taking an afternoon nap. This peace was disturbed by a sudden mound of dirt growing by the cave’s entrance.

                                    A Sandshrew pulled its head out through the dirt mound as it finally reached the surface. As it crawled onto the ground, it gestured back down the tunnel it dug out of. The surrounding earth began to shake as the mighty figure of an Onix burst forth from the ground. Behind the Onix, four humans climbed up from the newly formed tunnel.

                                    “We’re never going into another cave ever again!” Misty shouted at Ash.

                                    “How was I supposed to know the cave would collapse like that?” Ash asked defensively.

                                    “No one could have predicted there would be a pocket of magma so close to a widely used tunnel like that.” Brock pointed out.

                                    “Let’s just agree never to talk about what happened down there ever again.” Said Carmine. “I really don’t want to have to relive any of that.”

                                    “Which way is it to Vermillion?” Ash asked.

                                    Brock looked at his watch, then up at the sky. “It should be that way.” He said as he pointed west.

                                    “Then let’s go before anything else happens.”

                                    * * *

                                    Daisy walked up to the front gate of Pokémon Tech and found that it was locked.

                                    “I guess I came here for nothing. Ah well, this was still on the way to Saffron, so it wasn’t a complete loss.”

                                    She turned to walk away when the gate suddenly opened. A girl walked out to her.

                                    “Who are you and what are you doing here?” She asked.

                                    “My name’s Daisy. I came here to see what this place was.”

                                    “Well then, welcome to Pokémon Tech, the most prestigious school in all of Kanto.” A smug smile crept across the girl’s face. “Or at least that’s what it’s supposed to be anyway.”

                                    “What?” Daisy asked hesitantly.

                                    They say that graduating from here can put you straight into the Pokémon League without needing to earn any badges, but that’s just a load of Tauros! Not only is that not true, but Pokémon Tech graduates have a statistically lower number of Pokémon League entrances than any other school in the region. That’s why I’ve just appealed to get my Pokémon License early.” She held out her license for Daisy to see. “You’re a trainer, right?’

                                    “Yeah…”

                                    “Then I, Giselle, challenge you to my first battle as an official Pokémon Trainer!”

                                    * * *

                                    Wes walked into an empty room in the Adonis Detective Agency were a girl his age was meditating in the corner.

                                    “Well, look who we have here. They’ll just let anyone in here won’t they?” He said.

                                    The girl opened her eyes and, seeing who it was, stood up and walked over to him.

                                    “And what are you doing here?” She asked in a disdainful tone of voice.

                                    “I’m supposed to help save the world again, or something. I’ve heard you’re the reason I’m here.” Wes responded .

                                    The two leered at each other for a moment before breaking into laughter.

                                    “It’s good to see you again, Rui.” Wes said. “What’s new with you?”

                                    “After we split up, I went back to stay with my grandparents. Then I went to train my powers. I’m a full-fledged Aura Apprentice now!”

                                    “I’m just going to pretend I know what that means.”

                                    “I also have my own Pokémon now, so I don’t need you to protect me anymore.”

                                    “I don’t recall needing to protect you before.” Wes said as Rui pulled out a couple of Pokéballs from around her belt. She called out her Pokémon, a small yellow rodent and a bipedal blue dog.

                                    “Meet Pichu and Riolu. My grandpa gave me Pichu and I received Riolu as part of my training.”

                                    “Well, you’ve certainly done a lot more this past year than I have. All I did was become the official strongest trainer in Orre, catch the guardian of the region and get put in jail because I felt like it.”

                                    “What?” Rui asked, puzzled.

                                    “After you left, I challenged Mount Battle and won, becoming officially recognized as the strongest trainer in Orre. Then, not too long ago, I let myself get captured and put in jail for all the various crimes I committed over the course of my life before we met. Just because I felt like it.”

                                    “What about the guardian?”

                                    “I’ll save that for later. I want to keep you in suspense.”

                                    “Jerk.”

                                    * * *

                                    Daisy’s Bulbasaur and Giselle’s Cubone stared each other down in preparation for orders from their trainers. Bulbasaur held its vines out in a defensive position while Cubone stood confidently, resting its hands over the top of its Bone Club. After a moment of tension, both girls shouted orders to their Pokémon, who both reacted instantly.

                                    Bulbasaur launched a Leech Seed from its bulb which Cubone knocked away in midair as it charged straight for the Seed Pokémon. Cubone’s Bone Club fell hard over Bulbasaur’s head, but Bulbasaur was able to counter with another Leech Seed, this time hitting Cubone strait in the neck. Small vines sprouted around the Ground-type Pokémon, slowing its reflexes and draining its health.

                                    Cubone quickly turned around and slapped Bulbasaur with a Tail Whip, lowering its speed. Bulbasaur then grabbed Cubone by its arms with his vines. Cubone tried to wrestle free from the grass-type’s grip, but was unable to get loose before Bulbasaur sprayed Sleep Powder into Cubone’s face.

                                    Cubone slowly nodded off as Bulbasaur released his grip to attack with Vine Whip repeatedly. At this point it was clear who won the battle.

                                    “That wasn’t the outcome I predicted.” Giselle said as she called her Cubone back to its Pokéball. “Still, you’ve earned my respect. One day we will fight again. When that day comes you won’t be so lucky.”

                                    “I wouldn’t be so sure about that.” Daisy said with a smile.

                                    Giselle returned her smile with a glare and gave her parting words as she began to walk off. “I will become the next Pokémon Champion, just you wait.”

                                    * * *

                                    “Yellow?” Cried out a panic stricken Red. The girl had wandered off while Red wasn’t paying attention. “Yellow! Where are you?”

                                    “I’m over here!”

                                    Red ran over to where her voice had come from and found her standing behind a tree.

                                    “What happened? Why did you run off like that?”

                                    “Well,” the amnesiac girl began, “I was trying to juggle a Pokéball that fell out of your pack this morning, when I may have accidentally tossed it away. I went after it to get it back.”

                                    “Why didn’t you say something?”

                                    “I didn’t want to bother you. I thought I’d find it quickly and catch up to you without you noticing I was even gone. But then…” She trailed off.

                                    “Then what?”

                                    Yellow held up the yellow Pokémon she was clutching between her arms, which Red hadn’t even noticed.

                                    “I caught something!”

                                    “That’s an Abra.” Red said, more to himself than to Yellow. “How did you catch an Abra? Those things are almost impossible to catch.”

                                    “Abra, huh? Then say hello to Abraham the Abra!”

                                    “You’re just constantly full of surprises, kid. I can’t tell if that’s good or bad yet.”

                                    * * *

                                    “It sounds more like he abandoned you.” Bulbasaur said after Charmander explained his current situation.

                                    “What? No! Damian didn’t abandon me. I know he didn’t. He’s hurt and alone and I need to find him and rescue him!”

                                    “Fine.” Bulbasaur made a motion that resembled a shrug. “But it’s dangerous to go alone. I’m coming with you if you insist on this foolish notion.”

                                    Charmander was caught off-guard by this offer. “Are you sure? It looks like you’re needed here.”

                                    “Melanie does all of the real work. I just watched over the weaker Pokémon here to make sure they stayed safe. But I’ve trained them. They can stand up to any threat that comes this way and pass on my training to the next generation. My job here is done, it was getting time for me to leave, anyway.”

                                    “Wow.” Charmander didn’t know what else to say.

                                    “I’ll miss this place.” Bulbasaur continued. “But I will return one day.”
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                                      “Here we are at last.” Brock said to his traveling companions as the city skyline came into view. “Vermillion City; the Port of Exquisite Sunsets.”

                                      “Finally!” Misty lifted her arms high into the air. “Civilization!”

                                      The group continued walking towards the city, Ash training a bit behind, taking his time. Shortly after they entered the city limits, Ash was pulled aside by a strange old man in a suit, standing at about three and a half feet tall and with a pure white beard and mustache that covered most of his face.

