Banner by Instrutilus. (thanks)
F%$# the introductions of how I made this fic, let's get to the point.
I don't want an unnecesarry(i think I mispelled that) intro, so all I'm gonna say is the premise of the fic. It's about a kid named Dan who becomes a Pokemon trainer in a fallout-ridden island. This fic contains Pokemon I made myself, although I have no image for them; feel free to imagine what they look like.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Decision
Chapter 2: The Journey Begins
Chapter 3: A Vicious Assault
Chapter 4: A Grassy Slugfest
WARNING: Really long prologue.
Welcome to the island of Alsi, a lush, warm land full of natural beauty and diversity located west of the Hoenn region. Because of its close proximity to the region, a lot of Hoenn pokemon make their home here, along with native ones on Alsi. It was a very beautiful land, filled with forests, rivers, mountains and other natural landmarks.
Or at least, it used to be.
You see, in the middle of this island is(or was) the city of Silverton, a large, crowded metropolis that is renowed for their numerous power plants across the city, to accomodate the large population of Silverton.
"Let's see if you've learned from this lesson. Dan, what is 4 times 9?" A female teacher in a school said to a student.
"Um, 9...18...27...36...36!" Dan replied.
"Good. Ann, what is 7 times 6?" The teacher then asked to another student.
"Umm, 49?" Ann replied.
"Wrong, it's 42. Now, Gar..." The teacher said, only to be interrupted by the school bell.
"Oh come on, I haven't finished yet. Well, anyways, kids. Remember, study your multiplication! And remember, you have a quiz tommorow! Enjoy the rest of the day off. See you tommorow!" The teacher said.
"Yes, Ma'am!" Everyone in the class replied. They then all stood up, took their things and began to leave.
Dan, a 10-year old boy with blond hair that wouldn't sit flat, dressed in a school uniform, left the classroom. Carrying a bag, he made his way to the exit of the school.
In the very center of this complex of power plants is a nuclear power plant. It is famous all over the island for its exceptional technology, size, and high output of energy, capable of feeding the city of Silverton and more, including the smaller towns and villages surrounding the city. This nuclear plant led a lot of people in Alsi believe that nuclear power was the way to go. If one as big as the one in Silverton could produce enough energy for the entire island, what if the whole world uses nuclear power? It would allow massive ammounts of power to be generated.
Dan took out a Pokeball from his school bag, and threw it into the ground. Out came a young, black puppy. This Pokemon had been Dan's for a few months, having found it in the middle of the street, alone and stray.
"Anap! Anappy!" The Pokemon said happily as it came out. It is very affectionate to Dan, and it then jumped on his chest, wagging its tail while doing a pant-like sound.
"Aww, thanks. Hey, wanna play catch later?" Dan said to his Pokemon.
"Anap! Anap!" The Pokemon replied. It then got off Dan's chest. Just then, someone called them out.
"Hey! Dan! Wait up!" A girl, also dressed in a school uniform, and having brown, medium sized hair in the distance said. She was running towards Dan.
"Oh, if it isn't Ann! What's up?" Dan replied.
"Oh, I was wondering if I could join you in studying for the quiz? I'm not that good in multiplying," Ann said.
"Uhh..." Dan said, blushing.
"Pleeeeeease?" Ann replied, trying to make a cute face.
"Gah, alright," Dan replied, still blushing.
"Yay!" Ann said, putting her hands in the air.
"Anap!" Dan's Pokemon happily said, jumping onto Ann's chest this time.
"I think he's groping you," Dan joked.
"Hey!" Ann replied, "His name is...umm...what?"
"Nad. Backwards for Dan. Couldn't find a better name," Dan replied with a smile.
"Sounds cute!" Ann replied, as she then hugged Dan's arm, making Dan blush even more.
"Anyways, what Pokemon is he? An Anappy or a Poochyena? They look very similar," Ann asked.
"Anappies are darker than Poochyenas. Poochyenas are more, erm, grey. What, can't tell from their voice?"
"Something like that, yeah," Ann replied.
They began walking away from the school, with Nad following them.
But one grim, cloudy day, for reasons unknown, the plant had a malfunction. It had a sudden power surge, which overloaded everything, and caused a lot of explosions, triggering fires all over the plant. The fires sent a plume of radioactive fallout affecting the entire island, turning a good part of the island barren and rendering all of Silverton uninhabitable.
