Hey all! This is a fanfic I am currently writing at TPM. I just started it - and recently posted my third chapter at TPM. Therefore, since only four chapters have been written (counting the prologue) I will post them all today and begin writing new chapters starting Wednesday. New chapters will be posted every Wednesday and Saturday - while when I get around to writing new chapter's for my other fic, Tracey's Quest (when I finish posting all completed chapters here) - it will be written on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. Well, her'es the whole fic so far.
The Last Trainer
Prologue: The Announcement
By Hanada Tattsu
Pallet Town.. June 1939
It was a cold morning in Pallet Town. The ocean glittered in the sunlight, and the sun truly was shining on the pearly waves. It was too early for any of the experienced water Pokemon to be up, but the baby Horsea and Staryu were playing around on the waves, waking up early so that their parents wouldn't get mad at them for playing.
Pallet Town was quite small. Before the naming of the constitutional monarchy in 1868, Pallet had been a bustling royalist and conservative centre, but the imperial forces burned the city during the Bonin War of 1868. After that, Pallet had declined, and had been reduced to a small seaport in the southwest of Kanto.
Jun Noritaka was a fourteen year old boy living in Pallet with his mother. He had brown hair, blue eyes, and wore black pants, and something of a white shirt. His father had been drafted into the Imperial Army, and during the Kantan invasion of Hoenn in 1937, he had been killed in battle. Therefore, Jun lived with his mother in their old house.
Jun hated Pokemon. He said that Kantans should not put up with ancient sports like that in the modern age. Four years ago, his friends in Pallet had went off with their first Pokemon, but Jun stayed home. Jun also was very smart - he liked reading about Kantan literature of the Heian Period - a period in Kantan history where literature and culture ruled over warfare. If only another Heian Period would unearth itself in 1939...
Jun was in his room that early morning, listening to the radio.
"You are listening to KBC News, I am Announcer David Roberts. Top News from Kanto and the World. Live from Vermillion City. Long live the emperor!"
"Our top story...the Imperial Kantan Party, our political party, which saved us from the wrath of communism and anarchy.."
Jun turned off the radio.
In 1928, Kanto's two main conservative and socialist parties were defeated by a new, right-wing, populist party known as the Imperial Kantan Party. This party took power and eventually ended the democratic system in Kanto by banning all political parties and elections, restricting freedom of press and speech, and becoming right-wing and nationalistic - all in the name of the King. In 1931 and 1937-1938, the Kantan military, which supported this right-wing political party, conquered Hoenn, and by 1939, already 80,000 Hoenners had been killed by the Kantans.
Jun turned the radio back on.
"And so, our Emperor, the King Johnathan Luwilla I, of the long Luwilla Dynasty, holy and divine soveirgn of the land, and son of Jesus, has refused the demands from Chiang Kai Shek to withdraw from all Hoenner and Johtan lands conquered thusfar."
"And our second announcement. Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo has sent a disturbing telegraph to the American Sector in Kamakura, Hoenn, to stop taking in Hoenner refugees from the city.."
Jun didn't bother listening and went to the window. His house was small, but cozy. It overlooked the ocean. Jun's room was on the second floor. It was quite small, made of wood, had a Japanese style tatami mat and sliding door, and a beautiful window overlooking the ocean. Jun's books and bookshelf overlooked his desk. His radio was on the small table near his closet. A picture of Jun, his mother, and his father, hung on the wall. Jun had looked at that picture so very much.
"The letter also said that Kanto liberated the Hoenners from a dictatorial socialist regime led by Chiang Kai Shek's Nationalists and that they should be thankful to us for bring back right-wing sanity and a king that cares about the population. It also said that.."
Jun had totally blanked out now. Every time he looked at the picture of his father, he felt a love for him like never before. He felt he wanted to caress him, to touch him, or at least.. to thank him, but he couldn't. Why? His face was right there.. so close..but yet so infinetly far...
"Our final story is about the Pokemon situation.."
Jun turned around.
