The World of Pokemon
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It was a bright day all over the land of Johto. The people of the country went about their business, husseling to and from one city to the next, eating out in the sunlight, and battling with each other fiercely in a contest of strength and skill known widely across the world.
However pleasant the day was, the town of New Bark was always quiet. It was smaller than the rest in the country, sporting less than 50 people. But, even the small city was well known throughout the world for spawning one of the greatest champions the world had ever seen. His name was Dias. When he left New Bark, he was only a boy. But as he reached the Indigo Plateau, he had grown considerably since his first step into the wild.
He had dominated the pokemon world like no other. He did have a rival however. In his rise to fame, there was one name that could not be overlooked. One trainer that everyone in the world knew. From another small town in the Kanto region, there was Red. He was the one trainer that stood in the path of the star from New Bark. Both trainers vanished from the face of the earth one day, never to be seen again.
In the small town of New Bark, there was a small house near the center that had an open yard behind it. A loud ruckus could be heard from the yard, causing the woman inside the house to look out the window. She still looked very young for her age. However, being a mother of two, she never cared about her looks. She was at the counter chopping vegetables for dinner when she heard a loud growling, followed by barking and thrashing coming from the back yard. Looking out the window, she smiled as she saw her son wrestling with a small red animal.
"Such monsters those two are." she said as she cleaned her hands on her apron before walking to their back door. Opening it wide, she yelled out, 'Felix! It's almost dinner time!" The boy and the dog-like creature stopped and looked at her, then back at each other.
"Bet I beat you there." said the boy. The dog growled at him, but the young one took off for the door. The fiery colored animal dashed forward and caught the boy in moments, sending him to the ground as the lupine jumped onto his back and hurled itself towards the house. The woman laughed and held the door open for the proud pokemon.
"Good job Shepard." she said smiling as the Growlithe entered the house. Her son followed soon after mumbling to himself. "Now now, you lost fair and square." she said.
"I know, I know." said the teenager to himself as he walked inside. Sitting at the table, he shot the fire pokemon a glare and waited to be served.
The streets of the small town were quiet as the sun fell. A silent darkness fell on the peaceful town, bringing the daylight to an end. However, there were still creatures lurking in the dark, as well as other beings. Just outside of town, there was a rustling in the tall grass as a young boy stood, glaring through the twilight at a creature that had attacked him. The bird, although small, was very ferocious.
"Think you can take me?" asked the young man in a dark tone. "Lets see what you've got." he said. The bird, infuriated with his attitude flew like a dart towards the boy, its beak ready to strike. However, the teens reflexes were amazing. He sidestepped as the bird flew at him and grabbed it by its wing. Immediately the feathered creature began to panic, but it was short lived as the young man lashed out with his leg and kicked the Spearow harshly, sending it tumbling across the ground unconscious. Standing straight, the boy snorted. "Another useless pokemon." he said.
Pulling his bag back onto his back, he turned and headed towards the lights of the small town.
The night faded away and gave way to morning. New Bark woke again peacefully, the people arising for another days work. However, there was one who wasn't ready to wake yet. He lay in his bed, the blanket up over his head to keep the sun in the windows from waking him. On a large cushion next to his bed lay Growlithe, sleeping heavily himself.
The woman walked up the stairs to her house and opened the boys door. Walking to his bed, she reached down and jerked the covers from his form. Rolling over, he covered his face and cried out. "Come on mom!" he shouted.
She smirked at him and pulled him out of bed. "You sleep way too much as it is. Now get up and get outside. Professor Elm wanted to see you today anyway." she said.
His eyes opened wide. Standing up, he pulled a random shirt over his head and started to shake his sleeping pokemon. "Shepard! Wake up!" he shouted. The pokemon growled, then glared at him.
Ken walked out the door to his house and to the end of the street where his mailbox stood. Opening it, he was suddenly startled, causing him to scatter his mail all over the walk. Turning around, he saw what had startled him running down the street. Felix was yelling loudly as a small Growlithe chased him shooting flames at him. Laughing to himself, the man gathered his mail and walked back to his house.
"The same thing every morning from that boy. One of these days he'll learn that Growlithe doesn't like to be woken up."
