This is a rewrite. Go ahead and look through the other chapters
It was time. I was ready.
I was just minutes away from losing my virginity: My skydiving virginity, to be specific. I was both terrified and awe-inspired all at once. This was the best eighteenth birthday present ever.
I'm also offering a hell of a lot of filler information without any background information to compensate, so let's just back it up a bit. Hi! My name is Johnathan Snow, affectionately called Jon Snow by everybody and their grandmother.
Yes, I am perfectly aware that my name is famous. No, I am not the reason it is famous. I was not born the bastard son of Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North. I am a bastard, however. As it were, I was just a kid with a curious name. Curious enough to make me look up Game of Thrones and then read the books. George R. R. Martin is a genius, might I add; his works make up my favorite book series of all time.
Like I said, I'm a bastard. I was born to a teenage couple in 1994, on December 26th. Obviously, one of my parents raised me, right? Being a bastard in the modern world isn't really anything terrible, single parents are common enough.
Well, that's wrong. Not only was it wrong, it was hella wrong, meng.
Instead, as they were teenagers and had no interest in becoming actual parents, I was shipped off to an orphanage in San Francisco called Baychester.
It wasn't all that bad, to be honest.
I was given a fair amount of food, decent company in my fellow orphans – we learned to stick together – and a surprising amount of opportunities. Most people think orphanages don't have the ability to grant their inhabitants many opportunities, and that would be correct for the most part. Orphanages aren't really able to financially back their children outside of their basic needs due to their stretched funds, but there were plenty of people that volunteered and helped out that were… Well, pliable isn't a word I should use, but they were pretty pliable.
I was lucky. One of the volunteers was a college intern at a local production firm. She thought I was cute, and I was fortunate enough to be born with a clear voice and the ability to project it. So, through her connections, I was able to start a career as a voice actor at the tender age of eight years old.
By the time I finished middle school at fourteen years old, I had been able to plow my way through the field enough to earn roles in some video games, commercials and even a few cartoons. My opportunities brought me into the actual world of acting as well, though I never was able to break out of plays. I didn't necessarily have much in the form of money, but I had way more than most people my age did. Money equaled security, and I wasn't feeling secure at Baychester anymore.
Don't get me wrong, Baychester is a great place. For children. The caretakers and matrons are wonderful people and the volunteers are happy to give their attention. The teenagers were often put to the side, however. To put it bluntly, nobody wanted to adopt them because they weren't in the cutesy stage anymore.
To be even more blunt, I was a runt. Right now, at the age of eighteen, I barely stood 5'6. At fourteen I wasn't even five feet tall. So, as both the runt and the only kid in the orphanage that had any money, I was the most common target for bullying. Nobody beat the shit out of me or anything, but I had my share of scars and body bruises.
…Where was I? Oh, yeah. Security.
That girl that gave me my connection? Her name was Ellie. We still talked, and she ended up being my agent while I was her first client. She was kind enough to "adopt" me. The word adopt is in quotations because it was just a pile paperwork; in truth, we ended up being something akin to roommates. I had my area, she had hers. I never took her name, she never got in my business. Our relationship had always been more like what I presumed siblings or close relatives felt for one another, and things ended up calming down rather significantly.
Life was good.
Fast forward three and a half years, through my embarrassing high school career and the struggle I went through when my voice started cracking (which put a dent in my voice acting opportunities, let me tell you), and we return to my birthday. Ellie had always known I was a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so she called up a friend of a friend and was somehow able to get me a ticket to skydive in the middle of winter.
Which brings us to the here and now. My jumpsuit was tight, my body as prepped as it could possibly be, and I was stood in front of the hanger ready to jump.
The hatch opened; I secured my parachute pack as well as I could. There was a red light above the door. We were waiting for it to change color. I wasn't the only one jumping, but since I was the birthday boy I was obviously going to be going first. I even wore a pair of absorbent swim trunks underneath my suit, ready for any eventual bladder leaks that may or may not occur.
The light above the hatch flashed green. I wasted no time. I jumped.
It was easily the most exhilarating feeling I have ever experienced, just falling through the air and feeling the wind on my face. I could see everything from up here, all the mountains and beaches, even the curve of the planet. I wish I could describe it better. Sadly, my vocabulary had never been my strongest suit. I had to thank the public education system of California for that.
It was both terrifying and calming. Terrifying in the whole I'm falling fast enough to hit the ground like an old tomato way. Calming in the sense that this was a place where none of my problems could worry me. I could only focus on the here and now. I closed my eyes and just started to think.
