Chapter 1: The PokeGlitch, Chapter 1 (ready for grading)
The PokeGlitch Chapter 2
Notes: Because it's been a year since I wrote the first chapter, some things have changed in the overlap. First, Voltorb is now an Electrode, due to the fact that my own Voltorb evolved a long time ago. Also, I have met some new people in my life and experienced some new personalities that I prefer for my characters, so some of my characters, Diana especially, have slightly different personalities.
The Pokeball stood motionless as its captive succumbed to exhaustion. Nick was seconds away from picking up the small red and white ball when he heard a soft moan from nearby. In all of the excitement of the battle, he must have forgotten about Diana, who was a few yards away. Nick hurried over to where she was sitting, picking up the Pokeball while in stride like a baseball outfielder. “Are you alright?” He asked, placing a comforting hand on her shoulder.
Diana was a bit of a mess after falling off her bike. What hair wasn’t contained by her ponytail was splayed out in every direction and the front of her blue sport coat was covered in dirt. She turned to me and smiled. “Yeah, I-I’m fine. I think my knee’s a little banged up, but I think I can walk on it,” she replied. Despite her apparent confidence, I could hear the shakiness in her voice.
I offered Diana an outstretched hand, helping her to stand up. She was clearly a bit dizzy from falling off her bike, as she immediately lost her balance, grabbing a hold of me desperately to avoid falling. I could feel myself blush a deep red as her body contacted mine. I helped balance her properly, trying to hide my progressively reddening face.
“So, that was a Geodude, huh?” Diana said, testing her knee tentatively. She winced slightly when she first put weight on it, but was able to walk a few steps unhindered. “They seem a bit more ornery than what I’ve read about them,” she said, almost jokingly.
I took the ball containing the Geodude out of my lab coat pocket, inspecting it carefully despite the fact that it was obviously an ordinary Pokeball. “Well, I should probably warn you now, working under Birch is going to give you a lot of field experience…”
“Oh, I know that,” Diana interrupted, her face appearing to light up at the mere mention of Birch’s name. “It’s the reason why I applied to work as his intern in the first place.” She looked away as her mind went into dream-mode. “Being able to observe Pokémon in their natural habitat, how they interact with the ecosystem, what their niche is, what they eat…” her voice trailed off as she imagined herself with a notepad, surrounded by dozens of species of Pokémon, herself recording every species she saw. “It’s the best isn’t it?” she asked, focusing her attention on me again.
I, meanwhile, had started to let my eyes wander over her body as she began to daydream. After she had turned around, I was caught off guard when I had to re-focus myself. “Uh, yeah, it’s great, I love it.” I replied nervously.
“What’s wrong?” Diana asked with a concerned tone.
“Nothing, nothing,” I replied sheepishly, my mind desperately searching for a topic change. It didn’t have to search far. I held the ball containing Geodude up once again. “There is a problem, though. This Geodude is nowhere near its natural habitat. They mostly live in the northern mountains and on Dewford Island.” I paused for a second to let my thoughts coalesce. “They have no long distance migrations that we know of, and I ‘m pretty sure the events with Team Magma wouldn’t have displace them this far.” I took a moment to look up at Diana, and was surprised to see that she was still listening to me intently. I was slightly taken aback by this; most people would usually start to doze off or get impatient once I started to ramble like this. I slipped the ball back into my coat pocket, feeling its weight on my shoulder as it hit the bottom of the seam. “We should be getting back to Birch. I need to show him what we found here and see what he thinks.”
“Yeah, good idea,” Diana said with a quick nod. “I’ll hop on my bike and… aw, damn!” she moaned, picking up her bike and turning to show it to me. The front wheel looked like an egg, a good portion of it dented inward.
“Oof, that stinks.” I said grimacing.
“Well, it’s a good thing I got that warranty after all.” Diana said discouraged. “I just don’t know when I’ll be able to get to Mauville… Well I guess we’re hoofing it then.”
Holding the handlebars in both hands, Diana walked alongside me as we traveled south towards Littleroot. We were quiet for a few awkward minutes before I finally worked up the courage to start some friendly conversation.
“Oh, you can call me Di, everyone does.” She interrupted, seeming cheerful now that the silence had been broken. “Unless you want to be really formal, then you can call me Miss Clark,” she said with a smug smirk.