"How's stuff at home?" Ann asked.
"Oh, nothing. Watching them Pokemon battles on the TV, maybe surf on the internet, stuff like that," Dan replied.
"Pokemon battles? You like them?" Ann said.
"Mmmhmm. It just feels awesome to watch," Dan replied.
"Anappy!" Nad interrupted.
"You know, I feel like I wanna be a trainer. Don't have time though. School, family stuff, y'know, stuff like that," Dan said.
"What about summer? You'd get some free time," Ann replied.
"Hmm, I don't know...I get enough time to become a trainer, but then I'll miss all of you; my classmates, my family, you, and...erm, stuff like that," Dan replied. Ann blushed from hearing the word "you".
As the two walked, they passed by a PA, which was usually not used. Suddenly, it began to bellow loudly with an alarm. Everyone in the area suddenly stopped moving.
"ANAP! ANAAAP!" Nad screamed in surprise, cowering behind Dan.
"What the..." Dan said.
The fires didn't start as a big one. At first, it only affected parts of the plant. However, the firefighters couldn't arrive on time, and the fire began spreading outwards, and more buildings began catching fire. The government of the city wasn't even informed of the incident until the fire had spread to a good part of the city.
"Attention, citizens of Silverton! There has been a meltdown of the Silverton Nuclear Plant! It has caused fires which are now spreading outwards, and burning more of the city. Even if it is extinguished, the fallout released from the plant will remain! You are advised to leave the city as fast as possible!" The speaker bellowed, before returning to a loud alarm. The people in the vicnity of Dan and Ann began screaming and shouting and running.
"What? A melting down?" Ann asked.
"Meltdown. I don't know what it is, but it sounds bad. We have got to get home quick!" Dan said. He began running, gripping Ann's hand. Nad folllowed behind them.
"Hey, not too fast!" Ann said.
By the time the government of the city had been alerted of the situation, the fires had already spread. The town was becoming an inferno. The firefighters began having trouble extinguishing everything.
"Gonna have to pass near the plant. It's the only way to get home!" Dan said as they ran.
"But what if they won't let us pass?" Ann asked.
"Well....hehe, that's the problem," Dan replied.
"Anappy!" Nad interrupted as they ran.
"La la la la la la..." A woman in a house sang. She was washing dishes in the kitchen of her house, while watching a TV placed on top of their fridge.
"...well, recently this day has been quite cloudy and dark. You don't usually see something like this every day, Silverton usu...*bzzzt*...
"Hmm?" The woman said, looking at the TV.
"We interrupt this program for an important announcement! There has been a meltdown of the Silverton Nuclear Plant! It has caused fires which are now spreading outwards, and burning more of the city. Even if it is extinguished, the fallout released from the plant will remain! You are advised to leave the city as fast as possible!" The voice on the TV said, before going to static.
"What?" The woman said. She dropped the plates she was washing, wiped her hands, and immediately went outside. In the distance, she could see several pillars of smoke rising from the ground, and fires in houses nearby.
"Oh...my...gosh..." The woman muttered, horrified of the situation.
"What the heck? Why is everything on fire out here!?" Dan complained as they ran through the very center of Silverton, dotted all over with office buildings, powerplants, and stuff, with the nuclear plant in the distance. A lot of them were on fire.
"Anap!" Nad said as he looked at the inferno.
"Ow, my heeead...Dan, I think we shouldn't have come here?" Ann moaned.
"You serious? How the heck are we gonna get home?" Dan replied. Grasping Ann's hand tighter, they continued to run through the inferno. As they ran, stuff began falling from the burning buildings above them, including a burning power line, burning trees, and other stuff. Dan, Nad and Ann narrowly avoided the debris falling on top of them.
The fire spread out through most of the downtown area of Silverton. In a time span of about a half-hour, the fire spread all over the city, burning a good part of it.
It even reached part of the suburbs...
"But Dan only comes home that way...and my husband works over there....oh no!" The woman said. She began running worriedly towards the inferno, concerned for her family.
An alarm bellowed throughout one of the offices of downtown Silverton.
"What the...isn't that the fire alarm?" One man said in his desk. Suddenly, smoked began inching its way towards his office space.
"Smoke...what the heck?" The man said. He stood up, and checked the outside. He looked to his right, and saw a fire nearby. The smoke got closer to him.
"Oh....my...gosh..." The man said as a woman in an office uniform came from the flames, who was on fire.
