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Pokemon: Ash's Yellow Rodent 03

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Hum... Well, Phillip Clark, the last time I played "Pokémon Yellow", Gary/Blue/Green/Whatever beat me with his Eevee at the beginning of the game. But later, when his Eevee evolved, it became a Vaporeon. Hmm... I should probably look up Bulbapedia to learn more about the way Eevee evolves in "Pokémon Yellow".

Thanks for reviewing the previous chapter, zorro2. I'll try all my best to make it as less generic as possible. To answer your questions... Well, Ash still has the same personality as in canon, but he will have character development throughout the journey. We'll see how it goes. As for him catching other Pokémon than the ones he already got in the show... Well, if I answered this question, I'd spoil the fanfic. I won't say anything else other than you'll get the answer to that question soon enough.

Chapter 3: Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Less than an hour later, Ash and Pikachu were inside some room they took from the Pokémon Center. It looked just like any room from a hotel, just not as expensive-looking. At this moment, the boy was sitting on the side of the bed, looking through the window. Ash changed into cleaner clothes, with his dirty ones being in the laundry. He stared at the sky filled with stars, lost in his thoughts. The boy had been through a lot that day.

He kept thinking about everything that happened to him since he woke up in the morning. Ash knew being a Pokémon Trainer meant a lot of hard work, but he was starting to have some doubts. His first day as a Pokémon Trainer seemed to have been filled with nothing but trouble. As such, the boy from Pallet Town couldn't help but think for a long while about these recent events and nothing else.

"Pika?"

Ash looked to his right and noticed Pikachu getting onto the bed and coming next to him. The electric-type Pokémon looked at his trainer.

"You're wondering why I'm not sleeping, right?" the trainer asked.

"Pika." He nodded.

"Well... It's just that we've been through a lot today. I mean, it all started with you being reluctant to go with me, then there was the fight with Gary which we lost, followed by the Spearows attacking us and you getting injured. Then, it was a race against time to go to the nearest Pokémon Center. I just... I just wonder if being a Pokémon Trainer is the right thing for me." The boy said, looking down.

"Pikachu." The electric-type Pokémon said. "Pikachu pi, pika, pi-pikachu, chu, pikachu, Pika-Pi."

"Hum... I have no idea what you just said." Ash said, with a sweatdrop.

"Chu." The rodent said, looking down in disappointment.

"Okay, let's try something." The boy said. "I'm gonna ask you 'yes or no' questions. You can do that?"

"Pika." Pikachu nodded.

"Okay then. Pikachu, do you think I should feel bad about what happened today?"

"Pika." Pikachu shook his head.

"Why? Is it because I just started, and so I'm bound to make mistakes?"

"Pika." He nodded.

"Should I continue my journey despite the fact the first day didn't go as well as I hoped?"

"Pika." He nodded.

"Do you think I have a chance to become a Pokémon Master?"

The rodent thought about it, hesitating for a bit before nodding.

"Do you want to continue this journey with me?"

"Pika!" he nodded enthusiastically.

Ash was confused to see the Pokémon looking so enthusiastic about it.

"Why? I thought you didn't like me. Why did you change your mind? Is it because I tried to protect you from those Spearows and brought you here?"

"Pika." He nodded.

"So... Does that mean you want to be my friend?"

"Pika!" Pikachu nodded enthusiastically before jumping onto him and rubbing his head against his chest.

Just like an hour before, Ash laughed with joy as this was happening.

"Pikachu... You and I... We're gonna be the very best, like no one ever was."

"Pika-Pi... Pikachu!"

"Let's get some sleep."

The boy put the Pokémon on the bed before going to the window to close the curtains. Before he could close them, Ash noticed something in the sky. Much to his amazement, it looked like a Bird Pokémon, covered with a golden aura.

"Whoa..." the trainer said.

"Pika..." Pikachu said in amazement as he looked at the window as well.

Quickly, Ash grabbed his Pokédex and used it to scan this mysterious Pokémon.

"Unidentified Pokémon. No data found." The Pokédex said.

"Huh!?" the boy exclaimed before looking back at the window. Much to his shock, the Pokémon had disappeared. "But... Where did it went!?"

He looked at Pikachu, who shrugged in confusion.

"Pika, Pikachu."

"Hmm... I think we're hallucinating. We should just sleep right now."

"Pikachu." The electric-type Pokémon nodded.

Ash went under the cover of the bed and laid his head on the pillow.

"Good night, Pikachu." He said.

"Pikachu, Pika-pi."

