So, I've decided to try out a new idea of mine here. No, it isn't the greatest, but I still hope it pleases you readers! I put a good deal of effort into this first chapter. I hope I am supported enough to encourage my continuing The Miraculous Adventures of Akamaru until it reaches its end. Please don't be shy to comment on this writing, especially a negative one! Honestly, I love a negative comment just as much as I do a perfect one. After all, it will only make me try harder, right? Anyway, you've probably grown tired of my blabbering, so I now present The Miraculous Adventures of Akamaru! -Lifestream
Chapter One - Sota and Akamaru
The sun had barely risen above the green of the trees, its bright yellow tongues flicking to send rays of light down to the land. A pond stretched out across the field, filled to the brim water whose smooth surface rippled whenever a water creature touched it. Along the edge of the bank was a simple dirt road. Walking on it was a lone boy with messy brown hair and pale brown eyes, hands buried into the pockets of his jacket. His eyes held a faraway look, staring into the surface of the smooth surface of the water.
Being lost in a daydream, he was oblivious to the world around him as well as the life thriving around him. So distracted, in fact, that he didn’t notice the high pitched yip that suddenly rang through the air. The yip came again, louder this time. The boy’s eyes suddenly gained their light again and he looked down in front of him to see a small Lillipup at his feet. The tiny, yipping creature surprised him a little, for it wasn’t very common for a wild Pokemon to approached with such confidence and playfulness. A cheerful sparkle entered the Lillipup’s eyes and his mouth opened to release a happy bark.
Still puzzled and surprised, the boy crouched down and stared as the Lillipup leaned forward and sniffed at his shoes. Slowly he stretched a hand toward the dog-like Pokemon. The Lillipup nosed at him fingers for a moment, then a pink tongue exited his mouth and he happily licked the boy’s hand.
“I named him Akamaru.”
The boy pulled his hand away and stood, brushing his pants off. He spotted a tall, lean woman with sleek blond hair approaching him on the dirt trail.
“Mom!” the boy exclaimed.
The woman bent over and scratched the Lillipup –Akamaru—behind his light brown ears. “You’re almost eleven years old now, Sota, and it’s time you start befriending a Pokemon of your own.”
Sota’s eyes went wide. The idea seemed so sudden, no warnings. He gently wrapped his arms around Akamaru and lifted him from the ground. The Pokemon grinned, his lip stretching to reveal little white teeth. He yipped cheerfully, a rather cute sound that made Sota smile a bit.
“H-hello, Akamaru.” he stammered. Akamaru wagged his thick tail in response, as if returning the greeting.
“I expect you’ll take good care of him.” the blond woman said sternly. Sota smiled.
“R-right, I will.”
Sota and Akamaru became quick friends. Sota showed Akamaru his hometown, Nacrene City. Every morning, right before the sun came up, he would take Akamaru outside the city to explore the outskirts with his newest friend. Akamaru trailed his master like a shadow, padding along right behind him where ever he went. He trailed him in shops and markets, sat with him during school, and rested in his lap during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
“Sota,” his mother addressed him on the third week as he sat down to eat lunch. “You’ve been playing around the Akamaru for a few weeks now, and from what I see you make a nice pair.” Sota nodded and Akamaru yipped in agreement, his tail beginning to wag. “Have you ever thought about…getting stronger?”
Akamaru tilted his head with curiosity. Sota shrugged. “I dunno. Never really thought about it.”
“Well, I think Akamaru could grow into quite the strong little Pokemon if you gave him proper training. You could go further away from Nacrene if you wanted to.”
“I don’t know much about training a Pokemon. Where would I start?”
“You’ve completed the first step already.”
“You’ve created a nice bond between you and Akamaru. You’ll work together and fight for each other.”
Sota stared at his plate, uncertain. “I dunno…where would I train?”
His mother sighed with impatience. “Sota, there’s the Pinwheel Forest just outside the city. I think that would be the best place to start.”
Sota said nothing in response. Akamaru watched him, curiosity bright in his eyes.
After several moments of silence, Sota glanced at Akamaru. “Well, Akamaru? What do you think?” Akamaru let out a yip and his tail started flapping again. Sota laughed. “Alright. We’ll give it a try.”