"Because of the fact that our nation is drifting into immediate war with foreign powers, Prime Minister Tojo said that it is in the emperor's best interests that there be allowed only two more trainers from Pallet Town to leave on the Kanto League Challenge this time. Proffessor Honikusune has decided to give two different Pokemon to the challengers this time. The Pokemon will not be given anytime soon. The next league challenge will be in 1943. Other trainers will be allowed to catch and train their own Pokemon. After that League challenge, Pokemon training will be banned and forbidden."
His father had been a Pokemon trainer, but his Pokemon had all died with him on the battlefield.
"And that was the Kanto Broadcasting Corporation reporting live from Vermillion City. God save the Emperor, the son of Heaven."
Jun turned the radio off, mainly because the next program was Western Ballroom Dancing.
As Jun turned around, he saw his mother standing at the door, with her arms crossed. She had brown hair like her son, and dark green eyes.
"Jun - did you hear that broadcast? They're banning Pokemon training now. You've got to go."
"Mother, I'm not going anywhere. I told you. Pokemon is for ancient times, when we were an uncivilized nation. Now we've conquered Johto, and Hoenn, heck, we're going to conquer the Orange Islands soon... well maybe Nazi Germany will, but still.. we're a powerful, civilized nation. Why do we need to battle with animals?"
"Jun, Pokemon are not animals. They're something that our culture has created.. that our culture has liked.. we can't just do away with that.."
"Mother, I can't even get a Pokemon. I'm 14. By that time I'll be 17."
"Don't worry. Proffessor Honikusune knows of that. He'll pretend you're ten. I've talked to him."
"I said no."
"Suit yourself. Its not today.. its early next year.. I think January. You'll be 15 by then."
"What about school?"
"You heard the prime minister. Starting January 1, 1940, schools are closing. All students will have to go through compulsory military training. Unless you're training Pokemon."
Jun closed his eyes.
"Well? If this starts in 1943.. I'll have to go through training anyways."
"If you register for the league, you won't have to."
Jun opened his eyes wide.
"And I can't have you out there in the battlefield like your father. I can't lose another one of you guys."
Jun lay down on his bed, which overlooked the ocean.
"I'll think about it."
Jun's mother sighed.
"At least that's an improvement."
She left the room.
Jun looked at the ocean.
"I'll do it for you..dad.."
TO BE CONTINUED..
The Last Trainer
Chapter 1: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle
Pallet Town ~ May 1943
Pallet Town had not changed since 1939. The Wingull still flew in the crisp blue sky, while the Tentacool and Horsea swam in the ocean outside of the city. It was hard to believe Kanto was in World War II with the United States. Through it all, Pallet Town had not been the site of anything violent.. it was still the major tourist centre of Kanto, though nobody came and visited.
Jun was now a boistrous, popular eighteen year old. He was now the opposite of what he was in 1939. He loved Pokemon. He could not wait until the minute where Proffesor Yanagida Kokuo would give him his first Pokemon. Proffesor Honikusune, the elderly proffessor of Pallet Town, had died in 1941. He was replaced by Kokuo, a former proffessor of ethnology at the Imperial University of Vermillion. He was now the official Pokemon proffessor of the Holy Kantan Empire.
"Jun, you'll be late", cried Jun's mother's voice, from downstairs.
"I'll be right there mother!" said Jun, as he put on his jacket. Jun and his mother were going down to Dr. Yanagida's lab where Jun, along with two other younger trainers, would recieve their first Pokemon. Families were invited, and many of these young trainer's relatives would be arriving from all over the Kantan Empire to see their relative get their first Pokemon.
Jun prepared his backpack, putting in quite a few clothes, a few books, toothpaste, food, a map of the Kantan Empire, a Kantan guidebook, and a Bible of the Kantan Reformed Church. Jun then looked around his room. He was not going to be back in this room for a while - a couple of years maybe. He looked at the picture of him and his parents, hanging on the wall. He had stared at this picture so many times, and now he was going to have to leave it.
"JUN!" cried his mother from downstairs.
Jun stole one more look at the window overlooking the sea.
Proffessor Yanagida's residence was a few houses down from Jun's residence. It was quite large, and Yanagida had a large backyard where wild Pokemon were said to live. Yanagida also had a Eevee of his own, one he had caught on his way down from Vermillion City to Pallet. It was quite lavish, and overlooked the ocean.
