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Chapter 4: Finally, Our Pokemon Adventure Begins

The next day I woke up with a smile. Unusual, as I’m definitely not a morning  person. As I’ve gotten comfortable at Floccesy Ranch, I let more of my personality show. I don’t want to  say I was less polite, but I totally was. I was mainly less formal with Mrs. Floccesy and Black. I didn’t hide my emotions either. One time I didn’t speak to Black for an entire day when he hid a Dunsparce in the barn for me to find. The only thing I attempted to hide from the Floccesys was my crush on Black. Black is too oblivious to notice, but I think Mrs. Floccesy knows.
Anyways, I got out of bed and immediately picked up Riolu’s Pokeball. I pushed the button and Riolu was released from it. Riolu didn't look that happy, but it appeared to have recovered from the battle yesterday.
“Hey there,” I said to it. “I’m Cassandra. In several days we’re going to go on an adventure. We’ll battle gyms and travel all over Unova. How does that sound?”
The Riolu did not look impressed or excited. It stared impassively at me for a while until a I heard a strange gurgling noise.
“Are you hungry?” I asked it, I had another gurgle as a response. “I’ll take that as a yes, come with me.”
I got dressed, brushed my teeth and hair, and walked downstairs with Riolu trailing behind me. When I stood next to it, I noticed the Riolu was a lot shorter than me. I was 5 feet 8 inches tall, one inch shorter than Black. I was tall for a girl, but I liked it. Kids used to tease me, but it never bothered me. Anyways the Riolu is only 2 feet 4 inches tall. I was 3 feet 4 inches taller than it, more than twice its height.
“Good morning Cassandra,” Mrs. Floccesy called from the stove.
“Good morning,”I greeted her cheerfully. I sat down and pulled a chair up for Riolu. It looked at me curiously for a second before getting into the chair. It was a somewhat amusing spectacle, given how short the Riolu was.
“Oh is that your Pokemon?” Mrs. Floccesy asked. “It’s so cute! Is it hungry!”
The Riolu made its strange cry and its stomach growled loudly.
“I’ll take that as a yes, there are some poffins in that cabinet over.” Mrs. Floccesy gestured.
I grabbed several poffins and put them on a plate in front of Riolu. It sniffed them curiously and looked suspiciously at me, before grabbing one and nibbling on it. It appeared to like the taste and devoured the rest of the poffins wholeheartedly.
Afterwards, I took Riolu with me to the barn. It helped me carry some things while I worked. During our lunch break, we went into the woods to train.
“So you can use quick attack and endure,” I said to Riolu. “Can you use any other moves?”
I wondered if it could understand me, Pokemon always seemed to understand people in the games and the anime. However, this Riolu had always lived in the wild, so it might not understand human language.
The Riolu nodded, to my surprise and used foresight. It shot red light beams from its eyes, making me jump. It then used counter, its body becoming outlined in orange. It was very interesting to see pokemon moves used in real life, they tended to look more like they did in the anime than in the game.
“Okay the, let’s get started then,” I said, clapping my hands together. I lead Riolu into the woods and battled wild pokemon with it. Luckily, I had my watch on so I made it back to the ranch on time.
Black and I finished our work, it wasn't much now that we had automated much of the ranch. We had a lovely dinner with Mrs. Floccesy and we all watched shows about Pokemon on TV together. Then we all headed to bed, I showered at night while Black showered in the morning. Mrs. Floccesy had her own bathroom in her room.
Life moved like clockwork, all the pieces fit together and everything ran smoothly. Now that my Pokemon journey was drawing near, I was getting anxious. I wasn’t fond of change or travel. I liked my life right now, I wanted to go on a Pokemon adventure, but I was still nervous.
Worrying about it wasn’t going to get me anywhere so I said goodnight to Riolu’s pokeball and crawled into bed. I looked around my room, which though still mostly bare, had a few pictures as well as a backpack with some chibi pokemon dolls attached. I had also bought clothes for myself with the money I earned. I picked out a special outfit for my Pokemon journey.
It started with a simple red t-shirt with the Pokeball logo printed on the front in white. I also had a matching red sweatshirt to tie around my waist in case of cold nights. I also had blue cargo shorts with big pockets, comfortable for travel and perfect for storage. I had picked out black converse shoes with arch support and tall white socks for walking. I also got a white sunhat with the Pokemon logo printed on front in red.
