This story will be a rather short one. The plot is simple, a trainer finds himself lost in Mt. Coronet and is trying to find a way out.
While the story is set in the context of a larger one, which is a typical League Challenge, it isn't a Journey/Trainer fic.
I hope you enjoy it, and constructive criticism is always appreciated.
Crystal clear drops of water collided with Noah’s nose, starting a chain reaction of splitting into droplets, one of which hit his eyelid. His eyes fluttered open, to see his trusted partner, Prinplup.
A blue Pokémon that stood on two three-toed feet, had blue eyes, a beak that connected with two crests that went over his head, and wings instead of arms and hands, but they couldn’t be used for flying.
Noah’s trainer outfit was drenched in water, and the lower half of his body was still in the water, it was Prinplup’s wings that kept him from slipping back into the water.
Noah opened his mouth to thank his Pokémon for dragging him out of the lake, but all he could do was cough; he had swallowed too much water. Prinplup continued dragging his trainer out of the water, while Noah continued on coughing. When he was completely out of the water, he turned to his left and managed to cough out most of the water he had swallowed, while Prinplup speculated with a worried look.
“Thank you,” Noah was gasping for air. He leaned against one of the walls of the cave and faced Prinplup. Noah could barely feel his legs, and he had to sit against the wall in order to catch his breath. “Where are we?”
Prinplup shook his head to indicate that he couldn’t tell where they are either.
“How did you get out of your Pokéball?” Prinplup showed signs of obliviousness again. “I can’t even remember how I got here…”
Noah scuffed his hand against his wet dark hair, sending water flying towards everything around him, including Prinplup, who wasn’t annoyed by the water at all. He then reached for his belt to feel his other Pokéballs, and he could feel all of them, including Prinplup’s.
Noah checked his Pokétech. “Yay waterproof,” He whispered as he operated the watch strapped on his right wrist. “Oh wow, we’re at Mt. Coronet!” Noah was genuinely surprised, as was Prinplup. “I’ll find a way out,” Noah said. “You return to your Pokéball.”
Noah dispatched Prinplup’s Pokéball from his belt, and attempted returning Prinplup, but it was to no avail. Upon further inspection and more tries, Noah realized that the Pokéball was broken, the insides were heavily damaged and the outer cover suffered many small dents that could easily be missed by the casual observer.
“Well, that’s troublesome,” Noah let out a sigh. “Guess you’re going to have to walk after me until I can buy some more Pokéballs, since I don’t have any empty ones.”
It took him about thirty minutes to regain the feelings in his legs. Noah got up to his feet and started walking, followed by Prinplup. He has never been inside Mt. Coronet before, and he couldn’t even remember how he got in here, and below the water, or what broke Prinplup’s Pokéball.
Noah went back to the last thing he remembers, being handed a Badge, but he couldn’t remember which one. “This really is frustrating.”
His clothes were covered in dirt they gathered from the ground and walls of the cave, and he was almost completely dry of the water he was drenched in not so long ago.
Noah was a trainer from Twinleaf Town who started his journey with the typical goal of defeating the Pokémon League Champion and becoming a strong trainer. He started with Piplup, now a Prinplup, and caught some other Pokémon along his way. Completing the Pokédex was the least important of his goals, even though it was the excuse he used to start his journey.
Noah felt something pulling at his shirt, and he turned around to see Prinplup, who pointed at the lake.
“Have I been going around in circles?” Noah asked, and Prinplup nodded. “I’m sorry, I’ve been trying to remember how I got here.”
Prinplup decided to take the lead. He grabbed Noah’s hand with his wings and started walking away from the lake. He had evolved after Noah’s battle with Roark. Noah’s Budew managed to defeat Geodude with ease, and greatly weakened Onix before Noah decided to return her to her Pokéball and replaced her with Piplup, who knocked out both Onix and Cranidos.
The battle cause Piplup to evolve, and after one more battle with a trainer, Budew evolved as well. That day was the highlight of Noah’s journey so far, unless he forgot something greater that happened.
Prinplup called out to Noah, effectively switching his attention back to his surroundings. They were in a different cave now, but the Pokétech still indicated that they were in Mt. Coronet. “We must be in a different room,” Noah said. “Do you know the way out?”
Prinplup shook his head.
“We can’t just go and depend on luck.”
Prinplup lowered his head; he hated it when Noah got upset over the lightest of issues.
“You can’t just do that!” His voice suddenly rose. “If we just go by your instinct, we may go even deeper into the cave! You haven’t been here before! It was a mistake to let you lead the way! Now, follow me!”
Noah turned his back to Prinplup and started walking back to where they came from. But as frustrated as this made Prinplup, he followed his trainer without any objection.
It was when Piplup lost his first battle that Noah showed his true colors. He was a sore loser, and didn’t care for anything but him winning. He only trained the Pokémon that had the most potential, and Prinplup was no exception, he came close to being released so many times, but he thankfully redeemed himself and managed to convince Noah to keep him, and since his evolution, he hasn’t lost a single battle.
The same was for all of Noah’s other Pokémon. If any lost two battles in a row, Noah deemed them not worthy of being in his team when he takes on the Elite 4 and the Champion.
And so he wandered, Noah was convinced that he knew which Pokémon were deserving of a spot, and which ones had no hope. He trusted his instincts in finding a way out of the cave more than he trusted Prinplup’s.
This part was going to be the most critical in his journey.