This is my first ever Story please don't be too harsh on me.
Ash Ketchum never was a morning person, and today was no exception. Looking at the smoking remains of his alarm clock, Ash grumbled under his breath about whoever turned on the alarm clock was going to pay.
Over the past year, Ash had woken himself up before dawn without help every single day. He needed to do this in order to have the quiet he desired in order to meditate. In fact he had already been up for an hour and was just putting on some work out cloths so that he could go for a morning jog.
Suddenly, Ash remembered what day today was and a smile broke out across his face. Today was the day he would be getting his Trainer's license and his first Pokémon.
Glancing at his windowsill, he let out a soft sigh. Sitting on it was a pair of Pokémon eggs that he had hoped would become his first, but sadly they hadn't hatched yet.
Putting on a set of shorts and a t-shirt, he left the house and began running through town. As he ran, he began thinking about the past year and how it had changed him from the immature and easily distracted boy he had been into the calm and focused young man he was today.
-Flashback; One-year ago-
"Ash, could you come down here please?" Delia Ketchum shouted up to her son. A minute later, Ash came walking down.
"What's up mom?" he asked
"Somebody has sent you a package," she said, showing him a box that the postman had just delivered.
"Really? I wonder whom it's from," he said as he opened the box.
Inside of the box was a very old looking book. Sitting on top of the book was a simple post-it note with a message written on it:
Use this book to become the best, like no one ever was.
"That's strange," Delia said, "I wonder who would send you this."
"I don't know, maybe it was Professor Oak," Ash suggested.
"Maybe," Delia said slowly, "We'll have to ask him next time we see them. For now, why don't you go clear off some of the action figure from your bookcase so there will be room for this."
It turned out that it hadn't been Professor Oak who had sent it, but he was just as curious as they were.
Ash smiled as he ran; from that moment on, he had been engrossed by all of the knowledge that one book held. He had learned quite a bit in the past twelve months, but the real surprise had been more recent.
-Flashback; One-month ago-
Ash was sitting in his room, thinking about his Pokémon journey when suddenly, a voice rang out from downstairs, "Ash, there's another package for you."
Ash's eye's nearly bugged out, without stopping to think, he bolted downstairs to see another large box, identical to the first box. Ash ripped it open and gasped at what he saw inside.
"What is it honey?" Delia asked in concern.
Wordlessly, Ash reached into the box and pulled out a Pokémon egg. It was blue in color with a black stripe near the top of it. He then pulled out a second; this one was very light blue with two white marks on either side of it.
"Oh my," Delia said in surprise.
After a moment, Ash came back to himself and remembered the proper way to raise an egg and placed them on the windowsill so that they would receive enough sunlight. He then returned to the box to find another note.
You are nearly ready to follow the path to your destiny, use these to take the first step.
"I wonder what this is supposed to mean," Ash said.
Ash had now finished his morning run and was back in his room. He went to the bookshelf and pulled out an ancient looking book from the shelf. He brought it over to a corner of the room and sat down cross-legged with the book in front of him. Opening it to the first page, he ran his fingers along the paper and smiled as words, only visible to him, began to write themselves across the page.
Greetings young Aura Guardian, I am Sir Aaron. If you are reading this book then you are one of the lucky few that can harness their aura and use it to its fullest potential. In order to keep the workings of Aura Guardian's a secret, the words in this book are visible only to you. I have written this book so that in the event of my passing, the teachings of aura may continue.
- Farewell and good luck.
Ash smiled as he remembered discovering this once he had brought the book and Pokémon eggs to his room. He had spent the previous year, practicing with his aura abilities. However, there were some teachings that could only be performed with the help of Pokémon. Speaking of Pokémon, He looked at the clock, 7:30 a.m. The professor wanted all the new trainers to be at the lab no later then 10:00 a.m.
Since, he had packed everything last night, there wasn't much he could do but get dressed in his new travel outfit. It consisted of a black t-shirt, blue jeans, with a blue and white jacket with gold trim, and his signature Pokémon league hat. He then grabbed, his green backpack, put his Pokémon eggs inside it and walked out.
Going downstairs to the delicious smell of his mothers cooking, he gave his mother a customary "Morning mom," before sitting down to eat his pancakes while his mother bustled around the kitchen.
"Good morning honey!" She greeted cheerfully, "Are you excited about today? It's going to be your first day as trainer."
"Yeah I can't wait," he said between mouthfuls.
"Well stay safe on your journey," she said as her eyes began to tear up‚ "and don't forget to change your underwear everyday."
Ash blushed, "Don't worry mom, I wont‚" he said as he got up to hug her. Ash hadn't told his mother about the aura training, figuring that it would just worry her even more.
Releasing his mom from the hug, Ash grabbed his backpack and walked out the door. Just as he walked out, he heard his mother call out, saying that she would meet him at Professor Oaks after he had gotten his Pokémon.
