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Chapter 1: A Storm At Sea
In a world inhabited by people and creatures known as Pokemon, at peace, they sing loud and proud each day as new challenges arise for them. Technology has never existed in this world, and so people form bonds with Pokemon through friendship, trust, and of course love. Never do they have to stay in wicked man-made technological spheres. This was a world where Pokemon are free, free in the hands of technology.
The way of living in this world, at least for most individuals, is that they hunt for pure treasures in any place. These hunters are known as explorers. They travel around and discover many new things that are yet to be discovered, and perhaps have their names written in history forever. Explorers can travel alone, or be with other explorers. Each day, explorers compete with each other to see who can snatch the treasure first. At first it seems like a friendly rivalry, but as time passes, it can become more than a competition because the only thing that is never going to change is the greed and cruelty of men.
The golden, unbreakable rule in this world is that an individual may only have one Pokemon. One more may drive the other into severe jealousy, and could possibly bring about disaster. This rule is the mindset of all explorers around the world. One crack on the rule and his job is gone for good. He cannot explore dungeons without his Pokemon. This rule plays a certain role among Pokemon. Pokemon are free, and are friendly towards humans, preventing the latter entity to use them as instruments. Yet, humans nowadays are getting a little violent, using Pokemon as tools to use, and no matter how many, they would use them to achieve their wicked goals.
Most of the areas explorers travel around are known as mystery dungeons. These dungeons are inhabited by wild Pokemon, frail or strong. These areas also have the eerie ability to throw out fainted individuals who have come to rob of its precious treasures. How this ability works is unknown to the world. It brings new explorers horror, yet it brings others excitement.
This world is governed by glowing objects known as Time Gears. These gears are the pieces that maintain peace around the world. They put time in place, and keeps it flowing. There are five Time Gears known in existence. Only a few chosen dungeons are selected to contain these divine things, and a few individuals to guard them.
Several years have passed since the day that the Time Gears have arrived in their rightful places. These places are now in the hands of time. If one gear is gone or damaged, time flowing in that area slows down, and eventually stops. Even the most notorious person knows not to steal or even move the Time Gears. They would meet there fate as soon as they steal or even touch these divine pieces.
To this present day, wicked people have been growing in numbers, as to test the bravery of explorers. The number of qualified explorers seems to be decreasing in this present day, and many more jobless people are running around in circles, thinking what to do with their own lives on that point. The bright side of this was that many of them seems to think a way out of this by creating their own business, like selling items, food, and other valuable things for explorers to use in their travels.
One day, a furious storm came cloaking a quarter of the world, and the first thing that came to the minds of people was to stay indoors. Thunderous clouds bring about fright for most little ones. Waters of the vast seas wash away the rigid rocky hills as forms of powerful waves. Winds blow in the speed of a Hyper Beam, striking down even the sturdiest rocks. It was truly a a moment of extreme anger, anger of the thunder god. Nature's wrath has unleashed this mighty beast for the first time. And one can see how children are afraid of going out, out to feel the wrath of the thunder god.
Outside Treasure Town, downhill and near a beach, two voices can be heard, and they seem to be struggling. Unfortunately no one was there to hear the screams of help.
"Are… Are you ok?"
Loud thunder crashed down onto the beach below, striking down stones and sand.
"No! Don't let go!"
"Just a little longer… Come on! Hang on!"
Another thunder crashed down onto the waves of the sea, seemingly creating another set of strong waves.
"N-n-no! I can't… hold on…"
The anger of the thunder god didn't stop there, as waves of lightning and thunder surround the entire beach, apparently covering the entire area with shocking electricity.
The anger of the thunder god stops there. Furious winds calmed down, the waves have stayed still, and the heaven's sun shine down upon the land once more. One person and one Pokemon were lying on the beach. What about the person? Where is he, or she? Did he or she abandon him for his own safety? How cruel, yet this is too early to judge his or her actions.
