Chapter One: The Leader's Kid
"You'll love going on a pokemon journey," my mom said as we flew towards New Bark Town on her Dragonite. It was early June and the summer heat was no joke. I was ready to land, so that I could cool off. When we finally landed I looked around the scene. This place was nothing compared to Blackthorn City.
"My friend Professor Elm said that he would be delighted to give you your first pokemon," Mom stated. "Who knows maybe you'll become a gym leader just like me." "Take care dear." She commanded Dragonite to fly and it took off. I was in front of Elm's lab so I decided to go in.
"You must be Cory," the professor said excitedly. "Clair has told me so much about you." "I'm sure she's lucky to have you as a son." Elm looked like a nice guy so I decided not to rush him, but I did have a few questions.
"What pokemon do you have here?" I asked. I just hoped it wasn't any dragons. Dragons were cool, but I had been around them my whole life and quite frankly, I was getting sick of them. Plus they had really bad breath in the mornings.
"Well we have a Chikorita, a Totodile, and a Cyndaquil," the professor answered. "Chikorita is a grass type, Totodile is a water type, and Cyndaquil is a fire type pokemon." "We don't have any dragons," he said humorously. I looked at the three pokemon and then stopped when I saw the Cyndaquil.
"I'll take the Cyndaquil," I told Elm. He nodded his head and went to his desk to grab something. I looked at a nearby mirror and saw my reflection. My clothes looked pretty decent. I had on a black basketball jeresy with a red t-shirt underneath. I had on black jeans and a pair of red sneakers. Unlike most trainers from Blackthorn, I didn't wear a cape. I thought that it looked ridiculous, even if Lance and Mom wore capes. While looking at my reflection, I noticed that someone was peering through the window. All I could see was red hair so I ignored it.
"Here is your pokedex," he said as he handed a black device to me. "When I told Professor Oak that a relative of Lance would be going on a journey, he had a pokedex custom made just for you." I just nodded my head. This guy could talk for a long time. He handed me five red and white objects. I knew these as pokeballs because my mom used them all the time.
"Where do I go first?" I asked with impatience.
"Before you go on your journey, there is a package for your mother at the Pokemon Center in Cherrygrove City." "I need you to bring it to me and then you can begin your journey."
"Ok," I said trying not to show any anger. It was just like Mom to fly off and forget about something and once again I had to complete one of her errands. I put Cyndaquil in its pokeball and said goodbye to the professor. As I walked outside, I noticed that someone was still peering through Elm's window. It was a girl no it was a boy with long red hair. The guy looked crazy so I just ignored him once again. Cherrygrove was down Route 29 so I began walking. Some guy approached me.
"Do you wanna know how to catch a pokemon?" he asked. I shook my head. My mother was a gym leader and she caught pokemon all the time, so I was sure that I knew how to do it. I continued walking and decided not to capture any pokemon until I had completed my errand.
"After I beat Lance," I said to myself. "I'll go to Kanto, then Hoenn, and then Sinnoh." I was determined to beat him, because I thought that it would be a great challenge. Mom on the other hand just wanted to destroy Lance. I had no idea why they were constantly at it with each other. Even last month on my fourteenth birthday they were arguing. Lance had come to visit and at first he tried to ignore my mother. They eventually got into an argument over what kind of cake I liked. Lance insisted that I liked chocolate, while Mom insisted that I liked vanilla. The truth was I really didn't care about cake. I preferred ice cream anyway.
I reached Cherrygrove at about noon. It was slightly bigger than New Bark Town, but still it didn't compare to Blackthorn City. I noticed the Pokemon Center right ahead, but as I headed for it, I was stopped by an old man. "Hello," he said.
"Umm hey what's up," I replied. He looked at me sternly and then his eyes widened.
"Are you related to the dragon trainers in Blackthorn City?" he asked. I knew it was because of my eyes. We all had the same dark eyes.
"Yes sir," I answered. "My name is Cory and my mother is Clair, the gym leader of Blackthorn City." The man was shocked for a second and then began to speak again.
"I was going to give you a tour," he started. "But considering you probably know a lot about being a trainer I would like you to follow me to my home." I nodded my head since I had nothing better to do. I followed the old man to his house and for at least two hours, he started talking about his life. This is why I didn't hangout with my great-grandfather because old people always wanted you to hear their life stories. When he was finally done, the old man opened his cabinet and pulled out a folded up peice of dusty paper.
"I want you to have this," he said as he handed me the paper. I unfolded it and noticed that it was a map of Johto. It was kind of worn out, but it was still very detailed. I put it in my backpack and thanked the old man. I walked out of the house and went to the Pokemon Center. I went up to the nurse.
"My name is Cory," I began. "I'm suppose to pick up a package for my mother."
"Oh yes," the nurse said as she handed me the small package. I tossed it in my backpack and headed out. "Take care," she said as I went out of the door. I knew that I had to go back to New Bark Town to deliver it to Elm, who had to deliver it to Mom. When I was on my way out, I was bumped into by a kid. When I studied him, I noticed that he was the guy with the red hair that was peering through Elm's window.
"Watch where you're going, jerk!" I yelled. He glared at me angrily.
"You're that gym leader's kid," he said bluntly. "I bet I can beat you and your mom in a battle." This guy was getting on my nerves and worst not only had he insulted me, but he insulted my mother too.
"How about we see who's better," I said as I opened Cyndaquil's pokeball. The little pokemon came out and flames began to shoot out of his back. The kid with the red her laughed and then opened a pokeball. A Totodile came out happily.
"Ok loser," he started. "Let's go..." And so the battle had begun.