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A Pokémon Fan Fic written by FireChick12012 (known as SaoirseParisa on her Fanfiction.net profile)

On her eleventh birthday, young Julia Parisa is excited to get her very first Pokemon, not to go on a journey, but just a friend she can love and take care of. But when her birthday doesn't go as planned, she finds herself befriending a shiny Pichu after saving it from an angry Beedrill horde. She names her Hikaru, and the two become friends. For the most part, Julia lives a fairly normal, happy life, with loving parents, a ranch full of Pokemon she can play with, plenty of books to read, and dreams to fulfill. She only wishes her older sister wasn't so angry all the time, and she doesn't have human friends due to being autistic. But other than that, her life is perfect.

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...That is, until the day said older sister, Amara, steals a Pokemon from Professor Elm's lab, throwing the entire Parisa family into an upheaval. After that, Amara's behavior worsens, and she runs away from home. She is banned from becoming a trainer after she was caught abusing her first Pokemon, and now, in retaliation, she is on the run. Julia is appalled, and decides to go on a journey to reason with her.

Although impulsive, going on a journey introduces her to a pair of new friends: a Spoiled Sweet rich girl named Perrine Innocenti, who is the friend she always wanted, and the impatient Jerk with a Heart of Gold Caiseal Brownstone, who has many secrets he wants to keep hidden. New friends, Pokemon, experiences, and enemies abound, Julia's journey is sure to be an exciting adventure.

It can be read here.