I was eighteen years old; halfway through my senior year of high school and was living without a care in the world. My future plans weren't really set in stone. I was going to keep voice acting, that was certain. And now that I was eighteen, I was considered an adult in the eyes of the world. I could move out, and I was actually able to afford a flat in California of all places! I was already looked at pretty well at my school for having such a cool job, and if I got my own place I might even pop that pesky cherry; the real one, not my sky diving virginity.
Did I want to go to college? No, not really. The only degrees that interested me were media focused, and I was already involved in entertainment. Media was all about connections, and I had those. I mean, I wouldn't mind going to a university; Ellie had always said that I absolutely needed that college experience. To find myself, whatever that meant. If an opportunity to go somewhere for free or for cheap popped up, I would probably take it.
But I also wanted to travel. So long as I kept a decent microphone on my person and a laptop with the ability to edit audio I could essentially work anywhere with an internet connection. Europe sounds fun. So does South America-
"AGH!?" What the fuck? Did I just smack a bug with my face? No wait, that's the wrong wording. Did a bug just smack me in the face?! I wiped at my check with my hand, green ichor coating my finger. Belatedly, I remembered that I had to keep my body stable as I dove, and I began to move in a manner that did not promote confidence. I was spinning randomly now, my eyes wide open in fear. That calmness that supposedly came with terror? Yeah, that was nonexistent, this was pure terror.
I panicked and pulled the string to my parachute. The recoil of it smacked me like a truck, and it was in this moment that I learned something quite important.
Never trust a parachute that says Made in Vietnam. I've always had the feeling that they still hate Americans for that war. Well, that feeling was accurate. And returned. I needed to tell people. The people have a right to know!
Sadly, it seemed as if I would never be able to tell others of my discovery. Once the recoil hit, the string connecting my 'chute snapped like a piece of twine. My chance at survival was gone.
I was going to die.
I wasn't religious. I didn't believe in fate, nor did I especially care about anything steeped in the supernatural. However, I had also never been in a life or death situation up until now; though it could be argued that this was more like a death or death situation. I needed a miracle. So, I did something I've never done before; I started to pray.
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I'M TO YOUNG TO DIE! PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE, NONONONO, I'M STILL A VIRGIN, FUCK! LET ME LIIIIIIIVE~ GOD, BUDDHA, ZEUS, ALAH, AZOR AHAI, SHENRON! SOMEBODYYYYYYY!"
I probably didn't pray right. I've never tried, so it wasn't like I knew if there was a certain way to do so. Most folk probably didn't scream as much.
I stopped bothering with words, just screaming my throat hoarse. I screamed and panicked and cursed and cried and pissed myself (I knew those absorbent trunks were a good idea).
I also determined that I hated the Vietnamese.
I was closing in on the earth; the designated landing sight was surrounded by a set of rocks. I wasn't going to hit the landing sight, I was going to hit those rocks. The training prior to the skydive included, in the case where my parachute didn't work, that I was to position myself like I was sitting. My legs were supposed to take the majority of the impact. I probably wouldn't ever walk again, but I might live.
That was all I could hope for.
So, I did as I was supposed to. I tucked my legs into position and tightened my muscles as much as I could. The ground was approaching fast, faster than I could keep up with.
The moment my feet touched down, there was nothing but pain, and then there was just nothing.
Surprisingly enough, I opened my eyes. It… It worked?
Wait, what worked?
Hold up. Which deity was the real one? I need to know who to worship from now on.
I then promptly closed my mouth because holy hell did I sound like a squeaker.
I looked around. I was on a sand beachfront. This- this wasn't possible. I was miles away from the beach, and even then, this looked nothing like the beaches I was accustomed to. There was too much sand, too many tall trees. There were no businesses or overly large crowds.
"Hello, who are you?" Who the fuck was that?
I turned my head the side. Sat next to me was a… thing. It was pink, with a pale-yellow muzzle and a scaled belly, with a red and white striped ruff around its neck. On its head was a grey crown with a ruby gem in its center.
It smiled at me in a sort of dopey way, "How'd you get here?"
Nope. Nopenopenopenopenope. Not gonna happen. I began to run away, or at least tried to. Pain lanced through my legs. I couldn't move. Looking down, I realized that my legs were, well, a mess. There was blood and gore everywhere; if not for them being attached to my body, I wouldn't have even realized that these were my legs. Sweat poured out from all around my body. I started to shake, my breathing turned sporadic.
"Now that's not nice, calling me a monster," the pink thing whined. "I'm a proper Pokémon, you know?"
"Pokémon aren't real." I should know, I auditioned for the role of Max Maple a few years ago for the dubbed animation. I didn't get the role due to my balls deciding they wanted to drop around that time, but I was perfectly well aware that Pokémon didn't really exist. It was a game and an anime and a job for some lucky sobs, nothing more and nothing less. And why did I sound like such a squeaker? Where was my beautiful, velvety, panty dropping voice?
