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.



17. Chapter 17

Notes: In this story Ground type attacks can hit Flying type Pokemon as long as they are projectiles. Flying type Pokemon resist the damage from Ground type attacks.


"This wouldn't have happened if you weren't so reckless!"

I jolted from my spot on the couch. I had been watching the television in the Lounge while waiting for Hugo and Ginnette to return from their missions. I turned to the sound of the angry voice and saw Hugo stalking towards me with an angry Ginnette following him.

"Are you listening?!" she yelled.

"How could I not!" he yelled back. "They can probably hear you in District Nine! I don't need you to tell me I screwed up! Just drop it!"

"If you had just-" she began to say.

Hugo stopped and whirled to face her. "Will you let it go!" he yelled at the top of his lungs.

"Stop!" I yelled.

I stood up and quickly made my way to them. "What the hell is going on?!" I demanded.

He whirled to face me. "Ask her!" he shouted. "I'm sure she'd love to explain to you in detail about how I screwed up! I'm going to the barracks! At least she wont be able to follow me in there!"

He turned and pushed passed Ginnette and left the Lounge. I turned to Ginnette.

"What's going on?!" I demanded.

"Bitey's dead!" she yelled.

I froze. I could not believe the words that just came out of her mouth. After a few seconds I struggled to say something.

"What?" I stammered.

"Bitey's dead!" she repeated.

I took a deep breath to steady myself. I was about to ask her another question before I stopped and looked around the Lounge. There was a handful of trainers spread out in the room. None of them were bothering to hide their interest in our conversation. I turned back to Ginnette.

"Let's go outside," I told her.

I grabbed her arm and began to pull her out of the Lounge. She shook of my arm and began following me outside the Center. Once we were outside we walked to the nearest empty training ground. We stood silently for a moment as I took another steadying breath.

"What happened?" I asked.

"It happened on our shift," she began. "The supervising trainer split us up and paired us with more experienced trainers. I was sent to the apple orchard while Hugo went to the pear orchard. For the most part my mission went the same way that your mission in that district went. I had several encounters with wild Pokemon that were after the apples but my Pokemon were able to handle most of them. The ones that I couldn't were taken care of by the other trainer. Things were fine until there were only two hours left on the shift."

"What happened?" I asked again.

"The supervisor radioed me to go to the pear orchard," she continued. "I was worried that Hugo had gotten injured so I ran there. When I got there I found the supervisor there with Hugo and the trainer he was paired up with. Hugo was sitting on the ground cradling something in his arms. When I walked up to him I saw..." she stopped and looked ready to burst into tears.

"Go on," I said gently.

"It was Bitey," she continued sadly. "Hugo was ignoring my questions so I asked the supervisor and the other trainer what happened. They told me that Hugo was doing well on the mission at first. He took care of most the wild Pokemon encounters by himself or with the other trainer. He didn't have any problems until he encountered a Pachirisu."

"A Pachirisu," I stated, knowing what was coming. "He tried dealing with it himself knowing that Bitey was at a clear disadvantage didn't he?"

She nodded. "The other trainer ran over to their location when he heard the commotion. He saw Bitey laying still on the ground and the Pachirisu getting ready to attack Hugo. His Pokemon quickly killed the Pachirisu and he radioed to the supervisor before going to check Bitey. They told me that Bitey was most likely hit with a strong Electric attack like Thunderbolt. The attack killed him instantly."

She stopped to get a grip on her emotions. I didn't say anything. I felt like I had lost something important. It was almost as if I lost a relative or a close friend. I kept trying to get a grip on the situation.

"What happened next?" I asked.

"I did my best to comfort Hugo," she continued. "The other trainers were very sympathetic to him. The supervisor even let him take over manning the guard station while he took over patrolling the orchard. That way Hugo wouldn't have an incomplete mission on his record and he would still get paid for the mission."

"That was nice of him," I noted.

She nodded. I took a deep breath again.

"Damn," I said. "Why did this have to happen? Forgetting for a second how hard it must be on Hugo to lose Bitey, now he doesn't have a Pokemon. What's going to happen to him? Will he have to retake his Ordeal and try to get another one by himself?"

