Chapter 1. A bit of history
It was a cool summer night in the desert city. Another day of successful training, and Justy felt good. His dark blue hair rested just above his shoulders as he sat back and stared over his city. Being the leader of the only gym in the entire Orre region, his days were busy with trainers and training, and his evenings were full of paperwork. Tonight, he had no paperwork and no worries, so he decided to relax in the open air. Life seemed peaceful, but just this once.
Little did he know, his life changed as something caught his eye just then. Looking out past the West wall of Phenac city, he saw a bright white light shining in the distance. His breath caught in his throat long enough for the light to fade. Fear crept into his mind, for had learned that a sign like that could be a warning. Thoughts of the town prior troubles haunted everyone who had lived him, Justy being no exception.
Without hesitation, he jumped off the building's roof onto the cool stone sidewalk below. He wasted not a moment as he ran for the West Gate of the city, while at the same time taking a Poke Ball out from his pocket.
He tossed it into the air and shouted "Gliscor, come on out. I need your help." It opened, allowing a white figure to burst from the brilliant red light. The white figure took shape and its colors returned to their original. The Pokemon looked like some dark creature with the fangs and claws it bore. Its large sail like wings allowed for a smooth decent, giving a delighted cry as it landed on its stinger like tail.
Justy ran up to his cherished Pokemon and spoke quietly "I need you to take me west of the city. When we get close enough, I will give you specific directions on where to go."
Gliscor nodded in agreement and took off into the air, leaving its tail in an arch for Justy to jump up onto and stand on. Silently, they headed in their intended direction.
It took several minutes until Justy felt they were close enough. "Look around here for anything unusual. I saw an odd light from the city." He shouted over the desert winds.
Gliscor nodded again and began to survey the landscape.
Justy did the same, mentally praying for any sign of what may have caused the light. His search was fruitless until he saw a motionless shape on the sand below. Disturbed by the sudden change in the dark landscape, he decided to investigate. "Gliscor land there. But be careful. We don't know what it is."
"Gliscor called out in agreement and began to lower to the ground.
Justy jumped from Gliscors tail when it was safe and landed on the cold sand with a soft "thud". The shape was only a few feet away, and once Justy had a better look of it, he realized it was a boy. Alarmed, he rushed forward and found the boy unconscious on the ground. His breaths were shallow and far between. Justy turned the boy on his back and was given his first glimpse of the boy's features. His shaggy brown hair and semi defined features gave Justy the impression of a young teenager, but this boy was in far to foul a shape to be sure. It almost appeared that with each breath, his body color slowly grew paler.
Justy cursed under his breath at the state of the boy, but took immediate action. He turned to Gliscor, whom was only several feet behind him scanning the landscape for any other disturbances. Justy called his Pokemon just as it appeared to have focused on something, but game to his trainers call. "I need you to rush this boy to the Pokemon Center now. He's in bad shape. I'll be right behind you, so don't worry." He said calmly, working to keep his own emotions under check.
Gliscor, though slightly disappointed, did as commanded. With a single launch of his tail, he flew over the unconscious boy and gently wrapped his tail around his lifeless body. This task was one trained over countless hours in case of an emergency situation, this fitting too well. It wasn't long before his trainer was out of sight.
Justy waited until the duo was out of sight until he dared to look north. His fears hadn't been quelled, but stirred like embers on a fire. He hadn't found any sign of the light he had seen earlier, but instead an abandoned boy. Although he was glad that he had done so, he hadn't answered any of his own questions. Almost tempted to head in the direction of his best guess at a cause, he determined it best to return to the city. Something told him his answers weren't going to be where he had expected them to be.
Instead, he retrieved another Poke ball from his belt. Without hesitation, he threw the small capsule high enough in the air for its guest to appear comfortably. "Probopass I need your assistance!!" He shouted as the familiar red light formed, taking the shape of a rather peculiar Pokemon. Whether it be the large red nose, bushy black mustache, stony body or even the three small aliened figures hovering around its body, it mattered not. This was one of his greatest friends, and he knew he was going to have to rely on it once again.
Justy walked up to it and began rubbing its head, having to reach up in order to compensate for the size difference and the lack of levitation he had in comparison to his counterpart. "Sorry for bringing you out again. I know you had a very busy day with all the challengers. All I need you for is to take me back to Phenac. It's a bit of an emergency." He said quietly. Though alone, he still feared attracting any unwanted attention.
Probopass smiled and lowered itself to the ground, allowing Justy to climb on top of its head. Rising once more, the two of them rushed towards the city.
The sound of the rushing wind was what caused him to stir. Neither his mind nor his body wished to work as he willed them to, allowing him only to look though his semi closed eyes. Still, it was enough for him to see the sands below him pass by as though they were moving themselves. A sight of a purple pincer swinging past brought images of the Pokemon it belonged to into his mind. "A .a Gliscor.." He whispered in his one thought before he felt the world grow dark again.
