This is my first time writing a fanfic for something other than Golden Sun. (Crazy, right?) I know that my current GS fic is not finished, but I decided a little side tracking couldn't hurt. I've been wanting to write a Pokémon fanfic for some time, so here goes.
What drives the extinction of old species is not the introduction of bigger and stronger competitors, but ones that do the same as they do, only more efficiently…
Aerodactyl is one Pokémon you will never see in the wild. Like over 90% of all life that has ever existed on Earth, it is long extinct. It thrived as the top predator of its day millions of years before the ascent of man. However, nature, as it tends to do, came out with a new and better design that robbed Aerodactyl of its supremacy.
They were lighter, faster, and far more agile while airborne than the robust, stone-skinned dragons. Regardless of the fact that Aerodactyl could very easily kill any bird in face-to face combat, birds were much more efficient at hunting, and unfortunately for Aerodactyl, early species of bird Pokémon hunted the same prey as it did. In the end, birds starved Aerodactyl to extinction.
"You found yourself a good one." A scientist was talking to an awestruck looking trainer. He mentioned toward a large glass cell, which contained an Aerodactyl, floating in suspended animation. "A young male in its prime. Certainly worthy addition to any team."
The trainer was a young woman, around her late teens. Her ginger hair hung down barely past her shoulders, under a gray hunter's cap. She wore a plain white tank top and denim Capri's that looked like they had seen better days. She carried a satchel over her shoulder, adorned with Domo and Uglydolls, and wore hiking boots that also looked like they had been through hell twice. "There's no team to add to, really." She said, still staring at the unconscious Aerodactyl. "This one'll be my first."
The scientist looked at her skeptically. "This is not a Pokémon for beginners." He warned her. "Are you sure you'll be able to control it?"
The girl grinned. "No worries, I have experience with my older brother's Pokémon. I can manage." She walked around the cell, running her hand across the glass as she circled, anxious to touch the 'newborn' Aerodactyl for the first time.
The scientist sighed and shook his head. Just by looking at her face, he could tell there was no talking her out of it. She had completely fallen in love with the sleeping dragon. "You can't hold me responsible for anything it does to you." He warned one last time, and then hit the release button on the cell. There was a loud hissing sound as the pressure released, and the liquid in the cell began to drain out into a chamber beneath the floor. Tubes that had been connected to the Aerodactyl's body detached, and the still sleeping Pokémon slowly sank to the bottom of the cell.
Above the cell, a pulley mechanism began to spin, lifting the glass capsule off of the unconscious dragon as if it were the lid of a candy dish. Once the glass was clear a certain height, the machine shut down, and the room went silent again.
"Well, it's all up to you now." The scientist said, looking uneasily at the Aerodactyl lying on the cell's base.
The girl took a deep breath and approached the Pokémon, kneeling in front of it. She stared for a moment, and then gently pulled one of its eyelids open. The Aerodactyl was unresponsive for a few seconds, but then its thin inner eyelid slowly retracted sideways.
The trainer smiled big. "Welcome back to the world of the living, big guy."
Her response was a loud, angry hiss and snapping jaws.
Well, that took about half an hour, including my lunch break. Let me know what you think.