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.



21. Chapter 21

"You're not listening to me," I gripped.

"Then stop repeating yourself!" Bobby snapped. "I already know all about the medicine they'll give us on our Ordeals and how to use them!"

"I'm just trying to make sure you're prepared for everything!" I snapped back.

"You and everyone else here!" he snapped. "Maxwell has been helping me and the other prospects and I know how to use the Pokedex app on the computer! Stop obsessing over me!"

"I'm not obsessing!" I yelled.

Bobby looked like he was about to start yelling as well before he stopped himself. He took a deep breath then went and quickly got ready to leave.

"Where are you going?" I asked. "We're not done here."

"Yes we are," he responded. "I can't talk to you when you get like this. I appreciate everything you're doing for me but you're driving me up the wall. I'm going to the computer room to study some more. I'll see you later."

He left the apartment before I could respond. I stared at the door for a moment before sitting down on my futon. Shade, who had been cowering in the corner, sat down in front of me. I reached down to pet him as I tried to calm down.

It's been four days since the last Selection Day. Four days since Bobby volunteered to become a prospective trainer. On that day, Bobby and I sat down in my apartment and talked for a long time. We talked about his reasons for volunteering and what his plans were. While I did not approve of his actions there was nothing I could do so I promised him that I would help him in any way I can. I also told him that he could live with me as long as he wanted, even after he passed his Ordeal. Once he passed and I passed my C-rank exam I would look into getting a bigger apartment for us.

Bobby thanked me for everything and moved in that night. The studio apartment was small for Bobby, Shade, Myself and Blaze when It was her turn to be out instead of being in the computer storage. I allowed Bobby to sleep on my futon while I slept on the floor with my Pokemon.

The next day, after Bobby went through orientation with Maxwell and the other prospective trainers, I began helping him prepare for his Ordeal. We spent hours that day and the days that followed in the computer room and then in my apartment planning and going over information about the Pokemon that could be found around our city state. Even Hugo and Ginnette and some of the other trainers would help out in between their missions.

I did not accept any new missions the first two days after Selection Day. I was consumed with worry and ignored everything else except helping Bobby. It wasn't until Hugo pulled me aside on the second day while Ginnette was helping Bobby that I decided to continue taking missions. He pointed out that I still needed to support myself and now Bobby and couldn't afford not to take any missions for the whole week leading up to his Ordeal. I reluctantly agreed and accepted a simple guard station mission for the next day.

I gave my mother daily updates on Bobby's training week. She was very encouraging but also very distracted due to my father filing for divorce. I kept our conversations relatively short to avoid causing her any more stress.

At first Bobby was very grateful of my help and very attentive. However, as the days passed by I noticed him growing more and more frustrated with me. Today things came to a head when he snapped at me as I was giving him some more advice.

I sighed. "Come on," I told Shade. "Let's go for a walk."

He barked and waited as I recalled him into his pokeball. I quickly changed and left my apartment. When I reached the training grounds I threw out my two pokeballs. Shade materialized in front of me and Azure, my Pidgey, appeared hovering in front of me before he landed on my shoulder.

"We're taking a break guys," I said. "Go crazy. Just don't stray too far."

Shade barked happily and took off running to explore. Azure hopped off my shoulder and flew up high and began circling us. For the next couple of hours we wandered around the training grounds. Shade and Azure were both enjoying their time out here but I could not stop thinking about my brother. The more I thought about his Ordeal the more afraid I became for his safety. At one point I had to stop and sit on a rock until my arms stopped shaking.

When I saw the sky starting to grow dark I decided to head to the Center for some food as I didn't feel like cooking. I was making my way slowly to the Center when I heard a loud squawk and looked up. Azure had been joined by another bird Pokemon. I recognized Regal, Hugo's Rufflet. They both circled Shade and I for a few seconds before Regal suddenly dive bombed me. I ducked down just before he flew into me.

"Hey!" I yelled as he flew back up. "What is wrong with you?!"

Regal dropped to dive bomb me again. I dodged again before he could hit me. As he flew back up I turned to Shade.

"Are you just going to let him do that?" I demanded.

He barked before he began trotting in the direction of the Center. Regal dived me a couple more times before I realized that he was trying to get me to move faster towards the Center. I took off running to catch up with Shade and then moved fast to the Center once I reached him. Regal and Azure flew in lazy circles above me as we made our way.

"Thanks a lot," I muttered to Shade.

