It was late and Aiden, a 4 year old brown-haired boy was playing outside. This is the time he usually would’ve been called in by his parents.
Suddenly, he saw just a small amount of movement near his family’s trash cans and a faint licking noise. Without thinking twice, he ran over towards the movement. When he got there he saw… a jar with a peanut on its label… a jar of peanut butter! But the small round jar was moving! How could this be? Aiden wondered. He had to find out. He took a deep breath and picked the jar up and looked inside. Inside was what looked like a tiny tan colored kitten with small leaves as ears and tail, licking peanut butter out of the jar with its tiny pink tongue. A baby Leafeon! The Leafeon looked up at Aiden. “Meep!” the cute baby said, licking Aiden square on the nose.
Aiden ran inside his family’s house, giggling and carrying the cute Leafeon. “Mommy, Mommy, look what I found!” he exclaimed. His mom, who was washing dishes at that time, turned around. Aiden held out the Leafeon for his mom to examine.
“What the heck is that?” asked Aiden’s mom.
Aiden thought that his mom would never let him keep a Pokémon. “A... kitty! Can I keep it?” he replied.
“Really? You sure that is a cat? It has leaves for ears!” asked his mom, visually perplexed.
“No, really! Pokémon… uh, don’t like peanut butter… so she uh, has to be a cat.” Aiden said this somewhat like a question.
“Does she have an owner?” asked Aiden’s mom.
“Hmm, no collar, no tag!” replied Aiden.
“Well… if you really insist, we can put up “found” posters for her and shelter and feed her until the end of the week. If no one calls us about the poster by the end of the week… I guess we can take her to the vet, and think about keeping her.” said Aiden’s mom.
“Okay!” Aiden said eagerly.
One week had passed, and still no one had claimed the “kitty”.
“Well, I guess since nobody claimed the cat, we can take her to the vet.” said Aiden’s mom that afternoon after school.
Yay! thought Aiden as he and his mom jumped in the family’s green car and drove to the veterinarian.
During the car ride, the small “kitty” writhed and poked her head around, excited by the new surroundings. Aiden could feel the breeze of adventure blow in his hair. He closed his eyes to savor the moment. He wished he could have that cool feeling for the rest of his life. Suddenly, he was in a dreamy world with soft clouds in the sky and was floating, with no ground in sight. The place had a sweet smell, like flowers. At first Aiden was too busy looking around to see a pretty young girl with short white hair that seemed familiar to him. In an angelic voice she said “Aiden… beware of your actions…” Aiden was too scared to respond, instead staying motionless with his mouth wide open. The girl kissed him, and then they both started fading away and the dreamy pinkish background faded to black. The ride didn’t last long and he quickly opened his eyes to find himself waking up when his mom parked the car. [i]What was that?[i] Aiden thought. “Um, Aiden, we’re here.” Aiden’s mom said. Aiden stopped thinking about his vision and walked through the door to the vet company. Aiden’s mom walked up to the nurse at the front desk and set her hand on the counter. The nurse wore a short white dress and a white hat with a red cross on top of her pink hair loops.
“Hello, how may I help you?” the nurse asked.
“We have a cat for one of your doctors to examine.” Aiden’s mom said.
“Oh, you came just in time. We have no patients right now, so step right into room 3A!” replied the nurse, smiling.
They walked inside room 3A to see the doctor. The doctor had brown hair and a mustache and wore a white t-shirt. Aiden’s mom set the baby on the examination table, which was much oversized for the baby Pokémon. As soon as the Leafeon got on the table, it rolled around playfully. The doctor, a man with no hair and a lab coat on, came over to the examination table to take a look at the “cat”. Before he checked out the cat, he said, “Hello, I am Doctor Robert Rich. I will be taking a look at this cat you have, Mrs. Linda. Your animal looks… quite unique!” while shaking Mrs. Linda’s hand. “I know, she’s a stray cat. We found her picking at our trash and we just couldn’t leave her,” Aiden’s mom replied, slightly dipping her head towards the “cat”. “Let’s see…” said Doctor Robert while examining the peculiar “cat”. It didn’t take him long until he realized the “cat” was not a cat at all, but a baby Pokémon! The doctor paused for a moment more, and then said, “Er, Mrs. Linda, this is not a cat; in fact it is a Pokémon!”
Just as I thought. Mrs. Linda thought to herself.
“Oh.” said Mrs. Linda. “Can I have a second to talk to my son?”
“That’d be no problem.” said Dr. Robert.
Mrs. Linda grabbed Aiden’s hand and pulled him out to the hall.
“Aiden, I think you might be ready for a pet. But this pet would be a Pokémon! Pokémon are rare in this area, so there will be a lot of responsibility. Do you think you are ready?”
“Yeah, yeah, of course!” exclaimed Aiden, not really paying attention.
“Look at me!” Aiden’s mother said firmly.
Aiden looked into his mother’s blue eyes and she continued.
“So, are you ready? Are you aware you can’t bring her outside any farther than the backyard until you are at least ten? Then you can bring her to a place with more Pokémon and maybe start a career…” she continued, not letting herself get too carried away thinking about her son’s future.
Ten years? That’s an awful long time… but at least I get to keep her. thought Aiden as he and his mother walked back in to the vet’s room.
“We’ll keep the Leafeon. Does it need any shots?” Mrs. Linda said to the doctor.
“No, Pokémon don’t need shots and such. Just make sure to give her loving care! For feeding, I recommend “Brock’s Own, Grass type variety.” replied the vet.
Aiden ran over and scooped up the Leafeon from the big examination table.
“What will you name her?” asked Aiden’s mom.
“Little Leafeon, what is your name?” asked Aiden, looking down on the cute Pokémon.
The Pokémon looked up at him shyly and paused before saying “Zoysia.” in a meek female voice.
“…Well I’ll be… looks like your Pokémon is starting to talk early!” the vet said. “Another thing I’d like to add is that your new Pokémon probably was born next to a Mossy Rock to be born a Leafeon. She is very special!”
And with that, Aiden and his mom, Mrs. Linda, happily drove home with their new addition to the family. Little did Aiden know, his new “pet” may save the world.