Pokemon: The Novel
Welcome to the world of Pokémon! Pokémon are creatures with strange powers, some of them elemental. The three basic types of Pokémon are fire, water, and grass. Some people keep pokemon as pets, and they are quite loyal, while others use them to battle in competitions.
Now tell me, what is your name?
Input name: R-e-d
So your name is Red? That is an excellent name! Your parents have a good taste in names.
My grandson and you have been rivals since you were babies. Hmmm… What was his name again?
Input rival’s name: B-l-u-e
Ah, yes! His name is Blue!
Now, Red, prepare for an amazing adventure! An adventure that will surely change the lives of both you and Blue!
Chapter 1: Pikachu, I Choose You!
“Gengar, use Shadow Ball!” The command roared throughout the stadium as the world famous Pokemon Trainer Morty’s ace pokemon, Gengar, sent a ball of dark energy flying at the opponent’s Nidorino. Morty’s opponent was none other than Koga, a gym leader of the Kanto region. “Nidorino, dodge it and counter with Poison Jab!” Koga’s Nidorino leaped into air, dodging the Shadow Ball, and, as Nidorino’s horn began to glow purple, it went soaring straight toward Gengar, stabbing it with the horn. Removing its horn, Nidorino leaped backwards, and stared at Gengar. Gengar grimaced, and the ghost pokemon fell over. “Pokemon Trainer Morty’s Gengar is unable to battle! The winner is Gym Leader Koga!”
“No! Morty should’ve won!” Shouted the young Red Ketchum. Red was ten years old, and loved watching pokemon battles on television. For three months he had been watching Morty’s battles, and now that he had been defeated, Morty had failed the Gym Challenge. Morty wouldn’t make it to the Pokemon Championship…
Red had green eyes and black hair, and though his face wasn’t memorable, he was very kindhearted. Red wore a red jacket over a black shirt, black jeans, and a red cap with a white upside down U on the front.
As he walked downstairs, Red thought of his father, Alex Ketchum. Alex was constantly adventuring, accompanied by his faithful Venusaur… His father returned home for a month once a year, before he left to go on another adventure. Red’s dad was usually travelling in the very far away Unova region, where many rare pokemon lived. Red hoped to one day go on an adventure too, and become better than his father.
Upon arriving in the living room, Red saw his mother watching a film on TV; the film was showing a scene where a group of boys, presumably the main characters, were walking through a forest on some railroad tracks.
“All boys go on an adventure, sooner or later… I guess it’s your turn, Red…” Red’s mother, Delia, sadly said to Red with tears in her eyes. Red gave his mother an unknowing look. “Uhm, what are you talking about, Mom? I’m not going on an adventure, at least, not right now…” Red asked his mother. “Ah, I guess I forgot to tell you, Professor Oak has asked if you could go to Viridian City to retrieve a package for him.” His mother replied. “That isn’t much of an ‘adventure’, but I’ll happily go, I don’t have anything better to do…” Red said with a dull voice. Despite Red’s dull reply, inside he was jumping for joy. He knew that most boys who Oak chose to go on a pokemon journey were asked to do a small task. Could this be Red’s chance?
Red left his small house, and went out into small town of Pallet. Pallet Town was small, but was filled with joy. All its residents were friendly, and they had barbeques every New Year’s Eve. However, not ALL Pallet Town’s residents were quite so friendly, Blue, Professor Oak’s grandson, was the town bully.
As Red walked out into Pallet Town, he took in the fresh air for a brief moment. After that short moment, he headed north, out of the town, and into the small field that led to Route 1, where common pokemon lived.
Before Red could step into tall grass that wild pokemon lived in, he heard a shout. “WAIT!!! DON’T STEP IN THERE!!!!” Red quickly turned around to see an elderly man in a lab coat dashing towards him. The man was Professor Oak. Upon Oak’s arrival at Red’s position, he said “Fool! Don’t you have ANY common sense?! Don’t walk into the tall grass without a pokemon; the wild pokemon could hurt you!!!” Red stared at him with a shocked expression before saying “Sorry, Professor, I guess I wasn’t thinking. I was told you wanted me to retrieve your package from Viridian City, so I went right on my way...”
Professor Oak opened his mouth to talk, but before he could say anything, he quickly shoved Red away as a bolt of electricity flew toward the spot that Red was previously standing in.
Red looked at the direction the bolt came from, and saw a small, yellow rat-like pokemon with red cheeks. “Go, Charmander!” Oak shouted as he threw a small red and white ball. The ball popped open, and a stream of red energy came out of it. The red energy quickly formed into a dog-sized orange lizard with a flaming tail. “Charmander, Flamethrower!” Oak commanded the creature. Charmander opened its mouth and a stream of fire shot out of it, headed straight for the yellow electric mouse. The mouse went flying backwards and slammed into a tree upon Flamethrower’s collision. Oak threw another red and white ball, this time throwing it at the mouse. The ball hit the mouse, opened up, transformed the mouse into red energy, and sucked it into the ball as it slammed shut. The ball shook three times before making a “snap” sound, and didn’t move again.
“What was that?!” Red asked, still shocked from the pokemon’s sudden appearance. “That, my boy, was a Pikachu.” Oak said as he walked over to the ball and picked it up. Oak pointed charmander’s ball at charmander and said “Charmander, return.” Charmander turned into red energy and flew back into the ball. “Now that’s over with, let’s go back to my lab, shall we?” Oak said to Red. Red replied with a nod.
