Took a trip down memory road today. Found my old Pokémon Blue game for the Gameboy Color. Man, good times...Only 150 Pokémon...151 if you throw in Mew. Look, I know I have too many stories going, but I think I made it clear that I have an active mind and writing/posting is what gets my mind open on stories in progress. You don't like my choices, bite me. I don't care. All I care about is whether you enjoy the stories I write or not.
On a more positive note: 12 Days of Christmas is today! Happy Christmas to my fellow celebrators of "The Lord's Birthday", and Feliz Navidad to those of us who just enjoy the festivities. Happy Holidays to those of other religions, and if you don't see the next update for Kitsune: Son of Catwoman, then I've made it large and moved to Maui.
Ha, just joshing with ya, the next chap is gonna be up by next week, and it'll be worth the wait. For now, sit back and enjoy a trip down memory lane as Naruto joins the original world of Pokémon.
Disclaimer: I own NOTHING...aside from the plot. Please enjoy!
Ninja of Kanto
Outside the borders of the Land of Fire and the Land of Water, there was a small trading town known as The Bridge between Worlds. Its infamous name was coined by the Uchiha known as Madara, who insisted that this town rested upon the last known lands that the Sage of Six Paths was around before he died due to an 'incident' he claimed he had. However, it was because of Madara's recent defeat at the hands of Hashirama Senju, for the first time in the era of which Konohagakure was first constructed, that no one heeded his words. The Uchiha himself soon believed his words were derived from insanity and began to delude himself into thinking that, and it is quoted, "Little pink mice cannot exist and if they did, they would never fly with the sound of an infant's giggles following them. Nor would they play with bubbles."
Words so wrong had never been spoken before, for if Madara even began to believe his own story and investigated, then the tragedy that would occur in only moments to a young prepubescent boy would never happen. Said boy is who we come across now. He is a short boy, just barely reaching the height of four and a half feet tall, and wore all orange. His hair was the color of the sun and was spiked out all over, similar to that of the man that was nearly twice his height. This man had an olive green outfit on with mesh leggings and armbands that kept his clothes from getting in his way, and to make his walking with his geta sandals that much easier. The horned headband around his head had the kanji for 'Oil' scribed on in while the young blonde's was a simple blue cloth with a metal plate that had a spiraling leaf carved on it.
At the moment, the two travelling companions weren't getting anywhere fast due to the disagreement they were having.
"Come on, Ero-sennin!" Naruto whined, "I may be twelve, but I can handle an A-rank jutsu! I mastered the Rasengan, didn't I?"
"Ha! You call that cheat with clones 'mastery'?" the toad sage Jiraiya shot back with a guffaw, "Please. The Yondaime and I both did that for months before we even managed to get one hand down...Hell, it took Kakashi a year before he could do it in one hand, and he was a prodigy that the council drooled over!"
Naruto scowled, "Yeah, but-"
"Master the Rasengan and get back to me on that new jutsu plea," Jiraiya said firmly before a lecherous grin came over his face, "Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some information to get...and then some research to conduct!"
Naruto watched as his chosen sensei ran off to another brothel and he pouted again, crossing his arms before scowling and clenching his fists as he stormed towards a wooded area just outside the town that everyone seemed to ignore. Once he was a good fifteen feet into the wood, Naruto angrily pulled the scroll that the old sage had left with him out of his back pouch and dropped it to the ground. The blonde held his right hand out and began cycling his chakra through his coils in an effort to get the massive current known as his chakra under control.
Holding his left hand over his right, Naruto began focusing the chakra into a condensed ball, spinning it in two directions. The blonde felt a bead of sweat drop down the right side of his head as he then began the second part of the technique, pumping the power of his chakra into a raw sphere. A grin crossed his face before the sphere started to grow and he yelped when it suddenly burst. Naruto flew back and slammed against the trunk of a tree, crying out on impact as he heard a crack come from within himself.
