Subject: [PW!] Nightly Encounters.
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 22:44:28 +0200
From: Jeroen te Strake
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Only very few of the books brad had read about the journeys of famous
Pokemon trainers, fictious or real, mentioned what they did at night. In
even fewer, they weren't only used as a plot device to make them defeat
Team Rocket, or some other heroic deed, but instead were part of the
daily routine. And he couldn't remember any that described what it was
like when it was night, while you were alone on a deserted field with
only your Pokemon, while the only sound you could hear was an occasional
Hoothoot hooting, or a Zubat flying over, searching for food in the
nightly hours before returning to its cave. Now, picture that happening
to someone who never went very far away on his own, and who knows
perfectly well what all those creatures that were around him could do,
and you can probably imagine how Brad was feeling.
He had been walking for the whole day, determined to get to Ecruteak
City, determined to find out more about the legends he had read about.
However, the distance between both towns was longer than Brad had
expected, and it was dark before he knew it. And even Natu, his Pokemon
that was hopping after him most of the time was afraid, staying very
close to Brad, and even being carried by him occasionally. Now, as he
stood still, looking around, it pushed itself against Brad's legs. "Do..
Don't worry, little one. E.. ev.. everything will be okay." He said
rather unconvincingly. "Let's try to get some sleep." He walked to the
lone old tree standing in the field. He took out his sleeping bag, being
too tired to set up a tent or something, and fell asleep as soon as he
lied in it, his Natu close to him.
He woke up by something tugging his sleeping bag. When he opened his eye
a bit, he saw it was still dark. "I have the day off..!" The tugging
continued, and he looked at the bag, and saw a Rattata gnawing on it.
"He, get away!" He crawled out of the bag, and jumped to it. "Get away."
The creature quickly ran away, but moments after Brad tried to go to
sleep, it was back again. After chasing the rat away a few times,
encouraged by Natu who had woken up already, he looked at the bird.
"Can't you do something? I want to go back to sleep, and you Pokemon are
supposed to battle."
"You know, battle, fight. Make the Rattata faint."
"Natu..?" Natu tilted his head slightly.
"Let's go then." The Rattata was standing a few feet away from them, head
tilted, amazed at the scene between them. Brad looked at him, thinking
how those trainers handled this when they passed Mahogany Town, and went
to the local gym. He held out Natu's empty Pokeball. "Alright Rattata,
I've waited long for this moment. I have trained my Pokemon for.." No,
that one didn't work now. "My Pokemon is strong enough to defeat you. I
challenge you for the.." Not the badge, he remembered. Rattata usually
didn't give those out. ".. the right to sleep undisturbed with my
sleeping bag staying unharmed by you! Natu, I choose you." He prepared
for a dramatic throw of Natu's Pokeball when he realised Natu was
standing next to him. "Ehmm, Natu.." He tried to remember Natu's moves.
"Peck! Yes, peck!"
The two Pokemon looked at each other. "Natu." "Ratta. Rat rat ratta
rattata" "Natu na natu natu." The conversation continued for a while,
occasionally interrupted by Brad trying to get Natu to attack. Not much
later, the Rattata walked away, and Natu crawled back into the sleeping
bag, calling Brad, who watched the Rattata walk away until it had
disappeared into the night. He then crawled into the sleeping bag as
well, and went back to sleep.
He woke up the following morning, having slept undisturbed. After making
breakfast for him and Natu (he had bought some food for it before he
left) they went on their way again. "On to Ecruteak, my friend, and let's
hope we reach it today!"