Daniel hated people, he didn't know why, but he just couldn't stand being around others. They just grated, annoyed him. He didn't just dislike people, but he disliked there pokemon. Pokemon in many ways take on the personalities of their trainers, so if a person was annoying, than chances were the pokemon would be too.
Daniels tendency to dislike people left him pretty isolated. Here he was a young adult, someone who had never moved or been made fun of in school, and yet for some reason his only friend was the Riolu, Noaz, his parents had given him for his birthday a few years back. The little guy was blue, Daniel's favorite color, and had a really cool black mask. While Daniel hated to admit it, the fluffy tail and floppy ears were kind of cute too. Daniel couldn't help to feel a connection to Noaz right away. Also, being a fighting type pokemon, Daniel and him had learned to fight together. Both of them practiced often in a little gym in his parents' basement.
Daniel didn't particularly like his parents either as they were people, and well... he didn't like people. So when it came time for all his peers to go out on their big life time adventures with their first pokemon, Daniel decided to leave his family home in Castelia City behind too. Of course, while the others were leaving to meet new trainers and make memories, Daniel was really just trying to escape the loud, populated city.
And so, on a chilly winter day he prepared to set off. Daniel had packed a drawstring bag with clothes, several black t-shirts and a pair of jeans, along with a few necessities such as food. He slung the bag over his right shoulder and headed downstairs to leave the house. Both of his parents were in the kitchen waiting for him.
Daniel's mother extended her arms for a hug, "Don't give me that look Danny. Your not getting away without at least giving your mother a hug."
He couldn't very well walk out than, so he did as commanded and hugged his mother. Still, she looked up at him with a cocked eyebrow, "What? You can't even give me a kiss on the cheek?" Daniel just smiled, as he stepped back from her.
Than his father extended his hand, "Well son, your off on your own now. Remember that your mother and I love you, and if you ever need anything don't be afraid to call us."
Daniel nodded his head, "Thanks Dad, don't worry about me too much either, I'll be fine. Well, I'm off, I love you two and will speak to you soon."
As he headed for the door he wondered, did he lie when he told them he loved them? He didn't know if he had ever felt an emotion that generally would be considered love, but he had tolerated them for a good many years. He supposed that compared to his opinion of most people that could be called love. Also, they had given him Noaz when he was younger, and he definitely appreciated such a gift.
Many would feel lost when they take their first steps out into the world on their own, but not Daniel. He had a goal, and it was solitude. So, even as he stepped out that door onto the streets of Castelia, he knew that his goal was route 4. The desert. What better place for someone that was as antisocial as Daniel to live. He and Riolu would find a shaded spot out in the desert where they could perhaps build a small shelter. There they could live without having too worry about crowds or annoying people.
The streets were not overly crowded, as it was still early in the morning, and Daniel and Noaz enjoyed their quiet walk north towards the gates. Just before the gates an old homeless man was begging. Daniel, of course, ignored the bum, but the fool made a big mistake. As the two passed the man, he reached out towards them trying to get their attention, he came too close. Noaz, most likely thinking the man would grab him, or perhaps out of a shared disgust with his master, spun to face the man and kicked him straight in the chin. The poor bum flew backwards, and with a crash knocked over his shopping cart full of trash. Only it wasn’t trash in the cart, but rather the bum’s own Trubbish. As the hobo crumpled on the ground, he was undoubtedly knocked unconscious by such a forceful kick, the Trubbish, with its ears standing straight up, opened its mouth to spew poison gas. Noaz had no time, and was hit by the gas and poisoned. However, before a true battle could break out, Daniel heard police rushing towards them. There was no time.
Daniel grabbed the reeling Noaz by the arm, and pulled him along as he ran. The police were slow but they had an arcanine with them. Daniel could not afford to stop and battle, not with the nearby Trubbish and several police officers after him. To make matters worse, the gates were closed! Daniel looked for a spot that they jump the gate, but was not surprised to find there was none. He had to think fast, as the arcanine was catching up.