She shook her head. "The supervisor let Hugo bury Bitey in the orchard before he sent him to the guard station. After Hugo was set up in the station I had to get back to my patrol," she said. "The trainer I was partnered with asked me what was wrong when he saw how distracted I was. I explained what happened and pretty much asked the same thing. He was very sympathetic like the others. He told me that since Hugo already passed his Ordeal once and proved himself capable as a trainer that he doesn't have to retake it."

"Even after this they still consider him capable?" I asked.

She shrugged. "He said that these things happen, especially to rookie trainers," she said. "The higher rank trainers are more forgiving since Hugo is still technically a rookie. He should have retreated and gotten the other trainer once he saw that he was at a clear disadvantage. As long as he learns from his mistake today and understands that sometimes you need backup they wont hold it against him."

"So what now?" I asked.

"Since Hugo passed his Ordeal and his D-rank exam he doesn't have to go out on his own to try to capture another Pokemon," she answered. "We can go with him and keep him safe from wild Pokemon. However, it is very important that Hugo does the actual capture by himself. If we help him capture a Pokemon by weakening it for him he will lose face and the respect of the higher ranks. He has to do that part himself."

"He'll need a pokeball," I said.

She shook her head. "Bitey's pokeball is still usable," she said. "He just needs to go to the Pokemart and pay $50 to have it reset and re-registered."

"That's something," I said.

"Yeah," she said quietly.

We both stood quietly for a long moment.

"I can't believe this is happening," I finally said.

"Me neither," she responded. "I feel like any second now I'll wake up and find that this has been one bad dream."

"This is reality," I told her. "We all knew being Pokemon trainers would be a difficult road. This is just the first bump on the road. It wont be the last."

She didn't respond to that comment. All she did was stare sadly at the ground. After a few moments of thought I narrowed my eyes and looked at her.

"Why were you two yelling when you entered the Lounge?" I demanded.

She didn't look up. I saw her face grow red then begin to pale.

"We were on the way back from the mission office after collecting our pay," she said quietly. "I tried getting him to talk to me on the magnet train on the way here. After a while of me talking to him he finally snapped at me to shut up. He said he didn't want to hear my voice. He just needed some quiet. I don't know why but I got really angry with him and began yelling at him. I...I blamed him for Bitey's death."

"You did what?" I asked quietly.

She finally looked up at me. There were tears in her eyes.

"I don't know what came over me," she said. "I'm sorry."

"I'm not the one you should be apologizing to," I said coldly.

"I know," she said sadly. "I'll go apologize to him."

"No," I stopped her. "You apologizing now wont help the situation. You need to give him some space. I'll go talk to him."

She nodded slowly.

"Why don't you go spend some time with your Pokemon," I suggested. "No training, just go somewhere to relax together and try to keep your mind on something else."

"Okay," she said quietly.

"Don't accept any missions for tomorrow," I told her. "We're both going with Hugo tomorrow to protect him while he catches another Pokemon."

"So soon?" she asked. "He just lot Bitey."

"We'll give him tonight to mourn," I said. "He needs to move passed this. I think getting another Pokemon will help heal the pain he's going through. Hopefully, he'll get another Pokemon early tomorrow and he can work on taming it quickly. That way he can start taking missions again. It's for the best if he moves forward."

"If you say so," she said. "I'm just going to wander the training grounds for a while until I head back to go to bed. I'll be up early so we can head out. Just...try to help him through this. At least one of us should be there for him."

I nodded. "I'll take care of him," I told her. "I'll see you tomorrow."

She just nodded and walked away from me. I stood there for a moment thinking of what Hugo was going through.

"I know things were rough for them at first," I thought, "but they eventually worked passed it and became partners like Shade and I. If I lost Shade like that..." I shuddered.

I released Shade from his Pokeball after that thought. I kneeled down to pet him as soon as he appeared. He must have sensed something wrong because he stood still as I quietly pet him. I eventually stopped petting him and just looked him in the eyes.

"I have some bad news buddy," I told him quietly. "We lost a friend today. Bitey is dead."

Shade's ears drooped and he sat down. He began to howl mournfully at the sky.

