After an hour past their capture of the two Poliwag, Gaius found himself on the outskirts of Pallet Town, where he could see various farms and ranches, each apparently with their own specialty or focus. "I'd love to be able to check these ranches out in more detail, but right now I need to get Munchlax to Professor Oak's," Gaius muttered aloud in disappointment, "I only wish this Pokémon would actually listen to me. None of my other Pokémon, some of whom are even much more powerful, have been this much trouble to deal with."
"Lax.....Munch...." Munchlax looked up at its trainer, its pace beginning to slow and his head began to tilt towards the ground. Munchlax was once again tired, desiring to take a rest.
Gaius looked down at his big eater Pokemon, and sighed. "I know you don't like to walk that much, Munchlax, but since you ate your Pokeball, you don't exactly have another option here. If only you did not eat your own Pokeball, then you'd just be sitting comfortably inside your ball while I actually did all the walking. I'll let you rest for a while, but then we really have to pick up the pace. Honestly, I could use a bit of a nap myself." The trainer looked around, and found a nice patch of grass to the right of the road. 'This place looks about as good as any,' Gaius laughed. 'I guess that's one of the perks to being out in the wilderness, being able to sleep wherever you want.' Gaius slowly laid down, using his backpack as a pillow to rest his head. Munchlax then joined his trainer, laying on his backside several feet away from the human.
Gaius soon fell asleep and, thankfully for him, he was not plagued with any bad dreams. When the young trainer awoke, he could tell that several hours had passed as the sun had moved from its directly overhead position to far off to the right side of the sky. 'Wow, I wasn't really intending to sleep that much, but, I guess, with all of my bad dreams that I've been having, I'm a bit sleep deprived.' The trainer then noticed his normal type Pokemon, who was still lying on its back, fast asleep. 'Hm...what's a fast way I could get this Pokemon to wake up,' Gaius mused.
"Come'on Munchlax, time to wake up. I have food for you. The sooner you wake up and get to Pallet Town, the sooner I'll ask the famous Professor Oak to make you some Pokemon food made specifically for your Pokemon type. So, I'd get there fast, if I were you." Gaius reached into his pocket and put a small handful of Pokemon food in front of the Big Eater Pokemon.
As Gaius mentioned the word "food", Munchlax's eyes flew open. As soon as he saw the bites of food that his trainer was offering, Munchlax began to drool from his mouth, waiting, as if he were a trained dog, for Gaius to tell him it was time to eat.
"Okay buddy, dig in." Gaius yelled, allowing the Pokemon to consume the meal.
Munchlax devoured the serving of Pokemon food within seconds, a feat which would take a normal Pokemon at least several minutes to complete. After the food had quickly vanished, Munchlax looked up at his trainer, eagerly waiting another meal. Over the few days that Gaius and Munchlax had been reunited, the trainer had tried to teach Munchlax that it did not actually need to consume as much food as it liked to, citing an online report that Munchlax suffer from a form of PWS, in that no matter how much Munchlax ate, they never felt full.
"No, no," Gaius scolded Munchlax. The Pokemon looked as if it were awaiting scraps from a dinner table. "You have enough food for a few hours. If we get to Pallet Town by dinnertime, I'll see what I can do about the special Pokemon food. So, let's get going." Gaius began walking back the way he came, back towards the path to Pallet Town. Even though his diversion for a quick nap turned into several hours, there was only a short walk left until they were close to Pallet Town.
That was good, considering his Pokemon's appetite. Despite the small diversion, the sky was beginning to get dark. Gaius was unsure how late Professor Oak worked at night, so he decided to find some temporary lodging once he got into town. Gaius glanced at his Pokeballs and remarked, "I'll feed you guys when we get to Pallet Town. I know you all aren't as hungry as Munchlax is."
Within thirty minutes, Gaius could see the outlines of buildings in Pallet Town. He quickly hurried, and in a few minutes he found himself on the main road in the city. There were numerous houses up and down the main residential street, each home having a small front yard that allowed for a few inches of space for gardens or other small objects.
As Gaius continued down the dirt path, he saw a large building, with a sign sticking out above the door. The sign read "Pallet Town Inn." Gaius walked closed to the building, and noticed a small plaque next to a red door on the front of the building. Gaius read the plaque aloud, "a perfect place to rest for those starting their journey, or those heading on to Cinnabar Island." Gaius had heard about Cinnabar Island, but had never actually went there himself. Gaius pondered openly. "Hm..maybe I'll go to Cinnabar Island for my last badge. I hear the Gym Leader there is quite challenging. His name's Blaze, or something like that, if I remember my gym research properly."
After a moment of dreaming about his gym battle, Gaius entered the Inn, leaving his Munchlax outside while the trainer checked indoors. Behind the counter in the inn, there was a young looking woman, about Gaius's age. She was currently looking over a paperback book, while also reading a large textbook. It had seemed like she was not expecting any guests at this hour, so Gaius decided to take a few moments to examine her and his surroundings before he would make his presence known.
The woman had long black hair, that seemingly ended midway down her back, pale green eyes, and a fair complexion. She appeared relatively thin, compared to most girls and their average body weight, and was a few inches shorter than Gaius. The young woman was wearing a bright yellow sundress, which was casual, however it also had an air of sophistication about it, as if it was part of some inn uniform. Gaius quickly noticed a reflection of light, which his eyes led him to a bright bronze-colored name-tag on the woman's chest. On the name-tag, "Melody" was inscribed, with the words "Reception/Maid" placed underneath the name.
Gaius quickly glanced around the room, trying to see if there were any other signs of life, or other workers he could speak to, if this, "Melody" was too busy to help him get a room. He noticed a flight of stairs to his right, that presumably led to several guest rooms which were available for rent. There was a small bulletin board to to Gaius's right, on the wall next to the reception desk. The board had various fliers or posters attached. but Gaius was too far away to be able to read the details of any of the fliers or other paperwork. In front of Melody, beyond the two books which she was currently reading, there lay a large book, seemingly for guests to check in and request a room.
After finishing his surveillance of the reception area, Gaius politely coughed, hoping that Melody would get the message, look up, and assist him in obtaining a room. However, after Gaius's loud cough, Melody seemed unfazed, as if she had not heard anything at all. Gaius waited a few moments, seeing if Melody had a delayed reaction to his cough, but still, she stood, there reading two books at once. The trainer decided he would have to be a bit more direct to get Melody's attention."Hello," Gaius said loudly, his voice booming, "I'd like to get a room for the night, if that's possible."
The young woman quickly looked up from her books, and smiled. A small blush started to form on her cheeks, as it seemingly dawned on her that Gaius could have been waiting for several minutes. "Hi, I'm Melody. Welcome to the Pallet Town Inn. If you only need a room for one night, it's free of charge, assuming you have a Pokemon with you." Melody paused, and her eyes looked left, as if she was trying to remember something that she forgot to explain. After a few seconds, she began to speak again. "The Pallet Town Inn is funded by non-trainer guests, or Pokemon trainers who stay more than one night. Because of this, we can give weary Pokemon trainers a free place to stay if they only need a brief respite from their journey. Are you a Pokemon trainer, or how do you plan on paying for your stay?"
Gaius lifted up the bottom of his black jacket, revealing the Pokeballs he kept attached to his belt. "I assume proof of owning Pokeballs is enough to get me a room?" Gaius hoped he wouldn't have to go through much in order to get a free room. Granted, he had enough to pay for a room. In fact, he probably had enough to buy the whole inn, but still, Gaius was trying to be as frugal as possible. Gaius stood in front of the counter, waiting for the receptionist's response.
"Oh, so you are a Pokemon trainer?" Melody asked, seeing Gaius's Pokeballs on his belt. "Since you only want to stay for one night, the room is free of charge. If your Pokemon are tired or need healing, we have a Pokemon healing machine located at the back of the main lobby, to the left of the reception counter." Melody pointed to her right, indicating where the machine was. "May I ask your reason for stopping in Pallet Town? Are you just starting your journey, are you on your way to Cinnabar Island, or are you just in the neighborhood?"
Gaius thought for a moment, and then responded. "I just started my Pokemon journey a few weeks ago from my hometown of Pendragon. I got a recommendation to stop by in Pallet Town to see Professor Oak, so he could possibly give me an official starter Pokemon. Along the way, my Munchlax ate its own Pokeball, and I can't seem to find a way to remove it, and I don't want to wait until it comes out naturally. I hope that the Professor has a way of helping me to retrieve the Pokeball." Gaius paused for a second, and then he continued speaking. "Actually, do you know if your inn's healing machine can work to remove the Pokeball from Munchlax?"
"No, unfortunately our machine just heals Pokemon that our inside their Pokeballs. However, I'm sure Professor Oak can do something to help. He's one of the region's best Pokemon experts. Normally he's asleep at this time of night, but I'm sure you can see him tomorrow. Tomorrow happens to be the day when new trainers get their first Pokemon, so I bet his doors will be open bright and early for all of the new eager trainers. You might be able to get a Pokedex from him, even though you already have several Pokemon." Melody paused, and then bent down behind the counter. After a few seconds, she arose, and Gaius could see she was holding a small brown key in her hand. "Your room is up the stairs, and is the second door on your left. Breakfast is served at 8 AM, and our Pokemon healing machine in the lobby is open twenty-four hours a day. I hope you enjoy your stay at the Pallet Town Inn." Melody then placed the key on the desk, and went back to reading.
Gaius stepped forward, his Munchlax in tow, and picked up the room key. He disliked the idea of staying in a homey inn, but at least he had a nice bed to sleep in. Gaius wondered what it would be like if he could actually sleep in a normal trainer's rest spot. 'I'm surprised they don't have a Pokemon Center or something in town, like we do. I guess they're too small to bother with.' Gaius then followed Melody's instructions and headed up the stairs, and used his key to open the second door on his left.
When Gaius looked into the room, the first thing he saw was a quaint twin bed that was tucked in the far right corner of the room. The room's walls were robin-egg blue, and the floor was clad in cream colored carpet. At first look, the room appeared clean, although Gaius could see several red stains at various locations on the carpet. The twin bed had a dark maroon comforter and two pillows near the head of the bed. There were angel white pillowcases that covered the pillows, and, as Gaius lifted up the comforter, he could see that there was a dark grey sheet on top of the mattress. Gaius's eyes once again looked towards the red stains on the carpet, and his eyes finally drifted upward, towards the ceiling. The ceiling was a shade of azure blue. Gaius could also see a pair of dark brown oval-shaped water marks on the ceiling.
'Wow, I can't see how anyone would willingly want to stay here. At least it's free'. Gaius noticed a small desk with several drawers in the far left corner of the room. The desk had a small television set sitting on the left side, and a small table lamp on the right side. Thoroughly bored, given that he could not do any training or battle practice while in his room, Gaius decided to turn on the television. He decided to select a Pokemon news and battle channel on the television's remote control. 'Even if I can't train, I can still try and see if I can learn anything interesting,' he thought, as he sat on the bed to watch the television.
Currently, the channel seemed to be covering a special league battle between a Gengar and a Nidorino. The Nidorino seemed to try a Tackle attack on the Gengar, and then the pink Pokemon followed up with a Horn Attack. The ghost Pokemon easily avoided both normal type attacks, and jumped on the Nidorino's head, seemingly trying to make fun of the other Pokemon's lack of success. Gaius looked away from the television and shook his head, almost ashamed for Nidorino's trainer. 'Wow, I wonder why Nidorino's owner didn't use a poison type attack. Any decent trainer at all would know normal type cannot hit ghost type Pokemon. I guess Gengar's owner is going to have an easy victory.'