The subtle release of energy spanned across a dimensional rift, awaking a small pink being whose tail was longer than its body. It was no taller than two feet and had big blue eyes (much like those of our hero, who was currently cringing in pain) that opened and screamed nothing but mischief. The being zipped up from its hole in the ground and looked around, yawning and stretching its' small arms as its mouth opened widely. The creature looked around before looking up at the sky. The creature blinked a few times before tilting its' head and squeaking out a single word.
Mew flew up, looking around as it did so, before looking around and finding a small sphere. Poking it curiously, Mew released a small squeal of surprise when it was given a small shock. Curious, Mew poked the sphere with a telekinetic-covered tail-tip, pleased when it wasn't shocked once again. The small mouse-like being further examined the sphere by circling it and poking it at various places.
It was on the last poke that Mew heard the voice of our hero, "OW! That really hurt! Ow...ugh...ow..."
Concerned for the owner of the mysterious voice, Mew, being the kind Mew that it was, deemed the necessity to investigate of utmost importance. With a mental lock on the energy that laced the voice's signature, the all-powerful entity vanished in a small pink flash before reappearing upside-down in front of the orange-clad boy that was reaching for his back with a painful cringe crossing his face.
"It feels like it's broken...Goddamn fox! Can't you at least heal me faster?" Naruto whimpered, making Mew float back and examine the boy. Naruto was distracted by his pain when a very quiet sound hit his ears.
The blonde opened his eyes to see the floating pink mouse, and like most humans of his dimension, stared for a good five minutes before shooting to his feet, forgetting about his possibly broken back momentarily, and ran around screaming like a chicken with its head cut off.
"AHH! A DEMON! DEMON! SOMEBODY HELP ME!" Naruto exclaimed as he ran in a circle.
Mew, knowing the words but ignoring them as the boy's actions were much more entertaining than the hurtful phrases it heard, giggled at the blonde's reaction of meeting a legendary being such as himself. The small pink mouse-like being giggled loudly as it rolled in the air as Naruto continued to scream his head off, forgetting that the scroll he dropped earlier was a silencing/privacy scroll that activated as soon as chakra was pulsed through it (which is what happened when he pulled it out and dropped it), until the pain of his broken back reemerged into the front of his mind, causing him to suddenly stop and drop to the ground, unconscious from the overload of pain, fright, and adrenaline coursing through his system.
Mew, curious as to why the funny boy stopped screaming, floated over to the unconscious boy's body. A malicious force leaked out from the body, making Mew pause and squeak in fright, before its eyes glowed blue and a pink sphere grew over the area, engulfing both the small mouse and the unconscious boy.
Jiraiya laughed joyously as he was given a lap-dance, before going ridged when he felt the absence of a certain chakra signature. A sensor he was not, but he was a Sanin and he had trained his senses with the Toads to be as good as the best sensors out there, so when Naruto's chakra signature vanished, needless to say he felt it. Reluctantly vanishing out of the brothel, leaving behind a scowling whore without a tip, Jiraiya rushed to the last known location of his apprentice/godson. He knew the boy's location because he left a clone to follow the boy before dispersing as soon as Naruto dropped the privacy scroll.
Looking around, finding no sign of his charge, Jiraiya felt a large amount of dread come over him when suddenly he was engulfed in smoke and found himself at the base of Mt. Myoboku, standing stupidly before Gamabunta, Ma and Pa. The elder toads looked worriedly at the old man and he feared even more for his godson when Gamabunta's deep voice echoed around him, "Jiraiya you Baka! How could you have let Naruto sign another contract?"
"W-What do you mean? He didn't sign another contract..." As soon as the words left his mouth, another followed and his eyes widened.
