"Ladies & gentlemen, Pokemon trainers & fans alike, we present you to this very special Pokemon Championship battle, as the current champion of the Elite Four, Lance is defending his championship against Karen, also a member of the Elite Four." Is heard coming from a TV in a otherwise dark room, a young boy, about 10 years old is shown, watching it with extreme interest.
"My name is Nick Ketchum, and tomorrow I turn 10, which means I can leave home, and train to become a Pokemon Trainer." The young boy, who reveals himself as Nick says.
The battle on the TV is shown again, "Lance has gone with his trusty Dragonite, as Karen has picked her Umbreon, this should be a epic battle. Testing both masters skills." The announcer is heard promoting, Nick is getting more & more excited until...
The Television turned off out of nowhere, with his mother standing in the door way. "Nick, you really need to get to sleep, or did you forget what tomorrow is!?!?!?" His mom scolds, Nick cringes, "No mom! Of course not, I've been waiting forever to turn 10!!!" "I'm just excited, I can't sleep." Nick pouts to his mother, she gives in... "fine, I'll let you stay up a little while longer, but watch something that will really get you ready for tomorrow." Delia Ketchum turns on the TV, but instead of the Elite Four battle, it's Professor Elm standing in front of pictures of Cyndaquil, Totidile and Chikorita, the 3 starter Pokemon of the Johto region.
As Professor Elm is explaining the various details of each Pokemon, Nick imagines what it would be like with each of those Pokemon. Nick imagines choosing Cyndaquil in a battle, and commanding it to use Flame Wheel, then it cuts to Chikorita, and Nick commanding it to use Vine Whip, and finally Totidle is seen, Nick commands it to use Slash attack. "I can't wait for tomorrow, I just have to think of which one I will choose to become my very first Pokemon!!!" "I will be the world's best Pokemon Master... Pokemon Master..." Nick trails off as he virtually falls asleep right in front of the still on Television.
Loud snoring is heard, as it is now morning time. The Dodrio are singing outside of the town of New Bark, waking various people up, as it is a New Bark Town tradition to do so. Nick wakes up with suddenly, "oh no!!!!!!!! What time is it?" He grabs the alarm clock, it is signaling 11:13 AM. "11:13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Nick practically throws his alarm clock in the air, as it comes down and hits him square on the head. Nick runs out of the room rubbing his head, and is rushing to Professor Elm's laboratory. He passes by wild Sentret & Rattata on the way, not even stopping for a glance. As he finally reaches the lab, he sees Professor Elm about to lock up the gates to the lab, "WAIIIIIT!!!" Professor Elm looks up curiously, as he sees a young boy running like his life depend on it. "What can I do for you, son?" He questions with a raised eyebrow, Nick is trying to catch his breath, "I--I'm here for my Pokemon!" "Your Pokemon?" "It looks to me like your ready for a shower, and a change of clothes." The professor says with humor, a sweat drop forms on the back of Nick's head, "okay, follow me." Professor Elm mentions to his lab...
Inside the laboratory, a table with 3 Pokeballs is seen, "Which one can I take Professor?!" Nick says loudly, clearly excited for what's about to come. "None of them." Professor Elm responds calmly, "WHAT, WHY NOT?!?!?" Nick whines, "because, all 3 of these Pokeballs are empty, the Pokemon that used to be in them are with the trainers that picked them." "There's no more Pokemon left?" Nick asks depression clearly in his voice, "I didn't say that, there is one, but there is a problem with this one." "I don't care, I'll take it! I need a Pokemon!" Elm nods and presses a button, as a Pokeball with a lightning bolt on it. A Pikachu bursts out of the ball, happy to finally be outside in the open, and out of that ball. Pikachu shakes it's head and scratches it's ear, as Nick practically squeals with excitement. "Aww, it's the cutest & best one of all, I'll take it!" Nick says without thinking straight, picking up the Pikachu, "you'll see..." Professor Elm responds with worry, as Pikachu releases a Thunder Shock attack on Nick, as Nick instantly falls from the power. "Wow... that was electrifying..." Nick barley manages to say, as Elm sweat drops.
Professor Elm, Nick & the mischievous Pikachu are outside of his laboratory, "here is Pikachu's Pokeball, 5 more to fill out your team, and a Pokedex." This Pokedex will serve as your ID, it will tell you the unlimited amount of information about each & every Pokemon you come across, and it will allow you to enter into the Johto League Championship." Nick nods, grabbing everything. "Okay Pikachu, get into your ball..." Nick points the Pokeball at Pikachu, but Pikachu runs behind Professor Elm, Nick goes to return it, "hold on a second Nick, I almost forgot to mention, this Pikachu is special, it hates going inside it's Pokeball." Pikachu nods while crossing it's arms, "oh okay, that's no problem with me!" Nick responds with a smile, loud cheering is heard from behind him.
