I lowered my head, my face burring with shame. The head of our tribe looked at me, with a mix of shame and anger in her eyes. The rest of the tribe looked on, whispering. I saw my older brother looking at the ground, he didn’t make eye contact with me. I couldn’t blame him. The head walked until she was right in front of me. She towered over me, and rose her voice
“This Scraggy, named Scrag, has been charged with the crimes of stealing food, knowingly disobeying the rules and leading a large threat against the tribe. As our law dictates he it to be exiled, unless the exiled would like to challenge the head to a duel.” She looked down at me. I violently shook my head, being exiled from our territory was bad enough, and I’ve rather keep my pants on. Our head was a Scrafty, and no one could beat her, that’s why she was the head. There were a few other Scrafty in our tribe like my big brother.
“So be it,” our head said “Leave our territory,” She turned to the rest of the tribe
“And if Scrag ever returns, he is to be called an enemy and treated as such.” The rest of the tribe nodded, and the head pointed towards the large rock which marked the end of our territory. I slowly walked towards then past the rock.
I heard the tribe leaving the border. I walked for a little bit more, the sandstorm throwing bits of grit into my face. I guess I have some explaining to do. I come from a small tribe of Scraggys and Scraftys, called the Sandwind tribe. I'm a Scraggy, if you haven't guessed by now. I have Two big eyes, with a large mouth. the top of my head has a read scale on top. Most of my head is yellow, and below the mouth, is cream colored. I have a red scaled belly, and two arms with three fingered hands. I have a yellow bit of skin on the lower part of my body, we call them "Pants". It covers my feet, and forms into a tail like thing.
We live in small caves in a large desert. I was exiled because I broke the rules three times in one moon cycle. First I took some food, it was very little, but food was scarce, and I was punished. The last two go hand in hand. Has someone ever told you that you couldn’t do something, and you just have to? Well we were always told never to go to the area with the old castle. Humans call it Desert Resort, or that’s what I’ve been told. So I went there, and guess what I did? I got the attention of a Sigilyph, one that knew miracle eye at that. It followed me back to our caves had been attacking our tribe ever since. So for all that I was exiled.
“Wait up little bro!” I turned to see my big brother running towards me.
“What are you doing here, big brother?” I said. I had walked quite a bit from the border, and was not excepting anyone, even my bother to come after me.
“I just wanted to give you some advice,” he informed me.
“I can’t be away for long though. There’s a large human city to the south. I think you should try to get there.” I nodded.
“Which way is it?” I asked. My brother pointed to what I guessed was the south
“Thank you.” I said.
“I will miss you,” my brother said
“Why do you have to be such an idiot?” I hugged him. “Stop that, you want to be a big Scrafty someday right?” I nodded
“Then let go. I have go now” and with that he left me in the desert, alone.
I wish I could say I was brave, that I let nothing scare me. The truth is that I cried like a little girl once my brother left. I started walking south, until something jumped out at me. It was small and like an alligator, a sandile. It grinned at me.
“A little far from home, eh lunch?” It said “Just come a little closer.” It started crawling towards me. I screamed, and then ran. Then I tripped over a Dwebble.
“Watch it bro,” It said. I think it may have said something else, but I was a little to busy to care. I went on running until I found a small rock, with a bit of space underneath. I ran to it, and curled in the space. After a few minutes I fell into sleep.
When I woke up it was day. I had no idea where I was. I went out from out of the rock, and looked around. I saw rocks, sand, and a human. A human, that I would be able to follow to the city that brother mentioned! I ran at him, only to duck behind a rock before he saw me. He may be a trainer and I wasn’t ready for any fights. I followed him for a bit. He went down a small path, a road that the other humans were making. It was out of our territory, so it didn’t really affect us. After a bit he went into a small shack. I was on a much more solid road now, and I had a feeling that it lead to the city, so I followed it.