                                      “Young man.” Said the man as he pulled Ash down by the arm so that met at his eye level. “What a fine Pikachu you have there.”

                                      “Thanks, I guess.” Said Ash, hesitantly, not sure what else to say.

                                      “Yes, this Pikachu is simply remarkable. You’re in!”

                                      “In what?”

                                      “Why, the Pokémon Fan Club, of course.”

                                      * * *

                                      The Celadon game Corner was a place filled with sights, sounds and smells. The golden floors reflected light back up on the hordes of gamblers pulling slot machines. It only took one quick look around the place for Gary to decide that coming here was a mistake. Unfortunately for him, his cheerleaders stormed in behind him and pushed him further into the Game Corner.

                                      Gary wandered around the establishment for a while trying to recompose himself. When Gary finally regained his composure, he found himself at the back corner of the building with a lone man in black who appeared to be guarding a poster hanging on the wall behind him.

                                      “Can I help you?” The man growled out.

                                      “No.” Gary answered, trying to hide his discomfort with the current situation.

                                      “Then scram, kid. I’m busy.” The man said, still just standing in front of the poster with his arms folded.

                                      “But you’re not doing anything.” Gary pointed out.

                                      “Just because you can’t tell what I’m doing doesn’t mean I’m not doing it. Now beat it.” The man looked like he was about to start getting violent, so Gary turned around and walked back the way he thought he had come from.

                                      “Sheesh.” Gary said to himself. “What’s that guy’s problem?”

                                      * * *

                                      “So what now, Ash?” Carmine asked as he, Brock and Misty reached the Pokémon Center. “Ash?”

                                      The three looked around and realized their ‘leader’ wasn’t with them.

                                      “Where could he have wandered off too?” Misty wondered aloud.

                                      “He was definitely just behind us when we first entered the city.” Brock commented.

                                      Carmine slowly raised the palm of his right hand up to his forehead. “Oh, Arceus!” He swore under his breath. “Delia’s going to kill me for this.”

                                      * * *

                                      “I’m afraid this way is closed, miss.” The woman guarding the northern entrance to Saffron City told Daisy.

                                      “The city is closed? How does that happen?” Daisy asked.

                                      “I don’t know what’s going on. I just know I’m not allowed to let anyone through here. If you want, you can take the Underground Path to Viridian City. Otherwise you’ll have to head back to either Cerulean of Celadon.”

                                      “Fine.” Daisy mumbled as she turned to leave. She managed to find the entrance to the Underground Path and headed inside.

                                      In contrast to the tunnels through Mt. Moon, the Underground Path was more like being in a building than a cave. The path was nearly deserted as Daisy made her way through it. After hours of walking, Daisy was surprised to find a doorway leading into what looked like a restaurant.

                                      Daisy walked in and was greeted by a young woman.

                                      “What is this place?” Daisy asked the woman.

                                      “This is the Underground Burger.” The woman answered. “It’s a rest stop halfway between the two entrances to the Underground Path between Routes 5 and 6.”

                                      “I had no idea this place was here.”

                                      “Yeah, we get that a lot. People mostly just travel through Saffron.”

                                      “The city is closed or something right now. The guard at the entrance isn’t letting anyone through right now.”

                                      “Huh.” The woman looked surprised. “That’s unusual. Well, it should be good for business at least.”

                                      * * *

                                      Carmine chased after his Sneasel, who was tracking down Ash by scent. Sneasel led him to a clean, well-kept building with an olive green roof that contrasted with the orange roofs of the buildings around it. Carmine opened the front door, which was unlocked, and was surprised by what he found inside.

                                      “What in the name of Ho-Oh’s Sacred Fire is going on?” He exclaimed.

                                      Ash has sitting on a couch with the old man from earlier, drinking tea. A group of Pokémon enthusiasts was gathered around them, apparently listening in on some sort of conversation between the two.

                                      “Oh, hey, Carmine.” Ash said when he looked over and saw him.

                                      “So you’re Carmine?” The old man got up and walked over to greet him. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, young Ash here has told us so much about you.”

                                      “And who would you be?” Carmine asked interrogatively.

                                      “Why, I’m the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman, of course.” The old man answered Carmine’s question. “Ash, as our newest member, has been telling us the story of your adventures so far.”

                                      “Is that so?” Carmine’s tone indicated that he wasn’t really interested, but the chairman didn’t seem to notice.

                                      “Why yes. It’s nice to hear the stories of a young trainer just starting out. It reminds me of the good old days.”

                                      Carmine turned to a man who was staring at him. “What are looking at?”

                                      The man gave a startled jump. “N-nothing. You just remind me of a kid I’ve seen hanging around here lately.”

                                      “Why, yes!” The chairman said. “I know who you’re talking about. He does look like that kid.

                                      “Look,” Carmine tried to stop the conversation, “I don’t really care. I’m just here to bring Ash back to the Pokémon Center, where the others are waiting.”

                                      * * *

                                      Charmander and Bulbasaur travelled along a deserted pathway leading to Cerulean City in hopes of finding any clues to Damian’s whereabouts. As they walked, the ground beneath them suddenly caved in and they fell hard into a deep pit.

                                      “Oh no!” Charmander yelled in worry. “What now?”

                                      “Get a hold of yourself.” Bulbasaur tried to calm down his panicked companion. “I can easily get us out of here using my Vine Whip.”

                                      “Oh, okay.” Charmander wiped his forehead with the back of his paw in relief. “I thought we were stuck down here.”

                                      “There is one thing that bothers me, though.” Bulbasaur said, looking around.

                                      “What’s that?” Charmander asked.

                                      Bulbasaur gestured to the walls of dirt around them. “This hole doesn’t appear to have formed naturally. It looks more like it’s been dug out by hand.”

                                      “Very observant.” Came a loud, booming voice from up above. Both Pokémon looked up to see a group of blue Pokémon, all wearing sunglasses, looking down at the two.

                                      “The Squirtle Squad.” Bulbasaur growled.

                                      “I see our reputation precedes us.” Said the Squirtle who spoke earlier, who was wearing pointed sunglasses, as opposed to the round ones the others were wearing.

                                      “Who are the Squirtle Squad?” Charmander asked Bulbasaur.

                                      “They’re nothing more than a bunch of bandits that ambush unsuspecting travelers and rob them of everything they have.”

                                      “Nothing more than bandits?” Asked the Squirtle in a false offended tone. “We are merely a ragtag group of misfits that can only get by through the…” he paused, searching for the right word to use, “generosity of others.”

                                      The other Squirtle laughed at their leader’s apparent joke.

                                      “So then,” he continued, “How generous will you be to us?”

                                      “Why don’t you come down here and find out for yourself? Or are you afraid?” Bulbasaur said in a defiant tone, then launched a Razor Leaf at the Squirtle. Squirtle tried to dodge the attack, but the leaf’s sharp edge managed to graze his cheek.

                                      “Fine then!” The Squirtle leader said, as he jumped down into the pit. “But you will regret this. When people speak of the Squirtle Squad’s leader, they do so not of a weak Pokémon who cowers before those who oppose him. No, they speak of a mighty Squirtle who crushes his competition and puts all before him in their place. And I am that Squirtle!”
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                                        “What’s that thing?” Yellow asked Red while pointing to a large tower coming into view as the two walked along Route 25.

                                        “I think that’s a lighthouse.” Red answered the girl. “Although I’ve never seen one in person, so I don’t know for sure.”

                                        “I feel like I’ve seen one before.” Yellow paused for a moment. “I’m not sure if it was that one or not.”

                                        “Well, let’s go get a better look and see if you can remember anything about that!” Red said as he started to quicken his pace. “Come on!”

                                        Red and Yellow ran the rest of the way to the lighthouse. When they reached its base the two were panting from exhaustion.

                                        “Okay,” Red said between deep breaths, “That was farther away than I thought it was. Let’s stop for a moment to catch our breath.”

                                        “I’m way ahead of you.” Yellow said as she fell down to lie on the soft grass.