I wanted to buy running shoes but they were so expensive. Mrs. Floccesy had saved up for a long time to buy Black running shoes, an xtransceiver, and a bike. Black doesn’t know about that last one. She’s going to surprise him after we pass back through Floccesy town to get to Virbank city. She did imply she was going to add a seat for me on the back wheel. I’d seen it in anime before, but never in real life. I hoped I’d be able to balance on it, I wasn’t the most coordinated person in the world.
It was funny that here the big expense of children was their Pokemon journey, not college. I didn’t even know if there was high school here. I noticed Black reading books, but they were always about Pokemon or farming. It seemed that everyone knew how to read, write, and do basic math. However nobody seemed to know anything else except for professors and scientists. I once offhandedly mentioned the chemistry of cooking and the Floccesys looked at me as if I were babbling nonsense. Before they could ask any questions, I changed the subject and they forgot about it.
Lost in deep thought, I drifted off to sleep. I dreamed of roads and far-off places. Of forests, deserts, and mountains. When I awoke my dreams drifted away before I could remember. I got up everyday; ate, worked, trained, and went to bed. Before I knew it, it was time to go to Aspertia City.
“Oh I think I’m going to cry?” Mrs. Floccesy said. “My Black, going on a Pokemon adventure.”
“Mom, you’re embarrassing me,” Black said scratching the back of his head. “It’s about time I go on my Pokemon journey, I’m seventeen.”
“Make sure you take care of him, Cassandra.” Mrs. Floccesy said to me. “You and I both know that boys can’t take care of themselves.”
“Mom!” Black said, in an offended tone. “I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself.”
“Oh yeah? Do you know how to clean your clothes or cook anything besides eggs and pancakes?” Mrs. Floccesy shot back.
“Yeah, I know how to make bacon,” Black replied in a superior tone.
Mrs. Floccesy and I shared a knowing look. But soon, it was time to go. I think Mrs. Floccesy was crying, as I saw her wipes her eyes a few times. She reminded Black to call her on his xtransceiver from time to time and to stop back in Floccesy town on our way to Virbank City.
I had on my outfit, with my sweatshirt tied around my waist. Riolu stood besides me and it's Pokeball was in my right pocket. My other Pokeballs were in my left pocket. I had a small umbrella, a large water bottle, a flashlight, and a first aid pack attached to my backpack. I also carried a change of underwear as well as pajamas and lounge-wear. I carried my sleeping bag in my backpack and Black had the tent. I carried my wallet in my back pocket, with the money I had left. Mrs. Floccesy had been very generous with my last paycheck. She gave me a very large bonus. I would be able to buy plenty of Pokeballs and potions during my journey.
We eventually managed to leave amidst tearful goodbyes. It was about noon, we could make it to Aspertia City and back by nightfall if we didn’t waste any more time. We cut through Floccesy town quickly, my Riolu and Black’s Lillipup walking with us. We walked on the path in between the tall grass. The grass was actually several feet tall, Pokemon could easily hide in it. I think I saw a few Patrats and a Purloin.
We got to Aspertia City pretty quickly. I saw the player characters from Black and White 2, Rosa and Nate I think, and directed Back to them. I told him I would check out the trainer’s school and the gym while he got his Pokemon and Pokedex from Bianca.
I walked into the trainer school and bypassed it when I saw the lack of books. I walked to the back and went outside to the gym.
“You must be a challenger!” A voice echoed across the field. Cheren was standing at the end of the it on a platform. He looked like he did in Pokemon Black and White 2, I was amazed his hair could stick up like that in real life. Maybe he used hairspray?
“Yes, I’m Cassandra.” I said clearly. I was super excited to have a real battle.
“I’m Cheren, the gym leader here,” He said. “However, before you can challenge me, you must beat these two first.” Cheren gestured to the little girl and boy who stood on the two battlefields.
“Okay, I understand,” I said. Aspertia Gym is the Normal-type gym, with Riolu I could win easily.
“I’ll be your first opponent,” the girl said. “My name’s Serena. Now go Lillipup!”
“Let’s go Riolu!” I said, pointing to the battlefield. Riolu jumped instantly on my command, in the past week we’ve gotten a lot closer. It likes me much better now and listens to me without giving me attitude. It’s still pretty huffy when anybody else tells it to do something. It doesn’t like Black very much either.
“Riolu use quick attack!” I called to it. Riolu did, landing a hit on Serena’s Lillipup.  
“Lillipup!” Serena exclaimed in worry. “Are you okay?”
The Lillipup got up, but it was obvious that it was weakened.
“Retaliate with tackle!” Serena said.
“Hurry and use counter Riolu,” I shouted. Riolu did as it was told, it took the tackle but the effects of counter knocked the Lillipup out.