“Di will do just fine.” I said playfully, the both of us chuckling slightly. “So anyway, where are you from?”
“Well, I grew up in Slateport, but I spent the past few years in Rustboro, getting my research certification.” She replied matter-of-factly. “My dad runs the Devon shipyard, so I was able to go to their institute for free.”
“Aw, lucky…” I moaned. “My parents made me pay the twenty grand a semester after I turned eighteen.”
“Ouch, that sucks.”
“Yeah, but I’ve made some money from Pokémon tournaments and such, so it wasn’t too bad.”
“Oh yeah, that reminds me, you were awesome back there!” Di exclaimed, turning looking at my Electrode. The boulder-sized Pokémon was rolling along on my opposite side, lazily swerving around rocks and potholes in the road. “How long have you been a trainer?
“Almost as long as I can remember,” I replied, running a hand through my dark-blonde hair. I was going to have to get it cut soon; it was getting a little unkempt. “I got Electrode here three days after I turned 11, but never got around to traveling much. My friend Winona and I got our Pokémon at the same time, so we would have a skirmish practically every day until I left for Rustboro academy. They actually wanted me for their Trainer program after they saw what I’ve done with Electrode here. It has one of the biggest Explosion attacks this side of Mount Ember.” Electrode gave a small buzz of approval, making Di giggle a bit. “I turned them down though, I was adamant about being a researcher.”
“Well, just from what I saw, you are really good. I mean, you took on a perfectly healthy Geodude with an electric-type! Now that I think about it, is Electrode your only Pokémon?” Di asked cheerfully.
I noticed that our pace had slowed down a little bit as the conversation became more in depth. “Nah, I have a couple more with me in my dorm, but I only really take Electrode with me during field study; less to carry, y’know? Besides, that was only the second time I’ve ever had to use him to defend myself. The last time was when the Professor disturbed an angry Poochyena, again, and I had to chase it off,” I scoffed. “A simple Thundershock scared it off, but as good as the professor is at research, he’s just as incompetent at battling.”
Di gave a small snicker, “Does he usually get in trouble like this?”
“Not really, but when he does, it’s usually somewhat hilarious. We all get to laugh about it afterwards. You’ll like Professor Birch, he’s the nicest man I know, and he has an amazing sense of humor.” I replied.
“He sounds great; I can’t wait to meet him,” Di said excitedly. “Hey, isn’t that New Bark Town over there?”
Sure enough, we could see the houses and streets that make up New Bark Town. It was a cozy, suburban town surrounded on all sides by forest. There wasn’t a single building that was taller than three stories. Despite being small and remote, however, it was far from being out of the way. Its population was often double what it could normally hold due to the boatloads, literally, of trainers from all over the world who came to register for the Hoenn league coming from the small, southern port. In fact, New Bark Town was probably more up to date with the happenings in the world than even the bigger cities. If you really wanted to find a place to live that was quiet, I suggest Fortree. Now that’s remote.
Di was so excited, that she started to run down the road. The city girl had probably never even seen houses with grass on all sides before.
“C’mon you Slowpoke!” She yelled behind her, the treads on her bike kicking up dirt and gravel as she pushed it along.
I started to jog after her, slowly at first, but slowly picking up speed to match hers. My long legs gave me a slight advantage, and I was able to catch up to her.
“Who’s the Slowpoke now?” I said, breathing heavily. However, I have a habit of forgetting to get my glasses fitted, so as they started to fly off, I had to grab a hold of them with one hand, slowing my speed just enough that Di was able to pull up to the Lab first.
“Ha! I win, pay up!” She said with a smug smile, holding out her hand as if she was expecting a monetary prize.
“Hey, we never bet on that!” I said breathlessly, leaning over with my hands on my knees as I tried to catch my breath. I ran a sleeve over my forehead to wipe off the sweat that had accumulated there.
“Ah, yes, but according to League rules, the loser of a match must surrender half of whatever money they have on them to the victor.” Di stated, also breathing heavily, a clever smile still plastered on her face.
“That’s only a rumor, and besides, it only applies to Pokémon battles!” I replied a bit exasperated
“I’m just kidding! Sheesh, you don’t have to get so worked up about it.” Di said, giving me a playful shove, which only initiated another blush reaction. “Do you think the Professor is in the lab?”
