Hey guys I finally got this chapter done and it's more or less a ruff drafted. I would have had more updates for you guys but if any of you have read my profile you would know that my house burned down a couple of months ago and it has been hell, non-the-less I wanted so bad to update this story for you guys.
I have half a chapter done for my Yu yu hakusho story so I most likely will be updating it or my Code Lyoko story next. I may fix this chapter up a little bit and post a rewrite sometime in the future, but at the moment that's not a 100% sure decision yet.
Chapter 7: Brock
It was dark by the time they made it to the Pokémon center; Piper walked in cheerfully with a bounce in her step, and Logan slightly hunched over and looking very disgruntled. The lobby of the center was deserted except for Nurse Joy and her Chancy.
Piper made a bee line for Nurse Joy. "Nurse Joy can you please heal my Pokémon?" she asked the red headed nurse as Eevee jumped out of her arms and onto the counter.
"Sure just put your poke'balls in this." Joy said laying a small tray with spaces for poke'balls on the counter.
Piper placed Pikachu's and Pidgeotto's poke'balls in the tray then pulled her Pokémon egg out of her backpack. "Can you have a look at my Pokémon egg to?"
"Of course, it would be my pleasure; I don't get to study Pokémon eggs very often." Nurse Joy said happily taking the egg from her.
"Thank you," now to think of a way to get past Lola and her prehistoric Pokémon. "Is there a library around here?"
"Yes, every Pokémon center has a library. I'll just need your poke'dex so I can register you for a library card." Piper handed her poke'dex over to Joy who placed it into a slot on the computer and started typing. A few minutes later the computer beeped and a laminated card came out of a small slot about the poke'dex, Joy handed them both to Piper. "When you have the books you want to check out just bring them to me and I'll scan them and your card, you can keep them as long as you want. There's no limit to the number of books you can check out at once ether, but you won't be able to get more books from a Pokémon center till you have returned the entire set of books you currently checked out unless you wish to check them out again. It's very simple and I think very convent for the trainers."
"When do I have to return them?"
"You can return them at any Pokémon center in Kanto whenever you like."
"Awesome! I'll be in the library while you heal my Pokémon." She petted Eevee's head. "Be good Eevee, I'll be just down the hall."
"Wii!" Eevee said happily before jumping on Nurse Joy's shoulder as she picked up the tray with her poke'balls.
Once Nurse Joy disappeared behind a set of large double doors, Piper started off down the hall following the sign that said library. Logan followed behind her silently looking at the few Pokémon trainers lounging around in the halls and talking as they headed for the cafeteria and their rooms for the night. None of them looked like they could even win a rock paper scissors let along a Pokémon battle in his book.
Logan looked down at Piper. 'Not that she really looks any different than the rest of them. I don't know how she pulled out those tricks that she did at the gym when it should have been an easy win for Lola, but I'm going to find out. Someone like her shouldn't be that strong.' He would just have to learn what he could while he was with her and hope that tomorrow will shed some light on her battling method.
He turned to his temporary apprentice. "What are you going to the library for?" he needed to find out what he could for the night that way he could write it in his book of trainers to watch out for. Not that he really saw her as a threat to him when it came to the Pokémon league, but he had a feeling that she was going to be a pain from here on out. Besides that the sooner he found out what he needed to know the less he would have to see of her.
Piper tilted her head to look up at him. "To learn more about Lola, her Pokémon, and hopefully develop a strategy to defeat her. I may also pick up a few books for side reading. What about you?"
Logan shrugged. "Nothing important." Not like he would tell her anyways, it wasn't any of her business.
Piper sweet dropped but let it go as they passed a large group of trainers. There was no chance of them getting lost in this Pokémon center; it only had the single hallway that went throughout the building like a circle. It wasn't long before they made it to the library; the walls and the couple of book cases in the middle of the room were lined with books about Pokémon. Only two other trainers were in the room, reading quietly.
Logan walked over to the far side of the room and started looking. Piper followed his example and headed for the middle book shelves where another female trainer already had a small pile of books, looking closer they all seemed to be picture books. A sweet drop appeared on her forehead, the books said they were for three year olds and older. Really? Picture books? She shook her head and started looking through the books, picking up a few here and there and looking them over.
