"Ah yes, a BULBASAUR! Excellent choice, A!" Professor Oak exclaimed.
"Huh?" she replied. Looking to her hand, A realized that she was holding Pokeball, and in front of laid a Machop, taking a nap.
"A…Bulbasaur?…" she asked.
"SWEET! A HORSEA! Way better than YOUR Pokemon, A!" Green Sneered with his new partner.
"Hor-SEAAA~" it exclaimed.
Funny, A could barely recollect getting up this morning. She remembered tossing and turning last night with excitement of her Pokemon journey the next day, but her morning - saying goodbye to her mom, meeting Oak outside - was a blur, like, watching a movie on fast forward. Ah well, probably nothing.
"Green, hush! Now then, would you two like to give your Pokemon nicknames?" Oak asked her.
"Nah Gramps," he replied, "Horsea doesn’t need a nickname, he’s plenty awesome as is!"
"Well aren’t you full of yourself today Green?…" A asked.
"Psh, face it A, that Slowpoke you call a Machop isn’t fit against my new Poke-OW!" Green explained before getting beaned with a science textbook.
Turns out the cause of that was none other than A’s Machop, taking a nap in the open space of one of the lab’s bookcases. One of his feet must’ve knocked down the book that hit Green.
"Wha? But…GRAMPS HOW DID HE EVEN???" Green demanded to know.
"Well," Oak exclaimed impressed and amused, "looks like your Machop’s got the Truant ability, quite a unique one indeed!"
"Gee," she said, "looks like you’re a mischievous one, even if you are a little lazy.
Her Machop opened an eye, and smirked, making it all too clear that he didn’t care for Gary either, and that was no accident.
Smiling, she gently picked him up, and cradled him.
"Aw…you and me are sure to get into some mischief, aren’t we….saaay…I got it! I’ll call you Hijinks!"
With his eyes still closed, Hijinks smiled at the mere utterance of his new name, and A instantly knew, that they were meant to be partners.
"Thanks professor! Thank
After fighting with green, and training in the tall grass, Hijinks had almost weakened Surskit to prime catching levels.
"Alright Hijinks, USE ARM THRUST!" she exclaimed.
"Machop…" Hijinks replied, laying on his back, needing to take a breather after his last attack.
"Hijiiinks!" she whined, "Awww, dumb Truant…oh well what’s a little Surskit gonna do in one turn any-"
"Suuuuuuuuurs-KIIIIIIT!!!" their opponent exclaimed. After that, a bright white beam of energy charged quickly toward them. With no time to react, the beam struck them both. After the smoke started to clear, the little voice in A’s head reminded her that all Surskits know Hyper Beam. Duh.
Slowly regaining her bearings, she stood up, looked down and noticed she was holding the ball of her new partner.
"Heh, welcome to the team Lazerbug!" she exclaimed, "C’mon Hijinks, let’s look for some more pals we can add to our team!"
Slouching, Hijinks followed A through the tall grass. He spotted something scurrying in the tall grass.
"MACHOP!" he shouted to A.
"What is it Hijinks???" she replied, running toward him.
When she reached him, she stood calmly and still waiting to see what would pop out of the grass. Perhaps another old Zigzagoon, or another Smeargle. But she was surprised when she was greeted by a Pokemon she had never seen up close before.
"MARILL!" it exclaimed, looking like she was ready to fight.
"WHOA! A MARILL! C’mon Hijinks! Let’s…let’s…let’s keep going…" A said.
"Chop?" he replied, wondering why A would pass up an opportunity to catch this new Pokemon.
"C’mon, we’ve been training for a while, and Green might be ahead of us, remember?"
Yes, that he was. Even if she wanted to catch that Marill, she just felt willed to do something else. It was almost like the voice in A’s head wanted to give her a well deserved rest.
After that, they were off. A and Hijinks ran to Viridian City to continue their normal day in Kanto, and the start of a new adventure for a promising young trainer…