Pokemon attempting to catch: Lotad (Simple)
(I'm Australian so instead of "Mom" and "color", we have "Mum" and "colour", etc.)
(Also, the accents will usually be spelled incorrectly on purpose)
Character Count: 8054
Leaving the swamp was the most important decision I ever made. I had grown up there, and my whole family lived there. I was the youngest in a family of seventeen. All my brothers and sisters were content, and became Lombre, then Ludicolo. However, I was not the same. I felt like there was something more. Something I could do to help other people and make them happy. I wanted to become someone who could make a lot of people happy at once: a WAITER. I was picked on by my brothers and sisters, for not evolving and for my crazy dream, but I was NOT going to let them stop me. Late at night, I practised balancing small logs on my lily-pad, pretending they were cups and plates. I did errands for my mother by finding out what my siblings wanted for dinner, writing it down using a pencil I held in my foreleg. My friend Tentacool always wanted to be a chef, and we owned an imaginary restaurant together. When I was seventeen summers old, I was finally ready. I said my final goodbyes to my family, Tentacool, and the swamp I grew up in, put my backpack on my head, and set off for the city.
The road to the city was long and treacherous. I lost count of how many times I had to jump in the river next to the path to escape from the Weavile bandits that jumped out and tried to steal my belongings. I finally gave up the path and swam in the river, concealing my body. A few Carracosta were copying my strategy. They were slowly overtaking me. It was quite a good disguise, as the river was flowing in the same direction as we were travelling. We looked like rocks and a lily-pad with packs on their backs. We were lucky that nobody swiped our belongings, as they were just floating above the river and anything could reach out and grab them.
After an hour or two, the Carracosta disappeared from sight and I started becoming exhausted. However, I was too afraid to sleep on the shore because of the Weavile bandits, and although my bag was rainproof, it was leaky and would ruin all of my food if it was submerged.
Fortunately, it started to rain. I activated my ability, Rain Dish, and became rejuvenated. I swam quicker and stronger and came to the shore in a more urban area, where there were no rocks for bandits to hide behind.
Walking through the concrete streets of the city felt uncomfortable compared to the soft earth and mud of home. The paths were a labyrinth of shops, houses, and huge industrial buildings with smoke billowing out of them. I walked around for a while, got completely lost and ended up in a small back alley. Suddenly, a Pinsir bumped into me out of nowhere and glared.
"Ya goin' down, kid!" he yelled.
Suddenly, a Probopass appeared, at the same spot the Pinsir had.
"Yo! Pince! Wadda ya doing out dere? It's time to go "boidwatchin"" he said, slightly annoyed.
"It's dis kid, baws!" Pince yelled, "He bumped in ta me!"
"I d-d-d-d-d-didn't," I stuttered, "h-h-h-h-h-he came out of n-n-n-n-n-nowhere and..."
"Pince, ya dolt!" the Probopass muttered, "Ya came outta da HQ an' da kid wos standin' right dere!"
"Aw Yea!" Pince said, "A corse, baws!"
"Apologise to da kid, Pince!" the Probopass ordered.
Pince glanced at me. "Sawry, kid" he muttered.
"Naw, kid, tell me what ya doing out here." the Probopass said politely.
"Well, Mr. -"
"Well, Mr. Big Boss, I'm training to become a waiter at a school here, but I don't have a map of the city and I'm completely lost." I explained.
"OK, which school izzit?" Big Boss asked.
"Um," I glanced at the note in my backpack, "It's the Nom Académie D'Origine"
"Yer in luck, I know dat one." Pince said.
"Den where iz it, Pince?" asked Big Boss.
"Ya just need ta go left an' look for a big gate." said Pince.
"T-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-thanks..." I stuttered.
"OK. See ya kid." Big Boss said. Pince just smirked. I took Pince's directions and ended up straight outside the Nom Académie D'Origine.
