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.



27. Chapter 27

When Bobby, Ginnette and I made it back to the city-state we went our separate ways. Bobby wanted to head straight to the Trainer District to get started on taming his new Aipom. Ginnette decided to go to the Commercial District to buy some groceries to cook a good meal for all of us. I decided to go to the mission office to receive my mission reward. I was not in the mission office long as there were few trainers waiting. As a result of capturing a total of 24 Foongus I received $390, the most money that I have made so far on a mission. Between my reward and my savings, I had more than enough to get a bigger apartment for me and Bobby.

I had a spring in my as I left the mission office. Now that I would be able to accept C-rank missions on my own I would be able to afford many more things for us where before I was just paying for the bare necessities. Once Bobby starts receiving missions we will be more financially secure.

I went straight to the Trainer District from the mission office. Figuring that Bobby was either in the computer room checking on his Aipom through the Pokedex app or in the training grounds I decided to go to the computer room first. Even if Bobby wasn't there I could use the computer to begin searching for an apartment. When I entered the room I quickly saw that Bobby wasn't there so I logged on to a computer to begin my search.

Since Bobby and I couldn't live in one of the civilian districts it did not take me long go through the listings. I decided to go through all the listings for one and two bedroom apartments and compare the prices. After going through the listings and writing down some information on a piece of scrap paper I logged out of the computer and left the Center. Once I was outside I released all three of my Pokemon.

"Bobby is in one of the training grounds," I told them when I had their attention. "Help me find him."

Immediately Shade and Blaze began sniffing the ground while Azure flew up high. The canines caught the scent quickly and began leading us through the training grounds. Before long Azure gave a loud cry and flew ahead of us. The rest of us rushed after him. We saw him land in a large grassland field where I could make out Bobby from a distance. Shade and Blaze ran ahead of me and I picked up speed. By the time I reached them the canines were sitting at my brother's feet while Azure was preening on a training dummy. Sting was wrapped around my brother's neck as usual.

"Thanks for waiting guys," I panted when I finally reached them.

"I thought you were in better shape than that?" Bobby teased.

"Give me a break," I retorted. "I'm only human. I'm not a Pokemon."

"Excuses," he said.

I didn't respond to him. Instead I glanced around the training ground.

"The Aipom?" I asked.

"She's in her Pokeball," he answered.

"She?" I asked.

"That's what the Pokedex app said," he responded. "It also said she was three years old and had hasty nature."

"Hasty," I said thoughtfully. "That explains why Sting had trouble keeping up at first. She naturally has high speed."

"Yeah," he said. He gestured to the surrounding grassland. "That's why I brought her here to try to tame her. I figured it wouldn't be a good idea to release her near trees. I know the Pokeball's beam can reach far but I didn't want her to be able to maneuver around quickly."

"Smart," I said. "Have you tried releasing her yet?"

"Yeah," he scowled. "She's really fast. If she hadn't stumbled back in the forest then I don't think Sting would have been able to catch up before she decided to give up and run away. As soon as I released her she rushed at me. She knocked me down before I could raise the Pokeball to recall her. When I fell the Pokeball fell out of my hand."

"Bobby!" I exclaimed.

"Calm down," he said. "Don't get all overprotective brother on me. You said you wouldn't smother me remember? Besides, I had Sting out and ready. Before the Aipom could actually use an attack on me or go for the Pokeball he had her covered in String Shot. I got the Pokeball and recalled her while she was stuck."

I calmed down when I heard that.

"Was that your only attempt?" I asked.

"No," he said. "I tried a second time. That time she tried to run away as soon as she appeared. I recalled her before she went too far."

"I see," I said. "What are you thinking will be the best way to train her?"

"I was going to try the Repel method but now I'm thinking that it wont work," he said.

"Why not?" I asked.

"Her speed," he answered. "She's definitely faster than Sting except when he launches himself like a dart but she's much more maneuverable. I'm worried that I wont have time to use the Repel before she's on me."

"That's a good point," I said. "What are you going to do then?"

"Ideas?" he asked.

I thought about it for a moment.

"I've told you before about the different methods that trainers use to tame their Pokemon," I began. "If you don't think that the Repel method will work then I think using food will be the best method."

"Why food?" he asked.

"Well," I said. "You could try using pain or fear but I know from experience that a Pokemon can overcome their fear of you if they sense a moment of weakness. The same goes with pain. I've heard that some trainers use tools like whips to get Pokemon to listen to them with success. The problem is that some Pokemon are known to snap from being under the constant threat of pain and try to turn on their trainers eventually."

