Episode 1: Pokemon-I Choose You!
The darkness lifts and the Nidorino shakes it's head and looks up in time to see the Gengar jumping at it. This creature of shadow looks like a human shadow. It's shape matching it's trainers so that it looks like his shadow come to life. The Nidorino growled at the creature and dodged to the side as it made contact with the ground where he'd been standing. After running halfway across the field the Nidorino skidded to a halt and turned to face his opponent who was crouched on the floor and looking at him with that infuriating smile.
The Nidorino looks around at the Stadium of fans all howling for blood, like feral beasts and he snarled. The Gengar lifted himself to his feet and tilted his head at The Nidorino. They were fighting in the League. He had fought many battles in this very arena against many Pokemon. It was a time honoured practice between the human Trainers and the Pokemon they wielded, and The Nidorino was well-versed in the sport. He was also tired of it. He crouched down low and growled at the Gengar while charging the horn on his head and he ran full on at him. The Gengar just stood there and at the last moment he jumped up placing a hand on his head and flipped over him as The Nidorino went sliding into the ground, placing his arms out to stop his fall. He shakes his head and looks back up at the Gengar and his infernal grin before snarling again. His legs shook as he stood up to face him again the sweat pouring down his face as he held out his claws ready to attack again. He shook himself again as he prepared to attack and the purple glow in the Gengar's hands barely registered for a moment. When he realised what was happening it was already over and he knew he'd lost. He ran at the Gengar even as his mind started to shut down and he found himself falling into darkness even before his body hit the ground and slid across the arena floor.
The Gengar looked up at the crowd as the howling got louder and his smile remained, even though there was nothing to smile about. He had no desire to fight in this arena, but his new master had thrust him into this position and he was forced to do so. He turned back to the prone form of the Nidorino as it glowed red and disappeared. He bowed his head to the man he had fought as he shot back into his trainers Void-Ball. The devises were an ingenious piece of science and magic that had been combined by the humans in order to "civilize" the disparate Pokemon of the world. The Nidorino would be held in an environment of his own creation while in the ball. Some thought it humane, but they could also be a personal hell.
He looked at the burly trainer on the other side of the arena as he pulled another Void-Ball from his belt and silently activated it and a white light struck the arena floor. In it's place rose a grey monolith like creature, huge in size and the Gengar backed up as it rose to it's full height.
The Onyx was a huge being with the body of a muscled man down to the waist and a snake like body below made entirely out of boulders. It's skin was like rock and a sharp crest of rock rose from it's forehead. It was a huge opponent and Gengar braced itself.
The tackle came out of nowhere the juggernaut moving faster than the Gengar would have thought possible, and he was only able to get out of it's way by a hairs-breadth. He slid to the side as the Onix smashed into the wall behind him. Dust caked the field as the Gengar jumped back up and turned sharply. He looked through the cloud of dust for his opponent and backed up. He tenses as he hears the Onix roar, and his hands glow with purple light again as the Onix hurtles towards him through the dust.
The television was the only light in the room as Ash Ketchum sat glued to the screen. The League battle was being broadcast on the League Championship Channel, and he was riveted. He was a sixteen year old boy from Pallet Town and he was fascinated with the Pokemon. He had been fascinated with these creatures ever since he was a small boy and the League was his favourite show. He had just landed a job working for one of the leading scientist-mages in the field of Pokemon study and his first day was tomorrow. He would receive a Pokemon field partner the next day and make the first steps in a world he had previously only dreamt about and he was excited. Watching the Pokemon fight on the screen was like watching gods fight one another. He was enthralled with the abilities they displayed. Magic was a world-wide ability and humans had learnt to cultivate it's properties centuries ago, but Pokemon were another thing entirely and the abilities they had were so far beyond what most mages could achieve that Ash was in awe that humanity had ever been able to control them let alone keep that control. It was a mystery to him how such creatures could possibly be beholden to Humanity with such power.
His mother enters the room as he finds himself stuck in his revery.
"Ash, you know it's nearly eleven o'clock! You start you'r job tomorrow. Get to sleep"
Ash smiled at her and gets up off his bed
"I'm too excited to sleep mom. Do you know how long i've waited for this chance?" He hugs her in his excitement about his new job and she chuckles as she pulls him away.
She looks towards the Television and sees what's on the screen as the onix rises up and roars and she quickly changes the channel. Her look becomes stern.
"Fine! you're excited i get it. But as a compromise watch this instead" The screen now shows an oldish man talking "You could use the research for when you start tomorrow. Pokemon aren't just League heavyweights. You could learn a lot from this"
She moves to the door as Ash slumps back down on the bed and turns as she goes to shut his door
"Oh and get some sleep after you've finished watching it. Goodnight honey!"
"Goodnight mom!" Ash smiled at her as he turned back to the screen.
The man was professor Oak his new boss, it was a local channel which was used as Oak's station to circulate information about the different species of Pokemon. Today's show was showcasing three different types. The Kanto elementals, Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur.
Ash looked on with slight boredom as he watched and quickly fell asleep with the television set still on.
The dream was instant. Ash found himself standing in a room with some kind of spotlight on him. He took a step forward as the room shook and three spotlights suddenly burst forth in front of him revealing three silhouetted shapes. He wasn't the only one in the room.
The first was a slouched individual who looked like the cross between a human and a frog with red eyes and a huge bulb on it's back. He looked angry.
The second was a light blue boy with a shell around his midriff and a bald head. It looked confused as it looked at Ash.
The third was a lizard-like man with a slowly wagging tail who was orange in complexion. His tail was ignited with a slowly burning flame and his claws were out ready to attack.
