Has anyone ever expected a lot of you because of your parents? Well, that's me. Let me explain…
My name is Squirrel. I'm a Luxio. I'm the daughter of Thunder the Luxray and Flame the Ninetales. They saved the world from being paralyzed when they were younger than me. Now they're ultra-famous explorers. And get this: my mom was born a human. And she's from the future. And I, their only daughter, am expected to go join this guild in a faraway place called Treasure Town. Well, I'll have you know that I am quite terrible at exploring. I'm a strategist, not power-packed. Of course, my dad was, as he says, "a total sissy" before he joined this guild. Well, whatever. I'll show everyone that I'm not my parents, and that I'm not good at exploring at all.
I ride on one of my parents' team members to Treasure Town. His name is Atmos; he's a Rayquaza. Yeah…they've got almost every Legendary Pokémon on their team. I grew up with them. Seriously. Right now I'm grumbling to myself about how everyone is going to be asking me about my parents and how they want autographs…
"All right there, Squirrel?" booms Atmos, interrupting my thoughts.
"Yeah. I'm fine." So not fine.
"Squirrel, I know you. You really aren't looking forward to this, are you?"
"That obvious? Yeah, I do not want to do this. I'm a terrible explorer!" I groan.
"Give it a try. This is a chance to make some friends and get some exploring skills."
"Oh, we're here!" Sure enough, I can see a dingy town below us. There's a building shaped like a Wigglytuff head near it. I shake my head in disgust as I survey it. At least there's a beach nearby. I do enjoy the beach.
I dismount Atmos at the beach with a goodbye. There, I see two Pokémon waiting for me.
"Ah, you must be Squirrel! My, you look like your father. Except for the eyes. Those are your mother's," says the Pokémon that looks like a bird.
Yeah, yeah, whatever with the Harry Potter quotes, I almost say, but I swallow my words and shake hands…well, my paw and his wing.
"My name is Chatot. I'm the head of intelligence and second-in-command of the guild," says the bird rather proudly.
"And I'm Guildmaster Wigglytuff! It's so nice to finally meet you!" sings the other Pokémon. He gives me a hug. Like I don't know who he is. My parents have told me exactly what Wigglytuff looks like and acts like. Chatot, too. "Your time at the guild is going to be so much fun!"
My time? Great, that makes it sound even more like I'm going to prison. I force a smile and say, "I hope so!"
The two lead me to the guild, which is the giant Wigglytuff head. Great. We stop in front of it, where a grate is sitting. Mom and Dad actually haven't told me much about the guild, as they wanted me to experience it all for myself.
"Well, here it is!" says Chatot. "Now, go ahead."
I stare blankly at him.
"Stand on the grate."
When I do, a voice yells at me! "Pokémon detected! Pokémon detected!"
"AAAGH!" I shriek, jumping off and running into some bushes near the grate.
"Whose footprint? Whose footprint?" another voice asks.
"…Well, I don't know," says the first voice.
"WHAT? Sentry Dugtrio, your job is to…"
"She jumped off before I could detect her footprint. But by the sound of her yell, I'm fairly certain that it's a girl," replies Dugtrio coolly.
"HEY! GIRL! Get back on the GRATE!"
"Don't wanna," I mumble.
Chatot gives me an are-you-kidding-me look. "Don't you remember the sentry your parents told you about?"
"Never told me anything. Wanted me to experience it for myself."
"…So you know nothing about the guild?"
"All I know about is the Pokémon who were training. When Mom and Dad were apprentices," I reply, my voice still wavering from shock.
"Is she gonna get on or NOT? I need to know WHAT POKÉMON she is!"
Chatot sighs, annoyed. "The Pokémon is Luxio, Loudred. She's Thunder and Flame's daughter. She is going to be the newest apprentice."
"No LIE? That's so COOL!" says the voice. "I'll open the DOOR now. Sorry about the CONFUSION."
The doors to the building open and I grimace. Wigglytuff hops off while Chatot and I follow at a slower pace. "Yay."
"Supper is pretty soon. That's when we'll announce the news about you to everyone," says Chatot as we climb down the ladders. He doesn't look happy, and I can already tell I've gotten on his bad side.
"Okay. What should I do?" I've got to force myself to act happy, no matter how stupid this is.
"I've already taken care of your registration, so…I'll have someone show you around the guild." Chatot. He looks around and spots someone. "Ah. Bibarel! Over here!"
A large Pokémon lumbers over. "You called, yup yup?"
"Bibarel, meet Squirrel. She is our newest apprentice. I need you to show her around." Chatot nods once. "Well, I'll leave you to it~!" He leaves.
"Really? Well, it's very nice to meet you, yup yup. I'm one of the senior apprentices, and I've been around here for a pretty long time." I shake paws with him. "You know, missus, you look purdy familiar."
"Yeah...wait, was your name Bidoof once?"
"Why, yes siree! How'd you know that?" says Bibarel with a huge grin on his face. Guess I gotta get used to this guy…he's kind of happy all of the time, I bet. Oh joy. With my luck, everyone is like this.