He just continued to trot next to me as we made our way. As me made our way to the edge of the training grounds I spotted Hugo standing just outside the boundary. Once we were close enough he raised a pokeball and recalled Regal. I recalled Shade and Azure and walked up to him.

"Did you have to tell him to do that?" I asked angrily.

"I didn't want to wait too long for you," he said. "Besides, after what Bobby told me and Ginnette you kind of deserved it."

"What's that supposed to mean?" I demanded.

"I'm not going to argue with you on an empty stomach," he said. "Let's get some food and then we can talk."

I followed him into the Center and then to the cafeteria. We both grabbed a tray of food and then sat down at an empty table. We ate for a bit before I repeated my question. Hugo sighed and put his fork down.

"Jacob," he said. "Since you found out about Bobby volunteering you've become a bit overbearing. Mostly to Bobby but also to Ginnette and me at times. You're so worried about Bobby that you're stressing yourself and the people around you."

"How can I not be worried?" I demanded. "You remember how your Ordeal was. We were lucky that most of our year group survived but most years less that half of the prospects pass their Ordeals. Do you remember Phillip? I don't want Bobby to end like that. I can't lose him."

"I know," he said calmly. "I get it. I really do. In two years the oldest of my sisters will be old enough to attend Selection Day. I know neither one of them want to become trainers but they could still be chosen by chance. If either one of them are chosen I'll be as terrified as you are now about what could happen to them on their Ordeal."

"Then what's the problem?" I asked.

"You're making this about you when it's not," he said. "Bobby knew what he was doing when he volunteered. He knew the risks he would be taking, especially on his Ordeal. He chose to volunteer anyway and is doing the best to prepare himself."

"I just want him to be ready," I said.

"I know," he said. "But you're causing him stress that he doesn't need right now. He may be hiding it better than you but he's just as worried about his Ordeal. That is the one thing that none of us can help him with. He has to go out into the Wilds and prove himself on his own."

"But-" I began.

"It's not about you," he insisted. "When Ginnette and I came back to the trainer district we found Bobby in the computer room angrily going through information on the Pokedex app. After he explained what happened Ginnette took him to our apartment to cook for him. I went to your apartment to talk to you but found it empty. I figured you went to the training grounds so I sent Regal to find you."

"So, what is it exactly that you want from me?" I asked.

"You need to ease up on Bobby," he said. "It's a good thing that you're supporting him but ultimately his Ordeal falls on him. If he goes out into the Wilds overstressed and second guessing himself it could cost him his life."

I sat back after that. I thought about everything that Hugo said to me about my behavior over the last few days. It wasn't just Bobby, Ginnette and Hugo that I was causing stress to. I've also been asking higher ranking trainers to help Bobby prepare.

"You're right," I said finally. "I let my emotions affect my behavior these past few days. I cant believe none of you told me off before now."

"We all know you're going through a tough time with Bobby and your mother's divorce," he said. "We were trying to be supportive of both of you without crowding you. No one holds it against you. I wouldn't have even talked to you about it today if you and Bobby hadn't had that little spat earlier. We were all hoping that after Bobby's Ordeal you would go back to normal."

"I'm sorry," I said.

He shrugged. "No one holds it against you," he said. "Most of us are happy to help Bobby prepare and give him advice if he asks for it. I think he's as prepared as he's ever going to be for his Ordeal at this point. I think he has a decent chance of passing. It's the other prospective trainers that I worry about."

"What do you mean?" I asked. "What's wrong with the other prospects?"

"It's pretty obvious to them that we all favor Bobby just because he's your brother," he explained. "None of them volunteered for this and most of them are terrified. They must see how much help he's getting from us and think that we don't care about whether they live or die on their Ordeals."

I was horrified. I could never have imagined that Bobby being my brother and getting help from me and some of the other trainers would affect them.

"Don't worry," he said. "Muliere spoke to some middle ranked trainers discreetly and asked each to mentor one of the other prospects and Maxwell has pretty much made himself available to them 24/7."

I groaned and put my head in my hands.

"I have a lot of apologizing to do," I said.

"Like I said," he continued. "No one holds it against you. You don't have to apologize to anyone. Well, maybe Bobby but no one else."

"Still," I said. "I'll make it up to everyone somehow. Starting tomorrow I'll make myself available to the other prospects and offer them my help too."

