SUMMARY: There's a saying that the world is black and white. That between these shades, grey will be in sight. Just cross the borderline to see these lines. Although once we get there what will we find?
Rated T but later will be Rated M
A soft breeze riffled my hair as I walked the grassy field back to Nuvema Town. Cheren and Bianca on both sides of me, questioning me on what our town professor wanted from them. I already got the information from Prof. Juniper; she wants us to collect data from Pokémon all over the Unova region. She gave me a Pokémon to get started. That and Cheren and Bianca were at Striation City and I needed to pick them up.
They were both there volunteering at the Pokémon Day Care Center. Well more so Bianca wanted to help out, she dragged Cheren along because she needed a helping hand. They need someone to get them back safely, and all the parents were too busy until the time they were originally picking them up. So the Professor sent me instead to get them. Since I was the first one to get to Juniper, I got first pick of Pokémon.
I don't know what had drawn me to Snivy. Maybe it was his colour, or his element type. I think, it was because I felt that he understood me from the start. While the Tepig was running around my feet, the Oshawott hid behind the table and glanced at me warily. But the Snivy just stared at me with these nonchalant eyes, looking like he knew what I was thinking.
It seems like we have immediately bounded, granted we only meet this afternoon, I know I wouldn't be as happy if I pick the Tepig or Oshawott. I can't help but wonder if I will meet any other Pokémon on my journey like Snivy. I was thinking of nicknaming him, but then he would feel like a pet. When you get a pet, you name it so the pet knows that you're its master. You call the name you gave it and the pet responses to it. However I don't want him to be a pet, I want him to be my friend, partners almost.
Before we left some people dressed like medieval knights were setting up a stage of some sort show. Bianca thought they are showing a play based on medieval history. However Cheren did point out a man dressed in robes with inscriptions stitched into it. He had green hair and a weird si-fi monocle. However his eyes weren't nearly as creepy as the ones on his robes. I had a feeling we would be hearing more about them later.
As soon as we arrived home Bianca rushed over to Juniper's Lab. Cheren followed at a more slowed pace. I smiled and went after them. When I entered the laboratory Bianca was already coddling the Oshawott. The Tepig, with nothing to do was head-butting Cheren's leg as he sat down on the chair.
this will not be an easy task. You will not only have to learn the data of Pokémon, but how to communicate with them also. As you know we have updated the PokéDex. You along with Touya would be receiving one of these to aid you on your adventure. Are you up to it?" Prof. Juniper asked.
"Oh yes, I always wanted to explore all of Unova." Bianca exclaimed.
"If I want to be able to challenge the Elite Four I'm going to have to learn about all Pokémon. It's a win-win situation." Cheren explained.
"Then it's agreed, although you need to inform your parents. I take it you already choose the Pokémon you wanted." As the Professor said, that Bianca hugged her Oshawott closer to herself.
"Alright, then all that's left is to give you your PokéDexs. You're all old enough to know the dangers of traveling. I thank you all for taking on my favour, best of luck on your adventure." With that Juniper gave Cheren and Bianca their PokéDexs. I waved goodbye to the professor as we left.
I waited for about ten minutes at the border of our town. Once Cheren and Bianca got here, it would be the start of my long waited journey. I shivered in anticipation, I've wanted to set out on and see Unova since I was little. Now here I am, seventeen and I'm finally doing it.
I gazed into the town I grew up. Even though I've gotten to see a few neighbouring cities, I feel almost sheltered in this town. It's such a small community; we don't even have a Poké center or market. That's why me, Cheren and Bianca got along so well. There weren't any other children our age, granted Bianca is a year older than me and Cheren. Just one more reason travel Unova, to learn more about the world outside my little town.
In the distance I saw Bianca running with Oshawott at her heels. She reached me panting like she had just ran a marathon.
"Where is Cheren, I swear he's so slow." She huffed.
I chuckled. "Or maybe you should learn to pace yourself. It's not a race Bianca."
"I know, but I just can't wait to go. We all have been waiting for this day for a long time."
"If you could wait ten years, you can wait five more minutes."
She pouted and looked out over to the border. I too, gazed out there. How many times have I looked out there? Looking out into the field, watching as the scenery changed when the seasons past by. Something in my sight, yet I can't grasp it. However I knew if I was patient enough, I could grasp it. To me it was an obstacle, and this morning when I crossed it by myself, it felt great. Now I can't wait to do it again.