"Well, my, um, parents…knew you…I'm Thunder and Flame's daughter…" I wince as Bibarel gasps.
"No kidding? Why, that's just amazing! I bet you're a great explorer, too!"
"No, I'm not. I'm positively terrible, and I'm just fine that way!" I snap. Then my eyes widen as I realize that that was totally rude. "I'm sorry. I know I shouldn't have snapped…I just…" I sigh unhappily.
"Naw, I understand. It must be hard to have famous parents. I know what it's like to be bad at exploring…it sure took me a long time to get this far! Most of the others graduated a long time ago. I'm gettin' there, by golly, but it can be hard. But you'll love it here, I guarantee! Yup yup, I know I sure did!" Bibarel gives me a huge grin and I give a fake grin back. I don't really have the heart to tell this guy that's he's annoying me. "Now, let's see. Didja learn about the guild beforehand?"
"Nope. Mom and Dad wanted me to get the full experience like they did, good and bad." When will these Pokémon learn that?
"That's understandable. Let's get this tour started, then!" Bibarel takes me through both of the lower floors of the guild. I learn about both of the bulletin boards and about recruiting members to my team, though the Pokémon running the booth isn't around right now. He also shows me the bedrooms and Wigglytuff's room. As we approach the mess hall, a white Pokémon with a bell on its head emerges.
"Sorry to keep everyone waiting!" sings the Pokémon. "It's supper time!" She notices me. "Hello there, Bibarel! Who's this?"
"This is Squirrel. She's the guild's newest apprentice!" says Bibarel.
"Really? Yes, Chatot told me to make an extra dinner, so I assume he meant you. Well, it's great to meet you! I'm Chimecho. I'm in charge of supper and recruiting Pokémon." She surveys me for a moment and is about to say something when Chatot approaches us.
"I will be officially announcing this before supper. You'll get the details then," he says.
Chimecho nods and we all go into the room. Everyone becomes silent and stares at me as I enter. Ugh. Embarrassing.
"Everyone, wait for a moment," says Chatot. Yells of protest immediately pop up.
"What the heck?!"
"I want to eat, man!"
"Spit it out already!"
Chatot's head is clutched between his wings. I bet he's suffering from a horrible migraine right now. "Please! Control yourselves!" The yelling dies down. "I have an announcement. This is Squirrel." He gestures to me. "She is the daughter of Thunder and Flame, whom some of you remember apprenticing with." A collective gasp is heard as everyone's heads turn to me. I give a grimace to try and tell them I don't want to be here.
Chatot clears his throat and continues. "Now, I don't want anyone to annoy her by asking about her parents or for autographs while she is apprenticing here." Murmurs of, "Apprenticing?" and "Oh, another apprentice?" follow his speech. I sigh, anticipating the horrors that await me in my time here. "That is all. Squirrel, why don't you go find a place to sit?"
I find a place and sit down. When I do, Chatot resumes speaking. "Now…on your mark, get set…"
"CHOW!" cries the group. We all begin to dig in. Tonight's meal is roasted Bananas (Where the heck did they get those?!) with Oran Berry sauce. I've gotta admit, it's amazing. As I start to eat, I feel a tap on my shoulder. I look to my right and see a purple bat.
"Hey. Name's Golbat," he says. "I knew your parents. I was actually one of their enemies in Team Skull, until I broke away from them to join the guild. Name used to be Zubat," he add, noticing my puzzled expression.
"Oh. Nice to meet you, Golbat," I reply with a grin. Across from me, I see a purple Pokémon with a huge mouth. He notices me and smiles.
"HI, Squirrel. I'm Loudred; you've MET me before. I work with the SENTRY," he says.
"Right, I remember you. Hey, you knew my parents, too, right?"
"I sure DID. They did sentry duty, TOO. Of course, they were never GOOD at it…"
"Hey!" I protest. Loudred chuckles.
"Don't WORRY, I'm JOKING. They were actually OUTSTANDING."
After supper ends, everyone is sent to bed. I'm rooming with Chimecho and some other girls. I follow them into the room.
"Hi, Squirrel!" Chimecho is in the room, and so are two other girls. "We have a bed ready for you!"
"Thanks, Chimecho. Thanks…everyone else."
"Oh, you haven't officially met everyone yet!" gasps Chimecho. Wow, no duh. She floats over to a humanoid Pokémon with a while body and a white and green head. "This is Kirlia."
"Sup," says Kirlia simply.
"And this is Servine." Now she is floating next to a green, almost snake-like Pokémon.
"Hi, it's so nice to meet you!" chirps Servine.
"Hey, Kirlia, hey, Servine," I reply. I pad over to my bed.
Sighing, I realize how tired I am. I close my eyes and go to sleep. My last thought before I go to bed is, I am going to kill my parents…
My, my. Squirrel is just a sassy little thing, isn't she? Oh, well. I have a good feeling about this series, a better feeling than I did about my story about Shaymin, so…yeah. Please review and tell me if you liked it so far!