When Gaius once again looked at the battle, he could see Gengar using a Hypnosis attack, which quickly put Nidorino to sleep. Nidorino's trainer then raised its Pokeball, and recalled his Pokemon. As the trainer was about to choose another Pokemon to send into the battle, Gaius sighed, and turned off the television. 'No thanks, I don't want to see what pathetic Pokemon you send out next. With your first choice in moves, I'll bet you'll send a Tauros into battle.'
Gaius sighed again, feeling annoyed that there was nothing worth his time on the TV. He walked back towards the bed and collapsed, back first, onto it. The trainer had not even cared to get under the blanket. His Munchlax sat on the floor, leaning against the foot of the bed, and started to sleep. Gaius began to follow his Pokemon's lead, as the trainer closed his eyes, slowly drifting off into sleep. When the trainer awoke, he could hear the sound of three loud birds cawing, as if to signal the dawn of a new day.
Gaius stretched as he exited the bed, and began to change his clothes for the day. After he was changed, and the rest of his morning routine accomplished, he grabbed his backpack and walked downstairs. When he reached the bottom of the stairs, Gaius saw Melody casually sitting behind the reception desk, eating some scrambled eggs and a few pieces of bacon. The trainer waited until the girl had her mouth free of food before he revealed his presence and began to speak. "Hello, I'm going to check out today, thank you for the free night." Gaius smiled slightly, and then continued speaking. "However, you should really clean the carpet and ceiling of the room I stayed in. It looked pretty gross with the stains everywhere. You're pretty lucky I wasn't a paying guest, otherwise I'd demand a refund." As he finished speaking, Gaius quickly turned, his Munchlax in tow, and exited the inn before Melody had a chance to respond to his critique.
The trainer then headed down the main road in Pallet Town, and could see in the distance a large building situated on a hill. As Gaius continued on the path, he could hear the sound of yeling and running behind him. He turned, and saw a young boy, no older than twelve, running towards him. The boy was clad in a pair of light green pajamas that featured a yellow stripe down the middle of the shirt. As the young boy ran towards Gaius, the runner almost collided into the trainer, causing him to jump back several feet to get out of the boy's path. After the near collision, the boy turned, stopping to address Gaius.
"Hey," the young boy said, "you should watch where you're going. Don't just go standing in the middle of the road. I could've ran into you, and I can't let anything stop me today!" The young boy turned away from Gaius, preparing to continue his run towards the building, when Gaius spoke up,
"You know, since it was you who almost ran into me, perhaps you owe me an apology. Furthermore, why are you in such a hurry anyway, I'm sure whatever you're doing doesn't have to be done at extreme speed." Gaius shook his head at the young boy, surprised by his lack of courtesy. 'Whatever he's planning on doing, he should learn to slow down.'
"Oh, yeah," the young boy responded, acknowledging his mistake, "I'm sorry about that. My name's Ash Ketchum, and I live here in Pallet Town. I'm just in such a hurry to get my first Pokemon. I'm going to get a Squirtle from Professor Oak, and then I'm going to start my own Pokemon journey!"
Gaius chuckled, surprised by the young boy's ambitions. "Shouldn't you be a bit older to start your own Pokemon journey, you're like, what...only 12 years old? Wait until you're a teenager, then you'll be able to research what Pokemon you're interested in before you start out. I, myself, am a Pokemon trainer, and I just started out a few weeks ago. I know I could have started when I was younger, but, at least now I have researched pretty much every Pokemon int he Kanto region, so if I ever see a Pokemon in the wild from Kanto, I can instantly decide if it's worth catching or not."
"Wow, Mister, you seem really smart. I bet you have all sorts of cool Pokemon. Do you mind if I get a look at them?" Ash asked, excited by the prospect of interacting with Gaius's Pokemon. "By the way, what's your name? I don't want to have to call you Mister this whole conversation."
"Oh," Gaius replied, remembering that he had not yet given his name. The trainer figured that he could indulge the young boy's wish. 'Perhaps he'll learn something about staying out of people's way if I feign friendship.' "My name's Gaius, Gaius Vi Britannia. I come from a small, overcast town Northwest of here called Pendragon. At the moment, I have a Gengar, Beldum, Tyranitar, Dragonite, Munchlax, Blaziken, and two Poliwag. Munchlax is the baby form of Snorlax, and Beldum, Tyranitar, and Blaziken are from outside of Kanto. If you want, I can show them all to you. My Munchlax is the Pokemon that's behind me." Gaius watched as his Munchlax stepped forward to introduce itself to the young boy.
"Wow, thanks 'Gay-us'," Ash replied, mispronouncing Gaius's name. "You seem like a pretty cool guy, I'm sorry for running into you. Can we be friends?" Ash extended his right hand for Gaius to shake.
"Well, it's 'Guy-s'," Gaius replied, slowly spacing the syllables of his name so Ash would catch on. "Yeah, I guess we can be friends. Maybe you can travel with me after you get a Pokemon, you might learn a thing or two from watching my amazing skills in battle." Gaius reached out and began to shake Ash's hand, however, as he shook, Gaius's mind began to be bombarded with a million images all within a second. He saw this young boy, Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town, travel across the land, battling trainers and collecting all eight Kanto Gym Badges.
He then could see the faces of hundreds of people Ash helped along his journey, and he could see the all of the various Pokemon he would encounter as well. Several particular Pokemon images seemed to surface above the rest. Images of a quadruped best cloaked in fire, a blue beast that could run on water, and a yellow striped Pokemon that controlled thunder and lightning. His mind was also focused on a pair of Pokemon that were grouped together. One was almost white, with a long, round purple tail that extended behind it. The other Pokemon was a small, pink creature that had a thin, long tail. Gaius could somehow feel the immense power of the two Pokemon, and, as his mind continued to be flooded with images, he could feel himself beginning to black out. A dark aura began to surround Gaius, and his eyes became as black as a star-less night.
When Ash saw the strange aura surround his new friend, he quickly withdrew his hand and stepped back several feet. "Woah, are you ok, Gaius?" He asked. "What's going on, is this some sort of trick or something? If it is, knock it off, it's kind of creepy." Ash began to take another few steps away from Gaius, hoping he could get away if anything else strange happened.
"No!" Gaius shouted, in a dark and deep tone, "you must not be allowed to live. I have seen into your future, and I know the damage that you will inflict to my plans. I'm sorry, 'Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town' but that was the last time you'll ever be able to say those words!" Gaius raised his left hand, and the dark aura that surrounded Gaius began to intensify itself and grow darker around his palm. "Prepare to die, Ash Ketchum. I hereby end your life so that my plan can be fulfilled!" Gaius lifted his hand higher, and an aura surrounded Ash.
The young boy tried to squirm, and tried to run away, but his feet seemed to be locked in place. "Whatever you're doing, stop it. This isn't normal. You should see Professor Oak, he may be able to help you stop whatever is going on with you. C'mon Gaius, let me go and we can go visit Professor Oak together." The young boy begged for Gaius to listen to reason, although, deep down, Ash knew that his life could be nearing its end.
"I'm the only one who will be making it to Oak's today, Ash. You, however, will just die right here." Gaius clenched his left hand into a fist, and Ash began to clutch as his throat, as if he was being choked. "If only you would have gotten up on time, Ash, you could have not ran into me at all. However, I guess, fate wants you to die by my hand."
Ash grasped again and again at his throat. He found himself unable to breathe, or even speak. As he could feel his last gasp of air leave his lungs, he began to think about what dying would actually mean. 'It can't all end here, I have to be a Pokemon trainer. I need to grow up, catch every Pokemon in the world and become an official Pokemon Master. No, I cant die now!' Ash's hands then fell from around his throat, and began to hang loosely at his sides. Ash Ketchum, the boy who, in another timeline, would be pivotal in many important events, died.
"I guess you were never able to 'Ketchum' all, huh, Ash?" Gaius yelled playfully as he saw Ash draw his last breath. 'Now, time to dispose of the body.' Gaius quickly waved his right hand, and Ash's body vanished, as if the young boy was never there. He then heard a loud rustling noise, and the young trainer turned and could see his Munchlax running away as fast as it could. Gaius reached down onto his belt, and tried to find Munchlax's Pokeball. After a moment of looking, he remembered where the Pokeball was. "You had to eat that Pokeball, didn't you, you pathetic fool." He pointed his hand, fingers outstretched, in Munchlax's direction. An aura surrounded the normal type Pokemon, and slowly lifted it a few feet in the air.
The Pokemon still tried to move its feet to continue running, but then it looked down and found itself unable to run. "Munch?" The Pokemon asked, seemingly trying to make sense of how this was possible. The Pokemon then began to panic and yell loudly while flailing its arms and legs about.
Gaius calmly turned his left hand palm side up, and moved his four fingers towards himself until they were at a forty-five degree angle. Munchlax began to fly back towards Gaius, to which the Pokemon responded with more trashing and flailing. When the Pokemon was only inches away from Gaius, the trainer waved his hand in a circle and the Pokemon turned to face him. "I would hope that since this is the second time you've witnessed my power, you would know that you should not try to escape. If you ever try to run away again, or if you ever disobey a command I issue, you will end up just like that young boy." Gaius looked in the direction where Ash used to be. "Do you understand me," Gaius asked the Pokemon, "I would prefer it if I did not have to kill you."
"Munch....lax," the Pokemon replied, slowly nodding his head as much as he could within the aura. The Pokemon did not want to comply with the demands of this strange side of his owner, however, the Pokemon knew he had to do so if he wanted to survive.
"Good, now that we have that settled." Gaius lowered his left hand to his side, and the aura that surrounded Munchlax and Gaius dissipated. Gaius bowed his head, and,suddenly, the trainer's eyes returned to their normal color. He slowly raised his head, and clutched his right temple with his right hand. Gaius could feel an immense pain in his head, as if someone had opened his skull, hammered his brain, and then closed the hole in his head with superglue. Never before had he felt such pain in his entire life.
"Oh, my god, what happened to my head?" he asked aloud. 'I wonder what happened. Did I fall down and hit my head on something? The last thing I can remember is talking to the young kid named Ash. He was fawning over my Pokemon and I was about to show him my other Pokemon besides Munchlax.' Gaius quickly looked around, and saw that Ash was nowhere to be seen. However, Gaius turned around and saw Munchlax standing a few feet behind its trainer, silently looking towards the ground. 'I wonder where Ash went,' the trainer wondered, 'maybe he ran off to Professor Oak's after I collapsed in order to get help. I'll just call and see if he's there. If so, I'll let them know I'm ok. I really need to meet Professor Oak today, and I can't allow any foolish things to come in the way, like an unneeded visit to the hospital. I don't even know where the closest hospital even is around here.' Gaius sighed, his head pain slowly began to diminish as minutes ticked by. The young trainer reached into his pocket, and pulled out his cell phone. He quickly looked up Professor Oak's phone number and dialed his phone. Within a few rings, Gaius could hear an old voice on the other end.
"Hello, this is Professor Samuel Oak of the Pallet Town Pokemon lab. I'm currently not by the phone. I may be helping a Pokemon trainer, or I may be out in the backyard making my daily rounds. Please leave a message after the beep. If you are a new trainer who wishes to pick up a starting Pokemon today, I regret to inform you that all of our starter Pokemon have already been given out this year. If you happen to get a Pokemon as a gift from a parent, or other family member, please stop by so I can get you registered. Otherwise, please come back next year, and be sure to get up early!" Gaius could then hear a loud beep on the phone. Instead of leaving a message, the trainer hung up the phone, and stuffed it back into his pocket.
