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Thread Description
A Nuzlocke about a tired college graduate and an annoying demon. (Update 7-2 - Boiling)

Obelisk

no sleep only bnuuy
Writer
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
155
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
366
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
  1. Electric
Pokédex Entry
Eccentric 'locker obsessed with Magikarp.
Author's Note: This post contains all content migrated from Tapatalk.

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When all seems lost, a new light will devour the dark.
Hey, everyone! This is a project I've been working on behind the scenes while posting Girl and Karp. And to be honest, I haven't exactly sussed out specifics on the plot...But I like to live dangerously, y'know? Mature warning is on as there is:
  • Blood
  • Gore (possibly)
  • Violence
  • Strong language
  • dank memes
You have been warned.

Banner was done by MouseWithADinosaurTail - Thank you!

Big thanks to Cyndakip for beta-ing for this run!

That said, enjoy!
  • You can only catch the first encounter in any area.
  • SHINY CLAUSE: Catch any shiny. No exceptions.
  • DUPE: Duplicates can be skipped. You get one try after skipping a dupe.
  • When a Pokémon faints, it is dead. Box it.
  • LEVEL CAP: All active team members must match the Gym Leader’s ace level. In the Elite Four, this means matching Gray’s ace.
  • PLAYING FAIR: You may not use more Pokémon than the current Gym Leader in a gym challenge.
  • The Elite Four is the only exception and you are allowed to use a full party.
  • GENEROSITY: Gift Pokémon and the Magikarp at Mt. Moon do not count as encounters for their respective areas.
  • GAME OVER: Your run is over if you run out of usable Pokemon both in-party and in the Box.
  • CALL FOR HELP: Capture all accessible legendaries. They don't count as usable Pokémon.
  • WIN CONDITION: Capture Mewtwo.
ch.0 - "That Damned Demon": This post!
ch.1 - "Sunny Side Up"/"Second Helping": This post!
ch.2 - "Scrambled Eggs" here
ch.3 - "Mixed Berry" here
extra 1 - "Phone Order" here
ch.4-1 - "Midnight Snack?" here
ch.4-2 - "Rocky Road! VS. Pewter Gym" here
ch.5 - "Gruyere" here
ch.6 - "Maceration" here
ch.7-1 - "Blanching" here
ch.7-2 - "Boiling" here
A sprawling city square, normally full of life, falls silent on a rainy night. The only sounds are the raindrops impacting the ground and the soft cries of feral Pokemon scurrying about. The businesses and homes all have their lights turned off, leaving a handful of barely-operational street lights flickering in the darkness. The occasional autonomous car passes by, its motors whining faintly as it ferries a couple to their destination. For most people, this would come off as a nice, peaceful night.
Not for me.

I can’t hear any of the ambiance over the sound of the blood rushing through my ears, and I’m focused on just one thing as my body moves on its own. Foot over foot, as fast as I can.

Run.

It hisses and gurgles over the ground, hellbent on catching me. It wants my blood, and there is nothing that can stop it. I run through a puddle that makes my ankle twinge with pain. I don’t care. It splashes through the puddle with enough force to fling boiling hot water at me, causing a surge of pain to tear up my back. It takes every bit of willpower I have to suppress the scream building in my throat.

I can feel it lapping at my heels. Shit. My eyes instinctively start darting back and forth, looking for an escape route. The raindrops keep landing in my eyes and blurring my vision.

Fuck, fuck, fuck!

I see an escape route. There’s a small gully I can jump across that’ll give me just enough room to get away from this monster. Without thinking, my feet turn me in that direction and my legs pump harder and harder in a desperate attempt to speed up. They're screaming in pain and the rest of my body is going numb, but I don’t care. I have to get away.

I get to the edge of the gully and jump with all the strength my legs can muster without stopping. That was a mistake. Everything goes into slow motion as I experience what is certainly the last few moments of my life.

I hear the monster screech and gurgle as it moves past me to the other side of the gully. A Muk. Its disgusting body oozes and pulses as it winds up the kill blow. A sharp blade made from its toxic slime erupts out of its body and pierces me through the heart. All I can do is yell in pain as as my life bleeds out of me and my body goes limp. The last thing I feel before my world fades away is the Muk grabbing my legs as it drags my body off to devour it.

And then all is black.

I wake up with a start, barely keeping myself from screaming. There’s a sharp pain in my chest and a weight on my body, and it takes me a second to realize that I’m in my bedroom. Now I know what happened. I look down to see the demon asleep on top of me, my bed-sheets ineffective at keeping her face from passing through my body like usual. I gently lift her head up so my chest stops hurting and rub my eyes, a lack of sleep gripping my body to the point where my arms are nearly useless. I sigh and carefully roll her off me so I can get out of bed.

I don’t know what she is, but she’s been living in this house with me for two years now. The best I can describe what she is is if you were to fuse an Eevee with a human, paint the whole thing a pale white and give it weird contact lenses. Oh, and add a few red and blue “jester” markings around her eyes. Whatever she is, she certainly comes off as really uncanny.

She’s also dumb as a brick.

The act of getting out of bed is enough to wake her up and she looks at me, tilting her head like she usually does. Her irises are diamond-shaped...I guess today will be mostly good. She seems to be able to read into the future a bit, and for some reason it changes the shape of her pupils. Like today, square irises turned at 45 degrees (like a four sided diamond) usually indicate a good day. A bad day gives her these fucking creepy “X” lines through her entire eye. Like a circle or oval with an X in it, its lines ending at the outline of the eye. How she can see with her eyes like that is beyond me.

And so begins my daily routine - go downstairs, eat breakfast, stop her from eating the wild Pidgey that lives in the treehouse outside my room, stop her from eating all of the meat in the fridge and fail. Make the bill payments, restock the fridge, go to trainer college classes (and get stuck with her following me around), go home and study. Throw a Pokeball at her to see if one will finally work, give up and go to bed.

Except I can’t get any sleep. Whenever she decides to “sleep” she steals all of mine. I don’t know how it works, but I’m surprised I haven’t died from sleep deprivation yet. Oh, and she stares at me non-stop. Without blinking. She’ll sit in the corner of my room and stare at me hard enough to bore holes in the back of my head, and I can sense it. It used to creep me out, but I suppose I’ve gotten used to it. It’s when she isn’t staring at me that I get on edge, because that means she’s hunting something or getting distracted by some unlucky bastard walking by.

Not counting her presence, I’ve been living by myself for a few years. It sucks that the only living thing I’ve been able to spend any time with is that damned demon. I can’t really go anywhere because she forcefully tags along. I even tried locking her in my room once so I could take a walk in the woods. She threw a Wepear Berry at me from my house - a solid half-mile away, no less - and hit me in the back of the head.

Then there’s the fact that I can’t keep any friends at college. Arceus, she literally hangs off my back and hisses at everyone who walks past me on campus grounds. Can’t get her to stop long enough to let someone get comfortable around me.

She squeaks a bit and sits at my feet as I make my breakfast. This is the first time I’ve heard her utter a noise like that, so I nearly jump out of my skin before looking at her. She’s staring at me intensely, like she’s trying to ask me something with her eyes. I throw her some of the eggs that I’ve just finished cooking, and she eats them in a single bite.

“You’re fuckin’ weird…” I mutter out loud as I put the rest of the eggs on my plate.

I look over at the study papers boldly displaying my name - Trey Himura. Fuck this family name, honestly…

I’m supposed to start the journey as soon as I pass the exam at college this afternoon. I look at the clock, since I can’t really be thinking about anything else at the moment - Oh shit, I'm gonna be late!
That exam was annoying. Who thought it was a good idea to include the Ten Weeks War?! At any rate, it’s over. I head up and hand the paper to the TA -

“Hey, you. Stop hissing at him.”

I throw my arm over my shoulder and smack the demon on the nose. I...wasn’t trying to do that, but at least she shut up.

“Uh...Thank you for that. Let’s just...uh…”

The TA hesitates for a second, then quickly takes the exam paper from me, turning to an old, outdated Scantron machine and putting the test in it. Unsurprisingly, the machine gives up after a few seconds of chugging along and I hear the TA curse under his breath.

“Is this one of the ones from last century?” I ask, leaning forward to take a closer look at the machine.

“Yeah,” he mutters, tapping the side of it as he leans over to find the plug. “It’s from 2105.”

2105? That’s 95 years old, what the hell? “...Why are they using a 95 year old Scantron?”

“Because fuuuuck being up to date when you can save a few bucks, right?!” he yells, throwing his hands up and getting out of the chair to reach under something.

