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.



20. Chapter 20

It's hard to imagine that I've been a Pokemon trainer for a year now. I've become so accustomed to training my Pokemon and taking missions that my time before feels like a dream to me. So much has changed over the months since I captured my Growlithe and was forced to vanquish Lilith.

Losing Lilith was a real eye opening experience for me. As a result of that incident I decided that never again would I attempt to train a Pokemon through fear. While that method can have quick results, I could never trust such a Pokemon not to attack me when I'm in a vulnerable position. I decided that any Pokemon I capture I would attempt to tame in the same manner that I did Shade. If that method doesn't work on a Pokemon for me then I would get rid of the Pokemon. This method proved successful with my Growlithe.

I named the female Growlithe Blaze. It only took me one training session to get her to listen to me. To be fair, Shade had a great deal to do with Blaze's taming process. As a canine the pack instinct is strong in Blaze. Shade beat Blaze in combat and Blaze acknowledged him as dominant as a result. Since Shade looked to me as his alpha, Blaze followed his example and recognized me as the alpha of our pack. Blaze was really tense around me at first but I quickly won her over much like I won Shade over.

The two of them go along extremely well. At home they could normally be found curled up together on the floor or on my futon. Even when we were not home they normally stayed close to each other and played together constantly. More than one higher ranked trainer noted their closeness and mentioned that it was a strong possibility that they would become mates and have puppies. Some of those trainers offered to buy or trade for a puppy when that eventually happened. I informed them that I would decide what to do with any puppies if Shade and Blaze mated.

Blaze was not the only new Pokemon I captured over the last year. A couple of weeks after the Lilith incident I went to the Pokemart and had Lilith's ball reset. The next day I went out and captured a Yanma. Unfortunately, the Yanma refused to listen to me even when I tried to befriend it. After trying to tame it for two weeks I finally gave up and put it down.

Over the next few months I tried several times with new Pokemon. I would go out into the Wilds and capture the first Pokemon I came across. I would then take back the captured Pokemon and attempt to tame it like I did with Shade. Unfortunately, that method wasn't as effective with any of those Pokemon. I tried with many different Pokemon including a Meowth, a Buizel and a Pansage.

It wasn't until I captured a male Pidgey that I had any luck. It took longer that it did with either Shade or Blaze but eventually I was able to tame him. I named him Azure and while he wasn't as affectionate as Shade or Blaze were, I had no problem having him outside his pokeball even when one of the others was not out. Since I could only have two active Pokemon with me, I would alternate between Blaze and Azure each day. I just did not have the heart to store Shade in the computer storage system.

Those were not the only changes in my life since that day. After my mother and brother went home following their visit, she and my father had a long conversation. While I don't know the details of what was said since then I was once again welcome to my parents home. Once a week I would visit my family for dinner. Other than the tenseness between my father and myself I normally spent an enjoyable evening. Occasionally, my mother and brother would visit me. The became pretty well known in the trainer district as the civilians that braved the feared district.

Hugo and Ginnette enjoyed the visits from my family. Every time they would visit me my mother would invite them along to eat with us. They all enjoyed spending time together. Ginnette and my mother hit it off right away. I think my mother was disappointed that she was with Hugo instead of me. Hugo got along well with Bobby. He mentioned more than once that he always wanted a little brother and found one in Bobby.

Hugo and Ginnette also went through some changes. Hugo captured another Pokemon after he saved up enough to buy another pokeball. He went to the mountains again to try to find a Aron. Unfortunately, he was not able to find one. After wandering the mountains for hours he came across a nest with two Rufflet. The Rufflet were still very young and were not able to fly yet. Since the parents were nowhere in sight he decided to capture one instead of continuing to try to find a Aron. He quickly tossed one of his pokeball and managed to capture one. Then he had Boron distract the other Rufflet while he retrieved the ball.

