For some people, Pokemon are our comrades for everyday life whether its for battling in tournaments, helping out with specific tasks, or just be members of your family. However, there are those who will abuse Pokemon for mischievous acts, even steal them from others, or just see them as nothing but tools.
For Pokemon researchers, there's never a dull moment with these creatures, and are still learning about them. In every region there are people who interact with Pokemon in many different ways, one such group dream of becoming Pokemon Masters, and work diligently to achieve that goal by capturing them and training them to battle against other Pokemon Trainers.. No matter how we see it or how our feelings towards Pokemon are, we all do live in a Pokemon world in a Pokemon universe. Of course, no one said it could be the only one...
No one knows it, but Pokemon history has shown that there are multitudes of things involving people and Pokemon in different timelines, even different alternate universes. 2 such universes involves a Pokemon Trainer by the name of Ash Ketchum. His part in the Pokemon Multiverse is well documented as he strives to become a Pokemon Master with his faithful partner Pikachu. Another speaks of another trainer by the name of 'Red', and his part is also documented as being the Trainer who not only completed the Pokedex, but also is the one who brought down the nefarious group known as Team Rocket and they're leader, Giovanni. These 2 know nothing of the other's existence, let alone there being different universes and different variations of them. But our story isn't about them. Our story takes part in another alternate universe, though you may see some 'familiar' things...
The Johto Region-New Bark Town
In the Northwest Territories lies the Johto Region, a vast region known for quite some history. It was nighttime in the small town of New Bark Town. Mostly covered by lots of green grass and a lush forest to the east, its a fairy pretty quiet town. We visit a little white house with a blue rooftop, a lush rose bush surrounding it along a white picket fence surrounded the structure. Inside we find a boy surrounded by a lot of Pokemon stuff, from bed sheets with some Fire Pokemon on it like Flareon, Charmeleon, and Moltres on it to a big Lapras plush doll in the corner of the room, and a few posters of some top Pokemon trainers on them.
"Alright! That's the way to do it!", yells the young boy. This boy's name is Jimmy Joel, a 10-year-old boy with waist long blonde hair, piercing yet innocent red eyes, and light tanish skin. He was wearing his favorite Fire Pokemon pajamas while watching a Pokemon match on television.
"That's so cool. I can't wait until tomorrow. Even though I've been 10 for a little while now I can get my Pokemon License and become an official Pokemon Trainer. Then I'll travel all over the world and capture as many Pokemon as I can and strive to become a Fire Pokemon Master. That's what I'll-".
"Jimmy Joel! Why are you still up?!"
"Huh? Oh, hi mom."
A young woman who shares Jimmy's skin complexion was standing by his front room door. She had blue eyes and brunette hair lined up in a ponytail. She was wearing a blue shirt with a pink stripe in the middle and a slightly darker long pink skirt. "Jimmy, its past 10 o'clock at night. Why are you still up?"
"Sorry mom, I couldn't sleep. I'm just seeing this Pokemon tournament that's taking place in another region."
"Well, if you can't sleep you should at least watch Professor Elm's evening show. It'll help you decide what Pokemon you'll like to get".
"Alright. The battle ended anyway, so I'll go ahead and see it.", spoke Jimmy as he grabs the remote and changes the channel. On the television there was a man with light tanish brown hair, a white lab coat, small glasses and a turquoise shirt along with pale green pants. It was Professor Elm, and he was addressing to people about 3 Pokemon for new trainers to choose from.
"Okay Jimmy, once this is over you go straight to bed, okay?", asks Jimmy's mom.
"Okay mom, I'll do it."
And so our new story in the Pokemon universe begins, as Jimmy Joel begins his journey into the world of Pokemon...
Pokemon: Johto Adventures
Chapter 1 Part 1
The New Winds Of Beginning Blows
Jimmy & The Runaway Chikorita
New Bark Town-Morning
Morning had arrived at last. At Jimmy's home a Venusaur was nestling by. Jimmy's mom was making breakfast of pancakes & scrambles eggs. "Ah. This should get his motor running.", she says in a cheerful voice.
