Viria hummed a song as she went into the battle room, she looked around and though impressed, remarked that the gym back at home was a lot.. cooler, though she guessed it was the way it was to eliminate any unfair advantages for certain typings, she was excited to battle, and when her opponent came up, she sized up the guy, around her age, she nodded and then held her two pokeballs behind her back, waiting to see what pokemon she'd have to battle
And it almost was bad, a grass type a Oddish, luckily.. she had more than just her trusted partner, She tossed out the second pokeball "Let's go, Spearow!" She said, her feathered friend crooed out as it was let loose. "Aerial ace!" She called out immediately, not wanting to give her opponent any room to think about their move, though the opponent trainer got his pokemon to dodge the attack, making it so spearow had to pull up hard as to avoid crashing into the ground too hard "Uh-oh-" Viria said, cut off by her opponent giving their next order
"Razor leaf, oddish!" He said, pointing at the spearow, the oddish jumped up and then spun its head, shooting out razor sharp leaves toward the flying type
"G-get above it Spearow!" Viria said, Her pokemon quickly flapped its wings, and avoided the brunt of attack.. though, she got clipped by it "Hit them back with another aerial ace!" She called out, this cycle would repeat.. and though she won, her spearow wasn't exactly in tip top condition.. Viria smiled and congratulated the flying type, before thanking her opponent- at which point her next opponent would come up "A-Already?" She was surprised, showing she didnt exactly pay the most attention earlier when Felicia explained the mechanics to her.. never the less she steeled herself and recalled spearow, this time she didn't have a choice "Alright, Mako.. Let's do it!" She said
Her opponent, another guy but this time a little older than her.. He let out his Sableye, Viria was wowed by the pokemon- which she hasnt seen before "Whoa.. so cool.." She said, looking over it, though this momentary distraction let her opponent take the first move- Shadow sneak!
"Ah! Mako move-" Though it was too late, Mako had already taken the attack, but was still standing.. she let out a breath "Alright! Let's get back at him.. Use Bite Mako!"
Mako nodded, and with a growl he leapt forward with his maw ready to chomp down on his opponent!
"Let's win this!"
Viria let out a breath of relief as they got situated in their room, she was impressed with the technology in the pokecenter, she didn't even think it could look that advanced! Though, she still would mention that it couldn't replace their own back at home, she seemed.. especially sentimental about her hometown. She swung her legs as she sat on the bed, smiling as she watched her and her friends pokemon eat and "play".
"The battle tower? Heck yeah, that sounds great!" She said with her signature grin, she was already going on her own little tirade about strategy and what type of pokemon they might go up against- when She heard what Felicia whispered "Huh? Of course you will!" She said, patting her on the head to reassure her "As long as you trust each other and take care of each other.. I know you guys will do great" Viria was confident, as always.. not just about herself either, she really did believe that her friend would be a great trainer as well, and it was obvious with the way she spoke and gestured while trying to hype her up.
Mako happily accepted the pet's that his friend gave him, he seemed pretty happy all around, being with his trainer and all that. Viria herself smiled innocently "Pffft me? Never" She said "I wouldn't miss this trip for the world". She seemed pretty excited "I haven't actually been on a ferry like this though, just my grandparents fishing boat" She leaned over the railing a little dangerously, with Mako biting the end of her shirt to sort of pull her back away from the water, after awhile she did settle down and sit next to Felicia though, listening as Felicia told her about the gym.. though, she did suddenly brighten up when she mentioned a pokemon.. and she seemed even happier when she saw the pokemon
"Whoa! that's so cool!" She said, getting up and trying to pet it- only to pout as it backed up from her though it didn't affect her much, she regaled her friend with the story that her mother told her about how her great grandfather sailed all the way to the whirl islands and back to prove his worth to his lover, though she didn't really think it was real, it was still something cool to talk about.. and it was her favorite story to listen to growing up as well
When the large ship arrived in front of them.. she marveled at it "Whoa..." She said "That's way.. way bigger than any ship ive ever been on.." she said, nodding to felicia's comment "This is so exciting!" She said, humming and looking around as they arrived "Errr.. what about our accomodation though?" Viria tilted her head to one side.. though she was extremely excited to go up against the gym, she also wanted to see the sights somewhat
Viria and her mother had a nice.. long talk about what was going to happen.. of course the daughter was.. well, sad.. in the absence of her father, Viria's mother did everything for her she took care of her, raised her, and taught her everything she knew about.. everything, and now.. it was time for Viria to spread her wings and go on her own journey, the usually tough and cool looking girl was currently holding back tears as she was "Lectured" by her mother.
"Oh.. who am I kidding?" The mother couldn't help but shed a few tears as well, hugging her only daughter tight and running her fingers through her hair "I'm going to miss you so, so much Viria.. so you better be a great trainer, that way I can see you on TV all the time, okay?" She let out a small chuckle while trying to lighten the mood of both her and her daughter.