I stood up straight, my breathing returning to normal. “Well, if he was expecting you to arrive today, I’m sure that he’d be here. It’s not like him to not meet a new intern face to face on their first day…” Approaching the automatic glass doors, we went inside to the lobby, a large room with a high ceiling that was mostly empty, save a couple of sofas and plants along the walls for guests. On the opposite side of the room were four doors with signs that read “Restricted Access;” two on the far wall, while the other two were on the left and right walls. Walking over to one of the doors on the far wall, I swiped my key card through the scanner. The light on the scanner changed from red to green, and the clicking of mechanical parts could be heard as the lock disengaged. I opened the door, holding it open for Di to enter.
“Why thank you sir.” Di said to me ever so coyly, sidestepping into the main lab. I let the door close behind me, and started to look around for a familiar face. The lab was empty of other people, but not of objects. Birch Laboratories must have the award for messiest lab ever. The benches were usually covered with papers, glassware, tech, and manila folders to the brink of being considered a fire hazard. It wasn’t that we were lazy and unorganized, it was just that all of us were so busy doing field work that none of us have time to pick up the place. Every once in a while we would just have a purge session where it was all hands on deck for clean up once the mess became unbearable.
Di, meanwhile, had become engrossed by the Budew we had sleeping in a glass tank. “We’re testing to see if exposing Budew to different types of soil makes them evolve into healthier specimens.” I said to her. I sauntered over to Professor Birch’s office door, knocking on the door lightly.
“Come in.” came a low but hearty voice from the other side. I half expected the Professor to be out for the day. I opened the door, finding the large, burly man sitting at his desk and typing on his computer.
“Nick! Back so soon? What can I do for you?” the Professor asked blithely, leaning back in his office chair.
“Afternoon sir, um, well, two things. One, the new intern has arrived…”
“Really? Oh, excellent! Where is she?” the Professor exclaimed, standing up from his desk and walking over to where I was standing.
“She’s right here in the lab. Hey Di!” I called, using a hand gesture to bring her over. She was examining one of our Torchic eggs when she heard her name called. Seeing the Professor alongside me, she came over a little too fast, knocking over a metal garbage can on accident. The resulting noise sounded even louder due to the relative emptiness of the lab room.
“Aw shi… darn!” she exclaimed, sheepishly standing up the garbage can.
“Making an entrance are we Miss Clark?” the Professor said to her with one of his trademark bellowing laughs. Di walked over quietly, her face a deep red. “Now, now, no need to be so nervous. Why should you be? You were one of the best candidates for my research team I’ve had in a long time. Welcome to the team my dear.” He said, shaking Di’s hand with both hands, each being so large that they practically swallowed her entire lower arm. “Now I’m sure that you and Nick got to know each other well.”
Di nodded her head yes somewhat violently. I’m guessing she was still a little nervous. It didn’t really surprise me, Professor Birch looked like a Snorlax compared to her.
“Well that’s good,” he said, returning to his desk and grabbing a file from the top. “Now, you aren’t a registered trainer, correct Miss Clark?”
“No sir, but my brother is,” she replied, gaining a little more confidence. “I never really got into battling.”
“Well, it’s sort of a policy of mine that my aids have some sort of trainer experience.” Said Birch, reaching into his desk, “I believe that to truly understand Pokémon, one has to be able to connect with them, and the best people who do so are trainers.” He pulled out a Pokedex and a plastic card with Di’s picture on it. “I already took the liberty of submitting your form to the League office, so you are now officially a trainer.”
Di looked somewhat bewildered. “I… I don’t know what to say sir… I mean, like I said, I’ve never been a battler…”
Birch waved his hand dismissively. “It’s really just a formality for owning a Pokémon, battling is completely optional.”
“Well… I guess, but the only Pokémon I’ve ever really owned was my family Delcatty.” Di replied, her hands running through the hair that was draped over her shoulder.
“That’s why I wanted you and Nick to get to know each other. As the junior aide, he’ll be your mentor for the next few weeks.” Birch stated, placing her file in a desk drawer. “Not to mention, Nick is actually a competent trainer in his own right.”
Di and I then gave each other the same look. “Actually Professor that was the other thing I wanted to talk to you about.” I said, taking out the Pokeball containing the Geodude. “Diana and I discovered this Geodude on route 101 on our way over here.”