'Now let's see, I think it would be best if I get some information about the towns and cities that I'm going to travel through and the gym leaders that are in them. It also couldn't hurt to get a book about the Pokémon league. After that a book on Pokémon type match ups and a battle strategy guide.' She nodded her head as she thought to herself. 'That should be about it.'
Twenty minutes later Nurse Joy called her name over the intercom and told her that her Pokémon had been healed. She ended up getting all the books she needed plus one about teaching Pokémon different moves.
"Hey Logan?" Piper asked as they left the library with their books, his one to her five.
"What time do you want to get started in the morning?"
"As soon as possible."
"Ok," she thought for a second. "does around eight sound good?"
Piper frowned for a second before smiling brightly. "What kind of book are you getting?"
"Battle strategy's." he said not even bothering to look at her.
"I got one to; I can't wait to start reading it. I wish I could found a book about raising Pokémon, not that I'm having many problems, but it wouldn't hurt to learn more."
Her eyebrow was starting to twitch. 'What does it take to get a conversation out of this guy?' "Probably a crowbar." She deadpanned.
"Crowbar?" he asked looking down at her with a raised brow silently asking her if she was losing her mind.
Piper went into full freak out mode, waving her hands back and forth which made her drop her books; her eyes were all big and panicky. When she spoke it was full of pauses and stuttering. "W-what? Cr—crowbar? I . . . I don't know w-what your t-talking about. I-I didn't say anything!" she scratched the back of her head and laughed loudly as she picked up her books. Logan sweet dropped but shrugged while giving her a weird look before heading to the lobby. "Hey wait for me." She called running after him.
"Wii!" Eevee cried happily as Piper rounded the corner and entered the lobby.
"Hey Eevee." The little brown Pokémon jumped onto her shoulder, and after sitting her books and library card on the counter she minimized Pikachu and Pidgeotto poke'balls and attached them onto her belt. "Thanks Nurse Joy." She then started packing her Pokémon egg safely in her backpack. "Was everything okay with my egg?"
"Yes everything is fine, I'm not one hundred percent sure when it will hatch but given the heat coming off it I can safely say that it's going to be a fire type."
"Really? How can you tell?" Piper looked at the top of the egg that was resting in her pack.
"Fire-type Pokémon have a higher body temperature then other Pokémon. The same things true if they are still eggs." Joy took her pile of books and looked them over. "I see that you're thinking of your journey and not just your battle with Lola. Will this be all the books you want to check out?"
"Mine to." Logan said from behind her, sitting his book down on the counter with his library card on top.
"Alright, just give me a minute and I'll be done."
"We'd also like a room for the night if it's not too much trouble."
"I'm sorry—." Joy began as she handed them back their books, but was cut off by a very familiar high pitch voice.
"Well look who it is." Piper cringed a little but turned to look at Tori. Her Ivysaur was standing beside her, staring at them with its piercing red eyes. "Let me guess you didn't win a Boulder badge."
"What makes you say that?"
"Well you wouldn't be here otherwise. You were never one to stay in one place if your business there was done." Tori laughed loudly and obnoxious. "Not that I expected you to win, after all you didn't really go into battle with an advantage."
"Well I beat you and I didn't have an advantage now did I." it was one of those moments were everyone froze anime style, Tori mouth open like she was still laughing and the rest of them with sweat drops running down their foreheads.
"That didn't really count," Tori said not looking them in the eye. "I had just finished my gym battle and wasn't up to my game like I normally am."
"Yeah, yeah whatever." Piper turned back to Nurse Joy and ignored Tori all together. "What were you saying earlier Nurse Joy? About the rooms."
"Oh yes well you see there aren't any more rooms available tonight, the last one was taken an hour ago."
"Oh man and I was looking forward to sleeping in a bed tonight."
"Well you snooze you lose." Tori said happily. "I just happen to get the last room, but don't worry it shouldn't get to cold tonight. Besides you should be used to it by now, didn't you, Ash, and Gary use to go camping all the time back home?"
"Yeah and weren't you always the one spying on us?" Piper said in an exasperated kind of voice.
She blushed. "Th-that was—I don't know what you're talking about!"
"Okay, well that's fine thanks again Nurse Joy." Piper said turning away from Tori and started putting her books into her bag. She then started for the video phones. "Come on Eevee lets call Professor Oak."