Cheren finally arrived; we all had this smile spread across our faces. We took one last moment to enjoy the peaceful silence. Then, simultaneously we all took a step out of our town. We took our time walking to city. I felt hyper sensitive to everything around me. The way the leaves moved in time with the wind. The tiny shifts of movements in the grass as Pokémon moved through it. It was over too fast for me, but I wasn't going to say anything.
Frist thing we noticed was that the medieval people had up and left. But that didn't occupy our minds for long. We immediately went to the Poké Center. I bought the supplies we needed, Cheren booked rooms for us to stay for the night, and Bianca healed our Pokémon. Afterwards we meet up outside and headed to a restaurant to eat at.
While we were waiting for our food we could hear gossip in little hushed voices.
"Do you think I'm should set my Liepard free?"
"Is liberating Pokémon the way to go?"
"But I don't want to release my Panpour."
"You don't think I'm just using my Pokémon as a slave right?"
Bianca frowned. "Why is everyone talking about releasing their Pokémon? Didn't they catch them so they could be together?"
Cheren huffed. "Obviously these people don't have a close bound with their Pokémon if they are even considering releasing them."
"Well there must be a reason why they are even thinking about letting their Pokémon go." I reasoned.
"It's strange though, we walked in through here a about an hour ago and everything was fine." Cheren said.
I opened my mouth to reply but nothing came out. What could have happened in an hour to make people question their relationship with their Pokémon, their friends?
"I know I could never let my Oshawott go. I'm already attached."
"Well of course, you choose your Pokémon based on how you feel about them." I said.
"It's like me giving up you guys. I could never do that." Bianca said.
I smiled. Bianca is always like this. She's so innocent and pure hearted. So innocent to the point where you if you did something to upset her, you would be a monster.
The waitress came and dropped off our food. She flashed us a quick smile then retreated back to the kitchen.
"Well it's obvious that she's new to her job. But anyways, what are we all doing tomorrow? I know I want to go to Striation City and train up my Tepig before challenging the gym leader. But it's a dangerous way up there; Tepig would not be able to get me up there. Even you were struggling earlier Touya. I suggest we all train after." Cheren said.
Cheren has a weird way of showing his concerns. He may sound self-absorbed, but that's how he shows his worries.
"Sure why not, I could always squeeze in some extra training." I said.
Cheren nodded then began to eat his dinner. I followed and dug into mine. It's funny how food just kills a conversation. It's like people talk just to have something to do.
Bianca was done first, it took about a whole five minutes for her to get bored and break the silence.
"I still can't believe we finally got to do this, after all this waiting. It doesn't feel like it's really happening you know."
I swallowed my food before replying. "Yep, I hope it will turn out just like how we all planned it would be. Traveling together side-by-side, taking on the gym leaders, having Pokémon of our own
sounds like we are already on our way."
"Ohhhhhhh, I wonder about some of the sights and places we might see. I heard outside Opelucid City there's a good mall. Although I think Castelia City has more shops. Have you ever noticed on the map Castelia City looks like a hand? But I'm mainly looking forward to Nimbasa City. All the tourist attractions, I want to ride the Ferris wheel, the view must b-" I put a finger to Bianca's mouth.
"Now, I know your excited Bianca, but we still have lots of time to explore." She blushed and closed her mouth. I gave her a small smile and went back to eating.
Me and Cheren finished up, after that we paid for our food then left. All of us then made our way to Route 2. When we got there was group of trainer standing around the path. They took one look at us then waved us over. Of course Bianca was the first to go over to them. I took a glance at Cheren, his navy blue eyes look at my own chocolate brown ones. I gestured my head over to Bianca and the trainers. As he nodded we both walked over.
"Hey Cheren, Touya, this is Jimmy, Mali and Roland."
"Hey nice to meet you all." The one named Jimmy said. I raised my hand and offered him a hand shake. Jimmy smiled and shook my hand.
"So where are all you from? Me, Jimmy and Roland are from Striation City" The Mali asked.
"We live in Nuvema Town. We are just coming up here to train our Pokémon." Bianca answered.
"Oh, we came out here to practice the new skills we learned at the Pokémon School. You guys want to train with us? It's always nice to have someone new to duel with." Jimmy said.
"Sure, sounds good to us." I replied.