"Hello" ash called out as if waiting for a response from the three elementals. They all lunged as Ash ducked to the side. The fire elemental stood over him growling as Ash felt the ground. His hand clasped around a spherical object and he looked down to see a Void-Ball in front of him. He jumped up and threw the ball at the fire elemental as the water and earth elementals backed away.
There was a flash of red and suddenly Ash woke up.
He lunged out of bed and found himself frowning in confusion. The television set was still on playing adverts in the background and he looked across his room as if expecting to see the Charmander ready to attack.
He looked down at the floor and noticed his smashed alarm-clock on the floor. It was in the shape of a Voltorb probe, spherical in shape. It clicked together and he looked at the smashed pieces.
"Crap!" he exclaimed as he scooped to pick up the shattered remains.
Looking up at the clock he realises he's late for his first day at work and he run's from his room taking the stairs two at a time as he run's towards the front door.
"What's all the racket?" His mom called from the kitchen.
Ash glanced behind him as he flung the front door open and ran, "No time mom! I'm late, love ya.....see ya.....Bye!"
"Wait! You're still in your BED CLOTHES!" She shouted as he ran down the path. He didn't hear her, and she shook her head as she headed back inside.
Outside Professor Oak's laboratory a crowd of people have gathered around Oak and a young man. The man is Gary the grandson of Oak and a protege. He winks at a group of girls, and they swoon and almost faint. A news crew is there and everyone is excited about the new breakthrough's being created by Oak and his new appointment in his grandson to become a field agent for him.
Suddenly Ash bursts through the crowd and knocks into Gary and they both go flying. He get's up and shakes his head
"Sorry!" Ash says as he looks up and realises it's Gary Oak. He's a minor Celebrity in Pallet Town and Ash shrinks slightly under his gaze.
"Sorry? Really kid?" Gary says as he brushes himself off and stands up. "You are aware you're wearing pyjama's right?" He folds his arms as he looks at Ash.
Ash looks down at himself and starts to blush. More so when he hears the group of cheerleaders laughing at him and he back's off into the crowd, watching as the news crew take pictures and finish up their interview with the young Gary. He exclaims so everyone could hear that he would make Pallet Town famous when he became a member of the League and became the ultimate pokemon trainer. Oak just looked on with a stern look.
Of course Gary was a celebrity. He was handsome and brave, with a strong chin and deep green eyes. His brown hair was always perfectly spiked and his fashion sense was impeccable. On the other hand Ash was lanky and pale. His hair was a mess and he hadn't brushed his teeth. Oh yeah......and he was wearing a raggy t-shirt and pyjama bottom's with no shoes. The differences between the two seemed a mile wide.
As the interview finished the reporters started to disperse and Gary exchanges a few words with his grandfather before turning and leaving. He get's in his car, a red sports-car and drives off.
Oak turned and looked at Ash before heading back inside, shouting over his shoulder, "Well do you want this job or not? Follow me!"
Ash quickly followed the old man through the doors of the lab and through the foyer. They walk through the long corridor to Oak's main laboratory at the back of the complex. The computers and terminals give off a blue glow as they pass by lab assistants. Oak checks in with a few while Ash follows behind him timidly. They stop in a small room at the back which is Oak's office. It holds a small desk with three void-Balls on its surface and Oak turns back to Ash with the stern look still present on his face.
"I gave you this job, because i thought you were up to the task, Ash! Proper attire is required!" He looks at his watch, "And time management! Why are you late?"
Ash hangs his head, "I'm sorry professor! I was too excited to sleep, and my alarm clock didn't go off." Ash thought about the broken clock sitting on his desk and he smiled. It wasn't exactly a lie.
Oak regarded him with his blue eyes and sat at his desk. He wore a white lab-coat and casual clothes underneath. His hair was white and short and his face was a hard-lined one. He was stern but the tell-tale signs of smile-lines gave away his usual mood. He was a respected Professor in Pallet Town and an expert with Pokemon.
"Sit down Ash!" Oak said as he pulled out a pen and started to write in a journal open before him.
Ash sat and looked around him at the room. His eyes lingered on the void-balls in front of him and Oak noticed his gaze.
"These balls are empty Ash!" He said, "If you were here on time, you would have been present for the briefing. I have hired four field operatives for expeditionary work. You are one of them. The pokemon held in these balls are now partnered to the three trainee's who turned up on time."
He turned back to his book and started writing again.
"Does that mean I'm fired, before I've even started?" Ash asked in a quiet voice.
Oak looked up at Ash and a small smile appeared on his face, "No Ash! Let's just call it a first warning." He put away his journal and stood up, "I wan't you to head out into the surrounding region's of Kanto and research different sub-species of Pokemon for me. Their habits, behaviour and such thing's. I have hired you because I see a little of myself in you, when I was younger." He looked intensely at Ash.
Ash nodded and looked down. The old man's stare was intense and he looked like there was something more behind his words.
"How can I study Pokemon when I have no pokemon partner?" Ash asked, "Everyone knows that "Wild" Pokemon attack any human without a Pokemon guide"
Oak smiled again and sat down at his chair again, "Really now? Do they? It sound's like everyone should get out more, doesn't it?
"So are you sending me out to see if it's true? Without a partner?" The look on Ash's face was utter shock. He trusted Oak knew what he was talking about and he believed the old man knew more about pokemon than anyone else he'd ever met but he was asking him to go out and confront them by himself. He'd always been a rudimentary pupil in magic-practical at school and he'd never chosen a path of study to go down, which is why he was so thrilled to have this opportunity. Positions like this were normally reserved for elite seeker class mages. He had only got one star on his final magical exam and only because he had a natural aptitude when it came to magical protection.