"No." He whispered, fear in his voice. With the quickness of a concerned guardian, Jiraiya flipped his large scroll latched to his back around and unrolled it, revealing the Toad Summon contract. Before his eyes, the bloody finger-print seal used to link a living summoner to a scroll faded and the white haired man felt tears rush to his eyes. It had only happened once before when the Kyuubi attacked the village, reverse summoning included, only that time, Gamabunta had delivered the dreaded news to him.
"No..." the sage whispered again as he went limp and tears came down his cheeks, causing his face paint to act up and thicken. The toads all bowed their heads and Gamabunta turned to the mountain, looking at his two small sons that had befriended the blonde apprentice, watching as Gamakichi comforted his younger brother. They knew what happened, they felt it happen.
Naruto Uzumaki had died...and no one present knew how or why.
A blonde preteen was lying on his back in a soft bed, a light cloth blanket covering his body. The town he was in was known as Pallet Town, and caring for him was the ever caring Delia Ketchum and the renowned Professor Oak was going over some charts nearby, trying to determine why Mew, the legendary Pokémon that only a few had glimpsed (Oak included), had deemed this boy important enough to drop off at his home. The small Pokémon even gave an explanation, but it was so fast and high pitched that Oak wondered if he would ever understand it, or if Mew had simply implanted the strong suggestion of helping the young boy.
Hence why Delia Ketchum was there. A mother she was, but her only child was no longer present twenty-four seven, as he had left only a month before. Mothering an injured stranger only two-years older than her baby wasn't exactly the same, but she never was one to look a gift horse in the mouth.
"What could be wrong with him, Professor?" Delia asked worriedly as she dabbed at the blonde's forehead, "He's burning up."
"Hm...Oh! Here it is!" Oak suddenly exclaimed looking at a report handed to him by a Alakazam he had on his ranch, "Thank you, Einstein. Our friend here seems to be suffering from a form of teleportation-sickness. Quite rare, but cured with enough rest and a few moderate potions made from Beedrill honey. Luckily for us, I happen to have a jar in my fridge. Einstein, if you wouldn't mind?"
"Kazam..." the genius Pokémon muttered as it floated out of the room, its legs crossed and a bored expression locked on its face. Professor Oak sighed and scratched the back of his head.
"I swear, sometimes that Pokémon just likes to make me feel stupid," the Professor of Pokémon mumbled. Looking back at his new charge, Professor Oak smiled and set the clipboard down, "Don't worry son, you'll be good as new soon!"
"Uhh..." a moan made the professor and redheaded woman look up at the scrunched up face of the John Doe lying in the bed of the Oak Ranch. Delia was shocked speechless as the boy's eyes cracked open and revealed two innocent cerulean blue eyes filled with years' worth of loneliness and pain. Professor Oak simply watched with a slacked jaw as the boy glanced around through what had to be blurry eyes.
Naruto groaned again as he tried to focus on the blurs before him. One was white and another was red, the latter making him think of a long forgotten image that no one ever remembers, save for a select few. This image was the first sight of his mother's tear-stricken face covering looking down with nothing but love at her newborn son. As he crinkled his brows in an effort to focus on the figures, one spoke.
"Easy, easy now son," a kind old voice said, reminding him of his Jiji before his death. Knowing that Sarutobi Hiruzen was dead made the boy instantly frightened. His heartbeat picked up and he tried to shrink back into the bed as the voice continued, "You're okay now, I don't know why you were brought here but-"
"A-Am I dead?" his first question shocked the two figures, their features slowly clearing up as his eyes adjusted to his surroundings.
"D-Dead? No! No, heavens no!" the old man chuckled out. When his eyes had cleared enough, Naruto once again felt fear come over his body as the man and woman before him were completely unrecognizable as was the room he was in. Even more frightening was that he didn't feel as energized as he should have, and not to mention his back still hurt like a mother****.
"You're in Pallet Town," the man said with a kind smile as he put his hand on his chest, "My name is Professor Oak. This is Delia Ketchum. Might I ask your name?"
"Um...N-Naruto Uzumaki," he replied quietly, "W-What land is Pallet Town in?"