                                        “It looks like there’s a sign on the door.” Red commented. “It says: ‘Closed for renovations. Please see the owner at Sea Cottage for any questions’.”

                                        “Let’s go check it out.”

                                        “Are you sure?”

                                        “Yeah, why not. I want to wait for a moment though. My legs are sore from running.”

                                        * * *

                                        Bulbasaur and Squirtle faced each other with a fiery intensity. Charmander backed up to the wall so that he wouldn’t get caught in the battle that was about to begin. The two sized each other up for a moment and then both sprang into action at the same time.

                                        Bulbasaur and Squirtle both opened the fight with tackle, ramming into each other at full force. They both pushed against the other trying to knock each other down. Then they both jumped back and let out a projectile attack. Squirtle’s Bubble and Bulbasaur’s Razor Leaf collided in midair, with Razor Leaf slicing though the Bubble and knocking Squirtle back.

                                        Squirtle Withdrew into his shell and fired a Water Gun towards the side of the hole, launching himself towards his opponent. He slammed into Bulbasaur, who was barely able to brace for the impact. Bulbasaur then countered by releasing a wave of Poison Powder, forcing Squirtle to retreat.

                                        “You’re stronger than I expected.” Squirtle said.

                                        “I can say the same about you.” Replied Bulbasaur.

                                        Both Pokémon were beginning to show signs of fatigue at this point, but neither was willing to give up yet. Bulbasaur used Vine Whip on Squirtle, causing him to stumble back and fall over onto his shell. Squirtle reacted by spinning around and launching a Water Gun at Bulbasaur, who hit him with Vine Whip again.

                                        “Enough!” Said Squirtle, trying his best to maintain consciousness. “I admit defeat.”

                                        The other Squirtle watching from above all gasped at this unexpected turn of events. Their leader had never given up like this before in all the time that they had known him.

                                        “I never thought I would see the day,” Squirtle continued, “when I would find an opponent that I couldn’t defeat, but you have proven me wrong.”

                                        * * *

                                        Red knocked on the door to the cottage next to the lighthouse. An unkempt looking young man answered the door.

                                        “Can I help you with something?” He asked.

                                        “Hi, are you the lighthouse owner.” Red greeted the man.

                                        “Yeah. My name’s Bill.”

                                        “We were passing by and thought we’d say hello. Also, we wanted to know if you’ve seen Yellow before.” Red pointed to the girl at his side.

                                        “Yellow?” Bill looked down at the girl for a moment. “I can’t say that I have.”

                                        “Okay, that’s fine.” Red said. “It was kind of a long shot.”

                                        “What’s it like to run a lighthouse?” Yellow asked Bill.

                                        “Well, the lighthouse is mostly automated. I just make sure that everything works properly. It leaves me a lot of time to work on my hobbies.”

                                        “Like what?” Yellow asked enthusiastically.

                                        “Do you really want to know?”

                                        “Yes!” Yellow said cheerily.

                                        “Well, then you might as well come inside.” Bill gestured for them to come in. “I’ll go make us some tea, then, shall I?”

                                        The inside of the Sea Cottage was rather cluttered with various books and machines piled up against the walls.

                                        “Sorry about the mess.” Bill said. “I don’t really get many visitors around here. Plus I spend most of my time at the lighthouse, so this place is mostly just for storage.”

                                        “What’s going on at the lighthouse?” Red asked him.

                                        “That’s a long story. I suggest we wait until the tea is ready.”

                                        * * *

                                        Jessie, James, Meowth, Butch, Cassidy, Attila, Hun, Annie and Oakley all sat around in their training area. They had been teleported to the location and didn’t know where they were, but it seemed suspiciously like a gym. He didn’t look it, but Archer was a strict teacher who was putting them all though more than any of them ever expected.

                                        “On your feet!” He yelled as he walked back into the room. All of the agents obeyed his command immediately and stood to attention. “Thunder Squad! Thief Squad! You’re going to fight a Double Battle with two Pokémon per person, no items! J Squad! Outlaw Squad! You’re to observe the battle, and when their done, you’re up next!”

                                        The Team Rocket agents quickly scrambled to follow their orders. Attila and Hun stood at one end of the gym while Annie and Oakley stood at the other end and the others all went to the sidelines. Each of the competing agents waited for Archer to give them the signal to start. The moment he did, the battle began.

                                        Attila and Hun sent out their Skarmory and Steelix while Annie and Oakley chose Espeon and Ariados to start with. Skarmory flew up into the air while Steelix dug into the ground, leaving Espeon and Ariados unable to attack them. To bide their time until they could strike, Ariados honed its attack with Swords Dance and Espeon used Work Up to increase the damage its attacks would do.

                                        At once, Skarmory and Steelix both attacked Ariados, who barely managed to survive the two attacks. Espeon used Psybeam on Skarmory, who shrugged off the attack. Ariados used Leech Life to try to absorb some of Steelix’ health, but the attack had almost no effect and Ariados was defeated when Steelix bit it with a Fire Fang.

                                        Oakley called back her Ariados and called out an Umbreon to replace it. Annie’s Espeon used Helping Hand to increase the power of Umbreon’s Dark Pulse, which struck Skarmory and knocked the Pokémon out of the air. Steelix swatted Espeon across the battlefield with an Iron Tail, but was then hit by Umbreon’s Payback. Skarmory rose back up and sent an Air Slash flying towards Espeon, who dodged the attack and hit the Armor Bird Pokémon with a Shadow Ball.

                                        Attila switched out his weakened Skarmory with his Forretress. The new Pokémon hit Espeon with a Heavy Slam, knocking the Sun Pokémon unconscious. At the same time, Umbreon hit Steelix with a Dark Pulse, defeating the Iron Snake Pokémon.

                                        Annie and Hun called in their Donphan and Scizor. Donphan used Earthquake to attack all of the Pokémon on the field except Umbreon who used Protect to avoid the damage. Scizor then struck Umbreon with X-Scissor, knocking the Moon Pokémon unconscious and leaving Oakley without any more usable Pokémon. Not wanting to be defeated, Annie ordered her Donphan to use Earthquake again. Forretress and Scizor were both left severely weakened by the attack.

                                        Scizor slashed at Donphan with X-Scissor, drawing its attention and distracting Donphan so that Forretress could sneak behind it and use Explosion. The power of the blast wiped out all three Pokémon, and Archer called the battle.

                                        “Very good.” He said while clapping slowly. “Thunder Squad wins.”

                                        “What!” Annie yelled, outraged. “All our Pokémon fainted at the same time! It was a tie!”

                                        “That’s where you’re wrong. Skarmory was switched out before it fainted, meaning that Thunder Squad still has one usable Pokémon. ”

                                        “But isn’t that against the rules?” Oakley tried to argue.

                                        “I said that each combatant could only use two Pokémon. I didn’t say anything about not switching them out. When it comes to battle, you must keep track of everything that goes on or you will lose.” Archer turned to the agents sitting in the sidelines. “J Squad! Outlaw Squad! You’re up!”
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                                          Jessie and James stood nervously at one end of the training battle field while Butch and Cassidy stood at the other end. Between the Team Rocket Agents stood their Pokémon, all awaiting their orders.

                                          As soon as Archer called for the battle to begin, Cassidy and Butch had their Raticate and Primeape charge at Jessie’s Arbok and James’ Weezing with a Double-Edge and Close Combat, respectively. Both attacks hit before Arbok and Weezing could react. After a moment of stunned pause, Arbok Wrapped itself around Raticate while Weezing launched a Sludge attack at Primeape. Primeape tried to hit Arbok with a Cross Chop to rescue its companion but Arbok twisted around so that the attack hit Raticate instead. Raticate was knocked unconscious by the powerful Fighting-type move.

                                          Cassidy recalled Raticate and sent out her second Pokémon, Wobbuffet. Weezing released a Smokescreen to cover the field in a dark cloud while Arbok launched itself at Wobbuffet to Crunch the Psychic-type in its powerful maw. As soon as the attack hit, Wobbuffet used Counter to hit Arbok and knocked it out in the process, while Primeape managed to land a Cross Chop on Weezing, knocking it out as well.