“Oh no Lillipup!” Serena said. “You did great, now have a good rest.’
She returned Lillipup to its Pokeball and sent out Patrat. Riolu and I made quick work of her Patrat and then went on to beat the boy, Pedro and his Lillipup and Patarat. I got rewards from both of them, 144 each. However at that point, it was obvious that Riolu was getting tired. I asked If I could go to the Pokemon center and heal my him before taking on Cheren, and to my surprise, it was allowed.
At the Pokemon center the nurse Joy healed Riolu. I then went upstairs to the Pokemon databases. I put Riolu’s Pokeball in a slot and all its information popped up. Apparently Riolu was a boy and currently at level 11. He had also learned feint, it had replaced foresight. I had met him at level 7, he had leveled up 4 levels during training and battles. Riolu also had the ability inner focus, which means he won’t flinch in battle. After taking a quick look at his stats I removed his Pokeball and let him out. I put his Pokeball in my pocket and we left the Pokemon center.
“Hey Cassandra!” Black called to me from in front  of the gym. “I got my starter Pokemon, I choose Oshawott! And I got a Pokedex, here let me use it on Riolu.”
“Riolu. The emanation Pokemon. It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves.” The Pokedex said after a beep.
“That’s so cool!” I exclaimed, “I'm sure that’ll be super useful on our journey.”
“Yeah, especially during gym battles.” Black agreed.
“Speaking of gym battles, I have to go battle Cheren.” I said. “You can challenge him after you beat Serena and Pedro.”
“Sweet, I’ll come with you and battle those two while you take on Cheren.” Black said excitedly. “This is going to be awesome, my first badge on the way t o the Pokemon League.”
“Yeah, but remember, if I become champion first, you'll have to beat me.” I said sly.
“Yeah, that’s a pretty big if.” Black replied with a wink.
“It is not!” I retorted huffily. “I’ll be a great trainer.”
“I’m just teasing you,” Black said, smiling. “I’m sure you’ll be great. Now let’s go!”
We headed to the gym, while Black challenged Serena I challenged Cheren.
"Just as this is your first Gym challenge, this is my first Pokémon battle as a Gym Leader! Let's both do our best and have a battle we can be proud of!" Cheren shouted as he threw his Pokeball.
His first Pokemon was a Patrat. It used bite, but it wasn’t very effective. Riolu used quick attack, and followed it up with feint before the Patrat could dodge. This weakened the opponent significantly. Patrat used tackle, but Riolu dodged and knocked it out with quick attack. Cheren then sent out  a Lillipup that managed to land a hit on Riolu, however it too was knocked out. I received 1440 for winning.
"That battle has made me feel really glad you were my first challenger as a Gym Leader… I give you this in honor of the strength you and your Pokémon showed!" Cheren exclaimed, while handing me a badge.
“Thank you,” I said politely, reaching for my first ever real Pokemon badge.
"Here is your first Gym Badge, the Basic Badge! This is an important milestone! With this Badge, Pokémon up to Lv. 20 will obey you, including traded Pokémon." Cheren said as he finally handed me my badge. It’s so shiny, and it’s smooth to the touch.
"And I want you to take this! TM83 can teach your Pokémon the move work up! When you use work up while battling, it raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk. By the way, TMs can be used as many times as you want!" Cheren said as he handed me a disc.
“Awesome, thanks.” I tried to sound enthusiastic, but I never really used status moves. I was going to try to sell it as soon as I got to Virbank City.
“It looks like I’ll be having a another challenger soon, so excuse me while I heal my Pokemon,” Cheren said. I went off to the sidelines and watched Black finish his battle with Pedro. I grabbed the lunch Mrs. Floccesy made me and ate it while I waited. Black then challenged Cheren, and eventually won. He mainly used his Oshawott, probably to bond with it.
After Black won, and got his badge, we stopped at the Pokemon center to heal our Pokemon then headed back to Floccesy Town. Mrs. Floccesy was waiting for us with a bike and some cookies.
“Wow Mom!” Black exclaimed. “You got me a bike too?”
“Of course, you had to wait an extra three years for your Pokemon journey,” Mrs. Floccesy said. “It’s only fair that you get something a little extra. Plus I added a seat for Cassandra.”
“That’s awesome, with this we can get to Virbank City by nightfall.” I said. I was really amazed by the seat Mrs. Floccesy had added. It had comfy padding and she had had added a place to put my feet to the back wheel. She had even attached a little trailer to the back of the bike to put our stuff in. It would be able to carry our bags and camping equipment. It was perfect.