'If the Professor isn't answering the phone, he could already be talking to Ash. Or, he could even be calling an ambulance to come and see if I'm still lying in the middle of the road. I better hustle and get to the Pokemon Lab before Ash makes a fool out of me. How silly would it look if they send an ambulance and it turns out I just had a little dizzy spell.' Gaius quickened his pace and continued to walk in the direction of the Pokemon lab. Within ten minutes, he found himself at the bottom of a large hill. There seemed to be a large gathering of people who were congregated around the entrance of a path up the hill.
As Gaius drew near, he could hear a group of female voices shouting in a sing-song manner. "Gary, Gary he's our man, if he can't beat'em, no one can." Gaius began to mingle with the people in the crowd, some of which were having conversations with one another. From what he could overhear, all of their conversations had something to do with the "Gary" that was being sang about. When Gaius neared the front of the crowd, he could see a small group of young girls dressed in blue and white cheer-leading outfits. The cheerleaders began to cheer louder when a young boy, a little older than Ash, came walking down the path from the Pokemon Lab. The boy looked thin, had reddish-brown hair, and eyes that were a dark shade of spring green. He was clad in a light purple shirt, dark blue pants, and dark brown boots. The newcomer playfully waved towards the crowd, his entire demeanor having an aura of arrogance. The boy smiled for a minute, and then began to speak.
"Thank you fans, thank you all for this great honor! I promise you that I will become a Pokemon Master and will make the town of Pallet known all around the world!" The boy stopped for a moment, as he heard the sound of a car approaching the crowd. Within seconds, a red convertible sped down the path, and approached the car.
Gaius decided he could no longer sit idly by and watch the crowd; of both children and adults alike, cheer on this arrogant "Gary" without any sort of response. Gaius yelled towards the boy. "What is so great about you that demands such respect and admiration. From what I gather, you're just starting out on your journey, therefore, you have no actual experience to back up any of your bravado. You're just an empty suit spouting off nonsense hoping that someone believes your bull. Honestly if you expect anyone to have any faith in you or your wild assertions, you should prove that you posses an ounce of ability before making such ridiculous claims. I've only been a trainer for a little more than a month, and I bet I have more skill in battling Pokemon than you ever will."
The young boy turned towards Gaius, with a look of fire in his eyes. "How dare you talk to the great Gary Oak like that, you old man? If you didn't know, I'm the grandson of the great Samuel Oak, the Pokemon professor here in Pallet Town. I've just gotten the best Pokemon available to new trainers, and I bet it can wipe the floor with any of your pitiful Pokemon. I see you have a Munchlax behind you. Is that the best Pokemon you got, or is it just your cute special friend?" Gary sneered, and began to laugh. "It's just a baby Pokemon too, I can't believe anyone would openly display such a weak Pokemon. At least make it battle until it evolves, then perhaps you could walk around with Snorlax. Oh, wait, Snorlax don't move!" Gary laughed louder, and his group of cheerleaders began to laugh with him. "I'll just chalk up your remarks to lack of information. Surely you'd never insult the grandson of the great Pokemon professor if you were on your way to see him. That is why you're here, right?" Gary smiled mockingly at Gaius.
"Yes, I am here to see your grandfather, but I don't think a man as great as Professor Oak would appreciate having a spoiled brat for a grandson." A small hush fell over the crowd as Gaius finished his sentence. "If you think you're so great, I challenge you, right here, and right now. Let's see if you actually have the stones to take on an opponent on your first day as a Pokemon trainer. If you want to refuse, just say so, and we'll all know you as the coward that you actually are." Gaius laughed, and waited for Gary's response.
"Why, you..." Gary began to shout, almost cursing at Gaius. "Of course I'll battle you. I'm not afraid to take on any trainer. Your defeat is assured, use any Pokemon you want, and I'll still beat it with mine. Pick your Pokemon, and I'll show you that you have no right to insult Gary Oak!" Gary then crossed his arms, awaiting Gaius's choice of Pokemon.
"Since you seem to think my Munchlax is so weak," Gaius replied, looking back toward his Munchlax, "I'll use it in battle to defeat you!" Gaius then turned to his Munchlax. "Do you think you're up for a battle in your condition?" The trainer then smiled at his Pokemon, hoping it gave yes for an answer.
"Munchlax!" The big eater Pokemon yelled. Munchlax seemed to nod its head, while looking directly at Gary. The Pokemon walked a few feet, until it was standing in front of Gaius. Munchlax had a determined look in its eyes, almost as if it wanted to prove Gary wrong.
The crowd began to move away from both Gaius and Gary. The people slowly formed a line a few feet away from the two. Once all of the spectators were in place on both sides of the two trainers, Gary spoke.
"If you wanted a battle, you've got one!" Gary grabbed his newly obtained Pokeball from his pocked and hurled it onto the ground towards Gaius. The ball quickly opened, and a flash of white light signaled a Pokemon's appearance in battle. After the white light faded, a small blue Pokemon could be seen.
The Pokemon appeared to be similar to a tortoise, except while most tortoises are green in color, this Pokemon had light blue skin. It had two short, stubby legs, each with three toes, along with short arms, which had three fingers. The Pokemon also had a light yellow stomach, and Gaius could vaguely see a tail behind the Pokemon's backside. "Squirtle, Squirt!" The Pokemon yelled, joyously looking around at the world.
'That must be a Squirtle,' Gaius thought. 'That's a water type Pokemon. If Munchlax was a grass or electric type, I'd be having an incredibly easy battle. Well, I guess this battle couldn't be a total cakewalk. It wouldn't be any challenge if it was. Since he just got that Squirtle, I'm sure it barely knows any attacks. Therefore, this shouldn't be much of a hassle. Let's wrap this up quickly.' Gaius began to formulate a plan of attack to beat Squirtle.
Gary Oak stood defensively, eying his opposition. "Squirtle," Gary Oak yelled, "use Tackle attack. Then follow it up with Bubble!" The pokemon trainer then looked expectantly at his Pokemon, waiting for it to perform the attacks.
Gaius then waited a moment, before issuing an order to Munchlax. "Use Defense Curl. Then use Metronome attack!" Gaius knew that combining both offensive and defensive attacks would be a surefire way to victory. 'Let's see what will happen with Metronome. The attack can emulate any known attack. While it is slightly risky, it can also have huge rewards.'
Squirtle moved first, and the Pokemon pulled its head inside its brown shell. The Pokemon then lined its body up with Munchlax's and hurdled itself through the air. The blow seemed to rattle Munchlax, as it was knocked back several inches from the impact. After the Tackle attack, Squirtle's head popped out of its shell and it jumped backward to stand directly in front of his trainer once again. Moments later, the Pokemon shot several small bubbles at its mouth, and all of them were aimed at Munchlax. The normal type Pokemon seemed to shrug off the second attack, and was left unfazed.
Munchlax, still slightly rattled from the first attack, quickly grabbed its arms and legs and curled itself into a small ball. After a moment in that position, the Pokemon uncurled itself and stood up. Then, Munchlax began to wave its fingers back and forth. "Munch...lax," it repeated several times, as its fingers began to glow white. When the Pokemon's fingers stopped glowing, and three white rings of energy appeared above Munchlax, and then encircled the Pokemon. Small rocks then appeared out of the energy rings, and hovered over Squirtle, before finally crashing down on the water type Pokemon.
"Yes," Gaius yelled, happy that Metronome chose an offensive attack. "That was Rock Slide. It wasn't super effective, but, still, your Squirtle seems to already be in trouble. I wonder how you're going to be able to battle wild Pokemon if your Squirtle can't handle a simple trainer battle! Perhaps you should go to Pokemon School, young child." Gaius laughed, reveling in his current success in the battle.
"Don't count me out of it yet, you old man!" Gary yelled, defiantly. "I learned a lot about Pokemon from my grandfather. In case you forgot, he's the premier authority on Pokemon in this whole region! Just because of that, I'm already miles ahead of any other trainer, including you!"
Gaius smiled and laughed again. The older trainer began to shake his head as he began to speak. "Your lineage has nothing to do with being a successful Pokemon trainer. Just because your grandfather is famous, that doesn't automatically mean you inherited any of his skill." Gaius paused, thought for a moment, and then began to speak again. "Speaking of your family, why don't you ever speak of your father or mother? I guess they're not famous, so you don't get any respect just by throwing their names around." Gaius smiled, and laughed. He then noticed Gary bite his lip and he knew his words had an effect on the young boy.
Gary looked down toward the ground, seemingly forgetting he was in the middle of a Pokemon battle. As he started to speak, his voice came out broken, as if he was holding back tears. "My...my mother and father are dead. They passed away, a long time ago. I was raised by my grandfather since I was just a kid." Gary raised his hand to cover his eyes, Gaius could tell that the young boy was crying.
"Awe, you poor baby. Did your parents die of fright when they saw your face when you were born? Or, are you sure they're really dead, and that they just didn't run off somewhere and abandon you. Who would want you as a son, anyway? The only things that you have in your personality are arrogance and a sense of self-entitlement. You're not actually worthy of having a family!" Gaius sneered at Gary, watching as tears streamed down the young boy's face.
"You..you...how dare you! I'll show you!" Gary screamed, his face now puffy and bright red as he was crying freely. "Squirtle, use your Bubble attack, and then Tackle him again! We'll show him that he can't talk to us like that. Destroy him and his stupid Munchlax!"
Gaius laughed loudly, as he watched Gary's small Pokemon begin Gary's attack commands. "Munchlax, time to finish him. use Tackle attack at full force! Slam into him so hard that Squirtle will wish that he never left his shell. The sooner we finish this cakewalk, the sooner we can actually see Professor Oak." The older trainer smiled, as he saw his Pokemon ready its attack.
Squirtle slowly opened its mouth, and a stream of bubbles shot out towards Munchlax. The water Pokemon seemed quite pleased with its attack, until, once again, the normal type Pokemon brushed off its Bubble attack. Squirtle turned towards its trainer, and looked confused. "Squirtle, Squirt?"
That moment of hesitation was exactly what Gaius's Munchlax was waiting for. The obese Pokemon ran towards the distracted Squirtle, and when it was several feet away, Munchlax used its feet to propel itself a foot off the ground, striking the small water Pokemon with the full force of his body. The strength of the attack was so great that it sent the tiny Squirtle flying backwards several feet in the air, reaching just high enough to hit its trainer in the face with its body.
Gary yelled out in pain from the impact, and then looked down towards where his Pokemon had fallen. Squirtle had been knocked out using only two attacks, and Gary looked extremely upset. "No, Squirtle...I'll get you to the nearest Pokemon Center right away. We'll keep training to make sure that we're unbeatable." Gary held out his Pokeball and sucked his Pokemon back inside. After a few seconds, he began walking towards the car.
Gaius could see Gary move towards his car, and he spoke up as the young boy entered the car. "Where you going, Gary? Don't you want to continue the battle? Oh, wait, I forgot. You only have one Pokemon don't you? Well, I guess I won then!" Gaius laughed heartily, and then spoke to his Munchlax. "Good job, Munchlax. If we keep up battling like this, we'll get you evolved soon, and then you'll be an amazing Pokemon in battle, as good as any of the others I have." Gaius then reached down and patted Munchlax on his head.
Gary then turned around in his car, and addressed the crowd. "I promise, all of you, I'll train everyday to become a Pokemon Master. This won't be the last time you'll be hearing of Gary Oak. Keep your faith in me, and I'll never let you down again!" When he finished speaking, the boy waited for his cheerleaders to join him in the car, and then directed his chauffeur to drive them to Viridian City. The car started up, and within a minute, Gary Oak was out of sight.
With their idol gone, and defeated, the large crowd that had gathered slowly began to disperse. Gaius could overhead many of them talking under their breath about how the young man was unnecessarily cruel to the boy, especially with his remark on the death of Gary's parents. Gaius shrugged off their words, he knew that his words were justified, although they were cruel. 'If anyone ever needed to be taken down a peg, or five, it was that kid. Only if he didn't have such an attitude, I wouldn't have had to publicly humiliate him. Well, I hope he learns some humility from the defeat, at least.'