“Man, those accountants have to be really-”

“Trey, what is she doing?” the TA cuts me off, staring at…

Wait, why did the demon stop staring at me?

“Ow, what the fuck?! Who threw this Wepear Berry at me?!”

...Oh boy, here we go.

“Hey, you! Monster-boy!”

I turn to see an angry guy storming over to me, destroyed Wepear in hand and chunks of the berry in his orange hair. Looks like the demon got him right behind the ear...heh. Okay whoa- he gets right up to my face and grabs me.

“Wanna explain to me why your oversized rat just threw-”

Suddenly I'm pinning the demon to the ground, he's running away, and the demon's roaring viciously at him.

What the fuck just happened?!

"Hey! Calm down!"

She growls and tugs her arm to get loose. No dice.

"Calm. Down."

For once, it seems like she understands me. She licks her lips and stops growling, although she's still tugging at her arm.

"Leave it be. It's over."

It takes a few seconds, but she does stop. Thank Arce- GAH WHAT HOW DID SHE TURN HER HEAD THAT FAR AROUND-

crash!

...Agh, my head.

"D-dude, are you okay?"

"I...I'm fine."

"Uh...Your test results are...uh, done?"

I help myself up, holding onto the desk to stabilize myself as the - obviously terrified - TA holds the test paper and an envelope out to me.

"You passed. Congrats, Trey."

I take the papers and nod at the TA as I carefully walk myself out the door. The demon decides to walk behind me instead of climbing up my back. Huh. Oh, before I forget…I look over at the TA.

"Hey...Who was that asshole?"

"Oh, his name's Gray. He just transferred here, so no one really knows anything about him."

"Well, uh...Thanks, dude."

"No prob, Trey. Now get outta here and go see the nurse about the cut on your scalp."

So this is a trainer's license. This little chunk of plastic is what gives me the ability to go explore the world-

"Aaaaaagh."

"Oh, I'm sorry! I'll be a bit more careful."

...Anyways. I'm now a fully certified trainer and I'm sure that my parents would be proud of me...if they were still here. I also wonder how they'd feel about the demon and what it's been doing to me. Speaking of the devil, she's staring at me from the corner she's huddled herself into.

"Are you ever gonna stop that?"

"She's been doing that for two years, Trey. I don't think she'll stop any time soon."

"Yeah, but one can hope, right?"

"Yes. One can hope, I guess…"

I stop talking and just stare back at her. She still has diamond irises. That's good, I guess. I don't think I've taken a good look at her in a while. I might as well, since I'm waiting on the nurse to stitch up the cut on my head.

She tilts her head at me. What's the deal with those markings around her eyes? She has two small red triangles on the inside, and two blue curves mirroring each other underneath.

Her arms and fingers are borderline uncanny in how long they are, as are her legs. Aside from that, it looks like her limbs move and function like a normal human's. Must be nice being able to reach further than I can.

I turn the license over in my hand and her eyes dart to it briefly. Wait, what? She goes right back to staring at me, like nothing happened. I think I'll try giving her the license later to see what happens.

"Hey, Trey?" the nurse says, gently nudging my shoulder.

"Yeah?"

"We just got a call. Professor Lichen wants to see you in his office as soon as we finish here."

I'm screwed, aren't I?

I watch as the Professor hurries around the office, looking for something. He turns to me and I realize what he's doing. He's trying to find my file...Again. I swear he'd lose his head if it wasn't attached to his neck.

"Second cabinet, fourth drawer. Somewhere in the middle of the H names."

"Ah, thank you."

He heads over to the cabinet and thumbs through the files, pulling out the one with my name scribbled across the top. He opens it and flips through the pages as he walks back to his desk and sits in the chair.

"So, congrats on clearing your license exam. How's it feel to be a trainer now?"

"I...guess I feel alright about it."

"You should be proud! I know your parents would-"

"You don't know my parents. They're dead."

I...crap. I just blurted that out. The professor looks startled.

"I'm...I'm sorry, Professor…"

"No, this was my fault. I'm sorry I brought that up."

All I can do is just sigh and clasp my hands to temper myself.

"Still, Trey. You should be proud of yourself. Getting a trainer's license on the first try is no small feat. Especially with your, ah…unusual circumstances."

He glances at the demon.

"That reminds me. Just a sec."

He pushes back from his desk and reaches over to grab something.

"I just got one of those, uh...Butcher boxes, I think? They sent me some meat I'm not gonna be able to eat, so I'll give it to her if you'll allow me to?"

"...Ok. I'd just throw it to her if I were you."

Lichen nods at me, producing the meat - still in its wrapper - and throws it at the demon. I don't look, but I can hear her unwrapping it quickly and choking down the meat.

"Fascinating…She has enough intelligence to identify and open containers."

"Professor, what did you call me in for?"

He pauses a bit, probably realizing he forgot something, then pulls his seat closer to his desk and leans over.

"Trey, I have a favor I'd like to ask of you."

He presses a button on his desk, and a panel opens in front of me. Out comes two small trays - one has three red-and-white Pokéballs and the other has a red device I've never- hold on, is that a Pokedex?!

"You are a special kind of trainer. Your excellent academic performance and your sharp intuition in the practice battles have qualified you to receive one of our special starter Pokémon."

I stare at the Pokéballs. This is...I was expecting the obligatory Mankey or Rattata, not this!

"In addition to one of the special starters, I am giving you a Pokédex to assist you on the journey. You will be able to see everything about your Pokémon - their strength, defenses, health and every single move they can learn."

I look at him.

"About my favor…I would like you to try and capture the elemental birds and any other unusual Pokémon you encounter on your journey. Should they actually exist, that is."

"Uh...That's a tall ask, Prof."

"I'm aware. It was worth a shot…"

"I didn't say I wouldn't try."

His face lights up.

"Wonderful. Now...Which starter will you choose?"

I don't even need to think about this - I already know which one will help.

"I choose Bulbasaur."

"Well, that's certainly a swift decision. Might I ask why?"

I smile as I gently lift my Bulbsaur's Pokéball from the tray.

"Bulbasaur's evolutionary line is balanced - they withstand attacks well and can dish out damage either directly or indirectly."

The Professor smiles a little.

"Fantastic answer, Trey. As of right now, your Pokémon journey has officially started. I wish you the best of luck. Make sure to come back and visit sometimes, okay?"

"Can do, Professor."

I grab the Pokédex and get up, looking over the glossy exterior of the machine. I turn and glance over at the demon, who is still trying to choke down the entire chunk of meat instead of taking a bite. Idiot.

"Hey, you." I say to her, getting her attention. "Let's go."

She makes like she's going to climb up my back, so I stop her by backing away.

"Not while you're eating."

I turn to go out the door-

She climbs up my back anyways. Why do I bother trying? Now I've gotta walk home with this thing weighing me down and choking right next to my ear the whole way. Great.

"Take care, Trey." the Professor calls out.

"Take care, Professor." I call back, heading out and closing the door. Time to go pack up and get started.
Professor Lichen sighs and rubs his forehead. "Why'd I have to bring up his parents like that?" he mutters to himself. "There's a time and place for everything, Lichen…"

Someone knocks on the door. A faint and familiar voice leaks through the gaps.

"Professor, are you available for a moment? It's me."

"I'm available! Come in, Colress."

The door opens and Colress enters the office, his computer-suit faintly beeping.

"I noticed that Mr. Himura just left the office. How did he respond to your request? I recall that you were quite worried about that."

"Oh, he accepted it! He did say it was a bit of a tall ask, but he's going ahead with it."

"It is indeed a bit of a tall ask, but I am glad that it worked out. If he succeeds, it will be a monumental day in the University's history!"

Colress gleefully claps his hands together and looks at the intricate mural behind the Professor's desk. It depicts the three legendary birds engaged in battle with a shadowy foe. The Professor gets a big grin on his face.

"Of course! If he pulls it off, not only will we prove that those mythical Pokémon exist, but we'll have the actual things in the flesh!"

Colress nods and rubs his hands together.

"Plenty of research opportunities abound if we succeed here. At any rate, I merely wanted to check in. I must get back to my research."

The Professor nods slowly.

"Of course, Colress. Please, don't forget to send me that report on Rattata migration patterns. The intern forgot to do that yesterday and I need to approve it before the week's up."

"That I can do," Colress answers, turning back to the door. "Have a fantastic afternoon, Professor."

"You too, Colress."

Colress leaves the office and closes the door behind him.