"Then what would you call me?"
I would call him a freak. I'd seen some weird stuff on the internet, even some dude that augmented his body with tattoo's and surgeries to make him look like a reptile. Even if this guy was way more bloated, he was human. Had to be.
My body was spasming more and more.
"Mmn, perhaps now isn't the best time for this. You're in pain."
No shit, Sherlock.
"I'll just put you to sleep and take you to a healer. My good deed for the day, as the islanders like to say."
Healer? Doesn't he mean a doctor- what the fuck? This guy just- he just yawned out a yellow blob that slowly floated towards me. I tried to scurry away, but the blob, while slow, was still faster than I was, and slapped me in the face.
I was weak. I was hurt. And all of a sudden, I was just tired. So, so tired…
With a yawn my eyes closed, and I felt myself drift off.
This time, when I awoke I was in an environment I could understand. The sanitized smell and white wash color of a hospital may not have been especially familiar to me, but I could understand it. Waking up on a beach, that must have been a dream.
…I am both happy and sad about that. Happy, because I was able to continue with my life. Sad, because I once dreamed about being in the world of Pokémon. I mean, who didn't want to live there? Pokémon was the first game I'd ever played; it was near and dear to my heart. When I was younger, I would dream about Pokémon all the time, hoping beyond reason to become a trainer. I had been past ten at that point, which meant I would have been able to go on my Journey.
Ah well, life's life. At least I've got my… health? Experimentally, I tried to lift my leg, only to see a great big cast on it.
Well, that sucked, though not as badly as it could've. Cast or no cast, I could feel my leg. It didn't look like I was going to be in a wheel-chair for the rest of my life. A few months of uncomfortableness along with a helping of rehab and I'd be back to the grind. Probably. Maybe.
Hold up, how long have I been asleep?
I looked around the room. There was no calendar, nor was there a clock. My bed was more like a long chair. Next to it was a button, with the symbol of a nurse printed on it. I pressed it; a buzz echoed from the hall. I stared at the door to my room, waiting.
My wait was short. The door opened, and an attractive woman walked in. She had bright pink hair, deep blues eyes, fine pale skin and wore a stereotypical nurse's outfit, the kind that could be confused with a sexy-nurse Halloween costume if it were a little tighter. On her obviously dyed hair was even a cap, with a bright red cross on it. I almost laughed.
Instead of laughing, I settled for a simple greeting. "Hello."
Wait… My- voice…?
"My goodness!" Her eyes were wide, her mouth ajar. What was up with my voice? "I expected you to be asleep for another few days at the very least! Slowking must have used a Heal Pulse on you before bring you over."
"Chansey and I were ever so worried," she continued, casually ignoring my shock. "This is a Pokémon Center for a reason, not a hospital. It's a rare day when anybody comes in with wounds like yours, human and Pokémon alike. This Center is away from most gyms and not many strong Pokémon come to this island. Honestly, you're quite lucky. Being unconscious for only a few days is better than what could have happened."
…Chansey? Pokémon? Pokémon Center? Gyms? I was unconscious?
"What the fuck is going on?!"
"Language!" The woman whose name I was beginning to suspect might rhyme with toy scolded. "You're far too young to use words like that. What have your parents taught you?"
"Nothing, seeing as I'm an orphan," was my quick response. I've had that reply lined up since I was ten and served my first detention. It's served me well. And what did she mean I was too young to curse? I'm eighteen, damnit. I'm an adult!
Her demeaner shifted in an instant. Gone was the scolding, indignant woman and instead she became this puddle of sad. She was tearing up, sniffling and dabbing at her eyes with a handkerchief that she hadn't had before. Where the hell did that come from?
"Oh, I'm so sorry." She's crying now. Big, fat honking tears. I don't know how to deal with this. As the stereotypical white girl would say, I can't even. "Of course, you'd speak so crudely! No parents…"
Well, isn't that just rude?
Whatever. I don't have the inclination to care about her rudeness right now. Why the hell was she talking about Pokémon as if they existed. Where was I? Why did I sound like such a squeaker?
I also needed to pee.
"Can I go to the bathroom?" Maybe I could look at a mirror then, see how bad the damage really was.
"Yes, yes of course you can." She pulled a sphere out from her robe, a ball with a red top and a red bottom. It split in half in a flash of silver light, and then a pink blob with an egg in a sack stood in the room.
My-Wha-Who-Huh!? That wasn't- That- HOW THE FUCK?!
"Chansey, be a dear and take this young man to the restroom." The nurse said. She paused for a moment, and as if it were an afterthought continued. "Be mindful of his legs."