"Uwii!" Eevee cried happily, jumped down from the counter, and ran after her.
"Hey don't just ignore me!" Tori said following her.
"I'm not but I would like to get my calls done for the night before everyone's asleep. Would you like to talk to Professor Oak with me?"
"No, I already talked to the Professor. I'm leaving tomorrow morning on my way to Mt. Moon, so I guess I'll be seeing you." Tori turned to go to her bedroom, but looked over her shoulder before she disappeared down the hall. "That is if you can even get your first badge."
Piper signed and set down, Eevee jumped onto the video phone counter. She quickly punched in Professor Oak's number and waited for someone to answer. A few rings later Tracy's face came onto the screen. "Hello, Professor Oak's laboratory."
"Hey Tracy, how have you been?" It hadn't been that long since she saw Tracy, but he was on a trip to see another researcher when she started her Pokémon journey.
"Oh hey Piper I'm doing well just got back this morning in fact. How are you doing? Catch any Pokémon yet."
"Yeah I got a Pikachu and a Pidgeotto."
"Wow I can't wait to meet them. Your mom also told me that she was sending you a Pokémon egg, has it hatched yet?"
"No not yet. Nurse Joy did tell me that she thinks it's a fire type from the heat coming from the egg. She said that it was slightly hotter than a normal Pokémon egg."
"It could take a while, Pokémon eggs are still a real mystery." Tracy looked off to the side for a moment before looking back to her. "Professor Oak just walked in if you need to speck with him."
"Sure if he's not too busy."
"Of course not." Professor Oak said as he took Tracy's stop on screen. "I just got done feeding the last of the Pokémon."
"Well than I caught you at a good time, I really just wanted to check in."
"I'm glad it's good to hear from trainers from time to time. By the way where are you calling me from?"
"Pewter City." Piper blushed embarrassed that it had taken her so long to call.
"Well that's nice and have you already had your gym battle?"
"Huh." Logan said as he came to lean against the wall beside her. He had gone after Tori once she disappeared down the hall way.
A vain popped up on her forehead, but she ignored him otherwise. "Yes, but I didn't win." She then got a determined look on her face. "But I'm going to train hard and win next time."
Professor Oak laughed. "That's the spirit! You remind me so much of Ash, he's the same way when it comes to battles and Pokémon."
Piper had fake tears running down her face. "Why do people keep comparing me to a guy and Ash no less?"
"What was that Piper?"
She signed. "Oh, nothing Professor just talking to myself."
"Well if you say so, anyway have you talked to Ash or Gary yet?"
"Not really, I was about to call Gary and I'm not sure where Ash is at the moment."
"Well I just talked to Ash; he's at Professor Birch's lab in the Hoenn region. I think it would be a good idea for you to give him a call. He was having some problems with Pikachu when we talked; Team Rocket has been up to their dirty tricks again."
"Alright I'll do that." She said worried, Team Rocket was stupid but they could cause a lot of problems and if the Professor was worried then she definitely needed to call Ash.
"Good, I wish you luck in your gym battle." Professor Oak read off the number to her and she put it into her Poke'gear.
"Thanks Professor, bye." They hung up and she dialed Professor Birch's number. She didn't have to wait long; the phone was answered after the first ring.
"Hello this is Professor Birch's lab, Joshua specking." A boy with green hair and glasses answered the phone.
"Hi Joshua, my names Piper from Pallet town. I'm calling to see if a trainer by the name of Ash Ketchum is still there."
"Oh yes, wait just a moment I'll go get him." Joshua left and a few minutes later Ash came onto the screen.
"Hey Ash, how's Pikachu?"
"Pikachu's fine now, we had a big run in with Team Rocket when we got here but he should be fine by morning."
"That's good, but I sure wish those guys would give it up already."
"I know what you mean. So how's your journey going so far? Professor Oak told me that you started your Journey a couple of weeks ago, but he said that you hadn't called so he had to clue where you were."
"Not bad I've caught a Pidgeotto and a Pikachu so far, and had my first gym battle."
"A Pikachu? That's great their hard to find in the wild."
"Yeah it took forever to find, and sadly he won't listen to me half the time." She signed forgetting for the moment that Logan was still standing beside her and it really wouldn't look good on her to not even be able to control her Pokémon.
