*Still in Oldale*
“Okay, I think I’ve gotten everything I need from the shops here. Let’s go Pepper!” I said as I stood up from double checking my bag. After our trip to the costume shop, we had stayed the night at the Pokemon Center. Now we were finally ready to leave Oldale. I was starting to get eager to find a Pokemon Gym, so I could get my first Gym Badge.
Pepper wagged her tail. She was as ready to leave as I was. The two of us took off, running toward Route 102. I couldn’t wait to see what kind of Pokemon we would find there.
When we got to the edge of town, we paused for a moment to take one last look at place we were about to leave. After staring for a few seconds I turned around to start back walking, but Pepper kept looking in the direction of Oldale. Suddenly she started growling.
“What’s the matter, girl? Something wrong?”
“Make way!” an unfamiliar voice shouted.
“Uh? Oof!” I exclaimed as I fell backwards from the impact of someone accidentally crashing into me. “Ow. Hey, watch where you’re going!” I yelled.
“Oh, sorry, sorry. I didn’t see you there until it was too late,” he stated as he got up, “Here, let me help you up.” He reached out a hand to help, but before he could Pepper knocked him back over. Holding him down, she growled in his face.
“Easy, Pepper. It’s okay. He isn’t an opponent.” I tried to reason with the Poochyena. She looked at me with a confused look for a second, then she let him up. “Sorry about that, Mister,” I apologized while rubbing the back of my head.
“Oh, it’s okay. My names Scott, by the way.”
“It’s nice to meet you, Scott. My name’s Strawberry. If you don’t mind my asking, why were you in such a hurry?”
“I’m heading to Rustboro. There’s a Trainer school there, and I’m hoping to find some promising Pokemon Trainers. Anyway, I’d better get back on the road. Goodbye.”
“Later,” I said as he ran off again. “Well, that was weird. Come on, Pepper. We’d better get going, too.”
After walking a little farther, we came to more trees. Wow. Who would’ve guessed that. After all, it’s not like there are trees all over the place, or anything. As we continued walking, I couldn’t help but wonder if we were just going in circles. After all, this place didn’t wasn’t very different from were we had been before. While I was wishing I had a map, something hard fell from on of the trees and hit me on the head.
“Ouch! What just hit me?!” I exclaimed as I looked around. Jumping up from the ground not very far from where I sat was a small acorn like Pokemon. “Oh, cool! A new Pokemon, I wonder what it is? Eh, no matter. Zip use Tackle!” I order the little raccoon as he leapt from his Pokeball.
“Ziiiig, Zagoon!” Zip shouted as he collided with the little acorn-thing.
“Seeeeeeeeeeeee!” it exclaimed as Zip made impact.
“Okay, go Pokeball!” I shouted as I hurled a Pokeball through the air. It hit the Pokemon, sucking it inside in a red light. Then it shook once, twice, three times.
When the Pokeball stopped shaking, a voice from my Pokedex exclaimed, “Gotcha! Seedot’s Data was added to the Pokedex.”
Immediately I sent the Seedot back out. “Okay, time to give you a name. How’s about~… Branch. Since you fell from a tree branch, and that’s how I met you.” I smiled.
“Seedot, Seedot!” Branch started jumping up and down happily. She liked her new name.
“Okay, let’s start your training. But first, you did great, Zip. Return!”
“Zigzagoon,” Zip said proudly as he returned to his Pokeball.
Next, I pulled out my Pokedex to see what attacks Branch knew.
‘Great. The only attacks she knows are “Growth”, and “Bide”. Move sets don’t get much suckier than that.’ I sighed. ‘This is going to take a long time.’
We walked on a little farther, looking for anything Branch could battle against to get stronger. Suddenly, we spotted a Youngster. He seemed to have spotted us aswell.
“Hey!” He called as he approached, “I see you have Pokemon with you. Are you, by chance, a Pokemon Trainer?” I nodded my head. “That’s great! I was starting to get bored. But now that you’re here, we can have a battle!”
We both prepared to battle. When we were both ready, I threw the Pokeball containing the Pokemon I would use first. “Go, Branch!”
“Seedot!” Branch called as she came out in a white light.
“Really? A Seedot? Looks like this battle will be easier than I thought. Go, Wurmple!” the Youngster exclaimed as he threw the Pokeball containing his one and only Pokemon.
“Wurmple!” a small, red caterpillar with two, yellow stinger-looking-things exclaimed as it appeared.
“Seeeeeeee!” Branch screeched. She looked pretty scared.
“What’s the matter, Branch?” I asked the acorn that was frozen in terror.
“Haha. You don’t know a lot about Seedots, do ya? Seedots hang from trees for a reason, ya know. And the reason is because they’re afraid of fighting!” he then proceeded to continue laughing.
“Come on, Branch! You can do it! Use ‘Bide’!” I shouted encouragingly.
“Dooooooot.” Branch said as she braced herself for future attacks.
“Wurmple use ‘Poison Sting’!” my opponent shouted.
“Wuuuurrrrrmmmmple!” the bug exclaimed as a purple spike shot from the horn on its head. It hit poor Branch, and sent her flying. She was almost out of HP.
“Oh no! Branch! She won’t be able to take another hit!” I didn’t know what to do. Suddenly Zip popped out of his Pokeball, and ran towards the Wurmple. He looked like he was using “Tackle”, but instead of hitting the Wurmple with his side like he would if he was using “Tackle”, he hit it powerfully with his head. “Whoa! Zip, I think you just learned a new attack!” I exclaimed happily while the Youngster returned his fainted Wurmple to his Pokeball, muttering something about a lucky attack. I checked my Pokedex, and sure enough, Zip had learned a new attack known as “Headbutt”. “Good job, Zip,” I congratulated the little raccoon,
then I turned to Branch. “Are you okay, Branch?” Branch got up with tears in her eyes. “It’s okay, Branch. You did your best. We’ll just have to train more that’s all.” The little acorn didn’t seem to like that idea at all, and started crying more. “Hey, hey. Don’t cry. Tell you what, if you want to, you can go to my house and wait till I get back from becoming the Pokemon Champion. Sound good?”
“Seedot, Seedot!” Branch jumped up and down happily, clearly liking the idea.
“Okay, we’ll just walk back to the Pokemon Center in Oladale Town, since it’s the closest one, and we’ll teleport you to my house.”
“See, See, Seedot.”
“Alright then, now that that’s settled. Zip, Branch, Return!” The two Pokemon returned to their Pokeballs in the usual red light. “Come on, Pepper. Let’s go!”
We made it back to the Pokemon Center in no time. After saying goodbye to Branch and sending her home, we continued on our journey.
Pokemon met this chapter: Branch, female, Lax Nature
Info. Yay! This is the fifth chapter of Trainer Strawberry! Did you guys know that this is the longest story I’ve ever written? Usually I just get a prologue and part of the first chapter done before I stop working on a story. But this one has survived, and it’s all thanks to all you awesome readers! Thanks again!