Black and I loaded all our stuff into the trailer and took off towards Virbank City. It was a little hard to get going, but when we got started a nice cool breeze blew into our faces. I had to hold onto my hat as we raced down route 20 towards Virbank City. Black jumped a few ledges, making me shriek. The rest of the ride was smooth though, we passed over a bridge and I could see our reflection in the water.
We finally got to Virbank City and spent the night in the Pokemon center, it actually had many rooms that were used by traveling trainers. Black and I shared a room, to my embarrassment. At least we got a room with two beds. After dinner and a shower I collapsed on my bed. Black was already asleep and soon I too drifted off into the dream world.
Reality Is Never As Sweet Chapter 4

Cassandra wishes she could live in the world of Pokemon. Next thing she knows, she wakes up in Unova in the woods behind Floccesy Ranch. She ends up staying there with a cute boy named Black and his Mom. Eventually, however, both of them leave to start their own Pokemon adventures. Unfortunately for Cassandra, the real Pokemon world isn't always as fun or easy as the games.

Chapter 3: Time Flies When You're Having Fun

I flopped on my bed, exhausted, my arms and legs aching. I was definitely going to be sore in the morning. Working on the ranch was a  lot of hard physical labor, more than I had ever done before. Still, it was fun. I helped Black with the Mareep, and was shocked, literally. I tugged too hard on a bristle in a Mareep’s wool, it wasn’t happy. It didn’t actually hurt that much, it was kinda like the static shock you get when you rub your feet on carpet and touch someone.
Anyways, in the middle of the day we took a break for lunch. Black had brought his own lunch and went off on his own into the wood with a Lillipup. I think he was training, but I don’t see why he wouldn’t just say so. I had a nice lunch with Mrs. Floccesy, she made me PB&J sandwich. Then I hung out at the edge of the wood for the rest of my break. I took the “don’t go into the tall grass” to heart and decided to just watch the woods from the safety of the ranch.
Then it was back to work when Black got back. He seemed to be in a better mood when he got back, but I didn’t pry. His Lillipup seemed happy too, it reminded me of my dog. It was bounding along wagging its tail. We then got ready to shut the ranch gates. We had to chase out stray Lillipups and Patrats. I screamed when I stepped on a Dunsparce, I know it’s a normal type, but it looks like a bug. I’m not used to seeing creatures that big, 4’11 is a lot bigger in real life. Black ran over to me immediately, but laughed at me when he saw it was a Dunsparce. He scared it off while I cowered, I mean stood, behind him. It eventually got dark, and we put everything away and went inside.
Mrs. Floccesy had a nice meal prepared for us when we got inside. I don’t even remember what we had, I was so exhausted I just shoveled food into my mouth without looking at it. It tasted good though. I stumbled to my room in a daze and collapsed on my bed.
And so, the days passed, which turned into weeks, which became several months. I still hadn't left the ranch yet, Black had done all the supply runs by himself while I ran the ranch. Life was great at the ranch, but I wanted to see more. I hadn’t even wandered into the woods very far yet. I earned 1200 in the 3 months I’ve been at Floccesy Ranch. Today was my day off, so I planned to walked to Floccesy town by myself. Black offered to come with me, but if I didn’t go by myself, then what was the point?
“Wow,” I whispered to myself as I walked into Floccesy Town. The ancient clock tower loomed above me, looking very unstable. I walked up to it, at first glance it was ugly and rotting. But upon a closer look, I could see the once beautiful architecture and see the beauty in its age.
I got bored quickly though, and went to the Pokemon Center. It was huge, and there were all sorts of people and Pokemon milling about. There was a line for the Pokemart so I looked around instead. I walked upstairs, I was curious what they’d have. As it turns out there was a international trading station where you could put in your Pokemon information and request a Pokemon. There were also several video phones as well as a regular trading station. I saw two little boys exchange a Patrat and a Lillipup, both common Pokemon around here. A few computers sat in the corner, but I didn’t know what they were for.
When I saw that the Pokemart line had disappeared I ran up to the counter. I bought 3 Pokeballs, just as a start. I then  left and headed back.
When I got back to the Ranch I begged Black to let me borrow Herdier, I desperately wanted to catch my own Pokemon. He agreed and asked Herdier to follow my commands, it huffed but it still came with me. I finally traveled deep into the woods looking for Pokemon. I wanted to catch a Riolu, my favorite Pokemon, I knew there were a few in theses woods. I’ve caught glimpses of them and I remember catching one in my game.
