"Bubba, wake up," a seven year old boy chimed as the sun shined through the cracks in his older brother's blinds.
"Zade, I'm tired," Stetson groaned. He pushed his ten year old body up out of bed, seeing his brother's shaggy brown hair. He had the cutest freckles imaginable, making Stetson lose all anger.
"This is my one and only day to see you," he whined. "I miss my bubba." Zade's brown eyes nearly made him cry. Stetson hugged his little brother and shooed him away. He yawned as he flicked his blinds open. His room overlooked the Oak Ranch in Pallet. He saw hundreds of Pokémon just outside of his window. He took a quick shower, brushed his teeth, and put on his everyday outfit of casual athletic wear.
"Well, there he is," Oak said as Stetson turned the corner. Stetson's eyes widened as he saw his entire family sitting around the table. His youngest brother, Zade, admired him and pulled out his chair for him.
"Your younger brothers have missed you, son," Stetson's father, Ronald, chuckled. He was a tall man with a completely bald head. He wore glassed over his plain brown eyes. They were in the country town of Pallet, and he was still dressed in business attire.
"I'm sure they did," Stetson grunted, looking at his middle brother, Carson. Carson was nine years old and looked exactly like Stetson, but they were polar opposites. They fought all the time, and Stetson doubted Carson genuinely missed him. Carson didn't talk and stared at his food.
"I know I have," Zade commented. Oak smiled at the young boy and the admiration for his older brother.
"How is school coming, honey?" Stetson's mother, Marie, quizzed. She was shorter and stocky, but she was strong for a city woman. She had flipped out dark brown hair with blonde highlights. She wore a nice fitted pair of jeans with a casual shirt.
"He is doing very well. He goes to the Pallet Trainer's School, taught by me, and then studies here on breeding," Oak butted in, feeling it what his time to talk. Stetson's parents nodded along, but showed little interest.
"Stetson, how about you show us your room?" His dad suggested, pushing his plate forward.
"Good idea. I can clean up here, and then we can show your parents some of your work," Oak said. Stetson rolled his eyes as he got up. His parents didn't care about anything to do with Pokémon.
Stetson led his family up to his room, grabbing a light blue Pokémon egg out of its container. Stetson kissed the Pokémon egg and pulled out a washrag out of his pocket. His parents, followed by his brothers, stepped into his large room and took a seat. His mother sat along his unmade bed, and his father stood over them.
"Son, put that atrocity away while we are talking," his dad huffed. Stetson gave him an awful look.
"No," Stetson argued. "I have duties to this egg!"
"Do not talk to me in that tone," his father grunted. Stetson rolled his eyes again. He hated fighting, but his family irritated him so badly.
"We want you to come home. Living like this is not good for a ten year old," Ronald ordered.
"How did I know this visit was about this? You don't care about me or my dreams. All you want is for me to go to regular school and act like our world is not filled with amazing creatures and mysteries," Stetson said. He held up his egg. "This egg has life in it, just like a human's womb."
"That thing is for children with no future," his dad countered. "You were top in your class, and had a scholarship to the best medical school in the Johto Region!"
"I want to be a Pokémon Breeder! And I'm good at it! I have already matched ten couples together to produce Pokémon for Professor Oak!" Stetson cried. He was so angry.
"That will get you nowhere, son," his father defended.
"I'm not leaving. Professor Oak will take me in until I leave for my own journey someday," Stetson said.
"You won't. You will be nothing…"
"Get out, now!" Stetson screamed. His brother, Zade, wept along with him. His father grabbed Zade's arm, but Stetson swatted it away. "He is the only family that cares, so I will bring him to you later. I want the rest of you out…unless you two agree with me." Marie and Carson looked down at the ground and followed Ronald out of the room.
"Oh, I see you are ready to see Stetson's amazing work," Oak said as he saw Ronald, Marie, and Carson walking down.
"Actually, we are going to head back. Zade is staying for a while though," Marie said as they rushed out of the Pokémon Lab.
"Stupid Pokémon…" His dad grumbled as he slammed the lab's door shut.
"What happened?" Oak quizzed as Stetson and Zade walked down after them.
"They told me what I do is useless, and asked me to come home to Goldenrod to lead a boring life," Stetson huffed.
"Don't cry," Oak comforted Zade. "Want to see the parents of your brother's egg?" Zade looked at the egg, noticing it wiggle, but didn't say anything. He nodded and Oak led them out into the prairie.
"This is amazing!" Zade awed. He chased after a small Rattata. Oak noticed something and stopped.
"See that family right there?" Oak asked, pointing at a Jynx and Electabuzz with two small infant Smoochum and Elekid.
"Yeah!" Zade cheered.
"Stetson matched those Pokémon together," Oak explained. Zade tugged on Stetson's hand.
"You're awesome, bubba!"
"Here we are," Oak said. A pond with two Blastoise sulking in the middle appeared. The Blastoise shot up as they heard Oak's voice, but they ran at Stetson with great joy.
"I love y'all too," Stetson giggled as he was licked all over. The female Blastoise asked for the egg and cradled it.
"Did you pair these, too?" Zade asked. Stetson nodded. "And that little Squirtle is going to be mine?"
"And this girl is pregnant again," Oak chimed.
"I didn't know that," Stetson awed. He hugged the Blastoise.
"Well, we should get back to the lab," Oak suggested. Stetson was handed the egg again, but it began to glow.
"What is happening?" Zade shuddered.
"This egg is hatching!" The two Blastoise stepped back, holding each other's hands, and smiled as their first baby was being born.
"Amazing," Oak awed. The egg hatched into a tiny, blue turtle with a hard, brown shell.
"Squirtle," the baby Pokémon cheered with a huge smile on its face. She made eye contact with Stetson, and she hugged him.
"You let my boy watch that horrendous show!" Ronald shouted. The baby Squirtle withdrew into her shell as the man charged Oak and Stetson. Zade watched in horror as the two Blastoise stepped in front of them and locked their cannons in place.
"Using Pokémon to solve your battles," Ronald grunted. "Just give me Zade, and we will be gone forever!" Stetson kneeled down to Zade.
"Bubba, I don't want to go," Zade cried.
"You have too," Stetson cried as well. Tears flowed down his cheeks. "I'll come get you one day!" He gave his frightened newborn Squirtle to her parents, and held Zade's hand until Ronald pulled him away.
"Goodbye, and don't expect a bed for you when you get home," Ronald grunted. "'Cause you won't make it!" He walked off with Zade's held forcibly held in his. Stetson dropped to his knees and sobbed. The Blastoise couple gave the Squirtle back. Oak put his hand on Stetson's shoulder.
That experience has affected three living beings, and all for one selfish reason. Hopefully…Stetson, Zade, and Squirtle will pull through, Oak thought, trying to put together a poem for this sad moment.
A/N So, this one is from PokeStets23. He has officially joined JohtoBlue! We're trying to work out other stories for chronicles to update it a lot more. We have one more Clover already written. And the most demanded one is Lauren's backstory. I'll be honest with you all. I've tried. It is so hard to write that one and not get bored. I will keep trying though, and eventually get you it. I'm also wanting to do a three part story through here. More brainstorming awaits!