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  • A Boy and His X: A girl and her adorable shiny electric mouse.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Caiseal claims his parents abandoned him, and there are short flashbacks of them saying things like "I wish you were never born!". The full extent is revealed in chapter 56: Caiseal had a twin who he inadvertently absorbed in the womb, and his mother developed an Irrational Hatred of him and deemed him a monster for it, going so far as to abandon him in the Ice Path to die. As revealed in chapter 60, his father is hardly any better. He stood back and did nothing while his wife abused their son, and then he makes a deal with Caiseal that if he beats him in a Pokemon match, he can see his beloved little sister Violet, curb-stomps him with strong Pokemon using moves they can't possibly learn normally, and as he walks away, drops the bombshell that even is Caiseal had won, he wouldn't have honored the deal. Karma finally catches up to them in chapter 61, when it's revealed that both parents were arrested for their treatment of Caiseal and Violet was removed from their custody.
    • As revealed in Hikaru's backstory, she was shunned and even abused by her birth parents simply because she was a Shiny Pokemon. When Raikou found out, he was so disgusted that he banished said parents from his dominion and took Hikaru in as his own child.
  • Adaptational Badass: Keeping with tradition, Falkner continues to be one. In Pokémon Adventures, the authoress's favorite manga, he's just a part-time police officer, and she liked the idea and wanted to utilize it further. Here? He's the frickin' police chief!
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Some Pokemon from later generations have appeared here, such as Swablu and Salamence.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Morty is portrayed less than favorably in the beginning, and comes off as more jerkish than other adaptations, in that he refuses to challenge Julia to battles because of believing stereotypes about autism and giving her a Fog Badge out of pity and to avoid any tantrums. He does get called on it, and gets better later on.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Clair and Whitney are portrayed as much nicer and more mature, handling their defeats with far more grace than her game counterpart. The only time Whitney reacts badly to a defeat had nothing to do with the loss itself, but because of the cruel way the challenger treated their Pokemon, who saw them as mindless war machines. The latter's maturity is even lampshaded:
    Caiseal found himself speechless. He said that Whitney was a crybaby and a ditz, but she didn't cry even once. Whitney kept her stone faced look.
  • Adult Fear: Put yourselves in Kassia and Truman's shoes for a moment. You're two parents who do whatever you can for your kids. You love them to death and make sure they have a good life, complete with bank accounts in case they want to go to college or on a Pokemon journey. When your oldest child's friend dies, you try to console her and tell her everything will be okay. But then, all of a sudden, she shuts you out. You want her to open up to you and do what you can to let her know you're there for her, but nothing you do gets through to her. She acts out in school, lashes out at you and others, becomes more rebellious and bitter, and despite your attempts to help her, nothing works. Soon, you find yourself frustrated after your daughter has spent a whole year wallowing over her friend's death in an unhealthy manner. All you want is for her to be happy and move on with her life, but she refuses, thinking you don't care about her, but you do. You offer her help, but she refuses all of it. You're at your wit's end. You don't know what to do anymore. You wonder if you missed something. Then, your daughter runs away, steals a Pokemon, abuses said Pokemon, and uses it to hurt others in pretty dangerous, almost fatal ways, and now she's being hunted by the police because of said crimes... and you're helpless to do anything about it.
  • Aerith and Bob: Several characters have normal names, like Julia, Truman, Joey, Harriet, Violet, Margeaux, and so on, and others have really strange names, such as Perrine, Caiseal, Kassia, Yannick, Fergus, and Nollaig.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Julia gives her Pokemon nicknames, namely cute ones. Tokiko the Togepi, Saoirse the Snubbull, Tsubasa the Pidgey, etc.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Because of the way her autism manifests and her talking to Pokemon, most people didn't like Julia or thought she was a bad kid. As a result, she grew up without any friends.
    • Chanel only had Amara for a friend, as she was ignored by the other kids for being poor and "weird".
  • Alternate Continuity: While the fan fic does follow the Pokémon Gold and Silver storyline, it diverges every now and again, the cast sans the gym leaders and Elite Four are all original characters, and events play out differently.
  • An Aesop: This fanfic has a few good ones:
    • Face your fears.
    • Stand up for yourself when you need to, and stand up for what's right.
    • While it's good to follow the rules, sometimes you'll need to break them in order to get out of bad situations or fighting for equality.
    • Also, people with autism are just that: people, and it's bad to define them by stereotypes you hear from TV or books.
    • While it's okay to let yourself grieve when you lose a loved one, lashing out in anger and letting it define your life won't help you at all. Many of Amara's problems are caused because she kept lashing out at everybody over her friend's death, and Kassia tells Julia not to go down that path after Saoirse dies.
  • Animal Talk: Since Julia can talk to Pokemon, she often translates what they're saying. Sometimes the Pokemon talk amongst themselves, and they have lots to say.
  • Anti-Villain: Amara. What makes her sympathetic is that she's largely lashing out in grief over the death of her best friend, but it's made clear in-universe that it does not excuse her actions, which include, but are not limited to, stealing a Totodile from Professor Elm's lab, physically and verbally abusing Pokemon regularly, forcing her Pokemon to directly attack humans, and generally being a complete Jerkass to everyone she comes in contact with.
  • Apathetic Teacher: As shown in Falkner's flashback in chapter 5, the principal of Pokemon Academy is largely indifferent to Falkner's story about how Julia was abused by Mrs. Amoretto, and it's likely he only fired Amoretto in order to ward off all the bad publicity his school was receiving because of her actions. Not only that, but when Amoretto was slapping and manhandling Julia, there was another teacher present, and she simply stood there and did nothing; Falkner even called said teacher out on it.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In chapter 17, Julia gives one to Amara, demanding to know why she's even on a journey and catching Pokemon when she doesn't even like them. Amara is unable to respond for several seconds.
  • Ascended Meme: Younger Joey and his "top percentage of Rattata" meme. Julia thinks he's self-absorbed.