"Hm? What do you mean?" Prof. Oak replied as he and Delia owlishly stared at the confused boy.
"I was near the Land of Fire before I was...no, it was just a dream...I must have hit my head harder than I thought," Naruto muttered, wincing as he tried to lift his arm, "Ow..."
"...Land of Fire?" Delia repeated with confusion.
"Dream?" Professor Oak parroted questionably.
"Yeah, the land of Fire, where Konohagakure no Sato is?" Naruto answered Delia, who continued to stare at him, "Ok, um...what country am I in, then?"
"Oh! Kanto, of course," Delia answered with a smile. Naruto stared blankly at her.
"No seriously, what country am I in?" he asked after a moment of silence. The two adults exchanged a glance before looking back at the blonde.
"Naruto, was it?" Professor Oak asked, getting a slow nod from the inquired teen, "You said you're from a village hidden in the leaves?"
"Yeah! I'm gonna grow up and run it as Hokage," Naruto confirmed with a foxy grin before wincing when pain wracked his body, "But I can't be Hokage if I'm all banged up..."
"Hokage?" The two adults repeated with curiosity. Naruto looked at them like they grew two heads.
"Well, yeah...the strongest ninja in all of the village, duh," Naruto answered, "I'm gonna be the strongest Hokage ever!"
"Uh...Naruto," Prof. Oak inquired, "Tell me about the dream you had before you woke up here."
"Huh? Oh!" Naruto snapped his fingers as he remembered, "Yeah, I was training like Ero-sennin said to so I could learn another badass jutsu-OW!"
The blonde found himself wincing as he cradled his head, looking confusedly at the redheaded woman wielding a pan from who-knows-where in the post-striking position. Delia had a twitch in her left eye and she growled, "Watch your mouth, young man!"
"...Eh? What do you mean watch my mouth?" Naruto asked, tilting his head as he rubbed it, "Lady, you gotta hell of a swinging arm-OW! Why?"
"Oh...OH!" Naruto said in realization before meekly apologizing, "Um...sorry?"
"That's better," Delia said with a smile and a nod. Naruto eyed the redheaded woman cautiously before looking back at an understanding Professor Oak.
"Anyway, I was training myself in using a Rasengan one-handedly to learn a bad-Uh, I mean awesome jutsu," Naruto continued, correcting himself when a flash of metal crossed the corners of his vision, "I sort of lost control over the dam-uh, dang thing before it exploded in my face and sent me flying into a tree."
"...you blew yourself up and flew into a tree?" Delia questioned, her motherly instincts screaming internally to punish the boy for doing something so stupid while she kept her composure.
"Well, yeah, but it wasn't like I've never done it before," Naruto replied, unknowingly digging himself further into a ditch of mothering that no man wants, while Professor Oak listened intently as the blonde continued, "But that time I think I broke my back or something because it really hurt after I hit the tree...and then I think I passed out and the dream began..."
Professor Oak leaned forward and pulled a notepad out, taking notes as he listened. The blonde spoke with a bit of fear lacing his words, "Then...a demon appeared!"
"A...Demon?" both adults repeated in disbelief.
"Yeah!" Naruto said with excessive bobbing of his head, "I mean, this thing was obviously a demon, floating around and being all pink-like...ok, maybe it was a fairy, but that's not the point-!"
"Oh, now I understand," Professor Oak interrupted with a chuckle, making the blonde scowl.
"Oi! Don't laugh at me, ya old coot! This thing was downright freaky, ok? I-YEOCH! Why'd ya hit me that time?" Naruto asked Delia as he nursed a growing bruise on his head.
"Respect your elders!"
Naruto merely frowned while Oak released an amused chuckle before he spoke again, "What you saw, my boy, was Mew."
"That's right," Oak said with a nod, "Mew. Einstein, would you come in here for a moment please?"