Justy arrived at the gates of Phenac a short while after departing from his landing spot in the desert. . He turned and recalled Probopass to its Poke ball in order to let it rest; it was clear that the tired Pokemon needed it. Turning on the heels of his shoes, he ran into the cities gates and immediately turned right. Knowing the layout if his hometown, he found his familiar path to the Pokemon center a blur as he sprinted through the moonlit city. Seeing the bright red lights of the center growing larger, he allowed his legs to decrease their speed. Within moments, he burst into the lobby of the spacious facility.
The nurse on duty as well as his Gliscor were there to meet him. Her long blue hair was a stark contrast to the white dress she wore. Its condition showed she was a newer employee, but her soft features showed worry as a familiar face came towards her.
"Is the boy all right" Justy asked with great urgency in his voice. His fatigue had caught up to him, because he began gasping for breath as though it were some sort of rare treasure. Still, he couldn't help but feel his heart flutter as the nurse before him smiled in the way only she could.
"'Despite his appearance, his condition is stable and he is in good health. He shows signs of severe exhaustion and a minor concussion, but he'll turn out fine." Just as she said that, a Chansey appeared from the doorway behind her. Turning, the nurse spoke in a sift tone. "Is he awake?" She asked.
Chansey shook her head. Still, she wore a smile that showed that there was little left for them to worry about. Justy, feeling relieved at the news, turned back to the nurse. "May I see him?"
The nurse nodded and waved him towards the hall. "Of course".
Justy walked past the desk and into the hallway the Chansey had come out of. The Chansey led him down the hall and to a room near the end on the right. Justy waved the Chansey good bye and entered to see the boy lying down on the bed, asleep.
Justy sat in a chair and began examining the boy with great detail. Now that he had a closer look, he realized the boy looked more mature than he had thought. He had boyish features that would be found very attractive once he grew into them. His size was also fitting of his apparent age, although he appeared rather skinny for his age. Still, Justy found that he was in good shape. Even now, there was a new flood of color that had returned to his skin. Observing closely, he saw that the young man was clad in white silk clothing, similar to what was found in a hospital.
He then noticed a black ring encircling the boys right wrist. Looking closely, he could see that the ring actually appeared to a something close to a tattoo, although is contained no emblems or words. Simply a black line. "Interesting" Justy said quietly.
Feeling as though he was satisfied with what he had seen, Justy stood to leave. The sound of stirring clothe caused him to turn back to see the boy sitting up, apparently having been awoken by his presence. Returning to his seat, Justy waited for the dazed boy to notice him.
The boy sat up, more awake than before. This time, he wasn't in the air, but in a soft bed of a large building. He began rubbing the back of his head due to the slight pain he had when he noticed the stranger sitting in a chair next to him. Smiling, he turned to the strange man for a better glimpse. "Hi .Do I know you?"
Justy smirked at the frankness of the question and replied in a happy tone "I think not, but I'm curious as to whom you do know, but that's for another time." Justy sighed with relief and began speaking again "How are you feeling?"
The boy, though still dazed, was happy that he had awakened to a warm face. Despite the ache he felt in his head, he pressed on. "I'm feeling better, thanks to that Gliscor I think."
Justy was slightly taken aback. Usually, trainers from Orre had never heard of a Gliscor. The only way he had known was because he had been told that there were items in the region of Sinnoh that he could use to help train his Pokemon. Upon a visit there, he had been given the opportunity to evolve several of his own Pokemon that evolved specifically in the Sinnoh region. Upon returning, he brought with him several new and exotic Pokemon not found in Orre.
Before given the opportunity to speak, the boy spoke up once more. "Are you that Gliscors trainer?" He had much hope in his eyes when he said this.
Justy smiled and took Gliscors Poke ball back out of his pocket. He released Gliscor again, who was in a good mood as always.
The boys face lit up and he began to speak rapidly "Wow, those are really rare. I've only heard of them in Sinnoh. Are you from there? Or did you catch a Gligar here and go to Sinnoh to evolve it?" He reached out and began stroking Gliscors ears, to its delight.
Justy was in shock. Not only did this boy know what a Gliscor was, he also knew a lot about it. Justy was certain he must be a Sinnoh trainer to know that much at such a young age.
The boy turned to Justy and asked "What is your name sir?
Justy, blushing because he had forgotten his own manners, introduced himself "I am Justy, the gym leader for the prestigious Phenac City gym. And who might you be?"
At this, the boys face seemed to darken. He replied after a few moments or what seemed like empty thought. "I don't know."
"Care to explain? I mean, certainly you must know of something about yourself." Justy, refusing to believe what he had been told.
The boy shook his head, clearly telling the truth from the sorrow in his eyes. "I have no reason to lie to you. I don't remember anything about myself other than I'm 13. I don't know why that's all I can remember, and I admit it seems rather cliché, but it's the truth."
Justy sighed and looked down at the floor. No clues as to who this boy was, or where he had come from. Only his age and his knowledge could provide any clues. Justy looked up and asked a simple question "How much do you know about Pokemon? You knew what my Gliscor was, so I'm guessing you're from Sinnoh."
