From: "Bonus Island" <petermarshallfan2002@yahoo.com> Subject: Re: [PW!] This Could be the Start of Something...... Date: Monday, January 19, 2004 8:03 PM [I'm not sure if you'll even see this, as I've been having serious computer trouble. So, I'm just going to try to finish this as quick as I can, and I'll work something out to resolve the little glitches in it for the future. I guess this should be an NC tagged story, as I made it rather hard for others to get involved. That's the glitch I'm working on fixing, and I should have it resolved by the next installment.] ------------------------------------------------------------- > The boy stepped off the ship onto the sandy beaches of an Orange > Island. He really didn't know his exact location, but he figured he'd > find out soon enough. A warm breeze blew through his hair, and he felt > it refreshing. > > "This is a nice place," he thought. "I could get used to this." > > His name was Russell Lackey, however he prefered to be called Russ. > The situations that brought him to the Orange Islands were not happy > ones--his grandfather, who had raised him in Goldenrod for most of his > life, had just passed away. Russ knew not the locations of any > relatives or anywhere he could go, so he packed a few possessions and > set off to see the world. > > He might have been awfully lonely, had it not been for his travelling > companion, a Porygon he had had since he was 8. The Porygon was the > closest thing to family that Russ had, and the two were very close > friends. > > "Pory!" piped up the small Pokémon as Russ began daydreaming. > > "You're hungry, aren't you, pal?" > > The Porygon nodded in acknowledgement. > > "Let's get going and see if we can't find a place to grab a bite, > then." > > Together, Russ and Porygon began their trip through the city. It was > quite a nice city, with many different attractions. One thing was on > both their minds at the time--food. Finally, they found a café and > settled in for a rest. > > "May I take your order?" a waiter asked to the pair. > > "I'll take a hamburger," Russ said. "And my friend here would like an > ice cream cone." > > "Right away," the waiter replied. > > The food came fairly quickly, and to the delight of the hungry Russ > and his Porygon, were quite large portions. They began to happily eat, > when a girl approached the table. > > "Do you mind if I sit here?" she inquired. > > Russ looked up, and to his surprise he noticed that the café was now > full to the brim with customers. He had been in the "no seats left" > situation before, so he understood her. > > "Why, sure. I don't mind at all," Russ replied. > > "Thank you very much, sir! You're quite a gentleman. Say, I've never > seen you around here before. What's your name?" > > "Russ Lackey. I came from Goldenrod." > > "Mine's Laurie. Nice to meet you, Russ!" > > "Where exactly is this place?" Russ asked, still baffled by their > location. > > "Valencia Island. It's really beautiful down here this time of year." > > "Yes, it is! What kind of things are on this island?" > > "There's lots of good fruit in that lush forest to the north, and the > laboratory of Professor Ivy is to the northeast." > > "Professor Ivy?" > > "She's an expert on Pokémon, and knows a particularly good amount > about the difference between Pokémon from where you come from and > those down here. She's really a kind person, so if you ever run into > her, she'll help you out." Night had fallen on Valencia Island. Russ and his Porygon had very little to occupy their time, and they weren't ready to turn in yet, so they wandered into the forest. "I remember Laurie mentioning that there was good fruit in this forest," Russ said. "Porygon, want to go look for some?" "Gon!" the Pokémon said. It was still quite energetic despite not having rested the whole day. "I'll take that as a yes!" Russ chuckled, and they continued their venture. It wasn't long before they happened upon a bush lush with Berries. Russ and Porygon took close looks at the fruit. "It looks like good fruit," Russ said. "But we can't be too sure if it's poisonous or not. We'll take some and go back to town, and find out about it." Porygon nodded lightly in agreement. They picked off a few Berries, put them in Russ's backpack, and were about to leave....until they heard branches snapping nearby. "Someone's coming." Russ nervously observed. It wasn't long before the form of a person appeared in the shadows. It was a boy, who appeared to be about Russ's age. He went right up to the Berry bush before he noticed the pair. "Hello!" he exclaimed. "I'm Louie. What's your name?" (Ed. note: at this time, he's an NPC) "Russ." "I guess you and your Pokémon have been here picking Berries too, eh? Say..what kind of Pokémon is it?" "It's a Porygon. I've had him for a long time." "Porygon...hmm, I don't think I've ever seen one of those before." Louie pulled out a small red device from his pocket. "Pokédex, give me information on Porygon." The computer beeped, then replied, "Porygon. The virtual Pokémon. Porygon are unusual Pokémon that are composed of computer data." "Wow...that thing is pretty sharp," Russ marveled. "What is it?" "It's a Pokédex. It gives me information on Pokémon upon my request. I got it from Professor Ivy when I started as a trainer." "I take it you have a Pokémon too, then." "Yup. Only one, though. Want to battle?" Russ looked down at Porygon. "What do you think?" Porygon looked back and said "Porygon!" It was ready. "I guess so. Let's do it!" Russ had watched the Pokémon League battles on television before, so he had some idea of what to do. "OK! Go, Venonat!" Louie threw a Poké Ball and the bug Pokémon appeared. "I'll let you go first, Russ." "Thank you. Porygon, use Tackle!" "Porrrrrrry!" Porygon dashed at Venonat, hitting it. The Venonat made a slight backwards recoil. "Not bad," Louie said. "Venonat, Tackle it right back!" "Venonat!" yelled the Pokémon. In a similar move to Porygon's, it dashed at its opponent and knocked it back a bit. "Porygon, hit it with another Tackle!" This attack was more fierce than the last, and Venonat took quite a blow. "Very good, Russ. Very good. Venonat, use Psybeam!" "Veno....." the Venonat was still. Suddenly its eyes began to glow and soon enough it fired a beam of light at Porygon, hitting it hard. "Porygon!" it cried. "Porygon, use another Tackle!" But it was in vain, Russ had lost. Porygon collapsed into the grass. "Sorry, Russ, looks like I won this one. Now I have to go. Venonat, come back!" The Venonat recalled back into the Poké Ball, and Louie left. Russ ran to the side of his injured Porygon. "Porygon, are you OK?" "Por...Pory..." it said, weakly. "We better get you some help. But....I have no idea where we are!" Russ picked up the hurt Pokémon in his arms, randomly chose a direction, and ran that way. He hadn't been running all that long when a large building came into view. "Don't worry, pal, you'll be better soon," he said to Porygon. Finally, he reached the door of the huge building. Sheepishly, he rung the bell, hoping he wouldn't wake anybody. To his surprise, a short girl with large glasses answered rather quickly. "Can I help you?" she asked. "My...my Pokémon got hurt," he stammered. "Can you help me?" "Sure, I think we can help you. Come on in!" Russ entered the building. Inside, he noticed it was rather disorganized, but comfortable overall. The girl who answered the door ran up a staircase looking for someone. "Professor, professor!" Russ heard the girl yell. "We've got a visitor with a hurt Pokémon! He needs help!" "I'm coming. It isn't Louie, is it?" "No...I've never seen this one around before." The girl came back down the stairs, and behind her was a tall woman with distinctive purple hair. "I'm Professor Ivy," she said. "I see your Porygon is hurt. Don't worry, I can help it. Sit down and relax." ------------------------------------------- to be continued.......