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    Default Pokémon Emerald (The Adventures of Nadine)

    "Are you ready?"

    Nadine never thought she could be more than a gym leader's daughter, but after moving to an unfamiliar region, her destiny was set. She gripped her last Pokéball, shaking a bit as she did so. Winning her first battle may had been a great feat, but it was only the beginning.

    "Bring it on!"

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    Based on Pokémon Emerald.

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    Nadine squeaked when the truck hit another bump on the road. The boxes around her shuffled about, but nothing hit her. If any of them did, Nadine wouldn’t admit it. Her mom and the movers warned her about the boxes, but Nadine insisted on staying in the cargo. Her mom, Caroline, sold most of the stuff in their old house, so most of the stuff in the boxes were just clothes, books, and other sentimental things. There wasn’t anything that can damage her or be damaged by her, and if there was, she’d still be there. It was fun being in the cargo, and it was the only thing cheering her up about the move.

    Her father, Norman, just got the job as the gym leader of Petalburg City. There weren’t any houses for sale there, so Norman bought a house in Littleroot, a town not far from Petalburg. Littleroot was a quiet town filled with trees and other greenery. The people that lived there were warm and friendly, and Caroline, her mother, couldn’t be more thrilled.

    Nadine huffed and leaned against the truck’s walls. Her long brown hair laid loosely on her shoulders and her ocean-blue eyes looked up in discontent. She wore nothing special on this day and only wore a light green t-shirt, orange shorts, and pink sneakers. She was happy for her dad, but she wasn’t happy to find out Petalburg was in another region.

    Nadine felt like everything was being taken away from her. One day she was watching action movies with the neighborhood kids, and the next day, she was deciding which stuff was worth keeping, worth selling, or worth throwing out. Sure she was going to get more stuff and meet new kids, but she had a life back in Kanto. People knew and loved her, and she knew and loved them too. Her relatives were staying there with her friends, so she and her parents would be the only ones living in Hoenn. At least she knew every corner of the places she’s been in Kanto. Hoenn was an unfamiliar region, and Nadine always hated asking for directions.

    “You’ll get used to it, Nadine,” Caroline told her. “Before you know it, Hoenn will be your home and you’ll never want to leave!”

    Nadine scoffed at this. She was a Kanto girl. Going to Hoenn was like going to a different planet. What exactly was she supposed to get used to there? Being alienated from everyone else?

    When the truck stopped moving, Nadine stood up and watched the truck doors open. She flinched when the sunlight hit her eyes, and jumped when two Machokes jumped into the truck. She hopped out the truck and allowed the Machoke to leave with their boxes. The Machoke were wearing navy shirts representing the moving company they worked for, and Nadine smirked at how silly they looked in them.

    “You okay there, girly?” a mover asked as he pointed the Machoke to another direction. Nadine followed his finger and saw a two-story house with beige walls and brown roofs. A walkway led to the doorway and separated two lawns at each side. White walls guarded the premises and the brown gates attached to them were open for their entry. It’s a nice place, Nadine admitted, but she still wasn’t thrilled about it.

    “Yeah,” Nadine said without looking at him. “I’m good.”

    She looked around to see similar houses and saw the same arrangement across the street. Her dad wasn’t kidding about the neighborhood's natural setting. There were plants and trees everywhere! Nadine wasn’t sure if being surrounded by this many neighbors was a good thing or a bad thing. They can either be her new friends, new enemies, or people she’ll never talk to just living in the same street.

    “Yeah, I know moving can be scary,” the mover told her. “But don’t worry kid, you’ll get used to it.”

    Nadine hid a scoff. That’s what Caroline said. And she wasn’t scared! She was just…culture-shocked. Yeah, that’s it. Culture-shocked.

    “Nadine, isn’t this place great!”

    Nadine turned around to see her mother jogging towards her. Her short brown hair bounced on her shoulders and her big brown eyes flashed with excitement. Nadine felt out of place with her own sour mood as Caroline took her hands. “How was the truck, dear?" she asked. "Did any boxes hit you? Did you have a hard time breathing?”

    “I’m fine, Mom,” Nadine assured sheepishly. “And there were holes at the top of the doors, remember?”

    Caroline gave her a small smile. “Well that’s good,” she said. “Are you hungry? We can eat in the kitchen as the movers put the boxes in our house!”

    Nadine frowned. It was too soon to be calling that building their house, but Caroline pulled her into the walkway before Nadine could correct her.

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    “Well it looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me.”

    Nadine looked around the establishment and understood her mother’s disappointment. The living room only consisted of a TV, a couch, a coffee table, and a lamp table with a small red lamp on top. When they went to the kitchen, they only saw basic kitchen appliances like a refrigerator, and a medium-sized dinner table with four matching brown chairs.

    “Well at least this will give me an excuse to go to town,” Caroline shook her head. “This place is in dire need of a woman’s touch.”

    Nadine turned to her mother. “When’s Dad coming?”

    “He’ll be home around 7,” Caroline answered as she walked to the refrigerator. “In the meantime, let’s eat!”

    When she opened the fridge, disappoint sunk in again when all they saw were bottles of water. Caroline sighed. “Your father must be so busy at the gym, he barely eats at home,” she hummed dejectedly. “I’ll stop by at the market too,” she turned to Nadine. “Want to go to town to eat and shop?”

    “We just got here," Nadine remarked. "We don’t even know where town is. And if we do leave, who’s gonna watch the movers?”

    Caroline opened the kitchen door to see the Machokes putting in the last boxes. The mover from earlier searched for them until he saw them by the door. “We’re all done, ma’am!” he declared. “Need anything else?”

