A/N: Hey everybody! I have been a big time fan of Fanfiction (no pun intended;) for a long time now. I have read stories all the way from Naruto, Harry Potter, Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper, Percy Jackson and my all-time favorite: Pokémon. In my opinion, the best and most talented writers I have come across have been Pokémon fan writers. In fact it was these very writers and their stories that have inspired me to finally start my own fiction... Well that and my very supportive Mother who talked me into "Just doing it". Love ya mom!
Also, I would like to thank the following authors who have inspired me to step up and try writing myself: 'Sabor364' the writer of one of the best Pokémon stories out there 'Chronicles of The Chosen One: Pokémon Master', 'Shadow10503' writer of 'Ash's Master Quest' and the biggest thank you of all goes to 'MidnightFedora' the author of one of my favorite Pokémon stories 'Like No Other'. This writer is very talented ladies and Gentlemen and I encourage you all to read her story. I was nervous when I offered some of my ideas to her for her story but she was very accepting and gracious to me and made a point to encourage my ideas. Needless to say, she really got me thinking about writing so if you're reading this miss, thank you very much for the inspiration and I hope you like this story!
I'm going to be utilizing a lot of different ideas from many different stories as well as combining them with many of my own ideas to make one awesome Pokémon fic!
One thing I want everyone to understand right here and now about me and my fic is this: I'm a big time 'out of the box thinker and live outside of what is considered the norm', type of person. This means my fic, (much like my favorite band Shinedown) will be very bold and fearless. SO EVERYONE KNOWS! There will be MANY AU moments in this story. Sometimes big ones. Ash will also be OOC in several occasions throughout this story. I really wanted to show an Ash that constantly evolves, gets better and matures throughout the course of his adventure, both in Pokémon and in life. Don't worry though people, he will still have his funny moments!
I'm also a HUGE fitness and workout freak, so expect Ash and his Pokémon to train. HARD. I will be also be cameo'ing my favorite workout program somewhere in this story later on, so if any fellow fans of this particular program notice this cameo, please, don't hesitant to make a shout out to me!
Now before I go on I want to explain some important information about a few things here and now so I don't have to explain SOOO much about the direction of the story later on in the A/N's of the future chapters. So, here are some things you will see:
1: Ash will be smart, mature, and very, very strong as a trainer. (For any who wonder this, his growth as a trainer and person will happen at a good, even pace throughout the course of the story.) However! There are going to be special 'reasons and exceptions' that will set Ash apart from any other trainer. I will explain some of them here and the rest... well you will just have to wait and see until later;) So don't be surprised if Ash does something that leaves you shocked. Because that's what I aim to do! Surprise and amaze! Just trust me when I say that he will work very hard in this story.
2: Ash will have Psychic and Aura powers. He will unlock these powers at different times and in crucial moments in the story but he won't learn how to control them completely until he meets the mentors that are going to teach him how to control his powers, which will be later on. (Warning: when this happens, bad-ass Ash alert, lol!) He may end up with other abilities, but I'm not sure yet. If anyone has an ideas please PM!
3: Ash will catch A LOT of Pokémon. (Don't worry people he will definitely be able to make all of them very strong so no worries about him having too many Pokémon and not being able to train them all. I have his Pokémon's training already planned out! (Evil Grin)
4: Ash will age! By the time of the Unova Arc he will be a grown man.
5: Ash will have ALL his canon captures. So don't worry about him losing those Pokémon. However there will be a twist or two when it comes to said Pokémon!
6: Ash WILL catch legendaries! There will be a whole process behind it so it won't be goofy. Basically he will be the only trainer worthy of them... Don't worry you'll find out;)
7: I WILL be taking this story into every region the anime follows and there will be mega-evolutions. No I will not make any up. The mega forms will all be canon.
8: I'm a big time romantic so Ash will NOT be romantically dense! Some people are natural born romantics. Ash will be one. I mean come on, how can you fault him? He was raised by his mother. A WOMAN! Ash knows how to treat a lady from his mother always instructing him on how to be a perfect gentlemen. So in short, he will notice the finer sex and he WILL get romantically involved! I'm sure many of you will love who all I have picked;)
9: Ash will have MANY titles that he will earn throughout the course of the story. And the whole 'Chosen One' thing will be a BIG DEAL in this story.
10: There will be no 'levels' for Pokémon in this story. I will just categorize them into the different strength groups with the lowest being 'Baby and Young Pokémon with no battle experience at all' (New trainers) and the highest being 'Champion Level Pokémon' (Like Cynthia's Pokémon). There will be a few other levels in between the lowest and highest level but I will explain them later. (Spoiler Alert!) Ash's Pokémon will be able to reach a level above the 'Champion' level.
So that's it! I have laid out everything you all will need to know about this story and what direction it's heading in. The rest you will just have to wait to find out!
I am more than happy to receive ideas and editing for this story, just PM me. Please remember though! This is MY take on how I wanted to see Ash's Pokémon journey go. If one of you doesn't like what I'm doing then please, do me and everybody else who may like this story a favor and go find another story that suits you or write your own. That's the beauty of Fanfiction! Anybody can write a story about a particular movie, book or game that suits them and offers what THEY want to read. Fanfiction doesn't have to follow canon, that's why it's called FAN...FICTION...!
By the way, to all flamers out there I have one thing to say to you. Go ahead. Flaming does nothing to help anybody. All it does is show people how pathetic you are by not being able to do something as simple as just leaving the story. If you don't like, don't read. Simple, easy to remember. Don't complain because guess what? All it does is fall on deaf ears and give me a few good laughs. There are THOUSANDS of Pokémon fics out there, pick one you DO like.
Now. To the rest of you beautiful and handsome readers! I truly do apologize for this LONNNGGGG... pre-story A/N, the rest WILL NOT be like this. I just wanted to let everyone know where I was going so there were less questions about my plans for the story. I hope you enjoy the beginning of what I'm sure will become a revolution in Pokémon Fanfiction!
THE GREATEST THERE WAS...OR EVER WILL BE
Until the Prologue: To quote Journey, "I'm Forever Yours... Faithfully"
A/N: Hello dear readers! As promised here is chapter one of my very first story!
Please read the pre-story A/N I posted earlier and get an understanding for what is going to be seen and done in this story. Ohhh and by the way people! I know I said in the end of the introduction A/N that this would be a prologue but the chapter got so big on me that I'm officially naming this chapter one of the actual story. So without further ado and no more long A/N's (Thank God!) here is the first official chapter of this story! Please enjoy!
DISCLAIMER: I do not own Pokémon or anything else that I may mention in this story that has been previously copyrighted.
This is purely for fun and enjoyment, I am making NOTHING off of this story!
THE GREATEST THERE EVER WAS OR EVER WILL BE
Chapter 1: Birth Of The Chosen-One
She didn't know what it was about this particular day but recently turned twenty-one year old Delia Ketchum knew that today was going to be something very special, she just knew it! She really couldn't explain it, but from the moment she woke up everything just seemed to be going right. And not just with her either. When Delia was watching early morning TV there were broadcasts on all the channels about very odd Pokémon behavior happening around the world.
Apparently different species of Pokémon had been performing unnaturally, (even for Pokémon), kind feats and not just for each other either, but for people as well.
One story was on how a large amount of fighting type Pokémon surrounded a construction crew that was working on building a new community center in Saffron City. All of the workers according to news reports, froze when they were surrounded by the fighting types. The next thing that happened surprised them all. The Pokémon began filling onto the job site and started finishing the construction on the new building completely unbidden. A young worker said on quote in an interview: "Those Pokémon went to work on our construction site and started working on that community center we were building. It took us awhile to get over the shock...but after we did, we started helping em'. And it actually got finished! Good thing too cause' we were behind the deadline. All I can say to those Pokémon is thanks".
But that was just one circumstance. Pokémon had been reportedly performing amazingly kind and generous deeds for humans all over the world.
Another story was about a woman in the Johto region that owned her own greenhouses and flower gardens and was in the business of growing and selling rare and unique types of flowers and plants that usually only came from other regions. That was until a hurricane that had hit Olivine City and had torn up through the coastline ended up hitting her "Green Farm," destroying everything. She was distraught and believed her business was ruined...but just when everything seemed lost, a large amount of Grass Type Pokémon that lived in the nearby area all came to her farm and began using their abilities and moves like Sunny Day combined with Synthesis on her plants and flowers, giving them life and healing them back to their previous vitality.
A reporter for "Johto Times" caught up with the woman in question and asked for her views on what happened and how she was feeling about it.
"I was astounded!" exclaimed the greenhouse owner. "I thought my business was ruined...but when those Pokémon came and saved my plants I felt... I can't even begin to exclaim how I felt! I had been hearing the stories on the news about Pokémon around the world doing things completely out of their behavior and helping people, but I never thought that they would do anything like that for me...All I can say to those wonderful Pokémon who helped me is thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart."
And if all of that wasn't enough, behavior between different types of Pokémon who had long histories of fighting with one another were suddenly getting along perfectly like there had never been any feuds between their warring species! One report that had come in from the Hoenn region, which was witnessed by Professor Birch himself, told how he actually witnessed a Zangoose and Seviper getting along; not so much as a single fight breaking out.
Needless to say, after hearing all of these reports, Delia was shocked.
She wouldn't question it though, she was just happy that Arceus had decided to bless humans and Pokémon alike on this rare day of peace and cooperation. After all, today was June 21 and the Summer Solstice, if she recalled correctly, was today. Maybe that was the cause of all of this. Of course, another reason Delia might have to be happy today could be due to the fact that she was supposed to give birth any day now, which was a very good thing because after nearly nine months of being pregnant she was anxious to finally see her baby.
Delia had decided early that morning that she would be going to visit the world famous Professor Oak at his renowned Pokémon Research Laboratory and Ranch. Samuel Oak had always been a good friend to Delia ever since she had known him, and was in some ways a father figure to her since her own parents had long since passed when she was young.
So after getting dressed in a simple pair of jean bib overalls with a pink T-shirt underneath, Delia tied her hair back into a pony tail, slipped on some comfortable white tennis shoes and stepped out of her quaint little two level house into the morning sun. She was greeted when she entered the outside world by what she was sure was to become a very beautiful day. After walking down the little path from her house and through the gate that separated her yard and the road, she began the trek to Professor Oak's lab at a slow and comfortable pace. The lab was only up the road a short way, but in Delia's near nine month pregnant condition, she was more than happy to take it slow. Plus, it was turning out to be such a beautiful day that she didn't mind the extra time it would take her.
Yet again while walking, Delia was pulled into noticing just how special of a day it seemed to be. The breeze was blowing just enough to usher in the warmth that came with those early summer mornings, and being that it was June, the weather fit the time perfectly. Delia marveled at how the trees, flowers, and grass seemed to dance with the breeze that was lightly flowing through the area. A flock of Pidgey went flying overhead, just riding on smooth air currents that seemed almost like Rayquaza or Tornadus themselves tamed the wild winds just for this day. A few Rattata went scurrying into the nearby brush in a field, playing with each other and also enjoying the great day.
As she continued to walk, Delia couldn't help but also think of her husband and father to her unborn child...Richard Ketchum.
Richard was always a "Go with the flow" type of man, very rarely ever taking anything serious. He had a stubbornness in him and such a compulsion for rash, (and sometimes stupid) decisions, he drove her mad! Not to mention the bottomless pit he called a stomach. Delia swore that after living with Richard for all those years, she could probably have had an award made for herself due to all of the food she constantly made for him and that he always seemed to inhale!
A little known secret that very few people knew except for Richard and Professor Oak was that she was not always the world class cook she is now. Ohhhh no...there was a time she couldn't even make ice! But after marrying Richard she quickly realized that she would have to learn how to cook. And fast! So she ended up learning how to cook through a home video course. The instructor was a woman named Lisa Stone, who was apparently a world renowned chef and had worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in the world. After a few months of learning from her video course Delia became a cooking genius, she was able to make anything! Not to mention a few dishes she herself invented, that, not to brag, she believed would rival Lisa Stone's own. Of course, Richard praised her new found culinary skills with vigor! And if not for the fact that he was a very active man, he would probably have gotten fat the first year into their marriage! He even went so far as to give her the nickname "His little Jirachi".