As Jun and Jun's mother arrived there, they saw a plethora of automobiles outside. Jun's mother gasped, hoping that the ceremonies had not already began.
Suddenly, Jun's mother saw Dr. Yanagida walking outside.
"Yanagida-sensei!" cried Jun's mother, running towards the elderly proffessor in her high heels. Yanagida looked up at the woman and waved. Eevee was by his side. Jun knew Yanagida somewhat - he had had deep discussions with the ethnologist about Kantan history prior to the restoration of the monarchy in 1868.
"Hello Mrs. Noritaka, Jun." said Yanagida, lightly bowing his head.
"Please excuse us for being late! Have the ceremonies begun yet?" asked Jun's mother, her face red from running so fast.
"Oh, no. Everyone is here but they are currently having refreshments. Go inside and help yourself so that we can soon begin the ceremonies. Are you excited Jun?" asked Yanagida, his hands still behind his back. Eevee looked at Yanagida and then at Jun, expecting a reply.
"Indeed, Yanagida-sensei. I am excited."
Mrs. Noritaka lightly smiled, looking at Jun proudly.
"Well, I think it is time to begin the ceremonies." said Yanagida-sensei. "Come inside now so we can begin."
Yanagida-sensei rushed inside, as Jun and his mother followed. Yanagida, outside, motioned all the guests to sit down, and with his Eevee, went on the stage, with 3 Friend Balls on the stage.
"Hello, guests. I would like to cordially welcome all of you to the final Pokemon distribution ceremony here in Pallet Town. May the 3 trainers come to the stage please." said Yanagida.
"That's you - Jun." said Jun's mother, and Jun, sitting next to his mother, got up and went on the stage, standing between Yanagida and the table with the Friend Balls.
Jun was not the only one however. On his left was standing a boy of about fourteen - his name Jiro. Jiro was wearing long pants and a suit. He seemed very smart and was wearing glasses. On his right was standing a girl of about twelve, her name Naoko. Jiro and Naoko greeted Jun - as the three had went to the same school before the schools were closed in 1940 after Kanto entered World War II.
"We don't have a lot of time, my friends." said Yanagida-sensei. "As our nation is in war, we need to send our trainers off as soon as possible. We have news from our saviour government in Vermillion City that the American Air Force may bomb Kantan cities in the near future. Therefore, we want to have our trainers off on their journeys today. Other trainers are leaving today too. So, let me just get to the point."
Jun, Jiro, and Naoko both looked at Yanagida, listening carefully. Jun almost cried. He thought that his father too had gone through this.
"There are eight gyms in Kanto. When you get all eight badges, capture quite a few Pokemon, and become powerful, you go to the Indigo Plateau... and must battle other trainers to recieve the Kantan Cup - where one of you may become the Pokemon master of the Kantan Empire.. the final one.." said Yanagida.
The crowd listened to Yanagida, carefully.
"There are 3 Pokemon here in the Friend Balls. You three can choose one each. One is Bulbasaur - a grass and poison type. The other is Charmander, a dragon and fire type. The final one is Squirtle, a water and fighting type. I will first ask Miss Naoko what she would like first." said Kokuo, looking at Naoko.
"Hmm... I think I want the Charmander.. its really cute." said Naoko.
"Very well." said Kokuo, giving her the Friend Ball with the Charmander. Naoko released it, and a small fire lizard came out, smiling and jumping with its tail sticking out behind it. It looked at Naoko, smiling.
"What a cutie!" said she, as she hugged the Charmander.
"Okay, now - what would you like Jiro? The Bulbasaur or the Squirtle?"
"Hmm.. I want grass types.. so the Bulbasaur would suit me best." said Jiro, as he recieved the Friend Ball with the Bulbasaur. As he released it, Bulbasaur came out, looking serious, but staring at its trainer.
"Now, it is Jun's turn." You could hear Mrs. Noritaka telling the people she was sitting by that that was her son.