    “No, that’s fine, thank you!” Caroline thanked. “Well, that solves our movers problem,” she returned to the kitchen. “Let’s head to town.”

    “We don’t know the place, Mom,” Nadine reminded.

    “Which is why we should explore!” Caroline winked. “Come on, Nadine, where’s your sense of adventure?”

    Back in Kanto, Nadine thought glumly to herself. But her mother was persistent, so she followed her out of the house.
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    Alright, so not much happened in this chapter, but I'm interested in seeing how you adapt the game's story. That being said, there are many things that you should fix to make this and future chapters better. First, I would advise that you lengthen the chapters and give more descriptions. That's really something that I've had problems with too, but it will make everything so much better. For example, what do you envision any of the characters looking like? You have given some imagery of Littleroot, but we weren't fully introduced to anyone.

    staying at the cargo
    First, "at" is not grammatically correct. I would probably replace it with "in".

    stuff in the boxes are just clothes, books, and other sentimental things. There wasn’t anything that can damage
    You changed tense so many times in this fairly small chapter. That's something that should not be done. The best way to tense a story is for the narrator (Everything but the characters' dialogue) to speak in the past tense

    The Machoke were wearing navy shirts that represented the moving company they worked for, and Nadine smirked at how silly they looked in them.
    To end on a positive note, this was really funny. I really enjoyed the visual of the really muscular humanoid Pokemon wearing shirts.

    Anyway, best of luck in this story, and I'll try to come back and review future chapters!
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    [A/N]: Thank you Blaziken10285 for being my first reviewer. I appreciate your pointers as well as your support.

    Now on to the story!

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    Littleroot Town looked more like an enchanted village than an actual town. The roads were constructed with ornamental bricks, and the buildings were painted in warm colors like red, orange, and brown. Trees provided shade every two steps, and flower bushes created a dotted barricade between the sidewalk and the road. There weren’t many cars around, but many bicycles were chained beside and under potted plants. The Pokémon around were either walking and sitting with their trainers, or flying around as unfamiliar birds and bugs.

    “This place makes me feel like I’m in a fairytale!” Caroline gleamed as she and Nadine observed from the sidewalk. “Can you smell fresh bread? Oh, this place is wonderful!”

    Nadine turned away so Caroline wouldn’t see her roll her eyes. Yes, the town looked like it came from a fantasy book, but Nadine didn’t see what was to be excited about. She always wondered why her mother was so cheery. She then wondered vaguely if her father found this charming before he married her.

    It didn’t take long until they found the bakery Caroline smelled the bread from. It was a colorful bakery called Little Sweets, and a line formed in front of the only cashier inside. Nadine groaned, but Caroline insisted on falling in line.

    When it was finally their turn, Caroline ordered a sugar-coated pastry with a mocha frap, while Nadine ordered a custard donut with a bottle of water. They found a teal table outside with two matching teal chairs and sat there to eat their snacks. Caroline promised they would shop for “real” food later.

    “Why don’t we go grocery shopping now?” Nadine asked.

    “Because we’re still exploring, dear,” Caroline replied. “Don’t you want to get to know this place?”

    Nadine grunted and took another bite of her donut.

    Once they were done eating, they continued their stroll and visited shops like boutiques, bookstores, stationers, and candy shops. When Nadine’s patience started to wear thin, Caroline finally led them to the marketplace. There weren’t any grocery stores in the area, but Caroline didn’t mind at all as they looked at each booth.

    “You ladies want to try some Moomoo milk?” A vendor offered one time. “It’s imported fresh from the Johto region.”

    “Oh I’d love some!” Caroline giddily took a cup. By the time Nadine drank her own cup, Caroline was placing two bottles in a bag.

    “Thank you very much!” The vendor waved after he was paid.

    After an hour of buying more produce, Caroline and Nadine returned to their car with two men carrying their bags. Once their bags were stored, the ladies thanked the men and entered the car.

    “That was nice of them to offer their help,” Caroline smiled. “Your father wasn’t joking when he said the people here were kind.”

    Nadine shrugged. “Yeah, I guess it was cool of them to help us."

    “Well it’s almost 6 ‘o clock,” Caroline started the engine. “We have an hour to surprise your dad.”

    Nadine smiled at this as the car drove back on the road. It had been weeks since she saw her dad in person. Today may not be so bad, but she'd feel better after she saw her dad again.

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    “Nadine, can you throw the trash please?”

    “Sure,” Nadine took the garbage bag from her hands.

    “Thanks, dear,” Caroline thanked before washing her hands. “You know where we put our garbage, right?”

    “Yup!” Nadine said before exiting the house. She opened the gate and dumped the garbage in the dumpster. When she turned to go back inside, she was stopped by an unfamiliar voice.

    “Hey!”

    Nadine turned around to see a boy walking towards her. He had light brown eyes and shaggy brown hair and wore a black shirt, navy shorts, and slippers. “Do you live in this house?” the boy asked.

    “Why do you want to know?” Nadine asked warily.

    The boy snorted. “Don’t worry, I’m not gonna rob you or anything,” he assured. “I heard Norman’s family was going to be our neighbors. I live in that house over there,” he pointed to the beige house behind him.

    “Norman, as in the gym leader?” Nadine guessed.

    “Yeah!” the boy confirmed. “I heard he has a kid too. You the kid?”

    Nadine shifted. “Maybe.”

    “That’s so cool!” the boy stuck out his hand. “I’m Brendan, by the way.”