"I pity you, Trey." he says to himself, pulling up a memo on his computer.
Ch.0:
So we begin a new adventure! I had to cut a lot out of this chapter so I could make it punchy, and a good bit of the cut content is going to be pulled back into the story over the next few updates - it was some world-building that clashed with the narrative style.
I know I said in the foreword that I haven't sussed out all the plot details yet - that's mostly issues with how I want to take the main antagonist and what I'm gonna need to do with the gym leaders/Rocket/etc.

Look forward to another update soon!

Ch.1:
So I had some trouble with the prose in this update and with transitioning in between the different scenes. I've figured that skipping the walking transitions is a better use of the space on my document, since it will also let me put more emphasis on an unusual circumstance in between key events.

Edit: Thanks to cyndakip for beta-ing!

Also, wonder what all of this stuff is about, hm? Sounds like there's more to this Kanto than it seems.
 
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Paine

The doctorate is in pain.
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
118
Caught
Jun 20, 2019
Messages
321
Location
Good question!
Nature
Timid
Pronouns
He/him; they/them; she/her
Pokémon Type
  1. Psychic
  2. ???
Pokédex Entry
It never quite knows what it's doing. Yet, somehow, things still get done.
:V:

You set up some intriguing worldbuilding back in GaK, and it stays strong here. Looking really forward to see what's going on with Trey and the demon, and ofc, everyone's favorite internet explorer dimension-hopping nerd!
 

Elfin Song

Conqueror of the Olivine Gym
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
146
Caught
Jun 26, 2019
Messages
363
Nature
Bold
Pronouns
she/her or he/him
Well, this is fun. 8)

Granted, I'm a sucker for demonology, but I love the way this demon is described. On her own, she's a delight, from the whole dumb-as-a-brick thing (just the way she's introduced made it clear she's basically a dumb puppy, which is great) to the mechanics of her abilities to just her relationship with Trey. Actually, that last one is especially wonderful. I mean, it's absolutely clear that this relationship benefits Trey in absolutely no way whatsoever, and let's face it. There's just something great about the prospect of being forced to go around an entire region with an aggressive little shit hellbeast literally riding his back all day every day, to gyms and through wild pokémon encounters. Trey is going to get dragged through a living hell from here on out. No matter where he goes, those wepear berries will find him, and he's going to need some creativity to avoid getting mauled by, say, spearow. Or Misty. Which is to say I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens.

Also, I really want to know what that demon is? The great thing about your description is that it's clear enough for us to get a (very unsettling but) clear picture of what it looks like, but it doesn't match up with any pokémon we know of. And I say it doesn't match up with any known pokémon because that's exactly what your reader will be inclined to do at first glance. This isn't a bad thing at all, even! It's actually a good thing because it amps up the intrigue about this creature just as much as Trey's mentioning of a family curse. There's no doubt we'll get a clear answer about what this thing is and why she's attached to Trey down the line, and that is just as much of a good hook into the story as the possibility that Trey will be mauled by Misty over the demon's shenanigans.

Normally, I'd bring up some crit, but honestly, the only one I had was that I was momentarily confused over the start of the nurse's office scene, just because for some reason, it didn't immediately click that Trey had followed the TA's advice to get the scratch on his head looked at and that was what was going on. On the other hand, if confusion was what you were going for (because that's what people normally go for when they don't have dialogue tags or establishing lines for a scene), theeeeen you're good, haha. Otherwise, this was all a lot of fun, and I'm really looking forward to future updates.
 
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Obelisk

Obelisk

no sleep only bnuuy
Writer
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
155
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
366
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
  1. Electric
Pokédex Entry
Eccentric 'locker obsessed with Magikarp.
@DoctorPaine I'm also looking forward to what internet explorer is up to. I'm glad that you're enjoying the worldbuilding!

@Minty Electronica Holy text wall! I love how you're breaking down a lot of what's going between Trey and the demon - it's always fun to see how the reader takes in the whole thing. I also appreciate the crit - I'll try to avoid confusion next time. As for Misty...We'll see :)

In which Trey moves forward.

The Bulbasaur looks at me curiously and utters a soft grunt as I lift it from the ground.

"Hey, little guy."

"Saaaaaaaur." it responds. I can feel its hind legs gently kicking at my hands to get traction. For such a large beginner Pokémon, Bulbasaur's really squishy. It's kinda cute, actually.

I need a name. Maybe Buddy? No, that feels generic…

"Bhhhhhh."

…? I look over at the demon. She's staring blankly at me like usual, her tongue sticking out in some kinda weird demon...what's the word? blep? ...demonic blep. That sounds ridiculous.

"Bhhhhhh."

I let out a sigh. She's just being stupid. I turn back to the Bulbasaur, and he perks up.

"I think I'm gonna name you Bud. What do you think?"

He blinks and looks me in the eyes. It takes a few seconds, but he accepts his name with a soft "Saur."

That was easy! I call him back into his ball and grab my stuff. I take a quick peek at the confused-looking demon and- wait, what? Why is she confused?

I look at her again and she's got a strange expression on her face. Odd...The more I look at it, the more I feel like I'm forgetting something. I was gonna do something...oh, the license thing. I grab my wallet and get the license out - yep, her eyes darted to it again.

"Hey, you want to look at this?"

I wave the license around. Her eyes dart back and forth between the chunk of plastic in my hand and my face. Oh, Arceus, this looks so stupid. I wonder if she'd do this with...no, focus. This is important.

I hold the license out to her. Her gaze completely breaks away from me and fixates on the small piece of plastic in my hands. I stay still and keep my arms extended, shutting my eyes and turning my head away - please don’t bite me again pleasedon’tbitemeagain…

She...gently takes it out of my hands? I open my eyes and look at her again. She’s actually...Studying the license? As she’s holding it up to her face, I can see her eyes skimming over all of the text on it - my age, height, name, blood type, yadda yadda. Maybe the secret of life is in that thing. I kneel down to get a better look and I notice right away - huh. She’s got this look on her face. It’s...an expression of confusion and recognition, like she’s remembering something.

Her eyes snap back to me and she sandwiches my license between her hands.

Uh...she’s not moving now. I reach out to touch her- nono. Bad idea.

“Hey, uh...I kinda need that back."

She stares at me blankly.

"Uh, that license in your hands. Can...Can I have that back?"

She pulls her hands apart- what?! What the fuck?! A Town Map falls out of her hands and clatters on the ground. I...Where did she even get that?

"Hey, what the hell-"

She blurs for a second, kinda like a camera going out of focus. It takes a few seconds for me to notice that I'm suddenly holding the Town Map.

What? How did- ...okay. Don't overthink it, Trey. Just get your shit and get moving.

I stop just short of the grass dividing the campus of Pallet Town and Route 1. Up until today, the students were always escorted by a professional trainer if they wanted to go to Viridian City. I guess they did this on purpose so we wouldn’t have anyone trying to leave campus. Or maybe it’s symbolic, to represent that we’re finally ready to venture out on our own? ...I’m probably overthinking this.

Bud sits at my feet, looking around at the scenery. It must be his first time outside of the farm, considering how he seems to be absorbing everything...But I can tell he feels at home.

I suppose I feel at home too. This scenery has been a part of my life for the past four years. I think I’m gonna miss it.

There's a brief, strange noise at my feet, so I look down. Bud is puffing up like he's being threatened by something. The demon reaches around me and stretches her arm out - to touch Bud, I think? Bud takes an aggressive stance and growls at her hand. Not a good time to be dealing with this, so I grab the demon's hand and pull it away from him.

"Hey, leave him alone. He's scared of you."

The demon doesn’t react. Huh? She usually pulls her hand back or tries again. At least Bud’s not growling anymore. I glance back over at him, and he seems to be calming down.

“Sorry, Bud...I can’t do much about her.”

“Saur.”

“Yeah. Welcome to my life…”

“Saur.” Bud nods at me and turns towards the grass again.

Sigh. If only I could talk with them. Great-grandma, Grandma and Dad could talk to their Pokemon. Why can’t I?

...I shouldn’t think on that too much. If it runs in the family, it should come to me at some point, right? One can hope.

Since this is Route 1, I might as well catch a Pokemon here and really get things going. ...Just one. Why does that League rule even exist?! Like, one pokemon per route, and it has to be the first one you run into? What happened to letting people make the teams they want and not restricting them with something so arbitrary? It’s like they're turning this into some kind of twisted challenge…

I feel Bud tugging at my pants leg.

“Hey, what’s up?”

Saur!” he chirps, turning tail and hopping into the grass. I guess he’s tired of me standing here and zoning out. I am, too.

“Sure, sure. Let’s get going.”

So we take our first few steps onto Route 1, meaning this journey is now in motion. I’m hoping I get something solid for the first route encounter - not much is available here, so I think I’d be fine with-

THUMP!