“A Geodude? On route 101?” Birch asked, his curiosity piqued. He took the Pokeball and brought it to an analyzer in the corner of the room. Placing the ball on a stand, he pressed a few keys on the keyboard and a picture of the Geodude appeared on the Monitor.
“Well, it’s definitely a Geodude, and the GPS chip is showing that it was indeed captured on Route 101…” Birch stated, his voice trailing off as his mind began to work its magic. “There’ve never been reports of wild Geodude in that area… wait, what’s this?”
The Professor rotated the image of the Geodude so that we were looking at its back. He then zoomed in to an almost inconspicuous spot on its rocky skin. “Here, take a look at this.”
The three of us looked closely at the monitor, seeing a set of lines of varying width that were marked into the Pokémon’s skin.
“A PBIC?” I asked, “But this Geodude was captured legally, what’s so unusual about it?”
Di piped in with a confused expression, “Wait, what is a PBIC?”
“PBIC, or Pokeball Identification Code, is simply a series of lines similar to a barcode that are harmlessly applied to a Pokémon’s skin upon capture.” I explained, pulling out Electrode’s Pokeball. “These marks are almost invisible to the naked eye and most people don’t even know about them. Whenever a Pokeball tries to capture or recall a Pokémon, it first scans the marks, and if they match the serial number of the ball, then the ball accepts the Pokémon.”
Di’s eyes lit up with understanding. “Oh, I see now. It’s so that people can’t steal other people’s Pokémon using another ball, right?”
“Exactly,” replied the Professor. “It’s a system that was developed by Sliph and is now required for all Pokeballs. It’s practically foolproof, although there are rumors that a crime syndicate in a distant area was able to beat it.” He turned back to the screen and adjusted the image a little. “Anyway, to answer your question Nick, what is unusual about this PBIC is that there are two of them; one right above the other. This means that this Geodude was once owned by another trainer and then released.”
“So, does this mean that this Geodude was simply released by its trainer somewhere around where we left it?” asked Di.
“No, there are specific restrictions to releasing Pokémon into the wild programmed into the ball. Unless the Pokémon is released within two hours, it can’t be released by simply opening the ball and letting it go.” Birch explained, taking the ball out of the machine. “It has to go through the Pokémon Storage System, where it is sent to the closest Pokémon Center to its natural habitat, and then released from there. That way we can be sure that the Pokémon is being released into a safe environment, and that we aren’t introducing any invasive species. I should know, I was the one who wrote up the legislation.”
The professor rolled the chair he was sitting in over to one of the PC’s along the wall. A few minutes and a couple of password entries later, he appeared to have accessed some sort of database. “There, one of the PC’s at the Oldale Pokémon center recently released a Geodude. It must have simply released it there instead of sending it to the Dewford Center”
I looked at Di, who gave me a look back. “So what should we do?” I asked.
Birch walked over to the phone in his office. “I’ll call up an old friend in Oldale who is a computer programmer. He should be able to tell us if there’s a glitch in the system. In the meantime, I’d like you two to be my eyes and ears out there, alright?”
“Of course,” we both said simultaneously.
“Good, how about you two head on over to Oldale, and follow up with my friend. His name is Ramon. Nice guy, you’ll like him.” Birch said to us. “Oh, that reminds me, I have something else for you Diana.” He walked over to a locked cabinet and swiped a key card to open it. Inside were about a dozen or so Pokeballs. “You have to choose your new partner!” His grin was always wider than a Tropius’ banana whenever he opened that cabinet.
“Oh, um, but I don’t’ even know where to begin choosing…” Di started to say.
“Well, how about you choose from one of these.” The Professor said, taking three balls out from the cabinet and releasing them. Three blue flashes later, and the trio of humans were greeted by a set of Treeko, Mudkip, and Torchic.
“Oh, gosh… I don’t know. You are all so cute!” Di cooed, examining each carefully.
“Treeko?” said the young grass Pokemon. It seemed to be the only one of the three that took an interest in Diana.
“But you are the cutest of them all!” Di said, kneeling down to Treeko’s eye level. “I’ll take this one Professor.”