"What on eart-".
"Oh no! I'm late, I'm late! I'm gonna be la-. Gaaaah!"
Jimmy falls down the stairs and falls flat on his face just as his mom enters the living room. She heard him muffling the word 'medic.' "That boy...just like his father...", she says, chuckling a bit.
A short time later Jimmy and his mom were eating breakfast.
"So...have you decided on what Pokemon you want to get?", she asks him.
Jimmy looks down on his plate for a good while and says, "To be honest...I haven't."
Jimmy's mom looked a little dumbfounded.
"You haven't decided yet? You, the boy who always was so eager to choose his very first Pokemon?"
"Mom, if you're trying to be sarcastic...it's kinda working."
Jimmy looks over at the trophy case his parents had and saw a lot of trophies in them as well as ribbons and rewards. He continues on and says, "Choosing a Pokemon isn't as easy as it was with you and dad. I mean...this is my very first partner, and I want to make a good impression."
"A good impression you say?", says his mom.
"Well...yeah. I mean, I adore Fire Pokemon so Cyndaquil would be a good choice for me. But there's also Totodile & Chikorita to consider. I know they each have they're strengths and weaknesses, but...argh! It's so hard to choose!"
"Why not go with your instinct? That's how your father got his Venusaur out there. And he's never let him down."
"Hmm...trust my instinct...okay mom, I'll do that. I'm going to head for Professor Elm's lab now. I'll see you later!", Jimmy says as he got up and headed for the door.
"Jimmy, perhaps first you should change your clothes. You won't look like a Pokemon Trainer in your P.J.'s."
Jimmy chuckles a bit as he knew his mom was right. He quickly puts on his white shirt with a couple of black stripes at the top, one big blue stripe in the middle, and 3 turquoise stripes at the bottom, his blue jeans, white socks, and black and white sneakers. Jimmy was all set as he runs out of his house. His mom yells, "Jimmy! Don't forget your backpack too!"
New Bark Town-Professor Elm's Lab
"But Professor Elm, how do you expect to run an establishment like this if you can't keep up with your own Pokemon?"
"I know, I know. I was looking at a unique cell division and wasn't paying attention. Now someone's made off with..."
Jimmy arrives at a bluish-gray color building, which turns out to be Professor Elm's laboratory. "Ah, Professor Elm's lab. Time to head on in." Jimmy walks into the front door, not knowing something was watching him.
"Professor Elm? Are you in here. I came to get my Pokemon." Jimmy walks down the corridor and comes to Elm's main research room where he sees him and a blue haired female cop.
"Hm? Oh, Jimmy. You've arrive...much sooner than I expected.", said Elm.
"Huh? You knew I was coming?"
"Of course. With everyone getting they're Pokemon I had assume you come too. But...well...we had one of the Pokemon stolen from my lab."
"What?! Someone actually stole a Pokemon from you?! That's unforgivable."
The cop walks over to Jimmy and says, "You haven't seen anyone suspicious did you? But then again...who's to say you didn't do it."
"Whaaat?! I would never steal a Pokemon. My folks would destroy me if I done something so heinous."
Professor Elm stood up from his chair and said, "Officer Jenny please. Jimmy's an honest kid. I know his parents and I can vouch for Jimmy being a good kid."
"Hmm...alright Professor. But we still need to find that other missing Pokemon."
"Wait...another one was stolen?", said Jimmy.
"No. She actually fled not long after that. Chikorita ran away and I haven't been able to find her.", spoke Professor Elm.
"I've scour the perimeter. I'd say it couldn't have gotten too far. I'm going to have a look around again.", said Officer Jenny as she makes her way out of the room.
"I'll help too. What does Chikorita look like?"