"I want to be a water trainer. Therefore, I want Squirtle." said Jun, as he recieved the Friend Ball with the Squirtle, releasing it. The Squirtle came out, jumping around, and hugged Jun immediatly. They were already good friends.
"With that - all 3 trainers have recieved their first Pokemon... your first gym is in Pewter City.. good luck to all of you.." but he was interrupted by a government official.
"Good day. Hail the Holy Emperor. I am the Governor General of Pallet Town, Dr. James Rikel. Our nation is under direct threat of attack by the barbaric Americans. Our holy nation, our pure nation, is being under threat of being firebombed. We have a list of people who need to go to war... even if they have Pokemon." said Dr. Rikel.
Dr. Yanagida sighed, as Mrs. Noritaka became afraid. Was Jun going to be drafted? Naoko and Jiro hugged their Pokemon tight, as did Jun. Jun's Squirtle even became quite nervous after hearing that. Jiro's Bulbasaur and Naoko's Charmander too were afraid.
"First... Hasubeki Azu." said Dr. Rikel.
"Azu-san.. not you!" cried Naoko, as she saw her older brother turn around, horrified. Mrs. Noritaka became more and more nervous.
"Second..Degaru Jack." said Dr. Rikel, looking up through his furious glasses.
Jiro looked up, seeing his older brother cover his face, as his mother comforted him.
"Third and final, N.." began Dr. Rikel. N? Noritaka? Was it Jun? Jun's mother started to collapse as she heard hte first syllable, as Jun looked up. Squirtle did as well. Was Jun drafted?
The Last Trainer
Chapter 2 - Miss Yoshiko and the Aboriginal
"The third and final is Noboru Shuhei. All three of these men must report for active military duty at the military base near Pewter City, just north of Viridian City. Thank you, and congratulations! Hail the Emperor!" said Mr. Rikel, and adjusting his glasses, exited with his two guards.
The room quited down. It was as if nothing had changed - but in all reality, everything had. Naoko's older brother and cousin, as well as Jiro's older brother had been called to duty to fight in a war in small islands in the Pacific Ocean. Was it neccessary?
For Mrs. Noritaka, however, life had began all over again. After all, her son was allowed to continue training. After a minute though, she calmed down and realized that her neighbors were to be going to fight against modern and powerful weapons in unfamiliar territory.
Mr. Yanagida turned the sad occasion around.
"My friends - please do not let this sad event inerfere with the ceremony. After all, the three final trainers of the Kantan Empire are setting off on their journey today. Please give them a round of applause."
Everybody clapped, as the three trainers and their new Pokemon bowed impulsively. Jun looked at Squirtle and smiled, as the small blue turtle Pokemon smiled back.
A few hours passed. Naoko and Jiro had already left their seperate ways - and Mrs. Noritaka and Dr. Yanagida stood with Jun at the end of town.
"Jun, if you have any questions about anything - don't hesistate to write to me. Good luck on your journey." said Yanagida, bowing.
"Thank you Yanagida-sensei." said Jun, bowing.
"Darling - I trust you will be careful. I love you very much - and remember to always pray to God every night. Be careful." said Mrs. Noritaka, embracing her son.
"I will, mother." said Jun, embracing her as well. "Besides, with Squirtle, I think that life will be quite a lot more easier."
Jun then turned around and headed off north of Pallet. As Yanagida and Mrs. Noritaka watched him go.
"He's grown up a lot." said Yanagida, as Mrs. Noritaka nodded, wiping a tear from her eye.
Jun walked north on Route 1, which joined Pallet Town with Viridian City, then a small, farming town. Dr. Yanagida had told him that his first badge could be earned from Pewter Gym. Until then, however, he had to raise Squirtle considerably. He felt for the Friend Ball on his belt.
Route 1 was quite lengthy. It was about a five mile walk to Viridian City. The history of this area was quite interesting. After all, the entire Southwestern area of Kanto linked the area to the coast of Far Eastern Kanto, which was once a center where many aboriginals lived.
