Pokemon: Chaotic World

It's a whole new world. A world were Pokemon and their trainers are something to be feared. This is the story of a new trainer who must survive his new life as a Pokemon trainer and leave the life that he has known behind. Watch as he struggles through a Pokemon world unlike any that you know. AU Pokemon World.



12. Chapter 12: Family Visit

The three of us woke up early the next morning to begin our day. We had breakfast together then left the Center. Ginnette split from us once we were outside. She wished us luck on our training then headed straight for the Gym. Hugo and I walked through the training grounds together before he wished me luck and left in a different direction. I kept walking until I came up to a small empty rock field training ground. There were three practice dummies spread out among many different sized rocks. Some of the rocks were actually boulders bigger then me. I decided that this would be a good place to train today. I set down my backpack and pulled out Shade's pokeball.

"Shade!" I called.

He appeared in front of me and gave a long yawn. Once he was done he shook himself and stood staring at me. I reached into my backpack for the bag of dry food and a bottle of water. I set down a handful of the food on the ground in front of him.

"Eat up," I told him. "We're doing a different kind of training today and you'll need your strength."

I waited for him to eat his food. When he was done, I poured some water in my hand and let him drink. When he had his fill I put the rest of the water away and stood facing him.

"Today you're going to try to learn an attack called Hidden Power," I told him. "Listen very carefully. This attack will be harder for you to learn than any of the ones you've learned so far. Try your best but don't be disappointed if you have trouble with it. I expect that it will take a few hours before you're even able to form the energy of the attack. Understand?"

He barked an affirmative.

"Good," I said. "This is what I want you to do. When I tell you to start, I want you to close your eyes and look inside you to try to find the energy you have buried deep inside. You know what your Dark type energy feels like. This energy will feel completely different from that energy. Just try to focus within to find the energy that you're not familiar with. Do you understand?"

He barked again.

"Good," I said. "Once you find that hidden energy I want you to let me know that you found it. I'll be waiting right here. Don't become distracted by anything happening around you unless I call your name. Alright?"

He barked a third time.

"Alright then," I said. "Start."

Shade closed his eyes and stood still. I sat down on a big rock to wait him out. We stood in those positions as I watched Shade standing still with his eyes closed. A hour passed and he still hadn't moved.

"I should have brought something to read," I thought.

I stood up and walked around the training ground to stretch my legs a bit. Shade didn't seem to notice my movements. Once we reached the two hour mark I decided to give him a quick break. I took the water from my backpack and called his name to get his attention. When he opened his eyes to look at me I poured some water in my hands and offered it to him. He rushed over to me and drank it all up quickly. I let him lay down for a while to rest a bit before I sent him back into position to continue his training.

We continued this for another hour or so. At one point Shade suddenly tipped over and fell on the ground. I jumped and ran over to check him. I placed my hand on him and could feel his slow breathing.

"Unbelievable," I thought. "He fell asleep."

"Shade!" I yelled.

He gave a jolt and woke up. He quickly stood up and looked at me with his ears drooped down.

"What was that?" I asked. "You're supposed to be trying to learn a new attack not sleep on your feet. Get your head in the game."

He whined at me before getting back in position. I shook my head and sat back down as he went back to training. A little over a half a hour had passed before he gave a surprised yelp. I quickly stood up and walked over to him.

"Shade?" I asked. "Did you find the energy?"

He barked an affirmative.

"Excellent!" I exclaimed. "Now for the next part of the training."

He stood at attention.

"I want you to find the energy again and try to draw it out just like you draw out your Dark type energy when you use Assurance," I told him. "Once you draw it out I want you to hold it until I tell you to stop. Understood?"

He barked.

"Alright," I said. "Start now."

He closed his eyes and started to focus within again. After a few minutes his body began to glow with bright green energy.

"Bright green," I thought slightly disappointed. "So Shade has a Grass type Hidden Power. That wont be very effective against flying types. Oh well, it's still a long range attack that will be very effective against Ground, Rock and Water Pokemon. Once he becomes proficient in Hidden Power I'll just teach him Snarl to deal with Flying types."

"That's good Shade," I told him. "Great job. You can stop now."

He stopped and laid down panting.

"Take a quick break before we move on to the final part," I said.

I let him rest for about 15 minutes before I told him to follow me. I led him to one of the practice dummies and we stopped a few feet away from it.

"Now it's time for you to learn how to actually launch the Hidden Power," I told him. "When I say to start, call up the hidden energy again and this time try to form it into the shape of a ball right in front of you. Once you have the ball of energy formed, try to release it so it flies forward and hits the target. Understand?"

He barked.

"Alright," I said. "Start then."

He closed his eyes and began to focus. I noticed that he was able to call up the Grass type energy much quicker than before. However, he was having trouble gathering the energy away from his body. Instead, his body continued to glow bright green as he tried to form a ball of energy.