“Good choice.” The Professor replied, returning the three Pokemon to their balls and handing one to Diana. “Treeko are hard to befriend, but once you do, they are some of the most loyal partners one can have. Now Nick, you have your PokeNav, right?”
“That I do.” I replied, turning around from the computer I was operating. I took the two Pokeballs that had materialized in the machine beside it, and walked over to where Di was standing. “I figured I’d grab a couple friends.”
“Alright, you two kids had better get going. Give me a call once you get there alright?” Birch said cheerfully, grabbing a medium-sized shoulder bag. “In the meantime, I’m going to head out into the field. I’ve been cooped up in here too long already. So long kids!”
Birch left the lab in a dash, hitting the lights as he left. Diana and I looked at each other, exchanging awkward grins. “Well, shall we?” I asked, dramatically gesturing towards the door.
We left the lab somewhat quietly; Di was holding her new Pokeball in both hands, unable to take her eyes off it all the way to Route 101. “I still can’t believe that this little guy is mine. I’ve never had my own Pokemon before; it feels a little strange…”
“Everyone feels that way the first day,” I explained. “Don’t worry, I’m sure you and your Treeko will become great friends.”
“I hope so. I just never expected this.”
“Well, Professor Birch did sort of spring that on you all of a sudden.”
We continued having light conversation for about an hour or so down the road until we heard a voice call us over from alongside the road.
“Hey, could you two help us out?”
We stopped suddenly, turning to see the people who called us. They were a man and a woman who looked sort of suspicious mainly due to their matching uniforms. The incidents with Team Magma, Aqua and Rocket that were all over the news last year taught me that anyone wearing matching uniforms weren’t usually trustworthy folk. Not to mention, they didn’t look like kind people. The man was tall, womanishly thin, had sharp eyes, and spiked hair. The woman had long, jet black hair, a hooked nose, and angular features.
“Careful, we shouldn’t be too trusting of these people.” I whispered to Di. “How can we help you sir?” I asked the man who called for us.
“Well, you see, we seem to be missing our Geodude. He’s not used to the area and he must have gotten lost. You two look like you know Pokemon well. You haven’t seen one running around here have you?” The man asked casually.
We gave simultaneous glances, which pretty much gave ourselves up.
“Oh, so you have seen it! That’s great!” the woman exclaimed. She had that type of cold, shrill voice that just sent shivers down your spine. “Would you be so kind as to tell us which way it went?”
“And just why should we trust you?” Di asked inquisitively.
The man gave an exasperated sigh. “We always have to do things the hard way don’t we?” He pulled out a Pokeball, but this one looked like it was made out of some sort of blue metal that seemed to absorb all light. “Look, just tell us where the Geodude is, and we’ll let you be on your merry way, alright?”
My eyebrows lowered, and I pulled out my own Pokeball. “You aren’t the only ones with Pokemon here. How about instead you tell us why you want this Geodude so badly.”
The woman gave a shrill cackle. “Oh, you want to play games do you? Alright, I’m game.” The man threw his Pokeball, the flash seeming to release more light than normal. The Pokemon that emerged was nothing like I had ever seen before. Nine feet tall, humanoid, and emitting a strange light, it looked more like a giant suit of armor than an actual Pokemon.
Diana gave a small scream, and grabbed onto my arm tightly. Her grip was so strong it was almost cutting off the circulation. “W-what is that thing?” she asked, her voice shaking.
“I don’t know, I‘ve never seen it before…” I tried to act brave, but I almost had a bowel movement when I saw the size of that thing. “D-Di, you’re hurting my arm…”
“Sorry…” she replied, loosening her grip. Soon after, the black-haired woman also threw out a PokeBall, containing an identical Pokemon. Just when I was thinking that one of these monsters was enough.
At this point there was only one thing to do. I pulled out two Pokeballs, and threw them both out in front of me. “Go, Electrode and Gardevior!” Two bright flashes later, and my Pokemon materialized in front of me.
”Ahh! Finally! It’s about time. You do know that it gets a little stuffy in those… wh-what is that thing!?” My Gardevior was communicating to me via telepathy.
”I have no idea, but if you and Electrode don’t take them down, these guys are not going to go easy on us.” I replied, speaking back using my mind.
“It says ‘No Problemo,’ but I’m not sure I’m as confident as it is.”
