Rank: Simple (5-10k)
Character Count: 7,099
"Are you kidding me?" I growled, scanning the crumpled map as my Snivy, Seph, peeked over my shoulder. "There should be a route here. I'm positive there should be a route here, but there's not."
It was my first day as a Trainer, and I was already lost. Fantastic. We had been walking for half an hour, but we just kept going in circles. I sighed and shoved my map carelessly into my knapsack. This wasn't doing us any good at this point - it would take a miracle to find our way out of this mess. "Do you have any ideas?" I muttered, looking at Seph, who shook her head.
I surveyed my surroundings. We were in a small clearing, surrounded by thick foliage and tangled roots. The sunlight beat down heavily, and sweat was beginning to form on my upper brow. "We could at least get out of this clearing and into the shade," I decided, swinging my knapsack over my shoulder and marching off decidedly into the woods. Seph wrapped her tiny arms tightly around my shoulder and held on, burrowing her nose in my jacket and peering into the forest.
I cautiously pushed my way through the forest, shoving aside branches and plants. As I stepped into one bush, I felt sharp teeth lock around my ankle, digging into my skin. I yelped in surprise and jumped out of the bush, lifting my leg high into the air. Dangling from it, still biting my ankle, was a small gray canine. I immediately whipped out my PokeDex and scanned it. It droned in a bored, robotic voice:
Poochyena, the Bite Pokemon.
It has extremely sharp teeth and chases its prey until it becomes exhausted.
"That's nice, now how do I get it off me?" I muttered.
I kicked my foot a few times and the Poochyena lost its grip. With a sharp cry, it flew into a tree headfirst, smacking against the bark. It tumbled to the ground and sat up, shaking its head violently as if to try and clear it, stunned at what had just happened. I gasped and ran over to it, kneeling down beside it. "I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to do that! I just wanted you to stop biting me," I explained. The Poochyena looked at me disdainfully for a moment and stalked off into the underbrush, growling softly.
I stared after the Poochyena for a few seconds, then turned to my knapsack and pulled out the crumpled map. "Let's analyze this again and see if we can find an exit," I murmured. After a few moments of puzzling over the piece of paper in my hands, I realized we were off the map completely. "We need to find someone who knows the way out," I said out loud to Seph, who agreed with a soft, "Snive."
Before we could start off again, I heard a loud yowl coming from not too far away. In my haste, I dropped my knapsack completely and rushed after the sound, Seph following in my footsteps closely. After a minute of running, I could see a strange Pokemon attacking the Poochyena. It was rather large, much larger than the Poochyena, and it looked as if it was more powerful as well. It was a large blue otter-like Pokemon with two shells that I recognized instantly as a Dewott, the evolved form of Oshawott. As I watched, Poochyena climbed to its feet and tried to run away into the forest, but the Dewott's shells began to glow a pale blue and it came down on the Poochyena with a powerful Razor Shell, knocking it backwards.
"Hey, leave it alone!" I yelled sharply. The Dewott turned to face me, looking like it wasn't happy to be interrupted. It came running with another Razor Shell, glowing a strange pale blue with unknown power aimed straight at me, but Seph leaped in the way, tail glowing green. She struck the Dewott with a powerful Leaf Blade, causing it to stumble backwards. It shook itself off and prepared to attack again, but Poochyena pounced forward with incredible speed, hitting the Dewott with a Quick Attack.
The Dewott had clearly had enough. After one last spiteful look at Poochyena, it stumbled back off into the woods. Poochyena let out a triumphant howl, then collapsed on the ground. Upon closer inspection, I could see small bruises left by the Dewott's attacks. I bet the Dewott attacked Poochyena because it thought it was trespassing on its territory, I thought grimly.
"We've got to get you rested up," I said out loud, picking up the Poochyena gently. It gave a hoarse growl of dissent, but seemed to sore to really object. Scanning the forest around us, I noticed a bush with small blue berries and silver tops. I pulled one off the bush and nudged it closer to the injured Pokemon. "It's an Oran Berry," I explained softly. "If you eat it, you'll feel a little better."
Poochyena hesitantly took a bite of the Oran Berry, then licked its lips and took another. When it was done, I picked a few more Oran Berries and held them in my hand for the Poochyena. It wolfed those down as well, and was soon looking healthy again. Not totally healed, but it was in a lot better condition than after the Dewott attack. With a small growl of thanks, the Poochyena gratefully pushed its head against my hand, nuzzling me. I laughed and ruffled its fur gently. "Do you know the way out of the forest?" I asked softly.
The Poochyena perked up and gave a small, high-pitched yip, then turned around and raced off into the foliage. Grabbing Seph tightly, I went crashing after it towards the exit of the forest.
After about fifteen minutes, I could see bright sunlight in front of us - unusual for this forest, where the sun didn't shine except for in a few clearings. Forgetting everything else, I raced forward out of the forest and into a field. "Finally, we're out," I sighed, basking in the warm sunlight. Stretching in front of us was a winding concrete road with signs pointing towards the city.
Poochyena turned around towards the woods and glanced at me sadly.
"Hey, you know you could come with me if you want," I chuckled softly.
This got Poochyena's attention, and it looked at me with sparkling amber eyes. Giving the small Pokemon a faint smile, I stood up and pulled out a PokeBall. "Do you want to have a battle first?"
The Poochyena gave a small nod and pawed the ground, as if to demonstrate its power. Then a battle it is.
"Let's go, Seph!" I cried excitedly as my Snivy leaped off my shoulder, ready for battle. "Let's go easy on it, okay? No using powerful attacks. This is a friendly battle." Seph nodded to show she understood.
"All right then, Seph, use Tackle!"
Seph pounced at the Poochyena, knocking it off its paws. The two tumbled to the ground and slammed into a rock, writhing. Poochyena lunged forward and snapped at Seph with its powerful jaws, sinking its teeth into her tail.
Seph wriggled free and whipped around, her tail growing with a bright green light and whipping Poochyena with a Leaf Blade. He yelped and stumbled backwards, growling. I gave Seph a disapproving look. I think Poochyena's weakened enough, though, I thought to myself. I pressed the small button in the center of the PokeBall, expanding it to its normal size. "PokeBall, let's go!" I yelled, throwing the ball at Poochyena. As I watched the ball move back and forth, I gritted my teeth, wondering if it would catch.