As Jun walked about a mile and a half on the route, he began to feel quite lonely. His right hand felt for the Friend Ball on his waist and sent out Squirtle. Squirtle came out, rubbing his eyes with his small blue hands. He had been asleep. Jun greeted him and Squirtle waved back, chanting its name. Jun and Squirtle walked north side by side.
As they walked about a mile more, Squirtle began to get tired, and slowed down.
"Squirtle, hop on." said Jun. Squirtle jumped onto Jun's back, and the two friends began to continue walking, as Squirtle rested.
Suddenly, they saw what seemed to be a few straw huts grouped together behind a thicket.
"Squirtle, let's go see what is behind that thicket."
Squirtle nodded, and the two saw on the ground a picture of a solider burning an American flag. It seemed to be from a book of some sorts. Ignoring the sight, he continued behind the thicket, and saw the huts in a clearing.
Sitting outside one of the huts was an aboriginal, dressed in Western clothes. Next to her was a Kantan lady of about twenty or twenty-one years of age. She had a Eevee next to her.
Jun quietly wondered why there was some kind of an aboriginal village near the ocean. Suddenly, he remembered from his Kantan history that the area had been a link between Far Eastern Kanto, and the aboriginal center of Borneo, Nineveh (now called Bitlis), so this village must have existed for centuries.
"Who are you? Who goes there?" asked the Kantan lady. The aboriginal lady in Western clothes said the same thing in a reasonable English accent. After that, two naked toddlers, one a boy, and the other a girl, came out of the hut.
"Oh, excuse me. My name is Jun Noritaka, I am a Pokemon trainer. This is my Squirtle." said Jun, as he pointed to Squirtle, who waved.
As Jun said this, an aboriginal lady of about thirty came out of the hut, who was clothed in nothing but a few rags. Her hair was curly and short. The entire family had not been washed. The Kantan lady murmured something to the aboriginals in their native tongue, and then walked up to Jun.
"You are a Pokemon trainer from Pallet then? Interesting. My name is Miss Yoshiko Kawashima. This is my Eevee. I used to be a Proffessor of Aboriginal Lingustics at Vermillion Imperial University and the Department Chair of the Language Department." said Miss Yoshiko, shaking Jun's hand. Eevee walked up to them too, and greeted Squirtle cordially.
"Well, if you're a proffessor, miss, why are you here?" asked Jun, skepitcally.
"Two reasons. One, the government has taken 'cautious' measures against the aboriginals - and has deemed them uncivilized and called them as nothing but animals. Therefore - the Aboriginal Studies sector at all universities has been closed. Apparently these poor natives are inferior to the White Kantan. Two, schooling has been banned since 1940."
"My name is Anne Lumbshandsa. I was once a student of Miss Yoshiko. We travel together and learn a lot about my culture." said Anne, who was the aboriginal lady who was wearing Western clothes.
Yoshiko motioned for the mother and her children to come, and said something in the aboriginal tongue. The three aboriginals bowed to Jun, as Jun bowed back.
"So is this an aboriginal village of sorts?" asked Jun.
"Yes. It is the remnants of a village. But the men were all shot by the government a few months ago. Apparently the soldier who massacred them said that they needed animals to be shot so that they might not spread an epidemic." said Yoshiko. "These children's father and older brother were one of the victims."
"That's terrible.." said Jun.
"That's why my former student, Anne, and I, are traveling all over Kanto to learn as much as aboriginal culture and preserve it as much as we can so that if anything happens to these people, the future people of Kanto can learn about their ancestors." announced Yoshiko.
"Do you or Anne or any of the aboriginals have any Pokemon?" asked Jun, changing the subject cordially.
"I have an Eevee, which I just caught on the way over here. Nobody else here does though." said Yoshiko.
"How about a battle then? We need the experience." said Jun.
"Well, I don't see why not." said Yoshiko.
Miss Yoshiko and Jun stood across from each other. The aboriginals stood on one side. Squirtle was in front of Jun, as Eevee stood in front of Miss Yoshiko.
"Squirtle - go get Eevee!! Use your Tackle Attack!" ordered Jun. Squirtle clenched his fists, cracked his knuckles, and charged towards Eevee. Eevee stood calm.