    Nadine met him halfway with her own hand. “Nadine.”

    “Nice to meet you, Nadine,” Brendan grinned. “Though I gotta admit, when I heard Norman’s got a kid, I thought you'd be a guy.”

    “Yeah,” Nadine sighed. “I get that a lot.”

    “There’s nothing wrong with being a girl though!” Brendan waved his hands defensively. “You can still be an awesome trainer like your dad. Hey!”

    Nadine jumped back. “What?”

    “You wanna battle?” Brendan asked. “If Norman’s your dad, you probably got his battling genes!”

    “Eh,” Nadine sweat-dropped. “I don’t think battling skills are hereditary.”

    “Well,” Brendan took out a Pokéball. “There’s only one way to find out!”

    “Brendan!”

    Brendan groaned and turned to his house. “What?” he drawled irritably.

    “Come back inside, it’s late!” a woman’s voice demanded.

    Nadine held her breath as Brendan put his Pokéball away. “Ugh, fine!” he said. He then turned back to her apologetically. “Sorry, that was my mom. I gotta go.”

    “I understand,” Nadine muttered as Brendan turned away.

    “I’ll see you tomorrow, okay?” he said as he ran to his house. “Prepare for the most intense battle of your life!”

    When Brendan finally disappeared, Nadine groaned and sunk in place. She wondered what would be more annoying: constantly being called out as the gym leader’s kid or the gym leader’s kid without Pokémon.

    ---

    “Caroline? Nadine?”

    “Dad!” Nadine cheered and enveloped him in a hug.

    “Norman!” Caroline followed and kissed him on the lips. “We missed you.”

    “I’ve missed you girls too,” Norman smiled. “Did you move in well?”

    “Yes we did,” Caroline nodded. “We went to town and did some shopping too. A couple of men even helped us put our bags in the car.”

    “That’s good,” Norman approved and looked around the living room. “I see you started putting in the finishing touches."

    Indeed, the living room was decorated with family pictures, potted plants, and decorative mats. There were also decorative candles and figurines, giving the room a classier appeal. Norman kissed Caroline on the cheek. “Thanks, dear, the place looks amazing.”

    “That’s what I’m here for,” Caroline winked. “Now c’mon in to the kitchen. I made a special dinner specifically made for this day.”

    ---

    “This is delicious, Mom!” Nadine said as she continued to chow on her mashed potatoes.

    “Indeed, Caroline, this is the best meal I’ve had in a while,” Norman collaborated.

    “Well I’m glad you guys like it,” Caroline beamed. “It’s been a while since we’ve eaten as a family.”

    Their meal that night consisted of seasoned mashed potatoes, organic macaroni and cheese with dried tomatoes and cilantro, and guacamole grilled cheese sandwiches. Their beverage was mint and lemon-flavored iced water.

    Norman listened attentively as Caroline told him the events of the day. Nadine, who was in brighter spirits, wasn’t as bothered when Caroline told him the details of the move. It also helped to be distracted by the boy she recently met.

    So he lived next door, huh? Nadine thought as she chewed on her sandwich. And he wants a battle too…hmm, that could be a problem.

    “How about you, Nadine?” Norman called to her. “How was the move for you?”

    Nadine snapped out of her thoughts and repeated his question in her head. “It was okay..."

    “I know you weren’t excited about moving,” Norman gave her a small smile. “Did today brighten your spirits?”

    Nadine thought about his question for a moment before returning his smile. “Of course,” she said. “Mom and I get to live with you again.”

    Norman looked pleased. “Well I’m glad to hear that.”

    The three continued to eat in silence until Caroline offered to bring dessert. When she stepped out, Norman remembered something. “I missed your 10th birthday, didn’t I?”

    Nadine blinked at this and sighed. “It’s okay, Dad,” she assured. “You were busy about the gym and Mom and I were busy about the move. How’s the gym, by the way?”

    “It’s doing well,” Norman nodded. “I’ll bring you and your mother there sometime.”

    “That’s a great idea!” Caroline cheered as she brought blueberry red velvet cake. “Seeing your Pokémon may give Nadine some ideas about which Pokémon she should get.”

    “Yes, that’s right,” Norman remembered. “Now that you’re 10, you can own your very first Pokémon.”

    Nadine knew this day would come, but she had this conversation with her parents before. Sure she loved watching Pokémon battles and the battles Norman had with his Pokémon, but owning a Pokémon of her own was never in her plans. Whenever she thought about having one, it would always escape her mind.

    Plus, she saw how much responsibility having one had. She saw Norman struggle between providing for his Pokémon and providing for his family. A responsible adult like Norman could barely handle having Pokemon; how could she, a ten year-old kid, handle it herself?

    Norman noticed her sudden silence and blinked. “Is something wrong, Nadine?”

    “Well,” Nadine shifted in her seat. “I’m still not sure if I want a Pokémon or not.”

    Norman was taken aback by her response, but eventually nodded. “I see,” he said. “Well we’re not going to force you to have a Pokémon if you don’t want one, but I strongly encourage it. Pokémon are great companions.”

    “I know,” Nadine sighed. “I just…don’t think I can handle it is all…”

    “Well it’s a good thing your father’s a gym leader now!” Caroline handed her a slice of cake. “Your father is a Pokémon expert! He’ll show you how to be a great trainer!”

    “Thank you, Caroline,” Norman chuckled. “I’ll be glad to help you, and I know someone who’ll be glad to help you too.”

    “Really?” Nadine blinked. “Who?”

