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Authors: AquaMilotic and Whiscash
Title: The Prettiest Star
Pairings: NotYourRivalShipping (Chaz x Lisia)
Chapter 1 - Fluffy Fun Time
Chapter 2 - Dragonbreath
Chapter 3 - New Lessons And New Friends
Chapter 4 - Five Years
Chapter 5 - Star
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Chapter 1 - Fluffy Fun Time
On a warm evening in Sootopolis City, a young girl was taking a walk through her hometown. “I don’t know... Shall I start with Treecko?” she asked herself. “Torchic is cute too, and let’s not forget Mudkip! Uncle Wallace said Mudkip would be the best choice!”
Tomorrow, Lisia would be celebrating her tenth birthday. Like most children who turn ten, she would start her journey to become a Pokemon Trainer by going to Littleroot Town to get her first Pokemon from Professor Birch, who offered beginning trainers three Pokemon to choose from. Her uncle Wallace, who was the Sootopolis City Gym Leader and a Top Coordinator, said Mudkip would be the best choice, but somehow, none of the three options stood out to the young girl.
When she got close to the Cave of Origin’s entrance, Lisia noticed the old man blocking the entrance towards the dangerous cave. “Hey, Lisia, come over here!” he shouted at the girl.
“Um... Hello, what’s that thing you’re holding?” the energetic girl asked.
“I’m glad I saw you there! I heard from your uncle that you’re leaving this town to become a Pokemon Trainer tomorrow! Anyways, my brother and his wife run the local Day Care on the other side of this city and they found a Pokemon Egg this morning! Since you’re the most talented child who’s going to become a Pokemon Trainer, I want you to have this egg!” he explained, while handing over the object.
“Wow, thank you so much!” Lisia said. “What Pokemon is in it?”
“I don’t know...” the old man answered. “But you might even find out tonight, it’s about to hatch! I wanted you to have it before it hatched, since a baby Pokemon will see the first person he sees as its mother. My brother said it’ll probably hatch in less than thirty minutes, good luck on your journey!”
After thanking the town elder, the girl quickly ran towards the Sootopolis Gym to tell her uncle about the egg she obtained. However, when she was about to knock on the door, the egg in her hands started moving. When the eggshells fell off, fluffy white wings emerged from that what remained of the egg.
And so, a small, blue baby bird was sitting in Lisia’s hands and looked her in the eyes. “Blu! Swablu!” he squealed, while the young girl stared at the Pokemon that was given to her.
“OH MY ARCEUS, IT’S A SWABLU! A SWABLU! HE’S SO CUTE!” Lisia screamed. “HE’S SO CUTE AND FLUFFY!!!”
Swablu has always been a special Pokemon to Lisia. After all, this Pokemon would evolve into Altaria, her favourite Pokemon ever since she was a baby. On New Year’s Eve nine years ago, she saw a flock of wild Altaria fly around the moon. Despite the fact that she was only a baby back then, she never forgot the marvellous sight. She always told her parents that she wanted to train an Altaria someday, but they told her to not get her hopes up. However, overconfident as she was, Lisia knew she was going to obtain one someday. And now, her dream came true! Instead of starting her journey with a standard starter like Mudkip, her first Pokemon was a fluffy baby Swablu.
“Hi Swablu, I’m Lisia,” the young girl said, while wrapping her arms around her baby Pokemon. “I’m going to name you Ali! After all, that’s what the cry of an Altaria sounds like.”
“Blu?” the baby bird asked, while enjoying the warm feeling of his trainer’s hug.
“Yes, your name is Ali! Because when you evolve, you’re going to be a fabulous Altaria!” Lisia explained, while walking home. “You’re so cute!” she squealed, while giving the Pokemon a kiss on his forehead. Then, the baby bird jumped up and planted a kiss on her cheek.
Then, a young man wearing a white costume opened the door of the Gym. “Lisia, why did I hear shouting outside?” he asked.
“Sorry, Uncle Wallace! I’m just excited because I already got my first Pokemon! Look!” Lisia said, while holding the baby Swablu in her hands. “This is Ali!”
“Wow, how did you get a Swablu?” the Gym Leader asked. “Weren’t you going to get a Mudkip from Professor Birch tomorrow?”
“Well, the town elder near the Cave of Origin gave me this egg he got from the owner of the local Day Care. He heard I’m going to become a Pokemon Trainer and wanted me to have it. Then, it hatched and this little baby was born!” Lisia explained, while getting another kiss on the cheek from her Swablu. “Would you like to say hi to Ali, uncle Wallace?”
“Hi Ali!” Wallace said, while petting the Pokemon on his wing. “It looks like my niece already loves you a whole lot! I’m sure she’ll be a great trainer for you!”
The next day, it was time for her to prove her uncle right. After being dropped off in Littleroot Town by her mother’s Skarmory, she wanted to see Professor Birch to ask where she could get some Poke Balls. However, when she was about to knock on the door of a small laboratory, she noticed nobody was inside. There was a note on the open door. “Dear visitor, I am studying wild Pokemon in the grass just outside of town. I will be back in the evening. Professor Birch.”
