- Based on the Pokemon Adventures/Special Manga
- Contains LuckyShipping
- Green and Blue are referred to by their names in the ViZ English dub. (It's what I'm used to)
Pokemon and all of its creatures/characters, including Red and all the others, are (c) Satoshi Tajiri, Nintendo, Game Freak and all other respective owners may have missed/not be aware of. The Pokemon Adventures Manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka and published by ViZ media. I do not own the character in any way, shape or form, I am just a fan!
Red’s climbing and descending of Mt. Silver had been a regular ritual for years now. His hand had suffered nerve damage during his encounter with the Elite Four and bathing in the mountain’s healing hot springs was the only thing that helped. One trip should have been enough but bad timing had forced him to not only rush the healing process but charge into battle immediately after and so he had never fully recovered. The result was that the pain that had started as a severe stiffness in his whole hand had turned into a numbness that was slowly progressing up his arm in spite of regularly visiting the springs, it was only a temporary fix. In fact, this had been his second trip up the mountain in the same month but now he finally back in Pallet Town.
“I’m home!” he announced as he opened the door.
Green walked in from the kitchen. “You missed breakfast again.” She sighed before greeting him with a hug.
“Thanks for letting me borrow Blasty again.” He said and he removed the pokéball from his belt and handed it back to her. “That reminds me! I had to stop in Viridian City to return Blue’s Charizard and I finally got to see Gary.”
“Gary?” Green repeated
“Yeah, Blue’s son. The poor kind looks just like him, too! It’s amazing; even his genes are domineering!”
“Let’s just hope that his attitude is a little better” she chuckled “I was hoping that he and Ash could be friends.”
“Where is Ash, anyway?”
Green turned her head and smiled “He’s out back. The Pokémon made sure he was thoroughly entertained while you were gone.”
“I guess he can play with them a little longer, then…” Red took a seat on the couch in the living area then almost instantly his head tilted back and he began to snooze then Green draped a blanket over him and continued into the kitchen.
Outside Ash had been chasing after Vee who kept just out of reach. In his two short years of life he had already become very attached to all of his parents’ Pokémon who had all become accustom to his playing. He continued his chase until something else caught the child’s attention. A shadow passed by overhead then circled around coming lower and closer with each pass in a swooping motion. After a few moments of watching he smiled at the object.
Inside Green watched from the kitchen window as she washed the dishes but she slowly came to a stop with a plate still in her hands when it had become too quite. She looked around then finally saw the thing in the sky her son had been watching; a large orange bird with wings that reflected all different colors. It was a Pokémon Green remembered all too clearly.
“…ASH!!!” Red heard the shriek that accompanied the breaking of a plate from the next room and instantly sprang up.
Green was the first to reach him after both parents had burst through the door and dropped to her knees to throw her arms around Ash followed immediately by Red who turned his back out using his body to shield the other two from the claws that were now just inches away and the wind caused by the Pokémon halting it’s decent.
“Poli, use Hydro Pump!” Red shouted over the sound of gusts and beating wings
The Poliwrath leaned back and fired a powerful jet of water from the center of the spiral pattern on its body at the rainbow Pokémon who shrieked in response before flapping its wings harder to escape then finally fly away.
“Ho-Oh…” Green shuddered “But where did it come from?” she still clinging to her son who looked to both of his parents in turn, not understanding their concern.
Red looked over his shoulder in the direction the Pokémon had fled “Who knows? Pryce was the only one to ever capture it.”
“But you, Blue and I freed it and Lugia from his control, remember? We all saw them fly off in different directions.”
“Still, it’s possible he captured it again for some reason. Whatever the case we should pay Pryce a visit in Mahogany Town.” He reached out a hand and helped his wife to stand again.