It was still only about 9:00 a.m. but he figured that the professor wouldn't mind him arriving early. Once he reached the front door of Oaks house, he rang the doorbell. After waiting for about a minute, Professor Oak opened the door, "Ah Ash, you're the first to arrive. Come in," he said holding the door open.
Ash stepped through and followed Oak through the building to his lab. "Here we are Ash," Oak said, leading him to a contraption in the middle of the room. It had a glass dome that slid away once Oak pressed a button, revealing three Pokéballs.
"Here we have the three starter Pokémon. First is Bulbasaur, the grass type," he pointed to the pokeball with a leaf symbol on it. ‚"Next is Charmander, the fire type," he pointed to the pokeball with a flame symbol on it. "And finally, here is Squirtle, the water type," he pointed to a pokeball with a teardrop symbol on it. "So, which one will it be?" Oak asked.
Ash was silent for a moment, "Professor, I'm really not sure that any of these Pokémon are right for me," he finally said, to the confusion of Professor Oak.
"What do you mean by that?" Oak asked.
"Its hard to explain, but its like a gut instinct," Ash said, in reality, he was tuned in with the subtle fluctuations of his aura and they were telling him not to chose either of the three. "Are there any other Pokémon that are available?"
Oak thought for a moment, "Well, there is one. It's a Pikachu that I caught recently but he's especially wild and will take some time to properly tame."
"Would you mind if I see him?" Ash asked.
"Well I suppose so," Oak said. He pressed another button on the machine and a fourth Pokéball appeared in the center of the other three. This one had a lighting bolt mark on it. The Pokémon researcher took the ball and released its inhabitant. In a storm of electricity, a Pikachu appeared on the table. The moment Ash saw Pikachu, he new that this was the Pokémon for him.
Ash could feel the mistrust and fear that came off of Pikachu in waves through his Aura. Slowly stepping forward, he began pooling Aura into his palm. Pikachu focused in on him while Oak watched in interest. Preparing for the shock of a lifetime, he placed his hand on Pikachu's side and quickly released the pent up aura in a pulse that would initiate an empathy link.
The Reaction was instant; his mind was suddenly filled with rushing images and emotions. Mistrust of humans, a burning desire to become strong, fear of Pokéballs, a thirst to be the best, to name a few; all in a few seconds.
Gently pushing past Pikachu's rampant emotions, Ash opened his heart and let it spill into Pikachu. As had no idea what Pikachu saw within him, but he could feel a steady sense of acceptance and trust build up in the mouse.
Taking this as a good sign, Ash used his aura to communicate across the empathy link. 'Will you join me on my journey and accept me as your trainer Pikachu?' There was a tense silence as Pikachu mulled over his trainer words.
Finally after several minutes, Ash received a distinct mental nod from Pikachu. Ash let out a slight sigh in relief and pressed on. 'If you and I are going to be partners, then I would like to form an aura bond between us, will you allow it?'
An aura bond was a technique that many Aura Guardians used to bond with their Pokémon in a special way. It allowed the bonded to speak telepathically with each other from any distance and formed an empathy link between the two. In order to form the bond, one must take the other's aura and fuse it together with his or her own. Then the other must accept the bond by accepting the bond and letting it settle, making the bond permanent.
Pikachu was shocked by what Ash was asking. After observing this humans heart, he had come to decide that if there was one human in the world that he would willingly serve, it would be this one.
Then Ash had earned his respect by asking him if Ash wanted to he his trainer instead of just ordering him into battle. But, the ultimate shock had not only called him his partner but he had asked him to form an aura bond with him. Although Ash didn't know it yet, he had earned Pikachu's eternal respect, allegiance, and most importantly his friendship.
As soon as Pikachu had gotten over his shock, it was all he could do not to start jumping around in happiness but he know that he would break the link.
Ash gave a mental smile at his new friend and began to initiate the aura bond. Using the empathy link as a guide, he reached out with his aura and latched onto Pikachu's aura. Once he had established a stable connection, he poured more power into it and started to fuse their auras together. Once he was finished, the rest was up to Pikachu.
As a human, Ash had to work for months to bring his aura to the level of control it was at now. Pikachu had it easy, as a Pokémon the use of aura in certain areas came instinctually. Focusing on the newly established bond, Pikachu let it settle, pouring his own power into it to tighten it, and making it permanent. Once the bond was complete, Ash let the empathy link drop and they returned to the real world.
When the empathy link was established, Ash sped up his and Pikachu's perspectives to the speed of true thought. This meant that the last ten minutes that the two had spent in their minds was only about thirty seconds in the real world.
Bringing his eyes back into focus, Ash looked down at the table to see Pikachu rubbing his head against his hand, cooing in pleasure. The mouse then sprinted up the still outstretched arm and settled himself onto his shoulder.