At first Delia was furious that he would compare her to a Pokémon no matter if it was a Legendary or not. The only thing that saved Richard from her infamous wooden spoon was when he told her that the only reason he compared her to Jirachi was because, like the wish granting Pokémon itself, Delia always seemed to answer all of his hopes, dreams and wishes with how amazing she was. Delia smiled at remembering how he would say things like that. Aside from all of his petty little quirks that sometimes drove her crazy, Richard was a good man with a heart of gold that always put others before himself. Especially Delia.
She remembered when she first met Richard...It was at Professor Oak's lab.
Flashback: Two Years Ago
A nineteen year-old Delia was on her way to visit her good friend Professor Samuel Oak, world renowned Pokémon Researcher, at his Pokémon Laboratory/Ranch. Upon entering said establishment Delia's sight was greeted by, instead of a greying haired Professor, a handsome looking man standing in the center of the lab looking at some of the equipment of the Professor's. As soon as Delia came in, the man turned around to look at who just arrived. Upon the man turning around Delia got a good look at him. He was about 5'11 she guessed, not too short and not too tall. He had raven-black hair that was cut short, except for at the top of his head, which was longer and spiked up with a single strand of hair coming down over his forehead. He had a chiseled face with three scar-like lines on both cheeks. He was wearing a black T-shirt that fit his well-muscled upper body, a maroon colored full sleeve leather jacket that had black pockets on both sides of the chest, as well as identical black colored pockets on the sides of the jacket. On his lower body he wore tan, almost sandy colored, form fitting cargo pants that was littered with pockets, a black belt across his waist that had a set of six Pokeballs attached to it, leading Delia to assume that he must have been a trainer. He also had a pair of black combat boots adorning his feet that the bottom of his cargo pants was tucked into. He looked too be in his early twenties. Delia could feel her face heat up as she took in the man before her. One thought crossed her mind, 'This guy is so handsome!'
At the same time Richard was looking at Delia and loving everything that he was seeing. From her long hair that fell past her shoulders, her beautiful face that donned the faintest pinkish color of a blush across her cheeks that signified her innocence. She was wearing a short sleeve white shirt with a purple Pokeball across the chest that was just tight enough to show her impressive bust, and tight blue jeans covering her curvy lower body. After getting over his stupor, Richard had one thing go through his mind, 'I have been to so many places and I have never seen someone so beautiful!'
Their staring session was broken when Richard finally said something. "Ummm...hi I'm Richard," he greeted while sticking his hand out to shake hers. Delia came out of her trance when she noticed that he was addressing her and shook her head to clear it before taking the offered hand and shaking it with her own. "Hi!" She said enthusiastically, "I'm Delia! I was just coming to visit Professor Oak, what about you?"
After they stopped shaking hands Richard replied back to Delia's question. "I'm actually here for the same reason. I just got back to Kanto today and I was hoping to catch up with Professor Oak and my Pokémon... I think he's out in the corral right now though finishing up with some research or something."
"That's Professor Oak; always researching anything to do with Pokémon... I take it you are a Pokémon Trainer, right?" Delia confirmed.
Richard seemed surprised. "How did you know I was a trainer?" He inquired.
Delia giggled. "Well you just admitted you had Pokémon here at the Ranch...and I saw the Pokeballs on your belt"
Richard suddenly looked sheepish and started rubbing the back of his head with his hand. "Yeah I didn't think about that, sorry..." He laughed.
Delia also laughed and then asked, "How do you know the Professor anyway if you don't mind me asking?"
Richard stopped laughing, "I don't mind at all Delia." Richard smiled brightly at her which made her blush even more before he continued on. "Professor Oak was actually the one who gave me my first Pokémon way back when and he has watched my other Pokémon for me ever since I started my journey."
"Oh? How long have you been traveling?" Delia asked.
Richard got a happy and proud smile on his face. "9 years, I started when I was 13"
Delia looked impressed. "Wow that's amazing! I bet you and your Pokémon have been on a lot of adventures, huh?"
"Yeah..." Richard replied back, still smiling fondly. "Me and my pals have been through a lot together... What about you?"
Delia just shook her head still smiling. "No, I never had the urge to go on a journey. Pallet Town is such a wonderful place, so I've always been content staying here"
Richard smiled back at her. "Well there is certainly nothing wrong with that Delia. Pallet Town is a very wonderful place to live. In fact, out of all of the places I've been to, I always find myself ready to see this place again at some point."
"Really?" Delia asked.
"Absolutely!" Richard exclaimed. "Every time I come home something happens that makes me glad I did." Richard smiled shyly while looking at Delia. "Kind of like right now..."
Delia smiled warmly and responded back to him. "Well I'm kind of glad that Professor Oak wasn't around when I got here...otherwise I wouldn't have gotten the chance to talk to someone as interesting and sweet as you." Delia blushed a little as she said that last part more to herself than anyone else. However Richard heard and smiled even wider and blushed a little himself.
There was a comfortable silence between the two until Delia asked another question. "So since you've traveled so much and been so many places, have you ever won a League Tournament?"
"No." Richard shook his head. "Me and my Pokémon have never won a League before. We have come close... but never actually won yet..." Richard looked a little crestfallen for a second, but quickly bounced back and said, "But we will never stop trying! We're going to keep training to get stronger, and one day, we will win a league!"
Delia just smiled at Richard's enthusiasm. She was finding this man even more interesting by the second. Not only was he attractive, funny and had a great personality, but he was also so passionate when it came to his dream and talking about his Pokémon.
Richard suddenly looked very nervous and started fidgeting. "You know Delia..." Richard began, looking like he would start sweating any second, "Maybe you and I could get together sometime... I could tell you some more about my adventures if you'd like..."
Delia stood shocked. She thought, 'Is he asking me on a date?!'
Before she could even reply or ponder on what he just said, a loud "BOOM!" Sounded from somewhere out in the fields around the Oak Ranch, shaking the Lab.
"What was that?!" Delia shouted.
"I don't know..." Richard replied already running for the door that lead into the Poke'corral. "But I'm gonna find out!"
"Then I'm coming too!" Delia stated already running after Richard.
"No Delia, this could be dangerous!" Richard said firmly. "It could be a rampaging Pokémon for all we know!"
"Richard, Professor Oak could be in trouble! And if that's the case, then I'm coming to help in any way I can. He is like a father to me and I won't just sit here while he could be in danger!"
Richard looked impressed with her determination and spirit and just gave her a small smile before he replied back, "Okay Delia, just stay close to me, got it?"
Delia nodded firmly. "Yes"
"Okay then, let's go!" Richard shouted.
And with that, the pair took off into the fields looking for the source of the explosion.
Richard and Delia didn't have to search long. They ran into a wide open section of one of the many fields that surrounded the Poke'ranch and found what was causing the commotion.
Two Pokémon, a Tyranitar and a Hydreigon were in the middle of the field, or what was once a field, that now looked more like a war-zone, grappling each other in a duel of strength while roaring at one another. The two Pokémon looked battered and bruised, like they had been fighting for quite a while now. The ground had large scorch marks and craters everywhere, large boulders lay smashed into rubble, undoubtedly from the two enraged Pokémon's attacks, and partially buried in some of the nearby rubble was a torn up looking Professor Oak.
As soon as Delia caught sight of Professor Oak she made to try and run to him but Richard held her back.
"Hey what are you doing?! Professor Oak needs help!" Delia shouted at Richard.
"And we will Delia," Richard soothed, "But first we need to distract those two..." Richard said pointing at the two Pokémon locked in combat.
"How?" Asked Delia.
"I'll break them up and calm them down with my Pokémon." Richard explained. "While I do that, you grab the Professor and then get to safety. Understand?"
Delia nodded her head in affirmative.
"Good, then get ready!" Richard said.
Delia did as told and then looked back at Richard.
"Be careful." She said with a worried look on her face.
Richard gave a thumbs up. "You got it!" He assured her with a smile.
Delia smiled back and got ready.
Richard took off and got nearer to the two battling Pokémon while he pulled two Pokeballs of his own from his belt and threw them into the air.
"Blastoise! Flygon! I choose you!" Richard shouted.
The two fully evolved Pokémon appeared with shouts of their names. "Blast!" "Fly!"
"Okay you two," Richard addressed his Pokémon, "We have to stop those two from fighting." Richard said pointing at Tyranitar and Hydreigon. "You ready?"
Richard's Pokémon nodded their heads, ready for battle.
"Okay, let's start this off! Blastoise, use Hydro Pump, Flygon, Dragonbreath!"
"Blas...toise!" Blastoise shouted as he launched the powerful water attack from the two cannons on its back.
"Fly!" Flygon yelled as it unleashed a powerful, purplish beam of energy from its mouth. Both attacks hit their marks and sent the two enraged Pokémon crashing back into some nearby trees.
Richard didn't celebrate. He knew it wasn't over... and after a moment, he was right.
Both Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon came bursting out from the tree line completely forgetting their feud for now, and instead opting to find who dared attack them and interrupt their battle. Once they set their eyes on Blastoise and Flygon waiting for them in the center of the field, they shouted their names in rage and started to charge.
"Guys, be careful and get ready to dodge!" Richard warned. His Pokémon just nodded their heads showing they understood.
Tyranitar quickly closed the gap in-between it and Blastoise with its fist glowing white.
Richard recognizing the signs of a Focus Punch yelled, "Blastoise dodge to the side to avoid that Focus Punch and then follow up with an Aqua Tail!"
Just as Tyranitar was about to connect with its target, Blastoise jumped to the side, avoiding the attack thrown its way. Tyranitar stumbled when its attack missed just as Blastoise's tail started making the shape of a twister of water. Before it could react, Blastoise smashed its Aqua Tail right into Tyranitar's side making it cry out in pain while sailing into a nearby rock.
Richard only had enough time to turn his attention to his other Pokemon before he saw Hydreigon charging at Flygon shrouded in the familiar purple cloak of energy that signaled a Giga Impact. "Flygon use Agility and then fly into the air to avoid that Giga Impact!" Richard shouted.
Just as Hydreigon was about to hit Flygon, it shot into the air in a blur using its already impressive speed combined with Agility. Hydreigon missed its mark, passing right under Flygon. "Good Flygon! Now, while Hydreigon is recovering from that Giga Impact, get in close and use Dragon Claw followed up by Seismic Toss!"
Flygon flew down in a blur of speed and got right in front of Hydreigon with its claws glowing white and slashed them down the rampaging Pokémon's face, making it bellow in pain and fall back. Flygon didn't stop there and grabbed a hold of Hydreigon and flew up into the air. Once it got so high, Flygon went plummeting back to the earth and once it was getting close to the ground it let go, sending Hydreigon smashing into the earth.
Blastoise and Flygon stood there close to one another while Richard looked at where the two enraged Pokémon were currently at, getting back up to their feet slowly and growling in rage, getting ready to attack again.
Richard looked back at where Delia was at and was pleased to see that while his Pokémon were battling the angry Pokémon, Delia had retrieved Professor Oak and was currently tending to his wounds. He didn't seem to be too badly hurt, just a little beat up, so hopefully that meant he would be okay. Yet again Richard was surprised by Delia. She was brave enough to run onto the field of a raging battle to save a friend that was in trouble. It was safe to say that Richard was definitely taken with Delia. She was a courageous and strong woman and he would be lying if he said that didn't attract him.
He didn't have any more time to think because he suddenly heard two loud shouts of obvious rage coming from the battle behind him. When he turned around he saw both Tyranitar and Hydreigon standing up again and looking furious. Richard warned his Pokémon to be careful and they just nodded their heads ready to go. At that moment something strange happened. Both rivaling Pokémon shared a look between the two and then nodded to one another before they both took off at Richards Pokémon.
"Get ready guys here they come!" Richard shouted. Blastoise and Flygon crouched into position. "Alright Blastoise, Ice Beam and Flygon, use Air Cutter!"