He nodded. "Good," he said. "You're starting to think clearly again. Just don't push yourself on them. Be the mentor you were when Ginnette and I needed help a year ago, nothing more. You were a big help to us without being overwhelming."

We finished our meals in silence after that. Once we were done we took our trays to the kitchen and left the Center. We headed to our residential building and went straight to Hugo's apartment. When we entered we saw Ginnette and Bobby sitting at the dinning room table with the remains of their meals in front of them. They both looked up when we entered. Bobby glared at me when he saw me then stared at the table. Ginnette shot me a sympathetic look.

"Are you done?" I asked Bobby softly.

"Yeah," he responded.

I nodded. "Why don't we leave these two alone now?" I suggested. "They both had missions today and probably want to rest."

He nodded and stood up. He thanked Ginnette for the meal and then moved passed me and Hugo to leave. I thanked both of them and followed him out of their apartment. We walked back to my apartment in silence. When we got there Bobby threw himself on the futon and I sat down next to him. We didn't speak for a long time.

"I'm sorry," I said finally.

He huffed. "Are you done being an ass?" he asked me.

"I am," I said. "I'll help you if you want but I wont bother you otherwise."

"I don't mind if you help me Jacob," he said. "Just try to be less intense. I know I have to be prepared for anything out in the Wilds. Your hovering over my shoulders and shoving information and advice at me isn't helping."

"I know," I said. "I just don't want anything to happen to you."

"I get it," he said. "I'll be ready for my Ordeal but all the preparation in the world wont account for everything. There is a good chance I will die out there."

"Don't say that!" I said. "You're going to survive!"

"I might not," he said. "And if I don't survive, I don't want you to blame yourself for my death. This was my choice not yours. The consequences are on me not you."

I couldn't think of anything to say.

"Promise me Jacob," he insisted. "If something does happen to me you wont blame yourself. Mourn me if you must but then move on with your life. Promise me."

We both sat in silence for a while. He was waiting for me to respond to his request.

"I promise," I said finally.

The day was finally here. It was finally time for Bobby and the rest of his year group to go out into the Wilds and attempt to capture their starter Pokemon. Eight civilians would go out into the Wilds today. Any of them that made it back with a Pokemon would be official Pokemon trainers.

The day after Hugo and Bobby set me straight I went around apologizing to anyone that I may have cause stress to on my quest to help Bobby. They all accepted my apologies and then told me to forget it ever happened. I was really grateful for their understanding. I helped Bobby whenever he asked but did not crowd him like I was before. He was very grateful for the help and also for easing up on him.

I also spoke with each of the other prospective trainers and gave them some encouraging words. I made it clear to them that I would be available to help any of them if they asked. For the most part they relied on Maxwell and their individual mentors but some of them came to me for advice when their mentors were out on missions. I answered any questions they had but was careful not to stress them anymore than they were.

Muliere approached me one day and told me that he was happy that I was back to normal. He also mentioned that he was considering assigning individual mentors from now on for prospective trainers in the future besides having Maxwell or one of the other middle ranked trainers mentor the group. At least something good came out of my little mess.

The rest of the week passed quickly. Today was the day for the Ordeals. The prospective trainers were all standing in front of the train station facing Muliere and the group of trainers standing behind him. I was standing in the back of the group with Ginnette and Hugo. The prospects already collected their backpacks and were standing as Muliere explained how the Ordeal would go.

"Since we have eight prospective trainers this year there will be two of you exiting the city state from each of the gates," he said. "One prospect will be sent out at a time and the next will be sent out after waiting 30 minutes. You will all now decide what gates you will exit from in the order that you were chosen."

He turned to Bobby. "Since you were the only volunteer that means that you get to choose first," he said. "What gate will you choose?"

Bobby thought about it for a moment. "The western gate," he said finally.

I froze. More than one trainer gasped as he made this announcement. I felt Ginnette grab my hand and Hugo place one of his hands on my shoulders. Muliere stood quietly in shock for a moment before moving on to the next prospect. One by one the prospective trainers chose which gate they would exit from.

Once they all made their choice Muliere had them pick their unassigned pokeballs. He finished with the same speech he gave us last year then sent the prospective trainers on their way. Before he boarded the magnet train Bobby turned to look at me. I mustered up a smile and gave him an encouraging nod. He nodded back to me then boarded. The prospects all boarded the magnet train with their escorts then departed the station.

