Author's Note: Hello, everybody, I'm back with another Pokemon fanfic- and not just a oneshot this time! This one is going to be a full-length story about the gang of the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga set in the world of the new Black and White games. (If you haven't played them yet, they're awesome, by the way.)
FYI, this is kinda-sorta going to follow the plot of the games (so beware of spoilers), only I'll probably change some things, add random stuff, etc. Also, it's 2 years post-DPA, so everyone's older (but no, Hareta has not grown up one bit- XD). And in case you're wondering- because I would be, being the kind of romantic-at-heart weirdo I am- yes, there will be some romance in this story, but later on. At first... just randomness and Hareta being Hareta. Now, here's the first chapter, coming right at you!
(Disclaimer: I do not own the characters from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! or Pokemon Black and White. I DO, however, own a copy of both games. Again, they're awesome.)
Hareta peered out at the clear, rippling water before him. He grasped the ship's railing, and his green eyes glittered with excitement. Maybe, if he squinted hard enough, he could almost make out…
What was that? A faint speck of green amidst all that turquoise blue! Excited, Hareta tugged on his partner Pokemon's wing. "Empoleon, look! Do you see it, too?"
"Empoleon," the Emperor Pokemon said with a nod.
Hareta beamed. "You do! Come on, we've got to tell Mitsumi! She's going to be so excited!"
The energetic young Trainer scampered away, not even noticing that his Empoleon was not following behind. The penguin Pokemon was instead gazing down into the sea, where it saw numerous unfamiliar species of water Pokemon.
"Emp!" it uttered in surprise, thinking that it and its Trainer were certainly in for an adventure.
Hareta, meanwhile, scuttled over to the other side of the deck, where his traveling companion dozed in a lounge chair, a pair of dark sunglasses shielding her eyes from the blazing sun. However, nothing could shield the green-haired girl from the sound of the younger Pokemon Trainer's voice, which woke her up with a start.
"Mitsumi! Mistumi, get up! I can see land!"
After recovering from her initial surprise, Mitsumi slowly stood up from her seat, removing her glasses to reveal her eyes, now angrily narrowed slits.
"Hareta!" she exclaimed. "I was trying to take a nap!"
"Oh," he grinned, "I'm sorry…. But we're almost to the Unova region! Aren't you so happy? A whole new world full of brand-new Pokemon friends!"
Mitsumi sighed. It has been two entire years now since they had first met, and he hadn't matured at all. But even though Hareta could be annoying at times, she couldn't stay upset with the boy for long.
"I am. This will be a great new experience," she said. She whipped her Pokedex out of the pocket of her skirt. "And we can continue to help Professor Rowan by gathering data on all of these new Pokemon we'll meet."
"I'm going to catch them all!" Hareta cried, pumping an enthusiastic fist in the air. "It was pretty sad, leaving all my other Pokemon but Empoleon behind in Sinnoh, but when you really think about it, I'm just making room for more new Pokemon!"
She nodded. "When you think of it that way…"
Hareta grabbed his friend by the arm and dragged her over to the railing. "See? There it is!"
The miniscule green dot had grown since he had last spotted it, and now, it was fast approaching, getting larger with every second that passed. The cyan water that surrounded the continent glistened in the sunlight, looking to the travelers' eyes like welcoming beacons. Even in her tired state, Mitsumi let out an appreciative gasp.
"The Unova region…" she breathed. "It really is beautiful…."
"It is," agreed Hareta. "I can't wait to get there and start a whole new journey! New friends, new Pokemon, new Gym Leaders…"
"New challenges, a new Elite Four, and don't forget new rivals," she put in.
"Oh, yeah," he said. "I didn't know where to find Jun, so I couldn't invite him to come with us. It's too bad, isn't it? I'll kind of miss him."
Mitsumi shrugged indifferently and muttered, "I won't. And I sure won't miss his flirting with me."
Just then, Empoleon marched up to them. Hareta greeted his partner Pokemon with a big smile. "Hey, Empoleon, look! We're so close, and I can't wait! The Unova region- it's like it's calling my name! It's yelling, 'Hareta! Hareta! Hareta…'"
"Hearing voices? That's usually a sign that someone's going crazy," said Mitsumi with a grin. "Now, you should probably put Empoleon in his PokeBall for the time being. We're about to dock."
Hareta was reluctant to part with his friend, but at Empoleon's nod, he pulled out the water Pokemon's PokeBall. "Okay, Empoleon, return!" he said, and a beam of red light engulfed Empoleon and sucked him inside the capsule.
The young Trainer turned to his companion. "So, now what?"
Mitsumi already had a plan. "We'll come ashore in Nuvema Town and meet up with Professor Rowan's colleague, Professor Juniper. Then…" She smiled. "You're free to go on your adventure."
"Yes!" shouted Hareta. "Unova, here we come!"
/Hareta's Black and White Adventure!/
Hareta leapt out of the ship the moment it arrived at the harbor. "Finally!" he yelled out, unable to contain his excitement. "We made it!" He spoke to the PokeBall in his hand. "Hmmm, I wonder what kinds of Pokemon we'll meet first, Empoleon…."
"Uh, Hareta?… A little help here?"