Felix ran down the road at a sprint, dodging the flame attacks from his pokemon. "Cummon Shepard! Cut it out!" he shouted. Looking ahead, he noticed Professor Elms lab and ran as fast as he could. He reached the door and pulled on the handle, only to find it locked. "Uh oh..."
Professor Elm was sitting at his desk pouring over some notes of his. He had been at it all day and couldn't figure it out. Something in his writings was wrong, yet he had no idea what it was. He stared at the notes harder, thinking maybe it would hit him, when he was jarred back to reality by someone jerking at the handle to his door.
"Oh dear...that must be Felix." he said and stood up. "Funny...I don't usually leave my door locked..." he remarked to himself. Suddenly, he jumped at the sound of a scream outside. Running to the door, he opened it quickly and looked around. On the ground in front of the door with a disgruntled look on his face and charred flame all over his body was Felix. "Oh, there you are. What happened here?" asked the professor.
The boy glared at the dog, his body smoking from the attack. "I was attacked by a wild animal..." he said, causing the Growlithe to growl again. Standing up, the boy dusted the char from himself and looked at the professor. "Thanks for leaving the door locked by the way." he said walking inside the lab.
"Oh, sorry about that." said the older man as they walked over to his table. Felix's eyes darted to something laying on the desk as they approached. His jaw dropped when he came into full view of it.
"Is...is that..." he said.
"Yes. A pokedex version 2.3. Professor Oak over in Pallet Town sent it to me some weeks ago." said Professor Elm as he pulled open a desk drawer and took something out. "Now then Felix. The reason I called you here is because I want you to take this to a friend of mine. He lives on Route 30, so its a bit of a walk. But you should be able to make it there in a day." he said as he picked the pokedex up and handed it to the boy.
"Woah..." said Felix in excitement as he opened the pokedex and stared at it. However, Professor Elm put his hand over the screen.
"I'm afraid that you won't be able to use it." said the man. Felix looked up at him with shock. "Professor Oak said that the battery in this one isn't working. You are to take this to my friend over on route 30 so that he may replace the battery." Felix looked disappointed that the famous machinery he was holding was nothing more than a paperweight. "I'm sorry my boy. But this isn't the mission you had hoped to go on yet."
The boy sighed and placed the pokedex in a pocket on his backpack. "I was hoping I'd finally be able to..." he said, looking at the ground.
"I know...you want to find your brother." said the professor as he patted the boys back. "Don't worry though, some day soon, you will be on Victory Road, plowing through trainers like they were rookies." he said. "Now, it's still early. So you may be able to make Cherrygrove City by nightfall."
Felix nodded. "Alright. I'll leave right away." he said.
"Oh, one more thing." said the man. The boy turned to him curiously. "This is for you." he said, holding out the object he had pulled from the drawer. It was a wristband with a small screen on it. The screen, though small sported a digital readout with a map of New Bark on it. The boys face lit up immediately.
"Pokegear!" He shouted and grabbed the device. Immediately he put it on and pressed the red button on the side. The map changed over to a watch that read 10:34am. "This is great!" he shouted.
"Indeed. It's brand new, so it doesn't quite have all the applications installed yet. So you will have to do that yourself. But at least its got the clock and the map from here to my friends house. I programmed that into it already."
"Don't worry professor. I'll take good care of it." he said smiling again.
"Good." said the professor, happy to see the boy smiling again. "Now, go ahead and get on it. He's waiting for you."
Felix nodded and headed for the door as Professer Elm went back to his desk. Growlithe followed him, but as he reached the door, he was stopped.
"Felix, this is for you." said a woman. He turned to her and his face turned red, his expression melting. She stood tall with glasses across the bridge of her nose, her dark hair running down to her shoulders. He looked down at her hand and there were three pokeballs, tiny in form in her palm.
Taking them, he smiled at her. "Thanks." he said. She winked at him.
"Only the best for the Johto's future champion." she said.
After turning back to the door, he looked at Growlithe with a smirk. "Ready for the first step Shepard?" Seeming to smirk back, the dog-like pokemon barked. "Then lets go." he said, and opened the door to a new world of discovery he had yet to even realize.