"I don't think that I would be able to use a whip on any of my Pokemon," he said looking a bit pale. "I can't believe any trainer would do that. I can't believe any trainer would be allowed to do that."

"I don't like it either but there is no law against it," I said. "Trainers are allowed to use any method they feel is necessary to control their Pokemon. Fortunately, very few trainers actually use that method since there is still risk of the Pokemon turning on them."

"Ok," he said. "So pain and fear are out. What else?"

"You could try what Ginnette does," I said. "She first shows dominance to her Pokemon before trying to befriend them. Problem is that unless you are able to get her to sit still long enough you wont be able to try to dominate the Aipom. Once she knows she wont be able to get away with attacking you or running away you can try to get her to obey. This is similar to what you did with Sting except you used the Repel to get him to listen to you initially. Ginnette just kept recalling her Pokemon until they learned that it would be no use to try to attack her or run away."

"I think I like the sound of that method," he said after a moment. "That's not what you do though."

"No," I said. "You know that I've captured several Pokemon other than Shade, Blaze and Azure. Lilith was only my first failed attempt. I found that for me the best method is catching Pokemon that have natural social structures. Most Pokemon that have that type of mentality are used too obeying the strongest member of the group. Technically, Shade is the strongest member of my group but I was able to show dominance mentally at least. Since Shade follows me without question my other Pokemon fall in line."

"But that limits the number of Pokemon available to you," he protested. "Most Pokemon are solitary or live as part of a mated pair."

"That's true," I said. "That is simply my prefered method. That's why I suggested using food as a method to taming the Aipom. Just like with Hugo's first Pokemon Bitey, if you show the Aipom that you are her only source of food then she will start to listen to you to get food. However, with that method you will have to wait a bit for her to be hungry enough to listen to you at first. Eventually it will become second nature for her to obey you. Of course, Hugo actually uses different methods depending on the Pokemon. That's just the first method that worked for him."

Bobby thought about everything I said for a moment. Finally he nodded to himself.

"I think I want to try Ginnette's method first," he said. "I don't really like the idea of starving my Pokemon at first to get them to listen to me. If her method doesn't work with each Pokemon I capture then I'll try the food method."

"Do what's best for you Bobby," I said. "In the end, every trainer has to make their own decisions about their Pokemon."

"Yeah," he said.

Suddenly we all heard a Pokemon cry from high above. We all looked up to see a Rufflet flying in circles above us. Azure flew up to join him.

"It's Regal," I said. "That means Hugo is looking for us."

"Hey!" a voice called out.

We turned towards the sound to see Hugo jogging up to us.

"Hey," Bobby and I said when he reached us.

"What's up?" I asked. "How was the mission?"

"Good," he said. "It was an easy one. I only had to deal with a couple of weak Pokemon. I just got back to my apartment. Ginnette is cooking a big meal for all of us. She told me it was to celebrate Jacob completing his first solo mission as a C-rank trainer and Bobby catching another Pokemon. So, good job you two."

"Thanks," I said.

Bobby just nodded.

"So what Pokemon did you capture?" he asked Bobby.

"Ginnette didn't tell you?" Bobby asked.

"Obviously not," he said.

"It's an Aipom," Bobby said.

Hugo just hummed thoughtfully.

"We were just talking about how Bobby was going to try to tame her," I said.

We both explained everything that we talked about. Bobby mentioned that he was going to give Ginnette's method a try first before resorting to the method Hugo used with Bitey. Hugo looked sad for a moment when we mentioned Bitey before telling Bobby that it was a good idea.

For the next hour Hugo and I stood back with our Pokemon while Bobby tried his best to tame the Aipom. Each time she was released she would either try to run away or attack Bobby. Each time he recalled her before trying again. Eventually, Hugo told us that Ginnette should be done with the food and that we should call it a day since it was starting to get dark. Bobby agreed reluctantly and we starting walking back to the residential buildings. Once we reached our building we all recalled our Pokemon and went up to Hugo and Ginnette's apartment. Ginnette was just finishing putting the last of the food on the table as we entered.

"Good timing," she said. "Wash up then come and eat."

We obeyed and quickly washed up. Once we all sat down we all immediately dug in. For a long time the only sound was of us eating. It was Ginnette who broke the silence.

