Long ago and far away, a girl stomped into Professor Oak's Pokemon laboratory. She looked aggravated and tired, like she hadn't gotten enough sleep. She really was ticked off - her friend Dredd had told her that starting a Pokemon journey would be a great idea, but she certainly didn't like the 'early-rising' aspect of it. As the girl slammed the glass lab doors open, the Professor looked up sharply. Several Trainers had already been by. As far as the girl was concerned she was early; as far as Oak was concerned she was late.
Oak opened his mouth, but the girl preempted him. "Look, I just want my Charmander and my starting kit and my Trainer ID, okay?" she growled. Oak looked annoyed at her brusqueness, but he nodded curtly and handed her one of the leftover packs of supplies. "I'll get your Pokemon and your ID in order... You said you wanted Charmander, right?"
"Very well," Oak plucked a Pokeball off the table and tossed it to the girl. "Here you are. And your name is?"
"Alice Card," the girl grunted, preoccupied by the Pokeball. It felt warm, like a little heart. Professor Oak walked off to put her ID together, and Alice released the Pokemon into the lab.
"Char!" it squealed, delighted to find freedom. Not even grouchy Alice could help but smile at the creature's delighted expression. After a moment's consideration, she decided to call it Saarn, out of a character in one of her favorite books.
"Hello, little lizard. We're going to go on a Pokemon journey. You like the sound of that?"
"Charmander!" the fire-type agreed heartily. Oak came back at that moment, handing Alice her ID. After telling her to be careful and obey the law and have fun and such, he sent Alice and Saarn right on their merry way.