The rodent lied down at the end of the bed and closed his eyes. The two of them started to sleep...

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The next morning, Ash and Pikachu woke up. They left their room, bid farewell to Nurse Joy and left the Pokémon Center. The trainer took a few minutes to buy a few potions of all kinds, and some Pokémon food at the local Poké Mart, just enough so he wouldn't have to go to another Pokémon Center until the next town. He also bought some food for human so he wouldn't be too hungry. Ash and Pikachu then headed towards the Viridian Gym.

After several minutes of walking, the two of them arrived next to a building with the word 'GYM' above the door. The building looked like it was inspired by Roman architecture, with pillars on each side of the door. There were also two staircases leading to the door, separated by a fountain. Ash went up the stairs, walked towards the door and tried to open it. However, it seemed to be stuck as he used all his strength to open that door.

"The gym is closed, boy."

The young trainer stopped trying to open the door as he turned around and noticed some old man standing nearby.

"What did you just said?" Ash asked.

"The gym is closed. Its leader is actually absent." The old man replied.

"Absent? When is he gonna come back?"

"Nobody knows. He could come back tomorrow, next week, or even next month."

"WHAT!? I can't wait an entire month just to have a Pokémon fight!" Ash exclaimed in disbelief.

"Well, if I were you, I'd just go to a few other towns, win badges there, and come back here. Anyway, bye, boy." The old man said before leaving.

After the old man left, the young trainer kicked a nearby soda can in frustration.

"I can't believe it! First town I visit and the gym isn't even opened!" he exclaimed.

"Pika..." Pikachu said, looking worried about Ash.

The boy then calmed down as he took a deep breath.

"Calm down, Ash." He said to himself. "Just follow the old man's advice and visit other towns. After all, there's no way the other gyms can all be closed at the same time. Yeah, try to be optimistic."

The young trainer looked down at Pikachu.

"Let's go to the next town, Pikachu."

"Pika." The rodent nodded.

The trainer and his Pokémon went down the stairs and headed towards the next route.

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Ash and Pikachu were making their way through Route 2, heading towards Viridian Forest. All of sudden, the rodent's ears perked.

"Pika." He said, looking around curiously.

"What is it, Pikachu?" Ash asked as they stopped walking.

"Pikachu." the electric-type Pokémon said as he pointed towards the grass.

The trainer looked towards the grass and noticed a bush. At this moment, a Pokémon appeared from the bush, yawning. This Pokémon was walking on all four paws, had large ears, front teeth, and whiskers. It also had blue fur, purple dots on each side of its body, spines on its back, a horn, and red eyes.

"Sweet." Ash said, smiling as he took his Pokédex.

"Female Nidoran. Poison-type Pokémon. Her spines are dangerous due to the fact they can release poison. There are also a few differences between her and her male counterpart." The Pokédex said.

"Perfect. Let's see if she's gonna be my first captured Pokémon. You're ready, Pikachu?" he asked his Pokémon.

"Pika!" Pikachu exclaimed enthusiastically.

"Alright. Pikachu, use Thundershock!"

"Pika-CHUUUUUUUUU!"

The rodent electrocuted the female Nidoran. She was weakened by the attack. The female Pokémon shook her head before looking at Pikachu with determination. She charged at the electric-type Pokémon, scratching with her claws. Pikachu yelped in pain at that.

"Use Quick Attack this time!" Ash ordered.

"Pika!"

The rodent charged fast at the poison-type Pokémon, knocking her away. The female Nidoran fell on her stomach. She wanted to attack, but she was too weak at this point.

"Here's my chance!" Ash exclaimed before turning his hat backwards. He grabbed a Poké Ball from his pocket and got ready to throw it. "Poké Ball, GO!"

The boy threw the Poké Ball at the female Nidoran. As soon as it touched her, she turned into red light and disappeared inside of it. The device landed on the ground, shaking for a while with its center being lighted in red. Ash looked intensely at the Poké Ball, waiting for it to stop shaking.

After what seemed like an eternity, the Poké Ball stopped shaking, with its center no longer lighted in red. Ash was speechless as he realized he just caught a Pokémon. He smiled widely before running towards the Poké Ball, grabbing it and holding it high in the air.

"Woo-ooh! I did it! For the first time, I captured a Pokémon!" the trainer exclaimed enthusiastically.

"Pi-Pikachu!" the electric-type Pokémon said while making a peace sign.

Ash was making a silly dance while holding his Poké Ball in the air, celebrating his first capture.

"This is finally starting to be a great journey!" he exclaimed before putting the Poké Ball in his pocket. "Let's go, Pikachu!" he said as he turned his hat forward.