Once the magnet train could no longer be seen the trainers began to disperse. Muliere and some of the others gave me some encouragement before they left. Muliere said that he would send someone to tell me when Bobby made it back from his Ordeal. I stood there in front of the station for a while before Hugo and Ginnette tugged me away from it.

"Come on," Ginnette said gently. "There's no sense waiting here. We have no idea how long he's going to take. Let's go to our apartment and wait. I'll make something to eat."

"I'm not sure I'll be able to keep anything down," I told her. "Why? Why would he choose the forest? Even the mountains are safer."

"It was his choice to make," Hugo said. "You'll just have to trust that he knows what he's doing. Ginnette's right. You need to eat something. Let's go."

They both let me back to their apartment. When we entered they sat me down on their couch. Hugo sat down next to me while Ginnette went into the kitchen to prepare some food. Hugo tried to engaged me in conversation to get my mind off Bobby.

"So," he said. "Next week we'll all be eligible to take the C-rank exam. Are you going to take it right away or wait a bit?"

I looked at him for a moment before answering.

"I'll take it right away," I said. "No sense putting it off. After Bobby...after today I'll start preparing for the exam."

"Do either of you have any idea what the exam will be like?" Ginnette asked us from kitchen.

"No," I said. "I haven't really given it much thought."

"I asked some of the other trainers," Hugo said. "They said that the C-rank exam was in three parts like the D-rank exam. The also mentioned that we should be able to pass the first two parts without any problems."

"What about the third part?" I asked.

"They wouldn't say," he said.

"I wonder why?" Ginnette said. "There's no rule that says that you can't talk about your exam with other trainers, even trainers that are going to take that exam."

"From what they told me its an unwritten rule," he said. "None of the middle or higher ranks care enough about the D-rank exam to keep it secret. That's why Muliere didn't tell Jacob to keep it a secret from us when he passed it last year. However, only serious trainers try to go above D-rank remember? The exams after that rank are considered rights of passage. While there is no rule about it, the higher ranks want us to try to pass them without any help or forewarning."

"Huh," I said. "That's interesting. Are you both going to take your exams as soon as possible too?"

"We're both going to wait until you pass it before we take it," Hugo said.

"Why?" I asked.

"It just feels right," Ginnette said. "You've done everything else before us. Why not this?"

"You just want to see if I fail it the first time?" I accused.

They both laughed.

"Yeah," Hugo said. "That's part of it."

Ginnette finished cooking and asked us to set the table. She brought out the food and we sat down to eat. As we were eating they both talked about different things. It was obvious that they were trying to distract me and themselves form Bobby's Ordeal. They were both worried for his safety as well.

For the next couple of hours we sat in their living room talking. As time went on the I became more worried for Bobby. I kept checking the time and going to the window to look outside. Hugo and Ginnette did their best to distract me but they were also worried for Bobby. After hours of waiting we finally received the news we were waiting for.

We heard someone knocking loudly on the door. All three of us stood up and Hugo quickly walked over to open it. Jack was standing out in the hallway breathing hard.

"Jacob," he said breathlessly. "You need to come with me."

I felt a chill move up my spine.

"Where?" I asked.

"District Six Hospital," he said. "Fred is going to get your mother to meet us there."

"Bobby?" I asked faintly.

"He's alive," Jack said. "But he's injured and suffering from the after effects of poison. Muliere wanted us to get you and your mom there to assure you that he would be alright."

I would have dropped to my knees in relief if Hugo hadn't grabbed me. He let go once I was steady.

"Let's go," I said.

"We're coming too," Ginnette said.

The four of us quickly made our way to the station. We boarded a magnet train and made our way to district six. We sat in silence for a while until Hugo broke the silence.

"Did he pass?" He asked Jack.

Ginnette and I turned to look at Jack. We had both forgotten to ask out of relief of Bobby being alive.

"He passed," Jack said.

I let out a breath a relief. Hugo and Ginnette both smiled.

"What Pokemon did he capture?" Ginnette asked him.

"You're not going to believe this," Jack said.

"What?" I asked, alarmed. "What did he capture? What's the problem?"

"There's no problem exactly," he said. "It's just..."

"Spit it out!" Hugo snapped.

"He captured a Weedle," Jack said.

We stared at him in disbelief.

"A Weedle?" I asked faintly.

