Hey everyone who likes fanfics on the Serebii forum!
I'd like to present you all with my own that I've had in the works for years. I mean years. I started coming up with little bits of the story when Gen4 had just come out but I only just started writing it recently.
The story is a tale of a girl named Savanna as she makes her way through the Sinnoh Region.
Fairly bog-standard stuff right? Well I've tried to add some more gritty and realistic undertones to a world which is usually all happy and stuff.
But anyway, I really hope you enjoy. Feel free to leave some of your comments too! That would be appreciated. Also, if you can think of a better title for my fanfic that would help. I'm really no good at thinking of titles.
Twinleaf Town. One word springs to mind when asking to describe it; tedious. It was actually a lovely little town, full of pretty sights and flora smells that had been blown in on the wind, but to Savanna it just wasn't home. She missed her place of birth, the place where she had spent a considerable portion of her youth. That place was Mahogany Town.
Sav's father had died in a construction accident when she was very young, she must have been three of four, and since then it had always been Sav and her mother against the world. The two were as thick as thieves and were more best friends than they were mother and daughter. Sav's mother looked quite youthful for her age, and had only given birth to Sav when she was young herself, so the two honestly looked more like sisters. However, one thing and one thing only put a wedge between the two. That one thing was men. For time immemorial Sav has seen many men come and go from their household, the majority of them staying less than a few weeks before a new face showed up. She wasn't sure what was more infuriating, the fact that her mother let them walk all over her or that every once in a while one of them would start acting out the whole father-daughter routine with Sav.
Eventually Sav's mother met a guy called Collin. He was okay, Sav thought, he was one of those rich businessman types from the city that liked to flash the cash. He was forever racing Sav's mother around in top of the range sports cars, and treating her to expensive things. That was fine, and it made her mother happy, but it was so far away from Sav's idea of a humble lifestyle. All that Sav could really remember of her father was that he was an honest man with an honest career. He never had much money but what he didn't have in dollar he made up for with his giant heart. Sav had heard many stories from all her neighbours in Mahogany Town about how much of a truly gentle soul her father was. Collin went completely against that mindset; he would never hold a candle to her dear Papa.
Collin and her mother were actually standing the test of time, much to Sav's surprise. He had a kid of his own from a previous relationship, a little girl named Molly, and needless to say, Sav's small yet homely residence in Mahogany Town was getting a little too cramped. There was a decision to up stakes and move elsewhere, which is how Sav found herself immigrating to Hearthome City in the Sinnoh region.
Sav had her reservations at first, but after a while she grew to rather like life in the big bad city. She was introduced to many things by the girls at her school who she quickly became friends with, things such as rock music and alternative fashion.
The city life was short lived, and when Sav had turned fourteen, shortly a year after they had moved to Hearthome, Collin and Sav's mother broke up. Her mother tried her best to rent an apartment in the city, but rent costs were just way too high. The two of them had to move out of town, and settled in the sleepy Twinleaf Town.
Sav awoke to hear the front door closing. She moved her digital alarm clock around to face her; 9:20am, Saturday. Mom was home from work. Sav sat up and rubbed the sleep from her eyes, watching her surroundings as they slowly drifted back into focus. She peered around at her four small walls of what was essentially a box room. Despite its diminutive size, she treasured her room and began to smile around at posters of the many different idols she held dear, Roxie, lead singer and bassist of the band Smashing Koffings, Karen, Dark-type specialist and Johto Elite Four member, the list went on as she traced her eyes along every poster. She heard the sound of a set of keys being placed on the kitchen counter and the rustling of grocery bags. Mom was definitely home and she had breakfast.
Sav kicked her sheets off and quickly made her way down stairs. She came charging over to her mother and slung her arms around her; the smell of hard work and cleaning products greeted Sav's senses as her face was smothered in a thick barnet of brown hair.
"Hey Mama, how was work?" said Sav, a look of preemptive concern on her face. Sav's mother had just started work as a cleaner at a local public house, and was a hefty walk away, which was why it had taken her so long to get home. The money wasn't great, and Sav could tell that her mother hated working there, but beggers couldn't be choosers in such a small town.