                                          Jessie and James sent out their new Lickitung and Victreebel at the same time. Victreebel struck Primeape with Leaf Storm, knocking it out and forcing Butch to call out his Poliwrath. Lickitung used Rollout, crashing into Wobbuffet and knocking the Pokémon out, but Wobbuffet’s Shadow Tag ability caused Lickitung to faint at the same time.

                                          The two teams were now down to their last Pokémon. But that did not last for long. Victreebel used Leaf Storm again and Poliwrath was defeated instantly.

                                          “Very good.” Archer commented as the battle ended. “For J Squad, anyway.” He turned to Jessie and James. “You’ve proven far better than I ever expected from you. I’ve noticed that your strategies rely too much on luck, but that luck pays off far more than it should, so I’ll allow that flaw. Outlaw Squad on the other hand…” He then turned to Butch and Cassidy on the other side of the room. “You rushed in without any thought and payed no attention to your opponents Pokémon.”

                                          Archer gestured for all of the Agents to come to him. “Thunder Squad, Thief Squad, J Squad; you’ve all passed your training. You can report back to Giovanni for whatever new missions he will assign you. Outlaw Squad; you require far more training.”

                                          * * *

                                          Red, Yellow and Bill all sat in Bill’s living room.

                                          “My grandfather was the old lighthouse keeper here,” Bill began his story, “but when he retired he passed it on to me. After moving over here from Goldenrod in Johto, I’ve spent most of my time researching Pokémon. I quickly noticed the call of a mysterious Pokémon that passes through the area during its migration. I tried to call the Pokémon here so that I could study it. Any guesses as to what that Pokémon was?” Bill pulled out an audio recorder and played a ghostly wail.

                                          Red and Yellow both thought for a while.

                                          “I don’t recognize that call at all.” Red finally said.

                                          “Dragonite.” Red and Bill both stared at Yellow in amazement.

                                          “How do you know that?” Red asked her.

                                          Yellow just shrugged her shoulders, and didn’t say anything more, so Bill moved on.

                                          “That’s right. But it wasn’t just any Dragonite. This specific Dragonite was far larger than normal. Studies show that the average Dragonite is only a little taller than 7’, but this one was even larger than the lighthouse itself. Unfortunately, when I called it, the giant Dragonite damaged the lighthouse, which is why it’s closed right now. Although the repairs are coming along nicely, so it should be running again within a few days at most.”

                                          “Do you have any idea how it managed to get that big?” Red asked Bill.

                                          “I’m afraid I don’t. But reports of Pokémon that are different sizes or colors than normal come from all over the world. One of the most well-known would be the Cianwood Tyranitar.”

                                          “What’s that?”

                                          “In the Johto region there are legends of a massive black Tyranitar that terrorized the area in ancient times before being sealed away in the area that is now the city of Cianwood by the combined forces of Ho-Oh, Lugia and Celebi. It’s the only time all three of Johto’s Legendary Pokémon were known to work together. Most just assumed that the Cianwood Tyranitar was nothing more than myth until 12 years ago, during construction of the Cliff Edge Gate near Cianwood City, when the Tyranitar was reawakened and began to wreak havoc again. It was only stopped by the two strongest trainers in Johto working together against it.”

                                          Red and Yellow both stared at Bill in amazement.

                                          “I haven’t heard of that.” Red commented.

                                          “I’ve heard the two trainers later moved to Pallet Town a while back.” Bill continued. “I think their names were Graham Ketchum and Carmine Noir. Something like that.”

                                          Red let out a sigh. “You had me going there.”

                                          “What do you mean?”

                                          “I’m from Pallet Town. Mr. Ketchum disappeared when I was young, so never really got to know him, but I have met Mr. Noir. There’s no way a lazy, unmotivated guy like him would be able to do something like that.”

                                          “You… what?” Bill was astonished by this revelation, but quickly recomposed himself. “I’m not making this up. I should still have an old news recording from when it happened.”

                                          * * *

                                          “I am going to go with you.” Bulbasaur, Charmander were both shocked by Squirtle’s statement.

                                          “What?”

                                          “You have defeated me in battle and proven that I am not worthy of leading the Squirtle Squad.”
                                          The moment the words left Squirtle’s mouth, the members of the Squad instantly started trying to convince him that he was wrong and that they would follow him no matter what, but he raised a hand to silence them.

                                          “I know you will. But I cannot face myself and consider myself worthy of being your leader knowing I am not the best. It is for that reason that I shall travel with my superior until I can defeat him in a rematch. If that is alright with you.” He turned back to Bulbasaur, who nodded. Squirtle put his hand on the shoulder of one of his followers. “I will leave you in charge until I return. And make no mistake, I will return and I will be stronger than ever!”

                                          * * *

                                          “This is Mary reporting in from the Gold N. Rod Corporation’s annual beach fundraiser here at the Olivine Beach. Things are going great here and…”

                                          The reporter stopped talking when everyone in the crowd behind her started screaming and running away. She turned around to see what was going on as the camera focused on a large, dark object in the background. The object crashed into the opposite end of the beach and stood up tall. The mighty black Tyranitar, standing at roughly 26 feet tall, gave a mighty roar and fired powerful Hyper Beam into the air. The massive energy beam seemed pure black, with a dark blue-purple corona.

                                          “Oh, Arceus.” Mary whispered before turning back to the camera while listening to a voice in her earbud telling her what was going on and she started talking, her voice reflecting the pure terror she felt at that moment. “This just in: a massive black Tyranitar is attacking the Olivine coast. Reports say that the Pokémon first appeared in the area around Cianwood and it… it jumped across the ocean to get here. An evacuation of Olivine City has already begun.”

                                          The Tyranitar let out another Hyper Beam, this one aimed along the beach. The attack hit miles away from Mary and the cameraman, but they were still knocked back several yards by the force of the blow. As they stood back up to run away, twin blasts of fire and water struck the Tyranitar and two teenagers ran up, accompanied by a Typhlosion and a Feraligatr.

                                          “Are we on TV?” Asked one of the teenagers, who had black hair and gray eyes, who looked like an older Ash. “Hi, mom!”

                                          “Graham, be serious.” The other said. He had shoulder length red hair and brown eyes.

                                          “Oh, come on, Carmine. How often do we get to be on TV?”

                                          “Don’t ‘come on’ me. We need to stop that thing.”

                                          The two ran off towards the Typhlosion, leaving Mary looking blankly at them before turning back to the camera.

                                          “It would appear that two Pokémon Trainers are attempting to subdue the beast in a battle. Will they be able too-”

                                          The newsfeed cut off as the Tyranitar deflected a blow straight towards the camera.
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                                            Red sat in stunned silence. Yellow also sat in silence, though not particularly stunned.

                                            “I told you.” Bill said, turning off the monitor that he had just played the recording from the Tyranitar attack on.

                                            “That did look like Carmine.” Red finally spoke. “I guess I don’t really know him that well, but I still didn’t expect him to be capable of something like that.”

                                            “Although we really didn’t see him do anything.” Yellow added. “It ended just as the battle was starting.”

                                            “I’ve decided to look into these strange occurrences. I want to find out what makes these Pokémon so different than normal. Although I’ve probably taken enough of your time already.” Bill grabbed some small pieces of paper from his desk and handed them to Red and Yellow. “Thanks for listening to my story. It’s nice to actually talk about this stuff with other people. Take these, they’re tickets to the S.S. Anne.”

                                            “What’s that?” Yellow asked.

                                            “It’s a famous cruise ship. There’s a party being held on it in a few days, leaving from the Vermilion Harbor. I was planning to go there with a friend of mine, but I’m stuck here for a while due to the damage to the lighthouse and my friend said she was busy with something.”

                                            “And what would that be?” Yellow pressed the subject.

                                            “I don’t know. Do you want the tickets or not?”