OW! What the f-?!

A Pidgey squawks frantically as it tries to fly away, off-balance from crashing into my head. Wait. Crap, that’s my encounter! I go for the Pokeballs and call to Bud - he's already running after the Pidgey as fast as his pudgy little legs will allow.

“Bud, Tackle it!”

Vines burst out of the plant on his back and slam into the ground, throwing him in the air faster than he can run. He crashes into the Pidgey's back - Wait, Pidgey? Oh, fuck-

Bud cries out as he gets knocked to the ground and the small bird starts shrieking frantically. The demon's grabbed the Pidgey, shit!

"HEY, NO!"

I'm running before I even register that I'm moving - I've got a fresh Pokéball in hand as I slam into the demon to break her grip on my Pidgey. We hit the ground, something hits my head, and everything goes black.

After a few seconds, I notice that I'm putting weight on my feet. I'm pretty sure I was on the ground just now...I force my eyes open.

Wait, what…? I'm standing in an area of total darkness. And the air, it's...It's so fucking cold.

"How...how did you get here?"

A...something approaches me from somewhere unseen. I can't make out its shape...

"You. You shouldn't be here, Trey."

A moment of silence. The shape shifts awkwardly.

"...Something went wrong, didn't it?"

"I don't know. I don't even know how I got here."

The vague shape remains still.

"You need to leave. She is not ready. Celeste is not ready."

I open my eyes. I'm sitting on top of something, clutching a Pokeball so hard that my knuckles have gone a pale white. A small light on the button tells me I caught the Pidgey. Thank Arceus…

The demon wheezes softly. I realize that I'm sitting on her chest. How the hell did I do that? I mumble an apology to her, get up, and glance at her eyes as she sits upright. Oh. Oh, crap...X'd out eyes. There's a problem.

I look around to make sure the coast is clear and kneel back down to her,

"Listen. If you can tell me anything about what's going to happen, please tell me."

A blank stare. Great.

I look around again, then fidget with the ball in my hand. That shadow thing mentioned a name...Might as well see if this demon responds to it.

"Hey, uh...Celeste, is it?"

She perks up at the name and the blank expression on her face briefly fades. So that's her name.

"Celeste, I am going to send out this Pidgey. Please do not do anything mean or demonic to it. Do you understand?"

She stares at me intensely and I swear she nods ever so slightly.

"Okay. I hope I can trust you."

I drop the ball and watch as it does its thing - my new Pidgey emerging in a matter of seconds. The bird looks around and scampers behind me, away from Celeste. I reach down and gently pick it up with one hand...Huh, this Pidgey is pretty warm to the touch. I pull out my Pokedex with my other hand.

"Hey. Sorry about, uh...Celeste over there. I think she'll behave around you from here on out."

That doesn't help. The Pidgey is still looking at Celeste warily. I look at the Dex data on the Pidgey - oh, this one is female.

“I should give you a name. Maybe that’d lighten things a bit?”

I take a few seconds and think of something for her. Alicia? Feels a bit too formal. Beth? Nah. Candy- okay, no. Oluwafunmilayo...That won't fit on the Dex’s text field...Allie? Allie works!

“How do you feel about being called Allie?”

The Pidgey cocks her head and looks up at me, processing what I just said. She chirps and starts preening herself.

“Well...Allie it is.”

"Allie, huh? You naming your Pokémon?"

Celeste immediately takes up an aggressive stance and puts herself between the source of the voice and I, just as I turn around to face him. It's the jackass from college. Gray. Arceus, I've never heard such a brutal growl come out of her before now.

"What kinda person does that? I bet ya named this...freak something, too."

He gestures at Celeste, who's snarling at him, and shakes his head.

"You followed me just to shit-talk me to my face. Classy, Gray."

"Thanks, pal. Classier than you, that's for sure."

His hand works its way down his side. He thinks I can't see it from where I'm standing. Idiot.

"Gray-"

"No. Don't talk."

He holds his hand up, like he's gesturing for me to stop.

"Just came to tell ya I beat your exam score. Got myself a nice, tough Charmander. Pops is proud of me, I'm sure."

I grit my teeth. This bastard's really going there?!

"Oh, that's an awfully pissed look ya got, man. Did I remind ya of your dead parents? Don't blame me for them biting the dust - blame Unova!"

...Don't punch him, Trey. Don't punch him, Trey.

He shrugs.

"Oh, I know all about it. The Ten Weeks War. Losin' that set Kanto back two centuries.

Talk 'bout a major loss. Y'know, that Battle for Castelia was critical. Kanto coulda won the war right then and there, but then the planes came."

My jaw is clenching so hard that my teeth are screaming in pain. I reach for Bud's Pokéball and grab it with a death grip that numbs my fingers.

"They were probably healin' some wounded coward when the Electrode landed, y'know. 'Least they died-"

"Shut up!"

"Oh, someone's mad. Lemme tell ya somethin'."

He pulls a Pokeball from his belt.

"Ya try to hurt me, you're gonna regret it."

"...Who says I need to?"

Gray pauses and looks down at Celeste. It takes a few seconds for it to dawn on him. As it does, his eyes widen in realization and he stammers as he steps back, trips over himself, then flees in a dead sprint.

"...Good riddance. Can't believe I'm saying this, but...thank you, Celeste."

She makes some indistinguishable demon noise and sits down, clearly back to her idiot self. I sigh and sit as well, pulling my Town Map out to figure out where I want to...Wait, why the fuck is it stuck? I get back up, plant my foot on one end of the map's casing and pull as hard as I can. Doesn't budge. So much for that…

My arms are trembling violently from the sheer adrenaline, and there is so much blood rushing to my head that I can feel the heat coming off it. I yell and kick the closest rock I can find, then drop back down to the ground.

How the fuck does Gray know about that?!

It’s been a couple hours since all of that crap with Gray. I can tell because the sun is starting its descent towards the horizon, and the chatter of Pokemon on the routes nearby is starting to peter out. It’s nice how the cities have been mirroring this, too - the activity here in Viridian is dwindling and people are heading home for the night. Celeste hasn’t made a peep all afternoon and her eyes have gone back to normal, which is a relief. So the X marks can manifest when danger is immediate, huh…?

I take a minute to roll that thought around in my head as I look over at a holographic billboard across the street. The billboard itself is clearly out of commission and, going off the shape it’s in, been out for at least four years. Its support column, barely tall enough to be level with my knee, is rusted out and warped.

As I study the worn billboard, I realize that there’s something I’m not getting. We’ve only met Gray twice, and both times Celeste acted like he pulled a knife on me. He is a complete dick, but I don’t get any kind of murder vibes from him…What does he have against me? I don’t know him, and he doesn’t know me. Pretty sure that random Wepear Berry, while somewhat embarrassing for both of us, isn’t enough to warrant the attitude he took with me.

That said, I have to wonder...How’d he find out? It was five years ago. The government kept that one quiet. ...At least until their servers gave out and wiped all of our data. There’s no record to prove that Mom and Dad even existed to begin with here in Kanto. For all I know, I don’t exist in their records, either.

Why am I thinking about all of this? I'm on my journey now. This should be at the bottom of my- I hear music. Why do I hear music?

I look in the direction of the music. It's coming from outside the city. That's...kinda odd. I get up from my spot on the bench, and I hear Celeste shuffle from her spot.

"Hey, let's not-"

Before I can finish my thought, she climbs up my back. Why do I even bother? I rub my forehead and start walking towards the music.

"Celeste, you're almost as tall as I am. Why do you do this?"



No response. Back to normal, then...Does that mean the thing earlier with the Town Map was a fluke? No, that lined up with the license thing in the nurse's office. Not to mention her reaction to the trainer's license right before producing the Town Map.

Oh, right. I still need to open that. I stop in a quiet spot not far off the entrance of Route 22 and pull the map out of my bag. The metal cover is a little dented on one side, but it's not serious enough to mess with the function of the map. I put it on the ground on its side, putting my feet on the lower half - or rather the right half of the map. Get a good grip here...Let's try. I put my weight against the map’s shell, stand up, and pull as hard as I can.

I feel the map give a bit. Something’s lodged in there - I gotta try again. I set it against the wall of the closest building and press my foot against the bottom half to pin it in place. Let’s just…I take a deep breath and yell as I pull on the map.

“OOOOOOOPEN!”

I’m on the floor all of a sudden- ow. Must’ve hit myself in the head when the map gave out...ow, fuck!

I sit up and hold the map up in my hands to see what was...lodged…

“Celeste, how the fuck did you wedge a Wepear Berry in this? The opening’s as thin as a fucking sheet of paper!”