"Here's a picture of what a Chikorita looks like Jimmy." Professor Elm gives Jimmy a small picture of a small, pale green Pokemon with a darker necklace of buds around its neck, a large head in proportion to the rest of its body, large red eyes with what appears to not have any pupils, 4 short legs with a single nailed toe on each of them and a small tail, and a large leaf on its head.
"So that's what Chikorita looks like. Okay, I'll start looking." Jimmy leaves the lab and begins his search.
"Remember Jimmy, Chikorita are normally docile, so don't do anything reckless. Sigh...maybe I should call Professor Oak and get his take on things..."
20 minutes passed and Jimmy was nowhere close to locating Chikorita.
"Man, I thought I'd be able to find her. Guess looking for Pokemon isn't so easy as I thought. Hm? What's that smell? It's quite lovely."
Jimmy walks over to the direction where the smell was coming from. He makes it to a clearing and spots a light green Pokemon with a large leaf on its head lying on the ground, its leaf wavering in the air. Jimmy pulls out the picture and did a comparison. He had found a Chikorita.
"Whew, finally. Heeeey, Chikorita!"
Chikorita opens her eyes and spots Jimmy, gets up immediately and gets into a defensive posture.
"Whoa, hang on. I won't hurt you. I just want to bring you back to Professor Elm's lab, that's it. Please, won't you come with me?"
Jimmy got down on one knee and sticks out his right hand. Chikorita walks over towards Jimmy. He continues to smile as she approaches him. But just before she reaches for his hand, Chikorita hits Jimmy in the face with her leaf.
"Ow!", yells Jimmy as Chikorita laughs. She then turns around, spanks her right side in a taunting gesture and runs off.
"Darn it...I was so close too...", said a disappointed Jimmy.
Professor Elm's Lab
Minutes later Jimmy had arrive back to the lab where Professor Elm & Officer Jenny were waiting. He tells them both of what had happen.
"Hmm...I expected this as much. That Chikorita..."
"Is something wrong Professor Elm? You look a little concerned.", spoke Jimmy.
Professor Elm shakes his head and says, "Well...its just that no one wants that Chikorita."
Jimmy, with a stupefied look on his face says, "What?! No way!"
Professor Elm continues. "The thing is most of the trainers who come to pick up they're Pokemon here would prefer Cyndaquil a Fire-type Pokemon or Totodile a Water-type Pokemon. Seems that the Grass-type of Chikorita isn't as popular these days. Getting passed up time and time again has affected her. And given we had a Pokemon stolen from here...well, she decided to make a break for it."
"I see. Well, I'm heading back out to find her." Jimmy runs out the door.
"Jimmy wait! Ugh, he's gone."
"Kids these days have a lot of energy Professor.", chuckles Officer Jenny.
Jimmy continued to search for Chikorita for about 17 minutes until he smelled something nice. "That smell...there's no mistaken it. That's Chikorita!" Jimmy runs into the direction of the scent and finds Chikorita lying on the grass sunbathing again.
"There you are Chikorita. I had hope to find you again."
Chikorita opens her eyes, spots Jimmy and got into her defensive posture again.
"Chikorita listen. I'm not here to hurt you, I swear. Please, will you come back with me to the lab? It's going to be alright."
After getting down on one knee again Jimmy sticks out his hand towards Chikorita. She walks over to him, and like before slaps his face with her head leaf, chuckles and was about to do her taunt again.
"Yeah, I suppose I deserve that." Chikorita stops short of her spanking taunt and turns her head slightly.
"I understand your frustration Chikorita. You got passed on by trainer after trainer for Cyndaquil and Totodile. You feel rejected & dejected. But...we humans have an old saying. 'Every cloud has a silver lining'. I know there is a trainer out there who would be proud to have you as they're partner."
Chikorita turns around and faces Jimmy as he continues to speak. "If you give up on waiting for your trainer now, you'll never achieve your dream. I promise it will work out for you. So please, I'm asking you if you can come back to the lab with me?"
Jimmy sticks his hand out again, and Chikorita, with her eyes twinkling, extends a Vine Whip and grabs hold of Jimmy's hand and gives what sounded like a happy 'Chika Chika'. Jimmy smiles.