"Any luck with the Aipom?" she asked Bobby.

"Not yet," he said. "I think I'll be able to tame her but it will take longer than it did with Sting."

"A female?" Ginnette asked. "Let's hope she's not as moody as Cora. She still only obeys Hugo reluctantly."

"Hey," Hugo objected.

"Well it's true," she retorted. "I don't like the idea that she's reluctant to obey every command."

"She'll get over that phase," he said. "I'm sure of it."

"We'll see," she said.

I decided to change the subject quickly.

"Bobby decided to go with your method with taming Pokemon," I said. "If that doesn't work for him he'll try using food."

"That's good that you want to try different methods," she said. "What works for one trainer might not work for another."

"That's basically what Jacob said," Bobby replied. "I'm going to try again tomorrow after my mission."

We all looked up at that.

"You signed up for your first mission?" I asked. "When?"

"When I got back to the Center today," he said. "First I scanned the Aipom's Pokeball and read up on the species then I looked through the mission requests and picked one for tomorrow morning."

"I'm surprised there was still one available for the morning," Hugo said. "What's the mission?"

"I'm supposed to man a guard station in the morning," he said. "It's a station in District Six."

"Our old home district?" I asked.

"Yeah," he said. "I thought that I could stop by to say hi to mom real quick before returning to the training grounds to keep trying with the Aipom."

"I might join you," I said. "I don't have a mission scheduled for tomorrow but there were some apartments that I was going to check out."

"You're already looking into a bigger apartment?" Bobby said.

"Not point putting it off," I said. "I got a big reward for my C-rank mission so I have the money to get it right away. As long as I complete at least one C-rank mission every week along with some D-rank missions and you give a bit then we should be fine. I did want your opinion about something though."

"What?" he asked.

"Well," I said. "I was comparing prices for apartments earlier. We could afford a two bedroom apartment with little difficulty. That way we each have our own rooms. However, if we do that then we wont have as much money for much beyond the necessities. On the other hand, we could get a one bedroom that has a futon in the living room. Only one of us would have a room but we would have more money for other things we might want. I'm willing to go either way but wanted your say in this."

"If we get the one bedroom I'm guessing you'll have the bedroom," he said after thinking for a bit.

"Well," I said. "I would be paying for most of it so it's only fair. Like I said, I would be willing to go for the two bedroom but you would have to put in more. Another thing you might want to consider is that you might decide you want your own place soon. If that happens I wont be stuck with a two bedroom and you can just move out when you want."

Bobby gave it some thought.

"You know," he began. "You have a point about the one bedroom. No offense but eventually I'm going to want my own place. I don't mind sleeping on the futon until then."

"You sure?" I asked.

"Yeah," he said. "It wont be too soon since I'm really only getting started as a trainer but eventually I'll be going out on my own."

"Okay then," I said.

Hugo suddenly started laughing.

"What's so funny?" Ginnette asked.

"Nothing," he replied while laughing.

"Obviously it's something," I said. "What's wrong?"

"Nothing is wrong," he said. "It's just that Bobby is only 12 and here he is talking about moving out on his own when he's not even a teenager yet. Hell, the rest of us are still just teenagers and we have our own homes and careers. I just can't believe how much our lives have changed."

I started laughing as well. Bobby looked like he wasn't sure if he should be insulted or not. Ginnette just sighed.

"We were all forced to grow up way too fast," she said. "I can't say I regret it though. If I wasn't chosen then we likely would never had met much less become friends."

"You definitely wouldn't have ended up with me if you were still an upper class princess," Hugo teased. "I wouldn't have been able to help support my family like I am now if I hadn't become a trainer."

"What about you Jacob?" Ginnette asked me. "You and Bobby both volunteered for different reasons. He asked for this life once he got over his fear of Pokemon. You didn't want this life. Do you regret any of this."

"No," I said without hesitation. "I may not have wanted this life for myself originally but now I can't picture my life any differently. I wouldn't have met you or Hugo and I wouldn't have my Pokemon. I don't regret that."

"What about your father?" she asked me.

"He wasn't the man I thought he was," I said. "He just abandoned us because he couldn't handle our life choices. I can honestly say I don't regret him walking out of our lives. Even our mom seems happier now. Even if I could change the past I doubt I would change anything. This is my life and you know what? I'm happy."

After a moment of silence Hugo raised his cup and saluted all of us.

"To life," he said.

The rest of us followed his example.

"To life," we said.

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