All I can do is shake my head when she returns a blank stare, then throw the Berry at her. She catches it with her mouth and swallows the damn thing intact. The more I see, the more questions I have...Anyways, map. I take a look at the map, which is remarkably detailed. I don’t think Kanto is able to produce a map of this quality right now. Huh. Maybe there’s something on either end to identify where it came from?

Taking a look- nope. Completely blank. I’m pretty sure the end caps for this map’s case are made of gold, the more I study the exterior of it. It’s quite sleek and slender for something of this size, and the metal somehow hasn’t scuffed after all of that just now. I open it back up and...Wait a sec. There’s a little symbol here that wasn’t there a second ago. It looks like a really small rendition of my head, and it’s on top of Viridian right now. I wonder how this works…

The music gets a little louder, which pulls my attention away from the map. Right, I gotta see what this is all about. I get up and follow the sound, which drags me right into the wild grass on Route 22. I need to be careful here so I don’t get an unexpected encounter…

After a little while, I find a small tree stump in the middle of all of the grass. The music's coming from a boombox on the ground - it's some old pop song I don't recognize. There's a Mankey dancing along to the beat, and I don't mean an uncoordinated Pokémon dance. It's actually going through some really neat dance moves! I can't help but smile - you don't see that every day.

I'm gonna risk losing the moment here, but I want to see if it'll join. As soon as I open my mouth, the Mankey sees me and jumps behind its boombox. It's staring at me with a combination of embarrassment and anger.

"Hey. I'm sorry I interrupted you, but I just wanted to say that I saw your dance moves. You're really talented, and uh…"

...Crap. I lost the train of thought.

"...uh, I just wanted to ask if you wanted to come with me on my journey? I could use a Mankey on my team, and it'd give you a chance to practice your dance moves in front of an audience."

It pokes its head up from behind the boombox. It seems like it calmed down a bit and is listening to me.

"I'm going to be visiting a lot of different places in Kanto, and I’ve heard some of them are big into dancing. I’m sure you’d fit in well.”

Celeste squeaks. She shuffles and changes her death grip on my back. I swear, I'm going to develop scoliosis at this rate. ...Trey, focus on the Mankey.

“So...what d'ya say? Wanna come with?"

Oh, Arceus, please let this work.

After what seems like an eternity, the Mankey waddles around the boombox and approaches me cautiously. I didn't notice this earlier, but it has a small lilac gently planted on its left ear. It looks me dead in the eyes for several seconds before it nods gently. Oh, thank Arceus.

"Awesome. I'm just going to catch you real quick, then let you back out. Okay?"

Another nod, with more confidence.

"Good."

I dig out a fresh Pokéball from my bag and gently tap it on the head. The Mankey gets sucked into the ball, and it rattles in my hand as it completes the capture.

Checking my Pokédex, I see this Mankey is female. I smile - I have just the name for her.

"Hey, come out."

She emerges quickly from the ball and looked around, then looks up at me.

"Hey, so I'm gonna put your boombox in my bag and bring it with us. That alright?"

A quick nod.

"Perfect. How do you feel about the name Lilac?"

Another nod, accompanied by a small curtsy.

"Great. Let's get this boombox packed and go back to Viridian."

So I'm sort of having some difficulty with getting into Trey's head, which is why this is taking longer than usual for me to update. So now we know our demon's name! I wonder what that entity was and what it was talking about.

Just so you all know, concrit is always welcome. Just let me know what I can do better and I'll try to improve on that!
 
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Bowser's Family Vacation

Johto League Champion
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
301
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
2,681
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
  1. Dragon
  2. Cool
Pokédex Entry
"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
Squishy Bulbasaur is best Bulbasaur. Don't think, Trey. Just squish Bud. Everything will be OK if you just squish Bud.

It’s like they're turning this into some kind of twisted challenge…
Nope! No challenge to be seen here, Trey! Your life is challenging enough! *sweatdrop*

Hm... Celeste doesn't sound like a very demonic name... Maybe she's not as demonic as she looks...

Gray insulting military fatalities... PUNCH HIM, TREY! Lilac, though, will defeat him with her superior dance moves.
 

cyndakip

there goes my luck
Writer
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
23
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Jun 9, 2019
Messages
729
Location
Sunken Halifax
Nature
Hardy
Pronouns
they/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Fire
  2. Water
Pokédex Entry
Part Cyndaquil, part Mudkip, apparently also part squid now. Still entirely tired.
I love Lilac!!! Can't wait to see her conquer the entire region with the power of interpretive dance. as long as Celeste doesn't just wreck everyone with wepears of mass destruction first
 

sky_

life is a trip alright (picrew by chereverie)
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Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
181
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
719
Location
A place to nap
Nature
Gentle
Pronouns
They/Them
Pokémon Type
  1. Ghost
  2. Normal
Pokédex Entry
They are happy with rest, quiet and cuddles. They may try to be edgy or mysterious, but are often told that they present as the opposite.
I simultaneously love Lilac and think she's going to die. I never see Mankeys and Primeapes survive and she just wants to dance, bless her... I love the little flower in her hair as well!

I'm on Celeste's side much more than before, too, she genuinely seems protective and seems to mean well at times. As others have said, I like the fact that this isn't a Pokemon that we know of, it adds to the mystery of where this thing came from and what it actually is.

It'd be amazing if someone could hack into the game and put in a custom fakemon that looks like Celeste for the team xD suddenly the hellspawn can fight instead of tossing random berries at people
 
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Obelisk

no sleep only bnuuy
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Team Omega
Pokédex No.
155
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
366
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
  1. Electric
Pokédex Entry
Eccentric 'locker obsessed with Magikarp.
Two months without an update...my bad! Let's fix that, shall we?

@Bowser's Family Vacation Lilac will dance all over Gray's soul.
And yeah, Celeste is kind of an unfitting name...

@cyndakip you know celeste is gonna destroy everything with her Wepears of Mass Destruction.

@iola I'm not too keen on the idea of putting a *demon* in as a playable entity - I mean, it'd just be cruel to the demon since she can't freely throw berries at people.
Her protectiveness does seem a bit un-demonic...

In which forests and berries are screwy.

"Lilac, there's a time and place for everything. I can't believe I'm saying this, but please stop dancing on the boombox on Celeste's head."


Lilac huffs in protest and jumps off the boombox, then skips over to the old TV in the corner of the room to mess with it. I sigh and keep an eye on her as I get the boombox off Celeste - what’s that rattling? I open the battery panel to find...

A Wepear Berry. But...this thing was just on, I don’t- How did...

What the f-

“Trey Himura to the front desk, please. Trey Himura to the front desk.”

Right. I have to check out soon. Only paid for the room for one night. I finish packing my stuff and recall Lilac, just relieved that she’s been cooperative and...Well, not freaked out by Celeste. I wonder why? Bud felt threatened by her, and there was that close call Allie had with her...so why hasn’t Celeste acted out towards Lilac?

I hear a faint clatter and a soft gasp. I turn and look, nearly jumping out of my skin as I come face to face with a Nurse Joy who stares in horror at Celeste.

“Uh...Hi, nurse. She’s, uh, mostly harmless. I’ll be leaving in a few seconds, ok?”

Joy nods and leaves so quickly that her footsteps sound like a drum roll. I just look at Celeste and shake my head as I drape my bag over my shoulder.

“Let’s go. We don’t need you freaking out anyone else here.”

I turn towards the door and almost immediately feel her hands grabbing at my shoulders. I guess, in a way, it’s welcome. It’s a bit of consistency in my life as everything else changes around it…

The nurses check me out in record time and I’m sent on my way. I appreciate that about having a demon around. All the red tape and paperwork gets expedited, real fast. At any rate, I pull my map out to look at where I’m going. I have to go north through Viridian Forest...I guess I’ll go grab some antidotes on the way.

I stretch and walk over to the Mart, keeping an eye on my surroundings. I’m not sure why I’m being so alert...Maybe watching out for Gray so I can duck into a building before he sees me. As I’m walking, I can feel Celeste shifting on my back like she’s trying to look at something. Kind of like a Noctowl scouting for its prey- wait.

“Celeste, don’t even think about-”

She jumps off my back and runs for the grass... oh crap, not again!

“HEY!”

I sprint after her as fast as I can. How the hell is she so fast?!

“Celeste, stop!”

She ignores me and dives into the tall grass. Son of a bitch, what do I do now?! I look around for something I could grab to knock her down. A bunch of Pokemon take off in all directions as Celeste pops up...oh, crap!

“Hey, put the Rattata down!”

