A New Hope
The announcement came suddenly and without warning. One second Jonathan was watching TV with his loyal Eevee curled on his lap and his uncle Meowth beside him and the next his mother was scooping him into her arms muttering excitedly about something or other and carrying him to his room. She went through the closet in a rush while calling out to his father to remember to bring the gifts. "Mommy?" The four year old looked at his mother with inquisitive eyes while she insisted in rushing him to wear a little suit that he did not remember wearing before.
"We need to hurry, honey," Jessie prompted, straitening her young son's tie. "The princess is on her way and we can't miss this event!" She took a step back and looked at her son, nodding in approval. "Go tell your dad not to forget to bring the gifts," she sent him on his way and went to change herself.
Jonathan took a moment to watch his uncle Meowth fussing for a while, then went to find his father. James was packing several gift wrapped boxes into the car, while Meowth fussed some more. "Mommy said not to forget the presents..."
"Don't worry, I already put them all in the car," James assured.
"You haven't changed yet?" Jessie came out of the house, looking as if she was attending a gala. She finished putting on a new pair of earrings and pulled out a lipstick from the small purse on her arm. "James, we're going to be late!"
"I was loading the presents into the car." He motioned to the trunk and back seat full of pink wrapped boxes.
"That's no excuse, go change, hurry!" Jessie pushed her husband towards the house hurriedly. "Meowth, did you set up the closed sign? Did you transfer all the Pokemon to Gary's lab temporarily? It won't do that the pokemon we're taking care of go hungry because we're not here to tend to them. The day care center would be ruined and we'll lose our cover here at Saffron and the boss will fire us!"
"I already did all that." Between fussing and fussing some more, Meowth had accomplished his duties as planned.
"I'm ready," James hurried out of the house, still in the process of properly putting on his tie. It was Jessie's idea that they should dress up.
"Not yet," Jessie pulled his tie into place, almost chocking him with the motion. "There, now let's go, I'm a faster driver so I'm driving. We don't have much time to get to Viridian!"
James paled and, with a stream of incoherent babbles that could have been prayers of mercy, he deposited his sun into the backseat of the car and made sure to tightly fasten the seatbelt.
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During the course of the speedy drive, where in Jessie drove like a maniac, ignoring the Jennies that tried to make her stop, Jonathan had remembered when they got the pink boxes. They were girly gifts, all of them, nothing that particularly interested him, thus he was not tempted to try to unwrap any of them. They had dolls, bows, dresses and such things and there was a lot of pink.
The little boy also remembered something else. His parents had mentioned that the gifts were for a princess and at first Jonathan imagined a lady with a dress and tiara like the princesses in the story books. Then he learned that the princess was younger and though he wasn't sure how young, he imagined a girl, in the same dress and tiara that characterized clefairy tale princesses. "Daddy..."
"Yes," James was gripping the sides of his seat for dear life as he saw the scenery rapidly fly by and tried to ignore the police sirens.
"Are we really going to meet a princess?" Jonathan asked with curiosity. Normally, girls had cooties, but this girl was a princess. Surely her royalty would render her immune and make her pleasant company.
"Oh yes we are, she's your princess too, our families have always been close, for generations." It was only one generation in James' case and Johnny would be the second one, but in Jessie's case, her mother had been a Rocket before her, since the early years of the organization.
"Like knights?" Jonathan asked curiously. If his parents were knights, then did that make him one too? That sounded fun.
"Yeah, just like royal knights," James smiled despite the fear that crept over every inch of his body because of his wife's reckless driving.
Satisfied with his father's reply, Jonathan was quiet for a while, occupying himself in petting Eevee. The pokemon had been meant for him even before the boy was born, as the egg had hatched when Jessie was still expecting. The Eevee was the child of a Flareon that was initially trained by Ash, then given to Jessie after she had fallen in love with James' Growlithe.
"Uncle Meowth?" Jonathan finally spoke again.
Meowth ceased his mutterings of hope and nervousness and looked at the little boy. The child had his father's hair and his mother's eyes. "Yes, Johnny?"
"Do you think the princess will play with me?"
"Of course she will, later," Meowth replied with a smile.
'Later?' Jonathan mused. Did she have royal duties to tend to or something? Well of course, she was young, but she was still a princess.
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After the wild drive was over, Jessie finally parked at the Viridian City hospital. She had a parade of officer Jennies after her, but she didn't care. "I'm on official business for the Viridian City gym!" The redhead announced before one of the Jennies could even begin to express her disapproving accusations.
The officer glared. The Rocket mafia had grown stronger in the past few years and there was little the police could do without risking a terrible retaliation, especially in the heart of their territory.
Ignoring the Jennies, Jessie and James grabbed the multitude of boxes and, with Meowth and Johnny following, they headed inside the hospital. After showing some ID they were allowed into the top floor where right there in the hall way a rocket executive meeting was taking place. They had to pause and stare.
