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The Best One of All

Pikachu walks in. Smiles at you.: Hi! Well, it was decided that Mewtwo and I will be taking turns at presenting the fanfics and since I'm the star of this one, I get to present it. I'm sure everyone's heard of Ash Ketchum, right? But has anyone heard of his best friend and my trainer, Kim? No? Well, then you've come to the right page to read about how she became my trainer and friend. Enjoy. Pikachu leaves the room.

Disclaimer: Pokemon and it's characters are not mine with the exception of Jackie and Kim. All names are fictional. Now, on with the story.

I watched the fight that was playing on my TV. I wasn't a wrestling or boxing fight, though. It was a Pokemon fight. It was between Gengar, a ghost Pokemon, and Nidorino, a poison-type Pokemon.

I am Kim Foster and I am a Pokemon trainee. I am the oldest trainee of all the new students (I'm 17). I spent most of my time between school and learning about Pokemon on my own when I was 10. Then, at age 15, my mother allowed me to take a Pokemon class so I could become a trainer. Tomorrow, I leave Pallet Town and begin my Pokemon journey.

I flipped through the channels until I saw Professor Oak, the town's Pokemon expert, on the screen. I stopped flipping channels and watched Professor Oak. If he was on TV, that meant something about Pokemon.

"Good evening, Pallet," the professor said. "Tomorrow is the big day for the newest class of Pokemon students!" I felt a thrill well up inside me when he mentioned tomorrow. He pointed to three posters that had a Pokemon on each of them. "I'd like to introduce you to Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. Each one is available for new trainees. Which one will you choose?"

I turned the TV off and got dressed for bed. After setting my alarm and turning off the light, I laid in bed, thinking about tomorrow. While the other trainees would be fighting to own one of the three Pokemon Professor Oak mentioned, I knew that I would get the Pokemon that I wanted. The best one of all. That Pokemon is...

Brrring! The alarm woke me up out of my blissful sleep. I shut the alarm off and sat up. Today was the day! Today I get my Pokemon and start my journey! I got out of bed and got dressed. Then, I got a bite to eat, brushed my teeth, checked my backpack to make sure I didn't forget anything, and finally left for Professor Oak's lab with my pack.

I wasn't the first one there, but I wasn't the last one. As I watched the others come and leave, I saw a familiar boy coming. I recognized him right away.

"Ash!" I called and waved. Ash waved back. Ash Ketchum and I know each other from a Pokemon class two years ago. Since then, we traded info on the Pokemon with each other and generally had fun.

"Kim! I'm glad you're here. Let's go get our Pokemon!" Ash exclaimed.

Before Ash could go up the steps, he bumped into Gary Oak, Professor Oak's grandson.

"Watch where you're going, Ash!" Gary sneered.

"S-sorry Gary."

"MISTER Gary to you. Show some respect."

"Leave him alone Gary," I warned, jumping to Ash's defense.

"Well, well. If it isn't Kim."

"It's MISS Kim to you, little man," I snapped. "Just let us go get our Pokemon and we won't bother you."

"Sure. I just want you two to know that I got the best Pokemon of all and you didn't. See ya!" Gary walked away.

"Why, that-" Ash fumed.

"Don't worry Ash," I consoled. "We'll eventually get the Pokemon he has now."

"Yeah, you're right. Come on, let's go." Together the two of us walked up the steps that led to the lab.

"Ash. Kim. Good morning. Are you ready to receive your Pokemon?" Professor Oak greeted us as we entered the lab.

"Yes, sir," we chorused together.

"All right. Ash, what is your choice?"

"I've thought about for a long time, professor and I know which one I want. I choose Squirtle!" Ash clicked the first ball open, but it was empty.

"That one's been taken," the professor said.

"Then I choose Bulbasaur!" Again the ball was empty.

"Also taken."

"Charmander?" Ash asked, hopefully.

"It's available."

"I'll take it!"

Professor Oak picked up the Poke ball containing Charmander and gave it to Ash. "Here's you Pokemon, Ash." Then he turned to me.

"I hope your choice wasn't one of those three."