                                            Red grabbed the tickets from Bill’s hand. “We’ll take them, thank you.”

                                            * * *

                                            Daisy had to take a moment for her eyes to adjust when she finally reached the southern exit of the Underground Tunnel. The midday sunlight was far brighter than the dim lighting in the tunnel, and nearly blinded her when she stepped out of the cave.

                                            “Well that felt like forever.” She said to herself. “I can’t wait until I get a Pokémon that I can use to fly around instead of walking through caves and tunnels.”

                                            Kanto Route 6 was little more than a grassy field surrounded by trees, with a large pond near the center. Daisy walked up to the pond, took her shoes and socks off and dipped her feet into the cool, refreshing water.

                                            “Oh, that feels so good. I feel like I’ve been walking for ages.”

                                            She lay back on the ground and rested until she felt something nibble at her toes. With a shriek she pulled her feet out of the water, with a small, round Pokémon still clinging on with its toothless mouth.
                                            Daisy decided she might as well put this Pokémon to use and grabbed an empty Pokéball from her bag. After successfully catching the Pokémon, she checked its information in her Pokédex.

                                            “Poliwag, huh. Well, I suppose having a water type in my team should be good. Looks like you’re kind of small for your species, but whatever.”

                                            * * *

                                            Red and Yellow headed out after receiving the S.S. Tickets from Bill. After walking a few minutes back to Cerulean, Red suddenly stopped.

                                            “What’s wrong?” A concerned Yellow asked him.

                                            “I just remembered that I was supposed to call Misty and let her know you’re alright. Apart from the amnesia. I don’t know why I keep forgetting that.”

                                            “A dramatic sense of irony?” Yellow suggested.

                                            “We can get to Cerulean faster if we use your Abra’s Teleport.”

                                            “You can Teleport?” Yellow asked in amazement as she held out Abraham’s Pokéball in front of her face. “That’s so cool! You’ve got to be the best Pokémon ever. No offence, Maggie.”

                                            Yellow called out her Psychic-type Pokémon and both she and Yellow grabbed on to its arms.

                                            “Can you take us back to Cerulean City?” She asked Abraham, before turning to Red. “Wait, how can Abraham take us there if-” Her question was cut short as she suddenly realized they were already standing in front of the Cerulean Pokémon Center.

                                            Red noticed the confused look on Yellow’s face and explained what happened to her. “Abra have Psychic abilities that allow them to read locations from their trainers mind to teleport them there.”

                                            “Does that mean you can take me to wherever my home is?” She asked the Pokémon. Abra only shook his head in response, before nodding off back to sleep.

                                            “What do you think that meant?” She asked.

                                            “I don’t know. Let’s go call Misty.”

                                            Yellow recalled Abraham and then she and Red headed inside the Pokémon Center, where they found a public video phone and Red entered in the number on the back of the card Misty had given him back in Viridian. After he entered the number into the large green box, its screen lit up and Misty’s face came into view.

                                            “Hello?” The red-haired gym leader asked.

                                            “Hi, this is Red. We met back on Route 1 a while back.”

                                            “Oh, hi Red. What’s up? Is the girl alright.”

                                            “I’m fine!” Yellow said cheerily at the screen.

                                            “She can’t hear you unless you talk into this.” Red told her as he handed her the telephone.

                                            “Thank you for rescuing me.” She said into the phone this time.

                                            “It’s good to see you’re alright. I’m Misty.”

                                            “My name’s Yellow. Maybe.”

                                            “What?” Misty looked at the girl in confusion.

                                            “It’s a long story.”

                                            * * *

                                            Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle went on their way in no direction in particular in the loose hope of finding any clues as to where Damian was.

                                            “So why are we looking for this guy?” Squirtle asked.

                                            “Because he’s in danger and I need to rescue him.” Was Charmander’s answer.

                                            “From what you’ve said it sounds like he just abandoned you.”

                                            “No! He wouldn’t do that. I know he wouldn’t.” Charmander’s voice faltered increasingly as he spoke. “He wouldn’t abandon me.”

                                            “Fine, whatever.”

                                            As the three Pokémon continued their journey, they crossed paths with a large woman in a gaudy purple fur coat and hat.

                                            “What do you think she’s doing out here?” Squirtle wondered aloud.

                                            “I don’t really care.” Answered Bulbasaur.

                                            “She looks like a city human.” Squirtle continued as the woman walked by them. “Not the kind you see in areas like this, out in the middle of nowhere.”

                                            “That is none of your business.” The woman said.

                                            All three Pokémon turned back to the woman, who suddenly went stiff. The woman slowly turned around to face them.

                                            “Forget that you ever saw me.” The woman told them nervously, and in a sudden flash of movement the woman was gone.

                                            “What… just… happened?” Squirtle asked.

                                            “Let’s just pretend none of that just happened and move on.” Advised Bulbasaur.

                                            * * *

                                            Ash sat at an otherwise empty table outside the Vermilion Pallet House, looking up at the sunset, with Pikachu resting on the table. Brock had decided to go to bed early, Carmine was taking one of his walks and Misty had to take a call on her PokéGear, leaving the young trainer alone with his Pokémon.

                                            “It’s a beautiful evening.” Ash said to Pikachu, though really more to himself. “I wonder what the others are up to. I’m starting to miss the good old days when we were younger. When we were kids, Daisy would take charge of our little group and we’d all follow her into all kinds of mischief. Over time she mellowed out and Gary took over that position. Red and I would just kind of get stuck in the middle of their sibling rivalry sometimes” He stared back off into the sunset. “I miss Pallet Town.”

                                            “Everyone gets homesick.” Misty said as she walked up to him, carrying a drink in each hand. She sat down in the seat opposite Ash and handed one of them to him.

                                            “What’s this?” Ash asked as he took the drink.

                                            “It’s a Tropius Shake. I went to get one for myself and thought I’d be nice.”

                                            Ash took a sip from the cool fruity beverage. The taste was unfamiliar to him, but he enjoyed it. “That seems unusual for you.” He snidely remarked.

                                            “Ha, ha.” Misty said dryly. “I was just in a good mood. That’s all.”

                                            “What was your phone call about?” Ash asked the red-head inquisitively.

                                            “Oh, nothing you’d care about.”

                                            They both took a moment of silence to drink and watch the sun as it finished its descent down the horizon, the golden-orange light fading from view.

                                            “So, what are your plans for tomorrow? Or should I say our plans?” Misty asked the aspiring young trainer.

                                            “I’m going to challenge the gym here and earn my second Badge. Then probably head out to Saffron.”

                                            “Do you think about anything other than Pokémon?” Misty asked the boy with a small chuckle.

                                            “You don’t have to come with me if you don’t want to.” Ash told her.

                                            “You still owe me a bike. And at the rate you’re going, I wouldn’t really get home any faster anyway, so I might as well enjoy the company.”

                                            Ash and Misty continued their conversation, full of quips and minor insults at each other, for several hours. They completely lost track of the time until Carmine came back and, somewhat hypocritically, berated Ash for staying up so late.
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                                              “This is bad. This is really bad.” Thought a lone Pikachu jumping from tree to tree in an attempt to get to Cerulean City as fast as possible. “There’s no way I can keep track of her if she has an Abra that can teleport anywhere. And what happens if she tries to go back home. ‘He’ would find her in an instant. I guess I have no choice but to face her. It’s the only way I can protect her now.”

                                              * * *

                                              Ash walked into the Vermilion City Gym with confidence in his stride. The others trailed behind him. The interior of the Vermilion Gym seemed rather plain at first, but something seemed off about the lighting, it seemed to randomly get brighter and darker at a chaotic speed. Ash looked up to see what was going on and was shocked by what he saw.

                                              The floor was covered in orange-yellow tiles and the walls were plated in some kind of dark metal, which seemed normal enough. But the ceiling had large tesla-coil like pylon jutting down from it, with bolts of blue lightning flying between them seemingly at random.

                                              “What…” Ash started to ask.