Looking at the now shell-shocked professor, Ash smiled and said, "I choose Pikachu!"
Snapping out of his shock, Oak said, "Well Ash, I must say that I am thoroughly impressed. I was expecting him to shock the living daylights out of you when you touched him. You see I only captured him last night when I found him chewing on the power cables. I haven't had the chance to properly tame him yet."
Glancing at Pikachu, Ash thought, 'Power cables?'
He received the impression of a shrug and Pikachu replied, 'I was bored.'
Focusing back on the professor, Ash said, "Well I guess I did that pretty well."
Chuckling, Oak replied, "Yes you most certainly did. Now you wait here for a moment while I get you your Pokédex and Pokéballs."
As the professor walked out of the room, Ash focused in on Pikachu, "So now that I'm your trainer, I need to know what attacks you know."
After looking thoughtful for a moment, Pikachu said, "Let's see, I know how to do ThunderShock and Quick Attack. Oh, and I can also do Thunder Wave and maybe Double Team."
Ash nodded his head, now that they were bonded, Ash could fully understand Pikachu's Pokéspeech. "Ok, that's a good moveset for now, I think we'll start you off with learning Agility for an extra speed boost, then Iron Tail because the first gym had Rock Types."
Professor Oak, who had walked in hearing Ash talk stopped in surprise, 'He certainly did his homework. I wish Gary would take the time to research like Ash apparently has.' He thought to himself as he walked into the room.
"Alright, here you are Ash," he said as he handed Ash a red machine and five shrunken Pokéballs. "Would you like me to explain how the Pokédex works?" he offered.
"That's alright professor, I would rather figure it out on my own," Ash said, as he absently pet Pikachu on his shoulder.
"All right then, here is Pikachu's Pokéball," Oak said as he handed him the Pokéball with the lightning bolt symbol on it.
"Thank you very much Professor," Ash said. With that he walked out of the lab.
Outside of the lab, Ash's mother has organized a small sending off party for Ash of all of her friends. Ash smiled at the sight and gave his mother a hug, "Goodbye Mom," Ash said; "I'll call you once I reach Viridian City."
"Be good out there Ash," she said through tears, "And don't forget to change your underwear." Ash blushed in embarrassment as a few members of the crowd snickered.
"I will Mom, don't worry," Ash said. With that he walked down the road towards Route 1, everyone cheering for him.
After walking for several hours, chatting with Pikachu, and spotting several different Pokémon, Ash decided to stop for some lunch. After pulling out a sandwich and some Pokémon food for Pikachu, he suddenly remembered something he had forgotten to do. Pulling out his Pokédex, he pointed it towards the eating Pikachu.
Pikachu, the Mouse Pokémon, and the evolved form of Pichu. Pikachu's tail is sometimes struck by lighting as it raises it to check its surroundings. This Pikachu is male and has the ability Lightning Rod. He knows the moves Thunder Wave, ThunderShock, Quick Attack, and Double Team. This Pikachu also possesses the egg move Volt Tackle but it has not been unlocked yet.
"Just like you said, although Volt Tackle is an incredible attack, we will work on that once you've learned Thunder," Ash said.
Once they were both finished, Ash put away the supplies and started to put his pack back on. However, before he could get it all the way on, he heard a steady beeping sound coming from his pack.
"What's that sound," Pikachu asked.
Knowing there was only one thing in his pack that would make a sound like that, he pulled out his two Pokémon eggs to discover that both were glowing brightly.
"Where did you get two Pokémon eggs?" Pikachu asked in awe.
"I'll tell you later," Ash said. Removing the lids from the incubators, he set up a pair of blankets on the ground and placed an egg on each.
Ash and Pikachu watched in awe as the egg started glowing brighter and brighter before finally starting to change shape. When the glow died, Ash gasped at what he saw. Two Pokémon were sitting before him, one was a small dark blue dog-like Pokémon with a black 'mask' on its face and red eyes. The other was a small light blue serpentine Pokémon with white fins on either side of its head.
"Rio?" "Tini?" the two Pokémon said.
"Oh wow, a Riolu and a Dratini," Ash said in awe. As soon as the two Pokémon saw him, Riolu stood up on slightly wobbly legs and stumbled over to him while Dratini slithered. They both crawled/slithered onto his lap and looked up into his face. Ash just stared at them; going over the information he had learned about their species.
Dratini are extremely rare dragon Pokémon found in Kanto and Johto. If you were lucky enough to capture one, you could become an incredibly powerful trainer because of their final evolution. The Kanto/Johto champion's signature Pokémon was a Dragonite.
Riolu are also rare Pokémon and are only found in Sinnoh. Evolving into the fighting and steel type Lucario, they are powerful Pokémon in their own right. The other thing about Riolu and Lucario was their innate ability to use and control aura.