"No, sir. I know exactly which one I want. I choose...Pikachu!"

"Pikachu?" the professor said. "Are you sure?"

"Yes, sir."

"But Pikachku is a little difficult to handle. It's a lighting mouse you know."

"Professor, I'm your oldest trainee. I can handle it."

"I know you are."

"Believe me, I can train Pikachu."

"You're right. You're the oldest and I trust you. Here's your Pokemon. Professor Oak picked up a Poke ball and handed it to me. I looked at it happily. My first Pokemon!

Suddenly, the ball popped open and bright flashes of yellow light filled the room. When it stopped, a Pokemon stood on the table in front of us.

"Pikachu," the Pokemon said.

"Hey, it's cute," Ash commented. He went over to Pikachu and patted it's head. "Hi, Pika-aaaaah!" Ash cried out as Pikachu shocked him. Ash back off, still smarting from the charge, obviously.

I decided to try a different approach. Walking up to my Pokemon, I said, "Hello Pikachu. I'm happy to be your trainer. But, I'll settle for being your friend, instead. What do you say? Friends?" I held my hand out in a handshake.

"Pi!" Pikachu grabbed my hand and gave it a firm shake. Then it let go and scrabbled off the table to stand beside me. I looked at Ash and he gaped at me.

"Hey! That's pretty good," he said.

"All right, you two. Here are you Pokedexes. It is voice-activated and answers your questions about Pokemon. It's also your ID so don't lose it. And here's six Poke balls for each of you. Use them to capture new Pokemon," the professor explained.

"Thanks, Professor," I said.

"Yeah, thanks," echoed Ash.

"It's time for the two of you to begin your journey."

Ash and I exited the lab and stood side by side facing the road that led out of Pallet.

"I guess this is it," I said. "Goodbye Ash. I wish you luck in your journey. Come on Pikachu." My Pokemon and I turned to leave.

"Kim, wait!" Ash called.

I glanced back. "Yes?"

"Can Charmander and I come with you? I mean, friends gotta stick together, right?"

I smiled. "Welcome aboard you two."

"All right!"

Together Ash and I, along with our Pokemon, left Pallet Town and went towards Viridian City, our first stop. We walked along the path, seeing open plain and some trees.

"How come Pikachu isn't inside the Poke ball, Kim?"

"I looked at my Pokedex and it said that some Pokemon hate to be confined. This is true in Pikachu's case."

"Pikachu," agreed the lighting mouse.

Suddenly, I heard a new voice that sounded like it was saying, "Pidgeotto!" Looking around the field, I spotted the Pokemon.

"A Pidgeotto! I'm going to catch it," I declared. Bringing out the Pokedex, I said, "I wonder if it says how to catch it."

"To capture a Pokemon you usually have your own Pokemon battle with the other Pokemon," Pokedex said.

Closing the Pokedex, I said, "Alright. If it's like that. Care to help, little friend?"

"Pika. Pi." Pikachu scampered toward the other Pokemon, stopping within ten feet of it's opponent.

"Pikachu, Thundershock," I called.

"Pika...Chu!" Pikachu released a charge of electricity, shocking it's opponent.

"Good work!" I cheered, bringing out a Poke ball. I threw the ball, crying, "Poke ball, go!" The ball hit Pidgeotto, opened up, and the Pokemon disappeared inside the ball as a sphere of red light. The ball closed and then the ball rocked back and forth. At last, it stopped and the button went from red to white.

"We did it!" I cheered as I scooped up the ball and placed it on my belt with the other balls. I held my hand out to my little friend, who slapped it. It held out it's hand and I returned the slap.

"You did it!" Ash cried. "You captured Pidgeotto!"

"And,' my friend continued. "I see my first my Pokemon to capture. Stand back."

As I stepped back, I scanned the area. My eyes landed on a Caterpie, a bug Pokemon. It seemed like a useless on to capture, but it's not. With the right amount of training, it can evoluved into Metapod and eventually Butterfree, it's top form.

Ash grabbed Charmander's ball and threw it saying, Charmander, I choose you!" The ball popped open and Charmander appeared.