The boy looked down, now deep in thought. "I don't know, maybe. But it's not just Sinnoh pokemon. I know quite a bit about a lot of Pokemon from a lot of regions."
Justy thought for a moment, and decided to test this theory. He pulled out another Poke ball, and released the Pokemon inside without saying its name. The Poke Ball opened to reveal a cute blue and white Pokemon, the two halves of its body horizontally spilt for the two colors. The zigzag tail and long ears added to the appeal the Pokemon already head, but the smile it gave was what served as the finishing touch.
Before Justy had the time to finish, the boy reached out of his bed and hugged the Pokemon. It smiled as the boy yelled "This is such an adorable Azumarill!! Really healthy and strong too!!"
The Pokemon, unable to hold it in, gave a loud cry that proved his guess and hugged the boy back.
Justy smiled. This boy was gifted. He knew much about Pokemon, or at least Justy hoped. He also almost wished that this was just a fluke, because Justy didn't know anywhere near as much as this boy did at such a young age.
Justy, deep in thought, didn't notice the boy whispering into the ear of the water type until the Azumarill, unable to resist, fired a stream of bubbles at the boy sitting on the bed. The Bubblebeam attack, though minor, was still powerful enough to blast the boy off of the bed and into the wall.
Justy snapped back to reality when he saw boy fall onto the floor. Justy stood up and was about to check on the boy when he saw him spring up from the floor and onto his feet.
The boy was soaked but excited as he spoke. "That was incredible. I wish you would have used a stronger one though." For some apparent reason, the move had only excited the boy more instead of injuring him.
Justy sighed and returned a worried Azumarill and Gliscor back to their Poke balls. He then turned to the boy. "First, no trying to hurt yourself. Second, you need to rest. You had a long night, and a growing boy like you needs your sleep." The boy was about to object when Justy cut him off and continued "You need your rest. You will need it for the stress that comes tomorrow."
The boy understood. Shaking himself a bit and accepting a towel that Justy had retrieved from a drawer, he dried off his clothes and got back in bed. He seemed to have no negative emotions, although his fatigues began to show as his eyes drooped ever so slightly.
Justy turned back towards the door and flicked the light off. He left the room, but not before allowing himself a last look at the boy. After a moment he began walking down the hallway when he heard the boy call out from behind him "Thank you Justy. I owe you my life, and I plan to repay you for it."
Justy almost laughed, but held it in. He exited the hallway and met up with the nurse.
She turned around and showed the worry that had managed to creep into her during the short time of Justys departure. Speaking quietly, she appeared to almost stutter before giving her grim news. "I'm afraid we can't keep him here that long. The Pokemon center is meant to take in travelers for a few nights and heal their Pokemon. This boy may be here for a while, and has no Pokemon." She looked down, and said quietly "As much as hate to say that, we could get in serious trouble for it. Worse, he could be taken." She almost seemed near tears as she sat on one of the benches situated within the lobby.
Justy said nothing at first but instead gently held her chin and moved it so she was looking him in the eyes. There, she could see no signs of remorse or anger. "It's fine. I understand the rules, although I don't always have to like them. Anyway, I already thought of a plan for him. I want to see if I can't find out who he is by asking around, but something here isn't right. He doesn't remember a thing, and I've never seen him around here."
The Nurse looked at him and asked "So he woke up then? That's good. But his memory being gone may be a sign of stress or being overwhelmed. I can get in touch with fellow centers in the region, but it's the most I can do for now."
"Well then, for now we have but one clear option. Tomorrow, I'll work on enrolling him in the gym. Hopefully it will only be temporary for his sake, but it will always be there for him." Justy said as he released the nurse and sat next to her.
He knew that the gym was the best place for him. Besides a battle facility, it also served as a trainer's school. It was the only one of its kind in the region, and the boy was clearly knowledgeable enough to fit in with the other students his age. "I believe he could graduate right now if he wanted, but we will need to see." Justy said enthusiastically.
The nurse smiled and looked away."If you think so, then do it. You have led this town through many crises, so one trainer will be easy. But where will he stay?" She said this last part with less worry than anticipated.
Justy just smiled again and replied "He will live with me, at the gym. It will allow me to see just what kind of person. Besides, I've always wanted a son." He snickered at the thought.
Unleashing a large breath before speaking, the nurse seemed relieved. "How did I know you would say that?"
"Because you know me that well. I've brought enough Pokemon here myself, it's a wonder they don't listen to you more than me." He remembered something and pulled out six Poke balls from his pocket. "By the way, could you heal them please? They worked really hard today, and need a good night's rest."
She nodded and took t them from Justy. Chansey soon came in and whisked them away.
Justy walked towards the door but before he left, he turned and said one last thing. "Thank you for all that you have done Jane. This town has brightened up because of you." He then kissed his hand and pretended to blow the kiss at the nurse.
She blushed and turned away as Justy left to go home, with the one thought on his mind. "This changes everything."