Sav's mother wiped a few frizzy wisps of hair from her clammy forehead and smiled to her daughter, though her eyes, that once had more of a spark and a twinkle to them, told a different story, "Oh no, it was fine. You know how it is. Collect all the glasses, mop the floors, clean the gent's bathroom. The usual really".
She gave Sav another fractured smile before turning her attention to the bag of groceries, "I'm just going to go get changed and freshen up, then I'll start on breakfast. Go and get yourself changed sweetheart".
After thirty minutes Sav returned from getting herself ready for whatever the day might hold. Her usual clothing of choice was mainly black, including a worn-out old hoodie that her friend in Hearthome gave her. It was black with white and black striped sleeves. The front of the hoodie bore the words, "Smashing Koffings" in a gorey red splatter-type font. The hoodie was accompanied by a black tutu and fishnets. Sav had dyed white hair, naturally blonde like her father, with purple and blue streaks, which was medium length and straight as straight could be. The goth look was finished with accessories of varying colours, as well as black nail varnish and lipstick.
The two spoke about trivial things over breakfast. It was only after Sav had finished eating that her mother steered the conversation onto a new topic.
"When I came in there was a letter for you on the welcome mat" Sav's mother said, "It looked pretty important. It's probably from the Pokemon League. Have you had any fresh thoughts honey?"
Sav took the letter from the counter and turned it over. She winced slightly as the front side of the letter bore the Pokemon League coat of arms. She had been receiving a letter from the Pokemon League every two months or so for the past four years, ever since she had just turned ten. They had even managed to track her as she moved from Mahogany Town to Hearthome City, and then to Twinleaf Town. Each letter spoke about how they were keen for her to get her trainer license. Sav had considered it at one point, but for one reason or another she had always put it off. Now that she was fourteen she just felt too old. She could imagine how ridiculous she'd look receiving her starter Pokemon along with a bunch of kids,
"Nah, I don't know Mama", Sav replied as she opened the letter and began to skim read, "Yeah it's the same letter as always. Throw the letter away I guess".
Sav's mother sighed and cocked her head at her "You should do it Savanna. I know you hate it here, hell, I hate it here. You just need to get over that nervousness and grab life by the horns".
Suddenly, there was a knock at the door. As Sav headed to answer she could see who it was; their outline apparent through the door's frosted glass.
"Hey Harold", Sav said as soon as she opened the door. She turned around to her mother's vague direction and called back to her, "I'm going out for a while, seeya later". She then closed the door and heard a muffled reply through the wood. Sav knew it would be the same call it had been for ages. Be back for 5:30pm, her mother was going to crash on the couch for a little while, be safe, don't talk to strangers, look after Harold because he's only nine.
Sav just walked around the town with Harold for a while. Harold was a short, rather plump kid that lived down the bottom of her street. He had dreams of becoming a Pokemon champion and couldn't wait until he got his licence next year. He was annoying, but a little slow and as a result he was picked on in school. Harold felt he had this connection with Sav and regarded her to be his best and only friend. Sav felt bad for the kid, so put up with him just for sake of it. Another reason is that since moving to Twinleaf Town she, like Harold, had been finding it hard to find friends of her own too, being the only goth in Twinleaf Town.
Sav continued to hang around and do nothing but stand there listening to Harold talk about Pokemon, and Sav repaid him by whittling on about the different bands she liked. Eventually it was getting close to home time for Sav.
Over dinner the conversation with Sav and her mother drifted in and out of different subjects,
"Mama, I know you're unhappy about having to work in that horrible bar. Why don't you actually go and train to be a nurse?" said Sav, "That has been your dream for so many years, I just don't know what's stopping you".
Her mother gave Sav a warm smile, appreciated how much she cared for her happiness and career prospects, "Time and money honey. I did have that dream once, but life got complicated fast which meant I had to put my dreams on hold".
Sav tapped her foot as she began to grow frustrated, her anger slowly building. She hated how her mother had always made excuses for being too afraid to follow her dreams. The problem was that all of the men she'd been involved with over the years had messed her mind up. They had made her believe she wasn't able to achieve great things, and Sav hated it. She just sat there fuming as her mother continued, "Sweetheart we really don't have the money. Who would keep this place clean? Your father--"
"WELL MY FATHER ISN'T HERE!!" Sav shouted, banging her knife and fork against the table.