"And that's why we should sell these fine products!" Petrel finished, holding up a t-shirt with a picture of the Viridian Gym's badge with some intricate background design.
"I'll consider it," Giovanni voiced. Delia, who was next to him, had a death grip on his arm, as if he would run off the second she let go of him. He paused to look at her, "you're cutting my circulation."
Delia only held on tighter in response, "deal with it," she smiled sweetly. "I want to be here and I want you to be here with me. The baby could be born any second!"
"That's what you've been saying for the past hour," Giovanni reminded.
Yet Delia didn't want him to leave, she wouldn't let go of him. "Well it's still true."
"What's our next topic?" Giovanni prompted, giving up on reasoning with Delia when she was in such a state.
"The new pokeballs under development..." Ariana flipped through her agenda, while Archer looked at something on his laptop and Proton took a moment to stretch and yawn.
Before the conversation could continue, Ash, who had been staring at the sound proof door behind which Misty was, gasped as if the mere action of yelping in pain was too much to manage. With his face contorted in pure agony, he promptly fainted. Delia finally released her grip on Giovanni's arm to catch Ash's head before it hit the floor. "Ash!"
Giovanni flexed his arm in relief, good to see that it still worked despite the numbness. "I may not be an expert in aura, but I told him it was a bad idea to focus his senses so much on the energy of a woman in labor."
"Oh, he was just worried and wanted to check on Misty's life force," Delia insisted. "Ash... honey? He's out cold..."
"Pikapi!" Pikachu volunteered to remedy the situation with a jolt of electricity to his trainer, the sparks of which reached all those present, though none nearly as harshly as Ash.
"Is it over?" Ash asked in a daze when he awoke.
"Not yet..." Delia smiled gently.
"But it's been hours..." Ash frowned.
"Some births take more time than others, I'm sure everything is fine," Delia assured. It wasn't long after that when the news came that the little girl had been born.
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Naturally, Misty was exhausted, but very relieved as she held the little pink bundle in her arms. She had red hair like her mother and eyes that were a mirror image of her father's with a fiery determination on them already visible from the start. People crowded around the baby, talking to the parents, cooing at the child and giving out their congratulations. There were many pokemon there as well. Already a baby Meowth, the child of Givoanni's Persian was curled up next to the future trainer. Though the Meowth was also still a new born, he already seemed to have a certain protectiveness for the girl, as well as her other pokemon companion, which was still little more than an egg, but would soon hatch into a Pichu, the child of her father's loyal companion.
Through the array of people and pokemon, that continued to arrive, Jonathan curiously peeked up to see what the fuss was about. That was the princess? She was still a baby! No wonder Meowth said she would play with him later, she couldn't really walk, or even talk at the moment, very much less have a pokemon battle. But she still had her own pokemon, just as he remembered having Eevee for his whole life.
Misty extended one hand to the little boy beckoning him to sit on the bed next to her, cradling the child on her other arm and simultaneously holding a conversation with all of her sisters at the same time, while miraculously not being rendered terribly dizzy by the multitude of voices around her. The bed was a little crowded now with children and pokemon and there were people all around her, squealing with joy and congratulating the new parents, but Misty seemed to be protected by a force field of joy that made it so that not even the continuous high pitched squeals of her sisters could bother her at the moment.
Jonathan stared at the baby's face with curiosity and a barely audible, "princess?"
She giggled and reached out to him.
Though his hand was small, the tiny newborn could scarcely grasp his finger on her little hand. "Nice to meet you, princess. I'll be your knight, so just tell me if you need anything, okay?"
Though she probably had no idea what he was talking about, she smiled and held his hand a little tighter.
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Eleven years later... "Finally, we're here!" The red haired girl cheered, brown eyes scanning the premises. "Pallet Town, the starting point of my journey!"
A boy of fifteen leaned back on the driver's seat of his car and looked around. He was a year short of obtaining a driver's license, but Rockets never really play by the rules anyway. "So what's our first stop, the Oak lab?"
"No, I'm not going to ask for any more pokemon. I already have two and I want to catch more on my own," the girl replied. "Our first stop is Viridian City."
"But we just came from there..." the boy pointed out.
"We have to do this right; Pallet Town is the starting point of my journey. Now we're going to Viridian through the forest and camping there for a night so I can take the time to catch some pokemon. Oh and before that, I'm going to pick a fight with some Spearow on the way to the forest, gotta test my battling skills and all." She nodded in approval of her own plan.
"If you say so..." the boy chuckled.
"What? It's a great training opportunity and you know what my goal is," the girl insisted.
The boy nodded, "you remind me often enough." He started driving out of Pallet Town.
Even though it was redundant, the girl gave him an eager grin and reminded him again. "I want to be the very best..."
Disclaimer, I don't own Pokemon. The title is a reference to Star Wars. This is just a little something to elaborate on my previous stories and take a small peek into the future. :)