Delia Ketchum is shown walking towards Nick with another girl, "look at my little boy!" All grown up now, and a cute first Pokemon too, you are going to be just great on your journey son!" "Yeah, and if he isn't, I'll be there to bail him out!" The girl announces with a wink, "Lyra!?" The girl as Lyra puts her arm around Nick, and puts him in a playful headlock, "yup, the one & only!!!" A sweat drop forms on Delia & Nick's head, "I got my first Pokemon today, and already made my first capture too, and since neither one of us really wants to, or is ready to travel alone, I thought we can travel together!!" Lyra announces, "I'm all for it, but show me your Pokemon!" Nick says, Lyra nods as she throws 2 Pokeballs into the air, as a Chikorita & a Marill come out of them, both announcing their names proudly. "Nick points his Pokedex at Chikorita first, and then at Marill. "Wow, awesome, your already ahead of me!" "How wonderful, you guys are both traveling together, I wish you both the best!" Delia says, and then hands a bag to Nick. "Inside you'll find everything you need, extra Pokeballs, a map, a Pokegear so you can call me to check in, money, extra clothes and snacks in case you get hungry!" Nick laughs, "thanks mom, but we'll be fine, I'll call when we reach Cherrygrove City!" Nick yells as he grabs Pikachu and takes off, "wait for me!" Lyra yells as she returns her Pokemon and runs after her adventurous friend.
Nick is seen dragging his Pikachu with a long rope, since the Pikachu is stubborn, and won't do anything he asks it to do. "Come on Pikachu, we're supposed to be friends! "Why won't you listen to me?" Pikachu turns his head, "why is your Pikachu acting like this?" Lyra asks with concern in her voice, "I don't know, but I don't like it..." Nick half answers her, a wild Hoothoot is pecking at the ground, oblivious to the people & Pokemon around it. "Hey Pikachu, if I untie you, will you help me battle this Pokemon & catch it?" Nick whispers to his Pokemon, so he won't scare the Hoothoot off. Pi, Pikachu nods... Nick smiles untying Pikachu, Pikachu immediately runs up a nearby tree, & lays down lazily. "Fine!" "I don't need your help anyways!" Nick yells, alerting the Hoothoot, Nick runs after it & jumps, trying to hold it so it don't run away. But the Hoothoot has other plans, as it uses it's Peck & Tackle attacks in succession on Nick... Nick is on the ground in pain, as his Pikachu is seen laughing hysterically. "Hey!" "That's not funny, he could have been seriously hurt!" Lyra attempts to scold the Pikachu, but Pikachu shrugs it off, continuing to laugh. "I'm okay, I can catch a Pokemon without his help!!!" Nick yells as he sees a image of a bird Pokemon from afar, Nick picks up a rock, "I don't think you should do that..." Lyra says in fear, Nick shrugs the warning off, and chucks the rock hitting a wild Fearow, the Fearow becomes irate and charges at Nick, Lyra & Pikachu. Going directly to Pikachu, hitting it with a Quick Attack, knocking it out of the tree, to the ground hard. "Pikachu!" Nick yells as he runs to help, but the Fearow uses a Gust attack to stop his efforts. Lyra sens out her Chikorita & Marill to help out, and fight off raged wild Fearow.
"Chikorita use Vine Whip to hold on to the Fearow's wings!" The attack catches Fearow by surprise, as it's not able to fend off the attack, "now Marill use Bubblebeam!!!" The attack hits as the Fearow flies away. Nick gets up and runs over to Pikachu, "I know you don't like me, but I'm gonna get you some help!" Nick runs with Pikachu in his arms, Lyra returns her Pokemon, and runs after him...
They continue to run, until a group of Spearow are flying slowly behind them, and the same Fearow from earlier lands directly in front of them. They try to run the other way, but run into a wall of Spearow. Spear, Fear! The Pokemon cry out in battle mode, the Fearow uses a powerful Whirlwind attack, sending everyone to the ground with a thud. Lyra sends out her Pokemon again, "Go Chikorita, go Marill!" "Marill use Bubblebeam attack, Chikorita use Razor Leaf!" They combined attacks manage to defeat some Spearow, before they all gang up on the 2 Pokemon, using countless Wing Attacks. Both Pokemon get back up, determined to fight, until Fearow hits a Gust making Lyra, and her 2 Pokemon down for the count. Nick crawls towards Pikachu, "I'll try to bind us some time, you go into your ball where it's safe, I know y-you don't like me, but please, t-trust me!" Nick stands up in defiance, "Fearow, Spearow! "Do you know who I am, I am Nick Ketchum, from the town of New Bark, I am destined to be the worlds greatest Pokemon Master, I cannot be defeated by the likes of you!" Pikachu watches in awe, "I am going to defeat & capture you all, you hear me!?!?!?" Nick throws another rock, "COME AND GET ME!!!!" Nick yells, as the Fearow & Spearow charge for an assault, Pikachu leaps up and jumps off of Nick's shoulder, and in mid air releases the biggest Thunder attack Nick has ever seen, instantly defeating the wild Pokemon, as Nick & Pikachu lie on the ground. A giant green dragon is seen in the clouds, flying elegantly through the sky. Nick reaches for his Pokedex, pointing it at the unknown dragon Pokemon. "There is no data, some Pokemon are yet to be discovered by Pokemon professors." The dexster's voice is heard, as Nick looks in awe, and both Pokemon & trainer fall asleep.
Nick awakes by Pikachu licking his face, trying to wake him up, as Lyra is seen across rubbing her knee. Pikapi!!! Pikachu shouts as it jumps on Nick, "whoa!" "So now you like me, huh?" Nick, and Pikachu laugh. Lyra walks over to them, and extends her hand, "care to get up?!" We can't get to Cherrygrove with you sleeping on the job!" Lyra scolds in amusement. Nick takes her hand as she helps him up, they brush themselves off as they continue to walk to Cherrygrove City, as the sun sets in the distance.
End of chapter one, review/criticize please!