Oak looked at him for a moment before he burst out laughing. As he did, he waved his hand over the centre of his desk and the middle of the wooden surface cracked down the middle and a fourth Void-Ball emerged from within.
"I never said i was sending you out alone dear boy!" he said as he wiped his eyes from laughing so hard, "Excuse me, the look on your face was priceless"
Ash looked at the Void-Ball and was fascinated. This little ball was different from the others. It was white and red with the shiny ruby colouring of a normal Void-Ball. The ruby was a blood-quartz stone which stored the energy of a pokemon within the Sphere in a simulated environment made from the creatures own sub-consciousness. It was sympathetic magic and with the advent of the technological age the Void-Balls had been updated with a security system that made it harder for the creatures within to escape. This was the white portion of the balls which held a virtual intelligence, sort of like an internal caretaker for the Pokemon held in the environment. The intersection between the Quart's stone and the V-I units held the converter matrix which was able to convert a Pokemon's body into a higher form of energy for storage. This ball had a lightning mark on it's converter unit however, and the Quartz section was badly cracked.
He looked up at Oak and noticed how he was looking at him. It was as if he was looking at a long lost friend, until he realised that Ash was looking at him and he composed his face into a serene look.
"This is the only Partner still available!" He said pointing at the ball in the centre of the table, "I found him not far from here, wandering alone and he is rather a handfull as evidenced by the state of this Void-Ball! He doesn't like being contained! I promised him that he wouldn't have to stay inside much longer!"
He gave Ash a meaningful look, and it caught him off-guard. A pokemon outside of a Void-Ball. He'd never heard of a "tamed" pokemon being allowed to stay outside of one before. They were designed to keep Pokemon tamed. A pokemon who stayed outside of a pokeball for too long had a tendency to become Wild again,
"Is that wise Professor?" He asked.
Oak smiled again and leaned forward, "Between you and me Ash. I wouldn't believe all the propaganda the League dishes out about Pokemon! I learn't a long time ago to question everything you know about Pokemon!" He leaned back again, "Anyway I'm going off on a tangent, wouldn't you like to meet your new Partner?"
It was Ash's turn to lean forward as he looked from Oak to the Void-Ball and put out his hand to pick it up. The Ball quivered under his touch with a surge of energy and Ash could feel the power within it. He was excited but scared at the same time about releasing the entity inside. A flash-back of the previous nights dream rose up in his mind and he momentarily had images of a Charmander breathing fire at him. He flinched and Oak raised an eyebrow at him.
"Don't be scared Ash, this is the start of your journey. I see a bright future ahead of you." He stood up and crossed his arms as Ash held the ball at arm's length, "Now go ahead. Release your partner."
Ash nodded and touched the lightning mark on the Void-Ball and a sudden burst of white light enveloped the room as the blood quartz stone shattered into pieces and the rest of the ball sparked with electricity. Ash dropped the charred remains on the floor and backed up as the figure of white light coalesced into a person......or rather a Pokemon.
The figure rose from it's crouched position and sparked with electricity. It was a humanoid mouse, with yellow fur covering it's entire body. It stood on elongated wolf-like legs and it's arms were finely muscled with sharp claws on the ends of it's fingers. It's ears were feline and pointed up to black tips and they were twitching around the room as if searching for any nearby sounds. His face was human enough apart from the deep black eyes and the red spots on his cheeks from which whiskers sprouted. His tail was shaped like a lightning bolt and was raised with sparks of electricity emanating from it, and two brown stripes crossed his back. He was lithe and lightly muscled which was much more evident because of his tensed stance. The only piece of clothing he wore, was a pair of corduroy trousers which were heavily frayed and held up by a piece of string.
He flexed his hands and a deep growl started in his chest as he straightened himself and looked at Oak. He relaxed slightly and Ash shuffled towards him an inch. Suddenly his ears twitched in Ash's direction and the creature lurched it's gaze directly at Ash. He snarled at him and an electrical discharge erupted from his cheeks.
"It's ok!" Oak said as he held his hands up to the creature and inched forwards keeping himself in full view of the Pokemon so that he wasn't a threat, "He won't hurt you! This is Ash." He looked at Ash "Ash this is your new partner, he's a Pokemon of the Pikachu clan."
Ash was amazed as he looked at the Pikachu. It was a wonder to behold and he stepped further towards the Pikachu holding out his hand
"Hi!" he said as he stood there waiting for the Pikachu to take his hand.
It looked at his hand for a moment before grabbing it with his clawed hand suddenly and letting out a jolt of electricity. Ash is stunned for a moment and falls to the floor as the Pikachu gives a smug grin. The attack only fazed Ash though and he shakes it off and stands up again shaking himself. The Pikachu tilts it's head to appraise him before turning to Oak.
"Why he.....no.....night night?"
Ash's eye's went wide in surprise as he looked from the Pikachu to Oak.
"Ash here has a special aptitude for withstanding extraordinary elemental and magical attacks!" He explained looking at the Pikachu. He then turned to Ash and raised his eyebrows again, "Like I said Ash you have a lot to learn about the true nature of the Pokemon clans."
Ash was shocked and awed. The Pikachu could talk? How was that possible? The League had always made it clear that the Pokemon were incapable of speech other than the incomprehensible repeating of the respective clan names to which each belonged. Now, Oak was showing him a Pikachu who could actually form words, and Ash was astounded. He found himself staring at the pokemon and Oak and his mouth opened and closed as he tried to think of something to say.
Pikachu looked at Ash puzzled and then back at Oak.
"Is he......Broken?" He asked innocently.