"Keep at it," I encouraged.

He kept this up for a while with no success. Finally, after trying many times, the bright green glow vanished from around his body and an orb of bright green energy appeared in front of him.

"Good Shade!" I exclaimed. "That is your Hidden Power attack. Whenever I tell you to use Hidden Power, I want you to create a ball of energy like that and launch it at your target. Try doing so now at the dummy."

He focused on the orb. A few seconds later it launched forward but missed the practice dummy. It hit a rock instead and broke it into smaller pieces.

"Good try," I said. "Keep trying to hit the dummy with Hidden Power. Also, try to form the attack quicker each time."

He barked and began trying to hit the dummy over and over again. Each attempt he made I could see him forming the Hidden Power faster than before and his aim improving. Finally, one of his Hidden Power attacks hit his target. The practice dummy shook a bit but no visible cracks appeared on the wood.

"That makes sense," I thought. "After all, Grass types resist Grass type attacks. Let's try something different."

"Shade," I said. "Do you see those three big rocks over there?"

He looked over at the rocks I was pointing at then looked back at me.

"Use Hidden Power on the rock in the middle," I told him.

He turned to face the three rocks and quickly formed another Hidden Power. He launched it at the middle rock and it slammed into it. Small pieces broke off and cracks appeared on the large rock.

"Good," I said. "Let's try something else. This time I want you to split the ball of energy into two balls and launch them at the two outer rocks."

It did not take Shade long to figure out how to split the energy ball. A couple of minutes after he formed a single orb, he split the energy and formed two smaller orbs. He launched the orbs at the two outer rocks. One orb hit its target dead center. The other gave it a glancing hit. I walked up to the rock that received a direct hit. There were cracks in the rock but not as many as the ones in the center rock. I walked back to Shade.

"Try hitting all three at once this time," I told him. "Watch the aim."

He quickly formed another Hidden Power and split the large orb in three much smaller orbs. He launched the orbs at the rocks and hit all three, although only the rock in the middle was hit dead center. I walked up to inspect all three rocks and noticed that there were fewer, smaller cracks on all three rocks.

"We should probably not try to divide the Hidden Power into more than three orbs," I thought. "It will do little to no damage if we do." I walked back over to Shade.

"You did and excellent job training today Shade," I told him. "We're going to stop at this point. I have to be heading back soon anyway."

I took out some more food and the last of the water and gave it to him. He dug in and finished both quickly. Once he was done I recalled him to his pokeball and gathered my things. It was time to head back to the Center to get ready for my family visit.

I made it back to the Center and got ready to go see my family. Once I was ready, I left the Center and went to the train station. I boarded a magnet train and headed to District Six. This would be my first time going to my old home district since Selection Day. I became more and more nervous the closer I got to my destination.

Eventually I made it to the station closest to my old house. I disembarked and began walking the rest of the way. As I walked through my old home district I looked around at the familiar surroundings. Nothing had changed from what I could see. The closer I got to my old house the more I saw familiar faces of old neighbors. I even saw some people that I used to go to school with. Most of the people either ignored me or quickly left the area when they saw me.

When I finally made it to my family's home I was nothing but a bundle of nerves. I just stood in front of the door for several minutes. Finally, I took a deep breath and rang the doorbell. A few seconds later I heard the door unlock and it opened to reveal my mother. We just stood staring at each other for a moment.

"Hi mom," I finally said.

She rushed forward and gave me hug. I quickly hugged her back.

"Welcome home," she said after we separated.

"Jacob!" I heard just before my brother lunged at me. He hugged me tightly as I tried to steady us. I did my best to get him to let me go but he held on. Finally I just gave in and let him hug me.

"Bobby," my mother said. "Let him go and both of you come inside. Dinner is almost ready and I'm sure Jacob wants to say hello to your father."

Bobby let me go and we entered the house. We found my father sitting in the living room. He stood up when he saw me and offered me his hand.

"Hello Jacob," he said.

"Hi dad," I said.

"Sit down," my mother told us. "Dinner will be ready soon. I'll call you when it's done."

My father, Bobby and I sat down as my mother went to the kitchen. There was silence among us for a moment. Eventually, my father broke the silence.

"How have you been?" he asked me.

"Surprisingly good," I answered. "I'm a D-rank trainer now and completed my first mission yesterday."

"That's good..." he said hesitantly.

"Jacob," my brother said. He didn't say anything else. I got the feeling he was struggling with something.

"Yeah Bobby?" I asked him.

"I'm sorry," he said.

"For what?" I asked.

"You're a trainer now because of me," he said. "You wouldn't have volunteered if I wasn't chosen."

"Don't apologize for that," I told him. "It's my job as your big brother to look after you. I wasn't about to let anything bad happen to you if I could prevent it."