Professor Elm's Lab
Jimmy, with Chikorita with him, returns to the Pokemon lab and Professor Elm was very relieved. After giving Chikorita a thorough examination, he informs Jimmy that Chikorita was in excellent health.
"I'm glad to hear that Professor.", says Jimmy. Jimmy looks at Chikorita, still seeing that twinkle in her eyes, and nods.
Minutes later, Professor Elm brings in Chikorita, a Cyndaquil, and a Totodile. "Well Jimmy, sorry to have kept you waiting. Now its time for you to pick your first Pokemon. We have here the Fire Pokemon Cyndaquil, the Water-type Pokemon Totodile, and of course the Grass-type Pokemon Chikorita. So...who would you like to choose?"
"There all so cute Professor, its actually hard to choose. Totodile does look awesome, and Chikorita showed a lot of spirit. Cyndaquil is the type of Pokemon I like too and I like to be the best Fire Pokemon trainer ever."
When Chikorita heard that, she was starting to look depressed again.
Jimmy walks over to the trio and got down on one knee. "Chikorita, my dream is to be the best with Fire Pokemon and as I said there is a trainer out there who would love to have you as they're Pokemon. *Chikorita was about to cry when Jimmy picks her up* And that's why I'm choosing you as my partner."
Chikorita had a shocked look on her face as Jimmy continues. "Even though I love Fire Pokemon, I want to learn a lot about other Pokemon as well. And I've love for it if you can help me achieve my new dream of becoming a Pokemon Master."
Hearing this, Chikorita broke down into tears and buries her head onto Jimmy's right shoulder. "There there. Don't cry."
"It's alright Jimmy. Chikorita just have tears of joy now.", spoke Officer Jenny. Jimmy couldn't help but smile.
Outside the lab minutes later Officer Jenny got onto her motorcycle and bids Jimmy and Elm a happy adieu and goes on her way.
"I do hope she finds that thief.", Jimmy thought to himself.
"Jimmy, I have something for you. Here is Chikorita's Poke Ball and 5 additional Poke Balls to start with. You can buy more types of Poke Balls at the Poke Marts. Also, here's a genuine Pokedex. While you were out, I was visited by my old colleague and mentor, Professor Oak."
"Wait, what?! Professor Samuel Oak?! Really?! He's like a famous celebrity on Pokemon!"
"Yes yes Jimmy. I can understand. I was hoping you get the chance to meet him in the flesh, but he had to go over to Goldenrod City for his daily radio show I'm afraid. Hopefully someday you two will meet.", said Professor Elm.
Jimmy laughs a bit, then Elm says, "Well, you might want to let your mom know that you are set to go. Don't want her to get worries, right?"
"Oh, right. I'll let my mom know. Thanks Professor.", Jimmy says as he runs off.
"Hmm...I know Jimmy will do good. Still...that poor stolen Pokemon. A Pokemon raised by someone bad would turn bad itself. Sigh...that poor Totodile..."
Jimmy arrives at his home minutes later.
"Mom! You here!", yells Jimmy as he runs around the house as Chikorita holds on to his hair for dear life.
"Jimmy, I'm in the living room. Why are you-."
Jimmy entered the living room and slides on the carpet. "Waaaaah!" He crashes into the wall and Chikorita takes a face plant like him as they both fall to the floor.
"That boy...", Jimmy's mom chuckles a bit.
Minutes later Jimmy and Chikorita were up and about. "So, that's your Pokemon? She's adorable."
Chikorita gives a happy 'Chika' sound. "Yep. Serena & I are going to be traveling together.", Jimmy says.
"Serena? She a girl you met?"
"Yep. *He points to Chikorita who was on his right shoulder.* Serena's right here.", Jimmy says with a little laugh.