The two Pokémon launched their attacks at the charging Pseudo-Legendaries. Just as the attacks were about to hit the two Pokémon, something happened that shocked Richard. Tyranitar jumped in front of the Ice Beam heading for Hydreigon and deflected it with a Mud Shot attack. At the same time, Hydreigon got in the way of the Air Cutter attack heading for Tyranitar and used its Dragon Pulse attack to destroy the blades of wind. Keeping their momentum going after stopping the attacks that were heading for them, the two temporary allies closed in on Richards Pokémon. Before he could utter a single command Tyranitar got right in front of Blastoise and began using Close Combat on the Turtle Pokémon. At the same time, Hydreigon got in front of Flygon and used its Dragon Tail attack to smash Flygon in the face, followed by another Dragon Pulse that sent Flygon soaring back towards Blastoise, smashing into him.
Tyranitar and Hydreigon immediately started charging orange balls of energy in their mouths. Knowing exactly what those attacks were, Richard called to his downed Pokémon to stand up and get out of the way. It wasn't meant to be though, because at that second both of the opposing Pokémon fired their respective Hyper Beams right at Blastoise and Flygon. There was nothing Richard could do but watch in horror as the double Hyper Beam hit his Pokémon, causing a large explosion and kicking up a huge smoke cloud.
Richard, Delia, and the now conscience Professor Oak watched anxiously as the dust cloud cleared to show the results of the powerful combined attack. What they saw shocked them all. Even Richard.
Blastoise was laying over top of Flygon retracted into its shell. There were bad scorch marks atop its shell from where the dual attack struck, but aside from that, both Blastoise and Flygon were fine and they both stood up. Richard was both dumbfounded that his Pokémon were able to do such a thing without his commands and proud that he had raised them well enough that they instinctively protected one another even without a command from their trainer.
Richard smiled at this turn of events in the battle and felt re-energized! One look at his Pokémon and he could tell they felt the same way. The same could not be said, however, for their opponents. Both Tyranitar and Hydreigon looked exhausted from the battle with each other and Richards Pokémon. Not to mention the powerful Hyper Beams that they both launched in an attempt to defeat their opponents. But even still, though, their anger and pride would not allow them to give up, and with another bellow of rage they began to charge.
"Okay my friends" Richard said confidently. "Are you ready to end this?!"
Both Blastoise and Flygon shouted to the sky signaling they were ready to go.
"Okay then! Let's stop that charge before they can get any momentum. Blastoise, use Earthquake to knock them off balance! Flygon, whip up a powerful Twister attack so they can't root themselves and ride out the Earthquake!"
With shouts of their names they launched their attacks. Blastoise unleashed a massive tremor that started to knock the charging Pokémon off balance, but true to Richard's concern, their battle worn opponents began to root themselves deeper in the ground as they ran, but still slowing down considerably. Their attempt at staying on their feet however didn't work though because as soon as Flygon's Twister hit the rapidly slowing down Pokémon, it knocked them completely off balance and they fell to their knees. Taking advantage of the situation, Richard commanded his Pokémon further by yelling, "Flygon hit Hydreigon with your Extremespeed, use the momentum to hit it with a Dragon Tail and finish the combo with an Air Slash and Blastoise, blind Tyranitar with your strongest Blizzard then get in close and hit it with a Rapid Hydro Spin, (Combination of Rapid Spin and Hydro Pump), and then send it flying with a Mega-Punch!"
Richards Pokémon obeyed him perfectly and began their attack. Flygon vanished in a blur of speed and then hit Hydreigon using its Extremespeed attack. Carrying forward with the momentum of Hydreigon falling backward, Flygon brought a powerful Dragon Tail attack up over its head in a circular motion and slammed it down on Hydreigon's heads. From there, Flygon flew back a bit, and while Hydreigon was still falling forward from the Dragon Tail attack, Flygon pulled its wings into its body and then whipped them out fast, unleashing a devastating Air Slash that hit Hydreigon and launched it back several feet where it hit the ground and stayed down.
On the other side of the field, Blastoise released a powerful Blizzard from its mouth that all but covered the whole field and blinded Tyranitar that was still on its kness. From there, Blastoise retracted into its shell and took off spinning like a razor blade at Tyranitar while at the same time spouting powerful Hydro Pumps from its shell, the combination looking like a spinning water wheel. As soon as Blastoise collided with Tyranitar, the dual Ground-Dark type Pokémon cried out in pain as it stumbled back falling again to its knees. Blastoise then popped out of its shell, and with a glowing fist signifying a fully charged Mega-Punch and a cry of its name, he punched Tyranitar as hard as he could in the face, lifting the massive Pokémon off of its feet and sending it soaring several feet back where it crash landed next to Hydreigon, also not getting up.
Richard raised his fist in the air and yelled out the final two attacks of the battle. "Blastoise, Hydro Cannon! Flygon, Dragon Rage!"
Blastoise growled loudly while he began charging the most powerful attack a Water-Type can learn, while Flygon's eyes began glowing blue as it started forming a light-blue sphere of energy in its mouth.
With loud cries of "BLAST!" and "FLY!" The two Pokémon sent their fully charged attacks at the downed Tyranitar and Hydreigon. As soon as the attacks hit, an earth shattering explosion was heard and felt, as a huge smoke cloud filled the air.
Richard, his Pokémon, Delia, and Professor Oak just stood there waiting to see what happened. As the smoke cleared it showed two badly beaten up and clearly unconscious Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon laying on the battle torn field.
Richard let out a yell of triumph and ran to his exhausted Pokémon and congratulated them, hugging and thanking them profusely. Professor Oak and Delia smiled at the scene and went to join the celebrating bunch. After Richard returned his trusted Pokémon he turned around just in time to see Delia running at him and flinging her arms around him in a tight hug. After separating from one another Delia just looked at Richard and excitedly proclaimed, "That was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! You and your Pokémon were so brave and strong throughout that entire battle, I have never seen a trainer and his Pokémon so in-sync with each other before!
Richard just looked embarrassed and replied back, "You were also very impressive Delia! I don't know many people who would run onto the middle of a battlefield just to save a friend. That was incredibly brave of you!"
Delia just blushed under Richards praise and then with no real reason why, kissed his cheek. Richard blushed tomato berry red and smiled in a goofy way. Professor Oak, who had been silently observing this exchange with a small and knowing grin, decided to make himself known for the first time.
"I have to agree with Richard, Delia. Saving an old man like me was a very brave thing to do."
Delia and Richard both parted quickly from their close embrace, forgetting that the Professor was there and blushing up a storm as they did so.
"Professor!" exclaimed Delia. "How are you feeling?"
"Oh I'm fine Delia my dear! Just a few scrapes and bruises is all. Nothing that won't heal with time." The Professor said with a smile. "Of course if it wasn't for you and Richard here it could have been much, much worse for not just me, but all of the Pokémon here at the lab as well." Professor Oak finished.
Richard took this time to enter the conversation. "Professor Oak," Richard began, "What caused those two Pokémon to go crazy like that?" He gestured to the unconscious Tyranitar and Hydreigon while he spoke.
Professor Oak just sighed sadly and walked up to the two Pokémon that had taken quite a beating in the battle. Kneeling down, Professor Oak drew two Pokeballs from his lab coat and returned the two of them. Standing back up, Professor Oak turned to Richard and said solemnly, "Trainer negligence is what happened my boy... trainer negligence."
Richard and Delia both looked confused and asked at the same time, "What do you mean Professor?"
Professor Oak just chuckled at the two of them, who then promptly blushed, before answering their question. "You see, there is a particular trainer that I sponsor that has... how shall I say this... an obsession with obtaining powerful Pokémon like Tyranitar and Hydreigon here, but of course as we all know, it takes a very skilled and talented trainer to be able to handle raising Pokémon like Pseudo-Legendaries such as these two and-"
"Yeah I know all about that all right" Richard interrupted quietly.
Delia looked quizzically at Richard, while Professor Oak just got quiet and formed a sad and pitying look on his face that he looked at Richard with. "What do you mean?" She asked him.
Richard looked down. "I used to have a Dragonite before. I caught it as a Dratini and it always listened to me fine as both a Dratini and a Dragonair, but when it evolved into a Dragonite it just wouldn't obey me anymore. I didn't know why that was either, I was an experienced trainer and had fought and defeated many strong opponents before, but for some reason Dragonite just wouldn't listen to me. So one day..." Richard swallowed hard here. "I released it."
Delia looked shocked. "Why Richard?"
Richard looked up sadly and gave an equally sad smile. "It was what it wanted... Dragonite wasn't a bad Pokémon, just the opposite actually... but when a Pokémon like a Pseudo-Legendary is either caught in its final form or is evolved to its final form by a trainer, then it needs to feel like that trainer is strong and worthy enough to be able to call them their Pokémon trainers. Apparently Dragonite knew I was not that trainer and so...I released him."
Delia was shocked. A Pokémon not obeying Richard? She couldn't believe that after seeing the way Richard and his Pokémon just battled together. She was even more surprised that Richard actually gave up on his Dragonite and just let him go. Then again, she could understand why. Richard just wanted his Pokémon to be happy, and if he couldn't achieve that... then he wanted Dragonite to able to get it from somewhere. Even if it was with another trainer. Delia felt herself grow even stronger feelings for Richard in that sudden realization of how selfless he was.
She smiled at him. "I'm sure that Dragonite is very happy wherever he is now. You did the right thing, something very few people could do. Feel proud of that." She told him.
Richard smiled back at her. "Thank you Delia; that means a lot coming from you, and actually, I know he is happy now."
"You know where he is?" Asked Delia.
Richard nodded. "He ended up joining Lance, the Kanto and Johto Pokémon League Champion."
Delia went wide eyed. "Really?" She asked.
"Yep" Richard said. "He's actually Lance's strongest Pokémon."
"Wow." Delia exclaimed.
Professor Oak finally rejoined the conversation. "That is pretty much the same problem that we had here today."
When Delia and Richard turned to face Oak again he finished his explanation from earlier. "As I was saying before, this Tyranitar and Hydreigon doesn't respect their trainer and so they never do anything he asks of them. I imagine he got tired of dealing with them and so he sent them to me for a while. However, he never told me that these two can't stand one another and that any time they are out of their Pokeballs they fight. So we have what we did today. When I tried to stop it...well you saw the results of that."
"So what will happen to these two Pokémon now Professor?" Delia asked.
"Most likely I will have to isolate them in completely different areas of the Ranch so they never see each other. Otherwise, we could have a repeat of today."
Delia looked sad and mad at the fact that those two Pokémon would have to suffer in isolation because of an irresponsible trainer. Richard was just mad at that trainer's carelessness in general.
"It is a shame..." Professor Oak said. "But I'm sure everything will work out. Now if you two will excuse me, I have some accommodations that I have to make for these two Pokémon here and I believe they could do with a nice long rest under the PRM, (Pokémon Recovery Machine), so I will see you later on... and thank you again for your help, both of you. You make a great couple."
Delia and Richard both went red at that comment, but before either could say anything Professor Oak continued on. "You know... I believe a nice new restaurant just opened up nearby. Why don't you two check it out this evening? I hear it's very nice." Professor Oak just winked at the young pair and then walked back up to the Lab before either of them could say anything.
Richard and Delia stood in silence for a few moments before Richard finally spoke. "You know...that offer for us to get together and discuss my travels still stands...if you would want to that is..."
Delia for a moment was speechless, before a big smile came over her face. "I would love to!" She chirped happily.
Now it was Richards turn to be shocked for a moment before he cracked a huge goofy grin. "Great! How about we go now? I just need to stop by Professor Oak's lab for a minute so I can drop off my Pokémon and get Blastoise and Flygon healed up."
"Sounds good to me!" Said Delia excitedly.
After that the two walked up to the Professors Lab chatting non-stop about everything, and if you looked closely enough, with their hands intertwined.
And they did go out that evening, and many other evenings after that. Very soon after meeting, Delia and Richard became romantically involved. Richard was supposed to head back out on another journey, but his relationship with Delia was just more important to him, so he stayed. After a time, they got married and bought the house that Delia lives in now, situated comfortably in the tiny little valley of Pallet Town, just ten minutes from Professor Oaks Lab. Delia and Richard loved each other fiercely and lived, for the most part, happily together for the better part of two years. Over time however, Richard began to miss traveling around the world with his Pokémon and Delia could see this. She loved Richard very much and the last thing she wanted was to see him unhappy. As a result, Delia told Richard one day that she wanted him to go on another journey with his Pokémon so that he could do what made him truly happy. As much as she knew he loved her, being caged in one place, even a place as wonderful as Pallet Town, was just not meant for Richard. He had a wild spirit, and she didn't want to break that in him.