"Pika!"

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The trainer and his Pokémon continued on their way, as they eventually arrived inside the Viridian Forest.

"Hey, you!"

Ash and Pikachu looked at where they heard that voice from and noticed someone else nearby. It was young brown-haired boy, wearing a rounded hat, a white sleeveless shirt, blue shorts and grey shoes. He was also carrying a net and some sort of box.

"You're a Pokémon Trainer, right?" the boy asked Ash.

"Yeah. Why asking that?" the trainer asked.

"I'm a Bug Catcher and I'm here to challenge you for a Pokémon Fight!" the boy exclaimed.

"I'm Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town and I accept to fight you with pleasure!" Ash replied, smirking.

"Alright, then. Go, Caterpie!" the Bug Catcher exclaimed, throwing a Poké Ball.

The Poké Ball opened by itself and a small Pokémon appeared. It looked like a green caterpillar with red antennae. It also had black eyes, yellow circles on the sides, a yellow underside and a yellow tail. Ash grabbed his Pokédex, scanning the Pokémon.

"Caterpie. Bug-type Pokémon. With the suctions on its feet, it is able to climb walls and slopes." The Pokédex said.

"I know what I should do." Ash said before turning his hat backwards and grabbing a Poké Ball. "Nidoran, I choose you!" he exclaimed before throwing the device.

Nidoran appeared in front of Ash. She looked weak from the fight she had with Pikachu.

"Oops! I forgot about that." The trainer from Pallet Town sheepishly said before grabbing a potion from his backpack and gave it to Nidoran. "Do you feel better now, Nidoran?" he asked after she drank the potion.

"Nia!" she enthusiastically said while standing up, not as weak as she was a few seconds ago.

"Alright, let's start this fight. Caterpie, use String Shot!" the Bug Catcher ordered.

The bug-type Pokémon sent a white string at Nidoran, tying her up. After a few seconds of struggling, the normal-type Pokémon broke her bonds and glared at the bug-type Pokémon.

"Nidoran, use Tackle!" Ash ordered.

"Nia! Nia nia!"

She charged at the Caterpie, knocking it away as it landed on a nearby rock. The bug-type Pokémon was too dazed from the attack.

"Caterpie, come back." The Bug Catcher said as he returned his Pokémon to its Poké Ball. "Your turn, Metapod!"

He threw another Poké Ball, followed by another Pokémon entering the fight. It looked like a green cocoon with rounded eyes. Again, Ash used his Pokédex on this Pokémon.

"Metapod. Bug-type Pokémon. Evolved form of Caterpie. It protects its body with a hard shell." The Pokédex said.

"Metapod, use Harden!" the Bug Catcher said.

The Metapod glowed brightly for a few seconds. As it happened, Ash smirked.

"That won't protect your Pokémon for too long. Nidoran, use Tackle again!" the trainer from Pallet Town said.

"Nia nia!"

She charged at the Metapod, hitting it. However, it was standing still. The Bug Catcher grinned.

"It protected my Pokémon very well. Now, I'll show you that your Nidoran isn't the only one who can use Tackle. Metapod, use Tackle right now!"

The bug-type Pokémon threw itself at Nidoran, hitting her. She landed on her back before going back on her feet.

"Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but use Tackle again, Nidoran!" Ash ordered.

Nidoran charged at Metapod, hitting it again. A few seconds later, Metapod landed on the side. The Bug Catcher looked shocked before grabbing his Poké Ball.

"Come back, Metapod." He said to his Pokémon.

The bug-type Pokémon disappeared inside its Poké Ball.

"Well, looks like you won, Ash." The Bug Catcher said.

"Woo-ooh! We won!" the trainer from Pallet Town exclaimed before kneeling down and hugging Nidoran. "Nidoran, you did a great job!"

"Nia!" she replied, smiling.

She then returned inside her Poké Ball. Ash stood up and walked towards the Bug Catcher.

"You were a pretty good opponent." Ash said, extending his hand to him.

"Thanks. You were good as well." The Bug Catcher said before shaking his hand. "Well, I gotta go. Good luck with your journey."

"Yeah, good luck with... whatever you're doing." Ash said before shrugging and leaving along with Pikachu.

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A few minutes later, Ash and Pikachu stopped on their way when they heard some noises. They looked in front of them and noticed a Caterpie being chased by a Bird Pokémon with brown eyes. It was small, but still larger than the bug-type Pokémon. It had brown feathers on its head, its back, its tail and half its wings. It also had crème feathers on its neck, its underside, and the other half of its wings. In addition, it had black markings around its eyes, pink feet and a pink beak. Ash recognized it as a Pidgey. The trainer was worried about the Caterpie's safety. He then got an idea.