Suddenly, Ash felt a pull on his aura and he noticed that Riolu was looking at him intently with his paw on Ash's chest. Riolu was forming an aura bond with Ash, he was so lost in his thoughts that he hadn't noticed the bond forming, and now Riolu was waiting for him to finish it. Ash settled the bond and reinforced it for permanency, making Riolu smile.
'Hi daddy,' Ash heard in his mind. Suddenly Pikachu started on his shoulder, turning to the mouse, Ash said, "Riolu just bonded to me, and since you and I are bonded, you're probably included." Pikachu nodded, but seemed a little unsettled.
Ash chuckled and turned back to Riolu, 'Hello their Riolu, how are you feeling?'
Riolu tilted his head, 'I feel happy!' he said.
With another laugh, Ash turned to Dratini and created an empathy link. He asked the dragon the same things he asked Pikachu, and Dratini readily agreed. Once the bond had formed, Ash heard two stomachs growling. Smirking, he said, "You guys are hungry aren't you?" they nodded again and he pulled out some more Pokémon food for his newest Pokémon.
While they ate, Ash scanned them with his Pokédex.
Riolu, the Emanation Pokémon. Riolu has the power to see and understand emotions like happiness or anger in aura waves. This Riolu is male and has the ability Inner Focus. He knows the moves Quick Attack, Endure, and Counter. This Riolu also possesses the egg move Blaze Kick but it has not been unlocked yet.
Dratini, the Dragon Pokémon. Dratini sheds its skin as it grows, often doing so while hidden behind large powerful waterfalls. This Dratini is male and has the ability Shed Skin. He knows the moves Wrap and Leer. This Dratini also possesses the egg move Extreme Speed but it has not been unlocked yet.
Ash nodded to himself as he processed the information. Sitting up against a nearby tree, he began meditating, allowing his Aura to spread throughout his body and mind. After some time, he felt three more presences making their way towards him. Pikachu jumped up and made himself comfortable on his head, Dratini slithered across his shoulders, and Riolu plopped himself down on his lap and rested his head against Ash's chest.
Extending his aura out to the Pokémon, he let them meld into his meditation. Taking advantage of the situation, Ash began to converse with each Pokémon. He assessed their physical condition and abilities, while planning their training and completely loosing track of time.
Finally after several hours, the ever growing rumbling of several hungry stomachs, forced them to stop. Opening his eyes and looking around, he saw that the sun was beginning to set. "Aw man, we were supposed to be in Viridian City by now," he said to himself, "Aw well, it was defiantly worth it."
He set about creating a fire pit while sending Pikachu and Riolu into the nearby woods to get some firewood. Ten minutes and a ThunderShock from Pikachu found a roaring fire and a cozy campsite. After feeding the Pokémon, he pulled out a can of soup that his mom had made for him. "It's a good thing I packed for several nights," he said to himself as he poured it into a pan and started cooking it over the fire.
Once he had finished his own dinner, he added enough wood to the fire to last the night and pulled his sleeping bag out of his backpack. Immediately after squirming into it, his three other Pokémon snuggled in with him.
"Good night guys" he said to his sleepy Pokémon.
The next morning, Ash was the first to awaken. He looked around in confusion for a moment before realizing where he was. 'That's right, I started my journey yesterday,' he thought to himself as he started wiggling out of his sleeping bag, waking his three Pokémon in the process. Silently, he walked to the edge of the clearing to start his morning meditations.
His Pokémon very quickly joined him in the same positions as last night, with Riolu in his lap, Dratini across his shoulders, and Pikachu on his head. An hour later found them all eating breakfast.
After breakfast, Ash lead the Pokémon through several different exercises designed to increase physical strength, endurance and stamina. Afterwards, was move tutoring; Pikachu was to learn agility, Riolu was working on Force Palm, and Dratini was learning Twister. While the worked on their moves, Ash walked around and coached when he could while examining their progress. An hour before lunch, Ash called a stop.
They were all doing really well with their moves. Pikachu had Agility perfected, Riolu could achieve a full energy build up and release and was only working on the speed of the attack, Dratini could create a light wind but it wasn't strong enough to do any damage.
The Final hour was one-on-one training with Riolu. Ash was teaching Riolu what he had learned about aura and testing the Emanations Pokémon's skills.
After eating Lunch, Ash captured Riolu and Dratini and set on his way to Viridian City.
After about two hours of walking, they noticed clouds forming overhead. It hadn't started to rain yet, but he could tell it would soon and quickened his pace. Suddenly the two heard a scream coming from the woods. "What was that?" Ash asked.
Pikachu shrugged, not knowing either. "We had better go check it out, someone could need help," Ash said and he ran into the forest in the direction the sound had come from. As he ran, he heard another scream, but this time a deafening roar that he hadn't heard from the road accompanied it.