"Eevee - go! Use Tail Whip - straight in the face!" ordered Yoshiko. Eevee's furry tail smashed into Squirtle. The turtle Pokemon was thrown across the arena to Jun's feet.
"Okay - take advantage, Eevee! Use your own Tackle!" ordered Yoshiko. Eevee nodded, and charged at a high speed towards Squirtle.
"Oh no you don't. Squirtle - use your own Tail Whip!" said Jun, repeating Yoshiko's pervious technique. Squirtle used Tail Whip, but its tiny tail missed Eevee. Eevee charged into Squirtle, hitting the turtle Pokemon into a tree. Squirtle took a lot of damage.
"Okay - finish this battle, Eevee. Use Quick Attack!" ordered Yoshiko.
"Squirtle - please get up." exclaimed Jun. Squirtle struggled, but before it could, Eevee quickly smashed into Squirtle. The turtle Pokemon hit the tree again, and fainted. Eevee stood over the turtle, victorious. Squirtle was out.
"Excellent! Eevee! We won our first battle!" exclaimed Yoshiko.
"Squirtle - you did good nonetheless. Return." but before he could recall the fainted Squirtle into the Friend Ball, the aboriginal lady ran up to Yoshiko and told her something. Yoshiko responded back in the aboriginal tongue and nodded.
"Jun, she wants to use a special formula to cure Squirtle for you instead of taking him to the Pokemon Center.
"Sounds good. Thank you." said Jun, bowing to the lady.
The lady ran past Anne and her children and went into her hut. Two minutes later she was out with a bowl with something green in it.
"These are a form of fruit. They are called Pokeblocks in the aboriginal language. It is only used by these people.. it should heal your Squirtle.
The lady gave them to Jun, and Jun gave them to Squirtle.
"Squirtle, take this. It'll make you feel better. Squirtle roughly ate the fruit, and minutes later got up, fully healed. It hugged Tracey.
Tracey thanked the aboriginal lady, who bowed back.
Suddenly, a truck with the Kantan flag flying on the side of it pulled up next to the clearing.
A chubby man followed by three soldiers walked into the clearing. The aboriginals, as though being controlled by a remote control, bowed. Yoshiko and Jun, as well as their Pokemon, reluctantly bowed.
"I am Mr. Robert Daves - the leader of Aboriginal Services in Kanto. These animals are not being properly fed. I need all aboriginals here to be led outside, where we will relocate them." said Daves, adjusting his glasses.
"Where will they be relocated?" asked Yoshiko.
"We don't know yet."
"Sir, I am a citizen of Kanto, do I.." began Anne, but Daves cut her off.
Anne turned back to Yoshiko, but Yoshiko closed her eyes, in aboriginal tongue symbolizing that she will do something to help.
Two elderly women who were in the two other huts were led out along with Anne and the three other aboriginals. As they turned behind the clearing, six shots were heard. Six thuds were held onto the truck, and the car drove off.
Yoshiko dropped down.
"They're..dead. All of them.." she couldn't believe her eyes.
As the Yoshiko and Jun and their Pokemon went around the corner to where the shots were held, there were pools of blood. Squirtle covered his eyes, and Eevee screamed.
Yoshiko had tears in her eyes. "How.. how.. can people be so inhumane.." She never once cried.
Evening was falling. Yoshiko and Jun stood next to each other, looking at the old village, for the first time empty in centuries.
"Yoshiko.. maybe you should come along with me. I don't want you to be alone.. perhaps.. you'll be in danger. Besides we're both trainers. You can travel with me while I earn my badges." said Jun. Yoshiko looked around, but was silent.
To Be Continued...
The Last Trainer
Chapter 3: The Viridian Ralts
Jun didn't know whether to ask Yoshiko the question again or just to wait and see if she would answer. Looking around uneasily, tears still in her eyes after the recent escapade with the Kantan army in the aboriginal village, finally looked at Jun, who stared uneasily back. Squirtle and Eevee looked at each other, silently wondering if their trainers would consent to traveling together across the Kantan Empire.
