AN: Hello everyone, and welcome to The Planet's Curse! This is a fic that takes place in the world of "30 Percent" by Jackboy0815, along with several other fics. This world has become known as the PercentVerse, and has become a major group project among several authors. Please be sure to leave a review after reading the chapter, as it helps me out a lot. Constructive criticism is greatly appreciated, as it helps me to improve. I hope you enjoy the chapter as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Disclaimer: I do not own Pokémon. All rights go to the original creators.
I sighed in relief as I plopped down on a shaded bench in the courtyard. Java class had ended only a few minutes ago, and I wasn't due to my next class until 11:30, which was just over an hour away. I chose to spend my free time as I usually did. I'd walk a lap or two around campus to get some exercise if the weather cooperated, and use the opportunity to play some Pokémon GO. Afterwards, I'd go inside of the Science Hall to eat my lunch and browse YouTube until it was time for class.
The main difference today was that it was a blazing August day. It was only 10:30, but the temperature had already skyrocketed up to nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I sighed as I wiped the sweat from my forehead and took a sip from my water bottle. 'Ohio's weather in a nutshell,' I mused. 'Knowing our weather patterns, it'll probably snow next week.'
Deciding it was far too hot to complete my typical route, I stood up and stretched, choosing to just head inside and have an early lunch. I wasn't even halfway to the doors before I started to feel off. 'That's odd… I know it's hot out here, but there's no way I'm already getting dehydrated.'
That's when the pain hit. Agony erupted through my head, and I collapsed to my knees while gripping my temples.I'm not entirely sure what happened next, as my body slumped forwards, falling unconscious. I didn't know it at the time, but many others wished they could have done the same.
I'm not sure how long I was unconscious. When I came to, I found myself face down on the path outside of the college. 'Great, some kid falls unconscious on the sidewalk and no one even notices.' I thought with a scoff. 'Some schooling you got here.' I attempted to stand, but quickly came to a startling discovery. My body felt almost… foreign?
I groaned internally. With how many transformation based fanfics I've written at this point, that thought was all too familiar to me. "...Don't tell me…" Welp, if anything's a big clue, the subconscious change in language sure as hell is. "...Damn it."
Sighing in defeat, I glanced down at myself to at least figure out what the hell I had been turned into. I was met with the sight of an orange furry chest with a lighter underbelly. I had a pretty good idea as to what I was, but I glanced over my shoulder just to make sure.
Sure enough, I was met by the sight of six tails swaying slowly behind me. "Welp, that confirms it," I mused out loud. "Why a Vulpix, though? Like, Vulpix is cool and all, but I have pretty much no connection to it. I haven't even used one on a team before."
I shook my head to clear my thoughts. Now wasn't the time for that. I'm out in the open, and something tells me I don't want to be found like this. "Now I'm kind of glad no one cared enough to find me." I mused.
I climbed to my feet, an action I found surprisingly easy despite now being a quadruped. I took a glance around, noting that the courtyard was entirely devoid of any students. Odd, for this time of day. Wait, what time is it, anyways? Noticing my school bag on the ground nearby, I quickly rummage through it until I find my phone. It takes a moment of fumbling to turn it on, but I eventually make it work.
The time reads 1:27 PM. '...Shit. I missed English entirely, and College Algebra started almost half an hour ago!' I quickly realize that isn't the biggest issue at hand right now, and I'm not talking about magically turning into a fire breathing fox. A message is splayed across the home screen of my phone in bold letters, and my eyes gradually widen in shock as I take in what I'm reading.
"Attention citizens of The United States Of America. We are aware of a mass transformation of some of your relatives or family members. For the time being, it is advised to avoid them at all cost. It is not currently known if this is an infectious pandemic.
Stay calm and God bless the United States of America."
"It… wasn't just me?" I sputter out in shock. Looking back, I find it amusing how I was more surprised by other people's transformations than my own.