But unfortunately, Mahogany Town was very far away. Flying had been the quickest way to accomplish this but Green had no Pokémon of her own that could fly over a long distance it had also required the two to borrow Blue’s Charizard again. “You’re lucky my gym doesn’t claim any type specialty or I wouldn’t be able to keep doing this.” He sighed, only slightly annoyed, leaving the only remaining problem: what to do with Ash? There was no time to try to find a sitter and even with the protection of their other Pokémon leaving him behind was simply not an option and so he would have to come with him but being able to ride on the flame Pokémon’s back in his mother’s lap was something he did not mind.
Cutting across the base of Mt. Silver would be the quickest way to reach their destination. It took them past New Bark Town in Johto to the rugged route 45 that lead to Blackthorn City then, continuing east, the Ice Path and Route 44 before finally arriving in Mahogany Town where Pryce was Gym Leader.
“Well, this is a surprise” Pryce had greeted them after they had entered the gym “You two certainly are looking well.” The old man continued before taking notice of the two-year-old standing next to his father. “And who might this be?”
Ash scooted to the right hiding about half of his body behind Red’s legs as Pryce leaned closer in his wheelchair.
“He’s my son and he was nearly attacked by Ho-Oh… do you know anything about it?” Red’s tone was very serious.
Pryce drew back slightly, genuinely surprised. “Ho-Oh? That Pokémon was released years ago. You two should know that, I haven’t seen it or Lugia since and I have no idea where either flew off to. ”
“You really don’t know?” Green asked warily
“Certainly not. But you say it tried to attack your boy?” Pryce stared at Ash again, directly into his eyes this time but there was no indication of fear in spite of his continued attempt to hide. “Interesting… did you know the children are far more sensitive to danger than we adults?” he turned his focus back up to the parents.
The two glanced at each other with a raised eyebrow then looked back. “What do you mean?” Red was still unsure.
“Green, when you saw Ho-Oh you were scared before it even took you, right? You had to have been or it would not have affected you so profoundly. So tell me, did he cry once during the encounter?”
The brunette shook her head “No, but Ash is used to seeing Pokémon, even fairly large ones. He was actually playing with some of ours when it happened…”
Pryce raised a hand cutting her off “Ah, another good point then; even if he had not been aware of the danger the Pokémon would have surely sensed it and would have come to his aid without a single order.”
“But I had to tell Poli to attack…” Red glanced down at the pokéball on his belt “You’re trying to say he wasn’t in danger?”
“Precisely.” He nodded with a smile “Green, I sincerely apologize for what I may have used that Pokémon to do to you in the past but I am now convinced after seeing all of you that it just as easily could have been any of you children, you and Silver just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and there is a reason I had to use Ho-Oh specifically.”
“You needed it’s feather to make the GS Ball.” Green concluded
“Beyond that.” Pryce continued “I used Ho-Oh to seek all of you out because I needed children who could be trained but still had high potential as Pokémon Trainers and only Ho-Oh has the ability to see this, yet it remains elusive. It was never going to attack your son, only observe him and for it to reveal itself to him like this must be a sign that he will grow to be a very strong Trainer. He’s very lucky, ust like the two of you.”
Both parents looked down at their son who beamed back at them “Lucky!” he repeated
Green was still in awe “Be he won’t be able to have his own Pokémon for years.”
“Yes, but this still shouldn’t be a surprise to either of you. He is your son, after all.” Price gave a slight sweeping motion with his hand with another nod.
“I guess we’re the ones who owe you an apology for barging in the way we did…” Red scratched the back of his head awkwardly.
The elderly man raised his hand again “Think nothing of it. You were only doing what you thought you had to do to protect your son but I don’t think you’ll need to worry about him.”
Red smiled back and the two said their ‘goodbyes’ before exiting the gym and preparing for the long flight home. Aero lifted Red with ease and Green would once again use the borrowed Charizard while holding Ash. Pryce had been right about one thing, the fact that he could one day become a very strong trainer was not surprising but the part that still concerned her was that he wouldn’t need this strength if there wasn’t going to be something that would require him to use it. Just what kind of future would he have she wondered as she looked down at him.
After a few moments he looked back up at her with another smile.