Richard was at first reluctant and denied the offer, telling Delia that he truly was happy being married to her and that he loved her very much. Delia told him that she knew he was happy being her husband and she especially knew how much he loved her, but being tied down was something that didn't make him happy and she asked him to admit this. After thinking on it for a long time, he admitted she was right and that he did miss traveling the world with his Pokémon. At first Richard asked Delia to go with him, but they both knew that she couldn't. She loved Pallet Town too much and couldn't leave it behind.
So in the end, Richard decided to begin traveling with his Pokémon again. He and Delia agreed that since they loved each other so much, they would remain married. Richard knew that he wouldn't be traveling forever. Eventually, he and his Pokémon were going to get tired of the constant journeying everywhere and when that day came, Delia said she would welcome Richard back home with open arms and they would then spend the rest of their lives together. After all, they were both still very young. With her being just 21 and him being only 24 they had plenty of time to achieve their goals in life. And right now, Richards dream was to become the winner of at least one League while Delia's dream was to support Richard in his journey and wait for the day that they could be together permanently.
So on very good and loving terms, Delia and Richard parted ways for the first time in two years, not knowing when they would see each other again... However, not before sharing one last night together.
That night was now just about nine months ago and it would seem that Richard had left Delia with a special parting gift that only he could give her. Delia hoped deeply that at some point in the not so distant future, Richard would be able to see their child since he didn't even know she was pregnant before he left. All she could do was hope.
Delia was broken from her memories when she realized she had finally made it to the pathway that lead up the stairs to the Labs front doors. As soon as she made it to the top of the steps, a little out of breath from her current condition, she knocked on the door and let herself in, remembering the words Professor Oak said when he told her she needn't knock when she came visiting.
Upon entering the Lab, she was greeted by the usual sight of Pokémon research machinery and equipment everywhere. After calling for the Professor and not getting an answer, she opted to go check the one place she always found him when he wasn't working with his research equipment or out studying the Pokémon in the ranch. Making her way to the second floor, she made it to the top of the stairs and there she found the Professor sitting at his desk having a conversation with someone undoubtedly important on the video phone. Not wanting to disturb the Professor, Delia went to the next room and sat down one of the sofas, resting her back while she waited for Professor Oak to finish his conversation.
Delia knew that being one of the most renowned Pokémon researchers in the world meant that he was always getting calls asking for his help, assistance, or opinion on something or another to do with Pokémon.
When he was finally done with his conversation, Professor Oak came out of the other room and upon seeing Delia offered her a smile.
"Ah, Delia! Good to see you made it today after all. How are things and how are you faring in your condition?"
Delia smiled back and replied while rubbing her stomach.
"I'm doing very well today, thank you. Though I am ready to have this baby"
"Yes I'm sure you are my dear." Oak replied back chuckling.
"So who were you talking with Professor?" Delia inquired.
Professor Oak sat down on the other couch across from Delia, crossing his arms before replying.
"That was my old friend Professor Rowan, the Sinnoh regions leading authority on Pokémon. He had called to tell me about one of his sponsored trainers who just recently became the Sinnoh League Champion. Apparently she is the talk of the whole region right now, being the youngest person to ever become a League Champion at just sixteen. The way that Rowan talks about her makes it sound like that young woman and her Garchomp are practically unbeatable."
Delia was very impressed with this young woman's supposed skill at being a Pokémon Trainer and commented on it. "That is a very impressive accomplishment indeed. To think, one so young already at the top..." Delia couldn't but think of Richard here and hoped he was okay.
"Yes, that is my dear... that it is..." Professor Oak could tell Delia was thinking of Richard and let her have her moment before continuing.
"We were also discussing the strange behavior of the world's Pokémon lately" Professor Oak admitted.
"Yes, I have been wondering about that myself." Delia commented coming out of her musings. "Do you or any of the other Professors have any idea what's causing it?"
Professor Oak just shook his head in the negative.
"I'm afraid we don't actually. This is completely out of the ordinary for Pokémon behavior. While it's not unheard of for certain species of Pokémon to get rather out of character at certain times during events like breeding or migratory patterns..."
He scratched his chin for a moment before finishing his explanation.
"...It's just unheard of for all of the world's Pokémon to start helping humans and each other randomly like this for no reason... It's a mystery, plain and simple." Oak finished.
"You know though..." He added an as afterthought, "The whole time you have been pregnant, Pokémon have been doing strange and bizarre things around you Delia."
Delia looked at him puzzled. "What do you mean Professor?"
"I'm sure you remember what happened to you when you came to the Lab a few weeks ago and you were almost injured when you were helping me with the Pokémon out in the corral?" Oak asked.
Delia shivered a little when she thought of the memory, but recalled it non-the less.
Flashback: 3 weeks ago
Delia was outside in the Pokémon corral at the Lab, feeding some of the Pokémon for the Professor while he was looking into some very important research papers he had just received from of the Kalos region on Mega-Evolution from Professor Sycamore. She had been helping Professor Oak here at the Lab ever since Richard left and continued to help out even after she found out she was pregnant. Over the past few months however, Delia's ability of being able to do much at all drastically decreased. She was now pretty much limited to feeding, grooming, or watching over the Pokémon per direct orders from Professor Oak. Ever since Delia had become pregnant and Richard was not here to help her, Professor Oak stepped in and played the helping hand for her, always letting her know what she could and couldn't do and just generally watching out for her.
Delia and Professor Oak had always had a kind of surrogate father/daughter relationship since the Professor knew Delia since she was a little girl. After Delia got a little older and her parents died, Professor Oak just sort of took her under his wing. Delia knew that, in a way, Professor Oak looked at the child growing within her as his surrogate grandchild and just wanted to make sure that she and her child would both stay safe. Not to mention the fact that Richard was always Professor Oak's favorite trainer that he sponsored, so this was something that the Professor could do for him as well.
Professor Oak had a daughter, seven year old grand-daughter, as well as a one week old grandson of his own, but that still didn't stop the Professor from caring for Delia the same as he did his own family. That was just the kind of person that Professor Oak was, always caring and watching out for those precious to him. Delia knew Professor Oak's family well, and was actually good friends with his daughter Amelia. Delia and Amelia had known each other for a long time and always got along great. Amelia was a few years older than Delia and sort of played the role of an older sister to her. Even though Delia and Amelia had both been pregnant at the same time together, Amelia was still the more experienced of the two since she already had her seven year old daughter Daisy. So needless to say, Delia felt as though she never would have been able to make it these past nine months if it wasn't for Amelia helping her through all of the pregnancy issues. Amelia ended up giving birth to her son Gary a week ago, so Delia felt sure that she should follow suit soon...hopefully.
Delia was currently finishing up feeding a group of Ponyta in one of the fields that was close to the Lab. She was getting ready to head back up to the lab when she heard what sounded like a call of distress mixed in amongst the sounds of a battle being waged. Delia being the caring and curious person she was, took off as fast as her pregnant body could safely take her. As she past a few of the other fields full of Pokémon Delia finally stopped in a large grassy plain where many of the bigger Pokémon congregated. In front of her about ten yards away was the sight of a large Beartic hovering over the downed and beat up form of a mother Ursaring shielding her young cub. The Beartic had its claws extended in the tell-tale sign of a Slash attack getting ready to harm the mother and child.
Delia didn't know what to do. Richard wasn't here to quill this situation with his Pokémon like last time, and Delia didn't have a Pokémon to so much as even think about fighting that Beartic off with. She was torn, on one hand she wanted to help the mother Ursaring risking her life to shield her young right now, much like Delia herself would do if her own child's life was at risk. Then on the other hand, Delia didn't want to risk the life of her child by getting in the way of a large and dangerous Pokémon ready to attack... Delia knew she couldn't risk it, so instead she decided that she would run back to the Lab as fast as possible and then get Professor Oak, he would know what to do. Just as she was about to take off running however, something stopped her.
Delia felt as though her feet were rooted to the earth and she couldn't move a muscle. She suddenly felt a strong compulsion to just run in and stand in front of the enraged Beartic and stop that attack however necessary. She didn't know what made her think such crazy thoughts. She knew that if she stood in the way of that Slash attack she would be seriously injured and very possible lose her baby.
Delia tried to break the invisible hold on her body, but no matter what she did she couldn't free herself from whatever this force was holding her in place. The compulsion just seemed to get even stronger and Delia kept feeling a strange sensation coming from within her stomach where her baby lay safely inside of her. Before Delia knew what she was doing, she was running towards the downed Ursaring and attacking Beartic. She tried to stop and turn herself around and run the other way but she just couldn't.
The next thing Delia knew, she had thrown herself in between the Beartic and his intended target with her arms shot out to the sides. Looking up at the towering form of the enraged Ice-Type Pokémon Delia was frozen again in place. The Beartic just growled at this obstacle standing in the way of its intended target and reared it's arm back, claws extended and glowing bright white signaling the incoming Slash attack. Delia just closed her eyes, preparing for the unavoidable direct attack that she was about to take. A silent tear rolled down her eye as she silently apologized to her unborn child for this act of extreme foolishness that was about to end its life, and very possibly hers as well.
'I'm sorry my angel for doing this and ending your life before it even began... I just can't control my own body for some reason... Richard my love... forgive me…'
At that very moment, Delia suddenly felt a hot, burning pain from within her stomach that made her eyes fly open immediately. She was certain that the pain had come from Beartic slashing her with its claws, but as soon as she opened her eyes Delia was stunned to see that the Pokémon towering over her had not moved a muscle. In fact, the large bear Pokémon seemed frozen in place with its arm still raised above its head, but not only that, the attack Beartic was building up completely dissipated.
Delia just stared at the large Pokémon in confusion. Beartic was staring at Delia with a look of complete awe, amazement and a little of what looked like fear on its face. She was confused on why that this giant powerhouse of a Pokémon would be awed or afraid of her in any way, shape or form. That was until she realized that Beartic wasn't looking at her, it was looking down, at her stomach. Delia instantly thought something was wrong and looked down at her stomach as well. What she saw was something she would never have expected to see in her wildest dreams. Her stomach, or more precisely the INSIDE of her stomach, was glowing a bright blue color. It almost looked like Delia had swallowed a star it was so bright.
Delia hesitantly put her hand to her stomach and instantly felt a very warm pulsing sensation meet her palm. It felt like a hundred little heartbeats pulsing into Delia's hand and the pure energy that the blue glow was giving off made Delia feel completely warm and at ease, like she would never know the feeling of stress or pain again. She was so mesmerized staring at her stomach and feeling the warmth that the radiate bright blue energy gave off, that it took her a while to register the fact that a much bigger and hairier hand had lain itself on top of her stomach as well. Delia suddenly looked up at the owner of the hand and was surprised to see that it belonged to Beartic. Instead of getting scared, Delia just looked at Beartic trying to figure out what it was doing.
The Ice-Type Pokémon had an amazed look in its eyes. Staring so intently that Delia was afraid the Pokémon would stare a hole through her stomach. The bear Pokémon looked as though it understood something in that moment that was of such great importance that Delia would never be able to comprehend it herself. Slowly the Pokémon withdrew its hand and then turned around and started walking away. Delia watched it go until the Pokémon disappeared over the crest of the hill to somewhere else in the ranch. As soon as it vanished Delia started swaying back and forth until she just fell backward. Before she could hit the ground, however, she was caught in a pair of large, strong arms that just cradled her gently. Looking up Delia saw the mother Ursaring that was in danger just moments before, looking down at her with the same expression on its face that Beartic had. Before Delia could say or do anything, she slowly slipped from consciousness and then passed out from exhaustion, not noticing the fact that her stomach was still glowing in that strange blue color.