The day of the angry thunder god has passed, and the next day was another ordinary day for the lives of the people in this world. Explorers pack up their bags and get ready for an exploration of a life time. Children run around the streets, playing with other children, adults, or Pokemon. This is a truly peaceful world.
Not as fun and exciting as the person and Pokemon lying on the beach outside Treasure Town. His Pokemon was knocked out cold. Lying on the soft sands of the beach he maintains his consciousness, but from the limited energy he had left, energy spent from trying to resolve an unknown issue during the storm, he could only maintain that for a short amount of time until he losses consciousness.
"Where… where am I?"
"I can't… drifting off…."
He had lost his energy completely, and now is in a deep slumber on the soft sands of the beach. Not even a single individual was in sight to help him. Not even nearby Pokemon were able to help.
Later on the time the sun sets, on a hill near Treasure Town was an Exploration Guild. This guild is the base of many explorers. News and jobs on bulletin boards are there for explorers to check and take. It is the birthplace of teamwork and unity between explorers. This is also the home of the guild's guild master.
This guild's entrance, however, is shaped like a Wigglytuff, with its tiny hands raised, and its belly was the door to the guild. Two totems and two torches stand on both sides of the entrance to give the guild a more fierce appearance. A few trees were there near the edge of the cliff. The view from behind the entrance was a sea of think forest.
Outside this guild stands a young woman named Serena with her partner Fennekin. Trying as hard as she can she summons all of her power to come and stand in front of the gates to her dream. This was the moment where she would finally be able to enter those gates. It was her dream, dream of becoming an explorer. She wanted to explore different places, discover many new things and treasures. She wanted an adventure of a lifetime, yet the only thing that hinders her was her cowardice.
"No! I refused to be paralyzed by this any longer! This is it! Today I'm going to be brave!" She howls with her right hand balled into a fist thrown above in the air. She then stands on the grate in front of the gates. A loud voice was heard underground.
"Human Detected! Human Detected!"
"Whose shadow?! Whose shadow?" Another voice was heard. It's as if he was shouting.
"The shadow is a girl's! The shadow is a girl's!"
After hearing these voices, Serena leaped out of the grate in fear and looking from side to side, wondering where those voices are coming from. A sweat was dropped from her forehead. Fennekin watches the scene with a curious look, tilting her head as if to get a different view of her partner.
"That shocked me!" She said as she expresses a surprised face.
"… I can't… I can't bring myself to go in." She looked at her fox Pokemon with a sad frown. "I vowed that I would do it today, but…" She said before setting down a stone with an odd pattern engraved on it. She stared at her valuable stone with eyes that seems to be giving up hope.
"I thought that holding on to my personal treasure would inspire me…" She took back the stone into her pocket.
"*sigh* I just can't do it…" She brings forth both her hands to stop tears flowing down her cheeks.
"I'm such a coward… This is so discouraging…" She said as she wipes off tears.
"Let's go, Fennekin." She turns around to look at her Pokemon, and walks down the hill with it.
After leaving the summit, two individuals showed up from the nearby trees, seemingly eyeing on her.
"Hey, Jessie. Did you get a loud of that?" The man said to the woman.
"You bet I did, James." The woman answered.
"That little wimp that was pacing around… had something good, right?"
"That wimp had something, that's for sure. It looked like some kind of treasure."
"Do we go after it?"
After their short conversation, they went and hunt down there prey on the foot of the hill and onto the beach.
The beach that time was blanketed with little bubbles created from nearby Krabby. As Serena walks by the beach to think about what to do next, the scenery caught her and Fennekin's minds' attention, and stared at the beauty the bubbles, as well as the waters of the sea and the sunset, was giving off. The sea's waters was twinkling like the stars above as if they were mirrors, reflecting the sun's beautiful rays of light. The sunset was as captivating as ever.
"Wow! What a beautiful sight!" Serena exclaimed with glassy eyes.
"Fennekin!" Fennekin also said with glassy eyes.