Oak laughed and put an arm around the young Pokemon and steered him closer to Ash.
"No my friend he's simply shocked. Everything he has learnt about your kind has been filtered through centuries of League Propaganda! You see Ash is fascinated by Pokemon but he is also fearful of the very nature of your kind!" He looked into the Pikachu's innocent face and continued, "A nature that has been reported as Savage. The League states that the only way to control your kind is to shackle your will to a trainer, a guardian so to speak. To use your natural talents as they see fit."
The Pikachu scrunched it's face slightly as it thought about this. Ash still gaped at the two of them confused at everything that was happening.
"You ask.......Pii'Chana to do same....for stupid here?" the Pikachu said as he pointed at Ash, who was still dumb-founded.
Oak sighed and looked at them both as he leaned back against his desk.
"Not exactly, Pii'Chana." He said, "I'm asking both of you to do something I have been unable to do. I hired Gary and the others because it was expected of me. They came top in all of their classes. They excelled at Magical training to the point of excellence, everything a natural guardian needs to succeed in dominating the different Pokemon clans." He looked at Ash who had finally stopped gaping and was looking at Oak expectantly, "Ash on the other hand was one of the lowest scoring students in Magical training, if not for his natural grasp of magical countering he would have failed entirely."
Ash hung his head as he was reminded that he was completely unsuited for being a trainer. A guardian as he always wanted to be. He slumped until Oak put a hand on his shoulder and continued.
"This is why I chose you, Ash!" He said, "You are not the typical League approved student. You haven't been hooked completely into the League's view-point of the world. The other three field-assistants were sent out to study Pokemon just as I am sending you. But they will look at things through filtered eye-sight were as I am hoping you will see things as they are, and help me to get a wider view of the different Pokemon clans of the world. Will you accept this task?"
Ash sat down hard, and let out a sigh "Yes Professor! I suppose i will"
"And you Pii'Chana?" Oak asked the Pikachu, "Will you enter into a pact with Ash here of your own free will, to help him and protect him on his journey?"
Pikachu looked at the Professor who had found him wandering in the forest's bordering Pallet Town, after he had been cut off from his small Pikachu clan and he processed his words. A small part of him registered a resonance with the usage of the term "Pact" and he took his time thinking about his response. He didn't trust this "Ash" and he wasn't entering into an agreement with the moron, so that he could be shackled to a human with a superiority complex.
"No.....orb! No......Red..Prison?" He asked.
Ash looked at him and nodded "No Void-Ball!" He said in a whisper of a voice.
Oak stood and reached his hands out to both Ash and Pii'Chan "Is the Pact sealed?" He said as he looked at them both expectantly.
Pikachu and Ash appraised each other for a second and then in unison held out their hands and shook the proferred hands of the Professor together. A spark of electricity passed from the Pikachu into Oak and then into Ash as they shook and the Professor glowed for a second and his back arched. It happened instantly and after it was over the professor slumped back on to his desk.
Both Ash and Pii'Chana jumped forwards to catch him, and when Pii'Chana growled at Ash, he backed away and let the Pokemon carry him to his chair.
The professor slumped into his chair and ushered Pii'Chan away.
"I'm fine! The spell just took a lot out of me" He stated.
Ash frowned, "Spell?" He asked.
Oak looked up at him, "Yes a spell, Ash. One of the oldest spells, and one of the simplest to perform. It does require a lot of energy however and I am not a young man." He groaned as he shifted in his chair. "It is called the Pact! It is a verbal contract between you both! You are now linked to one-another. Your Destinies intertwined."
Ash and Pii'Chana exchanged a look of distrust, and Oak sighed.
"You may not trust each other, but trust me you will in time!" The professor closed his eyes as he continued, "Now, down to business!"
Oak felt along his desk with his hands and opened a draw in it's side. He felt inside for a few seconds until he found a red hand-held computer pad and six Void-Balls. He brought each out in turn and deposited them on his desk in front of him.
"These will help you on your journey. I crafted the Void-Balls myself, you'll have to learn to craft them yourself after you have used these. It's a simple ritual which I'm sure you have seen done many times in magical theory class?"
"Yes professor!" Ash replied. He was being swept away by the sudden turn of events, and he hadn't even started his journey yet. The crafting of a Void-Ball was complex and Ash had never passed the theory on this practice, he always got confused over what came next after the initial steps.
"Good!" Oak replied as he lifted himself to his feet. Pii'Chana hovered over him in case he needed help and Oak shooed him away, "I'm fine!" He stated as he walked back around the desk, "The Void-Ball has more uses than simply transporting Pokemon. League guardian's are taught to invoke certain spells on the Quartz to quell the sentient speech centre of the creatures brain's. You will not need to invoke it, when you craft you're own versions. The first two steps of the ritual is all that is needed, every step after is in essence a leash designed to shackle and control the creature within. Do you understand?"
Ash nodded and took the Void-Balls off the desk examining them closely. They looked like every other Void-ball he had seen.
"The computer pad is a cataloguing A.I. The technology is fairly new. It is an Avatar if you will. I created it myself." Oak swelled with pride as he stated this, the scientist in him basking in his own genius, "I call it Dex. It has a collective knowledge of all the Pokemon Clans found within Kanto. He will guide you both on you're journey." He turned towards the device, "Would you like to introduce yourself Dex?"
A glowing blue light flared up on the middle of the computer and a small hologram of Professor Oak erupted into life standing on the small computer.
"Hello. I am Dex, Computer Genius extraordinaire at your service." He stated before giving a flamboyant bow.
