Target Pokemon: Magikarp
Story Level: Easiest
Characters: Minimum 3000
Actual character count: 7,181 (5,889 w/o spaces)
Comment: I know I went a little overboard on character count, but I just started writing and got lost in it. This is my first story, so I'm just hoping for the best.
"Can I borrow it please? I really want a water Pokemon."
Stephen was sitting at the breakfast table across from his Uncle Jim. Upon hearing the question, his uncle sat there silently for a second looking like he was very deep in thought.
"I don't know Stephen. Are you sure you know how to use my boat?"
"Yes, I went fishing with my father all the time," Stephen replied.
"I still don't know. What do you think Carrie?"
"I think he's trustworthy enough to use it," replied Aunt Carrie.
Uncle Jim sat there for about 8 seconds in pure silence. After much contemplation, he got the boat key out of his pocket and slid it toward Stephen. Stephen immediately snatched the key off the table and said in an appreciative voice, "Thanks, Uncle Jim!" Stephen dashed upstairs to his room and grabbed his bag and his belt with some Pokeballs on it. When he had everything, he said, "Come on, Serperior! We're off!" Serperior quickly uncoiled himself and raced Stephen down the stairs beating Stephen to the bottom.
"Bye! Thanks again!" he shouted to his Aunt and Uncle while rushing out the door. Stephen could hardly wait to get to the lake to catch his first water Pokemon.
Stephen, 18 years old, started his Pokemon journey not long ago. He was born and raised in Nuvema town in the Unova region. It was there that he received his starter Pokemon when he was 10 years old, a Snivy his father had caught off of Route 1. That Snivy grew up with Stephen throughout his life. In his early years, Stephen never ventured far from his hometown going only as far as Nacrene City. It was not until he was 18 that he decided to start his journey around the whole Pokemon world. Stephen finally left the Unova region in pursuit of greater horizons. Recently, he had stopped by his aunt and uncle's house in Twinleaf Town when he was in the area. He needed a water Pokemon to add to his team, so he figured that Lake Verity would be an excellent place to look.
Stephen arrived at Verity Lakefront and found his uncle's fishing boat beached on the shore. Serperior slithered into the boat while Stephen pushed it out into the water. The clamor of the starting engine sent a rush of adrenaline through Stephen. He could not wait to get out on the water. Stephen found a nice spot on the far side of the lake and shut the motor off. He reached into his bag and pulled out a Super Rod his father gave him before Stephen left Unova. With a brief grunt, he cast it a good distance from the boat. "Here we go," he said to himself and Serperior. Serperior coiled himself up watched the line expectantly. They both sat there and waited for a Pokemon to bite the hook.
About 15 minutes later, Stephen felt a slight tug on the rod. It wasn't even a quarter of a second before he seized it and started reeling frantically. A Magikarp surfaced; however, Stephen was disappointed upon seeing his first catch of the day. "Oh, it's just a Magikarp," he said while taking it off the hook and casting it into the water. Strangely, the Magikarp just stayed there with its face partially out of the water staring at Stephen.
"What? What do you want?" Stephen asked.
The Magikarp remained motionless.
"Do you want me to take you or something?"
The Magikarp began splashing around excitedly.
"No, go home. I don't think you would be useful to me," Stephen judged.
The Magikarp was saddened upon hearing this statement because this one had always wanted a trainer. Desperately wanting Stephen to be its trainer, it jumped out of the water and into the fishing boat. Stephen knocked it back into the water shouting "No, go away!" But it was to unwilling to pass up an opportunity to have a trainer. It repeatedly leaped back into the boat until Stephen eventually had enough and said "Serperior, take care of this." Serperior swung its tail with a small leaf blade on the end of it. It cut the Magikarp near its face while striking it back into the water. The Magikarp looked down in disappointment, sank back into the water, and swam away from view.
Over the course of the next hour, Stephen had not caught any more Pokemon. Believing that the spot he picked was bad, he started the motor again and zoomed off toward the north side of the lake. The water suddenly became rougher as if a large Pokemon was moving below him. Little did Stephen know, the roar of the motor from the boat had disturbed a Gyardos that was sleeping. Suddenly, the Gyarados emerged and gave a loud roar that penetrated Stephen's ears. Stephen sat there in fear trying to decide what to do. Before he could make any move, the Gyarados lifted its tail out of the water and smashed the boat in half with it. Stephen was on one half; Serperior was on the other. The Gyarados roared at Stephen again; this time in Stephen's face. The piercing red eyes struck fear into every nerve in Stephen's body. Without any means of escape, Stephen had no choice but to fight it.
"Serperior! Use Leaf Storm!" He shouted.
Serperior jumped up in the air and started spinning. Leaves began appearing in the twister made from its fast-moving body. All at once the leaves came flying toward the Gyarados at high speed. But it was no good; the leaves barely scathed the bulky Gyarados. The attack only infuriated the Gyarados; one could tell from the look on its face that it was now out for blood. A light began forming in the Gyarados's gaping mouth. Stephen instantly knew that it was a Hyper Beam. Reacting quickly, he pulled out one of his Pokeballs and shouted "Serperior, return!" A red light came from the button of the Pokeball and engulfed Serperior. The light then returned Serperior back to the Pokeball. Stephen was not willing to watch his friend suffer. Realizing that there was nothing he could do, he braced for impact.
Suddenly, a small fishlike figure leaped out of the water. It had jumped so high that it managed to cross the Gyarados's line of sight. Immediately, the light in Gyarados's mouth vanished, and Gyarados's focus was turned toward the figure. When it hit the water, Stephen saw it was a Magikarp; but upon taking a closer look, he saw the cut near its face and realized that it was the one he saw earlier. He was shocked to see it again, but he remained motionless to avoid provoking the Gyarados. The two Pokemon began conversing. Stephen wondered what was going on; but little did he know that the Gyarados and the Magikarp were father and son. After about one and a half minutes of talking, the Gyarados sinked into the water and left. The Magikarp then swam toward Stephen until it was in the water directly in front of him.
"I don't know what I did to deserve that but thanks," Stephen said gratefully.
The Magikarp flopped twice in response.
The two swam together back to shore. Stephen got out of the water, looked back at the Magikarp, and said, "You could be useful to me after all." Stephen pulled a Pokeball out of his belt and expanded it. He then said, "The question is: are you still willing to join me?" Stephen tossed the Pokeball at Magikarp. The ball opened, and Magikarp was engulfed in a red light and taken inside.
The ball shook. "Once…," Stephen said
The ball shook again. "Twice…"
The ball shook once more. "Thrice..."