Chapter 1


Luigi rolled over as the light hit his eyes, grumbling about how he was still tired. Then he realised that he was sleeping in grass, and not in his bed. His eyes shot open, and he was met with a red-orange, mouse-like face with gold-colored cheeks.

"Rai?"

Luigi jumped back from the creature, hands in front of himself. From there, he was able to get a good look at it. It was around two and a half feet tall, with a long, thin tail ending in what looked like a golden lightningbolt. It was very mouse-like in appearance, though Luigi honestly hadn't seen an orange mouse before, or one with such... fancy ears. Its stomach was covered in peach-colored fur, and its paws were brown.

"Rai?" It asked, sounding a bit concerned. "Raichu?"

Luigi sighed, and calmed down. "Oh, sorry... You startled me, little guy."

The mouse-creature looked at him curiously.

"Anyway, hi. I'm Luigi," Luigi held out his hand. "It's nice to meet you."

"Raichu rai," it said, touching Luigi's hand. "Raichu!"

"Raichu... Is that what you are?" Luigi asked, remembering that Pidgits and Yoshis only said their names in their native languages.

The mouse, now identified as Raichu, nodded.

Luigi spent the next few hours playing with his new friend in the forest they were in, not even worrying about where he was and forgetting the troubles from last night. Finally, they came to a stop to get a drink of water from a quick-flowing stream. After drinking his fill, Luigi looked into the stream and got the shock of his life.

He looked different. He couldn't tell how much different, but he was definitely shorter and lacking his mustache. His clothes also looked different, but he could feel that his hat was still in place. As soon as he processed this, he dashed upstream, Raichu barely able to keep up with him as he raced to find a pond he could look at his reflection in.

He could barely believe what he was seeing when he finally found one. He looked exactly like he did at the age of twelve, apart from the clothing. No mustache, and only about five feet tall... Though what was really strange was his clothes. His hat was different, more like a green baseball cap with a white front, and had a green lightning bolt in place of his classic 'L' in a circle; but he could feel it was the same hat he'd always had. His overalls had been replaced by jeans of the same color, while his shirt had become short-sleeved. His gloves were now fingerless, each with a lightning bolt on the back; and his work boots had changed into white sneakers with green trim.

"... What happened to me?"

"Rai?" Luigi turned around to see Raichu standing behind him.

"Oh, hi again," Luigi bent down to pet it on the head. "I'm just a bit... confused, that's all."

"Rai?"

"... Well, I woke up in this strange forest, and I'm somehow twelve years old again... I have no idea where I am, or even... Oh no, Mario! He must be so worried about me. Oh no, no, this isn't good, no no no..."

"Rai!"

"Huh?" Luigi looked up at Raichu.

"Raichu, rai rai, chu!"

"... Are you trying to tell me not to worry?"

Raichu nodded.

"... If you say so..." Luigi sighed.

"Rai!" Raichu ran off, and quickly returned with some apples.

"Whatcha got there?" Luigi asked.

Raichu smiled, and threw one up. Suddenly, its cheeks started glowing, and it unleashed a bolt of electricity, roasting the apple as it fell into its mouth.

After getting over his surprise, Luigi clapped politely. "Very nice! Electric-roasted fruit. May I have one of the apples?"

Raichu gave Luigi an apple. Luigi threw the apple straight up, and raised his hand to throw an arc of blinding blue lightning at it, roasting it much the same way Raichu had. He caught it, and took a bite. "Mm, not bad. Wish I'd thought of that."

Raichu was staring at Luigi in shock.

"What? You did the same thing."

"Rai, rai!" Raichu began to explain. "Raichu rai chu, rai-"

Suddenly, a net came out of nowhere, snatching Raichu up.

"Huh?" Luigi asked, looking around. "Hey! Who's there? Give me back my friend!"

"Prepare for trouble!" Stepping out of the shadows came a girl in her late teens wearing a white outfit with a red 'R' on the front, her pink hair in a strange comet shape.

"And make it double!" A lavender-haired boy of the same age and similar dress said as he stepped out.

"To protect the world from devastation!"

"To unite all peoples within our nation!"

"To denounce the evils of truth and love!"

"To extend our reach to the stars above!"

"Jessie!" the girl announced her name.

"James!" the boy did the same.

"Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!"

"Surrender now, or prepare to fight!"

"Meowth, dats's right!" This last line was said by a new figure, a small tan-colored cat walking upright.

"I'll always fight for my friends!" Luigi exclaimed, getting into a stance. "Give it back!"

"... Uhh... He's not scared of us, Jessie," James said. "What do we do? We didn't bring our Pokemon."

"He's a twerp with no Pokemon! We can just split, it's not like he can stop us."

Luigi glared at them. "Now, tell me. Where is my friend?"

"In our balloon, twoip!" Meowth said. "Not dat it'll help ya! Come on, guys, let's get outta here."

"Right." Jessie, James, and Meowth all clambered up a rope ladder that fell from above, quickly reaching the top. Luigi looked up to see a hot air balloon shaped like Meowth's head, where Raichu could clearly be seen struggling to get out of the net.

Luigi crouched down, and jumped up, just high enough to grab Raichu and land on the other side.

"What the..." Jessie was flabbergasted.

"He jumps like da main twoip!"

"Aw, and it was a shiny raichu..."

Luigi ripped the net apart, allowing Raichu to get out. Raichu started preparing to unleash a Thunderbolt on Team Rocket.

"... We're gonna get blasted off again, aren't we?" James asked sadly.

Jessie and Meowth nodded, before the attack hit their balloon, causing them to fly away into the distance.

"Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again!"

"... What was with those three?" Luigi asked Raichu, who just shrugged in response.