I tense up as she holds it above her head...and stares blankly at it? The Rattata looks back towards me, just as confused as I am. Celeste brings it back down and walks back to me, still holding it like a sandwich. ...that is not an acceptable comparison right now, Trey. She gets really close to me, and I step back without thinking as she stares at me. The air hangs still for a second as we just...stare at each other? She turns the Rattata around in her hands and slowly holds it out to me. Does she expect me to just grab this thing?

She huffs a little, so I gently scoop up the Rattata. She lets go and immediately darts back into the grass. I look down at the curious Rattata.

"Hey, little guy. Is Randy an ok name for you?"

It sniffs at me, then starts grabbing at my shirt. At least it likes how the shirt feels.

Celeste rushes back in an apparent emergency.

"What's the-" Something sparkles in her arms, cutting me off. "-matter…?" A small, shiny Rattata's head pokes out from behind Celeste's arms. Wait, shiny?!

"Hey, uh...Gimme that Rattata real quick so I can-"

She growls at me. What did I even do? I sigh and gently reach out.

"Celeste, let's play nice here. Let me see the Rattata-"

She growls again, baring her teeth. Okay, stopping now before I get bitten again. I’m pretty certain that the expression on her face right now is the demon equivalent of a death glare…

“What do you want me to do, Celeste? We’ve done this song and dance countless times before.”

I glance down at Randy, who’s fallen asleep in my arms.

“Let me guess, you want me to catch Randy first so I can get two Pokemon off this route?”

She blinks and her body language relaxes. I guess she has a point, even if she just threatened to bite me seconds ago. I pull a Pokeball from the side pocket on my bag and tap it against Randy’s head. With him safely secured in the ball, I tuck it away and get another. When I reach out to touch the shiny Rattata, Celeste hisses at me. I freeze in place and wait for the inevitable bite.

She puts her hand on the Pokeball, then takes it and taps the shiny Rattata awkwardly, clearly imitating what I was doing just now. The ball clicks and she holds it out to me, clutching it kind of weirdly. I carefully take it from her- OW! Freaking-

“Was all of that an excuse to bite me, you little…ugh!”

I quickly put the shiny Rattata’s ball in my bag and look at my hand. Just a red mark on the knuckles. At least she didn’t draw blood this time.

First thing I do is go straight back to the Pokemon Center to get my hand washed and treated. When I get to the desk, the Nurse Joy noticeably pales and admits me right away. It's a blur as she quickly assesses my hand, blasts it with antibiotics that sting like hell, then wraps the knuckles in small bandages.

Even after the burning wears off, my hand is sore. I guess Celeste hit a nerve or did some demonic thing when she bit me, because the soreness would’ve gone away by now.. They send me off not even three minutes after I check in, so I head over and take a seat on the couch in the waiting area. What do I do about the shiny Rattata? Is it even my catch? Celeste was the one that initiated capture, but it was my Pokéball.

...Screw it. My Pokeball, my trainer ID, right? I pull the ball out and look it over.

"Hey, Celeste. I'm boxing the shiny for now."

I get yet another one of her blank stares. I'm not surprised. I head over to the PC and get myself logged into the storage box system. As I'm getting set up, the deposit slot on the PC opens up to accept a Pokeball. That's...a step up from the ones at the school. Celeste grabs at my backpack, probably trying to get at the shiny's Pokeball. I think I'll name this Rattata Kula. It feels...fitting for a golden Pokemon, since it literally translates to “gold”.

Let’s see here. Bill’s PC...Deposit Pokemon. I put the Pokeball in the deposit slot and it automatically closes as soon as my hand is free. As I’m confirming the transfer, I hear Celeste huff like she’s offended by the act. The PC hums for a few seconds, then beeps and prints out a receipt of acknowledgement for the transfer. I pull the receipt and pocket it, then grab my stuff.

“Let’s go. We need to get through Viridian Forest before nightfall.”

I brush a leaf off my shoulder and look around. Trees as far as you can see, all huddled close to each other. Thank Arceus for the footpath here...I'd be screwed otherwise. And for once, Celeste isn't clinging to me like some kinda possessive beast. It'd be a nice, peaceful walk in the woods.

If only that were the case.

"Celeste, please stop throwing the bugs."

She stops, looks back at me and snorts before ignoring my request and throwing a Caterpie clear of the trees. The silver lining here, at least, is that I don’t need a Repel.

I notice a couple of trainers hanging around what looks like a very quiet part of the woods - they start eyeing me as I round a corner. After a few moments of silence, I hear the slightest crunching of leaves behind me. I don't even need to look to know what they're doing. Pokeball in hand, I wheel around and call Lilac out.

"Oh, shit!" I hear one of them blurt out. He’s already scrambling for his ball.

"Lilac, Scratch!"

Lilac scampers off quickly, running in a wide arc around the guy on the left. As soon as I see her winding up, I send out Allie to intercept the other guy's Weedle. Lilac jumps on a tree as the left guy finally sends out his Rattata and steps back to get away from me.

"Rattata, go after the Pidgey!"

It sprints at Allie without hesitation, but Lilac is faster - she jumps off the tree and brings her feet down on the Rattata's head, driving it into the dirt and flipping it head over heels. Allie grabs the Weedle with her talons, takes off, then drops it.

Celeste abruptly growls and pounces on the Rattata's trainer before I can call her off- oh shit.

“HEY! OFF!”

I run over- Wait, I hear choking. Why do I hear choking?

As soon as I get to her and the guy, I see her squeezing the crap out of his throat.

Celeste, stop, stop, stop! OFF!” is all I can think to say as I throw my arms around her torso and start pulling back, trying to get her to break her stranglehold on the poor guy’s throat.

“Celeste, stop NOW! LET HIM GO!”

She pauses for a second, giving me enough room to yank her off the guy and throw her behind me. I look down at this guy, who’s barely half my age.

“Get out of here. Go.” I say, gesturing in the direction of the Viridian City exit where his friend ran off to. He obliges and darts off. Don’t think I’ll see him again…

Celeste sits up and huffs. I glare at her.

“I know you’re mad that they tried to mug us, but you don’t kill people for that. You try that again and I'm buying a cage to keep you in. Do I make myself clear?"

She stares blankly at me, with a slight defiant twinge in her mouth. ...Forget the cage. A taser would be better.

"...You're not gonna listen, are you?"

As I watch for her reaction, I hear something flutter nearby - something kinda big. It sounds like it has fairly large wings and it's moving pretty fast through the woods...Where's it going? I grab for a ball and turn my head to follow the sound. Whatever this is, it's circling me. Consistently, too - same distance and speed every time.

Let's see...Behind me! I turn and throw the ball in the air, and the wild Butterfree crashes into the ball before it can react. ...A Butterfree? Eugh. A Spearow would be a much better choice. The ball clicks and I quickly tuck it away.

Celeste grumbles quietly, staring at me like I did something wrong. I just shoot her a look and turn my back to invite her to climb aboard, which she accepts without hesitation. She's going to break my neck at this rate...

Well, only one way to go from here, I guess.

I wince as I pluck another broken Beedrill stinger out of my arm. We got mobbed by a horde of them after Celeste decided it was a good idea to swat at a cluster of Kakuna that was hanging too low. I deeply, deeply regret letting Celeste piggyback on the way out of Viridian.

Celeste sneezes, so I look over at her to see if she's up to anything...Not really. She's just sitting there, covered in stingers. I’m at least thankful that Beedrill venom doesn’t affect humans in any way, but it makes me wonder what kind of effect it’ll have on a demon. I think I’ll keep a close eye on her for the next hour or two to see if anything happens.

Maybe I could imagine what Celeste would be like if she was a nice demon- wait, what the hell am I thinking? …Nice? I guess she did get me that shiny Rattata and has been...well, trying to help? Even if the Rattata thing got me bitten yet again. There's also that whole scaring off Gray thing she's done a few times and the fact that she gave me a Town Map after pulling it out of her hands.

Then again, she keeps biting me and being a general nuisance. I hear her wheeze and I glance back over- Oh jeez. The Beedrill venom’s kicked in and she looks less like a demon and more like an indifferent, sentient pineapple…

I just let out a defeated sigh and grab the first aid kit that I was just using so I can get the tweezers back out. This'll take me a few hours, I'm sure. And the sun's starting to set, so I'll need to get the tent up...assuming Celeste didn't eat that earlier today. It's been a long day- I didn't think I'd get mugged and get chased by Beedrill in the space of an afternoon. On the bright side, Celeste got the worst of it and not me.

Now that I think about it, I should probably get a sketchbook. Might be nice to just sit down and sketch for a bit on a quiet afternoon, plus I can try to document whatever the hell Celeste is in my free time. Actually...That’s the first thing I’m doing once I get it.
 