"Let's see if this works. Poké Ball, go!" Ash exclaimed as he threw a Poké Ball at the Caterpie.

The bug-type Pokémon disappeared inside the Pokémon. It didn't take long before it stopped shaking. It looked like the Pokémon preferred to be captured rather than being eaten by that Pidgey. The trainer grabbed the Poké Ball and held it high.

"And another Pokémon for me!" the boy exclaimed excitedly.

All of sudden, the Pidgey started attacking the trainer. Ash yelped in alarm at that.

"Hey, knock it off!" he yelled in annoyance. "Pikachu, use Thundershock right now!"

"Pika-CHUUUU!"

The Pidgey was electrocuted by the rodent's attack. However, due to its proximity with Ash, the trainer was electrocuted as well. Pikachu stopped its attack. The flying-type fell down on the ground. As for Ash, he was standing there, dazed as he made a goofy smile.

"Good... job... Pikachu." He said, coughing a bit before coming back to his senses.

He immediately grabbed a Poké Ball and threw it at the Pidgey. Just like with Nidoran and Caterpie before, the flying-type disappeared inside the device, which was then shaking until its center stopped being red. Soon after, Ash threw his arms in the air, holding the Poké Balls of his two most recent captures.

"Yeah! I have four Pokémon!" he exclaimed in victory.

"Pi-Pikachu!" the rodent exclaimed, making a peace sign again.

Ash put both Poké Balls in his pockets. He then kneeled down near the electric-type Pokémon.

"I wouldn't have done it without you, Pikachu. You did a great job, buddy." The trainer said, smiling as he grabbed his Pokémon and hugged him.

"Cha!" Pikachu exclaimed, grinning as he hugged his trainer back.

Just as Ash was about to put the rodent on the ground, Pikachu immediately climbed his right arm and arrived on the trainer's right shoulder. The electric-type Pokémon didn't seem like he was going to move from there anytime soon. The boy smiled as he petted his Pokémon before standing up and walking away.

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Later on, it was the night as Ash and Pikachu were sitting near a campfire the trainer just made. He then grabbed all three Poké Balls and summoned Nidoran, Caterpie, and Pidgey.

"Okay, first of all, you two aren't enemies anymore. You're teammates and I hope you'll get along well despite what happened earlier." The boy said to both Caterpie and Pidgey.

The two Pokémon looked at each other. They then nodded before looking at the trainer.

"Very well, then. Now, time for you to eat."

Ash put a plate in front of each Pokémon. The plates were filled with enough Pokémon food for them. All four of them enjoyed their meal, while the trainer enjoyed a sandwich he was able to make with the food in his backpack. After taking a few bites, he looked at his Pokémon, smiling at them.

"You know... I've met you all very recently. And yet, for some reason, I already have the feeling we're gonna make a great team together. I'm counting on you guys, just as much as you count on me to make it work. You all understand that?"

Caterpie nodded at that.

"Nia!"

"Pidgey!"

"Pikachu!"

"Great to hear that." Ash then thought about something. "Wait... There's something I gotta check."

The trainer grabbed his Pokédex and used it to scan Caterpie.

"This Caterpie is male." The Pokédex said.

"This Pidgey is male." It said as Ash scanned the flying-type Pokémon.

"This Pikachu is male." It said as the trainer pointed it towards Pikachu.

"Pika?" Pikachu asked.

"Sorry. Nidoran is obviously female, but I wasn't too sure if you three were guys or girls. I haven't learned about gender differences between Pokémon yet." The trainer said, sheepishly.

"Pika."

After he finished eating his sandwich, Ash looked up at the sky, watching the stars up there.

"The night sure is beautiful." He said.

The boy looked down and, much to his surprise, all four Pokémon were already sleeping. He then smiled as he thought it would be time for him to sleep as well.

"Good night, guys." Ash said before lying down and trying to sleep.

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End of chapter.

Next chapter, we'll see Ash arriving in Pewter City, challenging its Gym Leader. You know what this means.

Frankly, I'm not sure if 'Nia' is supposed to be the female Nidoran's cry in the anime. I know she's among the Pokémon who don't say their name and instead do some kind of noise, but I wasn't sure if her cry should be written this way. I also wasn't sure what kind of sound Caterpie is supposed to make, so I decided to make him silent here.

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