The blobs black eyes turned a pale blue, and I was lifted out of my bed and floated out of the room. The blob-Chansey walked out of the room at a sedate pace, my flailing and floating form psychically made to follow. It stopped at a bathroom, opened the door and sent me inside, sitting me on a toilet and forcefully dropped a diaper that I most definitely hadn't been wearing previously down my legs, resting against the base of my cast. It left the room then and closed the door. I could see its shadow though, from beneath the frame. It wasn't leaving.
I only kind of had to go to the bathroom. Really, it was just a little trickle. But I couldn't even get that out. Not when I looked at the mirror stood just in front of the toilet I was sat on. I know that I was looking at myself but…
This wasn't me.
My long brown hair was now crimson and shaggily cropped. My hazel-blue eyes were now purely yellow and amberish, almost hawk-like. The scars on my body were gone, all except the one just over my left eye, jutting diagonally through my eyebrow. Speaking of my body, it was now tan and stocky, as opposed to my pasty pale normality that was beginning to grow a gut. I looked like one of those pretty boys I'd seen some classmates gush about, with higher cheekbones, dimples and naturally straight white teeth.
And I was definitely not eighteen. I looked nine.
What the hell happened? This wasn't a lucid dream, I'd had one of those before. It was too real, everything had a scent and a feeling, that Chansey was too animated. Too alive. The woman who took care of me wasn't just any woman, she was a damned Nurse Joy.
Impossible as it may be… I think this is real. Somehow, someway, I was in the world of Pokémon.
…I have no explanation. Nobody could have one. I guess my prayer was heard by somebody, I was allowed to live; just not on Earth. For the first time in a long time, I – Jon Snow – knew nothing.
The irony of that phrase is not lost on me.
But where was I? Nurse Joy's were everywhere according to the anime. And in the games they were only located in select cities and towns. If I were in one of these cities, it would need to be on an island. She specifically said it was an island. Let's see… Cinnabar Island, the Whirl Islands, the Seafoam Islands… I can't think of anything else-
Oh, right. I'm an idiot. I started this new existence by having a conversation with a talking Slowking. There was only one place that had one of those; Shamouti Island, setting of the second Pokémon movie: The Power of One. It was my favorite movie of the Pokémon franchise, and more than that, it was among my favorite animated movies of all time. Only one of them, though; nothing beat the Lion King, and nothing from Japan could top Spirited Away. But The Power of One was my number three!
There was a good reason that I loved The Power of One. My favorite Pokémon were Flying types, and the focus of this movie was four legendary Flying Pokémon: Moltres, Zapdos, Articuno and Lugia. It was great and amazing and all the feels. That movie let me see them at their best, which also just happened to be their worst since they nearly started a global storm that could be considered apocalyptic. Still though, best battle royale in all of Pokémon.
Flying types were the shit. My favorite playthrough of Pokémon Blue was when I started with a Charmander and made the whole of my team consist of only Flyers. My main team consisted of Charizard, Aerodactyl, Pidgeot, Dragonite, Zapdos and Articuno. I would have used Moltres, but Charizard was already a Fire type and I needed the diversity on my roster.
…Now that I thought about it, this was damn perfect. I could be a Pokémon trainer. I knew where a hell of a lot of Pokémon were from the anime, movies and games. I would be able to see the world on the back of a Pokémon, just like I had dreamt when I was a kid, soaring with one of my Flying types.
I would miss Ellie. She did right by me, and now she was probably devastated. I was dead on Earth, dead or missing. But there was nothing I could do about it; this was my second chance and there was no way I would be lucky enough to get a third chance.
No, I would make do with what I was given.
I was going to fulfil my childhood dream and be just like my character in Pokémon Blue: Assfart. Don't judge me, I was, like, nine when I made that character.
Wait, was that why I was nine now?
Whatever. Goal established.
I would become a Flying Pokémon Master.
Jon Snow – Male
Date: Dec 29
There we go, the first chapter of my reworked Y'know Nothing Jon Snow! Some of you might be wondering why I did this, and the simple answer is that this was one of my first Fanfictions, and while looking at it from the perspective of a better author is interesting, the simple fact of the matter is that I'm a better writer. I don't like looking at my old works and just think "Oh, look how much better I've become." I prefer looking at my old works and thinking "Let's see how much better I can do with this."
The over-all pace of the story isn't going to change, the events that you're all familiar with will be the same, but now they will be written by a better, more mature author. Plots will make more sense, details expanded upon, characters given a better opportunity, the works. Though the story itself won't necessarily be meant for the mature, that isn't going to change.
Also, if anybody's curious, the move Slowking used on Jon to make him fall asleep was Yawn.
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