"Did you know, when the weather's good, the Krabby come out at sundown to blow bubbles…" Serena explains to her Pokemon
"All those bubbles, reflecting the setting sun off the waves… It's always beautiful."
"…. This is where I always come when I'm feeling down on myself. But it makes me feel good to be here, like always." Serena said.
"It always heals my spirit." Serena put her and over her heart.
After a while, she looks from right to left to see the complete view of her surroundings. But as she looks onto her right, she sees a person and Pokemon lying on the sands. Curiosity strikes her.
"Hey… What's that? What's going on over there?" She says and goes nearer towards the two. As she nears them, she realizes they are both unconscious, and screams in shock.
"Waaahh! Someone has collapsed on the sand!" She exclaimed, and runs to the person's aid.
"What happened? Are you okay?" She asks the person, but with no response. But after a little while, the unconscious person wakes up, and had his right knee on the sands to support his weight. He looks to his right to see his Pokemon also getting up.
"You're awake! Thank goodness!" Serena was relieved that the young man was still alive. Otherwise, she would go crazy as it may be her first time seeing someone lying on the sand, dead.
"Where… Where am I?" The young man thought to himself. Looking at his surroundings, he really didn't know where he was.
"You wouldn't move at all! I was really scared for you!" Serena exclaimed.
"Do you have any idea how you ended up unconscious out here?" She asks.
"I… I was unconscious? What happened?" He asks back, as if he had amnesia.
"I asked first, silly!" Serena said jokingly.
"Anyway, my name's Serena. And this is my partner, Fennekin. Happy to meet you!" She introduces herself and her Pokemon.
"And you are? I don't think I've seen you around before." She asks his name. He was foreign to her. She must be really curious as to whom this young man is.
"I… I don't remember… I don't remember my name…" He answered. After hearing this, Serena was in shocked that the young man can't remember his own name, yet held suspicion as to his true nature.
"What? You don't remember your own name?!" Serena exclaimed. The young man nodded in the affirmative.
"I don't remember mine, but I do remember this little guy's name." He looks at his Pokemon. "This is my partner, Pikachu." The young man introduces his Pokemon instead.
"Hi there, Pikachu." Serena greets him with a warm smile. Fennekin went and introduced herself and her partner to him.
"Pika Pikachu!" Pikachu said.
"But you, on the other hand, are a little odd. Are you pulling some kind of trick on me?" Serena stared at him with eyes like a detective. Piercing through his weak soul she wanted answers.
"N-no, I'm not! I'm telling the truth. I don't really remember my name. I don't even remember how I ended up out here." The young man sworn.
"Well, if you put it that way…" Serena said with a slight frown. "At least tell me your name. Make a new one." She said.
"Make a new one?" The young man thought to himself. He thought for a moment, with his hand on his chin, thinking on a unique name for himself to remember.
"What about… Ash?" The young man asked.
"Hmmm. Ash sounds like a pretty good name. Okay, your name's Ash from here on out!" Serena said.
"And you don't seem to be a bad person, at least." Serena added.
"I'm sorry that I doubted you. More and more bad people have been turning up lately, you see!" Serena said. A lot of people and Pokemon had gotten aggressive lately. It's just not safe anymore…" Serena said.
Little did she know that two persons were walking fast behind her, and bumps her hard on the back, knocking her down and knocking her treasured stone out of her pocket.
"Yowch!" Serena exclaimed.
"Serena! Are you okay?" Ash asked in concern, kneeling down.
"Well, I do beg your pardon." James said. Serena stands up quickly and angrily she shouted, "Hey! Why'd you do that?!"
"Hehehe! Can't figure it out?" Jessie said with a smirk.
"We wanted to mess with you! Can't face up to us, can you?!" Jessie intimidated the two.
"Wh-what?!" Serena said, showing a face of embarrassment. Fennekin hid behind her legs quickly in fear.
"That's yours, isn't it?" Jessie pointed on the stone that was lying on the sand. The stone was Serena's precious treasure.