If Naruto was scared before, his curiosity now overshadowed it as awe slowly overcame his features. Floating into the room with a yellow jar orbiting its head, was a dark yellow human-like...thing was the only way he could describe it, with brown shoulders, chest, and what had to be its crotch. On its animal-like snout were two large bundles of whiskers that seemed to mimic a ridiculously large moustache.
"W-WHAT IS THAT?" Naruto exclaimed as fear once again took over and he pointed at the thing.
Professor Oak laughed and patted the boy on his knee, "Come, come. It's not polite to point. Naruto Uzumaki, please meet Einstein. Einstein, this is Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto...Einstein is what we call a Pokémon. From what you've told me, I believe you come from a...Parallel Universe perhaps, or a Brother Dimension?"
"HOLY HELL, IT CAN TALK—OW!"
"WATCH YOUR MOUTH!"
Professor Oak laughed as Naruto held his head, tears brimming at the corners of his eyes as he whimpered in pain.
"Naruto," the professor got the blonde's attention once again, "I believe the Pokémon you encountered, Mew, has brought you here from your world to ours."
"What? Well-Well, make it send me back!" Naruto shouted, his fists clenched and anger crossing his face.
"It's not that simple," Oak replied with a shake of his head, making Naruto distraught, "Mew does whatever it wants, whenever it wants, for whatever it wants. I think it was worried about you passing out and brought you to me. In this world, I'm rather famous to both humans and Pokémon."
"Pokémon. What are they anyway? You keep throwing that world around, what's it mean?" the blonde asked, curious. Professor Oak smiled and put his hands behind his back.
"Well, in this world, Pokémon are the same as whatever animals you have in your world, I guess," Oak answered, "But we use them as companions, friends, and even...Einstein if you would?"
"Kazam," the Alakazam replied with a nod, turning on the television with its mind. Naruto looked to see two people standing across from each other, one had a dinosaur and the other had a large bird standing next to him. The blonde genin was awed by what he was seeing and was snapped from it as the Professor continued.
"Some, like Delia's son Ash, go out into the world as Trainers to capture and train Pokémon to fight in tournaments in an effort to be known as a Master. It's...well, I can imagine being a Pokémon Master would be the same as being Hokage," Oak summed up.
Naruto looked from the old man back to the television, not entirely sure of what he was hearing when Oak continued.
"Some Trainers even manage to come into contact with legendary Pokémon like Mew. In fact, I believe Ash has told me about a recent encounter with a legendary, but Dexter wouldn't analyze it...I'll have to contact Elm about that one..."
"Whoa, wait..." Naruto said, looking at the professor and eyeing Delia as she began stirring the jar the Alakazam brought in, before he became serious, "If I become a Pokémon trainer...I can find Mew?"
"It's possible, but highly unlikely," Oak said before smiling as he realized what the boy was asking. By the look of determination on his face, and the one of disapproval on Delia's, Oak knew that everyone in the room knew what his goal was.
"Well then," Naruto said with a determined smirk, "if what you're saying is true, then I've got to become a trainer to find Mew so I can go home!"
Oak smiled at the boy before he said, "Yes, well...we can't have you running around in the world when you're recovering. Delia, if you wouldn't mind?"
"Oh, it'd be my pleasure, Professor," Delia replied in a sickly sweet tone before she shoved a spoonful of mixed Beedrill honey into the shocked blonde's mouth. Naruto swallowed the medicine and blanched at the bittersweet taste before his eyelids began feeling very heavy.
"We'll talk more after you get better, Naruto," Professor Oak said with a smile as the boy passed out, "For now...focus on getting better."
Delia put the spoon back in the jar and looked at Oak worriedly, "Professor...is it true?"
"It's not impossible if that's what you're asking," Oak replied with a sigh as they left the room, leaving the Alakazam to sort through the boy's mind and get more answers as he slept, "Improbable, maybe. But not impossible. But imagine this! He's from another world, another dimension! Did you see how he reacted to Einstein? The yearning for knowledge is in the boy, I just know it! Maybe he'll be able to do what I can no longer do."