The matches were Bianca and Mali, Cheren and Roland, then me and Jimmy. Bianca lost her first match. Which didn't surprise me, she just got her Oshawott, and even I had to practice a little before picking up Cheren and Bianca up. Cheren went up and won his first match. It wasn't as surprising as Bianca's losing since Cheren is a book worm. He's spent some of his time reading up on Pokémon elements, stats, berries you name it. Once Cheren walked off the path of dirt we called a battle field, I knew my time is coming. This would be my first battle with a trainer. I may have a bit of advantage from battling wild Pokémon. However these guys have been learning at the school. Either way, not point in standing around I'm not going to find out this way.
"Ready to go?" Jimmy asked me.
"You bet." I said.
We got our selves set up and ready to go. Cheren stood on the 'boundary' to be the referee. Me and Jimmy shook our heads at each other and throw out our Pokémon. I threw out my Snivy, Jimmy threw out his Patrat.
"Snivy used vine whip." I called out.
Green vines flew out from his shoulders and shot out to the Patrat. The used leer and stared at Snivy with his vibrant red eyes. This stare caused Snivy to hesitate his attack.
"Patrat, use bite." Jimmy ordered.
Patrat charged at Snivy, mouth open and ready to attack.
"Snivy again, use vine whip."
Snivy shook his head and shot out his vines again. This time he got the Patrat on his side. The Pokémon fell over into the dirt.
"Now go ahead with tackle." I shouted out.
Before the Patrat could even get up Snivy charged up and rammed into the scout Pokémon. Patrat rolled more into the dirt. My grass snake was running up for another tackle when the scout got up and bit Snivy. Snivy screeched and recoil from Patrat. He tried to shake the scout off of him, but there was no budging Patrat's grip.
"Knock him off with another vine whip Snivy." I said.
A single vine flew out again and struck Patrat in the back. The Pokémon let out a wail then fell over. Snivy stared at it for a moment, and then kicked it in its thigh. When the Patrat didn't move Snivy just walked gracefully walked back to me. I petted him on the head. I didn't want to just send it out to fight then return it. So I decided to let him stay out for a bit.
"This battle goes to Touya." Cheren announced.
Jimmy returned his Patrat to its ball. "Good battle Touya."
I smiled. "Thank you for the challenge. It was close."
"Yes it was."
"I want to challenge Cheren again." Roland shouted.
"Sure, I could always use some more experience."
These battles went one for the rest of the evening. Some loses, some wins. I certainly learned more than what I knew this morning. However there was still the matter of learning how to catch a Pokémon. It should be the number one thing a trainer should know, however I forgot to ask the professor before we left. So after the other trainers left for the day, I decided to question Cheren on it.
He looked down at me. "Yeah, what is it?"
I wanted to ask
"Touya, the ninth letter of the alphabet has a lot of different meanings, what are you trying to say."
I blushed, and then took a deep breath. "Can you teach me how to catch a Pokémon?"
Cheren smiled and placed a hand on my shoulder. "Sure, come one over here. Bianca, you want to learn too?"
"Yeah, I forgot to ask Juniper before we left." Bianca shuffled her feet while she said this.
We both went into the grass with Cheren. It wasn't long before a Lillipup came up. Cheren sent out his Tepig.
"Now before you try and catch the Pokémon you desire, it's best to weaken it first. Tepig, use ember."
Small flames flew out of its stubby nose. It scorched the wild Lillipup.
"If you burn, poison, or paralyze the Pokémon, it also helps in your aid to capture it."
Before the puppy could escape, Cheren threw a Pokéball at it. A laser beam hit the Lillipup and the puppy was sent into the ball. It shook around for a little bit for it settled down. Cheren Picked up the ball and put it in his pocket.
"And that's how you catch a Pokémon." Cheren finished.
"Oh, I can't wait to catch a new friend" Bianca cried.
"If you're their friends, then why are you catching them?" A new voice said.
The three of us looked out into the trees where the voice came from. Not a moment sooner did a tall, lean figure appear from the trees. The figure was a young male; he couldn't have been much older than us. He wore lose fitting tan jeans, a white blouse with a long black under shirt. His hair was a light green and flowed behind him with the wind. Finally on his head was a black and white hat.
"What do you mean?" Bianca asked.
The boy walked up to her. "I mean, why are you trapping Pokémon, taking them away from their home, just to harm its friends."
"Slow your speech down; you are talking way too fast." Cheren commented.
What was this guy going on about? If Pokémon really didn't like us, couldn't they just over power us?
I took a step towards the nameless stranger. "If they didn't like it, then wouldn't they just run for it once they were let out of their ball?" I asked.
He turned his attention to me. "Would you have let them go? Or would trap them before they had the chance? I already know it would be the later."