                                              “Hey, kid! What do you think you’re doing here?” A large blonde man in military camouflage walked up to Ash.

                                              “I’m here to challenge the Gym Leader!” Ash answered defiantly.

                                              “Now that’s a shocker. What makes you think you can take me on?”

                                              “I can take on anyone! I’ve already earned the Boulder Badge and I’m ready for another.”

                                              “Fine, kid. But you won’t last long in combat.” The man walked over to the other end of the battle field, clapped his hands, and suddenly the lighting turned to normal. “I’m Lieutenant Surge and I accept your challenge.” The man pulled out a Pokéball and threw it out over the field, the red light coming from it revealing a Pikachu.

                                              Ash looked down at the Pokéball in his hand. This was to be his Sandshrew’s big moment. Electric-type moves wouldn’t be able to affect a Ground-type like Sandshrew, as he learned back in Pewter. But then he looked over to the Pikachu standing before him and up to the one resting on his shoulder.

                                              “Are you going to send out your Pokémon or just stand there?” Surge called out to him.

                                              Ash let out a sign and lowered the Pokéball back to his belt. “Sorry Sandshrew.” He muttered. “But I just can’t resist the challenge. Pikachu! I choose you!”

                                              Ash stretched his arm out forward and Pikachu ran along it, jumping off his wrist, doing a double summersault and sticking a three-point landing in front of Surge’s Pikachu. Despite being the same species, it was clear that the two Pikachu were very different. Surge’s stood several inches taller than Ash’s Pikachu and had a lot more muscle to it.

                                              “Then let the battle begin!” Lt. Surge called out. “Pikachu, Thunder Punch!”

                                              Surge’s Pikachu slammed an electrified fist straight into Ash’s Pikachu’s cheek, sending the Mouse Pokémon spinning back and landing hard onto the ground.

                                              “Don’t let him treat you like that, Pikachu!” Ash cried out to his Pokémon. “Give him a Quick Attack!”

                                              In a split second Ash’s Pikachu suddenly moved with speed far beyond what it should be capable of, dodging another Thunder Punch and tackling his opponent from behind. Surge’s Pikachu retaliated with an Iron Tail, smashing Ash’s Pikachu across the room into a wall. Rather than slamming into the wall, however, Pikachu was able to jump off of it, gaining momentum to hit his opponent right in the face with a Brick Break. Surge’s Pikachu let out a Growl, which caught Ash’s Pikachu off guard and prevented him from guarding against a Tackle.

                                              “Come on, Pikachu! You can do it, I believe in you!”

                                              Ash’s Pikachu felt reenergized by his master’s words of confidence and got back up. He stared his opponent in the eyes, before enveloping himself in electricity and charging into Surge’s Pikachu with a powerful Volt Tackle. The force of the blow sent Surge’s Pikachu flying into a wall. He tried to bounce off of it like Ash’s Pikachu had done earlier, but just as he was about to do so, Ash’s Pikachu hit him with a Thunder Bolt. The attack didn’t do much damage on its own, but it distracted him just long enough to crash into the wall. When Surge’s Pikachu fell to the ground, he struggled to get back up, but collapsed due to the strain.

                                              “I didn’t see that coming.” Surge said as he recalled his Pikachu into its Pokéball and walked over to Ash. You’ve definitely earned this Thunder Badge.”

                                              Ash happily took the badge from the Gym Leader and held it high. Pikachu leapt back onto his shoulder and the two looked up in pride. They then realized that was a mistake as the electricity surging up above resumed.

                                              “Quit that already!” Surge yelled up at the ceiling. The electricity stopped again and then suddenly struck down next to where Surge was standing. “What have I told you about messing with the power grid, Rotom?”

                                              The ghostly ball of electricity made a buzzing noise before slowly drifting away.

                                              “What was that?” Ash asked in amazement.

                                              “Just a disobedient Pokémon. By the way, I wanted to ask you something.”

                                              “What?”

                                              “How would you feel about trading that Pikachu of yours to me for one of mine?”

                                              “What? No!” Ash was taken aback by the request.

                                              “That’s what I thought. I’ve been trying to get my hands on Pikachu that knows Volt Tackle for a while, but they’re rare and hard to find.”

                                              “I’m not giving away my Pikachu.” Insisted Ash.

                                              “I understand. How about you just borrow one of mine instead?” Surge pulled a Quick Ball off from his belt and held it out. “See if you can teach her how to use the move.”

                                              Ash wasn’t sure what to say to that.

                                              “I’ll make it worth your while. She’s holding a Light Ball that I’ll let you keep. It powers up a Pikachu’s moves. I can also look into getting you some tickets for the S.S. Anne; the captain’s an old friend of mine.”

                                              “Take the deal, Ash!” Misty yelled from the side of the room when she heard that last part.

                                              “Okay, I guess…” Ash relented at last.

                                              “Great! I got Volty here from a friend in Kallos. I expect you to give her back to me when she learns Volt Tackle.” Surge handed Sparky’s Quick Ball to a reluctant Ash, while a sly smile crossed over his face. “Or, you know, something along those lines.”

                                              * * *

                                              Gary and his cheerleaders were making their way south on the Route 17 highway, but the traffic was so bad that Mal turned off at the first exit they could take instead of going all the way to Fuchsia like they had planned. The exit took them to a small, dingy town with only a few buildings that looked about as different from Celadon as night and day.

                                              “What is this place?” Garry wondered aloud.

                                              “I think this is…” Ali started to answer but trailed of. “I don’t know.”

                                              “Mossgreen Village.” Answered Cleo.

                                              “I’ve never been here before.” Kat remarked.

                                              “Hey!” A young woman picking herbs from off the side of the road stopped what she was doing and called out to them. She had dark green hair wrapped up in buns on either side of her head and light brown eyes. “Are you looking for the Gym?”

                                              “There’s a Gym here?” Gary questioned.

                                              “Sure there is. It just opened about a year or two ago.” The woman placed the herbs she had been picking into a back labeled ‘Mossgreen Medicine’ as she spoke.

                                              “Then where is it?”

                                              “Come on, I’ll take you.” She stood up and motioned for them to follow her.

                                              * * *

                                              After seeing Ash and his traveling companions out, Lieutenant Surge returned to his Gym, where Rotom was waiting inside of a small computer terminal. The plasma Pokémon used its control over the computer to type words on the screen.

                                              -What are you doing? You know that Volt Tackle can’t be learned.-

                                              “I know.” Surge acknowledged. “During the battle, I could tell that the kid had a knack for bringing out the potential in his Pokémon. That kind of skill could come in handy for Pokémon breeding, but a kid like him wouldn’t be open to that idea. So, I gave him Volty so that hopefully she and his Pikachu can get together, maybe have a couple Pichu.”

                                              -But what if that doesn’t happen.-

                                              “It doesn’t really matter. Volty never liked it here and she was too fickle to use as a breeder. So at least she can hopefully be a bit happier out traveling. I’d honestly be a little surprised if she did pick that Pikachu as a mate.”

                                              -It sounds like you don’t expect to get anything from this. That seems unlike you.-

                                              “You know Pokémon breeding is a passion of mine. I want to start sharing that with others. Even if nothing happens now, I can try and more directly introduce him to the idea when he’s more open to it. I just have a gut feeling he’d be a natural at it.”

                                              -On an unrelated note, when are you finally going to start using me in battle?-

                                              “You know I can only use Pokémon native to the region for Gym Battles.”

                                              -I still had to ask.-
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                                                “Well, this is it.” The green haired girl gestured towards the Mossgreen Town Gym.

                                                “Are you sure this is a Gym?” Gary asked, a little mockingly.

                                                “Of course I’m sure.”

                                                Gary followed the girl inside, with his cheerleader’s following him. The interior of the building was covered in moss and vines, with a Beedrill hive visible in one corner.

                                                “Yeah, there’s no way this is a Gym.” Gary turned to leave.

                                                “Of course it is! What did you expect a Bug-type Gym to look like?” The girl countered.

