Model Charmander (pokemon)
© 2020 JoshuaDunlop
It was 7am when the flames were finally extinguished.
I had been called in around midnight to aid firefighters with evacuating wild Pokemon from an enormous wildfire after one of the men had been badly stung due to mishandling a Nidoran.
When I arrived the air was thick with smoke, soot fell from above and an orange hue bounced off the clouds that blocked out the night sky. The inferno was intense, even standing at a distance I could feel the heat on my skin. Volunteers ran around frantically, grabbing wild Pokemon in metallic blankets as Firefighters and their water Pokemon did their best to keep the flames at bay. Air support arrived in the form of helicopters and flying Pokemon dropping large sacks of water onto the worst areas as a rider atop a large Charizard scorched the land in order to create ‘controlled burns’ to try and stop the spread.
When the sun began to rise, the first droplets of rain started to fall. Within seconds the skies opened and a cool shower spread across the forest. Everyone cheered as the firefighters finally we able to stop the fire.
I made my way through the camp when I noticed something. The large Charizard was stood at the edge of the forest, looking tentatively into scorched trees. It let out a deep and mournful call.
I saw a large fallen tree, so I looked underneath to find a small Charmander. Its flame was dangerously low and it was shivering.
It slowly opened its eyes and when as it saw me, it perked up and its flame doubled in size. Like an excited puppy, it clambered out and came up to me. This was clearly a tame Charmander, and we were miles from any kind of sanctuary. It suddenly dawned on me that I was probably looking at the source of the wild fire.
Many young trainers struggle with the responsibility and decided to ‘release them into the wild’ without any concept of the local ecosystem or if the creature could even survive. Starter Pokemon are often raised in captivity and have no concept on how to survive on their own. If I hadn’t found it, it would have surely died.
After doing Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle, I realised I hadn't done my starter Pokemon remakes in the wild! So, to be consistent, I decided to whip them up! It's nice to finally give these guys proper stories too!
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