    “Professor Birch,” Norman answered. “He’s Littleroot Town’s executive professor. He not only goes around the region studying Pokémon, he also helps out potential trainers like you. I think he’s back in town for a few weeks. I could give him a call and see if he can meet with you. His lab isn’t far from here.”

    “That’s a great idea!” Caroline turned to Nadine. “How about it, Nadine? A gym leader and a Pokémon professor to help you out! Even if you haven’t decided what you want yet, surely you can’t miss an opportunity like this!”

    Nadine looked down. “No,” she sighed. “I guess not...”

    “Then it’s settled!” Norman declared as he took a bite of his cake. “I’ll call Birch later. In the meantime, try this cake, Nadine. It’s delicious!”

    Nadine slowly took her fork and cut a piece of the cake. When she took a bite, her spirits were automatically lifted. “Yum!”

    ---

    “Sorry, you just missed him.”

    “Oh,” Nadine blinked. “When will he be back?”

    “He’ll probably return in a couple of hours,” the receptionist replied. “I apologize on Professor Birch’s behalf. Sometimes he gets so caught up in his research, he misses appointments.”

    “I understand,” Nadine nodded. “I’ll just come back another time.”

    “Alright then, I’ll tell Professor Birch you came over,” the receptionist said apologetically before Nadine exited the building.

    I’m actually kinda glad Professor Birch wasn’t there, Nadine thought as she walked on the sidewalk. It gives me more time to think abo—

    “Hey, miss! Miss!”

    Nadine snapped out of her thoughts and turned to the little boy running up to her. “Something’s going on in Route 2. Can you help us?”

    “Umm,” Nadine hummed, but didn’t have time to respond as the boy dragged her to an unknown location. When they arrived, she saw a bearded, brown-haired man wearing a lab coat being chased by a spiky brown Pokémon.
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    Nadine watched with wide eyes as the spiky brown Pokemon continued to chase the bearded man around the field. Nadine wanted to do something, but didn’t know exactly what.

    “You! You there, trainer! Please help!” the bearded man pleaded before turning away from a tree he nearly hit.

    “H-how?” Nadine asked. “I don’t have any Pokémon!”

    The bearded man gave her a quick shocked look before narrowly missing the Pokémon’s Tackle. “Quick then! In my bag!” he pointed to the brown leather bag near Nadine. “There are three Pokéballs in there! Pick one and set them out!”

    “O-okay!” Nadine ran to the bag. When she opened the bag, she sweat-dropped when the three Pokéballs looked exactly the same. She debated which one to use, but blindly grabbed a random one when she heard the man scream.

    “O-okay, go!” Nadine threw the Pokéball in the air.

    Nadine watched as the ball opened and returned to her hand. What came out of the ball was a small red Pokémon that looked like a baby chick. “Torchic! Tor!” it cried out after landing on the ground.

    Nadine blinked. “Will this do?” she asked loudly.

    “Yes, yes that Torchic will do!” the bearded man affirmed. “Now command it to attack!”

    “Umm,” Nadine looked at the Torchic in front of her. It looked back at her and blinked with curiosity. “Can you, umm,” Nadine slowly pointed to the bearded man and its attacker.

    Torchic followed her finger and looked at the scene. When it did, it ran towards the man and started pelting him with balls of fire.

    “No! No! No!” Nadine waved her hands. “Attack the brown Pokémon, not the man!”

    Torchic immediately stopped in its tracks and turned to the brown Pokémon. The brown Pokémon froze in its tracks before the Torchic started pelting it with fireballs. The brown Pokémon cried out in pain before running out of the scene.

    The bearded man exhaled with relief and walked to where Nadine was. “Thank you for your help,” he turned to Torchic. “And thank you too, Torchic.”

    “Torchic! Tor!” Torchic responded before running towards Nadine. It looked up to her and blinked before rubbing its cheeks against her leg. Nadine cooed at this and picked it up. It's kinda cute, she thought, and very soft and warm like a heated pillow.

    “Say, are you Nadine by any chance, Norman’s daughter?” the bearded man asked.

    Nadine looked up from the Torchic and turned to him. “Yes,” she nodded.

    “This is wonderful!” The man cheered. “I’m Professor Birch. I’m supposed to meet you today.”

    “Yes, and your receptionist said you weren’t in the lab,” Nadine told him.

    “I apologize for that,” Birch scratched the back of his head. “Sometimes I get so caught up in my research that I forget some of my appointments. Even my wife tells me to be more responsible.”

    “I understand,” Nadine nodded.

    “Say,” Birch looked down at the Torchic in her arms. “That Torchic seems to like you a lot. Would you like it to be your first Pokémon?”

    Nadine blinked and extended Torchic to see it face to face. Torchic then beamed at her with its beady black eyes. “Torchic! Tor!” it chirped happily.

    Nadine smiled and returned it to her chest. “Yes, I’ll take it,” she decided.

    “Wonderful!” Birch grinned. “Let’s come back to my lab. There’s more I want to give you to prepare you for your journey.”

    ---

    “I want you to have this Pokédex.”

    “Thank you,” Nadine said as she took the device, “What’s a Pokédex?”

    “It’s a wonderful device we recently created to describe the Pokémon you meet ,” Birch explained. “Other scientists and I are still discovering and researching Pokémon, so don’t be surprised if you run into a Pokémon your Pokédex can’t describe. But don’t worry! All new Pokémon entries will be sent to your Pokédex so your Pokédex will be updated every step of the way!”

    “Thank you," Nadine beamed. "That sounds like a great device."

    “Try it out on Torchic!” Birch suggested. “Its information is already in the device.”