I suddenly found myself face to face with what I had been searching for. A Riolu was staring impassively at me, as if waiting for me to make a move. I inched closer and it didn’t run, in fact it’s eyes seemed to challenge me to a fight.
“Herdier use take down!” I shouted, pointing my finger at the Riolu. Herdier did as a commanded and managed to take the Riolu by surprise. Fighting type Pokemon are resistant to normal type moves. Despite this, Herdier was at a much higher level, Riolu’s defense stats were probably still low.
The Riolu let out its strange cry and retaliated quickly with a quick attack before leaping away and using endure. Perfect, my next attack would probably have knocked it out, but it would survive with endure.
“Now use strength, Herdier!” I shouted. The Pokemon smashed into riolus knocking it against a tree. Real life was much more graphic than the game. I felt kind of bad, but nevertheless I got out my Pokeball. I pressed the button and tossed it at the Riolu, trying to be gentle. The Riolus turned into red light and was sucked into the Pokeball. The button flashed red briefly before clicking.
“YES!” I shouted loudly, scaring tons of Pidoves out of the trees. “Oops, sorry guys.”
I ran back to the ranch, with Herdier struggling to keep up. I burst inside, kicking my shoes off like Black.
“I caught a Pokemon!” I exclaimed. I was breathing heavily, having just ran with all my might. I thought I might explode from excitement and exhilaration.
“Wow, that’s great!” Mrs. Floccesy said. “What kind of Pokemon is it?”
“It’s a Riolu,” I replied happily. “I’m not sure what the gender is though.”
“You can take it to the Pokemon center and use the PC to find out the gender. The Pokemon Centers also have databases about all the Pokemon. They’re similar to a Pokedex except they’re not portable. Only a few lucky trainers get Pokedexes.” Mrs. Floccesy said.
“Including me,” Black said cheerfully from the doorway. “Professor Juniper’s assistant will give me one along with a starter Pokemon.”
“Her name is Bianca, dear,” Mrs. Floccesy said. “You and two younger trainers from Aspertia City have been chosen to receive a Pokedex and a starter Pokemon from Professor Juniper.”
“I know, I can’t wait.” Black replied. “In just one week, I’ll get to start my Pokemon adventure.”
“What?” I questioned, unaware of this development. I didn’t know Black was going to be leaving so soon.
“Yeah, I’m going to Aspertia City this Sunday, and spending the night.” Black said. “I’ve bringing my Lillipup with me and I’ll meet Bianca Monday.”
“Oh.” I said, stunned at how fast time had passed. It seemed like it was just yesterday I had met Black in the woods.
“As soon as I get my Pokemon, I’m gonna challenge Cheren, the gym leader there.” Black rambled on excitedly. “Then I’ll start my Pokemon adventure!”
“That’s great Black!” I said with a pained smile. “I know how long you’ve waited for your Pokemon adventure and how hard you’ve trained.”
“Oh yeah, can I talk to you about that?” Black said, suddenly looking nervous. He cleared his throat. “Alone please, Mom.”
“Oh, something you don’t want me to hear?” Mrs. Floccesy said with raised eyebrows. “I wonder what this is about.”
“Mom!” Black said.
“Oh don’t worry, I’m going.” Mrs. Floccesy said as she walked out the door.
I wondered what Black was going to say. I originally thought he was going to give me instructions on what to when he was gone, but that didn’t make sense. He would just say so in front of his mother.
“So, umm, I was wondering if maybe you’d,” Black stuttered, with a slight flush on his face. Could it be? could he possibly have a crush on me too? I’ve never confessed to anyone, but I’m sure I’d be blushing and stuttering like Black.
“Would you like to come with me?” Black said quickly, almost blurring his words. I was about to hug him, but...
“I mean as like a companion, a friend.” Black said. “Cause you know, you don’t have an xtransceiver and when you go on your journey you could get lost or something.”
“I’d love to,” I said, nursing my broken heart. I can’t believe I just got friendzoned. I know I’m not model gorgeous, but I’m relatively pretty. I never wear makeup either, so it’s not like I ever look different.
“That’s great,” Black sighed in relief. “I was afraid you might say no.”
“Why would I?” I asked. “I’d love to go on a Pokemon adventure. Plus, I like you. Traveling together will be fun.”
Black flushed at my words, but anyone would. He was just one of those people who were kind to everyone. I was disappointed but happy that I’ll get to spend more time with him. After being in the Pokemon world for a few months, I was worried about traveling alone. In just one week, I’ll leave for a Pokemon adventure with Black and Riolu by my side. Time has flown fast, but I enjoyed every second of it. I’m sure that the real fun is yet to come.