Mitsumi staggered onto the dock, carrying an armload of weighty suitcases. As she walked slowly up to Hareta, they grew too heavy for her to handle, and she pitched forward onto the boardwalk. All of the luggage spilled out of her arms.
With a groan, she crawled forward to retrieve the suitcases, gathering them back up while murmuring something like, "If you're so useful as a Trainer, can't you at least make yourself useful by helping me pick these up? Sheesh…"
She reached for the final suitcase, but before she could reach it, someone else picked it up. "Here, need some help?"
She stood up and found herself looking into the face of a smiling woman with green eyes and light brown hair. Mitsumi vaguely recognized her face from pictures Professor Rowan had shown her.
"You're… Professor Juniper!" she exclaimed in surprise.
Professor Juniper nodded. "Yes. And you must be… Mitsumi, isn't it? I've been expecting the two of you."
"The two of…?" Mitsumi trailed off as she spotted movement out of the corner of her eye. There was Hareta, creeping up behind a Trainer with a large pig Pokemon. A huge grin was plastered on his face as he stepped obliviously forward, arm outreached to touch the unfamiliar creature.
"Oh, no," Mitsumi said. She began running after him in hopes of stopping him before he startled the Pokemon. "Hareta, wait! Don't…!"
But it was too late. Hareta tapped the Pokemon, which in its surprise whirled around and unleashed a huge blast of fire from its mouth, scorching both Hareta and Mitsumi. Then, it and its Trainer walked away down the boardwalk.
Professor Juniper rushed over to them. "You two, are you all right?"
"Just great," Mitsumi moaned.
Hareta beamed. "Of course I am! Did you see that Flamethrower attack? What kind of Pokemon was that, lady?"
"That was an Emboar," said the female professor, "The Mega Fire Pig Pokemon."
"Cool!" Hareta cried. "I want one of those!"
Mitsumi nudged him. "Hareta, don't be rude. Introduce yourself to Professor Juniper."
"Oh," he said. "You're Professor Juniper? Hi, I'm Hareta!" He held out his hand- part of the "good manners" stuff that Mitsumi had lectured him about back on the boat. She smiled proudly.
"Nice to meet you, Hareta," said Professor Juniper. "I've heard so much about you." She reached out to shake his hand. When she did, he began shaking it with such force that it jolted her entire body.
"Hareta!" Mitsumi scolded. "Gently!"
Hareta smiled sheepishly, releasing the professor's hand. "Whoops. Sorry!"
The professor looked down at him pleasantly. "It's all right. Welcome to Unova. I hope you like it here."
"I already do!" Hareta announced.
Mitsumi, on the other hand, was less thrilled as she looked down at her scorched clothes. "Ugh, they're ruined!" she said, trying in vain to dust the soot from her skirt.
"Don't worry," said Professor Juniper, "I know of a place where I could find you both some new things to wear. Come on."
"Come on!" Hareta repeated. "Mitsumi, we're taking our first steps into Unova!"
Mitsumi considered sharing in his excitement as he skipped through the grass. Then, she shook her head. No, maybe once she had changed into some clean clothes.
/Hareta's Black and White Adventure!/
"Wow," said Mitsumi, turning to examine her reflection in the mirror. "These are really nice. Thank you, Professor."
She was wearing a white cap with a pink PokeBall insignia and a white T-shirt, as well as a black vest, short jean shorts, and black high tops with pink laces. Her hair was still pulled up into its customary ponytail.
Meanwhile, Hareta was clad in a mostly orange cap, also with a PokeBall design, a blue jacket, black pants, and orange sneakers. He stood on the other side of the room, bouncing up and down impatiently on his heels. He was very eager to get going.
"Yeah, thanks, Aunty. Can we go now?"
"Aunty?" echoed the professor questioningly.
"He does this," Mitsumi explained. "He calls Professor Rowan 'Gramps,' Gym Leader Fantina 'Grandma'- she hates that- and so on."
"And Mitsumi's 'sis,'" said Hareta, "Right, sis?"
Mitsumi's cheeks colored a bit. "I, uh… That's new…."
"Well, it's true," he said. "You watch out for me and teach me new stuff and try to boss me around- just like a sister!"
Mitsumi reddened more. "Awww, Hareta, that's so sw… Hey! Are you calling me bossy? Take that back!"
Hareta just grinned. "See?"
Professor Juniper leaned against the doorframe of the room, smiling slightly. As the two Trainers' eyes fell on her, she said to them, "So, Hareta, Mitsumi, are you ready to start your journey in Unova?"
"Of course!" Hareta cried, and at the same time, Mitsumi nodded.
"Well, then," said the professor, "Come meet me at my lab in a few minutes. Then, your adventure will truly begin."
Hareta's grin stretched out until it seemed to engulf the entire lower half of his face. Seeing this, Mitsumi sighed. I get the feeling our lives are about to get interesting again….
Author's Note: So? How did you like the first chapter? Feel free to tell me in a review! Stuff you liked? Constructive criticism? Comments about how awesome the new games are? Share them all with me; I'll be glad to hear them! (Again, CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. I'm okay with complaints as long as you actually tell me how I can improve.)
Well, until next time...
Trying to catch 'em all,