Chapter 1: The Journey Begins!
The story begins early one morning in the quiet and vivid Pallet Town.
Inside a small house lived a mother and two sisters.
The eldest sister, just beginning to become a Pokémon Trainer, was in her room playing her NES.
Her name was Raye.
She had long, brown hair and beautiful blue eyes.
She was a little tall for her age.
She lied down on the floor of her room and was in the middle of playing Super Mario Bros.
She seemed to be concentrating very hard, as she was on world 8-4, the last level of the game.
It seems she played the game all night as there are bags of chips and cans of soda on her floor.
She was in her pajamas and was staring a little close into the TV.
Raye's mother came upstairs to check on Raye.
She opened the door to see Raye deep in her "gaming zone."
Raye's mother notices the trash on Raye's floor.
The trash is scattered around the room.
"Raye, what are you doing?" Raye's mother asked with an annoyed look on her face.
Raye continued to play Super Mario Bros. with a blank expression on her face.
Her mother tried to get Raye's attention again,
"Raye, what are you doing?"
"It's your birthday and you're still not ready to get your first Pokémon from Professor Oak."
"Didn't you want to become a Pokémon Trainer?"
Again, Raye kept playing.
Raye's mother sighed.
She then got a really good idea on how to get Raye's attention.
"Y'know Raye, Jared's gonna be starting as well.
"Wouldn't that be exciting?"
At that moment, Raye paused the game and immediately put on her trainer outfit.
When she was finished, she had on a light blue shirt with a black collar and a black circle on her chest.
She also wore an orange mini-skirt, light blue socks, and shoes with a thin, red stripe with a black sole.
She donned a white hat with a red outlining and a half-Pokéball design.
She towed a large, yellow tote bag around her shoulder.
Raye quickly ran towards the front door, completely unaware of the stairway.
"Wait, Raye! Watch out for the—," she tried to warn her daughter, but it was too late.
Raye tumbled downstairs and landed flat on her back.
She sat up and rubbed her back.
"Man, I gotta stop doing that…" she said.
Just as she was about to rise up, a boy held out his hand.
He was wearing a red shirt with a narrow, white stripe down the middle and black sleeves.
He also had on a red cap with a white tongue and a half-Pokéball design similar to Raye's and a pair of blue jeans.
He had black, spiky hair and brown eyes.
He was about a half-inch taller than Raye.
"Need a hand?" the boy asked.
Raye rose up and brushed herself off, "No thanks, Jared. I'm fine."
Jared straightened his backpack as Raye straightened out her tote bag.
"So Raye, are you ready to get your first Pokémon?" Jared asked.
Raye, who was feeling very excited, said, "Yes, I can't wait!"
They both exited Raye's house and started on their way to Professor Oak's laboratory.
Once they arrived there, all of the lights were turned out.
"Hello?" Raye called out, but there was no answer.
There was someone behind a bookshelf, but out of Raye and Jared's sight.
It was a boy with brown, spiky hair wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes with two white stripes on each.
He wasn't a very happy person.
All he cared about was the fact that he was getting his first starter.
Raye looked around the room.
"I guess nobody's home…"
Just then, Jared saw the boy's shoe from behind the bookcase.
"Hey Raye! There's someone here," He said.
Jared peeked around the bookshelf and saw the boy.
"Matt, is that you?" Jared asked.
He looked up at Jared.
"Who do you think I am? Of course I'm Matt!" he sneered.
Raye then came over to the bookcase to find Matt.
She asked him, "Matt, do you know where your 'role model' is? We kinda need to get started on our Pokémon journey."
Matt stared with an annoyed look on his face.
"I don't know," he said with a sharp tone.
"And even if I did, I wouldn't tell you two." he added.
Raye glared at Matt and then turned around.
"Jared, we need to find Professor Oak. I really want my first Pokémon!"Raye said.
"He has to be outside somewhere.
"He can't have gone too far." Jared assured her.
They both walked out the lab's entrance and started walking towards Route 1.
They stood still.
VERY still, as if in fear.
"Do you think we can do this?" Raye asked.
Jared began walking slowly forward into the grass.
At the moment his foot touched the grass, they heard a voice.
"Wait! Stop right there!"
Jared and Raye turned around to see a man in a white lab coat, a red shirt, a pair of khaki pants, and dark brown shoes.
He was in what seemed to be his early 40's.
The man had a look of worry on his face.
"Please come with me, you two," the man said.
Jared and Raye both followed him to the lab.
As they entered, Matt was still behind the bookcase.
Soon, the room started to get bright.
"Ah, that's much better!" the man said.
"It took you long enough." Matt muttered under his breath.
The man then introduced himself.
"My name is Professor Oak," he started.
" I understand that you three are beginning Pokémon Trainers, correct?"
They all nodded.
"Very well then. If you would please follow me, we can get you started," Professor Oak continued.
They walked towards a table.