    “Sure,” Nadine took out its Pokéball. “Torchic, come on out!”

    By command, Torchic zapped out of the Pokéball and started hopping in front of her. “Torchic!” it greeted happily.

    “Press the red button over here and make sure the device’s camera is facing Torchic,” Birch instructed.

    Nadine pointed the Pokédex to Torchic and pressed the red button on the right. “Torchic, the chick Pokémon,” the Pokédex spoke in a female voice. “If attacked, it strikes back by spitting balls of fire it forms in its stomach. A Torchic dislikes darkness because it can't see its surroundings.”

    “If you press these buttons here,” Birch pointed at the smaller buttons on the left side of the device’s screen. “You can see other information about Torchics like where you can find them and the moves they can learn. I can give you a pamphlet telling you more on how to work the Pokédex.”

    “No, it’s fine,” Nadine shook her head. “I like learning through trial-and-error.”

    “Great!” Birch laughed. “Then you’re worthy to be a Pokémon trainer indeed! Pokémon training is all about learning and growing with your Pokémon, no matter what you face in the world. That’s why I dedicated my life to studying Pokémon: to learn whatever they know to help me grow as an individual.”

    “Were you a trainer too?” Nadine asked.

    “Oh yes, many years ago,” Birch looked up nostalgically. “I travelled the world and met different kinds of Pokémon. I never reached the Pokémon League though because I was too focused studying the Pokemon I met!”

    “Are the Pokémon you traveled with still with you?” Nadine asked.

    “Oh yes! They’re in a ranch not far from here,” Birch confirmed. “I’ll show them to you sometime. Right now, I have to get back to my work.”

    “I understand,” Nadine nodded. “Thank you very much for everything.”

    “No problem!” Birch grinned. “I’ll walk you out the door.”

    “Sure,” Nadine said before they exited his office. When they reached the entrance, Nadine waved Birch and the receptionist goodbye before stepping outside.

    “Say hello to your parents for me!” Birch waved. “And call me if you need anything!”

    “I will, thank you!” Nadine said before making her way back home.

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    “So Torchic,” Nadine started as they walked on the sidewalk, “have you been around Littleroot before?”

    “Torchic! Tor!” Torchic chirped in her arms.

    “Umm, okay,” Nadine chuckled, assuming it was a “yes”. She never returned Torchic to its Pokéball and decided to walk with it instead. She tried to return Torchic to its Pokéball, but Torchic insisted on staying outside. Nadine shrugged it off and assumed it wanted to look around town.

    “Hey, Nadine!”

    Nadine and Torchic turned behind them to see Brendan running to them. From the distance, it looked like he had white hair. “Oh nice! Is this your Pokémon?” Brendan petted Torchic on the head.

    “Yeah,” Nadine confirmed. “I just got it today from Professor Birch.”

    “Oh really?” Brendan blinked. “You got it from my dad?”

    Nadine blinked. “Your dad?”

    “Yup!” Brendan grinned. “I’m Professor Birch’s son, Brendan Birch. I got my Pokémon from him too!”

    “That’s really cool,” Nadine beamed. “Which Pokemon did you get?”

    Brendan smirked and raised a fist to his chest. “How about I show you in a battle?”

    Nadine jumped back. “A battle?” she gripped Torchic tighter. “But I just got my Pokémon.”

    “So did I!” Brendan told her. “I just turned 10 a few months ago, so my Pokémon is pretty much as new as yours!”

    “Not really,” Nadine hummed. “I’ve never had a battle before, and if you got your Pokemon a few months ago, that means you have more experience than I do. It’s an unfair advantage.”

    Brendan pouted. “I haven’t battled that much,” he told her. “I've been too busy helping my dad with his research. I'm actually planning to travel the region so I can gather information from places my dad can’t go.”

    “So you’re not gonna battle gym leaders?” Nadine asked.

    “Well, it isn’t really one of my goals,” Brendan admitted, “but that doesn’t mean I won’t battle every once in a while. I’m not gonna let my Pokémon grow without training.”

    “Sounds like a good plan,” Nadine complimented.

    “So what do you say?” Brendan asked. “Wanna battle? It may be your first battle, but you’ve seen enough of your dad’s battles to know how they work.”

    Nadine pouted and looked down to Torchic. “What do you say, Torchic?” she asked. “Wanna battle?”

    “Torchic!” Torchic chirped enthusiastically.

    “All right, then it’s settled!” Brendan cheered, “and I know just the right place to do it!”
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    [A/N]: Hello everyone! Thank you for reading the story so far.

    I know it's been a while since I updated, and I know it's kind of pointless since it isn't as popular as my other story.

    But it is a story I'm proud to write, nevertheless. It's younger than my other story, so the grammar and style are better. And though the main story line isn't original, I add enough of my personal touches to make it mine.

    I was personally about to delete this story due to its lack of views and responses, but decided against it. This can be my just-for-fun story---the story I write not to share, but to simply write. I would appreciate reviews and comments, of course, but if you would like to enjoy the ride in silence, that's fine by me too.

    I hope you guys enjoy!

    PS: Pokédex entries will be from the Alpha Sapphire game entries until further notice.

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    Route 102 didn’t look anything more than a grassy field with trees, but there was a big opening in its center, perfect for a battle.

    Nadine stood at one end of the field while Brendan stood at another. The wind was blowing rather loudly that day, but Nadine didn't mind. Even if her hair was all over the place, Nadine was glad the setting wasn’t completely silent. The route was far from the town they passed (Oldale Town, was it?) so no one else could witness the biggest moment of her life.