When Delia awoke the first thing she saw was a ceiling above her head. As she slowly sat up and looked around she realized that she was in the main living area of Professor Oak's lab upstairs, lying on the green sofa. (Imagine the episode near the end of the first season when Ash and his friends were talking to Professor Oak and Gary about where the Indigo Conference was being held that year. It's that room; and for future reference it will be called the "living area").
Delia heard footsteps and looked towards the door to see Professor Oak coming into the room. When he saw her he immediately rushed over to her.
"Delia! Are you okay?!" Professor Oak asked feeling worried.
Delia cleared her throat before answering him. "Yes Professor I'm fine... but what happened and how did I get here?"
Professor Oak sat beside her before he answered her. "I don't know Delia, an Ursaring brought you up here to the lab with its cub about thirty minutes ago. You were unconscious and the Pokémon looked extremely flustered while it was cradling you in its arms."
"Was the Ursaring okay?! What about her cub?!" Delia started firing questions at Professor Oak.
Professor Oak started gesturing for Delia to calm down. Once she did he answered her questions. "Yes Delia they were both fine, the mother was a little banged up, but after I sprayed some Super Potion on her she was just fine. Now tell me, what happened to you?"
Delia was relieved to know that the mother and cub were fine so she started to relax. She took a few deep breaths and then explained everything that happened to Professor Oak. From the Beartic attacking, her body being seemingly controlled and making her stand in the way of the attack, to the extremely strange phenomenon with her stomach and the Beartic acting very strange afterwards and then leaving, up to her passing out.
Professor Oak listened in rapt attention. Even with all his years of studying Pokémon and very strange events, he had never heard of something like this happening before.
"What do you think about it Professor?" Delia asked as soon as she finished her story.
The Professor broke from his thoughts and looked right at her. "I don't know what happened Delia. In all my years as a researcher nothing like that has ever happened before to my knowledge."
Delia looked worried. "Then what do I do about it Professor? What if this weird energy is harmful to my baby?!"
Professor Oak just shook his head. "I don't believe that is the case Delia. The way you described the feel of the energy and the way the Pokémon reacted to it, I don't think it's dangerous. We will keep a close eye on it, okay? For now just try and take it easy." Professor Oak finished with a smile.
Delia still felt a little unsure about the strange energy that seemed to surround her child, but with Professor Oak's reassurance she was able to relax a little more and smiled back at the Pokémon Professor. "Okay Professor Oak, thank you..."
End Of Flashback
The more Delia thought about it, Professor Oak had a good point. The whole time she had been pregnant very strange things had been happening to her when it came to Pokémon. Sometimes when she would be out in the fields of the Pokémon Ranch, different types of Pokémon would just come up to her and either stare at her stomach intently, or sometimes they would actually come up and touch or rub up against her stomach if she was sitting down resting.
Also, the conditions of her pregnancy had been anything but normal. She would sometimes feel these very strange sensations in her stomach. The exact same sensations that she experienced that day during the incident with Beartic. Her doctors also told her when she went to get checkups done that her ultrasounds were always showing strange levels of energy coming from her womb that completely perplexed them. Delia had no idea what had been going on, but it did seem weird that all of these strange things had been happening since she became pregnant.
"I don't know Professor, it's all just so strange. Nothing about my pregnancy has been normal in comparison to what Amelia has told me it should be like..." Delia said exasperated.
"Well I'm sure that whatever is going on will be made clear once you have that little one." Professor Oak said with a smile.
Delia smiled back a little. "I hope so Professor, I hope so..."
Professor Oak decided to take Delia's mind off of the subject. "I'll tell you what my dear, let's go for a walk in the fields around the Lab and check on some of the Pokémon. That always clears my mind when I'm troubled with something I can't seem to understand."
Delia brightened up considerably and smiled at the Pokémon Professor. "Sure Professor, let's go!"
Delia and Professor Oak had been walking through the fields of the Pokémon Corral for some time now and Delia began to notice that many of the Pokémon around them seemed agitated.
"Professor?" Delia asked.
"Yes Delia?" Professor Oak replied.
"The Pokémon seem to be getting very restless." Delia observed.
Professor Oak looked around and saw that Delia was right. Almost all of the Pokémon at the ranch were very fidgety, and even stranger, they all seemed to be following he and Delia. "You're right Delia, they are. Very odd indeed..."
The two stopped walking by this time and were taking in the strange sight all around them. Suddenly Delia gasped and fell to her knees.
"Delia!" Professor Oak yelled as he knelt down beside of her concerned. "What is it?!"
Delia couldn't even speak she was in so much pain. It felt just like the incident with Beartic, but instead of the calming warm sensation that the energy gave off then, this was like a thousand knives piercing into her stomach. But even for all of the pain she was feeling right now, Delia had a feeling that she knew exactly what was going on. Her instincts screamed at her about what was happening and she knew they were right. She could only utter one word to Professor Oak through the intense pain that she was feeling right now.
"Baby..." She gasped.
Professor Oak seemed confused for a moment before realization dawned on him. The baby was coming.
"Okay Delia, let me help you up." The Professor said gently as he slowly helped her to her feet. Delia gasped in pain again and looked at Professor Oak pleadingly.
"Please...hospital..." She begged him.
Professor Oak nodded his head and put his arm around Delia, already guiding her back to the Lab. "Just hold my dear, we'll get you some help." Professor Oak said soothingly.
(Pokémon Ranger Memorial Hospital)
Two hours later we find Delia Ketchum at the "Pokémon Rangers Memorial Hospital" located just outside of Pallet Town. She had long since been checked into her room and was currently hold...err...crushing Professor Oaks hand while suffering through the first agonizing contraction of many to come, the poor Professor's hand feeling like mush right now.
"AHHH it hurts so bad!" Delia yelled out.
"I know my dear, just keep breathing, it'll pass" Professor Oak said reassuringly.
After a few moments went by the pain finally subsided and Delia took a much needed breather. At the same time there was a knock on the door of Delia's room and after a "Come in" by Professor Oak, the door opened and in came Amelia holding her infant son Gary in her arms and her almost eight year old daughter Daisy following her.
Amelia was a rather attractive young woman. She stood at Delia's height of about 5'5", had dark brown wavy hair that she let fall down her shoulders and had an attractively lean face. She wore a white floral pattern long skirt, a yellow blouse and a white cotton jacket that she wore over the blouse. She had a silver chain around her neck that had a small sapphire on the end and a matching bracelet on her right wrist.
Daisy was almost an exact copy of her mother, just with lighter brown hair that she kept pulled away from her forehead with a tan hairband. She wore a pair of red jeans with a black belt, a white blouse and a black over shirt that looked like a vest that she wore over top of the blouse. Unlike her mother, Daisy didn't wear any jewelry.
"Ah Amelia I'm glad you got my message! Did you have any trouble getting here?" Professor Oak asked his daughter.
Amelia walked up and hugged first her father and then Delia before replying to his question. "No, we didn't have any problems getting here, but there is something incredible that is happening outside and if you turn on the TV to channel 8 then you should see what I'm talking about. There are news crews everywhere outside."
Professor Oak, anxious to find out what was happening outside got up from his position near Delia's bedside and then went to turn on the TV suspended on the wall opposite from Delia's bed. Amelia pulled up a chair and sat down by her friend, after adjusting her son into a more comfortable position on her lap and watching her daughter take a seat by the window. Amelia looked at Delia and asked, "How are you doing so far Delia? Do you need anything?"
Delia shook her head tiredly. "No thank you Amelia, I just want to have my baby and get this over with." Delia looked away for a second before looking back at her friend. "How... how is it giving birth?" Delia asked her friend nervously. Amelia could see the apprehension on her friends face and just gave her a warm smile. "It's not bad if you just keep reminding yourself why you're doing what you're doing. Keep imagining that you will be holding your child in your arms soon and you'll be fine!" Amelia assured.
Delia looked visibly calmer after her friend's short speech and got a new determination about her. "Thanks Amelia. I really appreciate you being here."
Amelia hugged her friend again, which Delia returned in kind. "Anytime Delia, anytime."
At that moment, Professor Oak had found the correct channel and came back to sit in a chair on the other side of Delia's bed. Together they all watched the news channel that was currently flashing "Breaking News!" At the bottom of the screen. An attractive looking blonde woman wearing glasses and dressed in business women's attire appeared on the screen.
"Hello Kanto and welcome back to channel 8-news! I'm Diana Ringold and this our story:
A very strange phenomenon has Pokémon experts baffled all across the Kanto region, and in addition... the whole world today.
Just hours ago, Pokémon of all types and variety's began mobilizing from several different locations all across the region and started moving as one large group, all heading in a single direction. Experts were able to track where exactly the Pokémon seemed to be headed and were surprised to find the migrating Pokémon's intended destination: A small town hours away from Viridian City called Pallet Town, home of the world renowned Pokémon Researcher Professor Samuel Oak.
For some reason, this small town has seemed to catch the interest of almost every Pokémon in the Kanto region and now the mass of Pokémon have decided to congregate in this one small location. Even more surprising is that the Pokémon apparently have a specific destination within Pallet Town that they are headed to.
(Scene changes to an aerial view of just outside of the Pokémon Ranger Memorial Hospital)
As you can all clearly see, Pokémon in numbers well into the hundreds have all surrounded this building known as the "Pokémon Ranger Memorial Hospital". From land bound, to flying, just about every species of Pokémon is present at this time. The only species not currently gathered at this mass congregation would be the marine life Pokémon. This particular group of Pokémon have compensated for their absence by coming as close to shore as they possibly can and staring off into the exact direction of the aforementioned hospital.
No one has been able to offer any kind of explanation as to why the Pokémon are behaving in this manner. The strangest thing, one expert on Pokémon behaviors stated, is that these Pokémon all seem to have a much focused interest on this particular hospital. What the reason could be is anybody's guess, however there is no denying that for the past nine months approximately, Pokémon around the world have been acting extremely strange and with no particular reason for their behavior.
Could all of these strange occurrences be connected? What could be the reason for the Pokémon's very out of character behavior? This reporter wishes she had the answer. We will be keeping you all informed and updated on this very puzzling and mysterious series of events.
Again, I am Diana Ringold and this has been channel 8-news, thank you for watching.
Everyone in Delia's room who was watching the news broadcast was stock still as the program ended. No one could believe that just outside of the hospital they were in, hundreds of Pokémon were gathered in a large mass. Even Professor Oak was apparently shocked as he hadn't said a word since the end of the broadcast. And for Professor Oak to be shocked or surprised about anything to do with Pokémon must have meant that this was a VERY unusual situation.
Amelia looked at her father. "What do you think is causing this dad?"
Professor Oak still looked shocked as he turned around to answer his daughter. "I honestly have no idea Amelia... Never in all my years as a Pokémon Researcher have I seen something like this take place." Professor Oak turned to Delia who also seemed shocked about what they just saw on TV and they both shared a look with each other that reminded them yet again how all of this seemed eerily linked to her pregnancy.
Before anything else could be said amongst the group, the door to Delia's room flew open and in marched a news crew shouting for Professor Oak, followed closely by a few nurses who were trying to get them to leave. "Professor Oak!" A tall and lanky male reporter shouted running up to the surprised Professor. "Do you have any comments on what is causing the worlds Pokémon to behave in such a fashion?!"
Professor Oak began to reply to the reporters hurried question, "No, I have no idea what is causing this phenomenon. I am just as baffled by this as everyone else is..."
"Professor Oak, could you please come with us outside and at least give us a formal interview and explain your theories on why this could be happening?" The reporter kept pressing, not accepting no for an answer.
Before Professor Oak could say anything else Delia suddenly gasped in pain as another contraction hit her hard. The Professor's face grew stern in that moment and he looked right at the news crew before speaking firmly and with no room to argue. "I have already stated that I have no idea what is causing this and that is my final word on the subject. Now if you will please excuse me, my friend here is in labor and she is the one that needs my presence the most right now. Good day to you."
With that, Professor Oak turned to Delia and sat back down on his chair to offer his support to her when she needed it. The news crew just stood there, dumbfounded at Professor Oak's firm rejection to their insistent request for an interview. The nurses took this opportunity and shooed the reporters away, muttering an apology to Delia, Professor Oak and Amelia before exiting the room themselves.