On the table, there were three PokéBalls, each containing a Pokémon.
"These are the three starter Pokémon for beginning Pokémon Trainers," Professor Oak said.
"You are permitted to choose only one Pokéball from this table," He added.
Raye, Jared, and Matt each looked at the three Pokéballs on the table.
Raye reached for the Pokéball in the center of the table.
"Which Pokémon is this one, Professor Oak?"She asked him.
"Ah, that is the water Pokémon, Squirtle.
"It's one that is worth raising. Are you going to take it, Raye?" Professor Oak asked.
"Hmm, I think I will."
Raye threw the Pokéball into the air.
It opened up and released a tiny, blue turtle that stood up on two legs.
It had big, red eyes and a cozy, sunny smile on its face.
"Squirtle!" the Pokémon said proudly.
Raye picked up the Squirtle and hugged it.
"Aw, it's so cute!" she said.
"Hey, Professor Oak, can I name my Squirtle? I think I have a good one!" Raye asked Professor Oak.
"Yes, Raye, you may name your Squirtle. In fact, I encourage every new trainer to make each of their Pokémon unique in their own way," Professor Oak said.
Raye put the Squirtle down and began to think.
She then said, "Squirtle, how do you like the name Shelly?"
The Squirtle began giving it some serious thought.
It stared into Raye's blue eyes.
It knew that Raye was going to treat it well and be a close friend.
"Squirtle, Squirtle!" it said approvingly.
"Great! Then from now on, your name will be Shelly!" Raye exclaimed.
Matt reached for the Pokéball on the left side of the table.
"I'll take whatever this Pokémon is," Matt said.
"That is the Grass Pokémon, Bulbasaur," Professor Oak explained.
"This one will always be loyal to you."
Matt threw the Pokéball into the air.
Its content was a small, green creature with a bulb on its back.
There were dark green spots covering its entire body.
It had big, red eyes, a pair of ears, and two fangs that stuck out from each side of its mouth.
"Bulbasaur! Bulba!" the Pokémon exclaimed.
Matt looked well and hard at his newly obtained Bulbasaur.
He then smirked and said, "This Pokémon looks plenty strong right now. I bet it'll be the strongest Pokémon ever if I train it!"
"Are you gonna name yours, too?" Raye asked Matt.
"Why, an' be a baby like you? No thanks!" Matt replied.
Raye became angry at Matt.
"A BABY? I think it's kinda boring just to say the Pokémon's real name over and over and over again. Naming your Pokémon helps in the long run!" Raye protested.
Matt rolled his eyes and put his Bulbasaur back into its Pokéball.
There was one Pokéball remaining on the table.
Jared reached for it and held it in his hand.
"Which Pokémon is this one, Professor Oak?" Jared asked.
"Oh, that's the Fire Pokémon, Charmander," Professor Oak said.
"But, I wouldn't open—"
Jared already released the Pokémon from its Pokéball.
It was a rather angry orange lizard with a flame on its tail.
"Char…" The Pokémon growled.
"I was going to say not to open it until I removed the – oh, never mind. Just be sure to treat it well, Jared," Professor Oak stated.
Jared crouched down next to Charmander.
"Hi, Charmander, I'm Jared! We're going to be best friends!" Jared said.
He reached his hand out to Charmander.
It saw Jared's hand coming closer.
When it came close enough, Charmander bit Jared's hand.
"Ow! Hey, why did you do that, Charmander?" Jared asked.
"Char…" the Pokémon growled.
"Professor Oak, why is Charmander doing this?" Jared asked.
" That Charmander was always angry ever since we caught it," Professor Oak explained.
"It would take a miracle to tame it," Professor Oak said.
Jared looked at Charmander.
"What if I named it?" Jared asked.
Professor Oak looked shocked.
" You can try…" He said unsurely.
Jared started thinking of a nickname for Charmander.
He stood up, with an idea in mind.
"Charmander," Jared started.
"Do you like the name Blaze?" he added.
The Charmander then got a surprised look on its face.
"Char?" the Pokémon said curiously.
"I decided to name you Blaze, Charmander," Jared told the Pokémon.
"If you don't like it, I'll change it."
The Charmander then started to smile.
"Charmander! Char!" it said happily.
"All right! Then from this point on, Charmander, your name will be Blaze!" Jared said.
He returned Blaze back to its PokéBall and hooked it onto his belt.
"Thanks for the Pokémon, Professor Oak!" Jared said.
"Yeah, Thanks!" said Raye.
As they started to leave, Matt stopped them in their tracks.
"Hold on, you two. Ain't nobody leaving without an official Pokémon Battle!" Matt exclaimed.
"We'll gladly accept your challenge, Matt!" Raye burst in.
"Great! 'cause I want me a hot battle!"
So, Jared and Raye are both challenged by Matt to a Pokémon Battle.
How will their first ever battle unfold?
Find out in the next chapter of Pokémon Chat!