StarCrossed [Revised Edition]
Departure, Chapter 1
My name is Star, and I'm an alcoholic.
Totally kidding! I'm not an alcoholic, after all, I'm only ten years old! My name is Star, by the way, and I am a fledgling Pokemon trainer. Like many kids in this wide world of mine, we pick up a cute little critter and hit the road, leaving all our worries and parents behind in the pursuit of adventure and friendship!
Well, that's what it would be like, if my own mom wasn't a complete control freak. Well, control freak is a bit extreme. She's a caring, kind person, and has if anything, spoiled me rotten. I get everything I could ever want or ask for, the only catch being she doesn't let me out of her sights for very long. She's no stranger to Pokemon either, which is probably why she let me have my very own Vulpix long before most kids get their own Pokemon.
Well, enough about me for now. My story begins on a bright, cheerful day, in the small town of Pallet. It was the beginning of summer, school was officially out for a few weeks, and this was the time many kids stopped schooling and hit the road. One of these many kids was a boy named Deneb, my neighbor. We were both the same age, and friends since as long as we both could remember. And since we could both remember, his dream had always been to be a Pokemon Trainer. Being the copycat I was, it became my dream, too.
For a year, I was ahead of Deneb by one whole critter. With Vulpix at my side, the only thing standing in my way was Mom, while poor Deneb had no Pokemon of his own. That would all change, however, that morning in Pallet. The local scientist, one Professor Oak, had a batch of new Pokemon, all eager to get out and explore the world. Pallet was a small town, but there were certainly more than three boys or girls out there, so the early bird got the Pokemon. Deneb was one of these early birds.
He showed me his pick, a little blue monster with a giant bud on its back. Bulbasaur was the little guy's name, and with that, Deneb could finally embark on his journey. He wasted no time, either, promptly setting out on Route 1 towards Viridian City. I watched from my front porch, waving at him as he became a speck on the road north.
But I wasn't about to just let him have all the fun! I ran back inside my house, running up to my room to fetch a few things. I stuffed a few spare dresses, my favorite brush, and most importantly, my Pokemon Encyclopedia, a gift from my uncle for my birthday last year. I threw my bag out my window, and ran downstairs. Mom was in the kitchen, making lunch rather early. Her back turned, I snatched up all the sandwiches I could, along with a few cookies from the cookie jar, and ran outside. I stuffed it all into my bag as quickly as I could, and ran back inside.
Surprised I had 'finished' lunch so quickly, Mom decided to make a run to the store now that I was fed. This is when a little lightbulb went off in my head. I offered to do the groceries for her, and she agreed without a hitch! I ran back upstairs to my room, nearly forgetting one crucial thing. I took out a sheet of paper, and grabbed a pencil from my school backpack.
By the time you read this, I will already be far away. I know you would never let me leave on my own Pokemon adventure, so this was the only way I could. I promise I'll call as many times as I can, and I hope you won't be too mad at me. I'll catch up to Deneb and travel with him, to make you feel better about me going. I love you, Mom!
It wasn't much of a consolation, but at least she wouldn't go thinking I'd been kidnapped. I folded the paper in two, and wrote 'Mom' on the front. I put it on top of my bed, in plain view. I ran downstairs, where Mom was waiting with some money and a shopping list. She repeated a few times to not forget to keep the sliced bread on top of everything else, and then sent me on my way. Little did she know, I wasn't planning on coming back anytime soon.
Once outside, I strapped on my bag, and with Vulpix at my side, we started towards the town gate. Deneb had a bit of a head start on me, but our adventure was only just beginning!
The first major obstacle for me was a wild Pokemon. Yeah, may not seem like much, but this was also my very first battle, ever! I was walking along Route 1, the trees rustling in the wind, the grass lush and green. It was the perfect summer day. And much like we people like to get out and enjoy the weather, so did the Pokemon. A wild Rattata drew near!
I admit, I knew that wild Pokemon were dangerous. I knew this, yet I still walked over to the small rat and offered to pet it. The Pokemon just didn't seem to be particularly aggressive, but that all changed when it took a bite of my hand! I screamed in pain and fell down, kicking at the rat as I scurried back to Vulpix's side. Hearing my cry, Vulpix leapt between me and the Rattata.
I didn't know how to go about all this, so the best I could do was remind Vulpix to be careful. That wasn't much help, as the Rattata took a bite out of her too! She cried out, so I quickly shouted for Vulpix to shake free of the bite. Vulpix obeyed, and sent the Rattata flying back into the tall grass. That wasn't the end of it, though.
It came out again, only this time it was much angrier. But so was I! Getting a grip on the situation, I shouted another command to Vulpix.
"Attack!" I yelled.
Vulpix ran forward, butting heads with the Rattata, and sending it back a ways. When it got back up on its feet, the Rattata disappeared for a moment, and then out of no where rammed Vulpix on her side! I was getting scared, so I told Vulpix to attack one more time. The Rattata jumped on top of Vulpix, and took another bite out of her.
"Vulpix!" I cried, running to her with tears in my eyes.
The Rattata wasn't letting go, but that didn't stop me from helping. I took my bag and used it as my own weapon, smacking that Rattata hard enough to throw it off Vulpix. She was still standing, but I could tell she looked hurt and tired. The Rattata wasn't about to let us go, though. I knew Vulpix was a fire Pokemon, so it was time to actually fight back for real.
"Use fire!" I screamed.
Vulpix jumped at the Rattata, spinning around so that small embers shot at the rat. A few of them landed on the wild Pokemon, and it began to panic. Now seriously hurt, it ran back into the tall grass. We had survived our first wild Pokemon encounter, with only a few bumps and bruises to show for it.
Even though we were still pretty close to Pallet Town, we stopped right there on the road to have a snack. I let Vulpix have one of the sandwiches I took from home, and I had another. Aside from a few cookies I also packed, that was the last of the food. I really hadn't planned my departure well, so I had to make it to Viridian City before dark. Normally the road only took a few hours, but that was by car with Mom. Walking was sure to be a lot longer.
Once we were done eating, we continued on the road. Oh, and I forgot to mention: while we were eating, I heard the strangest noise. It sounded like a bunch of birds getting together in a single place. As we got up to keep moving, I saw a large group of them flying away, and they looked angry. What's worse, the beautiful day wasn't looking as nice anymore. There were dark clouds in the sky; it looked like it was going to rain.