"GAAAAH!" The woman wailed as she ran. Covering her face, she couldn't see where she was going, and she was headed straight for the man.
"Hey, you crazy lady! Not over here!" The man said as he began running back, headed for a fire exit near on the other end.
As he ran, the woman followed her, wailing and still on fire. Then, the man saw the fire exit nearby, and as he tried to open it, the woman chasing him dropped to the ground, lifeless.
"What's going on?" The man said as he then closed his eyes to respect the now dead woman. He entered the fire exit and he began descending the building.
"I hope Dan and Lisa are okay..." The man said as he climbed down the stairs.
Soon enough, the man had reached the first floor. There was a door leading out to the back of the building, and the man immediately headed for the door.
To his horror, it was locked.
"WHO WOULD LOCK A FIRE EXIT!? WHAT THE FUCK!?" The man said in anger. There was another exit, but it led to the inside of the building, which was on fire, too. Smoke was seeping out from the bottom of the door.
"Shit, I hope this'll work..." The man said. He immediately headed for the door, and opened it. A burst of fire suddenly came out, nearly igniting the man.
"Ahh..." The man moaned. He got down to a crawl, and crawled the entire hallway leading to the exit. He knew that smoke least affected the ground, so he used that to his advantage to be able to survive in the fumes.
As he crawled, he saw several rooms on fire and other stuff. Heck, some parts of the hallway the man was on were on fire already.
After a while, he eventually arrived at the door leading out. Unluckily for him, the door was on fire.
"AAAAAAAH! How the heck do I get out?" The man said. He began running back, forgetting to crawl on the ground to be able to breath.
He hurriedly began searching for a door to get out. Unfortunately, all the doors he found were either too hot from the temperature or burning.
"HOW DO I GET OUT!?" The man screamed. He was getting increasingly hopeless, as all the exits seemed to blocked. The smoke inside was getting to thick to see in, and it became harder to breath.
"Oh please, oh please let me out!" The man cried out, coughing from the smoke. Because the smoke blinded him, he began stumbling around, hitting the walls. It was getting harder to breath inside, and after a while, it was nearly impossible to breath at all.
Without a place to get out, he tried running back towards the fire exit. However, he was running out of air.
"Must...get...out," The man said. He tried to get there as fast as he could, but the lack of air was weakening him. He tried to breath, but he knew that the smoke was too dangerous to inhale.
As he got closer, his vision began to blur, and he began stumbling. His running got slower, and he was getting really tired.
He managed to reach the door, but he had grown weak from the smoke.
He hurriedly tried to open the door, but his strength was fading. His vision had completely blurred.
As the last of his strength faded away, the man collapsed to the floor.
It had been a dark day, literally. The clouds were grey, and it blocked sunlight...
Then, a miracle happened: It began to rain. From the dim clouds that blanketed the city, drips of water began falling. The drips turned into a gentle shower, and eventually, a strong rain.
As Dan and Ann ran through the city, the rain began to fall on them.
"Anap! Anappy! Aaaa!" Nad said as the rain began to fall.
"Hey, it's raining!" Ann said.
"Really? This is....gahh!" Dan said, as he then felt a burning sensation on his arm. He then grasped it.
"What the...what's wrong?" Ann said as they stopped. "Gah...my head...it hurts..." Ann then said. The rain grew harder.
"My arm...it burns!" Dan said. Ann immediately took Dan's arm off his other arm and saw the burn. It was very, very red.
"What happened here?" Ann asked worriedly. The rain grew even harder, and a frenzy of lightning began to come out from the clouds above.
"Kids! Dan, Ann!" A woman called out to them in the distance. Dan looked at the figure in the distance. As she got close, he recognized the figure as his mother.
"Mom! Ow..." Dan said.
"That's your mom?" Ann asked.
"Yeah..." Dan replied. He began running towards her mother, along with Ann.
As his mom ran towards them, she ended up on a street.
"Kids! We have got to get outta here qui..." Dan's mom said as a car ran over her from out of nowhere. Her body was sent flying through the air, eventually landing in a sidewalk. Dan and Ann immediately stopped.
"No-no way..." The two said in unison.
The car that ran over Dan's mom stopped. The driver thought of trying to help her.
"Hey, he stopped! Why'd he do that!?" Ann said.
"Grrr..." Dan growled, ignoring Ann. He began running towards the car, ignoring the burned skin on his arm.
