"Ahhh! Soot, don't do that to me!" I sat up and rubbed my bright blue eyes, trying to focus in the new light. I looked up at the sky and noticed that the sun had just risen. I looked back at my Houndour. "Let me guess, you want breakfast," I said sarcastically. Soot just nodded and wagged his short tail. The small dark-fire type was a dark gray, almost black all over except for his muzzle and underbelly which was orange. There are light gray skull protruding from his forehead to make a mask, rings around his ankles, and two 'ribs' on his back. "Alright, fine. I'll get up and once I change I'll start making it." "Hound!"
Once I got up from my sleeping bag and packed it away I changed out of my night clothes into my day clothes,. I fixed my ruffled brown hair so that it was straighter. I started the fire when I finished getting ready. I couldn't help but notice that my white shorts were quite dirty even though my orange t-shirt, which fit nice around my skinny torso, was clean. Even my light brown sandals weren't as dirty as my shorts. I looked at Soot and caught him as soon as he slid under a bush. "Soot, did you by chance take my pants last night?" I got no reply. "Soot?" I went over and looked under the bush. Soot wasn't there. I went back to the fire and there he was, sitting like he was there the whole time. I just shook my head from confusion and went back to making breakfast.
After breakfast I got up and grabbed my backpack. As I slung it on my shoulders I called for Soot. "Come one Soot! We have to get to Saffron as soon as possible." We left Celadon City yesterday to deliver an urgent message to Saffron's gym leader. It's not a fun job to do when your sixteen, but I had nothing better to do. We left Celadon right away and were able to travel to where I slept last night. Once Soot was at my heels I started walking. The forest was made of large trees with a few bushes and other plants scattered here and there. It was a beautiful sight, especially when you saw all of the flowers and their many different colors. The flowers and plants weren't the only magnificent creatures in the forest though. Many Pokémon made their homes here, from the small Caterpie to the large Sawsbuck.
I began to notice that the trees and bushes were started to become thinner as we moved deeper into the forest. I stopped so that I could set my pack down. I then started digging into all of the pockets trying to find it. "Aha! Here it is, always in the last place you look." I opened my map that I received in the last town I entered, just before the forest. It was a special map because, unlike most maps that either show the whole region or others that show the topography, this one showed precisely how the forest was along with the path, danger zones, or other places of interest. I looked for where we were at and found it. I then found the reason for the thinning of the trees, there was a meadow coming up.
I neatly folded the map as much I could and tucked back into the pocket I found it in, "Okay, I've got to remember that the map is in this pocket." I patted the pocket to try and help my mental note. I stood back up and put the pack back on and off we were again down the path.
In a few short minutes we reached the meadow. It was a very large space with a few Pokémon roaming in it. It was filled with flowers of just every color. The Pokémon that I saw were almost as diverse in color, shape, and size as the flowers were. I pointed some out to Soot and he just barked happily. Then I heard a strange noise coming from the edge of the forest just behind me. I tried to see what it was, but all I saw were trees and nothing else. I turned back towards the meadow and I heard the crack again. "Soot, is that you?" I looked at the Houndour and saw him just sitting there, staring intently at a pair of Rattata that were eating some flowers. I got curious as to why and completely forgot about the strange noise. I crouched down and gently touched Soot. "Houndour!" Soot jumped at the slight touch of my hand on his shoulder and sprang at the Rattata. He started chasing them all over the meadow. "Soot! Come back here!" I sat down and started to play with a flower, as I waited for Soot to return from his chase.
I wasn't long until I heard the noise again I turned around very quickly and caught a glimpse of a tail. "Hey, don't be shy, I'm not going to hurt you." Once I said that, the creature stepped out. It was a rather small Pokémon. It had a black mask over it's eyes, a stripe patterned coat, and a very zigzagged walk. "Hey, now there you go. Come on, you can come closer. I believe you are a, uhhh... oh , a Zigzagoon. Well, come here." I patted the ground next to me and that sent it flying back into the forest. I stood up to try and see where it went, but I figured the chances of me finding a little Zigzagoon in this large forest was slim. I turned back just in time to see Soot give up his chase and return to my side. "Did you have fun, Soot?" "Hound!" He wagged his tail. "That's good. Now, let's get a move on before noon. I'd rather not get caught in the heat." As we started moving on, I couldn't help but look back to where the little Pokémon disappeared and noticed that a little furry tail had just ducked back in.
Once we managed to find the trail again after searching in the heat for a couple hours in the meadow, we were finally able to continue on our journey. I never thought of using the map again until after I was back in the forest on the shaded path. I noticed that the wind had also started to pick up while we were searching. I thought that maybe a storm was on it's way, but when I looked at the sky, there were no clouds in sight. At least no storm clouds, there were a couple white thin clouds, but other than that and some bird Pokémon, there was nothing.
"Hound." Soot barked at me. I looked down at Soot and saw that he was walking slower. He looked like he was pointing at something with his nose.
"What is it?" He whimpered softly. "Do you want something to eat?" He just looked up at me and looked at me. Then without warning he started barking and wagging his tail. "Okay, I get it. Over there looks like a good spot." I pointed to a small rock outcropping near the path, just inside the forest. I was quickly able to start a fire, thanks to the slight wind and dry wood, and most importantly, Soot's Ember attack.