Ash laughed as he watched the small replica of Oak. It started to pick it's nose and Oak coughed, and looked at it angrily. It stopped immediately and looked sheepish before disappearing again back into the small red pad. Ash picked it up off the desk and looked back at Oak, wondering if there was anything else he needed before they could set out on their journey. He was anxious to get started now he'd heard so much from the professor.
"Now if you'll both follow me!" the professor said, heading out of the office and through his lab. Ash and Pii'Chan regarded each other before following him out through the lab and outside.
"There you are!" came a voice to Ash's right. He looked and saw his mom rushing forwards with a backpack slung over her shoulder. She looked young for a mother with dark brown hair and a youthful complexion. She was the same height as Ash and her eyes were blue like his. She was dressed casually and her hair was tied back in a quick ponytail. Ash blushed in mortification as his mom reached them. His first day heading out for the Professor and he got a visit from his mother as well as turning up at the lab in his pyjamas.
"Mom?" He exclaimed as he stared at her in horror.
Pii'Chana chuckled as he looked on at the scene, and Oak just looked at the exchange between the mother and son.
Ash wished the ground would swallow him whole as his mother stopped in front of him.
"You forgot you're thing's dear. I wasn't sure what you'd need, so I just packed the essentials." She said as she took the backpack off her shoulder, "Two changes of clothes, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Bottles of water, etc." She held it out expectantly and after some mumbling Ash took the bag placed the Void-Balls and Dex inside and slung it over his back. His mother then took a zip-bag from her handbag and handed it to him.
"You might want to get changed too dear" She said as she looked at him sternly, "You left in such a hurry this morning, you didn't get changed out of you're bed clothes. Honestly Ash i raised you better than this. Where does this air-headedness come from. I despair."
Ash hung his head and mumbled an apology as Oak crossed his arms and smiled, and Pikachu practically doubled over in laughter while spark's of electricity shot out of both cheeks.
His mom turned to Oak and Pii'Chana and nodded.
"Samuel" She says in way of greeting, "And who is this young Pikachu?"
Ash looked up gaping again, and Pikachu stopped laughing suddenly tilting his head up at Professor Oak.
Oak simply nodded back and replied, "Hello Delia" He turns and gestures to Pii'Chan, "This is Pii'Chana, Ash's new partner."
Delia smiled and looked at Pii'Chan as Ash frowned at the proceedings. His mother was on first name basis with the Professor and had never told him.
"Hello," Delia said as she took another zip-bag from her bag and held it out for the Pikachu, "Here, you go. Another set of clothes that should fit you. Those trousers look like they've seen better day's dear."
The Pikachu stared at her for a moment before accepting the bag of clothes and nodding his head.
She smiled as he took the bag and turned back to Ash, "Right now go and get changed out of those clothes," She looked between him and Pii'Chana, "Both of you!"
They looked at each other and back at Delia.
Oak just stood to the side and folded his arms.
Suddenly Delia enveloped Ash in a hug, "I'll miss you, Honey. Good luck with your journey. I know you'll do me proud."
Ash blushes as he and Pii'Chana head inside to get changed ready for the journey ahead, leaving Delia and the Professor outside. As the two head inside Delia turns to the professor.
"Your sure he's ready?" She asks with a concerned look on her face.
Oak smiles, "I am Delia. His journey will be hard, but he'll get through it, and those two will make a great team.
Later on Ash and Pii'Chana have started their journey and are walking along a path down Kanto Route 1.
Ash is now wearing a new pair of jeans, black and white trainers, a black t-shirt with a blue and white short sleeve shirt, a pair of green fingerless gloves and a red and white baseball cap. His backpack was slung over his shoulder.
Pii'Chana on the other hand was dressed in black skinny jeans, a black vest top with a red and white short-sleeve shirt and a pair of white trainers.
They walked on in silence for a while before Ash turned to the Pikachu and stopped him from walking any further.
"Look, is this how it's going to be the entire time? Because we've been walking for at least twenty minutes in complete silence now"
Pii'Chana just looked at him for a moment with his ears twitching before he leaned forwards until both of their faces were mere inches apart.
"Me no like you......Bozo!" He said before he moved around Ash and carried on walking.
Ash shook his head in frustration and walked behind him, "This is useless" he said to himself, "He may as well be in a Void-Ball."
Suddenly the Pikachu turns and grabs Ash by the collar lifting a fist into the air and Ash's eyes widened in surprise.
"Pii'Chana never.......back in.....Orb" He said before letting Ash go and turning sharply away from him.
Ash shook himself off and walked on.
"Woo boy! That one has a temper doesn't he" Dex stated from Ash's pocket, "Can't say I blame him though. Some pokemon have bad experiences inside Void-Balls. Sometimes the worst kind of hells are the ones we make ourselves, or at least that's what they say"
Ash thought about this for a moment. He'd never known that. Void-Balls were meant to be the perfect environment for Pokemon.
They carried on walking for another ten minutes in silence, as Ash followed the Pikachu. He doesn't say anything else until a figure descends from the sky and lands in a nearby clearing.
Ash ran forwards yelling for Pii'Chana's attention as he watched the figure stand up and look around. It was a brown Avian-humanoid with cream coloured feathers down it's front a tail of feathers and clawed hands and feet. A crest of three feathers sprouted up it's forehead and were tied back into a ponytail behind its head and it's eyes looked out from black facial markings. It wore a loin-cloth of feathers and as it reared up it folded it's wings behind it's back and looked around. It hadn't noticed Ash and the Pikachu yet.
Pii'Chana turned as Ash called him and looked at the Avian Pokemon with disinterest.
"So?" He asked as Ash looked at it in wonder, "It's clan Pidgey, No fuss!"