Bursting out of the brush, he saw an orange haired girl lying near a waterfall. At the base of the waterfall, was a tremendous Gyarados. It roared at the girl and began charging a Hyper Beam.
"Pikachu, quick use agility to get close then use Thunder Wave," Ash commanded.
"Got it!" said the rodent and he vanished from Ash's shoulder. Pikachu reappeared standing on Gyarados' head and unleashed a low power electric pulse, designed to paralyze the target. Gyarados froze as the electricity flowed through its body and the Hyper Beam faded. Using agility again, Pikachu reappeared on Ash's shoulder.
Ash quickly ran to the fallen girl; she was shivering on the ground, staring wide-eyed at the Atrocious Pokémon. "Come on," he said, as he grabbed her arms to help her up, "We've got to get out of here before the paralysis wears off." She nodded weakly and let him stander her up.
"My bike," she mumbled weakly, still in shock. He noticed a bicycle leaning on a nearby tree and together they walked towards it. As they walked, he could feel it starting to rain and got a bad feeling. Behind them the Gyarados roared; the two humans whipped around just in time to see the Gyarados use the rain to break free of the Paralysis. It quickly charged a Hyper Beam and fired at them.
Ash reflexively pushed the girl away while simultaneously jumping in the opposite direction. The powerful beam of energy passed in between them and collided with the bicycle, causing it and the tree it was leaning on to explode.
Ash quickly looked back at the rampaging Pokémon, the Gyarados was beyond any sort of reason now. It was thrashing about, throwing Hyper Beams in all directions. He wasn't sure what to do; he didn't think they would make it past the rampaging Gyarados, until the sky lit up with lightning and he suddenly remembered Pikachu's special ability. "Pikachu get above it and use the strongest electric attack you can manage," he said to his starter.
Pikachu nodded and leapt up as high as it could go, then used quick attack to go another five feet. The mouse Pokémon was now above Gyarados and was about to unleash the strongest ThunderShock in history when the sky lit up with lighting again. Pikachu's Lightningrod ability activated and the lighting was redirected to hit Pikachu. The lightning instantly supercharged Pikachu and he unleashed electric hell upon the defenseless Gyarados.
"Eat Thunder!" Pikachu yelled.
The Atrocious Pokémon roared in pain as writhed under the supercharged ThunderShock. Finally, the attack ended and Pikachu landed back on Ash's shoulder, completely unscathed, while the Gyarados toppled over and crashed onto the bank.
Ash sighed in relief, turning towards the girl, he asked, "Hey, are you alright?"
She stood up rather shakily and said, "Yeah, I think so, but my bike is trashed." They turned to look at the smoking remains of what, once upon a time, might have been recognizable as a bicycle.
"Yeah, too bad," Ash said, "My name is Ash, I'm from Pallet Town."
"Nice to meet you, my name is Misty, I'm from Cerulean City," Misty replied, "Thanks for saving me. That was very brave of you," She said with a slight blush on her face.
"It's not a problem," Ash said, completely oblivious, "I'm heading to Viridian City, do you want to join me?"
"Sure," Misty said, "I was heading there anyway when I stopped to do some fishing and this Gyarados attacked me."
They turned to look at the smoking remains of the Water/Flying type. "I can't just leave it here to die," Ash said, he walked up to Gyarados and placed his hand against its side. Extending his aura, Ash examined the its injuries. To his surprise, it was still conscious, completely exhausted and in terrible pain, but awake.
Realizing that the Pokémon was awake, Ash tried to establish an empathy link, but the pain was too great. 'There's only one way I can communicate with Gyarados now,' he thought to himself.
Channeling his aura in a different pattern, Ash started using Heal Pulse. Letting the healing energies pulse through Gyarados' body and healing its injuries. Once the pain had ebbed away from the Pokémon's mind, Ash stopped the Heal Pulse and rescanned the Pokémon's body. Most of the burned that had resulted from the lighting had faded, but Gyarados' energy was severely depleted.
Ash then moved onto the next part of his plan, he started forming an aura bond with Gyarados. Fusing their auras together, he didn't wait to see if Gyarados would finish it, he used the link to speak directly to Gyarados' mind.
'How are you feeling?' he asked.
'Are you the one who healed me,' it asked in a feminine voice.
'Yes,' he replied.
'Why,' she asked.
'Because you were injured, and I was the one that caused it. Also had I not then I would have been forced to capture you so that I could take you to the Pokémon Center and have them heal you,' he explained.
'You would not have captured me for my power?' Gyarados asked.
'Not unless I challenged you personally.'
'You are a very unusual human,' Gyarados said, then she completed the aura bond.