Then it hit me. 'Crap, how am I supposed to get home like this? I doubt class is still going on, but I doubt my parents will recognize me like this. Something tells me they won't be able to understand a word I'm saying, and my paws are way too big to send them a text.'
I slowly came to the painful realization that I would almost definitely have to walk it. "Fantastic…" I grumble sarcastically. "Just what I need right now, a ten mile hike."
Giving a defeated sigh, I grab my lunch box and begin to rummage through my school bag for anything that could be useful. I immediately grab a few pencils and a notebook. Once I actually get home, I'll need a way of telling my family that it's me, so these are absolutely vital to bring along.
After stuffing the supplies into my lunch box along with my almost dead smartphone, I strapped it to my back as best I could given the circumstances and began to make my way around to the front of the campus.
Almost immediately my eyes widen as I see the chaos stretching out before me. The road is completely blocked by wrecked vehicles, with several of them burning intensely. People were screaming, and even though I saw the warning, I still had to blink several times to confirm I wasn't seeing things at the sight of multiple Pokémon panicking amongst the panicked crowd.
I begin to feel lightheaded as I realize what must have happened. People must have transformed behind the wheel and lost control of their vehicles. 'So much for taking the road. I'll need to go through the woods.'
Trying not to draw too much attention to myself, I stay low and make a break for the treeline. It's unlikely anyone would do anything if they saw me, or even care given the situation, but I wanted to play things safe.
I sighed as I successfully vanished behind the overgrowth of the woods. Sadly, the woods wouldn't hide me for the entire trip. While over half of the trip can be taken through the woods, there was about a three mile stretch of homes and fields towards the latter end of the trip. From there I could stick to the trees if I played my cards correctly.
Luckily for me, I have an old friend from elementary school who I used to hang out with whose father was a Boy Scouts leader, and therefore we tended to explore the woods behind his home quite a lot. Conveniently, we had once followed the creek all the way to the lake three miles down. It just happens to pass under the road at a point about a mile down the road from my home. Taking the creek will add an extra mile to the trip, it would be easier to stay out of sight and will lead me directly to the back side of my neighborhood, allowing me to skip the mile of open fields I would have to take otherwise.
I nodded to myself, content with my course of action, and set off in the direction of home.
I grumbled as I dragged myself through a particularly thorny bush, coming across a familiar dirt road. If I remembered correctly, this one led to a small neighborhood, and was about three miles away from the college. I was making solid progress, but I was about to hit a major roadblock.
As I crossed the street, my ears twitched as I began to pick up the sound of someone crying, putting me on high alert. 'Probably another Pokémon… I guess I should check this out. They might be hurt.'
Following the sound led me to a tree on the opposite side of the street. As predicted, the crying was coming from another Pokémon. To my great surprise, it was another Vulpix. The difference between us was clear as day however: the other Vulpix was covered in snow-white fur. She was an Alolan Vulpix.
I honestly don't know how I knew she was a girl before hearing her voice, but I just put it down as a part of my new instincts. I decided not to focus on that for the time being however, as the Vulpix looked up in surprise and fear as I approached, tears still shimmering in her frosty blue eyes.
"W-who are you?!" She exclaimed in a fearful voice. "Stay back!"
"Hey, it's alright," I said in what I hoped was a soothing voice. "I'm not going to hurt you."
"H-how do I know you aren't l-lying to me?"
"I was just passing through and heard crying. I figured I should see what was going on," I explained. "Can you tell me what's wrong?" I then blushed, realizing how stupid that sounded. "Aside from the obvious, I mean."
Tears began to fall from the Vulpix's eyes as she finally relented. "W-when I… C-changed… My dad was right there," She explained, attempting to calm herself. "Ever since Mom died, he and I hadn't been on the best of terms… After I transformed, he took one look at me, called me a f-freak and threw me out the front door. H-he said not to come back or h-he'd s-shoot me."
My eyes widened in shock, and a quiet growl began to build in my throat as I took in her story. As soon as she was done, she collapsed into a crying mess. I came forwards and pulled her into a slightly awkward hug due to our body structure and allowed her to cry it out.
