Author's Note: Hey guys! Yeah, my impatience got the better of me, so I started the prequel (not that anyone even looked at the poll...)! This is based on my SoulSilver Nuzlocke, and for those of you who don't know, it's the prequel to my White Nuzlocke story. Rather than it being about Hynden, this is about another protagonist (no original designs, so Ritsu looks like Kotone/Lyra)! Whenever I don't feel like updating IoD, I'll work on this instead! So please, enjoy the story!

Disclaimer: I don't own Pokémon.

"Alright, today's the day!" I exclaimed.

It was a bright afternoon on August 2nd, a week after my 13th birthday. I put my white cap with a big red ribbon tied around it over my shoulder-length brown hair that was placed into two low pigtails that stuck out. Once I had my short blue overalls pulled over my red long-sleeved shirt, I pulled up my white knee socks, and put on my bright red sneakers. Suddenly, my laptop started to ring. When I answered it, I was excited to see my friend Ethan and his Marill.

"Hey there, Ritsu!" Ethan greeted, "You remember the plan, right?"

"Of course!" I said, "But, there wouldn't have to be a plan if my mom would willingly let me go on my own Pokémon journey..."

"I know, I know. But, you know your mom. I mean, she's really nice and all, but she seems a bit too overprotective."

"And whenever I bring up the very subject of a journey, she always has some kind of nervous panic attack!"

"Don't worry, this plan is flawless!" Ethan insisted.

"Well, let's go over it just in case! I go over to Professor Elm's lab..." I started.

"And if your mom asks?"

"I tell her I'm just picking up something in Cherrygrove!"

After Ethan clicked off, I carefully walked downstairs, hoping my mom wouldn't notice me leaving. I felt a great sense of success until...

"Ritsu!" Mom called.

"Crap..." I thought, "Um, yes Mom?"

"Wherever are you going?" She asked.

"Oh you know, just stopping by Cherrygrove City for a little bit!"

"Really? For what reason?"

"I'm, uh... just going to pick up something for Ethan! Yeah, his Marill's run out of its favorite snack, and he wants me to go get it this time!"

"Well... okay, I'll let you go," Mom said, "But, you had better not be going to Elm's lab to start a journey! I just don't know what I'd do!"

"Bye Mom!" I called, running out of the door.

Once I walked out of the door, I made sure Mom wasn't secretly watching me, and headed towards Professor Elm's lab to get my starter Pokémon. But, before I could reach the door, I noticed a boy with shoulder-length spiky red hair peering in through a lower window.

"Hmm, so this is the famous Elm lab that everyone's been talking about..." he said to himself.

"Excuse me, but what are you doing?" I asked him.

"Huh?!" the boy gasped, turning around to face me, "What are you staring at, girly?! Get lost!"

He then rudely shoved me onto the ground. Brushing myself off, I angrily marched inside, trying to ignore the rude redheaded boy.

"Good afternoon, Ritsu!" Professor Elm greeted me, "Are you ready to get your first starter Pokémon?"

"You know it!" I exclaimed.

"One more thing, Ritsu. Before I give you your Pokédex, I need you to walk around with your Pokémon to see if it becomes more bonded with you!"

I excitedly walked over to the three Pokéballs on the machine. Each of them were labeled "Totodile", "Cyndaquil", and "Chikorita". I thought carefully for a moment, and I grabbed the Pokéball that said "Cyndaquil". The little Cyndaquil emerged from its Pokéball in a flash.

"Hi there, I'm Ritsu!" I greeted, "I'm gonna be your trainer from now on!"

"Hmph," Cyndaquil pouted, turning its head away from me.

"Umm, was it something I said?" I asked.

"Oh don't worry, Ritsu," Professor Elm assured me, "She's just a little pouty is all. I'm sure she'll 'warm up' to you eventually!"

I quietly snickered at Professor Elm's little pun. Holding my new starter in my arms, I tried talking to her again.

"Um, h-hi there," I greeted.

"Yeah, hi I guess," Cyndaquil sighed, deadpan, "My name's Blaze, and you?"

"Ritsu. You don't seem to like me much, do you?"

"Gee, whatever gave you that idea? I know your supposed to be my trainer, but that doesn't mean I have to like you."

"Maybe you'll change your mind," I said.

"Um, Ritsu? Pokémon can't talk, may I ask what you're doing?" Elm asked.

"What do you mean they can't talk?" I asked, "I just had a whole conversation with Blaze! Here, listen to her say something."

"Cynda, Cyndaquil," Elm heard from Blaze, making him chuckle lightly.

"Oh Ritsu, you and your imagination," Elm chuckled. "Another thing, I have a small favor to ask of you. There's this researching partner of mine, and his name is Mr. Pokémon. Yes, I know his name isn't very original, but point being, I need you to go a little bit past Cherrygrove, and find his house. I heard he's found a new discovery. Can you do that for me?"

"Well, I did tell my mom I was going to Cherrygrove, so I'm up for it!"

"Thank you! I wish you luck!" Elm said as I walked out of the door.

Unfortunately, I left the lab only to see my mom with a suspicious look on her face. Her eyes slowly moved down to see Blaze right next to me.

"Picking up Marill food, eh?" she said. "Ritsu, why would you lie to me like that?! You march right back in there, and return that starter! I told you already I don't want you going on a Pokémon journey!"

"But Mom, what's so horrible about going on a Pokémon journey?!" I cried, "I was supposed to have started my journey nearly two years ago! What reason do you have for not letting me go?"

"B-Because," Mom stuttered, "Because I'm scared I'll lose you just like I did your father!"

I could tell Mom was starting to get distraught because tears were quickly forming in her bright blue eyes.

"You were too young to remember, but when you were around three, your father decided to embark on another journey. He promised he would come back, but one day, he told me he had lost his whole team of Pokémon."

"What do you mean 'lost'?"

"They died, Ritsu. They didn't faint like most Pokémon do when they lose a battle, but instead, they had lost their lives. So when his team died, he decided to leave Johto to try and do his journey over, and he never came back."

I could feel my heart sink as my mom was telling me this.

"...Mom," I said, "I promise I'll never abandon you. But, you have to let me go on this journey. I could be a really strong and really brave trainer! And who knows, maybe I'll even become Johto's next champion!"

"You know what, Ritsu," Mom said, "You're right. Just because your father made mistakes doesn't mean I should assume you will. That's why I'm finally letting you go on your journey."

"Really?!" I beamed, "Thank you, Mom!"

"Wait, you're gonna need this," Mom said, giving me my Pokégear."

"Bye, I'll keep in contact with you as much as possible!"

Remembering Elm's request, I left New Bark Town for Route 29. My heart was pounding, but it wasn't because I was nervous (well, maybe a little nervous), it was because my dream of being a Pokémon trainer was finally coming true.

Pokémon obtained: Blaze the Cyndaquil, Female, Brave nature, Often dozes off.

Deaths: None.

Boxed: None.

Author's Note: Wanna know something? When I was deciding what to call Ritsu, K-On! was actually running through my head, so I named her after the drummer chick with the yellow headband! So, I hope to continue this, and stay tuned for Chapter 2!