"Charmander, chase it over here," Ash coached.

The Pokemn obliged and chased Caterpie by breathing little balls of fire at it. This kept up until Caterpie was five feet from Ash. My friend threw another ball, saying, "Poke ball, go!" The ball hit Caterpie and it disappeared into the ball. Unlike my catch, it didn't rock or resist. It just sat there, white button and all.

"Yeah! I got Caterpie!" Ash grabbed the ball and began dancing around with it.

"My first captured Pokemon! I did it! I got it!"

Smiling, I said, "Alright, Ash. That's enough. How about collecting Charmander and we continue toward Viridian City?"

"Oh, sure. Charmander, return!" A red beam hit Ash's Pokemon and pulled it inside the ball. Ash put both balls on his belt and we continued toward our destination without stopping any further.

By the time we reached Viridian City, I could tell that Pikachu could use some revitalization. Ash said that he should do the same for Charmander. So, we headed for the city's Pokemon Center. It was no problem getting in, since our Pokedexes were our ID's. We walked through the center's double automatic doors and up to the front desk.

"Hello, my name is Joy," said a pleasant-looking woman, who was behind the desk. "How can I help you?"

"I'd like to have my Pikachu revitalized," I requested.

"The same thing for my Charmander," Ash added.

"Okay." Ash and I gave our Pokemon to her and she took them away to re-energize them. While she was away, the phone rang. Ash and I went to answer it. Professor Oak appeared on the screen.

"Ash. Kim. So you arrived at the same time, huh?"

"Actually, we're traveling together," Ash admitted.

"Nothing wrong with that. I assure you. I'm surprised you two got there so quickly."

The two of us blushed.

"In fact," Oak continued. "when my grandson Gary said both of you wouldn't have any new Pokemon by the time you got there, I bet him a million dollars he'd be wrong!"

"I guess you're a million dollars richer," we chorused together (Best friends think alike, sometimes, huh?).

Delight filled the professor's eyes. "You both got Pokemon?"

"Pidgeotto," I reported.

"Caterpie," Ash chimed in.

A doorbell rang on the professor's end. "Oh, there's my pizza. Bye, Ash. Bye, Kim. Good luck." The screen went blank.

"Well, we proved Gary wrong," I commented.

"Yeah. It sure feels great to know that."

Nurse Joy came in with a tray. On it was Pikachu and a Poke ball which contained Charmander. "Here are your Pokemon."

"Thank you." Pikachu jumped onto my shoulder while Ash put the ball back on his belt. Suddenly a loud siren sounded. Ash and I jumped. So did my Pokemon.

"Attention Viridian City," a speaker blared. "Our sensors have detected an aircraft belonging to a gang of Pokemon thieves."

I looked up, expecting to see the craft above us. Suddenly, three Poke balls crashed through the glass roof. Clouds of thick smoke filled the room. The four of us choked. The smoke smelled foul and like poison. Three Pokemon emerged from the smoke. I recognized them. A Koffing, an Ekans, and a Persian were before us.

The smoke cleared and two teenage girls and a teenage boy stepped into the room. All three wore black boots and gloves with white uniforms with a red R on the shirts. A Meowth stood in front of them. The boy had light purple hair and held a red rose, the older girl had red hair, and the younger girl had pink hair.

"Prepare for trouble," the girls said.

"Make it double," the boy said. The girls gave him a look and smacked him with fans. "Make that triple," he corrected himself.

"To protect the world from devastation," the girls continued.

"To untie all people within our nation," said the boy.

"To denounce the evils of truth and love," the girls announced.

"To extend our reach to the stars above," the boy added.

"Jessie!" the redhead said.

"James!" the boy added.

"Jackie!" the pink haired girl chimed in. "Team Rocket!"

"Blast off at the speed of light," Jessie said.

"Surrender now-," Jackie began.

"-Or prepare to fight," James finished.

"Meowth! That's right!" the yellow Pokemon said. The Meowth actually talked. But I barely noticed.

While they were talking, my eyes were focused on Jackie. She seemed familiar to me. The way she moved, her voice, her facial expressions. I hadn't see those expressions in...2 years. Since...my sister ran away.