Bowser's Family Vacation

Johto League Champion
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
301
Caught
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"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
Celeste hasn't lashed out towards Lilac because Lilac has done nothing wrong!

Hooray for demons defeating the foul demons of paperwork!

:o I knew you'd gotten a shiny, but this early!? CELESTE, FOR ALL THAT IS GOOD IN THIS WORLD, GIVE TREY THE SHINY! No, don't box Celeste's shiny friend..! :(

Aw, first aid for a demon. :)
 

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Part Cyndaquil, part Mudkip, apparently also part squid now. Still entirely tired.
"Lilac, there's a time and place for everything. I can't believe I'm saying this, but please stop dancing on the boombox on Celeste's head."
What a perfect opening line

Joy nods and leaves so quickly that her footsteps sound like a drum roll.
I like to imagine that this ends with a cymbal-like crash as she runs into something in panic

"Celeste, please stop throwing the bugs."

She stops, looks back at me and snorts before ignoring my request and throwing a Caterpie clear of the trees. The silver lining here, at least, is that I don’t need a Repel.
Who needs DEET when you can just Y E E T

Celeste sneezes, so I look over at her to see if she's up to anything
I love that Trey thinks even her sneezes are suspicious

she looks less like a demon and more like an indifferent, sentient pineapple
an improvement

the sun's starting to set, so I'll need to get the tent up...assuming Celeste didn't eat that earlier today.
this line came out of nowhere and killed me, much like a wepear berry launched by a demon

anyway this update is hilarious and I love it
 

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just a gangster, I suppose...
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it was banished for its violence. it silently gazes upon the old world from the distortion world
I feel like celeste terrifying everyone and everything has become the norm now. tremble ye mighty, for an inscrutable demon is now upon you. although at least the paperwork gets done quickly (tangible benefits of having a demon right there). and she finds shinies and launches caterpies cartoon-style too damn if I didn't know better I'd swear this was advertising for your side business selling personal demons.

anyways on a more serious note I think you've more or less shaken the jerkiness of the first few updates and settled into a rhythm wrt your stream of consciousness lite, it's a lot smoother now which is def good. I also like how authentic the prose feels and there's def a certain charm in trey's interactions with celeste (almost a parent-child relationship except that celeste can actually kill shit so). also lilac dancing with the boombox is cute.

should be interesting to see what comes up in pewter, considering first gym badge and all oo. perhaps that becomes a trigger of some sort for the local pineapple, who knows...
 
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Hooray for demons defeating the foul demons of paperwork!
Hooray for demons defeating demons! Those demons didn't stand a chance against the demons...wait what demons are we talking about

I like to imagine that this ends with a cymbal-like crash as she runs into something in panic
Now that you mention this I honestly wish I had included this.

I love that Trey thinks even her sneezes are suspicious
When you're stuck with a reality warping demon that could do any number of terrifying things with a simple action, you're automatically suspicious of everything.

I'd swear this was advertising for your side business selling personal demons.
Personal demons can be bought here for the low price of 50 Wepear Berries!
And now, our first standalone extra update! I'm going to update the table of contents after this as well, as it's out of dare.

The sun hangs low in the sky, its light changing to an orange-pink hue against the green landscape of the Viridian Forest outskirts. Trey is trying to get his tent set up quickly as Celeste watches him with her trademark blank stare. As he finishes his task, she utters an odd noise.

"Yeah, I know. I'm hungry, too. Let me get you something."

He turns to his bag and starts digging in the largest compartment. A bush rustles faintly behind them, prompting Celeste to turn her head 180 degrees - the sound of bones cracking startles Trey. He quickly grabs at her arm to get her attention.

"Celeste, don't do that! You'll hurt yourself!"

The demon turns back to him and stares blankly. She holds her hand up, producing a Wepear that she quickly devours. Trey simply looks at her with a defeated expression on his face and turns to his own food. Behind the bush, Colress lets out a small sigh of relief.

"I am fortunate that I was not compromised…" he mutters to himself. He produces a small device of unknown origin and brings it up to his ear to place a call. It doesn't even ring once before the recipient picks up.

"Sir Colress, it's a pleasure to hear from you."

"Likewise, Master."

"Is the observation log completed?"

"Afraid not. I am still observing at the moment, but the subjects are currently resting. He has turned in for the day."

"Ah, well. I suppose patience is a necessary virtue. Anything of note so far?"

"Yes, as a matter of fact. I've been paying very close attention to our high-priority subject and found something."

A brief pause.

"Master, it would appear that the subject is merely a hollow shell - there is no trace of the entity that was supposed to reside inside it."

"...Do you have knowledge of its whereabouts?"

"Afraid not. It seems to have gotten trapped in a place we cannot access."

A brief moment of silence. Colress looks up from his call, only to flinch when he realizes Celeste has managed to get next to him. She stares intently at him, holding a fresh Wepear in her hands.

"Can the Originals access this place?"

"Uh, sir...The subject's compromised my location."

"...Brilliant. Defuse the situation. I'm going to fetch the Beast of Steel and our...guests in the meanwhile. They were wanting to talk to you."

Colress stares at Celeste, anxiously anticipating any number of things that could happen. He starts creating hundreds of contingency plans in case she sees him as a threat-

She straightens up and tilts her head at him. He tenses up, watching her closely as she brings the Wepear berry up and...sticks it in his mouth?

She huffs and walks back to the tent, her footfalls not making a single sound. Colress blinks twice, processing the fact that he is now holding a Wepear between his teeth.

"Mmmmgh."

He grabs the Wepear out of his mouth and looks at it. There is a frowning emoticon carved into one side of the fruit's rind. His eyebrow twitches as he throws away the fruit.

"Sir Colress, what was that noise?"

"I was disposing of an errant berry. The situation has de-escalated, sir. I take it our guests are available now?"

A momentary pause, followed by beeping. Colress smiles.

"Hello, Technetium."

"Colress. Greetings."

"What is the status on the Lorekeepers?"

Tech whirs quietly on the other end as it processes the request.

"Subject One at home space. Subject Two at home space. Subjects Three and Five currently in Kanto. Subject Six assisting Hero in Exterra. Subjects Four and Seven awaiting dispatch."

"Excellent. Have the Master dispatch Subject 4 to their Hero, but retain Subject 7. It needs more training before it can dispatch. What is the status of the Exterra situation?"

"Situation outlook good. Hostile subject has not discovered the Hero and Lorekeeper."

"Good news. Keep eyes on that and be prepared to deploy if needed."

"Affirmative."

"That'll be it, Technetium. I will contact again in three weeks' time."

"Affirmative."

"Thank you. Please put our guests on the phone."

Technetium grumbles to itself and walks away noisily, leaving the line silent for a few seconds. A familiar voice comes on.

"Colress, is that you?"

"Hello, Cassie."

"Heya! How's it going?"

"...It has not been going pleasantly."

"That sucks, dude. What's the issue?"

"Well...As previously explained to the Master, our subject is a hollow shell. We have no indication of where the entity it belongs to is located."

"So she's there, but no one is home?"

"...I suppose that's one way to describe it."

A brief moment hangs in the air. Colress listens in as Cassie talks to someone away from the phone.

"Hey, King. Colress is saying the third's there, but no one's home. Didn't something like that happen with Grandpa?"

"...Now that you mention it, Mike did have something like that happen. Although, it was more temporary - he lapsed whenever there was a fatality. Hold on, gimme that phone."

"King, you don't have your whiskers-"

"I know! Just bring it over here...Glove hat."

"Ugh, fine. Here, old fish."

"When we're done with this call, I'll show you old. 'Ey, Colress?"

"Greetings, King."

"Mike had something like that happen. Could it be a conditional thing like Mike's situation? Like maybe the third's in there but locked away until something happens?"

Colress pauses. The thought never occurred to him. He glances over at the tent.

"You have my gratitude, King."

He hangs up and kneels down, swiftly opening the relevant logs on Celeste and gets to work, typing away on a holographic keyboard.

Hmm....I wonder how King and Cassie are still around! After all, this run takes place 130 years after the events of GaK and we all know what happened to King.

And why are there two Lorekeepers in Kanto?!

That aside, I really enjoy writing these little extras since they don't advance the story/timeline but allow me to fill in some blanks and leave more blanks! Readers, I'm wondering: should I do these frequently or infrequently for this run? I did these a bit infrequently for this run's predecessor buy they still added a lot to the story.
 

