Hey everybody! This is my first FanFic ever so bear with me please. Since it's my first one, any advice or comments you guys have would be appreciated, just leave a review at the bottom or PM me.

This story takes place a year after Ash loses to Tobias in the Sinnoh League. I have not seen every single episode up until the end of Sinnoh so if I make a factual mistake, please let me know. Also, I HATE the Unova region and Kalos region anime (if you want to know why, PM me) so in this fic they, and the pokemon from them, don't exist.

Ash- 17

Cynthia- 19

Brock- 21

Dawn- 14

Misty- 17

Paul- 16

Gary- 17

Tobias- 18

Delia- 39

Professor Oak- 55

"S"= Speech

'T'= Thoughts

"PS"= Pokemon Speech

'PT'= Pokemon Thoughts

The Champion's Protege


*One Year Ago At The Sinnoh League*

"Pikachu, Thunderbolt! You can do it!" shouted Ash.

"Piiiikkkkaaaaaccchhhhuuuuuuuu!" screamed the little mouse pokemon as he blasted his opponent with electricity.

"Quick, descend and toss it off!" ordered Tobias. His Latios stopped his ascent and made a sharp turn downwards. Due to the force of the climb upwards, when Latios made the quick turn down, pikachu was flown off its back.

"Pika!" said the little mouse pokemon in surprise.

"Use Luster Purge now!" screamed Tobias.

"Groooaaaaaah" cried Latios as he charged up his attack.

"Pikachu, use Volt Tackle!" screamed Ash.

"Pika!" said Pikachu as he surrounded himself in electricity. Latios released a huge purple beam of energy at Pikachu, but Pikachu took it head on and started running through the beam towards Latios. "Pika, Pika, Pika, Pika, Pika, Pika, Pika, Pika, Pika!" he shouted.

"Now! Use Iron Tail!" bellowed Ash.

"Pika, Pika, Pika, Pika, Chu, Pika!" yelled Pikachu as his tail collided with Latios.

A giant explosion set off as the two moves collided and racked the entire stadium. Both trainers put their arms up to shield their faces from the dust. They both stood there in silence, waiting for the dust to clear, to see what had happened. When the smoke finally cleared, both pokemon were laying next to each other unconscious.

"Pikachu and Latios are both unable to battle!" announced the referee. "All six of Ash's pokemon have been eliminated, so moving on to the finals is Tobias, the victor!"

The stadium erupted into cheers for both trainers as the two young men met in the center of the battlefield, congratulating and thanking each other on an amazing battle.

The two pokemon trainers shook hands, in mutual admiration of each other and each other's pokemon. However, unbeknownst to Ash, a certain blonde haired woman, while clapping with the rest of the crowd, was staring right at him.

"That boy is incredible! What a battle! He just might be the one after all! With more training and some proper guidance Ash just might become strong enough to beat me one day!" said the Sinnoh Region Champion, Cynthia. "Maybe I should travel with him? Give him some special training. Who knows how strong he'd become? What do you think Garchomp?" Cynthia turned around to face her lifelong partner and closest friend.

"Gar, Garchomp," said Garchomp.

"Well that settles it then," said Cynthia with a smile. "I'll train him myself."

This is just the prologue, and other than that last little bit at the end, it's pretty much just copy and pasted dialogue from the anime; the real story starts next chapter.