                                                “If this is a Gym, then where’s the Gym Leader?”

                                                “I’m standing right here.” Cassandra looked indignant as she spoke. “My name’s Cassandra and I hold the proud honor of being Kanto’s newest Gym Leader.”

                                                “Well, then.” Gary tried to hide his surprise at this revelation. “I challenge you to a battle. I’ve already got three badges.”

                                                “Okay then. This will be a one-on-one battle with three Pokémon each.”

                                                “Wait, what?” Gary was a little taken aback by that. “But all of my Gym battles so far were only one Pokémon on each side.”

                                                “That’s because you didn’t have enough badges yet.” Cassandra explained. “In order to keep Gym battles fair for trainers, the rules change according to how many Badges the trainer has. Less than three means a one vs. one, and the Gym Leader can only use a basic-level Pokémon. Three to four badges is a three vs. three battle and five to seven badges is a six vs. six battle. If you already have eight badges you can continue challenging more gyms in free-for-all battles where the Gym Leaders no longer have to follow the normal Gym regulations.”

                                                “I can challenge more than just eight?” Gary asked, a smirk crossing his face.

                                                “Yeah.” Kat chimed in. “I’ve got nine. Plus your progress carries over between Leagues so you can continue earning Badges in other regions as well.”

                                                “I’ll have to keep that in mind. Now, “Gary turned back to Cassandra, “let’s start that battle.”

                                                * * *

                                                Red and Yellow traveled through the Underground Tunnel running between Cerulean and Viridian.

                                                “Can’t we just teleport there?” Yellow whined.

                                                “I already told you; Abra have to visualize where they’re going. That means they have to have been there themselves or use their telepathic abilities to see the area through their owners memories. Since neither of us have been to Viridian and it doesn’t look like Abraham’s been there either, we have to walk.”

                                                “But can’t we just have Abraham teleport us over there,” she pointed forward, “as far as we can see. Then teleport again, and again, until we reach the end of the path?”

                                                The two stopped walking as Red considered her idea. He looked down to the sleeping Pokémon clutched tightly in Yellow’s arms.

                                                “I guess we could give it a try. It’s not like we’d be missing out on anything down here.”

                                                * * *

                                                Gary sent out his Pidgeotto to battle Cassandra’s first Pokémon: Butterfree. The two flying Pokémon fluttered around in the air before their trainers gave them the order to attack.

                                                “Pidgeotto! Use Gust!” The Bird Pokémon flapped its wings hard to create a bellow of wind that launched straight for the opposing Butterfree, knocking the Butterfly Pokémon down to the ground. Pidgeotto followed up with a Quick Attack, dive-bombing its opponent before the Butterfree had a chance to get up.

                                                Butterfree countered with a wave of Confusion. The purple energy blast knocked Pidgeotto away and gave Butterfree a chance to recompose itself. Pidgeotto launched two rounds of Gust, Butterfree was able to dodge the first blast of air with ease, but in doing so flew straight into the second. Pidgeotto followed the assault up with another Quick Attack, knocking Butterfree to the ground again. This time, Butterfree was unable to get back up again, so Cassandra swapped her out for Beedrill.

                                                Beedrill opened up with a Swords Dance, using the elegant gyrating movements to hone its attack power. Gary saw this as an opening and ordered his Pidgeotto to use Sand-Attack. The Bird Pokémon swooped down and launched a blast of dirt into Beedrill’s eyes. The Poison Bee Pokémon tried to jab Pidgeoto with a Venoshock, but missed because it could no longer see clearly.

                                                Pidgeotto launched a Gust attack at Beedrill, who was knocked to the ground like Butterfree had been. Pidgeotto tried to follow up the attack with a Quick Attack like he had done with Butterfree, but Beedrill wasn’t one to open itself to an easy attack. Beedrill thrust one of his arm-stingers strait up in a Venoshock attack, which Pidgeotto flew right into. Pidgeotto found itself Poisoned from the attack. Beedrill followed up with another Venoshock. Pidgeotto was barely able to muster up enough strength to hit Beedrill with another Gust, and both Pokémon collapsed to the ground.

                                                Gary called out his male Nidoran as Cassandra sent out her last Pokémon, Parasect. Parasect immediately struck Nidoran with a Cross Poison, but fortunately for Gary, the attack didn’t do much against the Poison-Type Nidoran. Nidoran charged the Parasect with his horn in a Peck attack. Parasect was sent reeling back from the super effective move, but quickly regained itself and launched a Stun Spore at Nidoran. The spore cased Nidoran to freeze up as it hit, allowing Parasect to come in close to Slash at the Poison Pin Pokémon with its large pincers.

                                                Nidoran then stuck its opponent with a Horn Attack, knocking the Mushroom Pokémon off its legs and opening it up for a couple Peck attacks before Parasect was able to get back up. At this point Parasect was showing signs of fatigue and tried a last ditch effort to defeat its opponent with another Slash, but Nidoran evaded the hit and finished the battle with another Peck.

                                                Nidoran began to glow a brilliant white as Cassandra walked over to Gary. By the time the Gym Leader reached the aspiring trainer, the Pokémon had evolved into a Nidorino.

                                                “Good job.” Cassandra told Gary. “Here’s your Mushroom Badge.”

                                                “Nice!” Gary said as he grabbed the red fungus-shaped badge from her hand. “Another badge and an evolution! Could this get any better?”

                                                “Don’t be too confident.” Cassandra said. “I’m probably the weakest Gym Leader in Kanto. The only reason I even took this job was to help bring in more business for my grandma’s medicine shop.”

                                                “Do I look like I care? A win’s a win. Now, off too…” Gary trailed off.

                                                “If you follow the road through town you’ll eventually get to Viridian.” Cassandra politely informed him.

                                                “Off to Viridian!”

                                                * * *

                                                Daisy finally made her way to Viridian City after what felt like days of walking since she left Cerulean. It probably had been days, but it was hard to tell when so much of her trip had been underground. She was just walking up to the Pokémon Center when two familiar figures suddenly popped up in front of her, seemingly out of nowhere.

                                                “That worked even better than I thought it would. Good idea, Yellow.” Red said to his young companion.

                                                “Red? Yellow?” Daisy muttered in surprise.

                                                “Oh, hey Daisy. What a coincidence.” Red said as he noticed his old friend.

                                                “Hi!” Yellow said cheerfully.

                                                “It seems like we just keep running into each other.” Daisy tried to downplay her surprise at the two’s sudden appearance. “By the way, is your offer to go with you still open?”

                                                “Of course it is.”

                                                “Thanks. Going alone just gets kind of boring after a while.”

                                                “Although…” Red continued, “There is a bit of a problem with that. We were going to go on the S.S. Anne, but we only have two tickets.”

                                                “I’ll figure something out.”

                                                * * *

                                                Tensions seemed high in Team Rocket’s conference room. At one end of the long table sat Giovanni, stroking the Persion laying by his side. At the other end, Hunter J sat stroking a Zorua resting in her lap and smirking brazenly. Jessie, James, Meowth, Attila, Hun, Annie and Oakley all sat between them, glancing back and forth between the two.

                                                “Ahem.” Giovanni cleared his throat. “According to Executive Archer, you have all passed his training and proven yourselves to be the best Team Rocket has to offer now. Although I trust Archer’s word, I will need proof of that, which is why you are here.”

                                                Giovanni picked up a small remote that had been lying on the table in front of him and clicked a button on the remote. Suddenly the table lit up with the schematics of a luxury cruise ship.

                                                “This is the S.S. Anne. In a few days this ship will leave from the Vermillion Harbor. Its passengers will consist of the richest men and women in the country and some of the strongest trainers. Your mission is to steel every Pokémon on that ship before it reaches its destination.”

                                                Attila scoffed at that. “And here I thought you were going to give us something hard to do.”

                                                “Oh, it will be difficult.” Giovanni countered. “We’re going to leak information about this mission to the International Police through Domino. They will know you will be there and they will try to stop you. Your test is to pull of the mission successfully despite that.”

