Rated PG for normal Pokemon violence and such.
This started as an idea I had for a sequel to the Hoenn games, but one of my friends told me it sounded more like a fanfic. A few ideas later, I came up with this.
A few things important things before I start, this fic will borrow from both the anime and the games, along with a few minor details of my own thrown in. This said, this begins about 6 years after RBY/RSE, 3 years after GSC/DPPt, and roughly the same time as BW. Without any further ado, The Worst of Both Worlds!
Professor Birch smiled at the three children who stood waiting in his lab. It was that time of year, when the ten year olds of Hoenn were allowed to run free in the world of Pokémon, assuming their parents gave them permission. This year, only three had made the journey to his lab in Littleroot Town, a tall, strong lad with shaggy brown hair that the professor knew to be Christopher. He could see the gleam in his eye, the excitement of a child eager to get his first Pokémon. A few feet from him, two girls were talking, Ellie, a brunette from nearby Oldale Town, and a girl with long blonde hair, whom he had never met. The blonde girl stopped talking as she realized the Professor had arrived, and Ellie nervously pulled at her hair.
“Hello, children. As you may know, I am Professor Birch, here to assist you in the beginning of your own Pokémon journey. I’m going to cut to the chase since I know you don’t want to hear a boring lecture.” he chuckled, throwing three PokéBalls from his pockets.
The first PokéBall landed by Ellie’s feet. In a burst of light, a green lizard-like Pokémon materialized. She marveled at the Pokémon, who stood on its hind legs, reaching almost two feet in height. It opened its large yellow eyes, causing the blonde girl to shriek in fear. “Treecko?” Ellie marveled at the little green Pokémon. It was so calm and cool, everything she wished she could be.
Next to Chris, a small orange Pokémon with a tuft of yellow feathers appeared. It looked at Chris and managed a grin through its beak. Chris smirked at the Chick Pokémon. He had made sure to research the starters before coming here, and he knew the power stored inside the little Pokémon.
In front of the blonde girl landed a strange blue Pokémon with two orange circles with three spikes that may have been gills. It was nearly as tall as the orange one beside it, despite standing on four legs. She smiled at the cute blue and orange Pokémon, who happily cried “Mudkip!”
“When you decide which you prefer-” the Professor began.
“I want Treecko.” Ellie blurted.
“Torchic’s mine!” Chris declared.
“I like Mudkip.” the blonde girl smiled.
Professor Birch chuckled. It was rare a new Trainer picked their starter so quickly, and unheard of that fights did not arise over who got which Pokémon. He turned back to his desk and grabbed PokéBalls and PokéDexes, and then handed them out to the new Trainers.
“Take these with you. As a Trainer, these are your most important tools.” Chris shoved the balls and PokéDex into his shorts pockets and raced for the door, Torchic hot on his heels. Ellie thanked the Professor and carefully packed the balls in her backpack, then picked up her Treecko before heading for the exit. The last girl dumped her things into her bag and picked up Mudkip.
“Hiya buddy!” Mudkip smiled at its Trainer’s big green eyes. “I’m Emma, your new trainer!” “Mudkip!” it shouted happily.
The Professor smiled as the girl ran for the door, calling for her new friends to wait up. He knew these kids would go far. He heard the familiar sound of a videophone. Ring-ring-ring, ring-ring-ring, phone call, phone call! He sat down in front of the phone and lifted the receiver, then grinned at the face on the screen.
“Ah, Professor Oak. How go things in Kanto?”
“Just fine, if you don’t count the Tauros stampedes…what have I got myself into…Anyway, I know today some lucky youngsters became Trainers! How did it go?”
“Quite well, actually. First time in years there hasn’t been a fight over the starters. In fact, it’s the first time since Brendan and Norman’s kid got theirs. I wonder if it means anything,” he pondered.
“Well, we’ll just have to see what the future holds. By the way, I finally found an Eevee for you. I apologize for the wait, but as you know they don’t just romp freely throughout Kanto.”
“I know Professor, don’t worry about it.” he said, shaking his hand.
“I’ll send it through the PC system then, farewell, Professor.” he smiled, and then the screen went blank.
Professor Birch heard a knock at the door and ran over, wondering who it could be. His aide was across the region…had one of the children returned already? He opened the door and looked around. There didn’t seem to be anyone out here. Just as he was about to accept someone had tried to prank him, he heard a cough below him and looked down, finally seeing the short boy who had knocked. He kneeled down to look at the boy’s face, who then ran his hand through his short blonde hair.
“I-I’m here f-for the P-Pokémon.” he mumbled, looking up to the Professor. Birch looked into the boy’s fearful blue eyes, not having the heart to tell him he had none left to give. Farther in the lab, a machine beeped, indicating the Eevee had arrived from Professor Oak. Maybe he did have a starter for the boy…after all, he’d learn more about the strange Pokémon if it was in the hands of a Trainer than he could in the lab.
“You’re in luck!” he said, jumping up. “I happen to have one left!” He ran up to the machine and grabbed the PokéBall, then let the Pokémon loose near the boy. A small, brown fox-like Pokémon materialized and cheered, then ran towards the boy. “It’s called Eevee. It’s very rare, and is likely the only one in all of Hoenn.” The boy held out his hand to the Eevee, who sniffed at it before licking his hand. The boy smiled, and Birch knew they were a perfect match. He found five more PokéBalls, and, after some rummaging, a new PokéDex, and handed them to the boy.
“Thank you, Professor!” the boy exclaimed, shoving the gifts in his shorts pockets. “C’mon Eevee! Let’s go!” he said confidently, racing off on his new adventure.
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