"Oh! That's-" Serena said until she was cut off by Jessie. "Sorry, kiddo. We'll take that!" Jessie said as she immediately picks up the stone, receiving a shocked expression from Serena.
"Aaaaahhh!" Serena exclaimed, frozen in place from shock.
"Whoa-ho-ho! Not gonna make a move to get it back? What's the matter? Too scared?" James said dauntingly.
"I didn't expect that you'd be such a coward!" James added. When he heard this remark, Ash can't help but get angry at him, but since he didn't know about James, he didn't speak for the remaining time. His Pokemon was as angry as he was, charging his cheeks with crackling electricity as if to take the first strike, but his partner stopped him from doing so.
"Come on, let's get out of here." James said to Jessie.
"See you around, chicken. Hehehe." Jessie said.
After this unusual encounter, the two passed by the other two towards an entrance to a cage near the beach.
"… Oh….. What should I do?" Serena said, looking down. Her tears are starting to come up her eyes.
"That's my personal treasure. It means everything to me." Serena added.
"What else? You get it back!" Ash exclaimed, surprising Serena.
"I don't know about them, but they sure are mean to you. They even called you a coward! Do you accept that?" Ash asked.
"I-I don't! But what can I do? I don't what to mess with them… I'm scared of bad people, you see. I chicken out at times like this… I don't even know what to do after that…" Serena said, looking down on her foot. Her spirit was down on a level no one can reach. Fennekin tries her best to cheer her partner up.
"Then be brave. They may be bad people, but that doesn't mean you can't do anything to stop their evil doings!" Ash said, trying to encourage Serena.
"I may not know you that much, but I can tell that you're strong willed just by looking at you." He added with sincerity.
As Serena wipes off her tears, she looks onto Ash's eyes as if looking for courage, and she finally sees it, and grabs it. She shakes her head, getting her mind ready to take back what was stolen from her.
"You're right! There's no time to waste!" Serena said with full determination.
"I have to get it back! Say, can you please help me?" Serena asked.
"How can I say no after witnessing that? Of course I'll help!" Ash said.
"Really? You'll really help?" Serena asked to confirm, to which the young lad nodded in the affirmative.
"Hmmm! Right, Pikachu?"
"Pikachu!" Pikachu said, letting out a one-two punch.
"Th-thank you so much! Can we go take care of it right now?" Serena asked. She then walks towards the entrance with Ash, but before the go in, Ash sees a red hat lying on the sands.
"My… my red hat…" Ash said, and picks it up and wears it. He catches up to Serena who was already inside the cave
Both Ash and Serena went and head into the cave Jessie and James went. Wanting bad taste righteousness, Ash was determined to help this girl she just met. He cannot forgive them after what they have done to her. Stealing her precious treasure was crossing the line, at least to code.
Serena, for the first time in many years, had felt this much courage thanks to Ash. Now that they have teamed up to take back her precious stone, she sets off with him to hunt down the bad guys.
There was one other thing Serena had felt. It was the fact that Ash, whom she just met, had given her courage to fight. It was a rather new thing to Serena since she had been a coward ever since her mother died a horrible death. Before Ash, her mother was the one giving her advice and courage to go and chase her dream. But after passing away, she has been always alone and lonely, crying on the resting place of her mother every now and then. Never again a single human loved her, or took her in and treated her as his or her own daughter. She never came close to the people around her, thinking that most of them are bad people, people who would try to hurt her, as they did with her late mother. The only living being in this world that she can become close to is her Fennekin, which was given by her mother before her passing. She told her that this young Pokemon was treated with love and care, and may be able to aid her anytime, as long as she treat it like her mother did.
But this time was different. It wasn’t her mother giving hope to her. It was Ash, an unfamiliar human being whom she just met minutes ago. She knew that this young man would greatly influence her in the upcoming days, just like her mother gave hope to her. This may be the great turning point of her life, her life directed onto uncertainty turns around and onto a bright light of hope.
Up next, chapter 2...