Delia let out another cry of pain as the contraction worsened. Amelia automatically took one of Delia's hands, while Professor Oak grabbed the other one. After a few minutes the pain finally went away and Delia relaxed a little. She smiled a thank you to Amelia, which she returned to Delia happily. Delia then turned to Professor Oak. "Thank you for what you did a minute ago Professor, you didn't have to stay here..."
Professor Oak just smiled warmly. "Of course I did Delia, you are like another daughter to me. Even though I would like to see this massive gathering of Pokémon for myself, you are much more important." Amelia took that moment to chime in, "That's right Delia, you and that little one inside of you are like family to us. We wouldn't rather be anywhere else right now."
Delia looked at her surrogate family for a second and got a little teary before she spoke. "Thank you so much you guys, I don't know what I would do without you..."
"You're most welcome my dear." Professor Oak said.
"Yeah, any time Del! Now let's hear some of those names that you have been thinking of for the baby!" Amelia exclaimed. Delia got an excited look on her face and then the two women began happily discussing potential names for the future little Ketchum. Professor Oak just looked on and smiled fondly at the two young women he called his daughters.
Unbeknownst to people and Pokémon alike... a great council was about to be held. One that hadn't been called for in a thousand years...
(The Hall of Origins)
In a dimension in-between space and time was a place known only to humans through legends and storybooks. The cradle where all life began... the Hall of Origins. The realm that Arceus, the great God Pokémon and creator of all things called her home. It was in this great and magnificent Hall where all of the Legendary Pokémon from Kanto, to Kalos, were gathered, and at the very front of the Hall, standing before all of her Legendary children, was Arceus herself. As she gazed upon all of her council, Arceus was contemplating many things all at once. After today everything was going to change forever, and not just for the humans and Pokémon on Earth, but for all of the Legendary Pokémon, herself included. She was left to wonder if the world was truly ready yet for the birth of the one she had chosen...
No. She was done contemplating and wondering. The decision had been made long ago and she was just going to have to have faith that the world truly was ready for the coming of the Chosen-One. Arceus was broken from her pondering when Dialga, the Ruler of Time addressed her. "Mother Arceus," He spoke in a deep voice, "What has caused you to summon us all here like this?"
"Yes, I wonder the same thing Mother. A meeting like this hasn't been called for in over a thousand years; since the time of Sir Aaron to be precise." Cresselia, the Lunar Pokémon spoke up. Many of the other Legendaries nodded their heads in agreement.
Arceus finally spoke. "My children... the world is changing. Things are not as they were a thousand years ago at the time of Sir Aaron. The land is no longer torn by war and ravaged by death. There are still problems yes... but the humans have grown in the thousand years that we have remained mostly absent from the affairs of the world. In the time we have been in our self-imposed isolation, many of us have all but passed into the myths and legends of humans stories."
"And fine by me too!" The low, guttural voice of Groudon, the Continent Pokémon, spoke up. "The last thing I remember of humans was them killing each other in droves. I'm glad to be nothing more than a memory in their pathetic minds!"
"I agree with Groudon!" Cobalion spoke up. "They tried on more than one occasion to kill myself and the other Swords of Justice. The humans lost our trust long ago!" Virizion and Terrakion just nodded their heads in agreement.
The youngest of the Swords of Justice, Keldeo, spoke up. "Come on Cobalion, the humans can't be that bad!"
Cobalian glared at Keldeo. "You have no idea what humans are capable of, Keldeo! You weren't around to see the humans' evil deeds like we did a thousand years ago!"
"Yeah!" Terrakion intervened. "You aren't even a full Sword of Justice yet either so hold your tongue! You were lucky to even be invited to this meeting!"
"Now that's not fair Terrakion." Verizion intervened. She turned to face Keldeo who seemed dejected at Terrakion's last comment and was hanging his head in shame. "Keldeo, don't listen to Terrakion. You will make a great Sword of Justice someday, I know you will. You just need more practice and time is all. However, both Cobalion and Terrakion are right about the humans. You were not there to see the evil acts they performed so long ago..."
Keldeo raised his head and looked at Virizion. "Thanks Virizion, you're right. I do need to just be patient and keep training, then someday I'll be a great Sword of Justice just like you three!" Keldeo paused for a second before he continued. "And I do apologize... I wasn't around to see what you, Terrakion and Cobalion saw a thousand years ago... forgive me."
Virizion smiled and nodded her head, accepting the young Sword-to-be's apology. Suddenly Rayquaza spoke up. "Mother Arceus, you say the humans are different and have changed? Well, what about those devices called Pokeballs that they put our fellow kind inside of, huh?! I have seen the humans capture more of our kind than I can count over the many years I have watched from my post as Guardian of The Skies."
"And what about how the humans force our kind to do battle with each other on their behalf for nothing more than sport!" Palkia, the Ruler of Space, shouted.
"Or how about all of the other meaningless acts of servitude that the humans force on our kind..." The Darkness Pokémon, Darkrai, chimed in with his usual emotionless voice. "Or even the ones who call themselves Pokémon Trainers. Many of these so-called "Trainers" have spent years pursuing us few Legendaries that have remained active in the world. And for nothing more than to use us and our power in what they call "Pokémon battles". I for one have a particular human that has been pursuing me for years trying to capture me and then use me for his own selfish deeds!" Darkrai continued to rant in its monotonous tone of voice.
"Come now everyone," Jirachi spoke in his mellow voice, "I believe you are all over reacting about the issues with the humans."
"Easy for you to say!" Thunderus piped in. "You are only awake and around the humans for a week at a time and then you go back to sleep for a thousand years! You have not even seen half of what the humans are capable of, so you have no room to talk!"
"That's right!" Tornadus joined in. "It's easy for many of you to talk. Almost all of you have been in your own states of hibernation or seclusion for the past thousand years while only a few of us have remained awake and active in the world. The few of us that has remained have had a thousand years to see the evil of humanity firsthand for ourselves! If it wasn't for Mother Arceus summoning all of us here today in spirit form, then most of you would still be sleeping peacefully or remaining in hiding while the rest of us suffered!"
As soon as this was said, a loud argument broke out amongst all of the Legendaries. Shouting and yelling was the only thing heard in the Hall of Origin until Arceus finally broke her long silence and bellowed in rage, "ENOUGH!" Everyone stopped fighting at once and the Hall grew still. "I am ashamed of all of you! How dare you fight in this most sacred of places! You are each supposed to be the Guardians of not just the other Pokémon, but the world as well, and that includes the humans!"
Arceus took a second to calm herself before continuing on. "Now I know that the Great War from Sir Aaron's time has ruined many of your views on the humans, and yes it was a horrible and dark time, but did you all forget the brave men and women that stood up and defended both people AND Pokémon alike from those evil humans?! Or how about how Sir Aaron gave his life to save the Tree of Beginning?!"
Arceus continued to look at her children sternly as she spoke, "Humans and Pokémon alike worked together back then to save the world! That is the way it has been ever since the first human and Pokémon met one another. You say that humans control Pokémon and make them do their bidding against the Pokémon's will? Humans and Pokémon live and work alongside each other in harmony, helping each other to achieve their goals and making the world a better place in the process! Rather it be Trainers and their Pokémon fighting alongside one another to get stronger and bring the best out in each other, or just working together in general to achieve simple goals. Pokémon and people need one another, it's the balance of the world! Yes there are bad humans, we all know that. And yes they can be evil and deceitful... but for as many bad humans as there are in the world, there are just as many good humans out there who stand up and fight those who do wrong. Just like that organization of humans who call themselves Pokémon Rangers. They fight for the good of everyone, people and Pokémon alike." Arceus looked away from the other Legendaries for a second before speaking again.
"When I saved the Earth all of those years ago from a meteor striking Earth and then used some of my own life Aura to create the Jewel of Life in order to restore the land of Michina to its once beautiful state, I was terribly exhausted and had to return here to the Hall of Origin to rest and recover my strength. Before I did however, I entrusted the Jewel of Life to the leader of Michina, Damos, as a sign of good faith. However when I came back to retrieve the Jewel of Life some years later, Damos betrayed and nearly killed me and then kept the Jewel for himself. In my still weakened state I was forced to flee and come here. I was angry for many years with not just Damos, but with all of humanity for betraying me. After hundreds of years passed, however, and the Jewel of Life became lost in time, I had to accept what had happened. It wasn't all of humanity who betrayed me, just one man."
Every single one of the Legendaries was as silent as death while listening to Arceus. Reshiram finally was the first one to speak. "But why did you forgive the humans so easily Mother Arceus? How could you possibly forgive them?"
Arceus merely smiled at her child. "Because my dear, you cannot hold the actions of one human against the millions of others. We all have light and dark inside of us. It's which side we choose to act on that defines who we are. The humans are just as much my children and creations as you and all of the other Pokémon are."
The many other Legendary Pokémon had by this point calmed down and were now taking in what their Creator had just told them. Giratina was the first to speak in his chilling and low voice. "Mother Arceus... you said that the world was changing. What did you mean by that?" The other Legendaries looked at Arceus expectantly; curious now as to what she meant by that earlier.
Arceus knew that the time had come for her to divulge everything to her children. She looked off into the distance for a time before beginning her revelation. Arceus took a deep breath. "The time is soon upon us when we will have to make ourselves known to the world again. All of us." Every Legendary Pokémon's eyes widen considerably before any of them spoke. Zekrom finally came out of his own shock. "What do you mean make ourselves known Mother Arceus? Why and how are we even supposed to awaken? Some of us Legendaries have been trapped in energy containing prisons or locked away in different parts of the world for hundreds of years, preventing us from taking physical form. Reshiram and I are currently sealed away inside of the Dark and Light stones respectively. How can we be free?"
Arceus answered Zekrom's question directly to him. "While it is true that ever since the Great War and passing of Sir Aaron, most of us have been locked away in isolation, like yourself and Reshiram, or even Groudon and Kyogre... there will be a series of events in the near future that will release you from your prisons.
"How though Mother Arceus, and when will these events take place?" Little Mew asked in her childlike and innocent voice.
Arceus looked down at her inquisitive daughter who was the Ancestor of all Pokémon and smiled fondly at her before replying back to her question. "These events themselves will start taking place just four years before Jirachi is supposed to wake up again." Jirachi perked up at hearing his name and getting reminded of being able to wake up in just fourteen years, after sleeping for a thousand. "As for how you will become free of your imprisonment... that will be much less desirable." Arceus spoke sadly and also with a hint of anger in her proud and regal voice.
The Legendaries all seemed confused at this statement while Arceus continued on. "In just a few years' time, several criminal organizations that will each be fighting for its own evil agendas will rise in each region and seek to control your legendary powers and use them for their own selfish needs."
There was an uproar from many of the indignant and proud Legendary Pokémon who refused to be controlled by anyone, especially humans. "SILENCE!" Arceus shouted loudly. Once the outrage calmed down she spoke again. "You did not let me finish. You see, none of you will face these threats alone. And these evil organizations will not prevail in their diabolical plans. The world will not face these dark times to come alone."
"Does this mean that you will fight to help us and the world when the times call for it, Mother?" Ho-Oh asked curiously.
Arceus shook her head. "No it will not be me. In fact, I will face my own great challenge that I will need help myself to face." Arceus looked off into the distance for a moment. "You see my children... a human will become our savior, and not just ours either, but the whole world's savior for both people and Pokémon alike."
Many of the Legendaries looked disbelieving. "And who would this human be Mother Arceus?" The Time Travel Pokémon, Celebi, asked perplexed. Every other Legendary was fixated on what Arceus would say next.
She took another deep breath and said the words that made every single Legendary Pokémon in the Hall become as still as stone. "The one mentioned in the oldest Prophecies... the one who has been foretold to usher in the dawn of a new age... the one we have waited thousands of years for... The Chosen-One."
If there were pins in the Hall of Origins and one fell, then everyone would have heard it hit the ground like a Thunder attack. Did they just hear right? Mother Arceus just told them that the fabled and Legendary Chosen-One was going to finally rise... after they had all waited for centuries. It couldn't be so, it just couldn't be. "Mother Arceus... this can't be... can it? Has the time finally come?" Lugia questioned still in utter shock.