"I understand that Pikachu was the same way when I first started my Pokémon journey. Just give it time and he'll come around. Now how did you gym battle go?" Ash asked sounding very excited.
Piper scratched the back of her head. "I lost, but I plan on having a rematch in a few days."
"Hey losing's not a bad thing it helps you learn so you do better next time. I didn't beat Brock the first time around ether."
"Brock's not the gym leader anymore, his mother Lola is."
He looked surprised. "Oh, well Brock was headed home maybe he's already left."
"Maybe because I haven't seen him yet, but I've only been to the gym and the Pokémon center."
"Whatever the case I know that you have what it takes to beat any challenger." He said fist out in front of him determinedly.
"Your right." She mirrored his pose.
"You two are like twins." Logan snickered beside her, not even bothering to hind the fact that he was amused.
"Who asked you?!" Piper and Ash said simultaneously and Logan sweat dropped.
Ash then looked confused. "Wait who are you?"
"Wii?" Eevee said with a sweat drop of her own as she stared down at her trainer.
Piper had fallen out of her chair and was lying on the floor. She slowly climbed back up with a giant sweat drop of her own. Logan watched her with his emotionless face before turning back to Ash. "The names Logan."
"Don't mind him Ash he's always like this, anyway I better go I still have someone to call before turning in for the night. Good luck on your journey, and I hope that Pikachu gets better soon."
"You to, bye."
"Bye." Once they hung up she dialed Gary's number. "Now Gary."
"How many people do you plan on calling tonight?" Logan asked aggravated.
"Gary's the last one, and it's not like you have to stay here you know." She snapped at him, not noticing that Gary had answered the phone and was now watching them currishly.
"Hey you dragged me into this so I'm going to make sure we get an early start in the morning."
"Then why don't you—"
"Hu um." Gary coughed getting their attention.
They both looked at him and they all sweat dropped. (Yes I know a lot of Sweat drops but I really couldn't think of anything better that would fit.) "Um hey Gary." Piper said not noticing how close she and Logan were.
"Piper." Gary smiled at her before looking at Logan with a raised brow.
"Oh don't mind him." Piper said panicking a little and shoved Logan away and accidently sent him flying a few feet away. She stared at the glaring boy on the ground. "Oops sorry Logan."
"So are you two traveling together?" Gary asked his face giving away nothing.
"Are you joking, I'm not crazy!" Logan said standing up and dusted himself off. "I'm training her tomorrow, but if she does something like that again I'm not." He glared at her.
"I said I was sorry!" she snapped then smiled at Gary. "I was just calling to say how thankful I am to you for giving me both Eevee and my Poke'dex. You shouldn't have gone so far out of your way just to get it in my favorite color." She petted Eevee on the head making the little fox like Pokémon purr.
"Oh it was nothing," he smirked flipping his hair then looked at Eevee. "and how are you doing Eevee?"
"Wii! Ee!" Eevee said happily.
"I'm glad you're happy."
"Eevee's a really good Pokémon, strong in battle and a great friend; she must get that from Umbreon." She would play with all of Gary's Pokémon that were kept at the lab and his main team when he was home, but Umbreon was always her favorite. She hoped to have an Umbreon of her own one day.
Logan watched them continue to talk with narrowed eyes; he had noticed that Gary would look at him whenever Piper turned away. 'What's with this guy?'
"Have you talked to Tori Gary?" Piper asked grinning.
"Um—no . . . . I haven't had the time." He stammered nervously.
"Really Gary you would think you would call your own girlfriend." She shook her head in disappointment. "And I know she's been missing you so much." At the look on Gary's face she couldn't help but burst out laughing.
Logan raised a brow.
"Not funny Piper!" Gary yelled at her.
"Sorry Garr bear I couldn't resist." She said when she was done laughing.
"Don't do that you know how I really feel about her."
"Yeah I know."
"So how's your journey going so far?" he changed the subject.
"It's starting off good, I lost my first gym battle against Lola but I'm going to train all day tomorrow for my rematch." She once again looked and sounded determined.
Gary laughed. "I think you've been hanging out with Ash too much, you're starting to sound like him."
"Not again." The fake tears started up again. 'Has the whole world gone crazy?'
"But do you really think one day of training is going to be enough?"
