Thursday, March 24, 2011

Youngster Joey's Journal: Heading to Unova

I have always lived in Johto. I’d never even considered traveling very far from home, and maybe that’s why most people don’t take me that seriously. I know it’s not because of my ability. Rattata and I have been training for years to become the strongest combination every. I’ve literally fought thousands of trainers near my home, each beginning their own journey and traveling all over the region and beyond. Recently, I’ve heard amazing stories about these trainers. Being able to go where ever they want, defeat Gym Leaders, and become stronger… that is something I have always wanted to do.

A couple of months back, my Rattata which is known for its top percentage abilities, evolved into Raticate. At first I was a little upset, but then I realized that my Rattata was top percentage… but now I have a Raticate that is top percentage. Life is full of change and you have to adapt. I was ready for a change so I planned to hop a plane and head to Unova, a big step to someone who hasn’t even been to Kanto, the region closest to where I already live.

Unfortunately, the airline didn’t allow pokémon to travel, even in their pokéballs. I said goodbye to my Raticate and Rattatas and left them with my mom. I assured them that as soon as I could I’d have them transferred to me in Unova. It was sad, I had been training with those guys forever, but I knew I’d seen them again. The plane flight was crazy. I have never been flying before, ever. It was possibly the scariest thing I had ever done. I kept imagining the plane plummeting into the sea and getting attacked by Sharpedo. Once we touched down in Nuvema Town I ran off the plane and hugged a tree. Little did I know, I was being watched from nearby.

After I was sure the tree understood my heartfilled gratitude for being on the ground again, I headed for Prof. Juniper’s Lab. If I was to explore Unova, I’d need supplies. Nuvema Town was a little larger than I expected, so I ended up barging into several people’s homes before finding the lab. The good news was I was to explain to people in each of these homes how awesome Rattata are, and they were genuinely excited to hear my epic stories. It took so long recounting every battle I had ever had that before I knew it, it was night time. I figured that everyone at the lab had already gone home so I needed to stay a house nearby. Most of the townies said they were super busy and maybe I should just head to the next town so I could become a legend quicker. They really had my back, but I was tired. They looked pretty annoyied I wouldn't be able to excel that very night, those awesome guys. A lady living in town told me that their kid had just left on their own journey along with their two friends Cheren and Bianca. Since the kid was gone, I got to stay in their room, which was a complete mess by the way.

The next morning I left for the lab. On the way I talked to a couple people in town and learned about the three kids who had just left the day before on an errand for Prof. Juniper. I, myself, am no errand boy. I’m too extreme to be filling pokédexes or whatever. On the way to the lab I got a weird feeling. A feeling like I was being watched. I stopped and looked around, but all I saw were houses, bushes, and trees. All of a sudden from behind a bush a little brown pokémon jumped out. A nearby girl shrieked, “Eeeeee! A Patrat!” I had heard of Patrat, but I’d never seen one. IT.... WAS.... GLORIOUS. In a way, it reminded me of my old pal Rattata, except it stood on its hind legs and had a very extreme expression. It continued to stare and me, and the girl wouldn’t stop screaming so I had to come up with an idea quick. I started to run circles around the little guy and the Patrat just kept staring, following my movements, until it got dizzy and fell to the ground. I then threw a pokéball and caught it quite handily.

With Patrat by my side, I decided I didn’t need to see Prof. Juniper. I mean, I didn’t want to get stuck filling some ‘Dex anyway. So I decided to leave Nuvema and begin my journey. I let Patrat out of its pokéball and we started walking toward Route 1, the Route which would open up the rest of Unova and help me become top percentage.