Chapter 2: What To Do Now

Light filtered into the room, waking me from my slumber. I had slept quite comfortably, surprisingly considering I had been transported to another world the day before. I rolled out of bed and found a pair of jean shorts, a turquoise plaid shirt, a white towel, a brush, some hair ties, and a note on the dresser. The note said that the bathroom was at the end of the hall and to help myself to the soap, shampoo, and conditioner. After I made the bed as neat as possible, not wanting to burden Mrs. Floccesy with any more work, I went to the bathroom.
The bathroom was very pretty, I noted when I entered. The walls were a cobalt blue and the floor tiles were porcelain white, they matched the toilet and vanity. I shut and locked the door. Then I proceeded to get undressed and into the shower. I stood under the hot spray of the water for a while, contemplating my situation. I wasn’t sure If I wanted to go home immediately. Or if I even could. If I did go home I might never get another chance like this. Eventually I gave up on deciding washed my hair and body and got out. I dried off, brushed my hair,and got dressed. I put my hair in two braids, a style I haven't worn since elementary school. Still, it seemed to go with my outfit. I then headed down stairs.
“Hello?” I questioned cautiously, in case I woke anyone up. I walked barefoot across the floor, trying to be as quiet as possible. I wondered if Black and Mrs. Floccesy were up, I think today’s a Saturday, but I’m not sure.
“Good morning! Did you sleep well?” Mrs. Floccesy greeted me when I walked into the kitchen. “Do you like eggs?”
“Umm, what kind of eggs?” I asked suspiciously. Surely she didn’t mean Pokemon eggs? But are there chickens in the Pokemon world?
“These are chicken eggs,” Mrs. Floccesy answered my inner musings.  “There are only three animals people eat; chickens, cows, and pigs.”
“So you have chickens here?” I asked, relieved that there were regular animals to be eaten, rather than Pokemon.
“Of course, we also have a Miltank for fresh Moomoo milk,” Mrs. Floccesy said. “Black is milking her now, he already collected the eggs from our breakfast. Do you want to help set the table?”
“Of course, just tell me what to do,” I replied, glad there was a way I could help. She gestured towards some drawers and cabinets. I walked over to them and found utensils, cups, plates, and cute placemats with chibi pokemon on them. I pulled out the placemats with the chibi Skitty, the chibi Oshawott, and the chibi Mareep.
“Would you like some apple juice?” Mrs. Floccesy asked, walking to the table, the smell of eggs wafting deliciously through the air. She put the eggs on a large plate in the center.
“I’d love some,” I said as I grabbed the bowls of sliced fresh fruit off the counter and carried them to the table.
“Awesome,” Mrs. Floccesy said, “Could you please pour some for everyone. That'd be great.” She handed me the pitcher and went to check on the muffins in the oven.
I went and poured everyone a generous glass, popping some blueberries in my mouth. I was surprised that there were normal fruits in the Pokemon world. I wonder if people can't eat oran berries or the other kinds of fruit that Pokemon eat.
“I got the milk!” Black shouted from the entry way, the sound of his shoes being thrown against the wall could be heard. “Is Cassandra up yet?”
“Yes! She’s in here with me,” Mrs. Floccesy called back. “Now come and have breakfast with us while it’s still hot!”
“Sure thing, Mom,” Black said as he strolled into the dining room. He plunked himself in the seat across from me and grinned. “Mornin’ Cassandra, how’d you sleep, you snore loudly ya know.”
“What!? I do?” I exclaimed, very embarrassed. I used to snore loudly a kid, but I thought it went away.
“I’m just kidding, I wouldn’t even know,” Black said, laughing. I frowned on the outside, but secretly thought how nice his laugh was. I was definitely developing a crush on him. He was so cute and nice. How could I resist?
“Want some eggs?” Black said through a mouthful of muffin.
“Talk or eat dear, not both,” Mrs. Floccesy said as she sat down. Black finally swallowed and spooned some eggs onto my pate with a smile. I smiled back and dug in, I didn’t realize how hungry I was. I tried to eat normally, but I still ate almost as fast as Black. Before I knew it I had eaten a whole muffin, several eggs, and handfuls of fruit.
“Hungry much?” Black asked with raised eyebrows. I swallowed and tried to wipe my mouth as daintily as I could with a napkin. I was super embarrassed, I hoped Black didn’t think I was a pig, or in Pokemon terms, a Swinub.
“Don’t tease her Black!” Mrs. Floccesy reprimanded. “There’s nothing wrong with a healthy appetite.”
