Story of Torkoal (AshesToAshesShipping)

I always thought I was a weak Pokémon.

I let myself get attacked by a group of Magnemite and a Skarmory. I have a type advantage over them, but I was outnumbered and afraid to make a move.

A trainer had walked by and noticed me, but he laughed at me. He thought it was funny that I was losing and didn't even bother to help. He just continued walking.

I thought things were over until you showed up. You drove the Pokémon away and I was beyond thankful. But I didn't know how to respond, so I coated you in soot by accident and ran off in embarrassment.

Those Pokémon were persistent and went after me again. Luckily, you spotted me a second time and saved me once more. I tried to prove myself by using my Flamethrower, but I was exhausted at that point and fainted.

You and your friend tended to my injuries and offered me to team up with you to make our way out of the Valley. I was worried that I wouldn't be of much help because of how weak I was, but I wanted to travel with you. You had saved me and I was willing to do anything in return.

We fought our way successfully past a Magneton, but when the Steelix showed up I panicked. But I wanted to prove myself to you, prove that I could be a strong Pokémon. You believed in me by ordering me to attack the Steelix with all my might. Even though my attacks were hardly scratching it, you didn't give up.

It was because you saw my potential, even when I couldn't. And with that confidence, I unleashed a power that I didn't even know existed in me. And we won!

With your offer to join your team, I happily obliged. I never thought that anyone would want a lousy Pokémon like me, but you taught me to believe in myself and we've had some great times together. I can't be any more thankful.

There is no one that I would ever work as hard for than you, Ash.