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.