Soon the road had ended, and a large expanse of building rose before me. There were so many humans here as well! I did the thing that comes by naturally: hide under a bench. From my hiding place I could see the area. It was there was a fountain in the center of the area, with some trees on the outside of the cement; a few benches were also along the outside rim as well. People seemed to be flowing around the area, hurrying to and from different places. I had never seen so many humans before. A man was walking towards my hiding spot, I didn’t know if he was coming because he saw me, or just wanted to sit. I decided not to risk it, and ran down one of the streets.
I had decided to stay to the side of the street. The humans were too busy running somewhere that I went unnoticed. I saw a large group of humans around a stand. I decided to investigate. The humans would hand something green to another human on the other side of a counter, and then the human on the other side would give the human a white pile of something on a brown thing. The human would then lick the white part as they walked away. I figured that I was food.
I had always wondered what human food was like, and one girl had just got one. I ran at the girl, jumped up, and snatched the food away. The girl looked surprised, and made a graving motion towards me, but missed. I ran back up the street I had used and risked a glance behind me. The girl was chasing me. I ran to the area that had the bench that I had hid under in it. I made a beeline for the nearest tree. I was a good climber, one of my few skills. I was up the tree and out of the girls reach.
I got a good look at her from up here, she had Black hair that was going down to her shoulders, and brown eyes. She was wearing a light green T-shirt with a pink flower on it, and a dark green skirt. She also had brown tennis shoes and a green ribbon in her hair. Her brown eyes burned with hate as she tried to get to me. A few minutes passed and she gave up, and went back down the street.
I let my breath out; I didn’t realize that I was holding it. I looked at my prize. Some of the white stuff was dripping onto my hand. I lifted the thing up to my mouth and took a lick. I didn’t take another lick; I just took a large bite of the thing. It was amazing, it was cold, and tasted like nothing that I had ever eaten before. The brown thing at the bottom was crunchy and tasted good as well. Feeling content, I curled up, and went to sleep.
I woke up a little after dawn. Looking around I saw another human, he was doing something with a grey box. I dropped down and walked towards him. He put some of the green stuff into the box, and a yellow can dropped down. The human reached into the box, and pulled the can out. He then pulled the cap of the top of the can, and started drinking it as he walked away. So if the white and brown thing was human food, then the yellow can was human drink!
I walked over to the box; it had a clear part and a small part at the bottom, that’s where the human got the drink from. I could fit into the part. I pushed the part open and forced myself though. I climbed the rows of other drinks, focused on the yellow one. I got to it, and came across a problem. The can was entwined by a black bit of metal. I could force it open, but that would draw a lot of attention. Suddenly the metal stated moving, I turned to look out the clear part. I almost screamed it was the girl from the day before. She looked at me with cold eyes. I latched onto the can, which was a mistake. It fell to be bottom of the box. Before I could react a hand came down and picked me and the can up.
The girl held me up, and inspected me. She was holding me by my pants, much to my anger. She pulled the can from me and started walking towards a bench. She set me down and faced me.
“You’re the one who stole my Ice cream right?” she said. I guest that the food was ice cream, so I nodded. “I thought so;” the girl said
“First I was going to make you pay me back for the cone, by working for a long time. I have a better idea though; you see I’ve been having problems beating the gym leader here.” she took out a book, and filliped to a page. She pointed at an image, a man with a pile of brown hair, a green shirt, a red scarf, green and red pants, looked at him.
“His name is Burgh, and he’s been giving me trouble.” the girl spoke
“He has a Dwebble, and it’s been giving me problems,” The girl then took a book out of her bag that she was caring on her back. She opened it and flipped to a page.
“This is what he looks like.” she pointed at a picture of a man. I nodded; I bet I could take him.
“If you help me beat him,” The girl said
“I forgive your debt, and buy you some more ice cream”. Ice cream I instantly nodded, of course I would do it! The girl opened the yellow can and handed it to me.