Narrowing my eyes at him I said. "No, if they were unhappy I would release them. My Pokémon is my partner, not a pet. And I only let him fight if he wants to. I got Snivy this morning, and he hasn't shown any signs of unhappiness."
"How would you know? Do you even understand what your Pokémon is saying?"
"Who are to question on how my Pokémon feels when you haven't even seen him? Sure I may not understand what he is saying, but it takes more than a language to truly understand them" I countered.
The green hair man frowned. "So you cannot hear them speak either? That's very disappointing."
Cheren came up beside me. His wore a face of annoyance. It was clear that my ebony haired friend did not want to hear a word that this stranger had to say.
"Hear them speak? What are you going on about? Humans can't understand what Pokémon say, we have to go by their actions."
The stranger shook his head then stared straight at me. "I will just have to hear what your Pokémon says in the only way you will let me. Battle me and I know just what your Pokémon has to say."
I stared right back into his emerald eyes. "I will prove to you that my Snivy is happy with me."
We broke apart and took our positions for a Pokémon battle then released our Pokémon. It was my Snivy against his Purrloin. Not even hesitating I started the battle.
"Snivy, use tackle."
The grass snake took flight to the devious cat, Snivy was about to hit it when the Purrloin scratched him. The Purrloin obviously hasn't been trained if the man isn't giving the attacks and Purrloin is going without them.
"Hit her with a vine whip." I shouted out.
The green limbs charged out to the cat, the cat was able to dodge the first attempt. However the second vine struck its back, sending it forwards.
"Purrloin, attack with scratch." Finally the man said an order.
The cat got up and swiped at Snivy. She scratched him good on my snake's arm.
"While she's close, hit her with a tackle." I called out to Snivy.
He tackled the cat to the ground, when Snivy got up he just knew the cat couldn't fight any longer. So he walked back to me and stood beside me.
I gazed back to the green haired stranger. He looked very jaded, I had no idea what was going through his mind. He raised the Pokéball and returned his Purrloin. With a sigh he placed he ball back into his pocket.
"Did you hear what you needed to hear?" I sneered at him.
"I have more questions, but I must take my leave. I still stand by that Pokémon need to be free. As long as they are confined in Pokéballs, they can never truly be perfect. For my friends, I must help them." He gave me once glance before walking up to Striation City.
I let of a wary sigh and looked back to Cheren and Bianca. Cheren looked pleased that the stranger was finally gone. Bianca I could tell was worried.
"Why are people questioning Pokémon's right as partners? It's really heart breaking to hear all this nonsense." The blonde said.
Cheren pushed his glasses higher up his nose. 'I don't know but I know it's not the last we will hear of it."
We all ad this moment of silence, we didn't have to voice out that we all knew Cheren was right. This event turned the first day of our adventure to a bit of a downer. I moved back to them.
"You guys want to head back to the Poké center? It's getting late." I said this, hoping to regain the peaceful atmosphere we had not too long ago.
"That sounds good right now." Bianca concluded.
I returned Snivy to his ball, and then we walked back to the Poké center.
"You're sure you're fine?" I asked. I really hope my friend didn't get hurt because I wanted to prove those people wrong.
"No, I'm fine. Thank you for your concerns though." The cat replied.
"Well thank you for helping me out. Its people like that brunette that make me want to cut their throat open and shove peanut butter in there
. I hope they are allergic to peanut butter." I said.
Are humans really that blind they can't see the Pokémon suffering? No they just toss them out whenever they want them to fight their battles. They don't even take the time to play with them or befriend them. Although that Snivy, I still can't get over what he said to me, that his master was very kind and nice human. I think it's only a matter of time before he starts to mistreat the poor Pokémon. Still to hear that he wasn't upset being trapped in ball was still a shocker. I challenged him to prove what I thought I knew. But all I got was questions.
However I will proceed in making a world where my friends can live in peace. I can stand what mankind has done to me, but I will not let them harm Pokémon any longer.
The cat snorted. "Yes, never mind the fact that you sliced their throat open, killing them, but you want them to be allergic to the peanut butter too?"
I rolled my eyes and smiled. "Well we both know I wouldn't kill him, I could never hurt a living thing."
"Of course, I know you." The Purrloin then came up and head butted my knee. I smiled softy and scratched behind her ear. She let out a little purr before saying good bye to me. I watched the cat run off into the grass. I couldn't help but wonder how long would it be before she was captured? Soon, I won't have to worry about it.