After what was probably close to twenty minutes, she had calmed enough to speak, although her voice was raspy. "I d-don't know what I'm going to do… I'm hungry, alone, and don't have anywhere to go…"
A slightly crazy idea began to form in my mind. 'I can't leave her alone out here. She'll never survive on her own.' After only a moment of consideration, I pulled my lunchbox off my back and used my mouth to open the zipper. After a few seconds off digging, I pull out a half eaten bag of chips that I had opened on my last break. Luckily, my new body didn't require nearly as much food as my old one, so I had plenty to share.
"Here," I said, offering the chips to the Vulpix. "You can have these. They're just plain potato chips, but it should help with the hunger for the time being."
The Vulpix looked surprised for a moment. "A-are you sure? These are yours. You'll need them."
I slashed her a smile. "It's no trouble. I still have more food in here if I get hungry, and hopefully after tonight I'll be able to make it home, so food won't be an issue after that."
After the Vulpix reluctantly took the bag, it crossed my mind that I had yet to learn her name. "I can't believe I forgot! What's your name? Mine is Brett, but I'm thinking of coming up with a nickname now that I'm like this. Brett the Vulpix doesn't roll off the tongue very well, after all."
Vulpix looked up from nibbling on a chip. "O-oh! My name's Chloe. It's… nice to meet you." She said, looking flustered. Clearly, she had also forgotten to ask for my name. "You said Vulpix just now. Is… that what we are? We look very similar."
I realized Chloe had likely never played Pokémon before, so I would have to explain a lot to her. "Yeah, that's right. I'm a Kantonian Vulpix, and you're an Alolan Vulpix. I'm a Fire-Type while you are an Ice-Type. Have you ever heard of Pokémon?"
Chloe blinked. "You mean like those video games my cousin is always talking about?"
Huh, maybe this would be easier than I thought. "Yeah, exactly like those. Vulpix are a species of Pokémon from those games. From what I saw back at the college, a whole bunch of people were turned into Pokémon."
"So… we're video game characters then? How did this even happen?" Chloe asked.
"No clue," I replied, before glancing up at the sun. "But we should probably get moving if we want to get to my house before tomorrow morning."
I smiled. "Well, you said you have nowhere to go, so I figured you could tag along with me. There's plenty of room at my place, and I'm sure my parents will let you stay once I explain the situation. ...That is, if you want to come along, of course. It's a seven mile hike to get there, so I would understand if-"
"O-of course I'll come!" Chloe said, before blushing. "T-thank you… you really don't have to help me, you know."
"I'd have to be crazy to leave you here." I said with a grin. "Are you rested enough? Once you finish those chips we can get moving."
After another hour of traveling, now up a new companion, that we reached the part of the trip where we would be forced to be in the open. I could see a familiar gas station up ahead. It had just finished construction last month, and had been placed alongside the road we were loosely following. Just on the other side of the gas station was a road we would have to cross. Luckily, it was the only time we would have to do so on the trip.
At this point, we were just nearing the halfway point of the trip, and it was already 5 p.m. On the plus side, the temperature was finally starting to drop, although it was still close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the heat, I had actually learned one of the first interesting things about my new body: I panted small wisps of flame to keep myself from overheating.
Chloe was startled by the flames at first, but calmed after I explained that it was natural for me, since I was a Fire-Type. Thankfully, the flames dissolved into the air within inches of my snout, so I didn't have to worry about catching anything on fire.
As we entered the clearing, I quickly glanced around to make sure no one was in sight, before giving Chloe an 'all clear'. We moved quickly and as silently as we could. While I hadn't seen anyone, there was still a road not even 50 feet to our left, so I wanted to get through this stretch as quickly as possible. After we got past the gas station, there would be a bit more cover, until it slowly gave way to more forestry, so that was my current goal.