"Melissa?" I whispered loudly, awed.

"There's no one by that name here," Meowth said.

"It's _her_ name." I pointed to Jackie, whom I just knew was my sister.

"I'm Jackie," the pink haired girl replied.

"You know this girl?" James asked.

"An old acquaintance, I assure you."

"Old acquaintance? I'm your older sister, for heaven's sake!"

"I don't have an older sister. I'm Jackie, the third part of Team Rocket."

"Team Rocket, my Poke ball!"

"Only if it has a rare and valuable Pokemon in it," Jessie said. "Then we'll take it!"

"You're not getting any Pokemon!"

"How do you plan to stop us? Koffing, smokescreen!" James ordered.

The Pokemon obeyed. Joy, Ash, Pikachu, and I ran into a nearby room. The doors closed. We were safe. Suddenly, the lights went out.

"They must have cut the power," Joy said. "But we have our own 'Pika Power' source."

Yellow electricity crackled in the middle of the room. The lights were restored. I could now see a bunch of Pikachu hooked up to this machine. It was amazing. There were so many of them. I looked around the room.

The room was filled with shelves of Poke balls that probably contained sick or injured Pokemon. Joy sat down at a computer and began typing.

"This is the Viridian City Pokemon Center. We have an emergency situation. Transporting Poke balls."

"This is the Pewter City Pokemon Center," a voice answered. "Ready to receive Poke balls."

A mechanical arm began placing the balls, one by one, on a conveyor belt, which led to a transport center, a beam struck the ball as it entered the chamber, and it disappeared. On it's way to Pewter City.

Suddenly Koffing and Ekans crashed through the doors. Behind them was a red haired girl I had never seen before. And behind her was Team Rocket, Meowth, and Persian.

"You're going to be sorry you messed with us, little girl," James threatened.

"We'll see," the girl said. She threw a Poke ball that had been on the ground. The ball opened and a Pidgey appeared. It saw Ekans and flew back into the ball.

"I'll take care of these clowns," she said. Glancing over her shoulder, she added, "You two with the Pokemon, get it out of here."

"Right," Ash said. The two of us, with Pikachu, ran past Team Rocket and into the front lobby. When we turned around, Team Rocket was behind us. The strange girl ran in.

"I couldn't stop them," she apologized.

"It's all over now," Jessie laughed.

Suddenly, I heard a low rumbling and then loads of Pikachu rushed into the room and stood together in a cluster.

"Pika pika chu chu! Pika pika chu chu!" they chanted. A huge glow surrounded the group as the chanting got louder. Finally, they hurled a charge- right at Jessie, James, Koffing, Ekans, Persian, and poor Jackie. Meowth had leaped out of the way.

"Must I do everything?" Meowth cried. "That mouse is cat food." He pointed at my Pokemon. "You're mine, Pikachu!" Meowth lunged. I moved out of the way. Pikachu slipped off my shoulder and stood in front of me. I could see the electricity sparking from the circles on it's cheeks. A yellow glow surrounded it.

"Pika...CHU!" Pikachu cried. A huge charge exploded from it. A large explosion rocked the building. I closed my eyes.

Seconds later, the rocking ceased. Slowly, I opened my eyes. The center was in ruins. I was okay, so was Ash and Pikachu. Our mysterious girl was dusty, but alright.

"You did it! You got rid of Team Rocket!"

I looked around. She was right, they were gone. I turned to the girl. "Thank you for your help. I'm Kim and this is my friend, Ash."

"I'm Misty. Your welcome. I came to the center for Pokemon training and found you were in trouble."

"Ash and I are training to be Pokemon masters. You could join us."

"I'm in."

"It's a good thing I got those Pokemon to Pewter City safely," Joy said.

"I think we need to leave," I told her.

"All right. Goodbye and good luck!"

The four of us began our walk to the Viridian Forest. "By the way, Kim how do you know Jackie?"

"It's a long story, Ash. I tell you in the foreset. We entered the forest and I began my tale.

"The End"

To be continued in "New Friends and Enemies"