As the crowd finished departing, Gaius began to walk up the slope of the hill towards, the Pokemon Lab. However, before he had made even five steps, he caught sight of an older man wearing brown pants, a red shirt, and a long white lab-coat that almost reached down to his pants pockets. The man had dark grey, almost silver hair, several wrinkles across his cheeks and crows-feet in the corner of his eyes. Above his eyes, were extremely bushy black eyebrows. Gaius wondered if the old man had work done on his eyebrows to make them stand out, and was about to ask exactly that when the old man began to speak.
"Hello there, I'm Professor Oak. I heard a commotion from my lab and came to investigate what was going on. I couldn't see the whole thing, but I know you defeated my grandson Gary. " Professor Oak sighed as he mentioned his grandson's name. "Honestly, I've tried to raise Gary to be respectful of opposing trainers, and to view himself as their equals, despite his last name. Though my efforts had seemed in vain, I hope the defeat you dealt him helps him mature as a both a young boy, and as a Pokemon trainer." Professor Oak paused for a moment, his mind seemingly wandering at the thoughts of his grandson. Suddenly, he remembered that there was someone in front of him. "I'm sorry, I got sidetracked thinking of Gary. Anyway, what's your name? Is there something I can help you with? You seem to already have a Pokemon, so I don't think you need one of mine."
"My name is Gaius Vi Britannia, from the small town of Pendragon, Northwest of here. I just started my Pokemon journey a few weeks ago." The trainer then thought for a moment on how to phrase the next part of his response, and then answered. "Well, my Munchlax here apparently ate his own Pokeball. I've been unable to remove it using any means at my disposal, and I don't want to wait for it to come out naturally. Is there anything you can do to help?" Gaius stared at the professor hopefully.
"Oh, my." The professor replied. He knelt down in front of the normal Pokemon, and began to stroke its head. "So, you ate your Pokeball, huh? What would ever possess you to do something like that?" After a few moments of scratching Munchlax and rubbing behind its ears, the professor straightened up and spoke to Gaius. "Yes, I can most definitely help you and your Munchlax, Gaius. Please, follow me to my lab. I think I have just the thing."
"Oh, Professor," Gaius spoke, suddenly remembering his encounter with Ash Kethcum from earlier in the day. "Did you happen to speak to someone named Ash Kethcum today?" Gaius hoped that Ash had instead went home after Gaius had fallen onto the street. It would be better that then being embarrassed if the story were told to Professor Oak.
"No, I haven't seen Ash at all today. He was supposed to come pick up a Pokemon to start a Pokemon journey, but he must not have made it. When I gave out all three of the Pokemon I had available, I still hoped he would show up so I could try to offer him some alternatives." Professor Oak sighed, and then continued speaking. "He may have called when he woke up, and decided not to come when he heard the message I left. I better go see how he's doing later today. I bet he must be heartbroken about not being to start his journey this year." The professor then looked at Gaius, and asked. "Wait, how do you know Ash? Are you two friends or something?"
"Well," Gaius answered, "he almost ran me down a bit earlier as I was coming to see you. He was incredibly excited about starting his Pokemon journey, and wanted to see some of my Pokemon. The next thing I knew, I looked up and Ash was no where to be found. I guess he went home or something, as you thought." Gaius hoped that Professor Oak would not be able to see through his lie. Honestly, the trainer did not care at all where the young boy named Ash was, as long as the boy was not interfering with his trip to see Professor Oak. 'I'm sure Ash will show up somewhere,' Gaius thought. The old man then turned away from Gaius, and slowly walked up the path towards the Pokemon Lab.
Gaius followed Professor Oak, walking slower as to not overtake the old man. The young trainer also turned around twice to ensure that Munchlax was keeping pace, and that it had not run off in search of food. Surprisingly, the Pokemon followed its trainer attentively, not being distracted at all along the way. Within a few minutes, the three of them had reached the top of the hill, and Professor Oak motioned for Gaius to come inside.
As Gaius entered the building, he could see a large hallway with multiple doors. To the left, past the hallway, Gaius could see a stairway leading to a second floor and a chest of drawers at the base of the stairway. Part of Gaius was curious to explore all of the building, but he felt that trying to prod too much could hurt his chances in talking with the Professor. As the Professor walked up the stairs to the second floor, Gaius followed him.
As the pair reached the top of the stairs, Professor Oak stretched his arms, sighed, and then began to speak. "Here we are, welcome to my Pokemon Laboratory. In case you didn't know, I study Pokemon not just to give them out as new trainers, but to also advance the knowledge of Pokemon as a whole for the entire World. Although I mainly specialize in Pokemon from the Kanto region, some of the trainers that began their journey in Pallet Town have already went on to other regions such as Johto and Sinnoh."
Gaius looked around the large second floor, and could see a wide variety of various machines or devices. On his right, there was several grey, square, mechanical objects, and a large container that seemed to be filled with several gallons of water. Near the far right corner of the room there was a white drawing board, that was covered in writing that Gaius could not read from where he was standing. On Gaius's immediate left, there were several machines that were placed against the front left corner. One of the machines had a small screen above a sea of buttons and knobs. The adjoining machine had no screen, but had many more buttons and knobs. Gaius immediately was surprised that someone even as intelligent as Professor Oak could actually know what each of these machines did, and even possibly use a few of them simultaneously. In front of the corner machines was a small lab table that had many beakers and vials filled with different colored fluids. Gaius could also see a closed book on the table that seemed to be titled "Analysis of Seviper Poison", by someone named Professor Birch. 'I wonder if Professor Birch is a colleague of Professor Oak. Maybe I can ask about Professor Birch after Professor Oak is done removing Munchlax's Pokeball from his stomach.' Gaius paused in thought for a moment, and then his eyes continued to scan the room.
Further along the left side of the room, there was a large monitor above a keyboard and next to several other display panels that were to the screen's left. There was an old looking blue chair that was placed in front of the keyboard with the large monitor, and a machine with an overhanging pink sphere was located to the right of the machine with the large screen. Past the machines on the left side, there was a metal staircase that led to a small metal balcony that was about a quarter of the length of the room. Gaius could see a wooden door on the left side of the metal balcony. 'Perhaps that leads to the roof, or to an outside balcony,' Gaius thought. On the left side of the room, under the metal balcony, there seemed to be a cabinet which kept a mixture of hardcover books and what appeared to be Pokemon research videos.
In front of the young trainer, there was a a large circular machine with a glass dome cover. Gaius could see three Pokeballs sitting under the dome, and an indentation where a fourth could be placed was in the middle of the three balls. 'Hm, I thought Professor Oak only gave three types of Pokemon to trainers. Maybe he, at one time, had a fourth to offer.' Gaius then looked past the machine that held the Pokeballs, and he could see a small brown sofa that was placed in the middle of the far side of the room, near where the white boar was located. To the left of the sofa was a small, brown desk such as the kind one might find in a gentleman's study. On top of the brown desk, there appeared to be an old style lamp that had a swiveling head. As Gaius was about to ask about the uses of the various machines in the room, a piercing noise could be heard.
"Ring ring ring, phone call, phone call!" A loud electronic voice yelled from across the laboratory. Gaius could see that the large terminal now showed a blinking picture of an old rotary-dial phone with the headset popping off and back on with each flash. 'Wow, that's a large telephone,' Gaius thought.
Professor Oak then quickly looked towards the videophone, and turned to Gaius. "I'm sorry, but I have to get that, I'll be right with you in a moment. I'm expecting a call from Talya and Kurt today about their Pokemon, and it's quite important. Just make yourself at home up here until I'm done." The professor then ran towards the large screen and pressed several buttons. Within a few seconds, the screen changed and displayed the faces of two people, one male, and one female.
The female appeared to be about Gaius's age, had slightly tanned skin, a slender face, and bright green eyes. She had red hair, which was about the color of human blood, and small, silver-colored earring studs in both ears. Her hair appeared long, but it appeared to be wrapped up behind her head, perhaps in some sort of pony tail. The male seemed to be a few years older than the girl, and he had pale skin, a similarly thin face, with dark blue eyes. He had shoulder length brown hair, which was parted down the middle of his forehead. Gaius could notice a small, diagonal shaped scar that ran across his forehead. The young man seemed to try to use his hair to hide the scar, but the scar was still visible underneath his brown hair. Both Talya and Kurt seemed to be huddled in around a small view-screen, as both of them kept trying to move closer towards the screen, or tried to center themselves in front of the screen. Gaius, who had begun to walk towards the brown sofa in order to sit down and relax, decided that he should pay attention to the phone call that Professor Oak was having with the two trainers.
Professor Oak spoke first, addressing the two individuals that were on the phone. "I figured that you two would be in Mauville City by now. I called the Mauville City Pokemon Center and told Nurse Joy to tell you the good news." Professor Oak smiled, and awaited the pair's response.
The male trainer responded first, although slowly, as if there was an amount of slowdown with the video call connection. "Well, Nurse Joy didn't tell us much, Professor, only that you needed us to talk to us. Is something happen to our Pokemon or something, is everything alright?" The young man looked puzzled, and glanced towards the girl who was standing next to him.
Professor Oak then laughed, and nodded his head. "Yes, yes, everything is alright, Kurt. I guess Nurse Joy didn't hear all of the message that I left for her. Do you remember that egg that I found a few months ago, after both of you sent your Loudred and Exploud to stay with me? Well, I've been checking on it daily and have been making sure conditions for hatching were at their optimal levels. Three days ago, as I was making my rounds before breakfast, I found the egg open, and I saw a small Whismur that was standing next to the broken egg. I don't know how it happened, but it seems as if your two Pokemon made an egg together."
"Aww," the young girl, presumably Talya, responded, "I guess my Loudred and your Exploud are in love, Kurt, just lke us." The girl giggled for a few moments, before a puzzled look crept across her face. "Wait, Professor. We both already have a member of the Exploud evolution family, and I'm not sure if we want to train another Whismur. They're cute, and all, but I don't want to start a collection of them or anything. My Loudred's enough." The girl then turned towards Kurt. "Honey, would you want the new Whismur, or are you happy with your Exploud?"
Kurt leaned back from the screen, and slowly put his hand on his chin, as if he were trying to think about the decision that he had to make. After a few moments, the young man spoke up. "Yeah, I agree with Talya, Professor. I don't really think I want another Whismur either. My Exploud is pretty powerful, and you know how I like a well-balanced Pokemon team. At the moment, I have a Swellow on my team as my normal type, which is why I sent Exploud home to you in the first place. You're probably better off just offering it to some new trainer, or you could just keep it around on the ranch, in case later we decide that we want another Whismur."
Gaius's ears perked up as he heard all of these names that the Professor and the two trainers were using. 'Those names sound like Pokemon, but I haven't heard of any of them before. I wonder where they come from.' Gaius decided to voice his questions. "Excuse me, Professor, what kind of Pokemon are Exploud and Swellow? Where do they come from? I've read all about the Pokemon that can be found in this area of the Kanto region, and I don't recognize any of their names at all."