Arceus looked upon all of her council and nodded her head. "Yes my children, it's true. The coming of the Chosen-One is nearly upon us... This is actually the real reason why I summoned you all here today."
The rest of the council continued to listen with rapt attention as their Creator continued. "The Chosen-One is being born into the world at this very moment in a small human hospital just outside of a small community known as Pallet Town. Hundreds of Pokémon are already gathered at this one location awaiting the child's birth. The world's Pokémon have known of the child since his conception and have eagerly been awaiting his arrival."
"So that is the reason behind the Pokémon's crazy behavior!" Landorus loudly exclaimed. "All of the Pokémon within the Unova Region have been doing unusually kind things for each other and humans."
"The same can be said for Johto." Announced Suicune.
"And Hoenn." Continued Rayquaza.
"Sinnoh as well." Added Mesprit, Uxie and Azelf all at once.
"The Kalos region Pokémon have been in a strange state as well." Xerneas and Yveltal also proclaimed.
"And don't forget the Kanto region. Because it is the home region of the Chosen-One, Pokémon in Kanto have been behaving the most out of character." Mew piped up.
"Yes, the Pokémon of the world have known of his coming. They are very excited because even without the knowledge that we possess, they still sense that the Chosen-One's arrival means great and positive change is on the horizon. They have been performing these extreme acts of kindness as a sign of good faith towards the Chosen-One." Arceus announced.
"Mother Arceus... what can you tell us of this Chosen-One? What is his role and how do we fit into all of this?" Meloetta asked curiously. Arceus looked thoughtful for a moment and then spoke loudly and clearly, almost as though she were reciting from a scroll or tablet, taking pauses every so often as she did so.
"He will be the greatest human with the purest heart to ever walk this Earth, even more so than Sir Aaron... He will change opinions and views currently held by many throughout this world and turn them for the better... Many of the opinions that each of you have about humans will also change greatly once you meet and get to know him... He will be a Pokémon Trainer with a love for Pokémon some would say is impossible... His skills as a Trainer will be unprecedented and never before seen. Given time he will rise to be the greatest Pokémon Champion of all time... He will also shine in many other aspects of the human and Pokémon world, claiming many titles for himself that others will be amazed one person can attain... Many, many Pokémon will also join him on his quests, several of them being outcasts of their own kind, but also incredibly powerful and very unique. With enough time and training alongside of the Chosen-One, these Pokémon will come to be seen as the most powerful of all of their species... he will come to possess many gifts and abilities that will be bestowed upon him by myself and also many of you. I believe that you will all eventually come to open your hearts to him for the great deeds and kindness he will perform for each of you... He will become the greatest Aura Guardian there has ever been, even surpassing Sir Aaron himself... As he grows older and meets the woman whom he will fall in love with, he will eventually become a father himself to a new generation of Aura Guardians and other special children... And the most important of all, he will stand as a beacon of inspiration and hope for all of those who look to him. He will be a symbol of strength and light for all those who live in the shadows... In many ways he will be my human incarnate."
Arceus stopped her long winded explanation of her Chosen-One for a few moments and then looked at her assembled legendary children. "The human beings are a young and foolish race in many ways, but they also carry the potential for great and amazing things. They need someone to guide them on their way to achieving that potential, so that is why I give them my Chosen-One. They will struggle and fall behind him... But eventually, they will join him in the sunlight."
As Arceus stopped her speech and gazed upon her children, all was silent. You could tell that many of the Legendaries were going through what they just heard in their heads, trying to process everything. Cresselia broke the silence. "But what is our roles in this matter, Mother? How do we fit into place with the Chosen-One's destiny?"
Arceus knew that this was not going to be accepted well. At all. "Being the Chosen-One will mean many things for this child and have many variations... he will for instance, be the Chosen Trainer for many Pokémon... We as the Legendary Pokémon of this world are going to be no exception."
For a time, every Pokémon in the Hall seemed confused at Arceus's last statement until realization suddenly dawned on Kyurem. "You don't mean that..."
Arceus just nodded her head. "Yes Kyurem, eventually we shall all join the Chosen-One... as his Pokémon."
Immediately Groudon yelled loudly. "I will not be forced into one of those little balls and be forced to do what some... HUMAN, commands of me! No matter how special he is!"
Several of the Legendaries began protesting, while others who were not as opposed to the idea of becoming the Chosen-One's Pokémon just stayed silent. Arceus became furious and shouted loudly. "QUIET!"
The Hall fell silently still. "None of you have even met the Chosen-One yet and you are already condemning the very idea of becoming his friends and Pokémon. I was referring to ALL of us, not a select few! Even I shall join the Chosen-One eventually."
At hearing that, all of the Legendaries almost passed out. "Mother Arceus! You would become a HUMAN'S Pokémon?!"
Arceus nodded her head. "I would and I am. When the proper time comes and the Chosen-One is ready to handle my power then yes... I will join him. He will become my Trainer."
No one had anything to say to this. They were all shocked to hear that their Creator, the Creator of EVERYTHING, would allow herself to become the Pokémon of a HUMAN!
Arceus spoke again. "I will give you all the choice though. After the Chosen-One risks his life over and over again to save each of you in the future, you can then decide if he is WORTHY enough to be your Trainer. How does that sound?"
None of the Legendaries said a word, showing that they were in agreement with Arceus's proposition. Even though some of them just stubbornly concluded to themselves that no matter what this Chosen One did, he would never be worthy enough to become their Trainer. Groudon began to say something about 'never being the Pokémon to a pathetic human,' but one look from Arceus shut him up.
"Now." Arceus said authoritatively. "From the time the child is born I will watch over and guide him. When he needs help or a push in the right direction, I will be there for him. So if you will all excuse me, the time of his birth is nearly here and I wish to be there to witness it. This council has ended!"
With that, many of the Pokémon began leaving to go back to their bodies on Earth to contemplate everything that had just been revealed to them. As Arceus was preparing to go to Earth two little forms appeared behind here. "Yes Meloetta, Mew, what can I do for you?" Arceus asked her little daughters kindly, all traces of anger with some of the other Legendaries forgotten as she looked at the two sweet little Legendaries.
"Ummm, Mother Arceus..." Mew started, "We were just wondering..." Meloetta continued, "If we..." They both looked at each other and then back at Arceus, speaking at the same time, "Can we please come with you and witness the Chosen-One being born?!"
Arceus just looked at her innocent little children who looked so nervous and excited, with the cutest looks on their little faces. She couldn't say no to those faces. "Of course my dears, you can most certainly come with me." Both of the small Legendaries smiled wide and began celebrating and cheering loudly. "But!" Arceus interrupted their celebrating. "We can't be seen, okay? So stay invisible, understand?" Both of the happy legendaries gave a happy nod showing they understood. "Good." Arceus said with a smile. "Then let's go."
After she said that, Arceus opened a portal leading to Earth and shaped the portal until instead of it showing a view of just the Earth, it now showed the scene of a hospital building with the words "Pokémon Ranger Memorial Hospital" on its roof and was currently surrounded by a large mass of Pokémon. On the ground behind a large wall of barriers separating the Pokémon from the hospital, was a bunch of policemen and Officer Jenney's keeping the situation as controlled as possible. All over the lawns of the hospital were news crews and reporters giving the coverage and updates on the event currently taking place.
Arceus stepped through the portal, followed by Meloetta and Mew. They were instantly transported from standing in the Hall of Origins, to floating directly above the hospital, invisible so that no one would see them. The Pokémon on the ground seemed to notice the three Legendary Pokémon's presence and immediately looked up in the sky in their direction. The news crews and everyone else on the ground also looked up to see what had suddenly broken the Pokémon's concentration on the hospital and obviously couldn't see anything since the legendaries were invisible.
Once Arceus asked the Pokémon to please ignore their presence, the mass of Pokémon obeyed Arceus's command and looked back towards the hospital. Effectively taking the humans attention off of where Arceus and the other two legendaries were. Arceus looked to the hospital as well and after picking up the rapidly growing energy signature that signaled the birth of the Chosen-One as being close, she began descending towards the hospital followed by her two legendary children.
'This is it.' Arceus thought. 'The birth of the one who will change the world is upon us.'
The delivery room was absolutely chaotic. Delia had been at it now for eight hours and was finally about to give birth to her child. Professor Oak was with Amelia and her children outside in the waiting room. He had long since been forced out after things started to get very intense and VERY unusual. As soon as Delia was taken to the delivery room and began the slow, exhausting and PAINFUL process of having her baby, the entire atmosphere in the room changed drastically!
The air in the room began to feel thick and gravity seemed to get denser the longer Delia was giving birth. An almost visible energy that was radiating power started to course throughout the room. The doctors and nurses working with Delia began to get short of breath and their bodies started to feel like they had fifty pound weights strapped to their person, weighing them down. Professor Oak himself became so affected that when he started showing signs of passing out, he was forced to leave the room. The medical staff in Delia's room began needing to shift out with other doctors and nurses waiting outside the room so that they could rest and recover the strength in their bodies.
No one could stay in the room for too long or risk being seriously injured from the powerful energy that just kept rolling off of Delia in waves. Really, the energy was coming from the child struggling to get free from Delia's body, but no one knew that except for Delia and Professor Oak. The strangest thing, though, was Delia not being affected by the energy radiating from the child in her womb at all. It was possible that she had developed a resistance to the energy after dealing with its affects for the past nine months... but nothing was sure.
Arceus, Meloetta and Mew were in the far corner of the room just watching everything play out. "Mother, what is this powerful energy coursing through the room?" Meloetta inquired.
Arceus looked to her daughter and answered her. "This my child, is but a small taste of the power of the Chosen-One. It's truly amazing... even as an unborn infant he still has this much power inside of him. I can't imagine what it will be like when he gets older... incredible!"
"This is all his power we are feeling?!" Mew asked shocked.
Arceus nodded her head and then suddenly looked very excited. "It's time. He is almost here, look!"
All three legendaries looked in front of them just as a massive surge of energy shook the delivery room, knocking some of the doctors and nurses off of their feet and making the two smaller legendary Pokémon tremble a little. Arceus just stood there unfazed and with a look of pure excitement and anxiousness on her face.
After the surge of energy that literally rocked the delivery room and shook the hospital was gone and all of the doctors and nurses had gotten back to their feet, the sight that found their eyes left them all dumbfounded. Delia was laying there, still writhing in pain, but now her whole body was surrounded by a bright, electric blue energy field that just kept getting brighter.
One of the doctors knew that the baby was about ready to come out and after summoning up all of his courage he ran straight at Delia and got into position to deliver the baby. As soon as he got into position the doctor looked up at Delia and had to shout over the buzzing of the energy field that was surrounding her.
"Mrs. Ketchum!" The doctor shouted at her with his eyes closed, the light from the energy so bright he couldn't look straight at her. "I need you to push when I say to, okay?!"
Delia in her extreme state of pain could only nod her head to show that she understood. After the doctor gave her the signal she began to push, screaming in agonizing pain the whole time.
This process repeated a few times with Delia screaming as loud as she could every time... She began to feel the energy coursing through her body for the very first time during this whole intense process. It felt just like fire burning and lightning striking her body all at once as she gritted her teeth so hard that her gums bled.
At last, once the energy in the room was so intense and so bright that everyone, even the Pokémon in the corner of the room, had to close their eyes, the doctor told Delia to give one last push. As she pushed for the very last time Delia gave the most blood curdling scream yet.
And with that last scream a loud cry was heard throughout the room as the doctor near Delia's legs stood up cradling something in his arms. "Congratulations Mrs. Ketchum, it's a boy." The doctor said as he let Delia see her child, still clearly shaken up from the events of the otherworldly birthing he had just witnessed. Delia tiredly smiled at her baby before falling asleep.
All three legendary Pokémon just looked at the now arrived infant with undisguised awe and absolute mirth, especially Arceus. They knew that they would have to wait until later to get a good look at the newborn Chosen-One, so they left for the moment and agreed to come back later on.