"I've never seen one up close before!" Ash said as he crouched down low.
"If I may" Dex said from his pocket. Ash brought him out and held him up flipping his screen open. The holographic display of Dex's screen lit up with the information about Clan Pidgey, the holographic image of Dex appeared as a replica of the Pidgey in front of them, "Clan Pidgey are an avian sub-species of Pokemon. Known as the "Tiny Bird" they are known to be one of the gentlest and most passive of all the Avian pokemon clans. This being said they have great control over the elements of air and can create powerful gusts of wind even being known to form tornadoes."
Ash nodded as he looked over at Pii'Chana.
"Let's go talk to it!" He said.
Pii'Chana just shrugged, "You go." He walked over to a nearby tree and sat down folding his arms behind his head, "Me here....Should be...much entertaining!"
Ash scowled at Pii'Chana. He wasn't being helpful and Ash didn't see that changing any time soon. He turned back towards the Pidgey and inched forwards towards him. The Pidgey noticed him approach and it's wings suddenly jerked from behind his back and flapped. Ash held his arms out in front of him, trying as best he could to act none-threatening.
As he got closer he tried to reassure the Pidgey, "It's alright. I'm not going to hurt you. I just want to talk."
The Pidgey narrowed his eyes and studied Ash's face and then turned his head noticing the Pikachu for the first time. Pii'Chan tilted his head and let a burst of electricity escape from his cheeks and the Avian took this as a sign of imminent attack and spread his wings wide bringing them out in front of him.
As he did so a burst of wind formed up in front of him and flung Ash backwards as a mini-tornado formed and quickly dissipated between him and the Pidgey. He fell down in front of Pii'Chana and groaned.
The Pikachu started laughing as he watched Ash struggle to get back up.
"Funny Idiot!" Pii'Chana stated, "No Fun....fight Pokemon, is it?"
Ash scowled at his so called partner and looked back at the Pidgey which was studying him cautiously. He hefted his backpack off his shoulders and dumped it by the side of Pii'Chan before heading back towards the Avian. The Avian's wings flapped slightly at his sides as he looked at Ash with a nervous apprehension. Ash steps forwards and a Void-Ball falls from his pocket to rest in front of him. The Pidgey looks at it and his eyes go wide as he sees the red-quartz flash in the light. His wings flap again and he kicks up his legs as he swoops into the sky. A massive blast of sand envelopes Ash as he lifts his arms to cover his face. The sand dissipates and Ash is left there covered in dust and sand.
"Oh yeah. Pidgey are also adept at Sand-attack's to make an escape!" Dex pipes up from Ash's pocket.
"Now you tell me," Ash says as he pick's up the fallen Void-Ball and turns around to head back towards Pii'Chana.
Pii'Chan is smiling at the scene and as Ash heads back to him he notices a strange creature rifling through his backpack. He stopped and looked at the thing.
It was covered with purple fur, and it walked with a twitchy gait. It had clawed hands and feet and a long tail that was twitching from side-to-side. It's ears were large and round and it had two long fine whiskers protruding from either cheek. It's eyes were red and it's overbite was huge, with two big front-teeth extending out of it's mouth.
"Hey," Ash shouted as he ran for his bag. The creature looked up suddenly and narrowed it's eyes running away on all fours before rising up again a couple of metres away and regarding Ash quizzically.
Ash picked up his bag and re-zipped it lifting it back onto his back as Pii'Chana lifted himself from his sitting position and regarded the rodent.
"Tatatatatatatatatata" the rodent chanted towards them.
Ash took Dex from his pocket, "What is that?" He asked.
Dex flashed up on the screen and this time his holographic image assumed the form of the purple rodent creature.
"Clan Rattata, a forest dwelling clan of Pokemon. Known as the "Mouse", or "Rat" clan they live on a diet of cheese, nuts, fruit and berries. Inquisitive in nature they will come out into the open to steal food from unsuspecting travellers."
The Rattata gave another chant before disappearing into the tree-line again.
Ash shook his head and put Dex back into his pocket and giving Pii'Chana a withering look. They were off to a lousy start, attacked by a Pidgey and then an attempted theft from a Rattata. He could just imagine the look on Professor Oak's face reading that report.
Ash turned and started walking further ahead as Pii'Chana sauntered along behind him.
Further along the clearing opens up into a wide field and Pii'Chana and Ash stopped in their tracks. The field was teeming with a Pidgey Clan. Their were children interspersed between the older adults and they all seemed to be chanting at each other. To ash all it sounded like was pid-pid-pid-pid-pid, it was nonsensicle.
He turned to Pii'Chana.
"I thought Oak said wild pokemon could talk, like you?" he asked.
Pii'Chana looked at him sarcastically, "Your language harsh....Hard to learn. Oak teach me!" He pointed to the Pidgey's, "They speak......Pidgey language!"
"He's right Ash!" Dex piped up from his pocket, "Each pokemon clan has it's own diverse language, the Pidgey Clan speak "Pidish" so called for the most common sound heard."
Ash nodded as he took this in. Not only were Pokemon smart enough to speak, but now he found out they had a language of their own. He was astounded.
As they stood their a winged figure ascended into the group of other Pidgey's and the chanting became more rushed. Ash noticed the new arrival was the same Pidgey from earlier, but he was too late to hide as the entire Clan turned to look at both him and Pii'Chana.
Ash ducked down low expecting an attack while Pii'Chana tensed up and spread his legs wide getting into a defencive stance as he turned to Ash and sneered, "What... are you doing?" He asked.
"What does it look like I'm doing?" Ash said with his head between his legs, "I'm protecting myself!"
