Post by Auric Galvan on Nov 9, 2012 23:37:52 GMT -6
Auric had finally made it to the Pokemon Lab. It had been an extensive trip to get here. Much to his dismay, he was going to have to turn around and head right back the way he came, for the most part, to move through the easiest path on his journey. Some of the stops would be in a different order, but overall the path was the same. Still, the return trip would be harder, longer, and far more intense than his current trip. As he opened the front door to the lab and stepped inside a feeling of accomplishment filled him at having taken so many steps only to begin his journey. He had a feeling that most trainers didn't have such a daunting task to undertake before they even got their first Pokemon. Maybe the struggle to get here would make his adventures a bit more fluid and less stressful since he had traveling experience under his belt already.
He shrugged and took a deep breath as he looked around, wondering where the Professor might be or if they were even here right now at all. He'd heard that the Professor here was sort of unpredictable, and that the Pokemon she offered to new trainers were almost never the same. He had a plan of sorts, though. One that could make or break his journey from the start. But he was ready to accept the consequences of his decision, for they were his alone to deal with. If they presented a challenge to him then overcoming that challenge would be the first step in becoming a Pokemon Master.
"Hello?" The young man called out through the lab, hoping for a reply.
Post by Professor Conifer on Nov 10, 2012 0:32:59 GMT -6
Footsteps, or rather, pawsteps, sounded right after Auric had spoken. Not a moment later a giant blue doggish head popped around the corner, the beast's mouth full of... was that papers? She arched a brow and tossed her head back, purple mane rippling. The Suicune promptly spit out the documents and side-stepped, sort of glowering in the direction from which she'd just come in a tired manner.
Suddenly, there was a clatter, a woman appearing after. The legendary dog took that as her cue and lifted her head, staring at Auric before walking over to a far-off corner of the lab. The woman cried out in alarm when she noticed the scattered papers, flailing about this way and that as she tried to gather her bearings.
"Ranny, you were supposed to be helping me, not--oh, hello!" Pushing her glasses back on her nose, Professor Conifer finally spotted the trainer-to-be and grinned sheepishly. "Ah, I see now. We have a little interruption here! Not to worry though, an aspiring trainer is always attended to first, especially in these times."
Flattening her hair and fixing her lab coat, the woman stood waving the teen over to her before following the Suicune. She hurried to a large array of computers and, pushing what seemed to be a random button, a large light above flickered on. A whirr sounded and several pedestals began to rise from the ground, linoleum tiles parting to reveal them. The first was lined with various boxes of items, the second had bags and pokedexes of various colors, and the third contained three violet pokeballs. Once the pedestals clicked into place, another dimmer light was flipped on. A small pen was revealed, and within were six starter pokemon, pre-released from pokeballs. A Cyndaquil was napping while a Treecko poked idly at the pen bars, to name a few.
"Now then!" Professor Conifer beamed, clapping her hands together. "Time to choose a pokemon! Coordinators and breeders may choose two partners this year, while Trainers and Racers may only take one. The unreleased pokeballs are what we call Mystery Balls. Everyone is entitled to one and one only, and I've seen anything from a Feebas to a Mewtwo pop out. Once you've made your choice, you cannot go back, so beware!" Her gleam died down a bit as she looked to the items. "Feel free to grab a bag, pokedex, and items after you've chosen your pokemon. However, only Breeders may take the box of items that contains the blue fabric - that's a Victory Scarf. It's been swapped out for pokeballs, obviously. Anyway, proceed when ready!"
Post by Auric Galvan on Nov 10, 2012 0:54:44 GMT -6
A nervous grin spread across his face as the sounds got closer to him. His eyes widened as he saw the head of a Suicune pop around to greet him. He didn't know a lot about Pokemon, but he knew enough to realize that a legendary pokemon had just stepped forward to greet him with a mouthful of papers. He didn't even pay attention to the fact that the papers were scattered about. When the professor did arrive shortly behind her 'assistant' he immediately knelt down and started picking up papers before she said anything.
But to his dismay she uttered a few more words and then motioned for him to follow without even giving a second glance to the pages that were tossed about on the floor. As if following suit, Auric let the papers fall from his grasp and hurried along behind her in hopes of getting his journey set in motion at last. He came to a halt as she sat in front of the Computer, the machine whirred and buzzed to life. It created a very brief and unique light show before the pedestals snapped into place and the lighting stabilized.