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wait what

whaaaaaat

your runs are connected?!

and legit, like how are cassie and king still alive, what are they doing, what's going on, what's all this about the entity, i'm so intrigued aaaaaaaaaa

also also also i really like celeste's characterisation and the others' relationships to her, like this is legit my favourite thing about this run! the berries are awesome, i love how she uses them to communicate like that, i'm just wondering now why these are wepear berries exclusively... i mean i know they heal a frozen pokemon, is that part of the lore or a clue or xD i don't know! but i'm curious
 

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Stays in the distortion dimension where no one bothers him
crashes in again
Alright let’s break this down

Trey really is just trying to make the best of his current situation
He’s got a “demon” with him that apparently understands the significance of shiny Pokémon
Curious
He’s obviously dealing with a lot of stuff and I imagine that’s gonna crash and burn later
Also either Celeste is light or Trey works out if he can carry her with her being around his height

The fact that we only get a small amount of information about Celeste makes sense since Trey is narrating
He’s not gonna go on an internal monologue describing her when he’s been with her for who knows how long
Everything we know about her is only mentioned when it’s relevant to the current situation
It’s fun to work it out as I read along

Gray is a dick
That is all

Colress is here and talking to people long dead
More Lorekeepers about
Oh this is going to produce many theories from me
 

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"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
Confirmed: Wepear Berries are the mortal enemies of all spies(?). Maybe Wepear Berries are also a source of eternal life, since the folks on the other line should be very dead.
 

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Part Cyndaquil, part Mudkip, apparently also part squid now. Still entirely tired.
I really enjoy writing these little extras since they don't advance the story/timeline but allow me to fill in some blanks and leave more blanks! Readers, I'm wondering: should I do these frequently or infrequently for this run? I did these a bit infrequently for this run's predecessor buy they still added a lot to the story.
Frequently! ...Well, as long as it wouldn't give too much away, of course. I just enjoy them a whole lot! It's always great to see the old characters again, as well as Colress. And more wepear shenanigans, of course. I really liked this extra, and I think it does add a lot to the story. It's also fun to see people speculate about everything, since I already know th- *gets hit by wepear*
 
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wait what

whaaaaaat

your runs are connected?!

and legit, like how are cassie and king still alive, what are they doing, what's going on, what's all this about the entity, i'm so intrigued aaaaaaaaaa

also also also i really like celeste's characterisation and the others' relationships to her, like this is legit my favourite thing about this run! the berries are awesome, i love how she uses them to communicate like that, i'm just wondering now why these are wepear berries exclusively... i mean i know they heal a frozen pokemon, is that part of the lore or a clue or xD i don't know! but i'm curious
Because Wepears are very hard, so she can put a lot of energy into yeeting them. I think. I don't know for sure. As for the other stuff - you'll just have to wait and see :3c
crashes in again
Alright let’s break this down

Trey really is just trying to make the best of his current situation
He’s got a “demon” with him that apparently understands the significance of shiny Pokémon
Curious
He’s obviously dealing with a lot of stuff and I imagine that’s gonna crash and burn later
Also either Celeste is light or Trey works out if he can carry her with her being around his height

The fact that we only get a small amount of information about Celeste makes sense since Trey is narrating
He’s not gonna go on an internal monologue describing her when he’s been with her for who knows how long
Everything we know about her is only mentioned when it’s relevant to the current situation
It’s fun to work it out as I read along

Gray is a dick
That is all

Colress is here and talking to people long dead
More Lorekeepers about
Oh this is going to produce many theories from me
It's only gonna get more confusing from here!
Confirmed: Wepear Berries are the mortal enemies of all spies(?). Maybe Wepear Berries are also a source of eternal life, since the folks on the other line should be very dead.
If they were the source of eternal life, then wouldn't they have a healing effect instead of a hurting effect when yeeted at someone?
Frequently! ...Well, as long as it wouldn't give too much away, of course. I just enjoy them a whole lot! It's always great to see the old characters again, as well as Colress. And more wepear shenanigans, of course. I really liked this extra, and I think it does add a lot to the story. It's also fun to see people speculate about everything, since I already know th- *gets hit by wepear*
Celeste disapproves of spoilers. However, I appreciate the feedback on the extra!

After...Jeez, eight months? That's even worse than the Mike's Diary hiatus, aheh...

Anyways, after eight months of...all kinds of hardships and changes in my life, I am finally getting back on the wagon!

In which - Dream a dream, eh?

The muddy water splashes with every step, spraying my legs with dirt and staining the walls of the alleyway. My heart is pounding in my ears and my vision is a blurred mess. My legs move of their own accord, each step more panicked and desperate than the last. Something screeches and sloshes around behind me, its feral rage piercing my body like some kind of invisible spear. The alley gives way to an opening and – hold on, have I been here before?

There’s that autonomous car passing by on that road. I remember this city. I had a nightmare about this a couple of days ago.

I bring myself to a stop and quickly look around – there’s gotta be a side route here I can use instead of the path I’m supposed to go down. I hear the thing behind me shriek, so I run to my right without hesitation.

The attacker groans audibly as it tries to react to my change in direction – I hear it sloshing frantically as its inertia drags it away from me. Good. Now I gotta get out of here. I see a couple of alleys over to my right, I’m gonna duck into the second one and climb up something, get to a rooftop and wait this nightmare out.

I hear the sloshing start up again, somewhere way behind me. That’s my cue to put things in motion, so I sprint as hard as I can to the second alleyway-

A hand pops out of the first alley and covers my mouth as another hand grabs my shirt and pulls me into the alley. It happens so fast that my legs go flying in the air in front of me, and all I can do is watch the entrance of the alley quickly shrink in the distance.

“MMMFFFFFFPH!”

After what seems like an eternity, they set me down gently. They also leave their hand firmly over my mouth as they move- …what?

This girl, almost my height, steps around to look at me…But she isn’t completely human. Her hands and the upper half of her forearms are coated in a thin layer of white fur, fading away to normal brown skin. Her hair is a relatively normal shade of brown - oh, there's white fur on her neck too, where the clavicle should be meeting. Her ears have been replaced with some kind of Pokémon ears.

The realization must’ve shown on my face, because she pauses for a second before taking her hand off my mouth.

“You’d better keep your voice low,” she hisses. “I gotta get you out of here before that Muk finds you.”

“C-Celeste?” is all I can stammer out as I try to process what I’m looking at.

“Yeah, Trey. It’s me. Listen, neither of us are supposed to be here.”

“Well, no shit-“

“TREY. Listen.”

She pauses for a second, frustrated at something.

“Look. This is not our world. We’re in Celadon City, but it’s not our Celadon City."

We both hear a faint squish and she cranks her head 180 degrees to look behind her, complete with bone crunching that makes me flinch. Some things never change…She looks at me again and grabs me.

"Trey, we gotta cut this short. Thank you for protecting my body - please just hold on a little longer-"

A blob of purple slime smashes into the ground next to me and the Muk shrieks as it comes charging down the alleyway. Crap, it found us!

Before I can say anything, she throws me further down the alley. I hear the Muk choke up and launch another blob at us.

Just as something hits me on the head, I see Celeste throwing her arms up to block the attack.

The last thing I remember hearing is her shrieking in pain.

It's a long story as to why I've been away but those stressors are very much gone now.

This was originally intended to be a much shorter chunk that would be part of a larger chapter. However, due to uh...well, everything, I made the call to expand this one a little and post it as its own sub-chapter. I'll have the next part out...soon, I hope. I'm just glad to be back on my feet.
 

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First of all, you did not exaggerate that Celeste is crazy and feral, and I'm very intrigued as to why she cant talk and what her real purpose is. The sentient pineapple line? Murdered me. Throwing caterpie? Effective. Dont knock it til you've tried it.

Trey is a bumbling protag that tries very hard and his entire existence consists of sighs, bigger sighs, and biggest sighs. He needs a nice nap. Gray, (who I keep misreading as Gary) is a wonderful over the top dickish rival who needs a fitting kick in the teeth. Also suspicious AF.

Speaking of suspicious AF - COLRESS?? *insert surprised pikachu face*

And, and most importantly, you must remember this, I would die for Lilac. You hear me? I know she's set up as a fav because early game catches usually die and mankey are notorious for not making it, but goddamn son, leave Lilac alone.
 

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Remember reading some of this before, so time to look at it in full glory
So we seem to be in a parallel/dream world
And one that Trey has seen before
Fun fun speculation
And now we have a significantly more lucid Celeste with a rather interesting line
'Thank you for protecting my body'
Lots of things to look at here. Seems the Celeste we know isn't the true Celeste, her mind being in another place.
Can't wait to learn more as things go on
 

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