Never Say No
Welcome to the land of Kanto! This is the place where many pokemon trainers started their journey. Kanto was the first fully developed region- 151 known pokemon species lived there.
10 year old Ash Ketchum lived in the town of Pallet, north of Cinnaber Island, home of a rather mysterious pokemon. Another 10 year old, a girl named Dawn, was moving to Pallet Town with her mother today.
Dawn closed the door behind her, saying goodbye to her mother. She stroked her birthday present, a Piplup, and then put him on her shoulder. "Next up- Professor Oak's lab! You happy, Piplup?" Piplup smiled. "Okay, let's get my starter pokemon!" Dawn got on her bike, and started cycling down a hill. She had no idea what was up for her,
Meanwhile, Ash Ketchum was strolling at the bottom of the hill. He, unlike Dawn, did not have a pokemon yet, and would get his pokemon at the lab. "I hope I'm late." Ash thought nervously. "If I am late, I won't be able to get my pokemon." Ash continued past the hill, just a bike crashed into him. "Hey! Do you mind?"
"Oh my gosh! I am so, so sorry!" Dawn ran over to Ash, kneeling down with Ash. "Did you break anything?"
"No- there's nothing serious. You don't have to be sorry- I forgive you." Ash stood up confidentally. "So, what's your name? Mine's Ash Ketchum."
"I'm Dawn, and this is my Piplup. I'm going over to Professor Oak's lab."
"I'm going there as well. You want to come with me?"
"Okay." Dawn followed Ash down the path. "So what are you going to do there?"
"I'm going to get my starter pokemon." An open-roof car drove past, with loads of cheerleaders in it. A boy came out of it. "Look- that's Gary."
Gary opened the door and got out of the car. "Oh, look who it is- Ash Ketchum, international loser. If you're gonna get a pokemon, I've already got one. There won't be any there when you get there."
"What pokemon did you get?" Dawn asked.
"Humph. Why should I tell you? See ya, losers!" Gary got in the car, and it drove off.
"That guy's always gave me the creeps." Ash said to Dawn. "Okay, let's head to the lab! Let's go!"
Five minutes later...
Ash opened the door, with Dawn following him. They walked straight into a room with shelves of pokeballs, and tables with books scattered all over them. Ash noticed the pokeballs. He walked over to a triangular table, with a pokeball in the middle. "Here's a pokemon. I think there's a Pikachu in it."
"Pikachu? I didn't know you could choose that." Dawn heard a door open. "Gah! Someones here!"
An old man with white hair walked in."What the hell do you think you're doing? This is my lab! So you're the poketheif!"
"What? We're not! We're not!" Dawn shouted.
"Hmm... I guess I'd better believe you. What do you two want, anyway?"
"I really want a pokemon... I 'm going to be a trainer, but I need a pokemon first." Ash replied.
"Well, take this pokemon." Professor Oak handed Ash a pokeball. "It's not an actual starter- it's Pikachu. But you can still keep it!"
"Thanks! We'll be going then. C'mon, Dawn!" Ash and Dawn opened the door, and then walked out.
Professor Oak checked the shelves. He noticed something. "Gah! Kangaskhan... it's escaped!"
Next time... Chapter Two: The Search for Kangaskhan