The Rufflet was a male that he decided to name Regal. Since Regal was still very young he quickly imprinted on Hugo as his caretaker. Although Hugo wasn't able to train Regal until he was older he was able to tame him and get him to listen to commands. Once he was old enough he worked on Regal's attack commands and started using him on missions.

Hugo's relationship with his family did not go through any major changes. He continued to send money to his mother to help support her and his sisters. His mother was very grateful and used the money to buy his sisters things that she could not afford before. Hugo would visit them once in a while and even introduced Ginnette and I to his family. Sometimes we would go with him when he visited them.

Ginnette captured two more Pokemon, a female Caterpie and a male Lillipup. She had little trouble taming them both. The Caterpie she named Verde and the Lillipup she named Scruffy.

Ginnette was the only one of us that so far had a Pokemon evolve. Within three months Verde evolved into her Metapod stage and then her Butterfree stage. In addition, Ginnette was the only one to have her starter evolve. Tumbleweed finally evolved into a Skiploom after several months of training and missions.

Both Hugo and I were eager to have our Pokemon evolve and grow stronger. We were both expecting Shade and Cora to evolve any day now considering how much stronger they have both grown. Boron and Azure should also be close to evolving soon. Unfortunately for Blaze, she could not evolve until I managed to acquire a Fire Stone and use it on her. Since evolution stones were so expensive to buy my only options were to try to find one in the caves to the north or save up a lot of money to get one from one of the mining companies.

After months of training and missions we were finally close to meeting the requirements for the C-rank exam. All three of us already met the Pokemon requirement as well as the mission requirement. The only one we still needed to meet was the one year of experience requirement. That requirement would be met soon as the day finally came again for the new batch of prospective trainers to be chosen.

Once again it was Selection Day.

I woke up that day and quickly got ready. Once I was done I went over to Ginnette and Hugo's apartment for breakfast. This had become a ritual for the three of us. By the time I got to their apartment Ginnette was done placing the food on the table. We sat down and began eating. As we ate we talked about little unimportant things. Eventually Hugo brought up the subject that we were all thinking about.

"I can't believe its been a year since we were chosen already," he said.

"Yeah," I said.

"Are you nervous about today?" he asked me.

"Why would I be nervous?" I responded.

"Because Bobby has to attend Selection Day today," he said.

"I'm trying really hard not to think about that," I said. "Besides, what are the odds that Bobby will be chosen twice in a row?"

Hugo looked like he was about to say something before Ginnette silenced him with a look. She turned to me.

"What are you doing today?" she asked me.

"Mission," I responded. "I was requested specifically to work the morning shift in Section C of the agricultural district. I think we all know why I was requested for this mission."

"Mareep herding," Hugo said with a laugh.

"Yep," I agreed. "I don't mind really. It's an easy mission. I don't normally encounter any wild Pokemon in that section."

We continued talking about the day we had planned. I could tell that Ginnette was trying to get my mind off Selection day. Once we were done eating we cleaned up and I left for my mission. I took a magnet train to the agricultural district and made my way to Section C, the livestock section. I went to the guard station and saw more than the normal number of trainers waiting for the shift to start. I greeted the trainer in charge of my shift.

"Jacob," he greeted me. "Glad to have you here. I hope you brought your two canines today."

"I'm working the Mareep field again?" I asked.

He nodded. "The farmers decided to shear the Mareep today so its all hands on deck," he said.

"That explains the extra trainers," I said.

He nodded again. "We're going to herd the flock into smaller groups and then lead them to the shearing huts. The farmers want to try to have this done before our shift is up."

"That's a lot of Mareep to shear in five hours," I noted.

"We should be able to get it done," he said. "We'll begin immediately after shift change. I know this will be your first shearing day so just follow our lead. Understand?"

I nodded. "Got it," I said.

Shift change occurred in a few minutes. Most of the trainers waiting at the guard station quickly made their way to the Mareep field. When I reached the fence holding the Mareep I released Shade and Blaze. They appeared and instantly noticed the Mareep. They both wagged their tails in excitement.