“You may as well have this; I don’t need it.” she looked at me
“When will you be ready? Oh, and by the way my name is Sophia”
I finished the drink; it tasted nice and cold, like something sweet I had never tasted before. I felt instantly revitalized, I jumped off the bench and flexed my arms, Sophia just laughed.
“Come on big guy, let’s go” she said as she walked down a street. I followed her down the street, until we were at a large official looking building.
“Well here we are,” She said
“The place of bugs” We walked inside.
“I’ve already beat all the trainers here, so we can just skip to him” I stopped, looming before me was a large, yellow, gooey wall.
“It’s just honey,” Sophia said
“I think” That didn’t make me feel any better.
“Just get behind me,” She said
“and stay behind me.” She then pushed her hands against the yellow wall and started walking. I got behind her and walked after her. In a few seconds of walking, and we were though. Sophia made a strange grunting sound, she looked at me.
“Just a few more to go.” She was right, a few more walls and we were done. She took out a napkin out, and cleaned some of the goop off.
“Back again Sophia?” the man in the room said. I guessed this was Burgh.
“Hello, let’s do this.” Sophia said.
“Very well.” Was Burgh’s reply. He held up a red and white ball, a Pokeball, and opened it. In a bright flash of light, a round pokemon with an eye in the center. It had four feelers, and many smaller spikes emerging from its body. the part around it's eye was a darker color, gray even.it had O shaped makings, which were red, a Whirlipede, appeared in the room. I jumped up, and took up a fighting stance.
“Let’s begin,” Burgh Said “Whirlipede, screech, and then poison tail!”
“No wait” Sophia said “I don’t want to use him first” I gave her a look, I could take this.
“It looks like he’s not standing down” Burgh said
“I’m not stopping” The Whirlipede made a loud screeching sound, I clapped my hand over my ears, then the Whirlipede came rolling at me. It’s whole body glowing purple. That must be poison tail. It hit me full on, and I was thrown against the floor. I tried to get up, but felt my energy being sapped away. Poison. “Whirlipede, we’re almost done, another poison tail!” Burgh said. I looked up just to see a large purple blur come at me, then I fell into darkness
When I woke up, I was on a bed, in a room. I looked around, I saw a blue snail like pokemon, it had two wavy "fins" coming out of its back, and two knobs, which stated out blue, and turned to white. it's body was spit into two parts, the upper part being blue, the lower part a shade of green. The two parts were divided by a yellow lining. the two fins also had this lining. I didn’t know what is was. It could be from a different region. There was another pokemon, a small yellow ball of fur; it had four legs, which formed into blue toe like thing. It had two big eyes, with two smaller ones above them. I figured it was a Joltik. The slug was climbing up the wall, while the Joltik was attacking an alarm clock, Maybe it was looking for batteries. I felt strange, after a fight like that I should be bruised, but I was feeling great. I’ve heard that Trainers had access to a machine that could easily heal Pokemon. I guess it was true. The blue slug had reached the ceiling, and was hovering over my head.
“Hi there,” It said. “I’m Fluffy, What’s your name?”
“I’m Scrag” I said ‘what are you?”
“I’m a Shellos” It said
“You’re supposed to listen to listen to trainer, not fight all by yourself.” I hung my head, that’s was what Trainers and their Pokemon do, right? That’s what Sophia wanted me to do. I wanted to try again, this time I would show her, and pay back what I owned.
Sophia entered the room, holding three bowls, all of which had some brown pellets in it. Two were placed on the floor. Fluffy and the Joltik made a Beeline for the bowls and started eating. Sophia walked over to me, and put the bowl in front of me.
“Eat,” she said. I started to much on the pellets. The bowl was emptied almost as soon as I started. Sophia was looking at me sadly. I wanted to apologize, but Humans couldn’t understand Pokemon speak.
“Well,” Sophia said “You still own me, but you did try. So I may have to just let you go.” I shook my head, I wanted to try again. I jumped of the bed and started going thru her bag.