"I know how you feel," I said. "I know I promised to let you relax in the training grounds today but Hugo needs me right now. Tomorrow we're all going into the wilds to help him find a new friend. Once we get back we'll most likely help him tame whatever Pokemon he catches. I'll let you have the rest of the day after that to relax. Deal?"

He barked.

"Thanks," I said. "I'm going to go find Hugo now. I'll see you tomorrow."

He barked again. I returned him into his pokeball and made my way back to the Center. When I entered I went straight to the barracks. Hugo was laying in his usual bed staring at the top bunk. I sat down in the bed next to his and just waited. He didn't acknowledge me for a long time. Finally after a long period of silence he spoke up.

"What am I going to do?" he asked quietly.

I gathered my thoughts for a few seconds and answered. "This is what we're going to do," I told him. "Tomorrow morning you are going to the Pokemart to reset your pokeball and have it registered to you again. After that you, Ginnette and I are going into the wilds to find a Pokemon for you to catch. Ginnette and I will protect you while you do the actual catching. Once you have another Pokemon we'll come back to the Center to scan it and heal it from any possible injuries. Finally, we'll go to the training grounds were you will do the best to tame it before sundown. That way you can get back on your feet and continue taking missions the following day. Understand?"

"Just like that?" he asked.

"Just like that," I said.

We both stayed quiet for another long moment. I was trying to give him the space he needed while being there for him if he needed me.

"Jacob," he said quietly after a while.

"Yeah?" I asked.

"Bitey's dead," he said with a broken voice.

He covered his eyes with his arm. I could see tears begin to fall down his cheeks.

"I know buddy," I said quietly. "I know."

The next morning we all got up early and got ready to go into the wilds. After we were ready Hugo and I met Ginnette at the Pokemart so Hugo could have Bitey's pokeball reset and re-registered. Word must have gotten around because the trainer at the register kept giving Hugo sympathetic looks. Hugo said very little to any of us. Ginnette didn't say anything to either one of us other than a mumbled good morning. Neither one of them would look at the other in the eyes. I tried to rush the other trainer along so I could get Hugo away from the sympathy. Once he was done I quickly thanked him and ushered Hugo and Ginnette out of the Center.

We stood quietly in front of the Center for a few minutes. I finally decided to get us started. I turned to Hugo.

"Do you have an idea of what Pokemon you want to try to catch?" I asked him.

"It doesn't matter," he mumbled.

I tried again. "What gate did you want to leave from then?" I asked. "We can just wander the wilds until we see something you might want."

He thought about it for a while before looking at me. "Let's leave through the north gate," he said finally.

I stared at him for a moment. Even Ginnette was finally looking directly at him now.

"The north gate?" I asked. "Are you sure? That's the gate you left from on your Ordeal when you caught..." I paused. "Why don't we try the southern or eastern gates? The wilds from those gates are mostly grasslands. It will be safer than the mountains."

"The north gate," he said stubbornly.

Ginnette and I looked at each other for a second before she dropped her head to stare at the ground. I turned back to Hugo.

"If that's what you want," I said. "Let's go to the station."

We went to the station and took a magnet train to our destination. We sat quietly in the back of the train cart the whole way. We disembarked when we reached the station closest to the gate and walked the rest of the way. The gate guards stopped us to take note of the reason we were leaving the city state and how long we were expected to be gone. I told them that we we're going out to capture a Pokemon and did not know when we would be back. The trainer in charge suggested that we check in at the gate after a couple of hours if we were going to take longer then that. He opened the gate for us and waved us through after wishing us luck.

Once the gate closed behind us Ginnette and I release our Pokemon. Shade, Lilith, Tumbleweed and her Wooper appeared around us. Shade immediately moved over to Hugo and rubbed his head against Hugo's leg.

"Thanks," Hugo told him quietly. He kneeled down to pet Shade.

I moved to stand next to Ginnette.

"Where you able to tame him?" I asked her as I pointed to the Wooper.

"He's fine," she said. "I worked with him yesterday before my mission. I got him to listen to me quickly. I took a page out of your book. He was so scared that I would order Tumbleweed to attack him that he didn't really struggle. I got him to obey my orders. I even worked out some attack commands."

"What attack commands does he know?" I asked.

"Water Gun, Mud Shot and Slam," she responded.