Naruto had revealed his past on the second day of his bedridden stay. Delia comforted him while Oak would do the same as well as try to understand the world he came from. The woman nearly killed him with her pan when he tried to keep from explaining the Kyuubi, eventually doing so, and showing them the seal. Oak was fascinated and took a moment to sketch the seal during the boy's resting period, studying it in another attempt to understand the world Naruto originated from.
A week past, and Naruto was finally out of his bed confinement. It would take him a month, however, to get started on his journey. First, he was going to be taught everything a Trainer would need to know. How the health of a Pokémon needs to be upheld or it may cease to cooperate with the trainer and the same could be said for the respect a trainer needs to successfully raise a Pokémon. Not to mention items found in Poke Marts, Pokécenters, and the importance of gym badges.
Naruto absorbed this, and he was especially fascinated by the workings of a Pokéball as well as the purpose of a Pokédex. Now ecstatic to begin his new journey in an effort to get home, the blonde couldn't wait to get a Pokémon, secretly excited to get a new friend. When he learned that the Professor was out of the normal Three Starters (Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur) for the rest of the season, though, his spirits sank.
Until the Professor came forward with a single Pokéball that had a blue dot on it. Naruto looked at the man before he looked back at the red and white mechanical orb that contained a Pokémon.
"I think this one would be perfect for you," Oak said with a smile as Delia watched. The woman had taken time from her days to help the blonde learn good ways to care for Pokémon as he helped around the ranch. Over the course of the month, she had filled the slot for a mother figure that he had been lacking for most of his life.
"W-What is it? Another Pikachu? Because I ain't in the mood to be like Ash...No offence, Mom," Naruto said, using the label she insisted he call her if he would be seeing her as such. The woman giggled and he knew that she didn't mind. Taking a breath after trying to determine whether Oak would make him go through what Ash had to on his first day as a trainer, Naruto turned to the open field and pushed down on the button of the Pokéball before tossing it into the air.
A red beam shot out after the ball popped open and a brown furred Pokémon appeared before the three humans. Naruto caught the ball before looking down at the Pokémon sitting expectantly before him, a smile on its cat-like face. The blonde's smile shot over his face and he crouched down to pet the Pokémon.
"Wow! An Eevee? I get to start with an Eevee?" Naruto asked the professor with a smile as the brown and white furred Pokémon bounced into his arms, licking his chin and making him laugh.
Oak chuckled and nodded, making Naruto smile even more before setting the brown furred Pokémon down and examining it. The coat of his partner was shiny and clean, a healthy snow white mane surrounding the neck of his partner while the cat/fox-like body was a relatively smaller size than the normal one and a half foot long, foot tall average most came in.
"Ve-vee!" the Eevee purred out as Naruto began stroking him carefully and with affection.
"I think this Eevee's already accepted you, Naruto," Delia giggled as she scratched the underside of the Pokémon's chin, "He's so sweet...What will you call him?"
Naruto grinned before holding the happy Eevee out at arms' length, the Pokémon's tail wagging from side to side as it smiled back at him, "I'll call him...Konto! I don't know why, but he reminds me of home...and yet, he'll remind me of Pallet Town."
"Vee-vee-vee!" the newly named Konto said in approval as Naruto brought him back into his arms in an affectionate hug. Professor Oak and Delia watched with smiles as Naruto set the small Pokémon down and began playing with him, their bond growing to proportions that no one can expect.
Not even Naruto himself.
AN: So, tell me what you think! And don't tell me that I've got too many stories! Are you really complaining? You guys get great reading material...only it takes forever for me to update because of all the new stories coming out LOL. Last one for the year, I promise...next year however...Hehehehe...Keep an eye out for KSC's update, coming soon. Man is it getting good!
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