He yelled out to his companion, “Noaz! Blast through the fence, we need to get out of here!”
The Riolu continued running before he jumped up and with a side kick flew towards the metal fence. There was a metallic screech as the chain links ripped apart. Daniel jumped in after him, not without a few scratches, and the two kept running. Fortunately, he could hear the police whistle and call the arcanine back. They would not pursue him. Still, the two kept running down route 4, making sure to put some distance between them and the city.
The route was not in the best condition, and as Daniel was running his foot fell into a small hole, and he went tumbling forward to fall flat on his face. He was jolted by the pain, and when he tried to get up he realized how tired he was. Noaz and he had just run for at least 3 miles, in the desert no less. Daniel was drenched with sweat, and was panting quite heavily. Noaz was doing even worse than he, in the rush of things, Daniel had forgotten about the poison gas the Trubbish had sprayed on Noaz. Daniel quickly went into his bag and found a Pecha berry.
He handed Noaz the Pecha berry, who quickly grabbed it and popped it in his mouth. He smiled, “Next time, be careful before you go around kicking people.” Then he patted Noaz on the head reassuringly, “I know you must not be feeling well, but we need to move on. It’s almost midday and the sun is going to make things quite hot here. I promise that we’ll stop and rest as soon as we find shade.”
After chugging quite a bit of water from the canteen Daniel had slung to his hip, he finally pushed himself to stand up. Looking around, he saw that whole sections of the road were filled with similar holes to the one he himself had tripped on. It was quite strange, as earlier the roads had no holes. He wondered what might have caused it. He decided to walk on, till he could at least find a good place to rest.
The two went for about another mile before they came across a large rock formation. There were several boulders, and one was high enough to give shade at that time of the day while he and Noaz could sit on the smaller rocks. He sat down on a large flat rock and took off his bag. As he was rummaging through it, he didn’t notice the extremely round boulder that Noaz approached to sit on. With his head half way in his bag, he suddenly heard a screech. He quickly pulled his head out just in time to see Noaz fall off the yellowish boulder as it rolled away. A couple feet away it unwrapped itself to reveal that a rough dirt colored scaled pokemon with a tail. Daniel pulled out his pokedex and looked it up. The pokedex told him that it was a sandshrew. He knew from reading its description that it must have been the cause behind the potholes. It must have been burrowing under the road causing sections to fall. Looking at the hissing creature, he also realized that a sandshrew would be the perfect desert companion for him and Noaz.
He looked over at Noaz, worried that he might be too tired to fight, “Well buddy, you think you could take this guy on?” Noaz just smiled and ran towards the sandshrew to use the move force palm. The sandshrew used defense curl however and Noaz’s chop was deflected. Than the sandshrew uncurled and kicked sand into Noaz’s face. Noaz was able to turn his face in time and the attack missed. Daniel’s Riolu buddy used quick attack and took out the sandshrew’s legs. As the sandshrew went to get its balance, Noaz went for another force palm down onto it, but the sandshrew was able to roll to the side. It came up and jumped at Noaz, slashing him right across a cheek. Daniel could feel Noaz’s anger as he used counter and spun toward the sandshrew and kicked it over. As the Sandshrew was on the ground, Noaz jumped on top of it ready to kill.
“STOP!!!” Daniel yelled. He wanted to catch the sandshrew, not kill it. That whole fight had been a mess, Noaz had just jumped in there without waiting for any commands from Daniel. The riolu really did need to learn some discipline, and the blame was on Daniel for never having trained him. Fortunately, Noaz had obeyed the command to stop and left the sandshrew alone. Daniel ran over to check on it, the poor thing was a bit bruised and looked tired, but he didn’t look too injured. He looked the pokemon in the eyes, they were filled with fear, “Hey buddy, I’m sorry about that. I didn’t mean for him too try and hurt you, you’ll be okay. I’m going to train you now, and the three of us are going to become great friends you’ll see.” With that, Daniel reached into his pocket and opened up a pokeball for the sandshrew.