Instantly the heavy energy in the room lifted and everyone felt lighter as the atmosphere turned back to normal. The doctor then turned to a nurse who took the newborn from his arms and exited the room to go and clean him up. Later on, every doctor and nurse who was involved with this extremely... for lack of a better word... unorthodox delivery, would all agree amongst themselves to never mention what happened in that room ever again.
Ten minutes later Delia was resting comfortably in her room, with Professor Oak and Amelia sitting by her bedside on either side of her. Amelia had taken her children home earlier and left them with a friend so that she could be here for Delia's delivery. At that moment, a nurse poked her head inside of the door and after being cleared for entry, walked in holding a small bundle wrapped in a blue blanket. Delia looked anxiously at the baby cuddled in the nurse's arms as she walked closer. Almost on instinct Delia put her arms out so she could retrieve her child. The nurse smiled at Delia brightly as she handed her the infant, "Here you go mommy, he's a very healthy 9.5 lbs baby boy!"
Delia cradled the baby boy that was her son in her arms and yet again on instincts, began rocking him back and forth gently. She smiled warmly and took in the sight that was her son with eyes full of love.
He was definitely a healthy looking baby for sure. In fact, Delia could swear her son was glowing, he looked so healthy. He was big for an infant, which added to his almost glowing form. He had raven-black hair just like Richard, as well as three scar like marks on both of his small cheeks. This made Delia smile as she saw this and also made her think of the man that she loved so much. Oh how she wished he could be here to see their son.
The Professor and Amelia looked on fondly at the sight while at the same time the nurse turned to leave. Before she made it out the door however she turned around again realizing she had forgotten to tell the small family something. "Oh and I just thought you all should know that when I said your little boy was healthy, I meant it. The doctor who checked him out said he had never seen a healthier baby in all of his years in medicine, and he's one of the best in the whole Kanto region. That's one special baby you have there!" With that, the nurse left the room.
Delia looked back at her son who was now looking around curiously at everything with wide, brown eyes. The same color as Delia's. She said lovingly while looking at him, "He is very special... Aren't you my little one?" Delia cooed softly to her son.
Professor Oak took this time to ask, "So Delia, what is this future Pokémon Masters name?"
Delia gave the professor a funny look. "You don't even know if he will like Pokémon Professor, let alone grow up to become a Pokémon Trainer!"
Professor Oak just smiled sagely and shook his head while looking at the currently unnamed little Ketchum who currently had his eyes wandering everywhere, trying to take in everything he could see. "Trust me Delia, with a father like Richard this little guy will grow up with the traveler's spirit and will most likely adore Pokémon just like his dad."
Delia knew that most likely Professor Oak would be right. He almost always was, but she didn't want to think about her son growing up to leave on an adventure of any kind right now. That was something she would take in stride if it ever came to be. Not now though. For now she just wanted to enjoy him the way he was, cradled in her arms.
"Soooo?" Amelia pressed impatiently. "What's his name?!"
Delia looked at her son for a few moments before she smiled and then spoke clearly and confidently. "His name will be Ashton Richard Ketchum."
Amelia and Professor Oak smiled at the great choice of name and nodded their heads approvingly. "So Ash Ketchum, huh?" Professor Oak said. "A great name indeed. It really rolls off of the tongue nicely."
"Ooooh I can't take it anymore Delia! Can I please hold little Ash?!" Amelia whined loudly.
Delia and Professor Oak just laughed at Amelia's impatience as Delia carefully handed over her son to Amelia, who promptly began cooing all over him.
A few hours after the birth of Ash Ketchum it was late at night and the nurses had come to tell Professor Oak and Amelia they had to leave for the night since visiting hours had passed. After they said their goodbyes to Delia and went home for the night with the promise of coming back tomorrow, the nurse took Ash from Delia so she could get a good night's rest. After assuring Delia that she would see her son again first thing in the morning, she walked out of the room so Delia could fall asleep, and then made her way to the hospital's nursery to deposit the sleeping infant in her arms, smiling the whole way while thinking about how overprotective new mothers always were.
After tucking the newborn Ketchum safely into his little crib in the nursery, she smiled down at the little angel while stroking his cheek for a few moments. She didn't understand what it was, but this child just seemed so... perfectly at one with everything. He had such a warm aura around him that you almost didn't want to leave him. The nurse could say that with all of her years as a nurse, she had never come across a baby as seemingly special as this one. It was just one of those feelings that told her that this child was going to grow up to become something special. Oh if only she knew...
After smiling once more at the infant the nurse took her leave. It was no more than ten minutes after the nurse left that something happened. In the corner of the nursery three figures materialized seemingly out of nowhere. When the figures came into view it showed none other than the Goddess of all Pokémon herself Arceus, who had shrunken herself down to a smaller size so she could fit into the hospital. She was flanked by two smaller legendary Pokémon on both sides of her. On her right side was the Ancestor of all Pokémon, Mew. On Arceus's other side was none other than the Melody Pokémon in all of her grace, Meloetta.
As the three Pokémon of Legends that had not been seen by humans in over a thousand years walked, (And floated respectively), through the quiet nursery, they suddenly stopped at a crib that held none other than the infant, Ashton Richard Ketchum.
Arceus smiled down warmly at the one she had chosen to someday lead this world into a new age of love and understanding and along the way... enrich everyone's lives that he met.
"Greetings my dear Chosen-One." Arceus spoke down to the little infant quietly so as not to wake him. "I have waited on your arrival for many, many centuries now. You my dear child are going to be destined for great things in this life... At times you may feel as though the weight of your destiny is too much, or that you are not strong enough to shoulder such burdens... but that will never be the case. In times when you may feel low and can't seem to find your way, just look to your family and the many friends both human and Pokémon that you will someday make. They will be a source of light brighter than any light you could carry... and when even that is not enough, remember that I shall always be watching over you my little Chosen-One and anytime you need me I'll be there for you... Someday, when you have grown strong and powerful, you and I shall join forces and I will become your Pokémon. I look forward to that day, for when it does come you and I will make a team the likes of which this world has never seen... Until then however, I leave you with the first of many gifts and abilities to come. This is to help you along the way in your destiny."
With those words said, Arceus knelt her down and touched her nose to the infant's forehead. As soon as the contact was made, a bright light formed around the Divine Pokémon and then flowed from Arceus into the sleeping infant, encompassing him in the same bright light that had shrouded Arceus. When the light had faded away the baby still lay sleeping away in his crib as though nothing had happened. The only thing different now was the small mark that was now imprinted on the infants right hand palm. The mark shone a brilliant white and the pattern of it looked like a shining star and a beating heart wrapped around one another inside of a circle.
No sooner did the mark appear on the baby's palm and it was gone. Arceus spoke again, "I have bestowed upon you the gift of "Heart Speak", with this ability you will be able to communicate with Pokémon through their hearts. Whenever a Pokémon is agitated, in pain, does not understand your feelings or is in a rage, you need only touch the palm of your hand that holds the "Star Mark" I have given you, to a Pokémon's body and then you can speak to that Pokémon's heart with your inner feelings and emotions. This is a powerful gift and one that can only be used when your mark is in contact with whatever Pokémon you are communicating with. In addition, when you're not using this ability the mark on your hand will not be visible. You will not be able to understand Poke'speech, but as long as you are in contact with the Pokémon that you are trying to reach, then you will be able to make it understand your feelings. Very few people have this ability and I'm sure that someday you will meet some of these people on your travels."
The whole time this exchange between Arceus and the newborn infant was happening, Meloetta and Mew were transfixed on the baby who was meant to do so much in this world. They didn't know why, but they felt drawn to this child... as though his pure heart was calling out to them and they felt calmed by it. In that moment, they grew attached to the small infant and they wanted to do something to help him as well. When Arceus was done bestowing her gift upon Ash, Meloetta asked her a question. "Mother I was wondering something... would it be alright if I also bestowed a gift upon the Chosen-One?"
"I would like to do the same as well, Mother." Mew joined in.
Arceus was surprised at these requests. She knew that out of all of the Legendaries, Meloetta and Mew were two of the most kind and understanding... but she still never saw both of them wanting to give the infant something like this a possibility. She was proud of her two children and smiled at the both of them, "Of course you can my dears."
Meloetta and Mew smiled widely and then Meloetta got up close to the crib that held the sleeping baby. She placed her hands on the baby's face and then a bright green and red light poured from Meloetta into the infant.
When she was done she spoke, "I have given you the gift of "Soothing Words". Anytime there is ever an argument or fight happening between people, including yourself, you will always know exactly the words to say that will end that disagreement and soothe the pain that was caused from it. This gift comes from my own ability of being able to calm any situation and any fighting that may be happening with my "Song of Soothing", as some people call it. I wish you well Chosen-One. Until next we meet!"
After Meloetta was finished with her gift and backed away, Mew floated down and rested her forehead upon the brow of the small infants. A glowing pink light surrounded Mew and the child both as she pulsed this pink energy into him.
When she was done she said to the little Ketchum in her usual chipper voice, "I have awoken the Physic powers that lay dormant within you. Because every person has either an affinity to Physic or Aura abilities, one or the other is always selected if that person is meant to have an ability of some kind. Whichever power is chosen for you at birth is the one that you will be able to use in your life. The other remains dormant within you forever. So you're pretty much a Psychic or an Aura user if you have an ability. No one has ever had both before. Until now little one. You are naturally meant to be an Aura Guardian since you carry the blood of Sir Aaron in your veins. But now you can be both! Over time you will unlock these abilities and when you do you will find the right teachers to mentor you, I'm sure of it!"
Once her children were done giving their own gifts to the infant who slept peacefully through it all, Arceus looked at her Chosen-One for a final time. "I know that you did not hear or understand anything we have said about your newly received blessings dear one, but when you are older and you begin to unlock these powers, we will be here to help you understand them. We shall see you again in time little one, for now sleep well... Farewell my Chosen-One, I will always be right here when you need me."
With that said the three Legends bid each other farewell, Mew disappearing back into the world to have fun somewhere, the way it has for centuries and Meloetta heading back to the Unova region. Arceus watched her children leave and then took one last glance at the small baby asleep in its crib. "Until next we meet little one."
After that Arceus opened the portal leading back to the Hall of Origins and stepped through, leaving the nursery empty once more except for the sleeping infants that were getting acquainted with their dreams for the first time. In his crib Ash Ketchum continued to sleep soundly, blissfully unaware of the great destiny laid before his feet...
Chapter One End:
Post Chapter A/N: Wow that was a long chapter huh?! I would like to start by stating for the record that yes, I know this chapter had no Ash until the end and was almost entirely Delia and Arceus's POV. But don't worry though people, next chapter begins Ash's story. I will pretty much be focusing from the time Ash is five until he turns ten and starts his journey. The next chapter will really focus on just how unique and special Ash is and all of the training and things he does to prepare for his journey. The action will really start to pick up more around chapters three and four.
Now, as I have already stated before, Ash is going to be achieving A LOT in this story. So for anybody who thinks he is "over gifted" or something like that, just stop reading this story and find another one. There isn't going to be any such thing as Ash and his Pokémon being overpowered. That whole "Overpowered" thing is only true when the character of a story is just super powerful or in the case of Pokémon, has really strong Pokémon with no reason or explanation on how they became so strong.
It doesn't matter if Ash and his Pokémon wipe the floor with some of the opponents they face as long as two general rules are followed:
1: It has to be a good battle that at least keeps you interested.
2: Training. I can't stress that enough! If Ash and his Pokémon are training like dogs then it doesn't matter how strong they are! As long as the reason for their strength is explained then that's all that matters. If you train hard then there is no such thing as "Overpowered". You all feel me so far?
Also, I apologize for my writing style. I know it's not the best but I try hard to proof-read everything I write both during and after I finish a chapter. Sometimes I just get so caught up with seeing the story in my head while I'm writing it that I get lost and then I structure sentences and subjects the wrong way. At the time you are reading this I am currently working on chapter nine of this story and I am happy to say that my grammar has improved dramatically. Hopefully you will all notice a difference. My chapters are very long so mistakes may still be seen, just remember that.
So everyone knows! Ash WILL catch groups of the same kind of Pokémon but only when I think it fits.
Thank you all very much for reading this story and I hope you enjoy chapter two when it gets here as well. Until next time!