    "You ready?" Brendan called out. His attire was different from yesterday-- a red shirt with black stripes, black workout shorts, and white sneakers--not to mention the cap that made his hair look white from a distance. He had a big smirk on his face, and ready in his right hand was a red and white Pokéball.

    Nadine gulped. She closed her eyes and took a shaky breath. She also had a Pokéball in her hand, where her partner was waiting for her command. You can do this, Nadine, she told herself. Just breathe. "R-ready!"

    "Go, Mudkip!" Brendan tossed his Pokéball.

    Nadine watched as a small blue Pokémon emerged from the sphere. It landed on the grass with a thud, and the tall fin on its head tucked in defensively. "Mudkip!" It cried.

    Nadine immediately took out her Pokédex. "What is that?"

    "Mudkip, the mudfish Pokémon," the Pokédex started. "In water, Mudkip breathes using the gills on its cheeks. If it is faced with a tight situation in battle, this Pokémon will unleash its amazing power--it can crush rocks bigger than itself."

    "Wow," Nadine tsked. "Sounds like a powerful Pokémon. And it's a water type too."

    Nadine frowned and looked down at her Pokéball. Torchic was known for being a warm hugger, but Mudkip was known for taking down objects bigger than itself. Did she choose the right Pokémon?

    "Go T-Torchic!" Nadine tossed her Pokéball.

    Torchic leaped out of its ball and also landed with a thud. It stared at Mudkip with determination, but anyone that looked closely could see it was shaking.

    "I know I have the type advantage," Brendan started, "but that shouldn't discourage you, Nadine. I've seen your dad battle Fighting types with his Normal-type Pokémon and win. Give it all you got, okay? Let's make this a fun battle."

    Nadine blinked, absorbing his words. Her frown slowly turned into a smirk, and she raised a fist in determination. "Let's!"

    "Mudkip, use Tackle!" Brendan commanded.

    When Mudkip charged towards Torchic, Nadine's confidence disappeared. "Q-q-quick, Torchic!" she stuttered. "Use umm...umm..."

    Torchic cried out as Mudkip tackled it backwards. It tumbled and rolled violently before stopping in front of Nadine. "Chic..." it groaned.

    Nadine gasped. "Torchic! Are you alright?"

    Nadine stopped breathing when Torchic didn't move. "Chi..." it groaned again.

    "Mudkip, Tackle again!"

    Mudkip made a sharp turn before ramming the Pokémon from the side. Torchic cried again in pain before slamming into a tree.

    "Torchic!" Nadine cried out.

    Torchic was able to stand again, but from the look of its shaky legs, it wouldn't stand another hit.

    "What do I do? What do I do?" Nadine growled to herself. "Torchic is getting beat and I'm just standing here!"

    "Sorry about this, Nadine," Brendan said to himself. "Mudkip, finish it off with one last Tackle!"

    Mudkip charged again, faster and more powerful than before. Time was running out, and if Nadine didn’t do anything, Torchic would be done for.

    "Torchic, jump!" Nadine commanded.

    Torchic, with all the strength it could muster, leapt into the air. Mudkip, unable to stop its attack, charged right into the tree.

    "Mudkip!" Brendan cried. "Mudkip, are you okay?"

    Mudkip groaned as it wobbly stepped back from the tree. The impact caused it to lose balance, and it looked like it was going to collapse.

    "Torchic, use Ember!" Nadine commanded.

    After landing a few feet from Mudkip, Torchic raised its head and unleashed a barrage of fire. Mudkip, who was still trying to recover, wailed as it was burned with fiery spheres. The attack created a cloud of smoke, but when the winds blew it away, only one Pokémon was standing.

    "Mudkip!" Brendan ran to his Pokémon. He picked up the blue Pokémon, who was no longer able to battle. "Good job, Mudkip," he said. "I'll get you healed up right away. Return."

    Once Mudkip was returned to its Pokéball, Torchic ran to its befuddled trainer.

    "I..." Nadine gaped. "I...won?..."

    "Torchic, Tor!" Torchic leaped into her arms. Its beady eyes were wide as they stared at her in glee. Nadine only looked back at it in silence, but once the news sunk in, she squealed and hugged it tightly.

    "We won!" she swung it side to side. "We won, Torchic! Good job!"

    "Tor!" Torchic cheered.

    "Good job, Nadine."

    Nadine and Torchic looked up to see Brendan approaching them. He had a small smile on his face, but Nadine knew it was a little sad. "That was a close battle," he said. "I didn’t expect you to beat me, but I can't be that surprised. You have your father's blood after all."

    Nadine smiled and nodded. "Thank you, Brendan," she said. "You and your Mudkip were tough. I didn't think we could beat you either."

    Brendan scoffed. "This will be the last time you beat me though," he stated. "I'm going to train Mudkip, capture Pokémon, and get even stronger. Just you wait!"

    Nadine chuckled and looked down at Torchic. Torchic looked back with beady eyes, happy to see it satisfied its trainer. Nadine smirked and looked at Brendan. "We're gonna train too," she told him. "There's no way we're going to lose to you either!"

    Brendan laughed out and held out a hand. "Rivals then?"

    Nadine nodded and met him halfway. "Rivals."

    ---

    "What's this place called again?"

    "A Pokémon Center," Brendan answered. "And by law, they treat your Pokémon for free."

    Nadine exhaled in glee. The Pokémon Center was huge, and there were Pokémon and their trainers everywhere. Nadine held back the urge to take out her Pokédex and analyze them. Hoenn Pokémon were strange, but the good kind of strange.

