My Wish for Excitement
I wrote this story just now in about three hours... Btw, this is my first story. Hopefully you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
My life was always completely ordinary. I would go to school, yell at my sister, hang out with friends... sure, it wasn’t a bad life, but even after getting my first Pokemon nothing exciting happened. I just wanted a little excitement...
“Jack! Quite daydreaming! Mom wants you to take out the trash,” my sister shouted, taking me out of my delusions. With a sigh, I stomped down the stairs and to my front door, where two neatly tied trash bags were waiting for me.
“I wish for excitement and get trash... what a joke,” I whispered, taking the two rotten smelling bags into my hands and pushing open the door. It was just after sunset and the sky was taking on a blue hue, a few glimmers of light breaking through the darkness. I hurried down the stairs of my front porch to the family garbage bins, which were already standing on the sidewalk. Just as I finished dumping the bags away, a strange green glow caught my eye, and I turned to see a spaceship hurtling right towards my face!
I jumped down to a crouch and held both arms behind my head as the vehicle dove into the sidewalk, cement and tar bouncing off of my body. For a second I stayed crouched, quivering from shock as the dust and spaceship smoke wafted around me. I heard the ship’s door creak open as well as a voice.
“Whew! What a landing!” I heard it say, with a tone of accomplishment. “And it only took 30 light years to get here!” I heard it step closer.
“Ah! A living organism! Can you hear me?” it asked, tapping me lightly on the shoulder with what felt like a dull claw.
I screamed. “D-don’t eat me!”
It laughed. Suddenly, a pink bubble formed around me and lifted me into the air. I shrieked and flailed, only to slip on its soapy surface. The creature at last walked into my line of sight. “Do I look like something that would eat you?”
I gasped. This was not some slimy, tentacle covered monster, but a round, pink creature with dainty feathered wings and pyramid-shaped ears. The alien was none other than a Clefairy!
“You - I - what?” was all I could say, and the little Pokemon smiled.
“From your expression I’m guessing you have seen my kind before?” the Clefairy teased, bobbing my bubble up and down with a tilt of its finger.
“You... you’re a Clefairy, right?”
“Why yes, that is the ancient name of our kind,” it replied. “Seeing as how we lost contact with the fleet Coronis009 in the year 104... yes, I suppose I am a ‘Clefairy’.”
“So... um... is there any reason why you’re holding me up like this?”
“Actually, yes. I came to this planet to complete a very important mission, the retrieval of all lost Cerfan- er, Clefairy, that crashed on this planet. And you, Mr. Earthling, are going to help!”
“Mr. Earthling, I implore you to walk faster! The Clefairy lost on this planet have been waiting long enough, don’t you think?”
“I... can’t go any... faster with you... riding on top of me like that!” I yelled, and the Pokemon sighed.
“I already explained to you earlier; my legs have not been in use for such a long time that I can’t move them properly anymore. It will take months of physical therapy to get them up to snuff.” The Clefairy huffed. “Besides, I saw on the television that ladies always come first!”
“I think you’re just lazy...” I muttered, but she ignored the comment. Somehow this annoying little alien managed to win my family over with her story, and they sent us to Mt. Moon in search of her Clefairy ancestors. We were making our way to the peak, where a group of Clefairy was said to live.
The landscape was incredibly rugged, with tiny barbed plants dotting the area, catching my pant legs and scratching my ankles. The air was completely still, leaving my sweaty body with no cure. I licked my thirsting lips.
“How much... farther?” I gasped. I heard Clefairy unzipping my pouch and unfolding our map.
“Let’s see, hm? It looks like we’ve only got... three more miles to go!” she exclaimed. Kill me now, I thought.
“Ah, but look ahead, my darling! That cave seems close! Maybe it will hold some of my brethren!” I lifted my head, and sure enough, there was a small opening in the rock face ahead of us. Just the sight of it energized me, and I sprinted all the way to the cave’s entrance.
“Oh my! It’s so dark in here!” the alien said as we entered. I sat down so that she could get off of me. “Are we taking a break?”
“I can’t go any farther... that sprint took every last drop of energy out of me,” I replied.
We sat for a good twenty minutes with only the sounds of our breath detracting from the silence, until a low rumbling from the back of the cavern started.
“Do you hear that?” I asked, trembling slightly.
“Of course. Don’t misjudge my race’s hearing abilities! Our ears are ten times better than a human’s!” she hissed. The rumbling had become a roar.
I leaped towards Clefairy and snatched her into my arms before dashing out of the cave, right as the source of the sound came barreling through the entrance.
“Ooh, what a charming specimen! What is it called?” Clefairy asked, gazing cheerfully at the head of the rocky beast, whose eyes were slanted menacingly.
“Th-that’s an Onix and... I think we need to get out of here!” At the sound of our conversation the Onix tilted its face towards us, and gave a loud cry.
I ran as fast as I could away from the overly enlarged snake but it was steadily catching up, tearing the hillside beneath it to pieces. There was no time left to think.
“Bulbasaur, I know you don’t like me, but I really need your help!” I shouted, throwing my only occupied Pokeball into the air to unleash a snoozing dinosaur with a green bulb attached to its back. The Onix halted before it, ready for the challenge.
“Oh, what are you doing, Earthling? You can’t be thinking of fighting this ‘Onix’?” Clefairy cried, clasping her hands together as though she were a nun at church.