"That will come in handy," I said. "Most of the Pokemon we're likely to encounter will be either Rock or Ground types. I just wish I had made the time to teach Lilith some Grass type attack commands. The only attack she knows so far is Astonish."

"At least Rock and Ground types don't resist Ghost attacks," she said. "And Shade has his Grass type Hidden Power."

"True," I said.

"Can we go now?" Hugo asked.

We both turned to him. He was standing next to Shade with his arms crossed. Both of them were looking at us. Tumbleweed just flew around in lazy circles. Lilith hadn't moved from the spot she appeared. She just floated in place with a bored look on her face. The Wooper kept throwing glances at us, especially Tumbleweed.

"Yeah," I said. "Let's go."

We all began walking away from Asidia towards the mountains. Hugo and Ginnette had both been in this area of the wilds and new what to expect. It was my first time here and I couldn't help enjoying the change of scenery despite our reason for being there. Tall grass quickly became rough terrain. Several times we spotted small wild Pokemon but they ran off as soon as they saw our group.

"I guess they're not brave enough to take us all on," I thought. "That will change the father we go into the wilds. We should come across some large Pokemon or large groups soon."

"If you see a Pokemon you want to try to catch let us know," I mentioned to Hugo.

He just nodded. We continued walking towards the mountains occasionally stopping to stare at wild Pokemon from a distance. At one point we saw a large group of Pokemon grazing far from us. Hugo identified them as a herd of Phanpy and Donphan. He stopped to stare at them for a moment. Ginnette and I looked at each other for a second.

"It will be hard for us to keep most of the herd busy while you capture one of them," I stated. "If you really want one we'll help you out but there might be something else that you might like better that will be easier to catch."

He thought about it for a moment before nodding. "Let's keep going," he said.

We continued walking for a while until we finally reached the base of the mountain. We stopped to stare up at it. It was a fairly large mountain but fortunately did not have a steep climb. There was a winding path through the trees growing on the mountain that led to the top. We could see caves of different shapes and sizes spread out through the side of the mountain. I noticed that some of the caves had worn signs outside marking them as mines that the city state used.

"Let's go," Hugo said after staring at the mountain for a bit.

Ginnette and I both turned to our Pokemon and got their attention.

"We're heading into dangerous territory," I said. "You all need to be alert to your surrounding. Be ready to defend against any wild Pokemon that may attack us."

Shade barked and the rest all made some sound of agreement. We began to make our way up the mountain through the path. We walked for a bit before we had our first encounter with a wild Pokemon. As we walked around a bend in the path Ginnette was tripped by what we thought was a rock. She fell to the ground with a surprised yell and we all turned to her. She was laying on the ground staring at a Geodude that was in front of her growling. The Geodude picked up a large rock and prepared to use Rock Throw at her.

"Shade! Hidden Power!" I yelled.

Shade released his attack as the same time that the Geodude threw the rock. The attacks met in midair and the rock exploded into dust. Ginnette took the opportunity to get up and run over to us.

"Hugo?!" I asked, turning to him.

"No!" he responded. "Take it out!"

"Hidden Power!" I repeated.

"Bullet Seed! Water Gun!" Ginnette ordered her Pokemon.

All three attacks impacted the Geodude. When our Pokemon stopped their attacks all that was left of the Geodude was wet gravel. Hugo quickly turned to Ginnette.

"Are you okay?" he asked her.

"I'm fine," she said. "It just surprised me. I thought it was just a normal rock."

"We'll have to be a bit more careful," I said. "That was too close for comfort."

They agreed with me. We continued on our way. After walking for a bit longer we suddenly heard sounds a few feet off the path behind some trees. After talking it over for a bit we decided to take a look. We made our way slowly and quietly using the trees as cover. Eventually we came up to a small clearing with a small cave on the side of the mountain. There were many small metallic Pokemon entering and exiting the cave.

"Those are Durants," Ginnette whispered in fright. "We need to leave before they spot us."

I agreed. Durants were much like Beedrill. Individually they were not difficult Pokemon to deal with but they lived in very large groups. They were small but very fast Pokemon. If they spotted us they would attack us in force. It would not take long for them to strip us down to bones and take the meat back to their colony.