"Yeah," I told them. "We're herding Mareep. Today will be a bit different from normal so pay attention to what the other trainer's Pokemon are doing."

They both barked in agreement and we began. The next five hours were grueling. Pokemon of all shapes and sizes were running around the field trying to keep the Mareep in small groups. One by one we separate single Mareep and herded them into one of the shearing huts were the farmers were waiting to remove the wool. It was slightly stressful work for me but Shade and Blaze loved it. If nothing else, this was good practice for whenever I take them out hunting.

We managed to finish the job a hour before shift change. The farmers signaled to us and we allowed the sheared Mareep to join into a big herd again. They then began collecting all the wool and loading it onto the waiting trucks.

"We made good time today," one trainer said to me. "Last time we had to work into the next shift because we couldn't finish on time."

"They look so weird without their wool," I said as I stared at the Mareep.

The trainer laughed. "Yeah, they do," she said.

We were able to relax for the remainder of our shift. The Mareep did not give us any further problems and there were no wild Pokemon encounters. When the next shift of trainers arrived and our shift was over I decided to head over to the trainer district first instead of going to the mission office. I wanted to ask Hugo and Ginnette if they wanted to go with me to the commercial district to go eat and maybe go to the movie theater. I was also curious about the results of Selection Day.

When I made it back to the trainer district I knew something was wrong. I saw a small crowd of trainers in front of the Center talking. As I walked to the Center two of the trainers left the crowd and ran up to me. It was Hugo and Ginnette and both looked worried. The other trainers in front of the Center saw me as well and began having hushed conversations.

"Jacob!" Ginnette exclaimed. "We weren't expecting you back so soon. You went to the mission office already?"

"No," I said. "I wanted to go to the commercial district to relax from my mission. I was coming to see if you wanted to go with me. I figured I could go to the mission office tomorrow. What's going on? Why is everyone waiting outside?"

Ginnette and Hugo looked at each other hesitantly. I noted the other trainers throwing glances at me. Finally, Hugo looked at me and broke the news.

"It's Bobby," he said.

I froze for a moment. I felt a chill move up my spine.

"What about Bobby," I asked dreadfully. "Don't tell me...he can't have been chosen again! The odds of being chosen twice in a row is astronomically slim!"

"He wasn't chosen," Ginnette said gently. "He volunteered."

I froze again in disbelief. I was sure that I misunderstood what Ginnette said.

"What?" I asked.

"When Muliere asked if there were any volunteers Bobby spoke up," she said. "He's in the Center with Annabelle and the other prospective trainers."

I ran the rest of the way to the Center. The other trainers moved to the side as I made my way to the doors. I slammed through he doors and quickly found Bobby in the computer room. Annabelle was also there as well as seven other prospective trainers. Bobby stood up as soon as he saw me.

"Bobby!" I exclaimed.

I ran up to him and gave him a hug. Then I moved back a step and shook him.

"What were you thinking!?" I yelled. "Why would you volunteer!?"

"I wanted to be a trainer like you," he said. "What's the problem? You volunteered."

"I volunteered to keep you from being a trainer!" I snapped. "Why would you-"

"Jacob," Annabelle interrupted. "I'm in the middle of showing the new prospects around the Center. Can this wait until I'm done with them."

I looked around the computer room. Annabelle was staring at me with eyes full of sympathy. The other prospective trainers all had fearful looks on their faces. I took a deep breath and stepped away from Bobby.

"I'm sorry Annabelle," I apologized. "I wasn't thinking. I just found out about Bobby volunteering."

"It's alright," she said. "Let me finish up and get them settled then you can talk to your brother."

I nodded and began to make my way out. Before I left the computer room a thought occurred to me and I turned to Annabelle.

"Does Bobby have to stay in the Center until his Ordeal?" I asked her. "Can he move in with me right away?"

"There's no rule that says he can't," she told me. "Once I'm done I'll give him his basic necessities and sent him your way."

"Thank you," I told her before turning to Bobby. "You have any problem with sharing my apartment?" I asked him.