He nodded. "That's why he's in the hospital," he said. "He came across the Weedle and tried to capture it before the Weedle spotted him and alerted the hive. Apparently he caught it with no problems but the Beedrill were alerted anyway and he had to run away from them. He was able to escape but he received some injuries and was poisoned. He was able to patch himself up a bit and drank some Potion and Antidote then made his way back. He was rushed to the hospital after he told the gate guards what happened."

The three of us just sat there in shock after that. When we made it to the station closest to the hospital we disembarked and ran the rest to the way. The hospital staff became alarmed at seeing four trainers barge in but Jack was able to calm them down and have them direct us to Bobby's room. We followed their directions and found Muliere and Fred standing outside the room talking. They turned to us when they spotted us.

"Thanks for bringing them," Muliere told Jack.

"No problem boss," he responded.

Muliere nodded to him then turned to me.

"Your brother sure likes doing things the hard way," he commented. "First picking the forest then trying to capture a Weedle? He's either very brave or stupid."

"Both most likely," Hugo said laughing. "He did volunteer for this after all."

"Look who's talking," Ginnette retorted.

He laughed again. "True," he said.

"He's going to be alright?" I asked.

Muliere nodded. "The doctors said he would make a full recovery," he said. "The Beedrill got him good but between his rough patchwork and the doctors he wont suffer anything more than some scaring."

"Lucky bastard," Hugo said. "Chicks dig scars."

"Hugo!" Ginnette snapped.

I was beginning to calm down thanks to Hugo's antics. He knew exactly what to say to break the tension. I smiled and looked at Fred.

"My mother?" I asked him.

"In the room with your brother," he said. "It didn't take me long to bring her here."

"Thank you," I said to Muliere, Jack and Fred. "You don't know what this means to me."

"The kid is practically family with as much time that he's spent in the trainer district while he was still a civilian," Jack said. "We're happy to help."

Muliere nodded. "I expect great things from your brother," he said. "He has what it takes to become a skilled trainer. It must run in your family."

"Thanks," I said again before frowning. "Sir," I said. "What about the other prospective trainers?"

Muliere now had a sad look on his face. "Other then your brother only three other prospective trainers have made it back with Pokemon," he said. "We're still waiting on the other four."

"The sun will begin to go down soon," Fred commented.

Muliere nodded. The rest of us didn't say anything. We were all thinking the same thing. If the four remaining prospects didn't make it back before sunset then we would most likely not be seeing them again. I shivered then turned to look at the door to Bobby's hospital room.

"We'll leave you alone now," Muliere said. "I already congratulated Bobby for passing. I expect to see the both of you in my gym next week to take your exams."

We thanked them again before they left the hospital. Hugo, Ginnette and I waited until we were alone before speaking.

"Go ahead," Ginnette said. "We'll wait for you here for now to give your family some time together."

"Just make sure we can see the kid before we leave," Hugo said. "I want to congratulate him for passing."

I nodded to them before opening the door and stepping into the room. I immediately spotted my mother sitting next to a bed. Bobby was lying in the bed. I could see that he had no shirt on and his body was covered in bandages. My mother stood up as I walked over to the bed.

"Jacob," my mother greeted.

"Mom," I responded before I turned to Bobby. I shook my head at him. "A Weedle? Really?"

"What?" he asked. "What's wrong with that? I spotted it and couldn't pass up the opportunity. How many rookie trainers can say that they captured a Weedle?"

"Very few," I admitted.

"Now that he passed that means you can help him out on missions right?" my mother asked. "He doesn't have to do them alone."

"He needs to be promoted first," I said. "Let's worry about his D-rank exam before we worry about missions. Besides, D-rank missions are low risk. He should be able to handle them by himself."

"But-" my mother began.

"Mom," Bobby interrupted. "I'll be fine."

I nodded. "Yes he will," I said. "The hard part is over. He'll never have to go out into the Wilds by himself again unless he chooses too. Don't worry. I'll keep an eye on him."

"Don't need you to keep an eye on me," he muttered.

I smiled. "I'm sure Ginnette and Hugo will be happy to help keep him out of trouble," I said. "Speaking of which, they're both waiting in the hallway for us to finish our little family moment before they come in here to congratulate Bobby."

"They can come in now," my mother said. "They're both practically family anyway. I'll go get them."

We watched as our mother went into the hallway to get them. Before she could return with them Bobby and I turned to each other.

"I did it," Bobby said with a smile. "I passed. I'm a trainer."

I returned the smile. "Yes, you are," I said. "Congratulations little brother."

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