I smiled gratefully at Mrs. Floccesy, but I still pushed my plate away. I was full anyways, if I ate anymore I’d probably throw up. Afterwards, breakfast passed quickly with some light chatter. Eventually we all got up and put our dishes in the sink, I insisted that I wash them. Mrs. Floccesy was being so generous and I wanted to do something. Eventually Black left to tend to the Pokemon and animals on the ranch, and Mrs. Floccesy asked me for talk.
“So Cassandra,” Mrs. Floccesy started. “Is it safe to assume that you have no where to go?”
“That’s right,” I said sheepishly. I really hadn’t thought about what to do yet. It seemed that time has been moving fast ever since I got to the Pokemon world.
“Well, then I’d like to offer you a job,” Mrs. Floccesy said kindly. “You can stay in the bedroom upstairs and I’ll pay you 1000 a week outside of room and board. Black wants to leave on an adventure, but he doesn’t want to leave me all the ranch work. He’s been trying to find ways to ease the workload, if you help him I’m sure you two can do it. Then you can leave on your own adventure, If you’d like.”
“Wow, I’d love to!” I exclaim. “You’re very generous.” I couldn't believe it. It seemed all my problems were solved. I had a place to stay, food to eat, and a way to make money. And I could go on a Pokemon adventure after Black left. Maybe I could even go with him. This was a dream come true.
“Well then, why don’t you get started,” Mrs. Floccesy said with a smile. “Black was actually the one who asked me to hire you, he’s taken a liking to you. So, if you go to the barn, he can tell what you’ll be doing.”
“I’ll be on my way then.” I said as I dashed out the door. I was grinning from ear to ear, I was the happiest I’ve been in a long time. I was already formulating a plan in my head to become the Unova champion, life couldn’t get any better than this.
Chapter 1: Be Careful What You Wish For
“I’m bored,” I whined to my empty room. It’s been a few days since school ended and I didn't have anything to do. Lying on my bed was comfortable but boring. I got off my bed and looked around my room for something to do. I've read all the books on bookshelf multiple times. I didn't really feel like looking for a new show on Netflix either. I searched through my desk drawers and found the perfect solution.
“Pokemon? I haven’t played this in a while.” I said out loud to myself as I got out my 3DS. I pulled out Pokemon black, I liked the different villain plot line. And N was such a cutie.
After beating two gyms, I started to get sleepy. I made sure to save my progress and then leaned back into my pillows. It’d be great to live in the Pokemon world. Life would be so easy and fun.
“I wish I could live in the Pokemon world.” I whispered to myself before falling asleep.
“Hey are you okay?” a voice asked. I groaned, who’s in my room? “Can you walk?” the voice spoke again. I mumbled incoherently, still half-asleep.
I was suddenly lifted into the air and jolted awake. A tall cute boy with dark brown hair and brown eyes was carrying me, bridal style. He was wearing overalls and his general person seemed to be covered in dirt.
He suddenly made eye contact with me. “So you’re awake now?” he said with a bright smile. “Umm Yeah. You can put me down now.” I muttered, very embarrassed. I felt heat rising in my cheeks but forced in down. He put me down, and I looked around. It appeared we were in the woods, however there were several strange fruit trees I had never seen before.
“Nice to meet you, I’m Black. What’s your name?” the boy asked.
“I’m Cassandra.” I replied. “Can you tell me where I am? I’m not sure how I got here.”
“Sure, you’re just behind Floccesy Ranch.” Black said. He voice carried a lot of volume and for a second I didn't realize the meaning behind his words.
“Wait, does that mean I’m in Unova?” I asked slowly, not quite connecting the dots yet.
“You sure are!” Black replied. “Wait, are you a Pokemon trainer?”
“No, I’m just lost,” I replied, thinking fast. I somehow ended up in the Pokemon world, and in Unova. What do I do? How do I explain where I came from? And I’m going to need a place to stay, and money.
“You come stay with my Mom and me at Floccesy Ranch. If you don’t have anywhere to go.” Black said cheerfully. “We have plenty of space.”
“Oh, thank you,” I said, I don’t remember the player character living in Floccesy Ranch. Also Black was in the first Pokemon black and Floccesy Ranch was in Pokemon black 2. It appeared that this world wasn't exactly like the games.
We walked through the woods together, but I was fascinated by all the Pokemon
I could see. There were Pidoves and Patrats and Lillipups all over the place. I think I even saw a Riolu! After walking for a whole, we reached a fence. We climbed over it to see Black’s house. There was also a herd of Mareep and tall iris flowers swaying in the breeze.
“Wow! So this is Floccesy Ranch,” I exclaimed. “It’s beautiful.”