”Thanks Gardevoir. Means a lot”
“Look, we aren’t going to say it again. Tell us where the Geodude is.” The woman yelled.
“Electrode, use Charge Beam!” I commanded.
Electrode’s body lit up with sparks as it charged up the attack. After a few seconds, Electrode fired a beam of electrical energy at the two giant Pokemon. Neither one even bothered to move, but even though the one on the left took the attack square in the chest, it was completely unaffected.
The man gave a low chuckle. “Clearly this scientist has never seen our Golurk before. I think we can relax dearie, this is going to be a cakewalk.”
”I don’t like this Nick. Those creatures, I can sense a spirit within them. I think they might be ghosts…”
”Ghosts? But they look like rock or steel-type!”
”Trust me on this, don’t use any normal attacks. They won’t work.”
”Alright Gardevoir, I trust you.
“Enough waiting around, Golurk, use double Hammer Arm!” yelled the man.
The two Golurk launched themselves into the air using some sort of energy burst. Aiming carefully, they each fell arm first, about to come down on top of Electrode and Gardevoir.
”Ha! Hammer arm. What a brash and clumsy move.”
”Just focus and use Reflect…”
”Fiiiiiine. You’re no fun…”
Gardevoir lifted her arms, casting a powerful force-field over herself and Electrode. The two Golurk slammed down on top of the field, causing large cracks. Gardevoir was able to hold it together, but it took a lot out of her.
”Ow… those things are tough”
Now it was electrode’s turn. “Alright Electrode, use Gyro Ball!”
Electrode started to rotate quickly on its vertical axis, soon spinning so quickly that it seemed to become a solid metal sphere.
”Gardevoir, can you use psychic to help Electrode out?”
”Do Lotad like to sing ‘Jolly ol’ Waterfall?’”
Electrode then began to speed across the field, connecting directly with one of the Golurk. The giant Pokemon flew straight back, smashing into a nearby tree. As Electrode flew back at an upward angle, however, it started to glow blue, its trajectory changing direction, and now was headed straight for the other Golurk. This time, the ball Pokemon smashed into its head.
“Are you sure we shouldn’t be worried hun?” the woman asked with a concerned expression. The man on the other hand, was beet red.
”His anger is going to make him perform a rash move, I can feel it.”
”Alright, when he does, grab Electrode and use Teleport. Put yourselves directly above all four of them and drop Electrode. It’ll know what to do.”
The man stomped the ground and pointed at me. “That’s it, no more play time. Golurk, use Iron Defense!” The two Golurk crossed their arms simultaniously, their bodies becoming shiny and metallic.
”Well, I’ve been wrong before…”
“Don’t worry, we just need a new strategy.
“Now Golurk, use Earthquake!”
“Hurry Electrode, use Magnet Rise!”
Electrode began to charge up electrical energy, causing it to rise up off the ground. Just in time too, as the two Golurk jumped up into the air, smashing into the ground with enough force to make the entire ground shake violently. Diana and I grabbed onto each other for support as the earth shook in every direction. I had been on the receiving end of an earthquake attack before and it was never pleasant, but I had never experienced two earthquakes at the same time. It was almost an out-of-body experience.
After the shakes subsided, Electrode was floating about six feet in the air unharmed, but Gardevoir was looking a little worse for wear.
”You alright!?” I asked.
"Yeah… I… ow…" Gardevoir replied weakly. "Yeah, I'm good"
This had gone far enough, time to go with the original strategy. “Alright, when you're ready, initiate emergency plan ‘Electrode Make Big Boom.’”
Gardevoir stood up slowly and dashed over to where Electrode was floating, grabbed a hold of it, and disappeared in a quick flash of light.
“Hey, what the… where did they go?!” the man asked, his head moving violently.
“Umm, Harold…?” the woman said, pointing up at the sky. Heading straight for them was a large, red and white ball.
I quickly grabbed Di, pulling her to safety behind a large tree as Electrode came close to reaching the ground…
Location: Oldale Town
Ramon ran a few more diagnostic tests on the second PC in the Pokemon Center.
“Nothing on this computer either Nurse Joy. I trust Birch completely, but I’m not sure where he’s going with this…”
The aging Computer programmer was almost knocked off his feet. “What in the name of Linoon's stripes is going on?!?!”
To be Continued…
Pokemon Attempted: Golett
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