Professor Oak was an elderly man from Celadon City. Even before he began his journey he had studied pokemon, watching them in the fields that were just outside Celadon. After his journey started his studies increased tenfold, he captured many pokemon, studied their behavior, and trained them to become the best they could be. After one year of training, he competed in the Pokemon League. After many hard fought battles, he won, and was given the chance to compete in the Champion League, and become the Champion of Kanto. However, Oak declined, and continued capturing and training pokemon for many more years. Once Oak retired from adventuring to become a researcher, Oak’s old friend, Agatha, ridiculed Oak, saying that he was no longer the man he used to be. Several months ago, Oak decided he wanted to study some of the more common types of pokemon, and had a new laboratory and house built in Pallet Town for him and his grandchildren, Blue and Daisy.
Though Red didn’t know Oak very well, when Red went pokemon spotting in Route 1, he would sometimes see Oak knelt down, talking to a rattata or pidgey. Red had heard tales from his father about Oak. Mere months before Oak retired from adventuring, Red’s father had battled him. Red’s father told him it was an exciting match, ending with Oak winning the match with his Pidgeot. Ever since hearing the tale, Red had had more respect for Oak than ever before.
As Oak led Red to his lab in southeast Pallet Town, Red thought of the Charmander, and how amazing it had looked. How did it shoot flames from its mouth, why was its tail flaming? Where had Oak caught it? Did he always have it on hand? What other pokemon did Oak have with him? All these thoughts and more raced throughout Red’s mind as he followed the old scientist.
Upon entering the lab, Red gasped. He stared at the shiny machines, beeping computers, and the hard working scientists. It was amazing, to say the least. While Oak walked over to talk with one of his colleagues, Red walked over to a computer that showed a loop of a video of a caterpie evolving into a metapod, then a butterfree. Red had never seen these pokemon evolve before, or even seen an evolution, so it was an incredible sight.
“Red, come over here.” Oak said to Red. Red obeyed, and walked over the small table that Oak was standing next to. “Gramps, I’m getting sick of waiting! Just give me a pokemon right here, right now!” Blue shouted as he barged into the lab.
Blue had spiky brown hair that never seemed to stay tidy, and green eyes. He wore a black shirt and wore a green jacket over. He also wore green jeans.
“Blue, you’ll get your first pokemon tomorrow, so you’ll just have to wait like the other boys.” Oak said as Blue took his place beside Red. “Red, as you know, I need you to go to Viridian City to get a package for me. However, that is not entirely the truth. I was going to let you go on an adventure, like all boys when they turn ten. The other three boys of Pallet Town, Blue included, will get their first pokemon tomorrow, since I only have one pokemon here, and the other three are being transferred from Celadon and will arrive tomorrow.”
Red’s expression suddenly changed to a mix of expressions. Shock, joy, and many other emotion filled Red.
“So I’m getting my first pokemon?! Right now?!” Red asked excitedly. Oak nodded and smiled.
As Red smiled happily, Blue stared at Red with an annoyed look, Blue despised Red.
“So Gramps, where’re the ‘mons? I want my pokemon NOW!” Blue said, annoyed. “You’ll get your pokemon, tomorrow, like I said. Nothing can change my mind.” Oak replied. “What about that Charmander you had, Professor? I thought it was one the pokemon that all first time pokemon trainers can get.” Red asked. “That wasn’t one of the starters, Red. That Charmander belongs to my friend, Bill. I merely wanted to study the behavior of Charmanders, but I ended up having to use it for battle. In fact, Charmander will be sent back right now.” Oak said as he pulled Charmander’s poke ball out of his pocket and handed it to one of his scientists, who then placed it inside a machine that dissolved the poke ball into nothing.
“Now, Red, as you know, in my youth I caught many pokemon, however, I now only have four left: the starters that will arrive tomorrow, and,” Oak pulled a poke ball out of his pocket and continued, “this eevee.” Red stared at the poke ball with a smile, he couldn’t believe it, inside that poke ball was his first pokemon.
As Red reached for the poke ball, the hand of Blue suddenly snatched the poke ball from Oak’s hand. “I claim this pokemon, Eevee, as MY first pokemon!” Blue shouted mockingly.
“What?! That’s MY first pokemon! The Professor was giving it to ME!” Red shouted. “Actually, Red, Blue claimed the poke ball first and…that means that it is rightfully his, unfortunately…” Oak said to Red. Blue stuck tongue out at Red, while Red shook his fist at Blue.
“However,” Oak began. Red and Blue suddenly turned their attention to Oak. “I DO have this Pikachu… If you don’t want to wait until tomorrow…” Oak said pulling out Pikachu’s poke ball. “Yes! Yes! A thousand times, YES!!! I’ll take it!” Red shouted, quickly snatching the poke ball from Professor Oak.
As Red placed the poke ball in his back pack, the ball suddenly burst open, releasing Pikachu. Pikachu looked around, upon seeing Oak, he growled angrily. Pikachu then turned back to Red, staring at him with a confused expression.
“Professor, why isn’t it staying inside its poke ball, I thought pokemon stayed in their poke balls?” Red asked curiously. “Well, Red, some pokemon hate being confined in a poke ball, like this Pikachu, apparently.” Oak replied.
“Poke ball or no poke ball, Pikachu is coming with me. Come on, Pikachu.” Red said as he walked out the door.
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