"Hey, wait!" Ann said as she followed Dan, with Nad following her.
But the driver, panicking from the accident that occured a while ago, decided to save himself instead, and he drove away.
"Hey, wait!" Dan shouted at the car. The driver ignored him.
"You selfish coward!" Dan screamed as the car disappeared from sight. He then headed for his mom's body.
The fire had took out a good chunk of the city. It had ruined most of the downtown area, and parts of the suburbs.
However, since the fire was caused by accidents in the nuclear plant, it released a large amount of fallout, rendering all of Silverton unsafe to live in. It even affected other parts of the island.
"Oh no..." Ann said as they got to Dan's mother, who was limp on the ground.
"Mom!" Dan said. His limp mother was covered in blood all over, and she wasn't breathing.
"Mom...please don't..." Dan said as tears began to flow from his face.
And from then on, the island of Alsi was never the same again. It lost its crown jewel, the metropolis that was Silverton. Previously a symbol of the success of nuclear power, it is now a symbol of the consequences of nuclear power.
Alsi suffered heavily from the destruction. Silverton's numerous power plants, up to and including the nuclear plant, generated a ton of jobs and money. It also became popular as a place to move in, as many people in Alsi outside of Silverton believed that getting a job in Silverton would get you rich.
With the destruction of the city, it has lost all of its glory. Not only did the accident wipe out Silverton's numerous power plants, leading to a shortage in power, it also killed a good chuck of the island's population, as most people lived in Silverton, and a lot of jobs generated by the city were lost.
Alsi had been reduced to a couple of small towns, villages and one remaining city in the surrounding area of Silverton. But even then, the towns were not safe. The fallout spread, and it affected several of the towns near Silverton. Some towns had part of the city affected, others were covered all over but mildly affected, while the others were evacuated completely.
Dan, meanwhile, never really recovered from the incident. His mother did not survive. After the incident, he was evacuated in a van, along with Ann and her family.
With his mother dead, Dan wanted to know what happened to his father. He never saw him again.
They were evacuated to a town named Rosewood. A lot of people were evacuated there, more than any other town near Silverton. Dan also had family there, namely his uncle and his aunt.
The very next day, there was a tent set up in the middle of the town, having a list of all missing people, some with pictures and confirmed casualties. A lot of people in the tent were survivors, asking if their loved ones survived.
Dan, along with his friend Ann, visited the tent.
"Aw man, my arm still burns...and where the heck is my dad...he hasn't called..." Dan said. He was worried that his father may have died too.
"Don't worry. I'm sure he's okay," Ann said to Dan, trying to cheer him up.
"I dunno..." Dan said. As they walked, Dan saw a picture, one which he recognized.
He got closer to the picture and examined it more closely. Underneath the picture, there was something written on a paper:
Have you seen him? If so, call these numbers:
If in Rosewood Town, call 135
If in Plains Village, call 247
If in Camden Town, call 616
If in Scorcher City, call 777
If in Riverside Town, call 902
If in Sting Village, call 562
If in Rockslide Town, call 394
And if in Goldeneye Town, call 007
Mathew Webster was Dan's father. When Dan saw the "missing" word in bold right underneath his picture, he broke down.
"SHIT!" Dan sweared, which got the attention of everybody. He punched the wall hard, and his emotions swelled. He had the feeling of anger and sadness at the same time, seeing as his father has been labeled missing.
"Shh, not too loud!" Ann said to Dan.
"Yeah, I know...it's just..." Dan said, unable to continue his sentence.
"Just what?" Ann asked.
"Well...arghh, I don't know," Dan said. His sadness got the better of him, and tears began to drip from his face. He tried not to cry, though. Ann, seeing this, put her arm around Dan's shoulders.
"Hey, come on! He's probably out there, I know it!" Ann said, trying to cheer Dan up.
"You sure? He has a cellphone, he should have called me by now," Dan replied.
"Don't be a pessimist, maybe he lost it or it got broken or something. Don't worry!" Ann said.
"I don't know with you," Dan replied.
"Gah. Anyways, let's go." Ann then said.
And so, they went home. Dan had moved to the house of his uncle and aunt, who lived in Rosewood. Ann moved right next door.
But Dan's father never reappeared again.
Like many people victimized by the accident at Silverton, Dan's life was changed...forever.
As I always say, hope it's not too bad.