"You did the right thing," my father said.

"Thank's dad," I said.

"Dinner is ready!" my mother called us.

We all went to the dinning room and began eating the meal my mother had prepared. I had to admit to myself, the thing I missed most about being a civilian was my mother's cooking. My mother kept offering me more helpings and I gladly took more. Throughout the meal we talked about light topics. Mostly, we talked about my parents jobs, how Bobby was doing in school and some small gossip about the neighbors. We did not mention anything involving Pokemon as we ate.

Once we were done we quickly took the dirty dishes and leftovers to the kitchen. After that we all went back to the living room for coffee and dessert. We kept up the conversation from before. When there was a lull in the conversation Bobby spoke up.

"How many Pokemon do you have Jacob?" he asked.

My mother and I both looked at him in surprise. My father tensed.

"Just one," I told him after an awkward silence. "I just have the Pokemon I caught on my Ordeal for now. He's a Poochyena named Shade."

"Can I see him?" he asked me.

"Bobby," my mother said. "That might not be a good idea."

My father just sat in silence.

"He's tame right?" Bobby asked. "He wont attack us?"

"He's tame," I told him. "He wont do anything unless I tell him to."

"Then it's okay for you to release him for a bit," he said. "He wont try anything."

I looked at Bobby for a moment then at my parents. My mother just stared at me unsure of what to do. My father wouldn't look at me.

After a long moment, I pulled Shade's pokeball out of my pocket and released him.

"Shade!" I called.

My parents both stood and backed away as soon as the pokeball opened. Bobby just sat entranced as Shade materialized in the middle of the living room. Shade looked around and sniffed the air. He then turned to me.

"Shade," I told him. "These are my parents and my brother. They're pack."

Shade immediately moved to where Bobby was sitting and began to sniff him. Bobby just sat there looking excited.

"Can I pet him?" Bobby asked.

"Sure," I said.

Bobby reached out to pet Shade's head. Shade closed his eyes and began wagging his tail. He let Bobby pet him for couple of minutes before moving to my mother. He began sniffing her as he did with Bobby. My mother looked ready to bolt any second. Shade sat down in front of my mother and stared at her. She looked at me.

"It's alright," I told her.

My mother hesitantly reached down to pet Shade. He wagged his tail like he did with Bobby. Once she stopped petting him he moved on to my father. He began sniffing my father for a few seconds then began backing away from him. He started to growl as he looked at my father.

"Shade!" I yelled at him. "Stop that!"

Shade stopped growling but kept his eyes on my father. My father just looked back at Shade blankly. I decided to recall Shade at this point.

"Shade return," I said.

He was sucked back into his pokeball. Once I put the pokeball away another awkward silence filled the room. Finally I glanced at the clock on the wall and excused myself.

"It's getting late," I said. "I should get going. I have another mission tomorrow. I want to get a good nights sleep."

"We should be getting ready for bed as well," my mother said. "I'm glad that you came to visit us. You need to come over for dinner whenever you have free time. I have to make sure you're eating well."

"I will when I can," I told her.

"Can I see Shade again the next time you come," Bobby asked.

"Sure," I told him.

My father said nothing to me. I stood to leave.

"I'm going now," I said. "I'll keep in touch."

"I'll walk you out," my father finally said.

I looked at him. "Alright," I said.

I said my goodbyes to my mother and Bobby and followed my father out of the house. He closed the door behind him when we were both outside.

"I don't want you to come back here," he told me.

"What?" I asked. "Why? I thought you were okay with me being a trainer?"

"I thought I was," he responded. "But I'm not. I can't handle this."

"What's the problem?" I asked him.

"What's the problem? You just released a Pokemon in the middle of my living room!" he yelled. "What if he had attacked me! He could have attacked your mother or Bobby!"

"He wouldn't have attacked any of you!" I yelled back.

"He growled at me!" he yelled.

I tried to calm down. "He was just reacting to your negative emotions," I told him. "If you can just learn to accept me as I am now I'm sure he'll accept you."

"I don't want to accept either one of you," he said. "Did you see the look on Bobby's face as he was petting that monster? He was excited. I don't want him to start thinking of Pokemon as pets. What happens if one day he comes across a wild Pokemon and tries to befriend it?"

"Bobby has more common sense than that," I said.

"I can't take that chance," he said. "I've already lost one son to Pokemon. I'm not going got lose another."

"You haven't lost me," I told him.

"Yes I have," he said. "I don't want to ever see you in this house again."

We just stared at each other for a moment. Finally, I nodded to him.

"Fine," I said. "I won't come back here again. But I'm not going to just turn my back on mom or Bobby. I'm going to keep messaging them and calling them when I can."

He looked like he was about to start yelling at me again. He stopped himself and thought for a moment.

