Re: The Advantages of A Lonely Life
Chapter 4- Decisions
Sonorous was free. She was going to miss this place, but every silver lining has its cloud, she thought, rephrasing the common moral. Longing was a small price to pay in exchange for freedom. Hitching her backpack further over her shoulder, she set off for Professor Maple’s laboratory.
As she walked, she thought of her home town, Drafkil. It was a small town, popular mainly because of the laboratory, the Pokémon adoption agency and the Eevee expert. It had a cheerful aura which made it the ideal place for all of these attractions. Of course, just slightly out of town was a cemetery, but tourists rarely even found that place, never mind letting it spoil their visit. Sonorous loved the cemetery cause of the cute ghost types that hung around it. She made a mental note to stop and catch herself a Pokémon from there.
She paused. Sonorous thought she’d missed something, and she had. She had walked straight past the lab. She laughed quietly and retraced her steps. Professor Maple had a nice lab. A host of flowers occupied the front yard, some of which were actually Vileplume and Sunflora. A Floatzel saluted her before spraying a small quantity of water over the flowers. Sonorous nodded in recognition at the Pokémon. Taking a deep breath she enter Maple’s lab.
“Hello? Professor Maple? Are you in there?” she shouted into the echoing darkness.
“Kazam…” came a voice and glowing eyes opened.
“Oh, Alakazam! You’re there! Could you tell me where Professor Maple is?”
The spoons it held glowed with a purplish light before pointing to the left.
“Thanks for your help, Alakazam!” she replied happily before setting off in that direction. The spoons stopped glowing and its eyes shut, returning to its thoughts.
Professor Maple was a bookish sort, with her blue hair split into two plaits, green eyes with thick red glasses, she certainly wouldn’t out of place in a library.
“Ah, Sonorous, I was expecting you!”
“Nice to see you, professor.” She replied, respectfully.
“I suppose you’re here for the starter courses?” she asked, cocking her head to one side. Sonorous nodded. Starter courses were something unique to the Kalayan region. Due to the large numbers of Pokémon getting hurt due to unprepared trainers, they put these in place. They usually came with all the items you’d need for a journey and a few lessons.
“We have a few different courses available at the minute, the standard course which is free and comes with a Pokédex, a starter of your choice and lessons on Pokémon First aid and Pokémon laws. The Second-Grade course which costs 500 Pokédollars and comes with a Pokédex, starter of your choice, a first aid kit and lessons on Battling principles, Pokémon First Aid and Pokémon laws. Finally, the Third-Grade course which costs 1000 Pokédollars and comes with a custom Pokédex, starter of your choice, first aid kit, five Pokéballs, A Level-Up Book and lessons on Pokémon First Aid, Pokémon Laws, Battling Principles and Pokémon psychology.” The professor said, counting them upon her fingers. Sonorous replied immediately.
“The Third-Grade, please.”
Professor Maple smiled and shuffled over to the other side of the room, wading through various books and leaflets and stopping to pick up a book. She threw it across the room for Sonorous catch, who managed this quite well, considering quite how scary it is having a 1000 page book being thrown at your face.
“That’s your Level-Up Book, it has all the attacks Pokémon learn, at what level, and what egg moves they can learn. It also has tips on training Pokémon in it, quite a valuable asset, although admittedly, a rather heavy one. Sonorous smiled and, internally grimacing, put it in her backpack. The professor grabbed two boxes, a red one with a white cross on it and a studded silver one. Wading back over, she offered the red and white one to Sonorous.
“That’s your First Aid box. It already has quite a few medicines in it but should you need to buy more, just mention that you’re using a First Aid box and they should offer you a more suitably sized packet,” she explained. Opening the silver box, she revealed a wide array of designer Pokédex’. “Most beginners get the plain red design, but since you chose the last course, you get to pick. Go on, have a look.”
Sonorous looked down in awe at the brand new devices. There was every design you could ever wish for. Ones in plain colours, glittery ones, rainbows ones, ones with different Pokémon engraved on them, pearly iridescent ones, even different shaped ones. It was a difficult choice, but she finally pointed to a black one with a Mismagius engraved on it. Maple looked a little disconcerted before regaining her composure and handing it over. Well someone’s gotta take it I suppose, she thought. Moving back across the small obstacle course of books, Maple took a few Pokéballs off the side and handed them to her.
“Finally, the part you’ve no doubt been waiting for, time to pick your starter!” she said, with a grin. Sonorous smiled back eagerly, feeling like punching the air. “I’ll give you a couple of options; the first is you can look though my list of allowable Pokémon. Of course, not all Pokémon can be given away as starters,” Sonorous’ face dropped a little, remembering how rare Eevee was. “However, it somehow leaked out that we had a new shipment today and there are a few more options available now. The second is we can take a trip over to the Adoption Agency and pick a Pokémon from there, and give a neglected, unwanted or abused Pokémon a new chance at life.”
Sonorous faced a big decision now; get a brand new Eevee from Professor Maple, or check out the Adoption Agency for one? If she got one from Professor Maple she’d have had it from the very beginning and it would all be her hard work that made her Pokémon strong. She’d also have control over its moves. On the other hand, if she went to the Adoption Agency, she cold rescue a Pokémon, it would be at a higher level as well. She had to admit that she felt sorry for the Pokémon there. She made a decision.