PMD One Wish Chapter 1: Awakening
"Looks like a Shinx."
"Is he okay?"
I heard voices as I ever so slowly returned to consciousness. One female, one male. They sounded like they were around my age.
"Oh my Arceus, I think he's unconscious!" spouted the female voice.
"Hm. I guess so." replied the male voice.
"Huh? He doesn't have have a scarf, so he can't be on a rescue team. We need another member. remember?"
"Hm. What makes you think he'll join us? No one in the village will join us because we are too weak. Besides, not as many people are joining the rescue teams these days."
"There's still a chance."
I gathered up all the strength I currently had to slightly open my eyes. What I saw was a yellow fox-like creature known as a Fennekin, as well as the bipedal blue canine, a Riolu. That wasn't the strange part, though. I've seen both of the species in my lifetime before. The odd part wasn't even the fact that they were both wearing green scarves. The weird part was that they were at my height, the Riolu slightly taller. I don't recall being that short.
It wasn't just what I saw that seemed off, either. I felt like I was laying in an awkward position. I was laying on my stomach, my feet stretched out. My arms were stretched out as well...
And then I saw my... hands?
"W-what!?" I tried to stand up, but ended up tumbling over. I fell onto some unknown body part and growled in pain.
"Uh... Hello." The female voice spoke.
"Uh-Who is that!? Where is that voice coming from!?"
"Um... Me, silly." There was no doubt. Those words came from the Fennekin.
"Y-you can talk!? No! Wait! I can understand you!?"
"Heh. You think he hit his head on something?" reacted the Riolu.
"I don't know, Vince... Um, hey! Are you okay!?"
I had discovered the source of the sound. I stared at my tail as I laid on the earthy surface. After moments of staring at it, I looked at my hands. Except they weren't hands, they were blue furry paws. I inspected myself for a bit and eventually found out that I was a... A...
"Uh... Shinx?" The Fennekin asked cautiously.
Shinx. That's what I was. But how? The last thing I remember was going to sleep on my warm bed. I wanted to wake up from this nightmare, it felt all too real.
Suddenly I felt a last to the face and was knocked backwards.
"Get a hold of yourself!" yelled the Riolu.
"Vince, you didn't have to-"
"Shut up, Skyler. I just needed to knock some sense into him."
That hurt, but it disproved my theory of this being a dream.
"That's just great, I'm a Shinx now..."
"What? Yep. Definitely hit his hea-." said Vince, the Riolu.
"Don't mind him, he's a little harsh at times. This is Vince, I'm Skyler, and you are?" interrupted the Fennekin.
"Um... I'm Cass, but what happened to me? Why am I a Shinx now?"
"What do you mean?" replied Skyler.
"I'm a human, or so I thou-"
I was cut off by gasps from both of them.
After a while of awkward silence, Skyler spoke up. "...How? Humans can't enter to the Hikage region. It protects us Pokemon inhabiting the region from them."
Vince was next to speak. "Oh man, if the village found out... Wait, how can you be a human if you're a Shinx?"
Oh, no... If I'm in this region helpless, with no way home or to way turn human again... I don't even want to think about it.
"I think he means to say he used to be human..." said Skyler. "But that's so weird."
"C-can you help me? I mean, I know nothing about this region, and... I don't want to rot in the wild." I said.
"Of course we ca-" replied Skyler.
"On one condition." Vince butted in.
"You join our rescue team, and we'll keep your secret and help you understand how things work around here."
"Vince, you don't have to-"
"Deal. But... What's a rescue team?"
As we walked towards what they called the "Temporal Village," The two fur balls told me pretty much everything. Apparently, a "rescue team" is a group of three Pokemon that, well, rescue. They also uncover treasure and mysteries. Rescue teams are named after colors, and have scarves of said color. The team I stumbled upon happens to be Team Green. Each recsue team member is called an "explorer."
I stopped walking.
"What is it?" said Skyler, sounding concerned.
"Are you a new team starting out?"
"Why are you missing a member?"
Both of them instantly looked at the ground.
"Uh... Did I say something wrong?"
"N-no! It's just that..."
She sighed. "You deserve to know. Our old teammate... His name was Desmond. We failed to save him. Poor Raltz... Now most of the village sees us as weak... We couldn't even save a friend..."
"Don't be. It's not your fault. I don't blame you for what happened to him, neither am I made at you for asking."
We eventually reached the gates of Temporal Village, which were closed. It was beautifully decorated with multi-colored lights and flowers. It was made of wonderfully crafted wood. In the middle was a design of some kind of ancient clock. By it stood two Bisharp guards, each brandishing a spear. The gates seemed overly guarded.
"Hold it!" barked the guard to the left. "Who is that Shinx there!? BETTER not be a soldier or a spy from the SPACIAL VILLAGE!"
"Spacial Village?" I whispered to Skyler.
"Yes, they're a neighboring village who we are currently enemies with."
The guard cleared his throat as loudly as an Exploud who stepped on a nail.
"Calm down, George." said the Bisharp on the right end.
"Shut up, Bob!"
I mentally chuckled at their names being pretty generic and incredibly un-intimidating.
I was surprised to hear that Vince was the one to speak up. "Hm. No. He's an outsider who belongs to no villages. He doesn't even come from the Hikage region and wishes to join ours."
George snarled. "A wild Pokemon!? What worth does he have and how do you know we can trust him!?"
A calm female-sounding voice came from the other side of the gate. "Because I say so. Now please, allow me through." The guards stepped out of the way and saluted as a Meganium walked through the gates.
"Sorry, excuse them. Mostly George. I am Meganium, the mayor, so-to-speak of Temporal Village."
Huh. Her name was simply "Meganium."
"But, Mega-Er, Lady Meganium! How do you know that he is trustworthy!?" complained George.
"I was just getting to that. Now, Shinx, I believe that you are trustworthy. However, much conflict has arisen lately, so, sadly, we can't simply let you pass through. I hope you understand. You must prove your trustworthiness."
I gulped. Prove my worthiness? Oh Arceus, I hope it's not like slaying a Dragonite or something. I at least hope it's not even close to that kind of difficulty.
"You shall track down and capture a fugitive."
I had to Jynx myself, didn't I?
"She is a Combusken known as Marla Fumes. She is a rogue Pokemon known for the loss of an explorer." She turned around to face Skyler and Vince. Skyler was shivering like mad, Vince was practically giving Meganium a death stare.
"Marla escaped prison recently, and I am presenting to you the task of re-capturing her, and if you can, discover her motives. The two remaining members of Team Green will be allowed to assist you on your mission. In fact, I am giving you two the task as well. Do not return to the village until the objective is fulfilled. I am counting on you three. And hey, who knows, maybe you all will return home as a team." Meganium winked. How did she know about that?
Meganium turned around and began to make her way back into the village.
"Wait!" yelled Vince. "Why do you expect us to help him!?"
How dare you speak that way to Me-I mean Lady Meganium!?" shouted George.
"I will help," said Skyler.
Meganium chuckled. "Because if you do not, you will not return. Also, do I have to remind you who you are searching for? Oh, and one more thing. If Shinx betrays you, it is your responsibility, seeing as you were the one who requested for him to reside in the village. I will see you when your mission is completed!"
Jeez, Meganium is a grouch.
"Well, what are you waiting for?" questioned Bob.
And so we headed off into no particular direction, beginning our quest. This whole thing is giving me a headache. I WILL turn human again as soon as I possibly can. But for now, I'm hungry, and I need something to eat..