Ash was stunned, 'Why did you do that? I only created the bond so that I could communicate then I planned to dissolve it.'
'I can sense that you have a noble heart, I wish to join you on your journey,' Gyarados said.
'If you wish it, I will capture you,' Ash said, 'but I must warn you that my training will not be easy.'
He received a mental smirk from Gyarados, 'All the better.'
'I like your attitude,' Ash said as he withdrew himself from Gyarados' mind. The Atrocious Pokémon was still exhausted so she did not move, but he could see her eyeing him. Giving her a smile he pulled out an empty Pokéball. Tapping it against Gyarados' side, the Pokémon dematerialized into red light before vanishing into the Pokéball. Having no resistance from the willing Gyarados, the Pokéball dinged a successful capture immediately. He then pulled out his Pokédex and scanned his new Pokémon.
Gyarados, the Atrocious Pokémon, and the evolved form of Magikarp. Its scales are harder than steel and its fangs can crush stone. Use extreme caution when dealing with Gyarados as they have a vicious temperament. This Gyarados is female and has the ability Intimidate. She knows the moves Hyper Beam, Hydro Pump, Twister, and Thrash.
When he turned back to Misty, she was looking at him with a strange expression. "What did you do?" she asked.
"I used my aura to heal her," he explained, as he started walking towards Viridian.
A look of confusion crossed her face, "Aura? What's aura?"
"Well, aura is the an energy that runs through all things; the earth, rocks, tree's, plants, Pokémon, even people," Ash explained.
"And you can use aura?" she asked and Ash nodded, "Wow, what kind of stuff can you do with aura?"
"With the right training, you can use aura to perform Pokémon attacks, create barriers, communicate with Pokémon, to name a few." He said.
"Do you think I could learn?" she asked.
"It's possible, but only if you have at least 9 types," Ash said, "First we need to figure out what types you are."
"Do you mean like a Pokémon Type?" she asked.
"Exactly," Ash said, "Do you have a type specialty?"
"Oh, I'm a water type trainer," Misty said with stars in her eyes, "Water Pokémon are my favorite. What about you? What type are you?" she asked.
"I'm one of the very rare people that are all types," Ash said. "Usually specialty trainer's tend to train Pokémon that match their aura type but there are several exceptions. I'll have to do a test to find out your exact typing."
"What sort of test?" she asked.
"It's a little hard to explain, I'll show you when we stop." He said.
"Wow, you sure seem to know a lot about Pokémon," Misty said, "but you still look to be a newbie trainer. When did you get your license?"
"Yesterday," Ash said.
"What?" Misty cried in shock. "You've been a trainer for one day and you were able to defeat that Gyarados?"
"Oh, that," Ash said chuckling, "You see, Pikachu's special ability is Lightningrod, which draw's all electrical attacks to him and leaving him unharmed. I just had Pikachu use it to draw a bolt of lightning to himself so that it would supercharge his next attack."
Misty blinked, "That's an impressive strategy, you sure seem to have a way of thinking outside the box."
Ash smiled, "Thanks," he said, then he looked up, "looks like the rain is finally stopping."
Indeed it was, the skies began to clear away as a huge rainbow spread across the sky. "Gorgeous," Misty breathed as they stared at the rainbow.
Suddenly, a shrill yet beautiful shriek filled the air. "What was that?" Ash asked.
"Look!" Pikachu suddenly said, pointing. The human's followed his finger towards the horizon. Flying over rainbow was a huge phoenix like Pokémon, it was red and gold and as it flew, a second rainbow, trailing from its tail.
Ash recognized the Pokémon instantly, although he didn't know how, "It's Ho-Oh!" he said in shock. He took out his Pokédex and tried to scan the legendary bird.
There is no date. There still are Pokémon yet to be identified.
"If that's true," Misty said, eyes still on the Rainbow Pokémon, "Then how do you know what it is?"
"I'm not sure," he replied, "I've never studied the legendary Pokémon in my books. Its almost like I instinctively know."
They fell silent after that, content to just watch the majestic Pokémon fly past them. Just as Ho-Oh was directly above them, it looked straight down and met Ash's eyes.
In that moment, Ash heard a distinctively female voice echo inside his head. 'Greetings Chosen One, I can sense you have already made use of our gifts. You shall do great things, I give you my blessing's and wish you luck on your journey.'
Ash might have been surprised, if he had not been expecting it. Wait a minute, he had been expecting it? Why was he expecting the voice of the legendary Pokémon flying above him to sound inside his head? He shook his head in confusion, not understanding what was happening.
The voice of Ho-Oh chuckled in his mind, 'Do not worry Chosen One, all will become clear soon enough,' she said.
Sensing the confusion of his trainer, Pikachu looked at Ash in concern. "Hey are you ok Ash?"