Pii'Chana shook his head and turned back to the Clan who were all studying him. He charged his cheeks up and let out a threatening amount of electricity making his point clear.
In unison the Pidgey clan extended their wings and shot into the sky flying away across the tree-tops. Ash gets up off the floor as Pii'Chan gives him a cocky look and gets up from his stance to stand with his arms folded.
As Ash stands he notices another Crouched Avian near the back of the clearing and he points at it.
"One stayed behind" He remarks looking at Pii'Chana.
The smug look on the Pikachu's face gets wider as he turns to Ash, "Watch this!" He says as he saunters forwards towards the bird.
He held out his hand and let loose a small spark of electrical energy which struck the ground at the figure's feet, and Pii'Chan stopped waiting for the remaining figure to fly away in fear of attack.
As he watched however the Avian turned around and rose to it's full height.
It was bulkier than a Pidgey with sharper claws on it's hands and feet. It's body was black with a cream coloured patch of hardened feather's running down it's chest and a mane of dark brown feathers bordering it's fierce face. It's wings were bright red and as it stood they extended out behind it to an impressive size.
Pii'Chana took a step back as Ash brought Dex back out.
The screen now showed a representation of the fearsome looking Avian.
"I advise caution, in this situation! This is Clan Spearow! Another "Tiny bird" pokemon clan, unlike Clan Pidgey, they are a lot more aggressive and they have a terrible attitude. "Wild" clans will sometimes attack humans and "Tamed" pokemon. They're war-like in nature and respect strength. Good luck!" with that he shut himself down again and Ash placed him back in his pocket.
"What do we do?" Ash asked Pii'Chana as they both backed away.
The Spearow extended it's wings and ran at them screeching. Ash and Pii'Chana turned and ran for it. The Avian leapt from the ground and swooped over them clawing at them both as it passed over. It caught Pii'Chana across his shoulder and ripped through his shirt, and blood erupted from the wound. The Pikachu staggered as he fell, clutching at the scratch. Ash stopped and ran to his side.
"PIKA!" The Pikachu shouted.
"Language!" Dex stated from Ash's pocket.
The Spearow swerved in the air and headed back towards them with it's claws extended. Pii'Chana leered at him and rose pushing Ash away. He growled ad ran at the bird, charging his cheeks.
He jumped and the two collided in the air as a charge of electricity burst forth in front of the Pikachu and the Spearow screeched.
Pii'Chana landed in a crouching position as the Spearow crashed to the ground in front of him. It raised it's head and regarded the Pikachu before raising it's head and Screeching again.
Pii'Chana's ears twitched backwards as his head slowly turned and Ash looked in the direction he was looking. As he watched a huge flock of winged humnanoid's suddenly emerged from a huge tree and swooped into the air. They looked at each other as the flock of Avian's banked sharply and descended upon them. The Spearow on the floor started to stagger to it's feet.
"Shit!" Ash cursed.
"Pika!" Pip cursed?
They both ran for it, hurtling past the clearing as fast as they could being chased by the flock of Spearow. The faster they ran the faster the swarm of Spearow got and eventually Pii'Chana was miles ahead of Ash. As he struggled to keep up with his partner the flock swooped down and claws swiped down at the running Pikachu. He carried on running as razor sharp talons cut him repeatedly. Eventually the claws become too much for Pii'Chana to withstand and he collapses under the strain of running away. As Ash reaches him the flock swirl around the two of them and ready themselves to plunge down on the two of them.
Ash looks up at the relentless flock of Pokemon above him and grabs Pii'Chana' arm raising him from the ground and supporting his weight on his shoulder. Looking around him he started to panic. There was no way out of this situation and it looked like there destiny was to die out here half an hour out of Pallet Town.
Suddenly he spotted a winding river in front of them with a waterfall cascading into what looked like a small lake and he quickly ran straight towards it. As the flock descended upon them once more he lunged into the river plunging Pii'Chana along with him. They hit the water hard and the icy cold water cascaded over Ash submerging him as he lost hold of Pii'Chana in the deep water. He was swept along by the water as his head surfaced. He looked around in a panic for Pii'Chana but he couldn't see him anywhere. He paddled as he got closer to the waterfall and as the water dragged him over the fall he screamed.
The fall was exhilarating and as he splashed into the lake he brushed past a large creature. His eyes opened involuntarily and he found himself staring at a wide-open fish mouth. The creature looked at him with large eyes and swam past, it's red scales glistening as it passed. It was followed by a merman, looking thing which shared the same red scales as the fish and Ash frowned in confusion. He swept his eyes across the lake until he spotted the yellow fur of Pii'Chana and swam towards it.
As he came closer he noticed a huge blue sea-serpent heading towards the unconscious Pikachu and he swam faster. The sea-serpent opened it's jaws as it neared and Ash grabbed hold of Pii'Chana. He concentrated as hard as he could and held his unoccupied hand behind him in the water. He'd never been very good in magic practical but he was hoping when it came to saving his own life he could pull this off.
The water behind his hand shot back and Ash and Pikachu blasted through the lake out of the path of the huge creature that had been barrelling down on them just as it snapped it'jaws shut.
He swam as fast as he could to the surface of the lake but found himself caught on a sharp point which had snagged in his backpack and jerked in panic, the still unconscious Pikachu going limp in his arms.
The girl was fishing on the side of the lake. She was wearing denim shorts and a simple yellow vest-top while lounging in a chair. Her hair was fiery red and held up in pigtails, to keep it out of her face and she had her fishing rod set up at her side.
She'd been travelling for days now and this was her chance to relax. She lounged back and closed her eyes.