Professor Oak then turned towards Gaius. "Oh, right. Gaius, you haven't been to the Hoenn region yet, right? Pokemon like Whismur, Loudred, Exploud, and Swellow all come from Hoenn. So far, Talya and Kurt are the only trainers, whose Pokemon are under my care, that have decided to journey to Hoenn. Kurt there," Professor Oak pointed to the young man on the view screen, "was able to get all eight badges in the Kanto Pokemon league. He then made it to top thirty-two at the Indigo Plateau last year. After that, he and his girlfriend, Talya," Professor Oak then pointed at the tan, young girl, "wanted to try another Pokemon League challenge, so they went to Hoenn. Honestly I'm quite glad that they decided to travel to Hoenn, most trainers go to Johto after their trip through the Kanto league, while those who are unable to get all of the Kanto badges just focus on training until they can participate in the Plateau. Hoenn has only recently been allowing foreign travelers to enter the region. I don't know a lot of details, but apparently there was some sort of Pokemon gang conflict that lasted about two decades. Things began to calm down there last year, and starting this year they re-opened the Hoenn Pokemon League." Professor Oak took a breath, and suddenly seemed to realize how much he had been talking. "Anyway, I can introduce you to Kurt and Talya if you like," the Professor offered.
"Sure," Gaius replied, "I'd like that a lot." 'I wonder how many other regions actually have Pokemon League challenges. I've only heard about the one here in Kanto, but apparently there are at least two others. Johto and Hoenn, I wonder how long it will take to get there after Kanto. I should try to find out as much as possible now, since I'm in the company of both a Pokemon Professor, and two trainers that are actually in Hoenn right now.'
Professor Oak then turned back towards the view-screen, and then motioned for Gaius to come in front of the view screen so Talya and Kurt could see him. Gaius quickly rose from the sofa and made his way over to the view screen, Munchlax followed right behind him. "Talya, Kurt," Professor Oak said, looking towards the trainer that was standing next to him, "this is Gaius. Gaius just started his Pokemon journey a few weeks ago, but already has a Munchlax. Apparently the Pokemon ate its own Pokeball, so Gaius here came to Pallet Town looking for me to help with the situation." Professor Oak then could see the horrified looks on the two trainer's faces, causing the old man to quickly speak again. "Don't worry, his Munchlax is perfectly fine, it doesn't seen to be in any pain or be in any trouble at all." The Professor chuckled to himself, and pat the normal type Pokemon on the head.
"Hey there, Gaius." Kurt yelled, smiling as he spoke. "So you have a Munchlax, huh? What other kind of Pokemon do you have? I have a Swellow, Aggron, Venasaur, Manectric, Spoink, and Dusclops with me right now. I have a lot more in the Professor's lab, though, of course."
Before Gaius could begin to list off his Pokemon, Talya quickly spoke. "Yeah, Gaius, what kind of Pokemon do you have? Or is Munchlax your only one? I have Blastoise, Mightyena, Linoone, Makuhita, Delcatty, and Shroomish. Both Kurt and I left most of our Pokemon at Professor Oak's when we traveled to Hoenn. The only Pokemon we brought with us were each of our starter Pokemon. We both think it's best to learn about a region by using a new team each time you travel around. What do you think?"
"Well," Gaius hesitantly replied, surprised by Talya's very outspoken personality. "I have Munchlax, Blaziken, Beldum, Dragonite, Tyranitar, Gengar and two Poliwag. I started with a Gengar. Gengar was casting illusions all over my home in Pendragon, but I was able to capture it in a Pokeball. Now, it's mine." Gaius smiled, and thought for a moment. "I guess I can see the appeal of using a whole new team when you travel, but I think it depends on each trainer. Some people don't do well with change, and a new region might be enough for them to handle, so they may keep their old Pokemon with them. To each their own, I guess."
Professor Oak turned towards Gaius, surprised at what the new trainer had just said. "Wait, you actually captured a Gengar on your own, and you didn't even have any Pokemon to battle with? How impressive, I haven't heard of anyone accomplishing such a thing before." The old man scratched the back of his head for a moment, and then a proverbial light bulb seemed to turn on in his head. "You said you have a Blaziken, Beldum, Dragonite, Tyranitar and not one, but two Poliwag? How surprising that you already have such a wide variety of Pokemon just weeks after starting out as a trainer. Dragonite and Tyranitar are Pokemon that I don't get to study that often, and, as I mentioned earlier, Hoenn wasn't open to visiting trainers for years. How about this, would you mind leaving some of your Pokemon with me? I'd love to have a chance to study some of them in greater detail. Since you have eight Pokemon with you, you'll have to leave some of them somewhere so they're not stuck in Pokeballs unable to get out.' The professor then paused and began to speak again.
"Possibly, if they're open to it, you could take Kurt and Talya's new Whismur since they don't seem to want it. I might also have another Pokemon that could pique your interest, but we can talk about that later." The Professor then turned towards the view-screen and addressed the two trainers. "So, what do you two think? Is it ok if Gaius takes your extra Whismur? It's better that its out and about training and getting experience than just sitting here anyway. If you aren't comfortable with it, I can just raise it here, if you want."
The pair of trainers quickly looked at each other, seemed to think about it for a moment, and then Kurt spoke. "Sure, if Gaius wants to keep our extra Whismur, he can have it. You're right, Professor, it is better that the Pokemon be able to battle and evolve with a trainer than just stay in your ranch forever." The male trainer then turned his attention towards Gaius. "Please make sure you keep good care of our Whismur. Treat it as you would any Pokemon that you caught yourself."
Gaius smiled, and nodded his head. "I'd be happy to take Whismur with me on my travels, and I'll definitely treat it well." Gaius continued to smile at the pair of trainers, and then turned to the Professor. "I'm just wondering, what does a Whismur look like, anyway?" Gaius had not had a chance to look into his new Pokemon, and wanted to know what it looked like.
Professor Oak closed his eyes and shook his head for a moment, not making a sound. He then raised his head and looked at the young trainer standing in front of him. "I might as well just show you in a minute, Gaius. I just need to finish up this call, then I can help your Munchlax and talk about the other issue I wanted to discuss." The professor then turned towards the view-screen and addressed the pair of trainers. "Anyway, you two stay safe, and keep sending more Pokemon for me to study. You know, I can't ever get enough over here." Professor Oak laughed and then continued to speak. "Good luck to both of you in your gym battles and contests, I know you can make it to the Ever Grand Conference for sure, Kurt." The old man then smiled, and pressed a button on his keyboard and the two trainers vanished from the screen.
The old man then turned to Gaius, and reached into his front right pocket on his lab coat. The professor pulled out a Pokeball from his pocked and offered it to Gaius. "This is Whismur's Pokeball. How about you two go outside and you can get introduced to your new Pokemon. You can find out what attacks it can do, and what its capabilities are by using this handy device." Professor Oak reached into his left pants pocket, and rummaged around inside, seemingly finding nothing. He then quickly checked his right pants pocked, and both pockets on his lab coat. "I could have sworn I had it here...hold on." After a minute or so of him checking and re-checking each of his pockets, he turned and walked towards his small table near the metal stairwell. "Ah, so I left it over here then," he mused, laughing as he picked up an object and walked back towards Gaius. The professor then thrust a small, red device in the young trainer's direction.
Gaius examined the device for a moment, before grabbing it from Professor Oak's hands. The object was slightly larger than the palm of Gaius's hand and had a bright blue orb in the top left of the device. Gaius assumed that the orb was some sort of sensor, either for visual objects or for detecting sounds. The device had an easy to open latch on its left side, which the trainer quickly opened. The interior of the machine had a small screen and a few tiny slits diagonally from the bottom of the screen, as if they were a miniature speaker. Under the speakers, there was a directional pad, and next to the pad there were two small, thin buttons. The buttons were colored grey and black, and there was a larger, circular black button to the left of the thin buttons. There seemed to be a small green touch-pad or screen in the middle of the device, below all of the buttons. The right side of the machine looked much more complex. A small, long black screen was situated above two rows of light blue keys. There were five keys in each row, and two similarly looking white keys that were below the blue keys. Across from the white keys, on the right side of the device, there were two thin black buttons which looked similar to the buttons on the other half of the object. Under the two black buttons, there was a small, yellow circular button, and two screens were situated at the bottom of the right side of the machine. Gaius closed the object, and turned it over. The backside of the device seemed to have no features at all, and was smooth to the touch.
Seeing Gaius examine the object, Professor Oak chimed in, informing the trainer about the device. "That is a Pokedex. It's a high-tech encyclopedia detailing all of the Pokemon types, abilities, habitats, and moves that specific Pokemon can learn. If you say a Pokemon name, or look up a Pokemon using the menu, all of the known data for that Pokemon would be displayed. The Pokedex can also identify Pokemon based on the sounds they make, also known as their Pokemon cries. If you wish to gather information on a Pokemon that you see in the wild, or one that an opposing trainer is using in battle, you can point the Pokedex in the direction of that Pokemon, and the information should just pop right up. It's a pretty handy tool, and I should know, I designed it myself. Normally I give a Pokedex to new trainers starting their Pokemon journey, but, for you, I may be able to make an exception. Given that you've already caught a wide variety of Pokemon, I'm sure having a Pokedex would make your journey much easier as you continue to catch Pokemon and battle trainers."
Gaius glanced at the Pokedex in his hand, and thought for a moment. 'Although I already have a phone that can look up much of this information, having a machine like this would make the job of learning about new Pokemon much easier. I wouldn't actually have to type their name in, or a descripton of the Pokemon into the Pokedex, like I currently have to do for my phone. Hm...I guess I should take the old man up on his offer.' Gaius smiled, and began to speak.
"Thank you, Professor Oak. I'd be glad to take a Pokedex. If the machine is realy as great as you say, I'm sure it will be useful during my journey. So it's easy as just naming a Pokemon, right? Then information will pop up? I'll try it then." Gaius paused for a moment, thinking of what question to ask. "Pokedex, tell me about Gengar." 'It's probably best to test its abilities on a subject that I know quite well," Gaius thought.
After a second, the small round orb on the top left of the device lit up and began to blink. A robotic, monotone voice could be heard coming from the speakers. "Gengar, the Shadow Pokémon. Gengar is the final evolved form of Gastly. It can absorb any surrounding heat, leaving a sudden chill." After the short description, the blinking light faded, and the machine went silent once again.
'Hm,' Gaius mused, 'That's not a lot of information, but since it has information on its moves and power level, I'm sure it is still useful. I would like to test its capabilities on all of my Pokemon, but that would take way too long. Overall, though, I'm not impressed. Hopefully this thing will prove to be more useful in the future.' The trainer paused and then looked at the red color of the Pokedex. "I'm not trying to sound unappreciative Prof, but does this come in black?"
Professor Oak sighed, slowly taking the red Pokedex back from Gaius. "I guess...if you really want one...I could have a black model created for you. It would only take a few hours for my 3d printer to create a new outer casing, and then my machine could just paint the casing black instead of red. Unfortunately I can't just paint the exterior of this one as it is. Heh, I'd still like to keep this one in reserve anyway, in case Ash decides to show up later today. Oh yeah, that brings me to my other proposition that I wanted to discuss with you. You see, I happened to catch a wild Pokemon a few days ago to use in my research on electric Pokemon. However, the Pokemon's power output was outside the acceptable margin of error, so I couldn't use it in a test to determine the average power output."
"So, you mean, that the Pokemon was very powerful for its species?"Gaius interrupted the Professor, not caring for his long speeches. 'Come on Prof, get to the point. The less time I spend here talking to you, the more time I could be out training and testing out my new Whismur.'
"Oh yes, the Pokemon is quite powerful. Anyway, since I cannot use it in my research, I was going to give it to Ash when he showed up, since all thre of the basic starter Pokemon have been chosen by my grandson Gary and two other children from Pallet Town. Now, what were their names again? Hm...well, I'm sure you'll meet them eventually." The professor then walked over to the large circular machine where three circular indentations were built into the base. He then pushed a button on the machine and a Pokeball rose up from a hidden middle slot in the center of the three indentations. "Since Ash hasn't gotten here yet, and since you said you saw him yourself, he must have decided to wait to start on his Pokemon journey. With Ash not here, and no other new trainers to give the Pokemon to, I was wondering if you would be interested in taking it. At least then, the Pokemon would be able to have a real life out seeing the world with a Pokemon trainer. That would definitely be better than spending his life cooped up in my corral out back." Professor Oak reached down onto the machine and lifted up the Pokeball.