"No," he said.

I nodded. "I'll see you when you're done here," I said.

I left the computer room. Hugo and Ginnette were the only trainers waiting in front of the Center.

"Are you alright?" Ginnette asked me.

"No," I said. "I'm in shock. I can't believe he did this."

"Really?" Hugo said. "You really can't believe this? Because we both saw this coming a long time ago."

"What?" I asked. "What do you mean you saw this coming?"

"Come one Jacob," he said. "Bobby's interest in our Pokemon and our missions. The fact that he's being shunned by most of his old friends. You're telling me that you had no idea that he would do this?"

I hesitated. "I guess I just ignored the signs," I said finally. "I didn't want to think about what could happen to him if he became a trainer."

"We'll you're going to have to think about it now," he said.

"Yeah," I said with a sigh. "I'm making Bobby move in with me. I'm going to help him as much as I can to get him ready for his Ordeal. Hopefully he'll pass without a problem."

"Your studio is kind of small for two people and your Pokemon," Ginnette noted.

I nodded. "In a little over a week I'll be able to take my C-rank exam," I said. "If I pass I'll start taking C-rank missions right away. I'll look into a bigger apartment as soon as I can. With Bobby's help, once he starts accepting missions, we should be able to afford something big enough for the two of us."

"If he makes it through his Ordeal," Hugo noted.

"Hugo!" Ginnette yelled. "What is wrong with you!"

"I'm just saying he shouldn't commit to anything until he knows for sure," Hugo said. "Anything can happen on Bobby's Ordeal."

"I have to go," I said suddenly. "I'm need to speak with my mother. I'll see you both later."

I quickly walked away from them. I could hear Ginnette berating Hugo as I walked to our residential building. I went to my apartment and used my video phone to call my parents house. My mother answered after a few seconds. She had a tired look on her face.

"Hi mom," I said hesitantly.

"Jacob," she said. "I figured you would call me soon."

"Did you know?" I asked her. "Did you know Bobby was going to volunteer?"

"Yes," she said. "I suspected for a while now that he would. Last week I spoke to him in private and asked him outright."

"Why didn't you tell me?" I asked.

"Because you would have tried to stop him," she said. "As much as I don't want to lose either one of you the choice is ultimately his."

"But-" I began.

"Jacob," she interrupted. "What's done is done. The only thing you can do now is help him prepare for his Ordeal. Make sure he knows everything there is to know to give him the best chance of surviving."

I slumped. "You're right," I said. "I'll help him as much as I can. I told him that he's moving in with me. It will be a bit tight here but its better than sharing the barracks with the other prospective trainers. I'll start looking into getting a bigger place."

"I appreciate that," she said.

I hesitated for a second. "How is dad handling this?" I asked her.

There was a long moment of silence. "He left," she said finally.

"He left?" I asked in disbelief.

"He said he couldn't handle having both of his son's being trainers," she said. "He blamed me for Bobby volunteering today. He said If I hadn't been so supportive of you then Bobby would have had no desire to be a trainer. He packed up his things and went to a hotel. Before he left he said that he would be filing for a divorce."

I couldn't believe what I heard. "Mom," I stuttered. "I'm sorry."

"Don't apologize," she said. "It's not your fault you father is an ass. I'll be fine. Just worry about Bobby right now."

"Okay," I said.

"I have to go," she said. "Keep me updated on Bobby progress."

"I will," I promised. "Bye mom."

"Goodbye Jacob," she said and hung up.

I hung up the video phone and sat down on my futon. After a moment I released Shade and Blaze from their pokeballs. They could feel something was troubling me and laid down on either side of me with their heads in my lap. I began petting them absently.

"Well," I said. "We'll be going through some changes around here. Bobby is going to be living with us along with whatever Pokemon he captures. We'll be looking for a bigger home for all of us soon."

They both began wagging their tails. I just sat there thinking about the coming weeks. Once Bobby got to my apartment we would have to come up with some plans and begin preparing him for his Ordeal.

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