"I think so yeah, I already know what I need to work on. I'm going to teach Pikachu a new move I found in this Pokémon book and I've already planned out how I'm going to get rid of Lola's water advantage in our battle." Logan raised an eyebrow.
"If you say so, but remember don't rush things if you need more than that one day take it." He knew what he was talking about, he really didn't want her to go rushing into things like Ash always dose.
She thought about it. "Yeah, you're right Gary I guess I'm just a little too excited to get my first badge. I should know better than to think that Pikachu's going to learn the move in one day."
"You even have a Pikachu like Ash, you two could be twins." He knew that she had always wanted a Pikachu since she saw Ash's Pikachu in action. "Well, I'd better let you go so you can get some sleep." It didn't seem like he liked the idea very much. "Call me on your Poke'gear if you need anything."
"Will do Gary, bye."
"Bye." He said then looked at Logan. "Logan." He said nodding and Logan nodded in return. Piper just looked between them confused.
She signed once he hung up. "Done."
"Finally, now let's get going." Logan said walking off. 'I thought she was going to be on the phone forever. Girls.' He thought rolling his eyes.
"Wait up, where are we going?" she asked as she caught up with him outside the Pokémon center.
"To find a place to camp for the night where else?"
"You mean we're going to camp together?" she was surprised, he didn't even like the idea of helping her train so why would he want to camp out with her?
"I want to get an early start in the morning, so it's best if we're close by. I'm not going to wait on you if you over sleep."
'So that's it.' Her eyebrow twitched a little, something that seemed to happen a lot around him. "Fine let's go." She picked Eevee up and put her on her shoulder when it looked like Eevee was getting tired.
"Piper!" Came a male voice from up ahead of them.
Piper looked up the road at the sound of her name and immediately smiled and started waving her arms in greeting. Once the person was close enough she jumped into their arms, giving them a big hug. "Brock I can't believe it's you. Ash said you came home but when you weren't at the gym." She didn't bother continuing, there was no need to.
"I know my mom's taken over at the gym now and I'll be leaving as soon as a few more things are straightened out." Brock smiled down at her as he broke their hug.
"Oh." She said sadly.
Brock looked at her then smiled. "Hey I have an idea, why don't you stay at my house tonight? It beats camping out and I'm cooking." He looked at Eevee. "And I'll make some special Pokémon food for you Eevee." At that moment both Piper and Eevee's stomach growled in demand for food.
"Wii?" Her and Eevee said with stars in their eyes.
"Yep and your friend can come to." He said looking over at Logan who was watching the whole interaction. There was something in the guy's eyes that he really didn't like, but he could tell that he wasn't a bad guy.
"I'm not really—." He started but Piper cut him off in her desperate need for food.
"Thank you so much Brock we'd love to." She said joyously and Logan sighed deciding to let it go for now.
"Hey, I'm Brock I used to be the Pewter City gym." Brock said coming up beside Logan as they followed Piper's happy form down the road to Brock's house. "It's okay you'll get used to it."
"Logan, and what do you mean I'll get used to it?" Logan looked at him out of the corner of his eye.
"Piper, she can be a lot to handle but she's special. One of a kind, or if you think about Ash two of a kind." He chuckled.
"I guess, but I'm only helping her train for tomorrow then I'm back on my journey."
"You mean you're not traveling together?" Brock sounded curious and disappointed at the same time.
"No." Logan replied simply.
"You're not much of a talker are you? Are you going to tell me why you're helping Piper train when it's obvious that you don't really want to? What are you getting out of this?"
"Nothing really, but I wouldn't tell you if I was because it's obvious that your close friends."
"Then you don't really want anything from her?" Brock asked suspiciously.
"Why do you say it like that?" Logan asked slightly angry, he really didn't like his tone of voice or where this conversation was going.
They both fell silent and caught up to Piper who had stopped in the middle of the sidewalk. She looked dazed and was looking around her.
"What's that matter Piper?" Brock asked putting a hand on her shoulder.
She looked up at him smiling and scratched her check with a finger. "I just realized . . . I have no clue where you live." Logan, Brock, and even Eevee fell over.
Well that's it for chapter 7, I don't like this chapter very much but I wanted to have a chapter were there was no Pokémon battles and it was just trainers interacting with each other.
Let me know what you guys think and what you didn't like about this chapter. I don't have any problems with changing anything in this chapter as long as it's a good idea.