"Fine, I will go with you. But if you ever try to do anything to me - I will kill you on the spot. I have taken aboriginal grappling lessons. I will be able to bury you alive if you try anything!" said Yoshiko, her right pointer finger in Jun's face.
All Jun could do was lightly nod. Squirtle and Eevee silently laughed.
"Where's the next gym you're going to?" asked Yoshiko.
"Pewter - but we've got to go through Viridian first." said Jun, looking towards the north.
Night had fallen. Yoshiko and Jun were walking next to each other across the brush. Route 1 did resemble a forest - and wild Rattata were silently walking across the brush - taking the place of the Pidgey which were there during the day.
"How long until we reach Viridian City?" asked Yoshiko, her dress dirtied by the soil. Eevee was tired, her eyes closing. Squirtle, as tired as he was, attempted to walk.
"Just a few more minutes and we should be there." said Jun, looking off into the distance. "We can stay at the Pokemon Hospital there for the night and head off to Pewter in the afternoon."
It was about nine o'clock at night when Miss Yoshiko and Jun reached Viridian City. The city was quite small - and thus no lights were on. There were a few five-story buldings, but mostly wooden houses, where lights could be seen behind oriental screen doors. Viridian City had been an anti-Western center when Kanto was first opened by the Western Powers. The imperial forces had massacred thousands of Viridan City's population when the monarchy was restored in 1869 - and the right-wing military regime of the day still hadn't forgiven them.
Beggars were sitting on the streets, begging for food or at least a coin. Eevee and Squirtle walked together - Squirtle trying to comfort Eevee who was being stared at by a beggar.
Finally, after much searching - the group reached the Pokemon Hospital. The Red Cross sign was on the front, and the Kantan flag was in front of it. There was a light on - but it seemed like everybody in the two story building was asleep.
"Are you sure we can go in?" asked Miss Yoshiko, now holding her sleeping Eevee in her arms.
"Why not?" asked Jun, as he and Squirtle opened the door and ran in, Yoshiko behind him.
Sure enough, the nurse was standing in front of a desk in the lobby. Behind her was a picture of the emperor and General Tojo, the Prime Minister.
"Hello, trainers. Are you looking for a place to stay for the night?" asked the nurse, as she sat at her desk and took out the book where she was supposedly going to write down what room they were staying in.
"Yes, please." said Jun, as Miss Yoshiko stared at the two pictures above the nurse's desk.
"I have a two rooms available on the second floor. Will.." began the nurse, but Yoshiko stopped her.
"One room would be fine, and I'll pay."
Eevee, Squirtle, and Jun all looked at Miss Yoshiko, who looked proudly at the nurse. A squint of red could be seen on Jun's cheeks.
"Very well then."
The nurse led the two trainers up to their room on the second floor. The window faced south - and Jun thought he could see the ocean and Pallet Town in the dark. Jun then recalled Squirtle after he saw Miss Yoshiko recall Eevee.
Yoshiko then turned the radio on, as Jun and Miss Yoshiko sat down around it to listen to the 10'oclock news.
"And our latest story. Our soldiers have defeated the Americans yet again as they attempted to invade Southern Hoenn. The American army and the Hoenner Nationalist Revolutionary Army attempted to land at Mossdeep Island in Southern Hoenn Province - but our troops have defeated them soundly."
Miss Yoshiko turned it off.
"Turn it back on!" said Jun, lunging over to turn the radio back on.
"You actually listen to this trash? Supposedly our troops have defeated them soundly. They don't know what its like. Our troops may have territory under their wings - but they are constantly being wiped out. People are dying by the thousands. Nobody knows the truth. And what does the military do to the Hoenners? They conquer Hoenn and then proceed to terrorize the population.. they massacre them in the most brutal ways.. just like they did today to the aboriginals.. to Anne.." said Miss Yoshiko, speaking all at once in an extremely dismissive tone.
Jun looked at her and out the window.
A few minutes later, Yoshiko walked to one of the beds and slept, while Jun slept in the other. He forgot to pray.
Morning came. Jun woke up first and looked out the window. The ocean was beautiful, and Viridian City was awake. He released Squirtle, who wiped his eyes and looked out the window, happily.