Gaius could see that the Pokeball had an a symbol of a lightning bolt etched onto the middle of the red half, right above the white button that trainers pressed to open up their Pokeballs. 'If the Pokemon is really as powerful as Professor Oak says, I have to add it to my collection. I'm sure it will be amazing in Pokemon battles, as well.' Gaius smiled, and slowly nodded his head. "If you think it's best, I'd love to take the Pokemon with me as I travel Kanto. Although, I'm just wondering, what species of Pokemon is it?"
The Professor smiled as he heard Gaius agree to take the Pokeball that the old man held in his hand. "Well, how about you just see for yourself," Professor Oak mused. He then pressed the white button in the center of the ball, and white light shot out from the ball and began to condense on the edge of the machine. Once the white light dissipated, a small, yellow Pokemon was standing a few feet away from Gaius.
"Oh, I recognize that Pokemon." Gaius said, surprisingly. "That's a Pikachu isn't it? I've read about Pikachu in my research of Kanto's Pokemon. I've looked into most of the Pokemon that can be found around this area of Kanto. Pikachu can normally be found in the Viridian Forest, but they are extremely rare. Also, Pikachu can only evolve once, into Raichu, once it is exposed to a Thunder Stone. Furthermore, as with all stone evolutions, Raichu can only learn Technical Machine, Hidden Machine, or moves from specialist tutors. Did I get that all right, Professor Oak?"
"Splendid, just splendid Gaius." Professor Oak beamed at the young trainer, proud that someone who had recently started his journey already knew so much. "You got everything exactly right and I don't think a textbook could have even put it better. I'm curious though, what caused you to want to find out so much about Pokemon on your own? Most trainers just wait to see Pokemon naturally as they come along in their journey, but you took the initiative to figure out so much on your own. I'm sure your parents are quite proud of you."
"Well, I've always wanted to try and keep myself informed about whatever I'm trying to accomplish. In this case, I'm trying to collect all eight gym badges so I can go to the Indigo Plateau. I figured, that since knowledge is power, the best way for me to accomplish my goal would be to find out as much as possible about Pokemon in the Kanto region. Besides just looking up Pokemon that were native around this area, I've also looked at all of the Kanto Pokemon, although I probably won't be able to remember all of them until I actually see some of them in person." Gaius smiled and then paused as he thought of the best way to phrase the second part of his statement. "About my parents, Professor, they're actually both dead. I recently lost my father Magnus to a heart attack a little more than a month ago and my mother passed away in a car crash fifteen years ago. I don't remember much about my mother, Marianne, other than that she was a Pokemon trainer. My father raised me pretty much on his own after she passed. Since he was a businessman, he didn't see much use for Pokemon or support me going off on a journey. The only reason I'm here is because of his passing." Gaius slowly glanced towards Pikachu. The electric mouse Pokemon was casually looking back and forth, from Gaius to the Professor.
"Oh, my, I'm quite sorry about that, Gaius." The Professor closed his eyes for a moment and bowed his head, as if he was trying to comfort the young trainer for the loss of both parents. After a few minutes of silence, Professor Oak spoke quickly, as if a lightning bulb had just gone off in his head. "Wait, you said your mother Marianne passed fifteen years ago in a car accident and that she was a Pokemon trainer? You also told me before that you come from the town of Pendragon right?"
"Yes," Gaius replied, "but I don't see how that has..." The Professor quickly interrupted the young trainer, cutting him off in mid-sentence.
"Your mother was Marianne La Morte!" Professor Oak exclaimed. "Well, at least that was her stage name, anyway. Marianne was quite skilled in Pokemon battling and was considered a dark type Pokemon expert. I remember reading about her passing when it happened. The timing was quite sad as well. She had a hearing scheduled for the month after her death with Mr. Goodshow and the other officials at the Pokemon League. She hoped that they would approve a dark type gym as a ninth Kanto gym, with her as the Gym Leader. Given her reputation and third place in the Indigo Plateau competition from when she was on her own journey, her proposition would almost have been guaranteed approval. Hm...if only her life wasn't tragically cut short, she could have revolutionized the Pokemon community in Kanto. I daresay she could have even risen to the Elite Four in a few years, I guess we'll never know."
"Wait, Professor," Gaius asked, "how do you know that my mother, and Marianne La Morte were the same person? Lots of people die in car crashes, and Marianne isn't exactly a unique name. I mean, it would be interesting if my mother was actually a famous Pokemon trainer, but are you sure it's really her?" Gaius paused, and then thought to himself. 'If my mother was really that successful of a trainer, that would make sense as to how I have so much natural skill. I doubt normal trainers would be able to control a Dragonite the first day of their Pokemon journey, but I was able to as if Dragonite had been my Pokemon for months.' The trainer then looked at the Professor as the old man quickly moved over to the large view screen and typed for a few seconds on a keyboard on the console of the machine.
Within a few seconds, a picture that Gaius recognized as his mother appeared on the screen. Marianne looked only a few years older than Gaius in the picture. She had long black hair that fell halfway down her back, light skin, bright blue eyes, and one earring that featured the Pokemon League symbol for dark type Pokemon in each ear. In the picture she was smiling, as if she was proud of some accomplishment she had just completed or some goal she had just attained. Gaius looked hard at the image for a moment before speaking. "That's...that's my mother, Marianne."
"I thought so," Professor Oak responded, smiling at the young trainer. "That settles it, then. Your mother was, in fact, Marianne la Morte, a dark type Pokemon expert. Although, I'm surprised your father never told you about her himself. I know you told me he didn't agree with the life of being a Pokemon trainer, but...she was still your mother, after all." The old man walked over to Gaius and patted him on the back, trying to comfort the young trainer.
"Yeah," Gaius replied, "I guess my father really didn't agree with her ideas at all. I hope that I can eventually follow in her footsteps, and possibly find a specialization of my own. Perhaps, some day, after I collect all of the Kanto badges and participate in the Indigo Plateau tournament, I could end up with a badge of my own." Gaius smiled and began to think. 'I wonder what kind of Gym I'd end up running. I could always try dark type, like my mother, or I could try for a ghost type gym, since Gengar is pretty much my main Pokemon.' The trainer was pulled away from his daydream by Professor Oak, who began to speak.
"Now that we have those issues out of the way, I can actually get to work on why you came here in the first place. It'll probably take me a while to locate the exact location of Munchlax's Pokeball within its body. Then, after I locate the Pokeball, I can use my Pokemon transporting machine to force the Pokeball to activate using the same infrared signal that can be used to transfer Pokeballs from the trainers in Pokemon Centers to the lab. Even if that sounds relatively simple to you, it may take an hour or so for me to both find and activate the Pokeball." The professor paused and looked at Gaius. "Speaking of your Munchlax, where is he?"
Gaius looked around the lab, until his eyes finally settled on Munchlax. The Pokemon had fallen asleep on the couch near the back of the lab, presumably when Gaius and the Pokemon were sitting down while Kurt and Talya were talking to the professor. "I guess he slept through all of that. I should go wake him up and tell him to follow your instructions for the procedure." As Gaius started to walk away, a Pokemon's cry caused him to turn around.
"Pika! PikaChuuu!" The small mouse Pokemon yelled at the trainer, reminding Gaius of its presence.
"Oh, yeah. I almost forgot I got you too, Pikachu. It's time to return to your Pokeball now." Gaius lifted up Pikachu's Pokeball and pressed the button, attempting to recall Pikachu. The Pokemon quickly jumped off the edge of the machine, avoiding the ray of light that would capture it. "Come on, Pikachu, you need to get back in your ball now." The trainer then walked to the other side of the machine, hoping to recall his Pokemon, but Pikachu was nowhere to be found.
"Oh, Pikachu ran over to this side, Gaius, as soon as it saw you walking towards it." Professor Oak paused as if he was remembering something. "I forgot, this Pikachu doesn't like to be inside its Pokeball. You could always just try to keep it outside the ball, or you could try to train it and coax it to be used to being inside a Pokeball. Just try to work on whichever option you think is best, it's your choice."
Gaius shook his head in disdain as he walked towards Professor Oak and saw Pikachu hiding on the opposite side of the machine. 'Just great, not only do I have a Munchlax that doesn't listen to me that well, I also have a Pikachu now that doesn't like to be in its Pokeball. Why couldn't all of my Pokemon be as obedient as Dragonite or Gengar?' The trainer sighed, and knelt down to speak to Pikachu. "You don't like being in your Pokeball, huh? Well, we can work on that later, but, for now, can you just try and follow me? Like this, I'll walk over to my Munchlax and you can follow right behind me so I can introduce you to him. Does that sound alright?"
"Pika!" The mouse Pokemon replied as he shook his head.
"Hm, well, if you don't want to follow me, perhaps you could try to show off a Thundershock attack?" Gaius asked. "I'm pretty sure you should be capable of that attack. All Pikachu usually start off knowing that, so it shouldn't be too hard for you." 'I hope I can at least make Pikachu do something, otherwise this will seriously be a pain to train it.' Gaius smiled weakly at the Pokemon, hoping it would follow his instructions.
The Pikachu smiled slyly, and electricity began to buildup in its body. Within a few seconds, a bolt of electricity shot out from the electric Pokemon. The bolt then traveled above the Pokemon, until it hit the ceiling of the Pokemon Lab. Within a few seconds, all of the machines that were in the laboratory turned off, as well as all of the lights and lamps which were placed around the lab as well.
"Well," Professor Oak mused, "I guess your Pikachu short circuited the electricity in the building. I'll have to go and reset the breakers, but hopefully the power will come back on soon. I'll be just a moment, don't worry about the slight power outage." Professor Oak then walked down the stairs of his lab, presumably to wherever the fuse boc was located.
Gaius quickly glared at Pikachu, as the Pokemon had begun to laugh when the power went out. "You think you're funny, huh? It's not right for you to use your electric attacks like that to mess with people's buildings. For all you know there could be sick Pokemon that the Professor was taking care of that are some form of life support. Did you really want to risk those Pokemon's lives just to play a joke on me and the Professor? If you're going to be my Pokemon, you're going to have to behave and follow your trainer's instructions. I won't ask much of you, just try to train your hardest and battle Pokemon when called upon. I'm sure you'll have a lot more fun with me than being stuck here with Professor Oak for the rest of your life." Gaius paused as he considered what to do next. "How about you meet my other Pokemon, so you can have an idea of who you might be traveling with." 'This will also give me an opportunity to see my new Whismur in person,' Gaius thought.
As Gaius reached down towards his Pokeballs, he then realized that he was carrying two too many. "Oh yeah, I already have Gengar, Blaziken, Dragonite, Tyranitar, Beldum and my Munchlax. With those guys, and my Whismur and Pikachu, I have eight Pokemon. Since a Pokemon trainer is only allowed six Pokemon on them at once, I'll have to leave at least two of my Pokemon somewhere. I'll see if I can find somewhere near home who has a Pokemon ranch in Pendragon, I could always pay them to hold my Pokemon that I'm not using. Or, wait...Professor Oak said before that he wanted to study some of my Pokemon. I could always ask him if I could store all of my Pokemon here, anyway. That way I'll have a free place to keep them, and I won't have to worry about having to come back to my hometown if I want some transferred." Gaius smiled, and then opened up his Pokeballs. "Come out everybody, and meet my new Pokemon!"
