I woke up a bit exhausted, having so much trouble sleeping last night. But I decided that irregardless of being tired, I had to get going. I sat up in bed, and wondered when the next time I’d get to sleep in it would be. My thoughts were disturbed by my mother yelling downstairs.
"SHITSHITSHIT, HELP!" It was my mother, and in a mad panic, I jumped out of bed and made a mad dash down the stairs. The stove was on fire, and my mother’s Vulpix had lit a stack of newspaper on fire. I sighed, as I grabbed a pot of water and dumped it on the fire.
"Mother, how many times has this happened now?"
"Good question, I’m not sure at this point."
"Its things like this that make me worry about leaving you alone. I’m almost afraid that I wont have a house to come back to."
"Oh sweetheart, you worry too much. I know how to take care of myself!"
"Mother, last week you went to the store to get milk, and came home with a Miltank."
My mother looked at me with a look of disapproval for a moment, then sighed.
"It saves money in the long run. Now go get dressed, today is a big day for you. I got you a nice surprise too!" She held up a box, and shook it a little bit. I shook my head and went upstairs, got dressed and packed my bag with a couple extra pairs of clothing. As I was zipping up my backpack, I looked up and turned my attention to a picture on my dresser.
It was a photo of me, my mother, my father, and my best friend, Sarah. It was taken a few years back, before Sarah moved to the Johto region with her family. I haven’t spoke to her since, and I suddenly found myself nervous. How long will I be gone for? Will my mother really be alright without me? Am I actually cut out for this? I started doubting myself and my capabilities when my Ratata came up and nuzzled my leg. I looked down at him, and he looked up at me, and coo’d lovingly. I smiled, and felt a sudden warm feeling, and an overwhelming stench.
"Oh good lord, what…is.." I stopped, as I realized Ratata had relieved himself over my leg. Rat bastard. I refrained from throwing him out the window, and just drew him back into his ball, and stuffed it into the bottom of my backpack. I changed my pants, and realized there was still the stench of piss on me. I sighed and hoped it would just vent itself out as the day went on. I couldn’t delay my journey anymore, and I went downstairs, where my mother was still waiting for me.
"Oh, you look so handsome. My son, all grown up and ready to start his journey. You should shower before-"
"No. What’s in the box?"
"Oh, right, here you go!" She said excitedly as she handed me the box. I smiled as I opened the box, to find a pair of shoes in there.
"Awesome, new shoes! Mine were getting pretty run down."
"Not just any kind of shoes, but running shoes! Now you can run!" She said.
I looked at her funny.
"Mom, why would I need running shoes to run?"
I sighed, and put them on. They were white, with a red stripe running along the shoe. I didn’t feel any different, but I figured it was a marketing ploy or something. My mother isn’t the brightest in the world, but at least she means well. I gave her a kiss and hug, and walked out the door. I took a deep breath, and headed towards route one, the path that would take me towards Viridian City.