    Speaking of Hoenn Pokémon, Nadine remembered Torchic as she and Brendan walked towards the counter. Despite the crowd, only one person was waiting for them.

    "Good afternoon! Welcome to the Pokémon Center," the woman behind greeted. "Would you like to rest your Pokémon?"

    The woman was young with bright blue eyes and red hair curled to two hoops behind her head. She was wearing a nurses outfit, and it made Nadine wonder why she was the receptionist.

    "Yeah, thanks Nurse Joy," Brendan grinned. "This is Nadine. She's Norman's daughter, a newbie to the trainer world."

    "Wow!" Joy's eyes gleamed. "As in Norman, the new gym leader of Petalburg City?"

    "Hehe, yeah," Nadine nodded shyly.

    "That's amazing!" Joy complimented. "You must be very proud."

    "I am," Nadine sighed. "I just wish he was home more often. "

    "Well, since you're on a Pokémon journey, you wouldn't be home either," Joy pointed out.

    Nadine blinked. She never thought about going on a journey, so leaving home never crossed her mind.

    Her silence confused Joy. "I'm sorry, are you not on a journey?" Joy asked.

    "Well," Nadine slurred. "I just got my Pokémon, so a journey hadn't crossed my mind yet."

    Brendan, who was standing right beside her, stepped back. "What? Really?" he asked.

    Nadine shifted in her spot. "Can you heal my Torchic, please?" she requested.

    "Of course!" Joy nodded. "And don't worry about the fee, dear. Our services are always free. Just look for the big red roof!"

    "Thank you," Nadine handed her her Pokéball.

    "Mine too, please!" Brendan handed her his Pokéball as well.

    "Very well, I'll call you two when they're ready," Nurse Joy nodded.

    "Okay!" Brendan cheered. "Let's go to the balcony, Nadine," he said before pulling her to the direction. "There's something I want to show you."

    "Umm," Nadine stumbled. "Okay..."

    ---

    "See that?"

    "Wow."

    Nadine blinked in wonder as she looked at the sights before her. To her left towards Littleroot was a large lake, and to her right were roads and grasslands leading to places too far for her eyes to see. What Brendan was pointing at, however, was a familiar grassy field. Nadine smiled.

    "That's where we had our battle," Brendan told her. "Looks different from this view, doesn't it?"

    Nadine nodded. "It does."

    "Beats Kanto, doesn't it?" Brendan grinned. "I bet they don't have places like this back there."

    Nadine's smile faded away and was quickly replaced with a frown. Brendan, realizing his mistake, panickly waved his hands.

    "I'm sorry!" he said. "I didn't mean to make you feel bad! I was just---"

    "I know," Nadine sighed. She then gave him a small smile. "It's okay," she assured. "Hoenn may not be my home, but it is beautiful."

    "But it is your home," Brendan insisted. "At least, it is now."

    Nadine cringed and shifted in her spot. "I don't think I'm ready to call it my home yet," she told him. "I left a lot of things in Kanto, so I really don't have much here."

    "But you have Torchic now, don’t you?" Brendan pointed out. "And you also have---"

    Brendan stopped and looked away. Nadine blinked at him curiously as he took deep, rapid breaths. "Have what?" she asked.

    Brendan kept his back to her as he tried to come up with an answer. Nadine tapped him on the shoulder, causing him to turn back. "Adventure!" he blurted.

    "Ad...venture?" Nadine blinked.

    "Y-yeah!" Brendan confirmed sheepishly. "You don't know anything about this region, but with Torchic by your side, you can go to places and discover new things!"

    Nadine was silent before looking out the balcony. "That's...true…" she conceded.

    "Y-yeah!" Brendan laughed out. "You said you were thinking about going on a journey or not. This is your chance!"

    Nadine chuckled. Brendan was sounding a lot like her mom right now, but for some reason, her reaction to his words were different. Maybe it was because he was from this region, or maybe it was because he showed her how to make a leap of faith. She didn't think she could beat him in her very first battle, yet she did. And boy, did it feel good. So good, she was almost yearning for more.

    Nadine leaned against the railing and smiled.

    "I'll think about it."

    ---

    "So, you beat Brendan on your first battle?"

    Birch laughed out and leaned against his desk. "Either you really inherited your dad's genes, or Brendan just lost a pair."

    "Dad…" Brendan grumbled.

    Brendan and Nadine went to Birch's lab together after Birch called Brendan through the phone. Birch was more than delighted the two already met. The meeting he planned for later wouldn't be necessary.

    "Brendan was tough though," Nadine interjected. "He definitely didn’t make it easy, that's for sure."

    "Oh, don’t sell yourself short there, Nadine," Birch brushed. "Not a lot of people win their first battle. You definitely have potential to be a great trainer. Your father would be proud."

    "Yeah..." Nadine nodded. "He would."

    "Hey, Dad," Brendan called out. "Nadine said she's not sure whether she should go on a journey or not. Can you convince her to change her mind?"

    "Well I can't force her to do something she doesn't want to do," Birch told him, "but I can tell her this."

    "Nadine," he started. "Hoenn is a big region. Kanto is big too, but the difference between being in Kanto and being here is that you have a Pokémon."

    "It will be the first of many that you will meet and befriend," he continued. "They will change you in many ways, and as they get stronger, you get stronger too. Let them strengthen you, let them change you, because with them, you can change the world."

    Nadine didn’t know what to think of his words, so stayed silent. She didn't know whether to be scared or excited, but both emotions seemed to be swimming in her gut.