She gave an explanation of what everything was. His eyes followed along as she described the contents of each box as well as mentioning the starter pokemon and the mystery balls that sat on one of the pedestals. He smiled at her and nodded in understanding. It was a lot of information to take in at once, but he listened well and he was certain of his decision already. He stepped forward and stopped in front of the third pedestal, his right hand extending over the trio of violet orbs. His open palm hovered over them for a moment and he closed his eyes. His face took a very solemn expression and he lowered his hand onto the middle pokeball, his fingers wrapping around it tightly as he picked it up and opened his eyes again. He glanced over to the professor again and nodded once more. "I choose this one to be my first Pokemon." A seemingly random choice, but one he had a good reason for. He would leave this place with a partner pokemon one way or another. Just like he would leave this place on a journey one way or another. And like all roads, that path would eventually come to an end. Those things were definite. He couldn't change them. It was the middle...the journey that mattered. And that journey would be filled with twists, turns, surprises, and uncertainties. To start it off with anything but the hands of fate guiding him would be a fool's way. To be prepared for the unexpected, you had to put uncertainty in your corner. With a wild card in his pokeball, he'd have just that.
He began to pick up his other items as well, getting them into his backpack in all the proper places as he waited for further instructions from her. He didn't open his pokeball just yet. He was waiting for the right moment.
Post by Professor Conifer on Nov 10, 2012 1:23:33 GMT -6
The Professor leeeeeeaned in and watched Auric carefully as he strode forward and chose one of the Mystery Balls with purpose, pausing as she waited for him to open his pokeball. And she waited. And waited. And waited some more. This was most odd! Most people revealed their Mystery Balls right away, but obviously this fellow was different. Even Ranny had an eye open as she lay sprawled out on the other side of the lab. Seemed he wanted to get everything else in order first. Not a problem at all.
However, after he was done, he looked back to her. Was he waiting on something? Confused, Conifer tilted her head and pushed a strand of black hair behind her ear. Um... okay? This was different. Clearing her throat, she offered him a smile and started to speak again.
"After you release your pokemon, you can go ahead and be on your way. Route 801 is right outside the lab and will take you straight to Gustella, where the first Gym is. Is something the matter?" she asked him.
Post by Auric Galvan on Nov 10, 2012 1:33:50 GMT -6
He took the messenger style pack to the right of the center one. He was loading his items into it, taking the vibrant green looking Pokedex from among his choices. Her response surprised him a little, but he shook his head and grinned. "Didn't mean to bother you. I was savoring the moment a little while I packed the rest of my things. It's not like I can relive this moment, you know? The first Pokemon I get...It only happens once," he says while letting out a hearty laugh.
Still, she was right to nudge him along. And if he couldn't leave until he'd revealed his Pokemon, then so be it. He held the ball out in front of him and sent out the creature that was held inside. In this moment he would see just what sort of luck he had. Who would fate have in store for him to travel and grow alongside? He stared intently at the end of the red beam as the Pokemon materialized from within the ball.
Post by Professor Conifer on Nov 10, 2012 1:57:26 GMT -6
The woman's smile slowly transformed into one of adoration, eyes seeming to fade as she returned to a time when she too had received her first pokemon. Nodding slowly, she crossed her arms behind her back, a sign of understanding. "Don't worry about it. Proceed" she stated simply, noticing that Ranny had completely fallen asleep now and was rolled over onto her back, snoring loudly. Silly beast.
Once the red beam was summoned from the pokeball's button, an elongated, awkward shape began to appear on the ground below Auric. For a moment the form bulged and thinned, wobbling around everywhere before a final shape was taken. It was still somewhat awkward, but a slight humanoid figure was apparent despite the pokemon's overly large head. Instantly he looked up and into his new trainer's eyes, the green circles lighting up in a bizarre pattern, as did the glowing circles on his hands. The blue-gray psychic type clapped his 'hands' once before looking around, his interest piqued when he noticed Ranny. Slowly, he floated over to the sleeping Suicune, tilting his head back and forth as he watched carefully.
"Curious, that one" the Professor noted, still smiling "and adorable. I wish you two the best of luck!"