Soon, the large room in Professor Oak's laboratory seemed quite small. Tyranitar and Dragonite were slowly walking towards Pikachu, Dragonite smiling while Tyranitar seemed to grimace. Blaziken began to run laps around the lab, stopping every other lap to stand in front of a different Pokemon, almost as if he was introducing himself. Beldum began to use Take Down repeatedly, trying to hit the extremely fast Blaziken as the fire Pokemon made its rounds. Gengar began to sneak up behind the shy Whismur, who was currently trying to hide behind Pikachu.
"Oh," Gaius exclaimed as he noticed the new Pokemon among the bunch, "I guess that's my Whismur, then." Whismur had a small, round pinkish body, with one stub-like arms on each side of its body, and two yellow-tipped feet. On top of its head, it had long rabbit-like ears that were the same color of its body, with yellow tips just like the tips of its feet. Gaius's Gengar neared the Whismur from behind and jumped out, uttering its Pokemon cry. "Gengar!" Within a few seconds, the room was filled with earsplitting noise.
Whismur had begun to cry the second that Gengar scared the small Pokemon. Whismur's cries were so loud and deafening, that all of the Pokemon immediately covered their ears. Gengar seemed unaffected by Whismurs cries, as the Pokemon only laughed as all of the others, save Beldum, were feeling immense ear pain. Beldum simply fell towards the floor, slowly repeating its own name, "Beldum..Beldummm." All of the other Pokemon begun to yell at the Whismur, presumably to tell the Whisper Pokemon to cease its cries and to calm down. Whismur's trainer was also quite surprised by the noise, tried to quickly think of a solution to the problem.
'I have to think of a way to calm Whismur down, or, at the very least, incapacitate it. I don't know how long my ears can last before they start bleeding. Come on, Gaius, think of something quick!' Gaius first reached down hoping to find Whismur's Pokeball, but discovered that it lay near the normal type Pokemon. 'I'm not sure if I can get any closer to Whismur without my ear drums bursting. I have to think of some other way.' The trainer quickly scanned the room until he noticed that his Gengar seemed unaffected by the normal type Pokemon. 'If I can get Gengar to hear me, he might be able to put a stop to Whismur. I just need to get his attention and then I can issue a command.' The trainer began to yell Gengar's name for several seconds, until the ghost type Pokemon looked his way. 'Good, I think he noticed I was calling to him. Now I just have to get him to stop Whismur.' "Gengar, use Hypnosis on Whismur," Gaius yelled frantically, trying to make his voice be heard over the deafening cries of the Pokemon. "Gengar, I said, use Hypnosis on Whismur. It needs to stop crying, and I don't know how to calm it down!"
The ghost Pokemon seemed to hear his trainer's command, causing him to float effortlessly in front of the normal type Pokemon. Purple circles of light emanated from Gengar's eyes and traveled to Whismur's. Within a few seconds, the Whisper Pokemon fell on its back, and its cries stopped completely. All of the Pokemon seemed quite happy that Whismur was incapacitated, each of them looking at Gengar and seemingly voiced their approval.
Gaius smiled and then walked towards his newest, sleeping Pokemon. He calmly picked the small Pokemon up in his arms, and rocked it for a few seconds. "Time to wake up, Whismur. I know you're just a baby, but we need to lay down some guidelines, ok?"
The Pokemon woke up as its trainer mentioned its name, smiling up at Gaius as it was being rocked. "Whismur..Whis..murr," the Pokemon slowly cooed.
"Good, now that you're awake again, I need to tell you when you're allowed to use moves like that, ok? I know Gengar probably scared you, but it was just trying to make you laugh. It didn't know that you would be sad or upset, ok?"
"Whis...mur.." The Pokemon seemed to nod and accept what it was being told.
"Now," its trainer said, continuing where he left off, "if you ever get scared again, instead of crying, run back to me, ok? I'll bring you back into your Pokeball, unless you're in the middle of a Pokemon battle. In that case, I may need you to fight for me, ok? But don't worry, I'll try not to ask you to fight anything too scary. Now, if for some reason you and I are separated during my journey, stick with Pikachu. Pikachu is about your size, and is new to having a trainer, just like yourself. I'm sure he wouldn't mind keeping you safe, right, Pikachu?"
"Pika?" The electric Pokemon at first seemed reluctant to agree to Gaius's proposal, but after a minute the yellow Pokemon nodded its head.
"See, don't worry Whismur, Pikachu and I will keep you safe. Now, how about you and I try some training when Professor Oak comes back from fixing the electricity. Pikachu and you can try to do some practice battling together. Since you're both my Pokemon, you won't really hurt each other that much, but don't be afraid to use your full power, ok?"
"Whismur!" The normal type Pokemon exclaimed.
"Pika!" Pikachu also seemed to agree to the proposal.
Gaius slowly put Whismur on the floor and then quickly began to recall his other Pokemon, save Pikachu. "Thanks Gengar you did a good job," he praised, as he recalled his ghost type Pokemon last. Gaius then looked over towards the couch and noticed that his Munchlax was still sound asleep in the exact same position it had been since before Whismur's outburst. "Wow, Munchlax, I guess you really can sleep through anything." Gaius then heard the sound of someone coming up the stairs.
"Hello, Gaius?" An old voice could be heard as the sound of footsteps grew louder and closer. Within a few seconds, Professor Oak was at the top of the stairs. "I was able to fix the electricity, I think. I put the laboratory power grid in automatic reset mode, so it should be coming back on my itself in a few minutes. Say, I heard quite an obnoxious racket while I was in the basement. It sounded as if someone was screaming at the top of their lungs. Was that your Whismur by any chance? I should have probably warned you that they can get quite loud if they get scared or startled and most Whismur trainers invest in some ear plugs when the Pokemon is in battle. Some of Whismur's basic attacks can be quite loud themselves, not to mention what Exploud sound like when they're in battle. It seems you were able to calm Whismur down on your own though, so I guess it's good that you got some training in on how to take care of it."
"Yeah," Gaius said coolly. "I really wish I would have found that out beforehand." Gaius paused as he looked back towards his Munchlax. "Now that the power should be coming back soon, should I get my Munchlax ready for you to retrieve the Pokeball?" Gaius then looked towards the Pokeball transport machine, which was by the large monitor. "The space between the top and bottom of that machine looks slightly small. How are we going to get Munchlax in the gap for you to remove the Pokeball?"
"Don't worry, Gaius," Professor Oak replied, "I'm sure he can fit, plus, the top of the device can be raised up to a foot if needed if Pokemon without Pokeballs need to be transferred. We should be able to get Munchlax to lie on his back, and the space should be sufficient." As Professor Oak finished speaking, the lights in the laboratory slowly lit up again, and all of the machines came back to life as well. "Wonderful," the professor added as he saw the electricity return, "now, get your Munchlax over to the machine so I can start my work. In the meantime, you can go out and start training Whismur or Pikachu out in my ranch. If you decide you want to go out and try and catch some more Pokemon, than feel free to do that as well."
Gaius walked over to where his Munchlax was sleeping and tried to rouse him. "Munchlax, wake up. It's time for you to get that Pokeball removed now. The sooner you get it removed, the sooner I can ask Professor Oak if he has any special Munchlax food for you to eat."
Even at the mention of food the Pokemon did not stir. The trainer put his hands on the normal type Pokemon's shoulders and gently shook him. "Come on Munchlax, you have to wake up now. I'll give you a lot of food if you do and we both know how much you love food." The Pokemon slowly opened its eyes and looked at its trainer. "Good Munchlax," Gaius continued, "now get up and follow me. we're going to walk over to that machine and then you're going to lay down there. You can probably even go back to sleep there if you want while Professor Oak prepares to perform the procedure." The young trainer walked towards the machine situated next to the large computer with Munchlax and Pikachu following behind him.
When the human and his Pokemon reached the machine, Gaius turned to his Munchlax. "Ok Munchlax, now you need to get up on the machine. Try to jump or climb up, I don't think that either myself or Professor Oak can lift you up that high." Gaius smiled and laughed at the thought of he and the Professor lifting up such a heavy Pokemon.
Munchlax walked up to the machine and tried to use its hands to pull itself up on top of the machine. After several failed attempts at pulling itself up to the machine, the Pokemon then tried to jump up to reach the machine. Unfortunately, Munchlax could only jump a few inches off of the ground, so the second plan failed as well. "Munchlax, Mun," the Pokemon said, apparently at frustration from his lack of success.
After watching his Pokemon try and fail to reach the Pokeball transporter, Gaius reached down onto his belt and pulled out a Pokeball. "Gengar, come forth and help lift Munchlax onto that machine. It needs to get on there to have his Pokeball removed." The trainer threw the ball into the air and his ghost Pokemon appeared in a flash of white.
"Gengar, gar gar," his Pokemon yelled, laughing as he watched Munchlax continue to fail in its attempts to reach the machine. After a few moments of laughter, Gengar waved his hands and a light purple glow surrounded Munchlax. Gengar then raised its fingers into the air and the normal type Pokemon began to float several feet of the ground. Within a few seconds, the ghost type was able to maneuver Munchlax onto the Pokeball transporter. "Gengar," it said, smiling as it completed its assigned task.
"Thanks Gengar, it's time to return to your Pokeball now," Gaius replied. The trainer pressed the button on Gengar's Pokeball and watched as the ghost type was sucked inside its Pokeball. With Munchlax situated on the machine and Gengar returned to its Pokeball, Gaius turned his attention back towards Professor Oak. "Now that Munchlax is on the machine, you can begin, right?" The trainer watched as Professor Oak nodded affirmatively. "Thank you for agreeing to help. Furthermore, I've decided who I want to bring with me after I leave the laboratory. You can keep Tyranitar, Dragonite, Blaziken, Beldum, and one of the Poliwag here. That will leave me with space in my party if I end up catching someone else before I reach the next town. I kind of wish that I could bring Beldum with me as it still needs to evolve, but frankly it only knows one attack, so I'll try and train it later at some point. Plus the Pokemon is from Hoenn, so you can have the chance to study it." The trainer handed Professor Oak the Pokeballs that he chose to leave and then turned and began to walk towards the stairs that led to the ground floor of Professor Oak's lab. Pikachu quickly followed behind his trainer.
Professor Oak nodded as Gaius handed him the Pokeballs. "Thank you for you giving me the opportunity to study some of your Pokemon while they're here at my lab. I'll make sure my assistants and I take good care of them while you're away." As Gaius started to walk down the stairs, Professor Oak called out to the young trainer. "The total time for prep and for the procedure will be about an hour or so. Just be sure to come back to the laboratory a little after an hour is up. I'll call you on your cell phone if anything comes up."
Gaius smiled and nodded as he walked down the stairs, quickly exiting the lab from a back entrance which led to the backyard where stored Pokemon graze. As he looked upon the field, the trainer could see many various Pokemon that were playing or grazing about. "Wow," he said, surprised at the variety of Pokemon there, "That's a Nidoking there and I can see a Nidoqueen standing right next to it." Both Pokemon were hunched over eating a large, shared bowl of Pokemon food. Gaius then turned his head to the right and saw even more Pokemon. "Oh, look. That's a Sandslash and a Primeape who seem to be sparring over there. I guess they're both trying to train to make themselves stronger." Gaius smiled and continued to comment on several other Pokemon, until he decided that there were simply too many to name.
After looking at many of the various Pokemon that were either playing, training, or eating in the backyard, Gaius found an open area that seemed devoid of Pokemon presence. He then turned to Pikachu, who stood a few feet behind him. "Pikachu, I know we kind of got off on the wrong foot, but would you like to help Whismur train a bit? I need to see what both you and he are capable of so I can plan on how to win battles using both of your skills. Would you be all right with sparring a bit with Whismur?"