Viria nodded and squeezed her mother tight "I will! I promise, I'll be the best trainer in the world, You'll see!" She had determination and strength in her voice.. she wanted to make her mother proud, more than anything.
Her mother smiled and kissed her on the forehead, packing one more thing into her daughters backpack secretly, something she would need later on in her journey.. Viria got dressed and got ready to head out, she had everything she needed. the blonde girl turned to her mother and smiled brightly "I'll be going now.. I love, you mom!" She said before running off to meet with her friend, she was- a little late.. but never the less! she rushed to the port and got to the ferry quickly, upon seeing her friend Viria waved and called out to her "Felicia!" She called out, smiling brightly and accompanied by Mako, who was mimicking her movements and even calling out to Felicia in his own way.
Viria went wide eyed as she saw the three pokemon, sure.. she's seen some before, but none like these, they were all so cute and cuddly! But at the same time.. she was nervous, her choice here would set her on a path that would change her life "Whoa..." She said, and once again after being handed the pokedex, she looked through it, smiling as she looked at all of the entries on it, but.. there was already one that was calling out to her, one that she knew was the one.
Viria crouched down in front of the blue reptile, smiling a little and then patting it on the head "Hey, little guy.. you wanna come with me?" She asked, lifting it up as she got an affirming roar from the creature, she grinned and then stood up, keeping it close "I choose Totodile". Viria seemed over the moon with her new partner, which was shown by her hugging the Totodile rather close to her chest, and quietly whispering to it and snickering with it.. "I never thought I'd have a pokemon of my own one day" she said, still smiling like a kid in a candy shop, she then turned to her friend, Felicia.. excited to see what she would choose.
A woman with dark purple hair stood barefoot atop the cool sand as the sun began to raise on Cianwood City. The sea gently pushed its waves toward her, feeling the cool breeze get close, but fall back as the pattern repeated. The woman thought she'd seen a large blue creature far off in the ocean, but it was only a split second as it submerged itself. "Mantine..." She thought inquisitively, failing to get a closer look. "Those don't show up close to Cianwood often..." The coastal town was the westernmost in the region of Johto, split off from the rest. Due to its strange location, it wasn't a popular destination, but a Safari Zone was currently in construction. Only trainers, who the woman felt were just annoying tourists, came to battle at their Gym.
"Felicia!" The woman heard a grumbling voice from the beach house directly behind her. "I need your help with this!" Felicia was snapped back into reality. She didn't have a Pokémon to call her own, one that would give her a chance to finally leave this town to explore the world. All she did with her life was help her father's Shuckle juice business...
"Coming dad!" She ran up rickety wooden stairs, sliding open a screen door to see four red shells lined up with her father, Kirk, holding a woven basket filled to the brim with Grepa berries. Only found in the Hoenn region, Kirk grew the imported berries to give the juice a special enticing flavor. While it wasn't a super successful business, it paid the bills for the two business partners. "Can you take those jars to the pharmacy? Looks like our teammates made juice quickly last night!" He chuckled, sliding a berry into one of the shell's holes. Felicia rarely saw the Shuckle's soft yellow bodies inside of the shells, but the four Pokémon were friendly enough.
Grasping the jars two at a time, Felicia managed to fit 12 in the back of their pickup truck, driving the vehicle down a dirt path near them. Cianwood was far from a bustling location, but that meant most of the locals knew each other, with Felicia returning waves while into the cities' main area. Since they didn't have a Pokémart, all supplies were managed through the local pharmacy, just a few buildings away from the massive Gym that towered over them. "Hey Felicia! Great to-wow! That's gotta be a new record." A kind old woman, the owner of the Cianwood City Pharmacy, awed at the jars. "Heh. Yeah... They're really putting in the work, aren't they?" Helping get the juice into the market, the owner began to make more small talk.
"Did you hear you arrived yesterday?" The lady asked. Assuming it was another trainer, Felicia didn't care much. "No, who?" Putting the last jar on a nearby shelf, the lady responded. "Professor Elm is at the Pokémon Center. Apparently someone is getting their first Pokémon!" The purple haired woman was shocked to hear this. Not only did they almost never have people become trainers in Cianwood, but when they did, Elm would normally send one of his assistants. "THE Professor? Well, I gotta go see that." Running out the door, Felicia headed to the Center.
She had never become a trainer, opting to stay in town to help with the business once her mother had passed away, but she always liked seeing the three special Pokémon offered. The Pokémon Center, even more hi-tech than the Gym, had its glass doors slid open as Felicia walked inside. Thankfully, she'd arrived just in time. Elm, along with the resident Nurse Joy, stood in the middle of the main lobby. The Professor clipped open his briefcase to reveal three Pokéballs inside. Standing across from them was someone she thought she'd seen in Cianwood before, but wasn't 100 percent sure...