“Stop that,” she said as she walked over to me. I pulled out the book with the image in it and pointed at Burgh.
“You want to try again?” I nodded.
“Well we Have nothing to lose. But you have to listen to me”. I nodded. she called the Joltik and Fluffy in to Ball. She then picked me up, and we headed out the door.
In a few minutes we were at the gym. We walked thru the yellow walls, and we were finally at Burgh.
“Sophia, you should just give up.” He said.
“Yes, yes.” Was Sophia’s reply “Let’s just do this.” she sent out Fluffy, while Burgh sent out his Whirlipede.
“Shellos,” Sophia yelled. “Water pulse”
“Poison tail!” Burgh yelled. I watched as the rings of water that Fluffy had made collided with the spinning purple blur. It snapped the Whirlipede of Its attack. They when on fighting, but I stopped watching. I got distracted by a glass window; it had many colors and I was mesmerized by it.
“Scraggy!” Sophia called “you’re up.”
I jumped up to the battle field. Burgh had called out his Dwebble. Now that I wasn't running away from one, I got a good look at it. It had a lager gray rock, with dents and a few chips off of it. It had a almost completely orange body, with two large pincers, and two smaller legs. I did not see Fluffy anywhere; I guessed that she had been called back into her ball.
“Ok Dwebble, use Smack Down.” Burgh called.
“Brick Break.” Sophie commanded. I ran at the bug, my hands glowing. The Dwebble pulled a rock out of its shell, and chucked it at me. I ran at the rock and hit it. Due to the fact that rock is weak to fighting attacks, I managed to chop it and continue running at the bug. I then chopped at the Dwebble, scoring a hit. The Dwebble was pushed back and I kept on hitting.
“Sand attack, then tackle” The Dwebble spit a small clump of sand out of its mouth. The sand got into my eyes; I raised my hands to wipe them. The Dwebble took the opening and launched itself at me. I took the hit and got thrown. I got up, and readied for another attack.
“Scraggy Use Hi Jump kick!” Sophia ordered. I jumped up into the air heading straight for the Dwebble. I hoped I don’t miss. I hit my mark; the Dwebble fell to its side, defeated.
“Well,” Burgh said “You may pull this off, Sophia” he let out his final Pokemon, Leavanny. Leavanny is a tall pokemon, if I was standing next to it, it would towered over me. It looked a little like a human, with two arms, legs, and a head. It had a yellow head, with two antennae emerging from it's head. A large green leaf wrapped around it's head. Its arms were made out of leaves, while it's legs had dark green parts, down to the halfway point, where a yellow part emerged. It's chest was a dark green, with a yellow and green tail. I looked at Sophia.
“Keep on kicking” She said. I nodded and jumped again. Unlucky for me, Leavanny are much harder to hit then Dwebble. It took a step back, and I hit the ground hard, my foot throbbing.
“Leavanny use String Shot” Burgh said. “Then razor leaf!” The grass bug pokemon fired a shot of string at me. I moved to the right, but the Leavanny followed my movements. In a few seconds I was covered in a sticky thread. The Leavanny threw a large amount of shape leaves at me. Already weak from my miss, I felt my self weakling, until I fell into darkness.
When I woke up, I was back on the bed. I rubbed my head. Fluffy and the Joltik seemed to be talking to each other, too far away form me to hear. Then Sophia entered she was holding a small cup with both brown stuff and white stuff with brown chips on top. She sat down next to me, and handed me the bowl.
“Dig in,” She said. I Did so. It was Ice cream, the white part tasted like the cone I had stolen from her. The brown part tasted different, and so did the chips on top. In a few seconds it was all gone.
“I was thinking,” Sophia said “That you may want to come with us.” I didn’t have anywhere to go once Sophia left I could not go back to my tribe, just because I could beat a Dwebble, didn’t mean that I could take down the head. Fluffy and the Joltik nodded at me. I looked at Sophia, and nodded.