Ash looked at the Pokémon on his shoulder and smiled, "Don't worry about it Pikachu," he told him, "I'll tell you later." He nodded and went back to watching Ho-Oh fly out of sight.
Once it…she was out of sight, Ash and Misty continued making their way towards Viridian City.
Upon arrival in Viridian City, a blue haired woman wearing a police uniform confronted the two young trainers. Ash instantly recognized her as one of the hundreds of Officer Jenny's spread throughout all the regions that he had learned about in his studies.
"Halt!" she demanded, "Who are you and where are you going with that Pokémon?"
"My name is Ash Ketchum, I'm a new trainer from Pallet Town," Ash said, "We were just on our way to the Pokémon center."
The officer turned to Misty, waiting for her name. The water trainer raised an eyebrow, but nonetheless said, "My name is Misty Waterflower, and I'm one of the Gym Leaders from Cerulean City." At this, Ash shot Misty a look of surprise, but otherwise accepted the new information.
"Do you kids have some ID to prove it?" the officer asked.
Ash took out his Pokédex and gave it to the officer while Misty took out a blue teardrop shaped badge. Jenny nodded after checking the Pokédex, "Ok, your all clear. Sorry about this, but there is a group of criminals called Team Rocket on the loose somewhere in this area and you looked suspicious with your Pokémon outside of it's Pokéball."
"Its not a problem," Ash said.
"I'd offer you a ride to the Pokémon center for your troubles, but there's only room for one in my motorcycle," Officer Jenny said before walking off.
"So," Ash said as they continued to walk to the Pokémon center, "you're a Gym Leader?"
Misty looked distinctly uncomfortable with the line of talk but finally said, "Yes, I left the gym to go on a journey to become strong and to get away from my three annoying older sisters."
Ash nodded, understanding the basic reasoning despite not having any siblings, and left it at that. Although, he would have to ask her for a gym battle soon if he wanted to compete in the Indigo conference.
Suddenly Misty asked, "You know, I never did ask, why do you let your Pikachu ride on your shoulder instead of keeping it in a Pokéball?"
"That's because Pikachu doesn't like being inside of his Pokéball," Ash replied, "and anyway, I don't mind. Its fun having him on my shoulder." Pikachu smiled and rubbed his face against Ash's in happiness, causing him to laugh.
Upon arrival at the massive Pokémon center, Ash walked up to the counter. "Nurse Joy," he asked, "would you heal my Pokémon please?"
"Of course," she said with a smile and pressed a button on her desk. A moment later, a Chansey came out of the back room, pushing a cart with several indentations for Pokéballs and padded seat for small Pokémon to sit on. Pikachu jumped from Ash's shoulder onto the cart while Ash placed the rest of his Pokéballs on it.
As Chansey walked away with his Pokémon, Ash went to call his mother.
When he was finished, he spotted Misty reading a magazine in the waiting area so he went to talk with her.
"So where are you heading now?" he asked.
"Well, I don't have any plans for right now, do you mind if I just tag along with you?" Misty asked.
Ash was taken aback but smiled, "Sure, traveling's always fun when you're with someone else."
Misty smiled, "Thanks."
"Ash Ketchum, please report to the front desk," The voice of Nurse Joy said over the intercom.
He walked over to the front desk, followed by Misty, to find the same cart with all but one of his Pokéballs waiting for him on it. Pikachu leaped back onto his shoulder and Ash clipped Riolu's and Dratini's Pokéballs back onto his belt.
"Your Pokémon are in good condition except for the Gyarados. She's suffering from severe exhaustion so she'll have to stay till morning, next time don't work her so hard," the nurse said with a tone of disapproval in her voice.
Ash ducked his head slightly in shame and nodded. "Do you have a set of rooms we can stay the night in?" he asked.
She nodded and handed him and Misty each a key, "Room 7 and 8 are available down the hall on the left."
"Thank you Nurse Joy," Ash said. He was just about to go to his room when the ceiling exploded.
Ash whipped around just in time to see two Pokéballs come falling through the hole in the ceiling and release an Ekans and a Koffing. Upon release, the Koffing used Smokescreen to fill the entire lobby with black smoke.
He started coughing at the smoke, "What's going on?" he gasped. Activating his Aura Sight, Ash saw three figures come falling through the hole in the ceiling.
"I don't know!" Misty replied between coughs of her own.
As the smoke cleared, two people were revealed in the lobby, with a Meowth standing in between them.
"Prepare for trouble," the pink haired woman said.
"And make it double," the purple haired man said.
"To protect the world from devastation,"
"To unite all people within our nation,"
"To denounce the evils of truth and love,"
"To extend our reach to the stars above,"
"Team Rocket blasting off at the speed of light,"
"Surrender now or prepare to fight,"
"Meowth that's right," The Meowth said.
"Did that Pokémon just talk?" Misty demanded.