Miss Yoshiko woke up and streched her arms. She looked around and remembered the events of the past day. She bid good morning to Jun, who bowed back. Releasing Eevee out of its Pokeball, the mouse Pokemon came out and ran to Squirtle.
"I'm planning to get to Pewter by tommorow. We'll stay today in Viridian City and tour the town and set off for Pewter this afternoon. Is that okay with you?" asked Jun. Miss Yoshiko, nodded.
Viridian City was different during the day. Street vendors were selling their fare. Jun and Yoshiko weren't walking with sights to see and a specific agenda - rather just touring the town. Squirtle and Eevee walked side by side - looking at the sights.
As the two friends continued venturing throughout Viridian City, Eevee noticed a tiny creature sitting on the ground. It was in a very bad area of town. The houses were all deserted, and dirty. The creature was a Ralts.
Eevee ran up to it, but the Ralts merely looked at Eevee, not responding.
"What is it, Eevee?" asked Miss Yoshiko, rushing over to Eevee, who was still talking to the depressed Ralts. Jun and Squirtle took ran over. Squirtle tried talking to Ralts too, but it kept looking down.
"It looks so miserable - and dirty. I'm going to catch it and train it." said Yoshiko. Eevee looked excited.
Jun and Squirtle stood back, while Miss Yoshiko stood in front of the Ralts with Eevee in front of her.
"Eevee - go, use Tackle!" ordered Miss Yoshiko. Eevee tackled Ralts in the face, as the depressed Pokemon slammed into the wall. Eevee was in battle formation, waiting for Ralts to attack. The Pokemon didn't move.
Suddenly, Ralts glowed purple. Jun, Squirtle, Yoshiko, and Eevee did as well. Then what appeared as a small screen glowed in front of Ralts - sort of like a cinema screen. It showed another city - probably Saffron City - the largest city in Kanto - being bombed by American planes in an air raid. A mother and father Gardevoir tried to shield their children - two Kirlia and a Ralts. Suddenly, a bomb crashed near the family - and soon, the two Kirlia and Gardevoir were dead. They then saw Ralts walking lonely through the snow, and finally becoming a beggar Pokemon in Viridian City. The screen closed, and everything returned to normal.
Yoshiko ran up to Ralts and hugged it. Small tears were coming out of Ralts' eyes, as they were also coming out of Yoshiko's eyes. Eevee went by them - and Jun and Squirtle stood there speechless.
"Ralts - you don't have to sit there and beg. You can come with us.. if you'd like." said Yoshiko. "You can be my Pokemon.. if you want."
Ralts nodded, happilly, though still with a sad look on her face. Yoshiko threw a Pokeball, and Ralts jumped in.
"Yes! I got a Ralts!" happily cried Yoshiko, holding the Pokeball in her hand.
She released Ralts - and the Pokemon slowly began talking with Jun's Squirtle and Eevee.
Suddenly, Yoshiko and Jun both looked up. Fifty airplanes, all in military formation, were crossing above in the sky. One dropped what appeared to be a round object, and suddenly, the area just near Yoshiko and Jun blew up. These planes dropped hundreds of these bombs.
"What's going on?" screamed Jun.
"The Americans are preforming an air raid on Viridian City." said Yoshiko, glumly.
"An air raid?" asked Jun, looking up, as more bombs were head dropping over random locations in the city. Squirtle looked up scared, trying to shield Eevee and Ralts who were terrified. Ralts seemed the most scared of all.
Suddenly, the air raid sirens were heard. Nationalistic music that was heard on the imperial court thousands of years before was played on loudspeakers to raise the morale of the population, but it didn't work.
"What can we do?" asked Jun, afraid. He held Squirtle in his arms.
"Just run north towards the forest!" cried Miss Yoshiko, holding Eevee and Ralts in her arms.
Yoshiko and Jun ran north out of the area, as it seemed like the American B'29's were tailing them. Yoshiko and Jun ran without any notion of where they were goin and what htey would do..
To Be Continued..
Well, that's the whole fic so far.. Chapter 4 will be up on.. Wednesday.. Enjoy!