"Fine," he said. "But whenever your mother or Bobby ask you to come for a visit I want you to make up whatever excuse you can think of to avoid coming. If you keep putting it off long enough they will stop asking eventually."

"Fine," I said again. "I'm going now. Tell mom that I'll contact her in a few days. Goodbye."

I turned and began to walk away from him. Once I was a few feet away he spoke up again.

"I didn't want it to come to this," he said.

I just kept walking.

I made it back to the Center in a daze. I could not even remember walking to the train station and taking a magnet train back to the trainer district. I stood in front of the Center for a while before I steeled myself and entered. I asked Annabelle if she knew were Hugo and Ginnette where and she told me to check the Lounge. I went to the Lounge and found them sitting on a couch in a corner of the room. They were talking excitedly. I made my way to them and sat in a chair in front of them.

"Hey," I greeted them.

"Hi," they both said.

Ginnette took a good look at my face and frowned.

"Are you alright?" she asked me.

"I'm fine," I told her.

"Liar," Hugo said. "We can tell something is bothering you. What's wrong?"

"Nothing is wrong," I insisted.

The just stared at me.

"You went to see your family today right?" Hugo asked. "I take it that things didn't go well."

I almost snapped at him. I stopped myself and took a deep breath. I wasn't their fault that my father all but disowned me.

"My father is not handling me being a trainer well," I admitted. "He told me that I wasn't welcome in his house again."

"What about your mother and brother?" Ginnette asked.

"My mother was understandably worried about me but accepted that this was my life now," I told the. "Bobby surprised me. He asked me to show him Shade and even petted him. Before I became a trainer he would have been too terrified to even go near a Pokemon."

"It's good that they can accept you at least," Hugo said. "Shame about your father."

"Yeah," I said.

I decided to change to subject. I turned to Ginnette.

"So?" I asked her.

"So what?" she asked teasingly.

"Your exam," I told her. "How did it go?"

She took out her trainer card and showed it to me. It had D-Rank stamped on the front.

"Congratulations," I told her. "Was it easy?"

"Yes it was," she said. "The first part went exactly like your exam went. Muliere changed around the second and third parts a bit but Tumbleweed and I were still able to pass them."

"Congratulations," I said again. I turned to Hugo. "How did your day go?" I asked him.

"Great," he said. "I'm ready for my exam. I trained Bitey all day today. He should be able to pass all three parts with no problem. I'm getting up early tomorrow to go to the Gym."

"Good luck tomorrow," I told him. "I'm sure you'll pass."

"Thanks," he said. "How did you're training with Shade today go?"

"We'll, he learned Hidden Power," I told them. "But it's a Grass type Hidden Power so it wont be very useful against Flying types. I'm going to try to teach him Snarl next. That way he has a long range attack that Flying types can't resist."

"Maybe we can hang out tomorrow after my exam," Hugo said. "We can both work on our Pokemon's attacks together."

"I have a mission tomorrow afternoon," I said. "We can hang out once I'm done with my mission if you want."

"I have a mission tomorrow afternoon too," Ginnette said. "I signed up for my first mission as soon as I was done with my exam. I want to start earning money right away so I can save up to get my own place."

"What kind of mission is it?" I asked. "I signed up for gate guard duty. I'm on the afternoon guard shift at the southern gate tomorrow."

"It's actually a civilian requested mission," she said. "A family in District Four is throwing their son a birthday party in one of the public parks in that district. They wanted another trainer on top of the park's guard patrol for safety. The mission request was posted a few days ago. I'm surprised it was still available."

"I'm not," Hugo said. "I doubt many trainers would want to sit around watching families having fun and eating good food while they stood guard over them. If I were you I would bring some lunch for when you get hungry. It's unlikely that the family that hired you will provide you with any food."

"I didn't think about that," she said looking a little down.

"Don't worry about it," I told her. "It should be a simple first mission for you. If a wild Pokemon does attack your clients, the guard patrols will most likely show up to help you deal with it if you can't by yourself. Just don't leave the families you're guarding alone if there is a problem in another part to the park. Your mission is to protect the families at the party not the park."

"I understand," she said. "Should I have Tumbleweed out in case of an attack?"

I shook my head. "No," I told her. "He would most likely scare the families and ruin the birthday party. Only call him out if you actually need him."

"Alright," she said.

"It's getting late," I said. "We should probably get to bed."

"Your right," Hugo said. "I'm getting up early to go to the Gym anyway. I want to get plenty of sleep."

"Me too," Ginnette said. "Even if it is in the afternoon, I want to make sure I'm well rested for my mission."

We left the Lounge and entered the barracks. I quickly changed and went to bed. I had trouble sleeping that night. All I could think about was my father and everything he said to me that day.

"Maybe one day he can learn to accept me," I thought. "Maybe."

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