Where there's smoke, there's fire. That was the first thing the figure thought of, eyes shut tight, as he caught a good whiff of smoke. His eyes opening wide, the figure took in his surroundings. He sat on a narrow ledge, overlooking a steaming pool of lava. Already fringing on panic, the figure heard a loud screech. He just had the time to look up and see claws - or maybe talons - as he was lifted off the ground. Twisting and squirming, the figure knew exactly what was about to happen. As the claws let go, the figure let out a silent, deathly scream as he plunged toward his firey demise......
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Kaz bolted upright in bed. He took a few moments to steady his breathing rate, then shivered from the draft coming in from the open attic window. His pokemon and companion, Espeon, sensing Kaz's unease, jumped up onto the bed and thoroughly licked his face. Kaz laughed, already back into his usual cheerful mood. Being female, Espeon seemed to take it as her duty to keep Kaz happy at all times.
Then Kaz looked out the window at the rising sun. This set his train of thought rolling on new beginnings, and then he remembered - today was the day. Exactly one year ago, his father had set out on a quest, and promised he would write every week. Not a single letter came. Finally, after about a month, Kaz vowed that if his father hadn't returned by a year from the day he disappeared, he would go after his father himself.
And now it was time. With a steeled resolve, Kaz threw on his casual clothes and trudged downstairs. He fed Espeon her favorite blue pokeblocks, and made a pizza bagel for himself. Satisfied and no longer starving, Kaz ran out the door, hopped on his bike, and sped off, with Espeon running along beside him.
As Kaz rode, he thought of the 2 people he had overheard yesterday. He didn't let on, but he heard them say there were rumors of a person that exactly fit his dad's description stalking around Bantylow City in a Team Rainbow uniform. Kaz knew there was no truth to these rumors, but he didn't like the possibility......
Kaz was so caught up in his thoughts, he didn't realize he was riding on Professor Pine's lawn! Barely skidding to a stop just before hitting the wall, Kaz stumbled off the bike and tripped over his own feet, falling through the open doorway. Kaz noted that no one was home, and decided to take a look at the starter pokemon.
Kaz stepped forward, but noticed there was only one pokeball left on the table. He reached out to pick it up when a Mightyena leaped out of the shadows and bit him on the hand! Espeon stepped forward, uttering a low growl, but Kaz called it off when he saw the dog tag attached to Mightyena that read, Pine. Kaz realized it was just the Professor's guard dog.
After a brief chat between Espeon and Mightyena, the wolf pokemon came forward and licked Kaz's hand apologetically. Kaz patted it on the head. "I understand, Mightyena. You were just protecting the lab, and doing your job well." Mightyena then produced a slip of paper out of its mouth, oddly dry. Kaz unrolled the slip, and read the letter written out on it;
Whoever, you are, Mightyena trusts you, so I know it is safe for you to read this. You should know that Team Rainbow is hot on my trail. For your own safety, take Mightyena and all remaining starters with you, and leave this town immediately. It is not safe. I can take care of myself, and good luck.
My best regards,
Kaz stuffed the slip of paper into his jacket pocket, quickly found Mightyena's pokeball, noticed the last starter ball contained a Twigare - Kaz stiffened. He knew Taylor and Swift had both taken Bodotters, his father had taken a Pyrig with him on his quest, and someone named Luke had taken the other Twigare. But where was the last Pyrig?
Suddenly getting a sinking feeling, Kaz hurriedly retrieved all of his pokemon back into their balls, got on his bike, and hightailed it away from the lab. In his haste, he had no way that hiding behind a streetside bush, a pair of eyes watched him warily, while holding a shape that looked oddly like a pig......
ooc: Eh, it's realy just a one-part fanfic, as it progresses into normal text RPG posts from there. This was the introduction post in the first town of the POTRPG, or Pokemon Opal Text RPG. The unfamiliar names are Team Rainbow, the evil team of Opal, Bodotter, the Water starter, Twigare, the Grass starter, and Pyrig, the Fire starter.
I mostly posted this to show some of these new people but a proper fanfic should look like; Decent length, description, paragraphs, a decent amount of foreshadowinh, proper grammar and spelling, and the like. I might post my other character Swift's opening though, which comes slightly after this one, and isn't as extravagant but also includes some decent stuff.