And so, Lisia decided to see if she could find the professor. Within five minutes, she reached the exit of the town and heard a deep voice. “HELP!!! I’M BEING ATTACKED!!!”
The young girl quickly ran towards the grass and saw a Zigzagoon biting and scratching a young man with a brown beard and a white lab coat. Then, he noticed the Swablu on her shoulder. “Hey kid, I see you’re a Pokemon Trainer!” he said. “You need to help me to get rid of this Zigzagoon!”
“But I’ve never battled before, and my Swablu was only just born yesterday!” Lisia protested. “What am I supposed to do? Ali hasn’t even learned how to fly yet!”
“Just attack that wild bastard, the Zigzagoon here are very weak! But since I don’t have any Pokemon with me, I can’t defend myself!” Professor Birch answered.
“Okay then...” Lisia muttered, hoping that her Pokemon wouldn’t get hurt. She put her Swablu on the ground. “Ali, are you sure we should do this?” The bird nodded, wanting to make his trainer proud.
“Ali, use your Peck!” Lisia shouted. And so, the baby bird hopped towards the Zigzagoon and started stabbing it repeatedly with his beak, causing the Normal-type Pokemon to flee in fear.
“You did it!” Lisia cheered, while grabbing her Pokemon. “You won your first battle!”
While the young girl from Sootopolis City hugged her Swablu, the man walked up to her. “Thank you so much, that wild Zigzagoon attacked me because I had some Pokemon food in my backpack that I bought for the Pokemon in my lab, and I wouldn’t give it to Zigzagoon!”
“Are you alright?” Lisia asked.
“Yeah, it’s fine... By the way, I’m Professor Birch, who are you?” he said.
“I’m Lisia, a beginning trainer from Sootopolis City,” the young girl answered. Then, she explained how she got her Swablu and why she was looking for the professor.
“Wow, that’s a very unique Pokemon to begin with! Swablu is quite rare, you’re very lucky to have one!” Professor Birch said. “I just so happen to have five empty Poke Balls with me that I bought at the Poke Mart in Oldale Town, you can have them as a reward for saving me!”
“Thank you so much!” Lisia said.
“I can tell you’re a talented trainer! In a situation of panic, you immediately know what to do, even though your Swablu can’t fly yet!” the Professor said. “Most opponents in Hoenn will be much stronger than that Zigzagoon, but I’m sure you can handle them once you battle more often.”
“Thank you, but Ali’s the one deserving the credits!” Lisia answered. “Anyways, could you please tell me where the closest Gym is?”
“There’s a Gym in Rustboro City,” the professor answered. “Roxanne, the Gym Leader, specializes in Rock-type Pokemon. I think it’s best if you catch another Pokemon before challenging her, since Swablu is weak against Rock-type moves. There’s also Norman in Petalburg City, but he’s too strong for beginning trainers, he only accepts challenges when you have at least four other Gym Badges.”
“Well, thanks to your Poke Balls, I should be able to,” Lisia said. “But where is Rustboro City? All I know is that I needed to head north to reach Oldale Town, but I have no idea where to go next.”
“Don’t worry, I have a map of Hoenn with me. You can have it, I have another one in my lab,” Professor Birch offered. “And hey, I’ll come to Oldale with you, so I can buy some more Pokemon food and feed that poor hungry Zigzagoon!”
“Wow, thank you so much! You’re so nice and fun!” Lisia said. “By the way, what were you researching until you got attacked by that Zigzagoon?”
“Well, lots of older Pokemon professors stay in their laboratory all the time. I prefer doing fieldwork, which means that I choose to observe wild Pokemon in their natural habitat. I wanted to know if Pokemon liked this new brand of Pokemon food. It’s specifically made for Grass-type Pokemon, but there were reports of other Pokemon eating and enjoying it as well. Because of that, I fed it to a wild Wurmple and a Poochyena to see for myself. They liked it and I wanted to take the rest of the bag of food home for a Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip at the lab, it was supposed to be their dinner. However, that Zigzagoon attacked me because he smelled the food and wanted it,” the professor explained. “If it wasn’t for you, those three Pokemon would have to go to sleep without dinner!”
“My uncle Wallace told me you’re one of the most talented young Pokemon researchers, and that you recently got your PhD at the University of Pokemon Science in Violet City in Johto! And you’re not just smart, you’re also really kind and fun!” Lisia said.
“Wait, Wallace is your uncle?” the professor asked. “No wonder she’s smart enough to win a battle with a baby Swablu that hasn’t learned how to fly yet!” he thought.
“Yes, I grew up in Sootopolis and often helped him to take care of the Pokemon in his Gym!” she said. “And he’s also a teacher at the Pokemon Trainer’s School in Sootopolis, where young children learn more about Pokemon until they’re old enough to travel on their own.”
“Well, that certainly explains where your talents as a trainer come from!” Professor Birch said.
Then, a pink Pokemon bounced on the young professor’s head. Then, it quickly sprang up towards Lisia and sat on her head too.