    "And don't worry, you won't be out there alone," Birch assured. "Not only do you have your Pokémon with you, you also have your parents back home. As for me, I'm only one phone call away!"

    Nadine smiled. "Thanks, professor."

    "Y-you..."

    Nadine blinked and turned to Brendan. "You also have me," Brendan stepped forward. "I won't be with you 24/7, but if you need someone, I'll be there. As a matter of fact, here," he took out five Pokéballs from his bag and handed them to her. "You'll need them to capture more Pokémon."

    Nadine beamed and put the balls in her bag. "Thanks, Brendan."

    "Now that that's settled," Birch clapped his hands. "I'm going back to work. Why don't you show your parents your new Pokémon, Nadine? I bet they'd be happy to see it."

    "Yeah," Nadine nodded, gripping her fanny pack. "They would."

    ---

    "What a cute Pokémon!" Caroline held Torchic in the air.

    "Thanks," Nadine chuckled. "Try hugging it."

    Caroline pulled the Pokémon to her chest, where it chirped and nuzzled her neck. "Oh it’s so warm!" she squealed.

    "It's an interesting Pokémon, that's for sure," Norman said as Caroline handed it to him. "What's it called again?"

    "Torchic," Nadine answered.

    The three of them were in the backyard where Nadine introduced them to Torchic. It was after dinner, and though it was a summer night, the air was rather chilly.

    Nadine took a deep breath, considering her next words. After another intake, she finally said them. "I'm going to take it with me on my journey."

    Caroline and Norman froze. They didn't say anything for a while, absorbing her sudden news. It was Caroline who broke the silence when she pulled Nadine into her arms.

    "Oh honey," she cooed. "You're all grown up."

    Norman, still dazed, slowly nodded. "Yes," he said. He scratched the back of his head, unsure what to say.

    "You didn't even want a Pokémon yesterday, and now you want to journey with one," Caroline pulled back. "What made you decide this?"

    Nadine frowned. She herself didn’t know the exact reason, so she invited them to the living room instead to explain the day's events. As expected, Norman was proud, but still conflicted. He hadn't seen his daughter for a long time, and right when he finally reunited with her, she was leaving him.

    "I can't believe you won your first battle," Caroline confessed. "You really are your father's daughter."

    Nadine inwardly sighed. It was the umpteenth time someone compared her to Norman, and it was bugging her in more ways than one. Was she really nothing but the gym leader's daughter?

    "Y-yeah," she only said.

    "I'm very proud of you, Nadine," Norman nodded. "Though I admit I'm surprised by your decision to leave. You were always a home-bodied person. But I guess this little guy..." he petted Torchic, who was sitting next to him, "changed your mind, didn’t he?"

    Nadine giggled and patted her lap. Torchic immediately came to her command, chirping when she petted it. It was true what Birch said, Nadine acknowledged. Pokémon does change you.

    "So when are you leaving?" Caroline asked. She tried to sound excited, but the sadness was evident in her voice.

    Nadine noticed this and sighed. "Maybe on Monday, when Dad goes back to the gym."

    "Why don’t you stop by before you leave?" Norman suggested. "I can give you parting words as a gym leader before you start your journey."

    Nadine looked at him and beamed. "That would be great!"

    ---

    After helping her mother with the dishes, Nadine went upstairs and changed to her pajamas. After brushing her teeth and washing her face, she walked to her vanity to brush her hair. Looking at the mirror, she could see Torchic sitting patiently on the bed. "Funny," she sighed. "I just got this room and I'm leaving before I get used to it."

    She continued brushing her long chocolate locks as she looked at herself with tired eyes. Everything was changing so fast, she realized. It frightened her how willing she was to explore the world she didn't even want to be in until now. She didn't even know what to do out there either. What else was there to do other than sight-seeing?

    Nadine gasped when Torchic suddenly hopped on her lap. It looked at her with its beady eyes and tilted its head. "Tor?"

    Nadine chuckled before petting it on the head. "I'm fine," she strocked its red feathers. She smiled when Torchic closed its eyes, nuzzling her hand in return. "How about you, Torchic?" she asked. "Are you ready to get out there?"

    "Torchic! Tor!" Torchic chirped.

    Nadine giggled and stood up, holding Torchic in her arms. "You can sleep next to me tonight," she set the chick on the bed. Torchic wasted no time snuggling into the covers, chirping in delight as Nadine joined it.

    Nadine hesitated a little before turning off her bedside lamp. She plopped her head on the pillows as Torchic snuggled under her arm. Nadine sighed and stared at the ceiling. She always had trouble sleeping in unfamiliar rooms, but she couldn't move around with Torchic at her side. And it may had been a bit chilly before, but it was getting hot now with Torchic's body against hers.

    Oh well, Nadine kicked the blankets off her feet. She glanced at Torchic and smiled at how peaceful it looked. She gave it a quick kiss before returning to her thoughts.

    Torchic could've fought better, Nadine grimaced as she remembered Torchic getting pummeled by Mudkip. But she was its trainer, wasn’t she? It was her responsibility to make Torchic a better fighter. Even if it was their first battle, they would've done a better job if she didn't panic.

    Birch said Torchic just hatched from an egg, so the fact that it learned Ember so quickly meant that Torchic was born to be a fighter. Nadine couldn't be prouder of the Pokémon, and realized how foolish it was to doubt it. Torchic was a superb Pokémon, and according to Birch, it had two more evolutions of greatness. It was up to her to cultivate it.

    Torchic would be a great fighter, Nadine sighed. The question was, would she?
    Last edited by ChewieJ; 5th February 2015 at 4:35 PM.

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