"Hugo," I whispered. "You shouldn't even attempt to capture one. They have us heavily outnumbered and those metal pincers will slice through us easily. Let's go."

Thankfully he quickly agreed. We silently backed away from the area. Once we made it back to the path we all took a quick breather. I turned to Hugo after a moment.

"Thanks for not going for a Durant," I said. "I really don't thing that would have ended well for us."

He was going to respond when we all felt the ground begin to shake.

"Earthquake!" Ginnette yelled.

"No!" Hugo said quickly. "Hide! Take cover quickly!"

We all rushed to obey. We all just managed to find hiding spots within some bushes when a large snake-like Pokemon burst from the ground.

"Oh shit," I thought. "It's an Onyx."

"Nobody move," Hugo whispered to us. "Don't even make a sound."

We all stood frozen in fear. Even our Pokemon stood still. The Onix turned its head and scanned the area. I almost let out a whimper when it's head turned in our direction. It continued scanning the area from up high before I got an idea.

"Lilith," I said quietly. "We need you to vanish and make some noise to lead the Onyx in the direction of the Durant colony."

For once Lilith did not resist. She quickly vanished and a few seconds later we could hear some noises on the other side of the path moving away from us. The Onyx turned in that direction. It roared and dove back into the ground. The ground began to shake again and I saw a mound of earth moving in the direction of the Durant colony. A few moments later we could hear the Onyx roaring again and the sound of fighting.

"I must have spotted the Durants," I said urgently. "Let's go while its feeding on them!"

We all quickly left our hiding spots and ran in the opposite direction back down the path. Once we could no longer hear the fighting we stopped to catch our breath. Lilith appeard a moment later next to me. I thanked her for her work before turning to Hugo again.

"You actually volunteered to come here for your Ordeal?" I asked incredulously.

He gave me a crooked smile. It was the first smile I had seen on his face since before losing Bitey. The smile lifted my heart and I could tell it did the same for Ginnette.

"What do we do now?" Ginnette asked. "If we go back up the path we risk running into that giant."

"We can't go back without a Pokemon for Hugo," I said. "Let's try some of the caves on the way down. We might get lucky."

They agreed with me. We made our way back down slowly, going off the path to check the entrances the caves occasionally. Some of them went deep into the mountain and were shrouded in darkness. Others only went in a few feet and the insides were visible from the entrances. After checking several caves we found a small one that Shade immediately entered and began sniffing around. He turned to us and began barking.

"What is it?" I asked moving further in.

I walked over to the corner of the cave where Shade was and saw what looked like a nest. Next to the nest there was a small pile of nuts, berries and tubers. I patted Shade on the head.

"Good boy," I told him.

He waged his tail and followed me back outside where the rest of our group waited.

"Well?" Ginnette asked.

"There's definitely a Pokemon living in that cave," I said. "There's a nest and a small hoard of food in there. The Pokemon is probably out scavenging for more food. It's obviously a herbivore based on the food it has stored."

"Should we wait for it to come back?" Ginnette asked. "We don't know what Pokemon lives there or when it will be back. Maybe we should keep moving?"

Hugo was about to respond when I heard a noise moving quickly towards us. I turned in the direction of the noise and instantly acted.

"Get down!" I yelled.

I dove to the ground. Hugo dove for Ginnette and covered her with his body as a small projectile flew over us. The projectile turned in midair and went back in the direction it came from. We raised our heads to stare at the Pokemon that caught the projectile.

"A Cubone!" I exclaimed.

The small dinosaur-like Pokemon was glaring at us from the other side of the clearing. It was clearly furious at us for disturbing its home. It raised its bone and prepared another Bonemerang attack.

"It's mine!" Hugo said.

He stood up and pulled out his pokeball. The Cubone turned to face him directly.

"Careful Hugo!" I said. "It can easily destroy your pokeball with that bone!"

"I got this!" he called back.

The Cubone threw its weapon again. It spun through the air in Hugo's direction. As soon as the bone left it's hand the Cubone lowered its head and began running at Hugo.

"It's using Headbutt!" Ginnette yelled.

