The Shellos just lay there, nearly unconscious. I grabbed a Poke Ball in my bag, the somewhat used green backpack I got for Christmas last 2009. I skillfully threw the ball to the blue Shellos. It hit the Pokemon, and it turned into a mysterious red light of energy that entered through the little dot in the center of the ball. One shakes. Two shakes. Three breath-taking shakes…
I opened my eyes, seeing the beige ceiling. It was a flight of fantasy. Was it just a dream? Or was it a sign? After a moment, I stood and looked at a mirror. I do not usually notice, but I do have short black hair, I have black irises and my eyes are aided with my eyeglasses. And I do need a haircut. I prepared for the new day after that reconciliation.
Around 8:00 a.m., I went outside to exercise and to train my Riolu. He was my starter that Professor Narra gave to me. Riolu is very energetic and hasty, and that trait stayed since then. I admit, Riolu doesn’t get many battles with others, so that’s why I’m training him. In line with this, I am exercising to be much healthier. I am much of a couch potato, and I tend to stay in front of the computer, especially with this forum-based URPG I saw last week. Because of those, I’m looking for hobbies to divert me from it.
“Hey, Voltaire!” a voice of a friend greeted me.
I turned around to see Aria, a girl which I met on the day I picked my starter. In fact, we picked our starters at the same date the Professor gave to us. “Oh, hi Aria. What are you doing?” I asked.
“Nothing in particular. I was planning to train my Sneasel,” and yes, Sneasel was her choice for a starter. “Would you like to battle? It is a good opportunity for training,” she challenged.
“Why not?” I replied while getting Riolu’s Poke Ball.
And so the battle started. We both sent out our Pokemon. My Riolu versus her Sneasel.
“Riolu, Reversal!” It hit Aria’s Sneasel right in its bluish-black body.
“Sneasel, use Slash!” It slashed Riolu critically. An ouch for me and Riolu.
“Now, do a Force Palm!” It successfully paralyzed the enemy alongside with its effectiveness.
“Counter it with Icy Wind, Sneasel!” It made Riolu shiver with cold.
“Final move, Riolu! Reversal!” With that, Sneasel fainted. We won for the very first time. As Aria called her Sneasel back, she went nearer to me and sent her congratulations.
“That was a great battle for a new Trainer like you,” she commented.
“Oh thanks. I was not expecting to win, actually.”
“Okay, better leave you now. Must train, you know,” and she went her way.
As I went home, I noticed a Shellos by the sign that reads: “Floaroma Town. Our flowers are too fragrant to be true.” It was a blue slug with wavy ears. It has this fixed smile when it looked at me. The Shellos went to a nearby river and swam away. “Okay, I’ll find and catch it tomorrow,” I decided.
The next day, I went to the same place where I saw the Shellos. It was not there, not a single sign of any appearance. I tried looking at the riverside. Still, no Shellos. After hours of scanning the whole route, I gave up and went back home around 5:30 p.m
Back at home, I placed my bag in a table in our simple living room with simple appliances.
"How is your day, my son?" my mom asked me by the kitchen.
"Very much fine, mom," I replied.
I went to my bedroom and turned on the computer. The computer is relatively old yet with the newest "Doorz" Operating Systems. and a very sleek monitor. I searched over the internet for Shellos. According to the website:
And some more about Shellos, they do live in rivers, so it means I need to search deeper.Shellos are slug-like Pokémon. Both forms have yellow lining around their eyes, mouth and back.
In the West Sea form, the underside is white, its back is pink in color and has small spike-like protrusions on it. On its head is a ring of pink fleshy knobs arranged like a flower.
In the East Sea form, the underside is green, its back is blue and has two flap-like protrusions. These flaps are lined in yellow. On its head are two white-tipped knobs resembling horns.
Shellos and its evolution Gastrodon are examples of allopatric speciation, though the two forms are still able to interbreed (the child takes the mother's form).
"Honey, dinner's ready!" my mom called me.
I went downstairs for dinner. For dinner, curry rice, fried pork rinds and orange juice were served at the simple 6-seater table. My dad is out of the town, so me and my mom ate dinner ourselves. After finishing half of the food, I left to watch television, then I brushed my teeth, and I went to my bedroom to count electric sheep in my bed.
The next day, after finishing all morning rituals every person must face, I set off to find the Shellos again. I brought some Poke Balls and Riolu. Riolu was with his usual puppy pep, which matches his blue-colored puppy looks and eyes of a raccoon. I stopped at the riverside to hide my things because I will find the Shellos deep down the river. I changed my clothes and did some stretching, and dove through the water. I did not see the Shellos, only some fish which I think were Magikarp. After some seconds, I rose up the water and regained my breath. Then next to a quick rest by the river, I dove back to the river. But after a few seconds, a painful sting hit me. Leg cramps! With the burden of the cramps, I can't go back to the surface. I can't shout for the danger of water entering my lungs. Slowly, my consciousness slipped away from me.
Note: The story is told in third-person view, starting from here.
As Voltaire Magneton sunk deeper to the river without any unexpected help, a little, slug-like Pokemon shoved and pushed the human back to the surface. The Pokemon, named Shellos, cried for help and attention. Luckily, a Trainer was passing by and saw the two and called for medication. When help arrived, the medical team performed CPR on Voltaire and was successfully revived. After a few check-ups, everyone left, except for the Shellos.
Note: The story returns to first-person view.
"Even though I have no recollection of what happened, I would like to thank you," I said to the Shellos who helped me.
The Shellos smiled in happiness.
"I would like to ask, would you like to join my team? You are the best Shellos I have ever seen in my life," I offered to the Shellos.
The Shellos agreed in joy.
I gave the Poke Ball to the Shellos, and the Shellos tapped the button in the middle. One shake. Two Shakes. Three shakes...
I woke up with a good mood on me. I'm not sure if the dream was true or not. I checked my Pokemon. There it is, my new Shellos resting on its own Poke Ball.
Author's note: I sincerely thank Bulbapedia for information about Shellos.
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