My time in the Académie really helped me to further my waitering skills. The teachers were strict, but they were very knowledgeable and taught me all I needed to know about being a waiter. I made a new friend, Absol. She was quite accident-prone, but she was very enthusiastic. She really wanted to work in a restaurant and worked very hard in completing her goal. There were times when I felt discouraged, and Absol was always there to cheer me up. There were times when Absol dropped all of the glasses and plates and got in trouble, and I was always there to get her out of it. We became the best of friends. I graduated first in the class, while Absol graduated seventeenth. We set off together to find a restaurant to work in.
After wandering around for a few hours, we found a restaurant that was looking for two waiters, The Peeking Ducklett. They wanted to check our resumes, and I easily got in. Absol had some more trouble, but I convinced them to hire her.The Peeking Ducklett was quite classy, for a Chinese restaurant. We soon felt at home.
A few years later, I had mastered waitering and Absol was getting the hang of it. I had evolved into a Lombre, which allowed me to carry and balance even more cups and plates. The Peeking Ducklett had become much more popular, and I occasionally saw Big Boss and Pince, as well as an Excadrill named Brian. They never recognised me, but the manager, a Mienshao, always hid when they were around. I was promoted to the Head Waiter, and Absol was pretty jealous, but we still remained friends. A new chef was hired, a Tentacruel, who I later found out to be the same Tentacool that I grew up with! I introduced him to Absol and they became good friends as well.
One day, Big Boss, Pince, and Brian came to The Peeking Ducklett when it was completely packed. Mienshao explained to them that they couldn't sit down.
"We d'mend a tebbel!" Pince growled.
"I am so ri, sir, but we do not have en ni tay bals left." Mienshao said.
"Den we'll 'ave to fight for one." Pince yelled, clicking his pincers.
"STOP!" Absol yelled and jumped in front of Mienshao. Tentacruel and I saw what was happening and jumped in front of Mienshao as well.
"We'll fight you and beat you!" Tentacruel yelled!
"OK, den. Lezz do dis, boys!" Big Boss yelled. Pokemon everywhere fled from the restaurant. I wanted to run away too, but I knew I had to fight. Absol jumped on Pince, slashing at him and knocking him back. Brian dug under the tiles, but Tentacruel stuck one of his tentacles in the hole, grabbing him and spraying him with water. Brian and Pince were soon defeated.
"Hay, ya beat mah gang!" Big Boss yelled, "Yoh gonna pay for dat!" Absol, Tentacruel, and I started attacking, but Big Boss was still standing, erm, floating. He used a super powerful attack and Tentacruel and Absol were sent flying. That was the final straw. I was filled with rage and started charging, charging for Big Boss's demise.
"Heh, Heh, Whazza matter, kid?" Big Boss taunted.
"YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" I yelled. Hydro Pump, my strongest attack, blasted Big Boss back. He crashed against the wall and groaned. Suddenly, Pince appeared, grabbed Big Boss, and ran. We were too busy celebrating to mind.
"Lombre! You were amazing!"
"Me, Amazing? Look at you guys!"
Mienshao stood up.
"Good Job Ev Ri Wun!" he said, "Yu Hav Saved De Res Ta Runt!"
The celebration was great, and everyone was promoted. I became the Chief Waiter, the highest rank a waiter can have, and Tentacruel became the Head Chef. Mienshao had something different for Absol, though.
"Yu Wer Bri Li Unt Awt Der!" Mienshao said, "Hao Wud Yu Like To Bi Een Chage Of Sa Cu Ri Ti?"
"That'd be great!" Absol said, "It felt really good fighting for the restaurant!"
Mienshao also had something for me.
"Hi Ah Is A Wa Ta Ston," he told me, "Yu Can Use It To Bi Com A Lu Di Co Lo."
"Thanks," I said. I grabbed it, and started glowing, I was finally a Ludicolo!
Now, the Peeking Ducklett is the most popular restaurant in the whole of Hoenn, and Absol, Tentacruel, and I are always proud of our great achievement.