Hugo didn't respond. He simply waited until the bone was only a couple of feet away from him. He dove to the side before it could hit him. Before he even hit the ground he tossed the pokeball at the charging Pokemon. From his angle he was able to hit the body instead of the skull. The pokeball opened and sucked up the Pokemon. The ball fell to the ground and began to shake. Hugo did not wait for the result of the attempted capture. He quickly got up and ran over to where the bone had landed. He picked it up and turned to face the pokeball as it opened and released the Cubone. The Pokemon quickly shook itself before glaring at the pokeball. It moved over to it, clearly intending to destroy the ball.

"I wouldn't!" Hugo called.

The Cubone spun to look at Hugo and saw him raise its bone. It growled at him and prepared to rush at him with another Headbutt. Hugo dropped the bone in front of him and picked up a fist sized rock. He held the rock ready to bring it down on the bone. The Pokemon froze.

"That's right," he said. "If you destroy the pokeball I destroy your bone and have my friends order their Pokemon to attack you. If you try to attack me I destroy your bone and have my friends order their Pokemon to attack you. Understand?"

The Cubone turned to look at the rest of us. Ginnette and I stood tense ready to command our Pokemon. All our Pokemon stood ready to attack. Even Lilith and Ginnette's Wooper were standing ready. The Cubone turned back to Hugo with an unhappy look on it's face.

"Now that you understand the situation I'm going to give you a choice," he continued. "You can attack or try to destroy that pokeball in which case you wont live to see another day. Or, you can walk over to the pokeball and touch it to activate the capture sequence. Once the pokeball has absorbed you, you will not struggle to escape. Allow it to capture you and agree to become my Pokemon. Once you're captured I'll take you back home and let you out of the pokeball. I'll give you back your bone at that point."

"If you do agree to become my Pokemon you will have to obey my every command," he said. "Any disobedience will result in punishment. If I give you your bone back and you try to attack me at that point or any point in the future then I wont even bother to keep you. I'll have one of my friend's Pokemon finish you off, but not before I force you to watch as I destroy your bone."

"On the other hand," he continued. "If you obey me loyally then I will take care of you to the best of my abilities. I will feed you daily and heal you when you are sick or injured. You will never have to worry about finding food or suffer from injuries as long as you are my Pokemon. It's up too you. What will you choose?"

We all stood still as the Cubone struggled to make a decision. Finally it gave a resigned nod and walked over to the pokeball. It reached down to touch the ball and it opened again to suck it back inside. This time the ball did not shake. We all heard a click and could see that the button on the ball was white. The capture was complete without any struggle. Hugo walked over to the pokeball and picked it. He stared at the ball in his hands for a moment.

"How did you know that would work?" I asked him.

"I didn't," he responded. "I was gambling on how attached it was to the bone and it's desire to keep on living. It could have tried to escape but then it would be out in the wilds without its primary weapon. Cubone are Ground type Pokemon but they only learn three Ground type attacks naturally. All three of these attacks rely on its bone although it can be taught other Ground type attacks that don't require the bone. Obviously it wanted to live and if it did manage to escape then it would have to try to find another bone in the wilds and go through the process of infusing the bone with its Ground type energy. This new bone would not be as strong as its original which would put it at a disadvantage."

"So you basically blackmailed it into agreeing to become your Pokemon," Ginnette said.

"Blackmail is such an ugly word," he said.

"But accurate," I said. I smiled at him. "Congratulations."

He smiled back at me. "Thanks."

"Now that you have a new Pokemon can we go back to the city state," Ginnette asked. "I really don't like being here."

"Yeah," I agreed. "Let's head on back. Our job here is done."

Hugo agreed with us but first went into the cave. He opened his backpack and began putting the Cubone's hoard inside.

"No sense letting this go to waste," he said cheerfully.

I had to laugh. Ginnette looked like she was trying not to. Once he was done with the food he placed the bone in the backpack as well and put it back on. We began to make our way carefully down the mountain. Luckily we did not encounter any aggressive wild Pokemon. We made it to the base and began walking quickly back to Asidia. Before long we made it back to the gate and the guards opened it for us. We entered the city state and quickly went to the nearest train station. We took a magnet train back to the trainer district. By the time we got back is was midday.

"Plenty of time for Hugo to begin working on his new Pokemon," I thought. "Things are starting to look up for him."



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