It took nearly ten minutes to reach the gas station. As we made our way around it to the street on the other side, I feared the worst, but thankfully the accidents weren't as severe here. There were five cars I could see, and only three of them had any damage. Luckily, the damage wasn't severe, and they looked to have been abandoned quite some time ago.
I gave Chloe a small nod after checking for traffic, and we bolted across the road side-by-side. Once we were in the clear, I turned to address her. "How are you holding up?"
Chloe stretched before replying. "I'm a little tired, but I can keep going for a little longer before we rest again."
"Alright," I replied. "Just don't push yourself too hard. We are about two miles from the creek. Once we reach it we'll split off from the road entirely, then we just follow that back to my neighborhood."
Chloe nodded in acknowledgement, and we were once again on our way.
The sun had begun to set by the time we reached the creek, meaning it was probably closing in on 8 PM. As we followed the narrow creek, I decided to try to start a discussion to help pass the time.
"I've decided on a nickname," I began. "What do you think of the name Wisp?"
Chloe tilted her head slightly, repeating the name a couple of times. "Wisp… I like it. I'm still thinking about mine…"
"You don't need a nickname if you don't want one, you know," I reminded her.
"I know, but I do want one. After f-father… well, after t-that, I just want to leave my old life behind," Chloe said shakily, before glancing down at herself. "I still don't understand all of this, b-but it gave me an excuse to get away from h-him. H-he got worse over time… but I never thought he'd go so f-far as to…"
"Yeah… I can understand that. How about we think up some ideas as we go?" I offered, hoping to cheer her up a bit.
Chloe perked up at my proposal, but I could tell she was still hurting. "O-ok!"
Another two hours passed, and we were finally along the final stretch. Chloe had narrowed her choices down to two nicknames, and asked for some time to decide between them, so the final quarter-mile of the trek was spent making small talk.
It was just after 10:30 PM when I saw a familiar row of houses up the steep hill to our left. I pointed towards them to catch Chloe's attention. "We're almost there," I said, a hint of excitement in my voice. "We just have to get up this hill and cut through a couple of yards and we'll be there."
Chloe let out a sigh of relief. "Thank goodness… I'm exhausted. I doubt I could go much longer without needing to stop for the night."
I flashed her a smile. "Same. Hopefully we can get in quickly so we can get some sleep… Although now that I think about it I still need to write that note. Oh well. I'll do that once we arrive."
As we crested the hill and made our way into my friend's backyard, I motioned for Chloe to slow her pace a bit. This time I didn't really mind about whether or not I was seen. I knew my friend's family played Pokémon, so at most they'd probably want a picture of the pair of adorable Vulpix. It was late, however, and they were probably in bed, so I didn't want to accidentally wake them. I just hoped that none of them were affected by this change.
I led Chloe up the driveway and through a couple of yards before a familiar home came into view. "There it is!" I couldn't help myself and took off in a sprint.
"Hey!" Chloe complained. "Wait up!"
Less than a minute had me sitting on my front porch, rummaging through my bag. After a moment, Chloe came up behind me, panting slightly. "Was that necessary?" She asked in an annoyed tone.
"Sorry, I just got excited to be home. We've been walking all day." I said, pulling out a piece of paper and a pencil. I grasped the pencil between my teeth, before tilting my head sideways to slowly begin writing out my message. It was slow going and the writing was sloppy, but it would get the job done.
After finishing the message, I turned to Chloe. "Alright, here's the plan. I want you to hide on the other side of that flower pot while I let my parents know it's me. Assuming that goes well, I'll let them know you're with me and call for you. That way, we run less risk of overwhelming them. Does that work for you?"
"Y-yeah, that works… Hey, Wisp?" Chloe seemed oddly worried.
"T-they won't try to h-hurt us, will t-they?"
My eyes widened. "No, of course not! You'll be safe, I promise. Even if this goes south, I know others in this neighborhood who would probably take us in."
Chloe nodded nervously. "O-ok… I trust you." With that, she went behind the flower pot, being just small enough to be out of eyesight from the door.