"Pika," the electric mouse Pokemon replied hesitantly, reluctantly agreeing to his trainer's proposition. Pikachu then moved a foot in front of Gaius and waited for him to call forth Whismur so that the Pokemon could train.
Gaius reached down onto his belt and pulled off Whismur's Pokeball, throwing it forward a few feet after he pushed the button on the Pokeball. He then watched as the small, pink Pokemon exited the ball and stood several feet in front of the trainer and Pikachu. "Whismur, would it be ok if you trained with Pikachu? I promise you won't get hurt, or anything. If anything ends up happening, we're right outside Professor Oak's, so you can get help there."
Whismur nodded and assumed a fighting position as it waited for Gaius to issue a command to Pikachu. "Whismur, Whis," it yelled as it tried to make a strong first impression in the battle.
"Pikachu," Gaius yelled, "start off with a Thundershock attack. Whismur, use whatever attack you can to counter Thundershock. If you don't have any attacks that can counter the attack, try to use whatever attack you can to stop Pikachu in its tracks." Gaius smiled as both of his Pokemon prepared to battle. 'I'm quite glad that I thought of this training method. By pitting my Pokemon against each other, I can test their potential without having to actually find a wild Pokemon or other trainer to deal with. Let's see what these Pokemon are actually capable of.'
Pikachu's body began to glow yellow as it prepared to unleash a strong Thundershock attack. "Pika," the electric mouse Pokemon yelled as a electricity shot from its body towards the small Whismur. The normal Pokemon seemed completely unsure of how it should respond in a situation like this. Obviously this was the first time that the Pokemon had ever trained with another Pokemon, let alone participated in a battle.
Gaius tried to call out to his Pokemon, hoping to bring it to its senses. "Whismur, you have to think of some attack that you can do. Try to incapacitate Pikachu so it can't attack you any more. Don't worry about hurting Pikachu, if this were a real Pokemon battle you would have to do everything it takes to knock out the other Pokemon. Don't ever hold back, holding back only leads to defeat and loss. You don't want to lose, right?" The trainer then watched as Whismur was struck by Pikachu's Thundershock. "Whismur, now, counterattack before your opponent strikes again. Pikachu, begin to charge another Thundershock!"
Whismur began to look at Pikachu with a hint of defiance in its eyes. It seemed as if the Pokemon wanted to prove to both itself and its trainer that it had true strength and potential. The small normal type Pokemon rushed towards Pikachu as its left arm began to glow white. Whismur swung its arm, causing a white crescent blade to fly from its arm towards its opponent. The blade hit Pikachu directly in the face, causing the Pokemon to be knocked back a few feet.
Pikachu looked slightly shaken by the attack, however its body soon glowed yellow as it prepared to expell another burst of electricity from its body. The Thundershock attack traveled quickly from the electric mouse's body to its target, leaving Whismur engulfed in electricity as it felt the full force of the attack. "Pika," the Pokemon yelled, outrageously celebrating its success so far in the battle.
Gaius quickly interjected when he saw Pikachu begin to look complacent. "Pikachu, stand ready. Just because you're doing good so far doesn't mean a thing. All can change with just one move in a Pokemon battle. If you let your guard up at all, you're only inviting defeat." The trainer paused while thinking of a new command. "Now, try a Quick Attack. See if you can finish it off before Whismur can even make a second move!" 'I hope that this battle will teach Whismur that it has to think on its feet if it wants to stay conscious in Pokemon matches. It can't afford any type of mistakes at all, especially if this would have been a gym battle.' The trainer then watched as his Pikachu quickly ran towards Whismur.
Pikachu began to speed up, closing the gap between himself and his opposing Pokemon in mere seconds. As the electric mouse was inches from Whismur, the yellow Pokemon jumped off the ground and slammed its body hard into the normal type Pokemon. Whismur fell backwards and quickly found itself unable to move or attack. Gaius quickly looked at Whismur's condition and then spoke. "Pikachu, that's enough. Whismur is unable to battle, you win this sparring competition." The trainer then approached his almost knocked out Pokemon and knelt down so he could pick up the small, pink Whismur. "Just because you happened to lose this one, Whismur, doesn't mean that you should stop trying to be strong. The only thing that separates you and Pikachu is that you're barely more than a newborn. I'm sure as we travel you'll get stronger and eventually evolve into a Loudred or Exploud. Try and be more confident in battles and you'll do better every time." Gaius then smiled as his baby Pokemon and quickly recalled it into its Pokeball. "Rest easy, Whismur," he said to himself, as he fascened the Pokeball back onto his belt.
With the sparring match over, Gaius decided to spend the rest of the time relaxing out in the backyard. He laid down on his back and glanced up at the sky, analyzing all of the large white clouds that floated overhead. The trainer then turned to his Pikachu, who was standing nearby. "Hey, Pikachu. I hope you were listening when I was talking to Whismur, the same goes for you, too. Although you won the competition, you shouldn't ever be lax or too confident. Always try your hardest and always make sure your moves have the maximum possible power output. We're going to be battling gyms ahead and you're probably going to be staying on my team for a while." Gaius laughed and smiled at his Pikachu. "It would be kinda hard to send you back to Professor Oak from out in the wilderness after all, if you still refuse to go back into your Pokeball." The trainer paused and then reached down onto his belt. He quickly pulled out Pikachu's Pokeball and tried to recall the yellow Pokemon. When the electric mouse saw what he was attempting, the Pokemon quickly fired off a Thundershock attack which landed a few inches from its trainers feet. Gaius then shook his head in exasperation. "Ok, I guess no Pokeball still. Fine, I can get used to you walking behind me." He then sighed, and continued looking up at the clouds.
In what only seemed like a few minutes later, Gaius heard a loud beep coming from his cellular phone. He quickly pulled the device out of his pocket and learned that a full hour had just passed since he and his Pokemon went out as Professor Oak began to work on his Munchlax. The young trainer got up, quickly brushed himself off, and went back into the Pokemon lab. As Gaius climbed up the stairs to Professor Oak's laboratory, he heard the sound of the Professor's voice.
"Now, Munchlax, aren't you happy now that we've removed the Pokeball?" Gaius reached the top of the stairs and saw Professor Oak gently patting the normal type Pokemon on the head. When the old man saw Gaius, he quickly turned and addressed the trainer. "Ah Gaius, you came just in time. I was able to complete the procedure only a few moments ago. Oh, and don't worry, the process was a complete success. I was able to remove the Pokeball and your Munchlax didn't feel a thing." Professor Oak reached into his pocket and pulled out a Pokeball. He then outstretched his hand and gave the ball to Munchlax's trainer. As he handed it over, the professor looked at the ball and began to speak again. "In case you were curious, the Pokeball also is in perfect working order and suffered no ill affects at all from being in Munchlax's stomach. Pokeballs are built to be very durable and can take quite a beating before ever breaking. In addition to being waterproof, which of course was a necessity for water type Pokemon trainers, Pokeballs can be exposed to high heat and a variety of other conditions that would normally disable most electronic devices. I wouldn't be surprised if the Pokeballs that we use today won't still be functional hundreds of years down the road, either." The old man smiled as he looked back at Munchlax. "Anyway, I'm sure you would like to get back to your adventure. I know I wouldn't want to have to sit around if I had just started out on a Pokemon journey, so I don't want to hold you up either."
Gaius smiled and shook his head at the professor. "Nonsense, I quite enjoyed being able to meet you, Professor Oak. I'm also quite glad to know that my Pokemon will have a nice place to come to when I catch more in the wild to add to my collection." The young trainer paused for a moment as he pondered a possible problem. After a moment, he quickly began to speak again. "I'm just wondering, do you happen to have some sort of portable Pokeball transport device? I know all Pokemon Centers have video phones and transport machines, but my adventures may not always allow me to be close to a Pokemon Center. I might also need to quickly switch Pokemon out before a Pokemon battle at a gym, or I may want to switch my newest capture into my party so I could train it to evolve as soon as possible. I haven't heard of such a device out for public use, but I know if such a device exists, you would be the one to have it. If money is an issue, I could pay you anything you require to help cover the expense."
Professor Oak heartily laughed and then shook his head. "No, no, I don't charge for my services. I get enough funding from the Pokemon research organizations to fund all of my activities here. Plus, I enjoy studying Pokemon and helping young trainers like yourself simply out of the goodness of my heart. If people like me, and other Pokemon professors, didn't actually like studying Pokemon, I'm sure we could all have chosen a different like of work." The professor then scratched his chin for a moment as he contemplated what to say next. "But, about your question, I may have just the thing. Bill Sonezaki, the Pokemon researcher who lives in Cerulean City, happened to send me a prototype design for a Pokemon transporter a few weeks ago. I've tested the design myself, so I know it works, but I'm unsure about the range that the device can transport over. Bill doesn't get out much from his cottage, so he can't exactly test the range out either. I wouldn't mind letting you borrow the machine for a while, so you can test it out yourself." He turned and quickly went to his wooden desk and opened the bottom drawer. He then pulled out an object that was about three fourth's the size of a counter-top coffee machine.
Instead of there being a carafe, there was an open space with a small, circular ridge on the bottom of the opening. There were about four small rectangular buttons located under the opening and a small blank screen that Gaius surmised was a digital readout of some sort. The two buttons to the left of the screen had an arrows printed on them, one button pointing up, and the other arrow pointing down. The other two buttons were on the right side of the screen, with one being colored green, and the other red. A small grey, flat back connected the base of the machine to an overhanging piece. The overhang was shaped like a smaller version of the Pokeball transporter, with a similar pinkish orb on top of the overhanging piece. Professor Oak handed Gaius the machine, and then began to explain the machines functions.
"The buttons here on the left can select where you want the Pokeball sent. All of the standard Pokemon centers should be in the database, as well as of course my lab. Once you select where you want to sync up your machine, press the green button on the right. Then your Pokeball will either be sent to there or you can receive a Pokemon from that location. Once you're done sending or getting Pokemon, simply press the red button to turn the device off." The professor paused and then continued speaking with a sense of assurance. "In case you're worried, the transporter can detect whether a transfer will be successful or not, given the range and if the location is allowing for Pokemon transfer at that time. If, for any reason, the transfer cannot be completed, it will display an error message and will not allow your Pokemon to be sent anywhere." The old man then smiled as he handed the machine over to Gaius, who quickly stuffed the transporter into his backpack. The professor turned and began to walk away from the trainer, until he quickly put his hand to his forehead and shook his head. He then opened the second drawer on his desk and pulled out a small, black object.
"I almost forgot, I was able to set up my machine to create a black Pokedex for you as requested. This has the same capabilities as the red one I showed you earlier, however I added a slight modification that I already planned to add in my future Pokedex designs. Your Pokedex can wirelessly receive information from other regions if it detects a Pokemon that is not already in its Kanto-based database. It will then keep and store the newly acquired data onto its hard drive so you can recall the information at any time. Although you could technically download all of the regions information at once, it would be best to not overtax the device if you can avoid it." The professor then handed Gaius the black Pokedex and then continued speaking. "Feel free to call me anytime if you need help or want to transfer a Pokemon. I'll keep good care of your Blaziken, Beldum, and the other Pokemon that you're leaving here. Take care Gaius, and good luck in your journey." Professor Oak then smiled as he bade the trainer farewell.
"Thanks for all of your help professor," Gaius replied. He quickly recalled his Munchlax and readied to walk down the stairs and exit the building. The young trainer exited the laboratory and then began to walk down the road out of Pallet Town with his Pikachu steps behind him.
Note: If you feel like my story is not deserving of both Pokemon, feel free to disregard my attempt at Pikachu. In this story, like the previous one, I had a hard time separating out parts of the story