Suddenly her fishing rod started to pull on something. She'd got a bite.
She grabbed it from it's holster and pulled back on the rod. It lurched forwards as she was nearly taken off her feet.
"Hmm a big catch!"
She set her feet hard on the ground and held her rod out taught. Her eyes glowed blue and she sent the energy into the rod, and then pulled on the rod once more.
The levitation spell worked perfectly as always and the energy flowed through the rod down under the water pulling her catch out of the water in a wide arc before depositing it on the ground at her side.
She looked at it bemused for a moment and then frowned. It was a boy!
"What the hell!" She exclaimed.
He spluttered up water as she approached him.
"Thanks" He finally croaked out.
"You're welcome!" She said still confused, "Why were you in there?"
She noticed the other figure at the boys side and as it slumped over she gasped in surprise.
"What the hell have you done?" She ran forwards and inspected the Pikachu at the boys side, "He should be safely contained in a Void-Ball you idiot. He's badly injured. He needs a hospital."
Ash slumped under the accusation. Of course it was his fault the Pikachu hated the environment of the Void-Balls.
"Is he your Pikachu?" She asked suspiciously.
"Sorta!" Ash answered before looking up at her, "I didn't steal him if that's what you mean. He's sorta independant."
The girl nodded thoughtfully. This boy was obviously an inexperienced trainer and his Pokemon wouldn't follow his commands. He'd even dressed it in human clothing.
"There's a hospital not far from here. I'll take you there. Just help me carry him to my moped."
Ash lifts himself off the ground and approaches her, when he hears a screech in the sky. He turns and sees the flock of Spearow far in the sky. He takes Dex out to confirm it, but the computer screen glitches.
"Initiating repair sequence!" the holo-image reads, "please stand by"
"Crap!" Ash put it back in his pocket and ran to Pii'Chana, lifting him onto his shoulder. He ran forwards with him and approached a shiny-pink moped.
"Hey what do you think your doing!" The girl screamed behind him as Ash quickly flung Pii'Chana over the seat of the bike and lunged onto it starting the engine.
He looked back at her, "I'm sorry I need to lend your bike. It's urgent, I'll bring it back. I promise!"
With that he sped off along the forest path hurtling away from the fast approaching flock. It starts to rain as the flock pursues the moped with Ash and Pii'Chana on it.
Suddenly a bend in the road forces him to swerve too suddenly and he ends up careening off the road and he and the Pikachu are flung from the vehicle into the road with the rain cascading down onto them.
The Pikachu groans as he regains consciousness. He hardly moves as Ash lift's himself up and looks over at him.
The flock start to descend and the storm grows stronger.
Ash takes a Void-Ball out of his pocket and places it in front of Pii'Chana.
"I know you don't like it in one of these, but please! Get inside and you'll be safe. I'll hold them off and when this is over you can get yourself healed. At least you'll be safe." He smiles and turns away limping towards the closely gaining Spearow, as Pii'Chana looks on with a dawning look of awe on his face. He spreads his arms out wide and lifts his head towards them.
"Bring it on. I'm Ash Ketchum trainer of Pallet Town and I'm not afraid to face you" He shouted towards the Pokemon. It was bravado and Ash was shaking as he said it, but it was all he had.
The swirl of wings and claws neared him and the closest spearow looked like a nightmarish harpie as it flew towards him but he stood his ground.
In a whirl of motion Ash was flung back, as Pii'Chana grabbed him and threw him out of the way hurling up his arms and snarling. A bolt of lightning struck the Pikachu and a massive discharge of electrical energy struck out in front of him into the approaching Spearow, who shrieked as it struck them.
Then everything went black.
Some time later Ash opened his eyes. The storm had stopped and their was no sign of the aggressive clan of Spearow in the sky. He lifted his head and looked around to see Pii'Chana breathing heavily on the floor, but conscious.
"Why did you do that?" He asked.
Pii'Chana looked at him, "Because.....you tried to save me." He lifted himself with effort and held out a hand for Ash, lifting him up while holding his side, "Partner!"
They smiled at each other for a second.
A bright light attracts there eyes in the sky and a huge bird crosses over them. It's wings shimmer as it majestically swoops over them and Pip frowns. Ash takes Dex out of his pocket and checks it.
It's display flickers for a moment before a holographic image of Dex appears as a representation of Ash.
"System reboot successful. Next time you go for a swim warn me first, please!"
"Sorry Dex" Ash says, "Can you tell us what that is?" He asks pointing up at the huge bird.
Dex looks for a moment, "Data not present, I currently hold information on one-hundred and fifty known pokemon clans present in the Kanto region. Though more clans exist, the geographical limitations of my system cannot identify it's source."
"Thank you!" Ash said as he returned Dex to his pocket. He turned to Pii'Chana as the Pikachu slumped slightly, and he lunged forwards to catch him placing his arm around him for support.
"Come on, Viridian City is this way." He says as he steers Pii'Chana towards the city in the distance, "You know this would be faster if you would just get inside a Void-Ball. You'd be healed in no time at all"
Pii'Chana Tensed until he looked at Ash's smiling face and he gave a small smile of his own,
"Funny," He said, "You...no want to work. Slacker"
Ash laughed, "Really? So that wasn't work dragging you through a lake and saving you from a huge sea monster?"
Pii'Chana laughed and winced when his side hurt from the effort, "Not...close even" he said.
"What was that by the way, it wasn't a Pokemon was it? I thought all pokemon were humanoid"
Pikachu simply looked at Ash, "You have a lot of things to learn about my kind!"
They headed in to Viridian City with Ash supporting his new partner and friend.