Hello! This is my first fanfic of pokemon. Please give me some feedback, positive or negative. Note: This is a Nuzlocke based on the Hoenn region. Keep this in mind. Also, I know that May doesn't wear red clothing anymore and that her outfit was changed in Emerald. You will notice something about that character based on May later.
Special thanks to @i_eat_crayons for your support and help with the story!
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Chapters 5-12: Page 2
The Hoenn Adventures of a Boy Named Asher
Asher stepped out of the moving truck. He stopped to look around his new town: Littleroot Town. It was small and quiet. Nothing was stirring or making noise except the rustling of the grass. The flowers around the town gave it a sense of comfort and beauty. Living here would be much different than their old home, but Asher liked it.
"Asher!" Asher's mother yelled, "Quit standing around and make yourself useful!" She threw a heavy box at her son violently. "and now!" She had a huge scowl on her face. Then again, she always did. She had short brown hair that went slightly past her shoulders, and wore a white apron and an orange dress.
Asher sighed. I'm sick and tired of living with my parents, he thought. All they do is yell and put me down. I feel like there's something wrong with me, but I can't help it. There must be some way to show them I can do good things.
He carried the box inside the house and immediately set it down. He sighed with relief. His mother walked in with a light box and said, "Your room is already furnished and decorated. Go up there and set your clock."
Asher obeyed and went up to his room. It was very plain-looking. It had a TV and his Nintendo Entertainment System, which made him happy because he always played on his NES. He also saw a computer. Another thing he enjoyed doing. He started to like this place more and more. The only other things in the room was a carpet and a bed.
Asher's mother stepped into the room. She saw that Asher was standing there observing the room. "All I asked you to do was set the time on the clock! Not stand there!" She gave him a quick slap on the face. "I don't know why we adopted you. You're just a little rat."
Asher was shocked. "Adopted?!" he exclaimed. "Am I really adopted?"
His mother's angry expression went away. "Yes, you were adopted. Your parents didn't love you or want you, and they knew you would never amount to anything. Unfortunately, your father and I did not know this when we adopted you. Now you're just a worthless piece of junk that should've been abandoned on the streets."
Asher had never heard her say things to that extremity. His face was soon full of tears. "Worthless? A rat? Abandoned on the streets?! I've had enough of your abuse! I put up with it for yours because I thought you were my parents and that you still loved me." He was furious. "Now I see that I'm on my own. Well you know what? I will prove my worth to you. I'll show you that I can be the best there ever was!"
"Right," Asher's mother, no, adoptive mother, chuckled. "You wouldn't have the guts to leave this house."
With that, Asher ran out of the house, tears falling down from his eyes. He couldn't believe that he had been lied to his whole life. His parents kept telling him that he was their true son, while abusing him of course. But Asher thought that all parents abused their children. He sought to find that out. He found a house identical to his next door. He politely knocked on the door.
"Oh, hello!" a woman with light brown hair welcomed him. It had beautiful curls, and she looked very sweet and motherly. She had a warm smile on her face, and suddenly, Asher was comforted. "Are you the neighbor that just moved in?"
"Uh...yes." Asher replied.
"Oh, wonderful! We have a daughter your age. When she heard that people with a child her age were moving in, she was ecstatic! She's upstairs."
This woman seemed very nice. Maybe it really was just Asher's parents that abused him. He walked upstairs very slowly, and encountered a girl about his age wearing red and white clothing. She had curly light brown hair with a red hat on her head. She also had these beautiful blue eyes, and he fell right under the spell of her gaze.
"You must be the new neighbor," She said, "My name is Bennie. I thought you'd be a girl."
"Well, uh...I'm not." Asher said, snapping out of the spell. "My name is Asher." Wow, Bennie, Asher thought. What a pretty name!
"I'm sorry, I can't stay here. You'll have to leave," Bennie said nonchalantly, "I have to help my dad with some research stuff. He's the Professor."
"Oh, well that's cool!" Asher said, face red with the embarrassment of talking to a pretty girl. "I'll see you around, then."
Bennie walked away without saying good-bye. Asher was not frustrated with her cool attitude. She likes me. She just won't admit it. He had a crush on her in an instant. He followed her down the stairs and out the door.
She suddenly disappeared. Asher decided not to go looking for her, but to go on a walk by himself instead. Once he was about to approach Route 101, he heard a cry for help. Asher ran up towards the sound. It was a strange man with darker brown hair and a white lab coat on. "Help me!" he pleaded. Asher saw that he was being attacked by a Poochyena.
Asher ran over towards him. "Grab a Poke Ball! Any one of them! In the bag!" The strange man panicked and continued trying to run from the Poochyena.
Asher wasted no time asking questions and picked a random ball from the bag. He threw the ball and out came a Mudkip, a mud fish pokemon. He had no idea how to battle, but he decided to try. After all, he's watched every Pokemon League Tournament in his old region. "Use Tackle, Mudkip!" he commanded.
The Mudkip looked at him with confusion, but obeyed. He hit the Poochyena dead on, and the Poochyena was hit hard. Mudkip didn't let the Poochyena recover. He tackled again. The Poochyena was still alive, but barely. Poochyena circled around to Mudkip's back and used Tackle, but Mudkip turned around and dodged it. Mudkip performed another outstanding Tackle and the Poochyena went down.
"You did it, Mudkip!" Asher said enthusiastically. He was surprised that he won his first battle so unexpectedly. He knew that Mudkip would make a good member of any team. He thought about asking that strange man for the Mudkip, but he decided not to.
"Thank you for saving me!" The strange man exclaimed. "I don't think I've introduced myself to you yet. I am the Professor, and I research pokemon. My daughter Bennie helps me sometimes, but she didn't get here in time to help me. Luckily you came here! Come on, let's get back to the lab."
"So, what's your name?" Professor asked.
"Asher," Asher replied. "I just moved in next door with my parents." Asher wondered why Professor wanted to go to his lab so badly.
Professor nodded. "I see. And what were you planning on doing in Hoenn?"
Asher didn't expect that kind of a question. He didn't know how to answer it. "I...uh...I don't know. But I want to do something great. Something few people have done before."
Professor gave Asher a skeptical look. "How would you like to go on an adventure across Hoenn and become the Champion?"
Asher thought about this for a moment. Adventure? Anywhere away from his parents would be nice. But become the Champion? That seemed like an impossible task. However, it would make him great. Maybe I can finally prove myself to my parents by becoming the Champion! He thought excitedly. "I'll do it!" He said with major enthusiasm.
Professor smiled. "Wonderful. However, becoming Champion is not an easy task. You'll need a pokemon to do it. I'll give you that Mudkip you battled with earlier to help you get started."
"Great!" Asher said, "Thank you so much!" He released the Mudkip from his Poke Ball and gave him a look of pride. "I'll call you Finnegan."
Finnegan gave Asher a look of happiness.
"He seems to like you already," Professor inferred. Then he got serious. "I have given you your Mudkip, but that's only half of what you need. In order to get the other half, I have set a challenge for you. You need to defeat Bennie. She's on Route 103. If you can defeat her, you will get the other things you need to go on your journey."
"Thank you, Professor!" Asher said, excited for once in his life. He got a Mudkip and he was going to see Bennie. He couldn't wait.