                                                An uneasy silence filled the room. Everyone in Team Rocket had heard the name Domino, it was the codename for Team Rocket’s infiltrator within the International Police. However, Domino was so highly confidential that most in the Team thought that he or she was nothing more than rumor. For Giovanni to mention Domino so casually was a sign of how much he trusted them now.

                                                “Hunter J will be accompanying you for this mission to help you deal with any unforeseen issues. Are there any questions?” Giovanni looked around the room expectantly, but no one spoke up. “No? Then what are you still doing here? Get ready.”
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                                                  Chapter 23
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                                                  As Ash and his group began their trek up north up to Cerulean, Ash decided to check out his new Pokémon. He held out the Quick Ball and pressed the front button. A beam of yellow energy shot out from the device, as opposed to the red energy of a standard Pokéball, and the Pikachu materialized on the ground in front of Ash.

                                                  Volty looked almost identical to the Pikachu Ash already had. The only significant difference being that the tip of her tail was rounded and had a small divot in it that made her tail look almost heart-shaped. A characteristic of all female Pikachu. The Pikachu resting on Ash’s shoulder jumped down to the ground to greet the new Pikachu. The two sniffed at each other for a moment, then batted their tails together, sending out sparks as they made contact.

                                                  “You know Pikachu…” Ash started to say. “Things may get kind of confusing to keep calling you Pikachu if I have two of you around now. I think you need a nickname.”

                                                  The yellow mouse Pokémon looked up at his trainer and gave a lively “Pika!”

                                                  “Pika it is, then.” He held out his arms towards the two Pikachu. “Come on! I’ve got shoulders for both of you!”

                                                  Pika and Volty both jumped up his arms and climbed up onto Ash’s shoulders, where they rested beside each other.

                                                  “You know, you’re probably going to kill your neck that way.” Commented Carmine.

                                                  “Why do you have to take the fun out of everything?”

                                                  “Because it’s kind of my job.” Carmine gave a small smirk. “I also find it mildly funny, and I need all the amusement I can when watching over you.”

                                                  “You’re kind of a jerk.” Misty pointed out.

                                                  “I know I am.”

                                                  * * *

                                                  Red and Yellow walked up to the entrance of the Vermilion Gym while Daisy went off to try and get an S.S. Ticket. They stepped inside the large building and Red approached the battlefield while Yellow walked up to the sideline bleachers to watch the battle.

                                                  “I challenge you to a Gym Battle!” Red shouted to Lt. Surge from across the floor.

                                                  “I accept your challenge. Let’s see…” The Gym Leader looked down to a device in his hand. “It says here in your record you have two badges so far. That means this will be a one-on-one battle.”

                                                  Red called out his Charmeleon while Surge sent out his Pikachu. The two Pokémon faced each other while their trainers called out their first commands.

                                                  Charmeleon and Pikachu leapt towards each other with a Metal Claw and a Thunder Punch, respectively. The two Pokémon each struck the other in the face with their attacks and glared at each other from behind each other’s fists. The two then jumped away from each other to prepare for their next attacks. Charmeleon spit out an Ember at the Pikachu, who dodged the attack and countered with a Thundershock. The Electric attack struck Charmeleon and Paralyzed him. Pikachu took this opportunity to hit Charmeleon with an Iron Tail, smashing him into the ground. Charmeleon was able to let out another Ember, which struck the Pikachu this time and gave him a Burn.

                                                  With both Pokémon severally weakened at this point, it was anyone’s guess who would win. Red had Charmeleon fire another Ember, which Pikachu dodged again and hit Charmeleon with another Thunder Punch. This was Red’s plan however, and now that Pikachu was in range, he ordered his Charmeleon to use Scratch on the opposing Pokémon’s legs. Pikachu was knocked down by the attack, allowing Charmeleon to defeat it with another Ember.

                                                  “Good match.” Said Lt. Surge as he walked up to Red. “You’ve earned this Thunder Badge.”

                                                  Red took the badge gratefully, but then Surge continued speaking.

                                                  “Where did your Charmander learn Metal Claw? That’s not a normal move for a Charmander to have.”

                                                  “I don’t know.” Red answered honestly. “I noticed he had the move back when I fought Brock, but I don’t know where he learned it from.”

                                                  “Oh well. It’s probably not important.” Surge’s words suggested he didn’t care, but something about his mannerisms suggested to Red that he was still interested.

                                                  * * *

                                                  While Red was challenging the Viridian Gym, Daisy was waiting in line at the Viridian Harbor for what felt like at least an hour. Finally, she managed to make her way to the stand where tickets were being sold to board the various passenger boats and cruise ships that leave from the harbor.

                                                  “Hello, I’d like one ticket for the S.S. Anne please.” She told the attendant.

                                                  “I’m sorry, but I’m afraid tickets for the S.S. Anne are available only through invitation. You can’t actually buy them here.”

                                                  Daisy was disappointed and felt like she had just wasted all of that time spent waiting in line, but then she remembered something. Walking away so that those behind her could buy their tickets, she pulled a Pokégear out of the bag slung over her shoulder and used it to make a call.

                                                  “Hi, Dad. Can I get a favor from you?”

                                                  * * *

                                                  “So where did you say you were from again?” Brock asked Carmine as they, Ash and Misty walked along the Underground Tunnel on their way to Cerulean.

                                                  “I’m from Cianwood City in Johto. Why do you ask?”

                                                  “I don’t know. I just feel like I should get to know you better since we’re traveling together.”

                                                  “We’re also traveling with Misty and the kid.”

                                                  “I already know Misty fairly well as a fellow Gym Leader and Ash is pretty open about himself. But you seem to keep to yourself a lot.”

                                                  “I’ve had a hard life that I don’t feel like discussing at the moment. I left home when I has about Ash’s age, I met Ash’s dad and we became rivals and eventually friends and I was pressured into joining Team Rocket but eventually turned against them and moved to Pallet Town. That’s all you need to know at this point.”

                                                  “What do you mean when you say you were pressured into joining Team Rocket? Did someone make you join?”

                                                  Carmine ignored Brock’s question and continued walking. Meanwhile, Ash and Misty were trailing behind the others while watching Volty’s behavior.

                                                  “She sure is friendly.” Misty commented as she stroked Volty’s chin. Small sparks came from the rodent’s cheeks and she made a small squeak of joy.

                                                  “Yeah, not like Pika here.” Ash immediately regretted that remark as Pika gave him a small shock. “That was just a joke. Sheesh.”

                                                  Misty let out a small giggle, to which Ash shot her a dirty look. Then that look faded into a different one as something donned on him.

                                                  “I just remembered something.” Ash said as he plunged his hand into one of his pockets. “Back when I was talking to the Pokémon Fan Club President back in Viridian, he gave me this.” The trainer fished a small piece from the pocket and handed it to Misty.

                                                  “What’s this?” She asked as she took the piece of paper from his hand. Her eyes went wide when she took a good look at it. “A bike voucher?”

                                                  “He said it was worth any bike at the Miracle Cycle shop in Cerulean. I figure that should be sufficient payment for your damaged bike.” Ash explained with a smile.

                                                  “Yeah…” Misty trailed off. “I guess it does. Which means I don’t… I won’t have a reason to continue to travel with you after we get there.”

                                                  “Yeah. But that’s what you want, right? After all, you’ve made it clear you don’t like me and you’ve been almost nothing but mean to me this entire trip.”

                                                  “But what about back in Vermilion? When we had that long talk over fruit shakes?”

                                                  The two gazed into each other’s eyes for a moment then turned away in embarrassment.

                                                  “Okay, I guess you have a point there. You were nice to me then. But still, I thought you wanted to go home and stop traveling with me?”

                                                  “I, I guess I do. I just didn’t realize you’d be able to pay me back so soon. I was expecting this to go on a little longer.” Misty turned away again to hide the fact she was starting to blush.

                                                  The whole group walked in silence for the rest of the trip through the tunnel.
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