I jumped up onto a rocking chair that conveniently put me within reach of the door bell, and took a deep breath. 'It's now or never…'
With one last moment of hesitation, I reached forwards and pressed the doorbell. To my surprise, I heard immediate commotion from the living room, and blinked. 'They're still awake? I assumed I'd have to ring it a few times to get a response.'
I could hear rapidly approaching footsteps and hopped down from the chair to sit down in front of the door. A moment later, the door was flung open by my mother. She looked confused for a moment, before looking down and finally spotting me. "Wha-"
I cut her off by raising a paw and pointing to the nore in front of me. She gave me a wary glance as she reached for the page and read the simple message I had written.
My mother looked between the note and me a few times as tears began to form in her eyes. "W-when we heard the news, we tried to call you, but it went to voicemail… I had a feeling in the back of my head that this had happened, but I was desperately hoping it wasn't true…"
I simply shrugged and motioned for her to hand the paper back. I then repeated my messaging process.
"It's… Not terrible. I had to walk it, though. Made a friend, so it was worth it.
Mom sighed, rolling her eyes, and wiped away a tear. "...Of course you wouldn't care. Your father and I tried to drive to the college after we heard the news, but the roads were blocked really badly, so we had to turn around and come home. ...Wait, friend?"
I nodded. "Alright, Chloe. That's your cue."
My mother blinked, probably confused by my speech patterns, but I paid her no mind as Chloe nervously came into view, lowering her gaze to avoid eye contact.
Scribbling down another note, I handed the page back to mom.
This is Chloe. She had it rough with her dad. She had to leave, so I offered to let her tag along. I hope you don't mind.
Mom looked between us and sighed, moving aside and motioning us to come in. "Something tells me we're going to need more paper…"
Arceus was beginning to get a headache. First, Palkia had burst into his chamber, frantically warning him about something feeling very wrong. Before Palkia could even finish the sentence, the walls of the Hall of Origin shook fiercely. Once the quake died down, Arceus spoke firmly and quickly. "Report, Palkia. What's the situation?"
Palkia seemed oddly conflicted. "I.. I'm not sure. I just felt a disturbance and came to warn you… Wait, no. That can't be right..."
"What is it?"
"The Hall of Origin… it just... shifted..?" Palkia said, confused. "I'll run a scan of our current location."
There was a moment of silence, before Palkia's eyes went wide. "We have a problem, sir. A big problem."
Arceus sat upon his throne. Before him was a crowd consisting solely of the world's Legendary Pokémon. He could tell they were getting restless, so he spoke up.
"Thank you all for coming on such short notice. I know that it has been many, many years since the last time we met like this, but we have a situation on our hands." Arceus paused for a moment. "Half an hour ago, the Hall of Origin shifted. To put it bluntly, we are no longer in our own world."
Loud murmuring broke out amongst the crowd. After a moment, Arceus continued. "This world… It has no Pokémon. Only humans live on this planet. Or at least, that was how things were originally."
Mew spoke up in a surprisingly serious tone. "What do you mean, Father?"
"When the Hall was relocated, it appears that a large sum of the humans on this planet were turned into Pokémon. There is no being with the power of doing such a thing. Not even I can do such a thing. I have already contacted Solgaleo and Lunala, and they still have access to our world."
"I am issuing a special assignment to each and every one of you. Palkia has already done a scan of this world, and I have a general layout of the landmasses. I will be sending several of you to each of these landmasses to investigate the cause of the transformation. I want at least one of you at each location at all times."
"See me after the meeting to be given your roles, and Mew will teleport you to where you are needed. Celebi, I wish for you to stay here at the Hall and assist Dialga and Palkia with their efforts."
Celebi perked. "Yes sir! I'll do my best."
Arceus nodded. "I know you will. Please report any findings to me immediately. Everyone else is dismissed."
AN: Whew! This first chapter took a very long time to get done, but I really enjoyed the end result, so I hope you will as well. I have big plans for this fic, so I hope you all stay tuned!
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