In no time we had our supper in our bellies and were about to head out to continue our journey when the thunder boomed in the sky. I ran out onto the path with Soot and looked at the sky. It was completely covered in rainclouds. "Wow, I didn't even notice, it's just so dark in the forest and the trees block the sky." Then I saw the lightning strike in the distance. "Okay, no more traveling for the day. It's a good thing we found this rock. Soot, let's get back under those rocks. I started to walk, but that became a run when the rain started falling. When I reached the trees I noticed that the rain could still get through, making the ground soggy and wet. It was slippery even in some places that shouldn't be. I found that out when I stepped on a wet tree root and went flying, landing right in a bush. I was able to pull myself out and reached the rocks without any more delays. I checked myself over and found just a few scrapes that would heal on their own. Then the rain really started coming down. Since there was really nothing else to do, I pulled out my black hoodie as a blanket and I used my back pack as a pillow. Soot just curled up next to me providing extra warmth.
"Soot, stoooppp." I moaned to Soot. I kept feeling him sniff my head and hand. "Soot, cut it out." Then he started gowling, "Soot, stop!" I jerked awake and jolted upright. When I looked though, it wasn't Soot who was next to me, it was a little dark gray and black dog. "Oh, you're not Soot." Its fur on it's back was upright and I could see its canines. "Oh, uh, h-hello Poochyena." I slightly turned my head. "Sooot!" As soon as I called for him he appeared and immediately growled at the strange Pokémon. While it was distracted I quickly stood up and stepped back so I was right next to Soot. It kept growling at me and I couldn't understand why. Then I realized that his must be its home. It started backing up towards the rock wall and once the dog Pokémon reached it, he fled into a small crevice.
"Well, that's enough excitement for today. Soot, let's get moving." I hastily packed up my gear and found the trail again. Once I started traveling once more I felt calmer. I for some reason unknown to me stopped. I looked in my backpack for my map and realized that I didn't have it. "Oh, I forgot my map. It must have fallen out when I took out my hoodie. It's probably still at the cave." When I finally found and reached the cave again I searched everywhere for it. I even had Soot help. Neither of us could find it. "If it's not here, then it must be farther back from the way we came." I left the cave again and this time headed for the meadow. When I was almost there though, I caught a glimpse of something unusual. It was a pale piece of... paper!
"My map!" I went over to the bush it was under and pulled on it. Only, it wouldn't budge. I tried again and this time I got it, only there was something on the other end. "What! Aren't you the Zigzagoon I met yesterday?" I put the map back down and it let go. "You must have found my map when I dropped it. Wow, you're ability to find stuff is amazing." It scrambled back under its bush.
I turned around once again to continue my journey. I started off and when I looked back I couldn't help but notice that the Zigzagoon was following me. I didn't really think of it, I just noticed. As I continued down the trail I passed the cave again.
Instead of passing the cave in silence though, I heard a growl and turned to see the Poochyena charging. "Soot, use Leer!" Soot did as he was told by staring angrily, trying to intimidate his foe, but it didn't seem to affect the Poochyena at all. It wasn't planning on attacking me so it didn't see the attack. Instead it tackled the Zigzagoon that has been following me. It went flying into a bush. Then the Poochyena noticed Soot and I, but didn't really care about our presence. The Zigzagoon suddenly came charging out of the trees and tackled the Poochyena with its whole body. The Zigzagoon wasn't as strong, but it did do some damage. The Poochyena retaliated with a strong Bite attack to the Zigzagoon's body and the it fell, cringing in pain.
"Stop, Poochyena! Soot, use Smog!" Soot released a dark, thick cloud of poisonous gas from his mouth that quickly reached the Poochyena's own mouth. The gas gave the Poochyena some pain since it cringed a bit, but it wasn't enough to stop it. I couldn't see, but when the Smog attack cleared I could see that the Poochyena started to charge at Soot. I had to think fast.
"Now Soot, use Ember!" Soot prepared himself, then fired the fiery embers at the Poochyena. It fell, almost as if it fainted, but then it stood up. It looked as though it was painful to stand for the Poochyena. I was about to call for Soot to attack it again when if fell. Then I saw the Zigzagoon walk up to me. It slowly raised its head against my leg. "Oh, do you want to come with me. Well, first let's get you healed. I pulled out a potion and sprayed the little raccoon Pokémon's injuries. It wasn't completely healed, but it was able to move enough that it stood on its hind legs and put its font paws on me leg. I looked back at the Poochyena and back at the Zigzagoon. "Here, then." I pulled out a Pokéball and touched the Zigzagoon with it. It got sucked up in the beam of red light. I reached into my pocket again.
"Okay then. Go! Pokéball!" In one fluid movement I pulled out the small red and white capturing device, pushed the button so it grew to it's normal size, and threw it at the weakened Poochyena. It bounced off its head and opened up sucking in the Pokémon in a beam of red light. Both Pokéballs rocked, one with Zigzagoon inside it, the other held Poochyena. "Come on, you can help can get of here and deliver my message quickly." I said as I hoped both captures were successful. One rock, two rocks...
Pokémon being captured: Poochyena, Zigzagoon
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