"How is that possible?" Ash asked.
"Never mind how," the Meowth said angrily.
"Now hand over all of the rare and valuable Pokémon you have and we'll be on our way," the pink haired woman, Jessie, said.
"Chop, chop," the blue haired man, James, said.
"Are you serious?" Ash asked incredulous.
"The only Pokémon here are sick and injured Pokémon," Nurse Joy pointed out.
"Be that as it may, I'm sure there are a few extremely rare Pokémon somewhere in this center," James said.
"How about we start with that Pikachu and work our way up from there," Jessie said, pointing at Ash.
"There's no way you're getting any of my Pokémon," Ash told them angrily, "Leave now before I make you."
"Ooh, I think the twerp wants to battle us," Jessie snickered.
"I think you're right," James said with a laugh of his own.
"He won't be alone!" Misty said, stepping up next to Ash, her own Pokéball in her hand.
Ash flashed her a smile, "Nurse Joy go and call Officer Jenny while we hold them off," she nodded and ran into the back of the center, "Pikachu to the battlefront!"
"Let's show these losers who's boss," Pikachu said as he jumped form Ash's shoulder.
"Staryu, you're up!" Misty called as she threw her Pokéball.
"Do you want to take the snake or the gas bag?" Ash asked his teammate.
She smirked, "I'll take the snake. Staryu use Water Gun on Ekans!"
"Pikachu, use ThunderShock!" Ash called.
Both Pokémon responded instantly, Pikachu unleashed a burst of electricity at the Poison Gas Pokémon while Staryu launched a burst of water at the snake Pokémon.
"Ekans dodge and use Bite!" Jessie called.
James shouted, "Koffing dodge that and use Poison Gas attack."
Both poison types jumped out of the way and unleashed their own attacks. Ekans lunged foreword and latched onto Staryu while Koffing started spewing poisonous gas at Pikachu
"Staryu, use Rapid Spin to throw it off," Misty commanded.
"Pikachu, use a widespread Thunder Wave to block the gas," Ash told him.
Staryu started spinning around, causing Ekans to go flying away and actually crash into Koffing. Pikachu's Thunder Wave turned into a net of electricity and was driving the gas back towards their opponents.
The Poison Gas attack engulfed Jessie and James and they started coughing. "Meowth do something!" Jessie demanded.
"What do you expect me to do?" Meowth demanded between his own coughs.
"You're a Pokémon so attack!" James said.
"Oh right," Meowth said stupidly. He then charged at Pikachu yelling, "Alright you mouse, taste my Fury Swipes!"
"Pikachu, use Quick Attack powered with Agility," Ash said.
Pikachu launched forewords at blinding speeds and slammed into the Scratch Cat Pokémon. Meowth went flying and crashed into the two poison types. The three Pokémon then went sliding across the floor and bowled into their owners, knocking them over.
"Now Pikachu, use ThunderShock with all you've got!" Ash commanded.
"Pika!" Pikachu acknowledged and he sent at the strongest ThunderShock he could at the Rockets. Electricity lit up the Pokémon Center as the ThunderShock developed into something more.
The lightning slammed into the people and Pokémon causing them to shriek in pain. Suddenly, Koffing started expelling poisonous gas, causing a violent reaction with the electric attack. There was a large explosion and Team Rocket were blasted out of the building, "Team Rocket's blasting off at the speed of light!" they screamed.
"Awesome job Pikachu, you leaned Thunderbolt!" Ash said with excitement, as he knelt down in front of Pikachu.
The Mouse Pokémon squealed his delight before jumping onto Ash's shoulder and rubbing his face against Ash's.
"Alright what's going on here?" Officer Jenny demanded, as she came storming into the Pokémon Center.
"Officer Jenny, those two are members of the Team Rocket gang you warned us about earlier today were here. They broke into the Pokémon center trying to steal the Pokémon being held here," Ash explained.
"He's right," Misty said, "We just battled them and Ash sent them blasting away with Pikachu's Thunderbolt."
"I can confirm what they have said," Nurse Joy intoned.
"Alright," Officer Jenny nodded, "I guess there's not much left for me to do," Jenny then turned back to Ash and Misty, "I would like to thank you two for your assistance. I don't want to think of what damage they could have done if you weren't here to stop them."
"Thanks' Officer, but all the credit goes to the Pokémon," Ash said as he gestured to Pikachu and Staryu.
"Nevertheless," she gave them a salute and walked out.
"We work pretty well together," Ash said to Misty as they walked towards their rooms.
"Yeah, we do," she replied. "It's a good thing we're traveling together."
Giving her one last smile, Ash walked into his room and dropped his backpack on the floor. Releasing Dratini and Riolu, Ash plopped down in bed and fell asleep almost instantly, with his Pokémon cuddling against him.
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