“Do you think that thing will listen to reason?” I shouted. “C’mon Bulbasaur, wake up!” It wouldn’t budge.
“On my planet, we always use diplomacy first, even when speaking with barbarians such as this.” The Clefairy leaped out of my arms, and floated her way to the Onix. “Now Mr. Onix, I am not from this planet and I am unfamiliar with its customs, but back in my solar system we do not disturb other citizens when they are at rest, no matter how angry we are. Do you understand?”
The Onix deliberated for a moment before smacking Clefairy into the cliff side with its tail. Bulbasaur stirred, and I felt a surge of relief flow through me.
“Oh, thank the Lord! Bulbasaur, I need you to-,”
Before I could finish the cliff trembled with a force more powerful than any I had felt previous and a voice more horrible than the ones in my nightmares echoed across the hill.
“So that’s how you want to play, huh?” it boomed. “You’ll regret making trouble with the heir to the Cerfanindus throne!” A burst of light erupted deep within the rock, and Clefairy floated out after it, saying in monotone what I recognized as a Lucky Chant.
Onix prepared itself and flung out its tail once more, only for Clefairy to dodge. “Get ready for your punishment, brute!” She raised her fist into the sky, light filling her palm. When the light stopped glowing, she glided to the Onix’s side and hurled her fist into the rock. The Onix cried out in pain. It quickly reoriented itself however, hurriedly curling its body around the now close and vulnerable alien.
“Agh! St... stop!” she cried, but the Onix only continued to crush her body.
“Bulbasaur, we have to do something!” I shouted. The spotted dinosaur Pokemon growled in assent, apparently only fit to listen to me when another Pokemon was in danger. “Use vine whip! And quickly!”
Two long vines shot out from inside the Bulbasaur’s bulb, smacking the side of Onix’s body repeatedly. The Onix only tightened its grip on its hostage.
“Hold... Jack. I can... get out of this!” Clefairy yelled. Her fist went into the air once more, preparing a burning fire. She dug her flame imprisoned hand into the Onix, causing it to yell out and loosen its hold on her.
The rock snake groaned, only moments away from fainting. “Finish it off with razor leaf, Bulbasaur!” I commanded, and the Pokemon shook leaves out of its bulb, sending them flying towards the Onix. The Onix gave one last tiny shriek before crashing to the barren earth, defeated.
I rushed to Clefairy’s side. She was breathing heavily, and had several scratches across her body from her crash into the rock and Onix’s Bind. “Are you okay, Clefairy?” I asked, bringing my hand to her forehead. She lifted her hand to touch mine.
“Nothing some rest... won’t fix. I’m not... used to walking, let alone... battling,” she muttered. After a short pause, she continued, “What should we do about that... Onix?”
“Oh, that? I’ll just leave it there for now. I still have to find your friends, right?” I smiled, and she giggled a little. “Let me heal you up, okay?” I slipped my bag off of my shoulders and rustled around inside until I came across a small spray bottle.
I lightly doused the medicine over Clefairy’s body, and her breathing became normal again.
By the time we reached the peak, night had fallen. “Huh... there doesn’t seem to be anything up here,” I said, kicking at the dirt.
“Ah, where are you, Clefairy? Why won’t you show yourselves?” Just as the words left the pink Pokemon’s mouth, a bright light shot into the sky from a few yards away. Clefairy and I nodded in silent agreement, and I took off with her balancing in my arms.
We soon reached a small dip in the mountain side, where dozens of Clefairy were gathered, each waving their hands back in forth in some sort of rhythm. “Okay Jack, don’t fail me now! Do as your family said, and throw a Pokeball at one of them!” Clefairy whispered.
“Are you stupid? If I threw a Pokeball now, all of the Clefairy would start attacking me! We’ve got to lure one off to the side somehow and get it alone...”
Clefairy deliberated for a moment. “I think I know what to do. Do you have food with you?”
“I have some berries...” I replied meekly.
“Than get those out. We will wait up here and let the scent of the berries attract some Clefairy.” Sighing, I emptied my bag of any berries left inside of it, and the two of us waited.
After a few minutes, a hungry face appeared before us. I quickly released Bulbasaur, who reluctantly stepped forward to fight with the Pokemon in front of it. The Clefairy readied its hand for a metronome.
Icy mist enveloped me, and I couldn’t see. “Bulbasaur, feel around for the Clefairy with Vine Whip!” I could hear the vines grazing across the ground, searching for their target. “Once you find it, use tackle!”
I heard a tiny shriek and the mist cleared. The Clefairy was on its rear, with Bulbasaur looking triumphant. “Now, razor leaf!”
Ten leaves shot towards the Clefairy at once, cutting into its skin. “Oh I wish you didn’t have to hurt it...” the alien Clefairy whimpered.
“Don’t worry, I’ll heal it once this is over,” I said, as the Clefairy started slapping my Bulbasaur repeatedly. “Use Take Down, Bulbasaur!”
Bulbasaur rammed into the Clefairy, leaving both it and the target in pain. I readied my Pokeball.
“Thank you Jack. I’m forever in your debt!” I smiled and threw the red and white ball at the Clefairy, thinking that I would miss my alien friend and the excitement she brought to my life...
Rank: Medium, 10-20 K
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