“Thanks, it’s been in my family for generations. ” Black said, gazing proudly at his home. “I love this place, but sometimes...”
I waited for him to continue, but when it became obvious he wouldn't, I looked at him. He looked fondly at the ranch but his eyes, which were a beautiful coffee color, held a trace of melancholy.
“It’s nothing important,” Black said when he noticed me staring. “I should introduce you to my Mom.”
“Wait, do you think she won’t let me stay?” I asked, suddenly apprehensive. I don’t know my way around, and I don’t have anyone else to go to.
“Nah, my mom’ll love you.” Black said with a wink. “She wishes she had a daughter too.”
I wondered why she didn't, then remembered that it seems like the father was never in any of the games except for Norman.  
We walked up to the house and Black held the door open for me. I thanked him and walked inside. I put my shoes neatly to the side while Black just kicked his off.
“Hey Mom!” he yelled. “I’m home! And I brought a girl with me!”
Doesn't that sound like I’m his girlfriend, I thought. I’d love to date someone as cute as Black and he seems pretty nice, but I just met him. I hoped his mother wouldn't jump to conclusions.
“A GIRL!” a woman’s voice yelled excitedly from upstairs. She came running down. She was pretty and it was obvious that Black got his eyes from his mother. Her hair was tied up in a huge bun with an orange hair tie. She was wearing jeggings, a bright tangerine colored skirt with large front pockets and a bow in the back, and a simple sky blue t-shirt.
“Is she your girlfriend?” Black’s mother asked with a wink.
“No, I just found her in the backwoods,” Black replied, blushing. “I offered her a place to stay. It’s not a problem, is it?”
“Of course not, it’ll be good to have a young girl around.” Black’s mother said. She was cheerful and loud, just like Black. “I’m Mrs. Floccesy, it’s very nice to meet you. Your name is..?”
“Oh, I’m Cassandra,” I said as I held my hand out to shake. She shook my hand firmly while smiling warmly.
“What a pretty name, and unusual too,” Mrs. Floccesy said. “Where are you from?”
“Umm,” I stalled. If I lied, I could get caught pretty easily. I didn't want to lie to Black and Mrs. Floccesy though. They seemed like decent people and they were being so kind to me, a complete stranger. But I couldn't just say I came from another world. Or that this world is a game where I’m from and that they're just NPCs or players in Black’s case.
“It’s complicated,” I ended up saying, awkwardly. Wow, I just made myself ten times more suspicious.
“That’s fine, your past is your past,” Mrs. Floccesy said. “Now let’s get you situated.”
“Cool, I’m gonna go get the Mareep inside the farmhouse,” Black said, as he walked out the door.
“Don’t forget to bring Herdier and the Lillipups inside the house afterwards,” Mrs. Floccesy called to him.
“Yeah, yeah I know Mom,” Black called back over his shoulder.
“Here Cassandra, follow me upstairs.” Mrs. Floccesy said. We walked upstairs and went into the first room on the left. Inside was a quaint room with a queen-sized bed, a nightstand, and a large dresser. The walls were arctic blue and the floor was a cream-colored hardwood. A large rectangular window above the bed let light filter in.
“This is the guest room,” Mrs. Floccesy said. “Make yourself at home.”
“Thanks for all your help,” I said quickly before she could leave. “I really appreciate your kindness. If there’s anything I can do to repay it I’d be happy to-”
“Nonsense,”  Mrs. Floccesy exclaimed, cutting me off. “As a mother, I could never leave a child alone in the woods overnight.”
A child? I’m seventeen, if not an adult I’m definitely considered teenager.
“Now you should get some rest,” Mrs. Floccesy said, her eyes softening. “You look exhausted. You should throw on the nightgown in the top drawer. I’ll clean your clothes tomorrow and you can take a hot bath in the morning, alright?”
“Thanks for everything,” I yawned. I was suddenly hit by a wave of exhaustion.. After Mrs. Floccesy left, I locked the door and changed. I crawled into bed and fell asleep the second my head hit the pillow.
Reality Is Never As Sweet Chapter 1
Cassandra wishes she could live in the world of Pokemon. Next thing she knows, she wakes up in Unova in the woods behind Floccesy Ranch. She ends up staying there with a cute boy named Black and his Mom. Eventually, however, both of them leave to start their own Pokemon adventures. Unfortunately for Cassandra, the real Pokemon world isn't always as fun or easy as the games.


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Violent-Medic Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Thanks so very much for the watch. :3
LiliNeko Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lovies on the watch :glomp:
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