"Ah, so you're going to name your Pokemon. That's cute. Many people should do things with Pokemon they feel will make them and they're Pokemon more comfortable. So...you'll be heading out to start your own Pokemon Journey huh? *Jimmy nods at her* Well then, I should give you this then."
Jimmy's mom hands him a blue and white device.
"Ah! My Pokemon Gear! Finally, its repaired."
"Honestly young man, I don't know how you were able to break it on the first day your father send it to you. So, I guess you better head over to the Pokemon Center then."
"Hm? How come?"
"Well, for one thing other than to heal up your Pokemon you can register for the Johto League Silver Conference."
"Wait? I can?! How?!"
"Didn't Professor Elm tell you that? *Jimmy just looks at Serena and they just chuckle a bit* That Elm...too busy with his research. Anywho, I noticed you have a Pokedex with you. Just go to the Pokemon Center, give the Pokedex to the receptionist and they'll do the rest."
"Oh...alright mom. I'll do that. Be seeing you!" Jimmy runs out the door.
Jimmy heads out and yells, "Don't forget to change your underwear each day! *She can't help but smile* Just like his father and me...", she giggles a bit.
Minutes later, Jimmy arrives at a white building with a pinkish rooftop with a giant 'P' on top. "Ah, the Pokemon Center. Time to go inside."
Jimmy walks to the counter and spoke to the receptionist, Nurse Joy, She had blue eyes, light tan-color skin, had pink hair with the ends being in a loop on each side, and wore a traditional white nurse outfit. "Excuse me, I...well...I like for you to check on my Pokemon please...and to register for the Johto League too."
Nurse Joy replies, "Sure. We here at the Pokemon Center can do that."
"Cool. But...uh...er...I don't exactly have enough money to cover the expenses."
Nurse Joy giggles. "You're very silly. Registration for the Johto League Silver Conference is free of charge, and tending to your Pokemon is also free."
"Oh...ehehehe. Well then, Serena, let's put you back into your Poke-. *Serena shakes her head and says 'Chika Chika Chika' out loud* I promise it'll be okay. But I can understand if you don't want to go back into your Poke Ball for now."
Jimmy takes Serena and gives her to Nurse Joy. Joy along with a Chansey make they're way to the back room. Jimmy then waits in the lobby and saw a promotional poster for the Johto League. "I wonder if the others will take part too...", Jimmy thought to himself. Minutes later the Pokemon Center bell rings.
"Jimmy, your Pokemon is all healed up." Jimmy walks up to the front desk and got Serena. She leaps into his arms and perches on his left shoulder.
"Thank you Nurse Joy.", he says and Nurse Joy replies, "No need for thanks. Now please give me your Pokedex and we'll get you registered. *Jimmy hands her his Pokedex. Joy puts it in a slot by a computer and she starts typing. She finishes and hands it back to him* Well Mr. Jimmy Joel, you are officially registered to the Johto League."
"Cool. Does that mean I can take part in it now?"
Nurse Joy chuckles. "No silly. I'm sure you read the poster over there right?"
"Oh...right, I forgot. Before I can take part in the Silver Conference I must travel around Johto first and take on the Gym Leaders here and acquire they're Gym Badges as proof, right?"
"Exactly. Here's a Johto Guide Book for your journey. I'm sure it'll help out. *She gives him a white and red book with a Poke Ball symbol on it.* You'll need a minimum of 8 Gym Badges to take part in the Johto League. The closest Pokemon Gym to us will be the one in Violet City. That's a good place for you to start.", suggests Nurse Joy.
"Okay then. Thank you Nurse Joy. Let's go Serena, our big adventure awaits. Let's make our dreams come true!"
Jimmy runs out the door and heads for the route that will take him to Violet City. And so Jimmy Joel, with his partner Chikorita, Serena, heads out to make his dream of becoming a Pokemon Master a reality. Jimmy and Serena's long journey in the Pokemon world together, begins...
To Be Continued...
Next Time: Chapter 1 Part 2:
A Three-Way Hot Blooded Battle
Meet Your New Rivals Jimmy