She had completely lost her rag with the conversation. It had been boiling over the course of a few minutes and she had just erupted like a volcano. In a second her anger was gone though as she began to realise what she'd said. The two didn't speak for the rest of dinner; a suffocating wall of tension looming over the table.
As Sav sat in bed that night, she pondered. The events of today were swirling around her and she began to review each one.
Her mother had used everything that didn't matter as an excuse to not find happiness. She had even begun to bring her father into the conversation to try and justify her reasoning.
Then it dawned on her as she reviewed the Pokemon League letter in her mind. Wasn't she just doing the same as her mother? Sav hated it in Twinleaf Town, and if Sav went travelling it'd give her mother one thing less to worry about at home to the point where she might actually follow her dream. Not only that but like Harold, at a very young age, her and her friends in Mahogany Town had dreams of fighting the Elite Four, and Sav had the personal goal of one day becoming a gym leader. Now she had put her dreams on hold, but for what?
Something had come along and handed her the opportunity to escape but she had been turning it down, pretending the humiliation of being handed a starter Pokemon with a bunch of kids was a good enough reason why she didn't do it. She had the audacity to criticise and shout at her mother, but Sav was starting to see how much of a hypocrite she was.
Maybe it was time for her to start her Pokemon journey.
Sav's sleep was broken in the morning by an almighty crash. She dived her head under the sheets as the sound of panicked squawking followed by more sounds of destruction around her room. As the commotion stopped, Sav poked her head out from under her sheets to view the aftermath of the chaos. Her room was trashed and there were black feathers everywhere. At the centre of the mess was a small bird, a Murkrow. It was just stood there, it's head twitching as it viewed its surroundings, a look of confusion in its eyes.
Sav's mother burst through the door brandishing a broom defensively, but stopped as she saw the Murkrow, her gaze shifting between the bird and Sav.
Sav took a second for her heart rate to return to normal before she got up out of bed and slowly approached the Murkrow, which didn't flinch as she picked it up. Cradling it gently she turned to her mother, "Mama, I don't think it's injured and it's not scared of me. It's almost as if it meant to come in here".
Sav's mother pondered for a second before gasping. She moved her head closer to inspect the Pokemon, "Well I'll be damned!"
Sav looked almost as confused as the Murkrow as she look up at her mother, "What is it?"
"That's your father's Murkrow".
Over breakfast it was revealed that when Sav's father was alive he was one day working at the construction site and a wild Murkrow showed up and started wreaking havoc. No matter how much they tried to shoo the bird it wouldn't leave and after a while the workers accepted it. It became a sort of pet and one day Sav's father decided to catch it.
"After your father's death it ran away. We searched for it and it was nowhere to be seen" Sav's mother stood and made her way to one of the kitchen drawers, "It must have taken it all this time to find us" she opened the drawer and produced a dusty old Pokeball. She handed it to Sav, "Go on. Try it".
Sav nodded and took the Pokeball. She pressed the central button and it expanded, doubling in size so that it was now just over a handful for Sav's feminine hands. She turned to the Murkrow.
"Murkrow, return" she called. A small beam of red light went fourth from the Pokeball, striking the Murkrow before it disappeared inside the ball's housing. Sav smiled, having it been the first time she ever handled a Pokeball, "It worked!"
A thought hit her. This was her chance. She could go on a Pokemon adventure without needing to go and get a starter Pokemon. Murkrow could fill that role.
"Mama, I'm going. I think it's my time to start my Pokemon adventure".
It was midday by the time Sav got herself ready and she stood outside her house with her mother. She had packed enough clothes and toiletries to last her a while, as well as some food, and of course Murkrow, all contained within her Hello Skitty backpack. Her mother walked up to her and gave her a massive hug,
"Honey you need to take that letter to Professor Rowan in Sandgem Town, which isn't too far away. He can make it all official for you" she gave her daughter another huge hug, almost squeezing the life out of Sav in the process, "Take care honey. Come back and visit soon!"
Sav just nodded and looked at the horizon, thinking of all the adventures that were out there waiting for her. She began to make her way out, but then turned around to her mother,
"Do me a favour, become a nurse because it'll make you happy. It wouldn't be fair if I got to do this and you never got to become a nurse".
The two smiled at each other and Sav went on her way, unaware of the adventures that were in store for her.