“What’s that, Professor Birch?” the girl from Sootopolis City asked.
“That’s a Hoppip! But what is she doing here?” the professor asked himself. “That Pokemon usually resides in grasslands and forests in Kanto and Johto! The wind might’ve brought her here!”
Lisia grabbed the small Grass-type Pokemon and looked her in her eyes. “She’s so cute! She looks like a fun Pokemon!” Then, she hugged the Pokemon she only just met a second ago.
“She is!” Professor Birch confirmed. “Hey, this would be a great catch for your upcoming Gym Battle! Roxanne’s Rock-types won’t stand a chance against a strong Grass-type!”
“Hoppip, how would you like to be friends?” Lisia asked. “I’m sure you’ll get along with Ali!”
“Swa Swablu!” the baby bird cheered, while sitting on his trainer’s left shoulder.
“Hoppip!” the small Grass Pokemon shouted, while hovering toward the grass on the ground.
“Is that a no?” Lisia asked, while feeling rejected. “That wouldn’t be fun at all, I want that cutie!” she thought, while a tear was about to flow from her left eye.
“No, Hoppip wants to battle you! If you can catch her the old-fashioned way, she wants to be yours!” Professor Birch explained.
“Yay!” Lisia cheered. “It would be so nice if Ali can win another battle, and then I’ll have an adorable new Pokemon!”
Quickly, Ali hopped towards his opponent and jabbed her with his beak. Hoppip was hurt, but had enough energy left to battle. The cottonweed-like Pokemon quickly retaliated with a Tackle, quickly sending Ali towards a tree.
However, Ali was able to avoid being knocked against the branches. He tried flapping around his wings and stayed airborne for a few seconds. It wasn’t enough to truly fly, but enough to not be knocked against a tree. “Ali, that’s so awesome, I knew you could do it!” Lisia cheered.
Then, the young trainer knew what to do. “Ali, let’s put Hoppip to sleep with your Sing!” she commanded. And so, a lullaby emerged from Ali’s mouth, quickly causing the pink Pokemon to start snoring. At that moment, Lisia threw a Poke Ball, hoping that Hoppip would be her new Pokemon.
After moving a bit, both Professor Birch and Lisia held their breath in anxiety. Then, a light went up in the middle of the Poke Ball, indicating that Hoppip had been caught! “YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!” the girl from Sootopolis cheered, while giving Ali another tight hug to celebrate victory.
“Congratulations!” Professor Birch said, while shaking Lisia’s hand. “You did it all by yourself, without any advice! You’re really talented! Your uncle will be so proud of you when he hears this!”
Two weeks later, Lisia reached Rustboro City and was ready to challenge Roxanne. While Ali finally learned to fly, Hoppip also grew stronger every day. It was almost ten o’clock in the evening and our hero was watching television in the Pokemon Center where she would stay at night.
Then, she recognized a familiar face on the screen. Her uncle Wallace was standing in a big arena, with his opponent being a man with a blue costume and a classy mustache, Juan. Wallace’s Milotic used some very special Water moves and outshone the opponent’s Walrein. A group of judges was constantly rating the Pokemon’s moves and showed a great preference for the beautiful sea serpent that Lisia helped to take care of back in Sootopolis City.
Then, Lisia felt a sudden burst of inspiration. “Hey Ali, don’t you think this looks way more fun than battles? Here, you can see both pure strength and beauty, and it looks like the Pokemon and trainers are both having so much fun! I want to be a coordinator too, just like uncle Wallace and that other man!”
Ali, who was also mesmerized by the breathtakingly beautiful Blizzard, nodded and kissed his trainer’s cheek. “Swa Swa!” the bird cheered.
“That’s settled then, Ali! I’m going to be the best coordinator on the planet! I’m not gonna challenge Roxanne anymore, I really don’t think she’s having as much fun as we will when we earn our first Ribbon!” Lisia decided.
Then, she walked up to Nurse Joy. “Do you know where I can participate in a Contest? I don’t know where to go...” the young trainer from Sootopolis asked.
“In three weeks, there’s one in Slateport City! You can go back through Petalburg Forest and ask Mr. Briney to sail to that city, and you’ll have plenty of time to practice!” the nurse answered. “And I’m sure that Swablu on your shoulder will do well, he’s such a cutie!”
“Yay, thank you so much!” Lisia said, while Ali wrapped his wings around his trainer’s neck for a hug. “Ali is very happy with your compliment, that’s so sweet!”
“Well, he deserves it, he’s so cute! And so are you!” Nurse Joy said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d be a superstar in ten years from now!”
“Wow, thank you!” Lisia answered. “If that happens, I owe it all to Ali, Hoppip and the other Pokemon I’ll catch in the future!”
Then, Lisia took a look at the clock and noticed it was children’s bed time. She wanted to be in bed before the nasty adult parties would take place in the Pokemon Center. She didn’t know what kind of naughty stuff would go on there, but she definitely knew it wasn’t fun for her or Ali. Because of that, she changed into her pyjamas and quickly fell asleep. And so did Ali.