  • The Atoner: As of chapter 59, Amara has decided to turn herself in and attempt to make up for all the bad things she's done since the beginning of the story.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The entire Goldenrod Radio Tower arc serves as this for the majority of the gym leaders, though they're still this even outside that particular arc.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • While she's given sympathetic reasons for acting as such (lashing out in grief over the death of her best friend), Amara nonetheless has some shades of this; she has a very Hair-Trigger Temper, barely needs any provocation to beat humans and Pokemon alike to bloody pulps, and has absolutely zero qualms against ordering her Pokemon to attack humans directly, which she first demonstrates against Julia, her own sister.
    • Yannick is a much straight example, and is quite eager to give other people A Taste of the Lash. As revealed in chapter 51, he even has his own Torture Cellar.
  • Bad Boss: Amara physically and verbally abuses her Pokémon on a regular basis. As it turns out, it's because she does so that's why she's been blacklisted and legally forbidden to be a Pokémon Trainer.
  • Bad Dreams: Caiseal dreams about his mother's abuse on a regular basis. Some times he'll be screaming in his sleep, and his Pokemon or the girls have to forcefully wake him up.
  • Badass Adorable: Many of Julia's Pokemon count: Hikaru, a cute yellow mouse; Tokiko, a cute baby spike ball who knows Headbutt and Dazzling Gleam upon being born; Saoirse, the motherly, caring Snubbull who will headbutt you if you're being mean to her friends; etc.
    • Julia herself can count, as she's sweet, kind, and friendly albeit reserved, but mess with her and her friends, and she won't go easy on you.
  • Badass Bookworm: Julia reads a lot of books, but she can hold her own when she wants to.
  • Badass Family: The Parisas definitely count. All of them are Pokemon trainers who are very capable battlers. Kassia and Truman own a Pokemon ranch, complete with their own teams they've had since their younger days.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: This is pretty much the main reason most Pokemon join Julia's team. Hikaru because Julia saved her from a group of Beedrill without hesitation, Twilight after Julia reassures her after she accidentally set a tree on fire, and Geraldine after Julia saves her from Team Rocket.
  • Bee Afraid: In the first chapter, Julia and Hikaru are chased by a Beedrill horde before Kassia and her Vaporeon come to their rescue. The next chapter reveals that Hikaru accidentally ate their stash of Oran berries.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Harriet, a young Team Rocket grunt, hates being in TR, and wants to leave. Her attempt at escaping, while successful, nearly costs her her life.
  • Berserk Button: Julia despises people who abuse their Pokemon, with or without reason. Things admittedly get complicated in regards to Amara. She also gets angry when people don't believe she can actually understand what her Pokemon are saying.
  • Big Bad: Pokémon Hunter J plays a much larger role in the story than in any other adaptation so far.
  • Big Brother Worship: Violet absolutely adores her older brother Caiseal, and even after she learns why her parents disowned and abandoned him, she still stands by him.
  • Big Fancy House: Perrine lives in one in Goldenrod City, which is no surprise since she's rich.
  • Big Sister Instinct: As much as Amara gripes about Julia, she does display this. In chapter 17, she immediately panics and tries to save Julia when she begins to fall through the rotten floorboards, and in chapter 48, she attacks and beats up Pryce for ordering his Cloyster to attack Julia during the Red Gyarados fiasco.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Many of the characters' nicknames for their Pokemon are this. Julia's Butterfree is named Papillon, which is French for "butterfly," Hikaru's name means "light" in Japanese, and so on.
  • Blood Knight: Two of Julia's Pokemon, Tsubasa the Pidgeotto and Twilight the Ponyta, are very aggressive, cocky Pokemon who are only too happy to go all-out in any battle they can participate it. Tsubasa in particular loves fighting and battling so much that she frequently pops out of her Pokeball in order to battle, even when Julia doesn't plan on using her.
  • Bratty Half-Pint:
    • Tsubasa the Pidgey starts off as a very bratty little Pidgey: battling Pokemon when her trainer doesn't want her to, causing trouble, sass-talking her trainer, and boasting about how awesome she is even when she loses in battle.
    • Amara sees Julia as this.
    • In one chapter, the kids encounter a six-year-old girl named Abby near Blackthorn City. She causes them all kinds of trouble, Julia in particular, who can't stand unruly children, and according to her parents, has a lot of behavioral issues. After they return her to her parents, they're relieved she's gone.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Thirteen-year-old Amara Parisa yells at her parents, snaps at the slightest provocation, blames Julia for most of what goes wrong in her life, and would much rather sit in her room and listen to her "iPod" than do anything her parents tell her to.
  • Break the Cutie: Plenty of cuties are broken, or were in their backstories, the most notable being Amara with Chanel's death, and a seven-year-old Julia when a teacher was abusing her over an incident that wasn't her fault. However, Hikaru takes the cake, as she was disowned by her parents for being shiny, her adopted parent was kidnapped by J and her compatriots (although revealed later to have escaped safe and sound), and she basically had to survive all on her own for a while.
  • Breather Episode: The story has quite a few of them.
    • Chapter 51 has the kids meet Caiseal's adopted parents and have some much needed fun and cheering up after the absolute Tear Jerker that was chapter 50, where Caiseal runs into his deadbeat father, who tries to keep him from seeing his sister, challenging him to a match with Violet as a literal prize, utterly destroys him in a battle, and goes back on the deal he made to kick him further.
    • Chapter 54 seems like it'll be this after the kids manage to defeat Clair...until the end, when Saoirse suffers a fatal heart attack and dies.
  • Broken Bird: The reason why Caiseal starts off argumentative, unpleasant, jerkish, and impatient is because his family neglected him due to having absorbed his twin in utero, something that was out of his control. Not only that, he was abandoned by his mother, publicly disowned when he returned, and was forbidden from seeing his younger sister, the only person in the family who loved him. Is it any wonder he has such pervasive trust issues?

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  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Perrine and her father Eduardo never saw eye to eye, but when he continues to baby Perrine, even as their lives are in danger, Perrine has finally had enough and demonstrates her prowess as a Pokemon trainer.
    • Julia herself gets a moment when Kassia chastises her for giving Geraldine the Gyarados to a Pokemon rehabilitation clinic rather than simply releasing it back into the wild like she was told to do; Julia points out that doing so wouldn't have helped Geraldine with the trauma she suffered at Team Rocket's hands.
    • Caiseal and his younger sister Violet each have their moments. In one of the bonus chapters, Violet learns the truth about why Caiseal disappeared and the true nature of her mother's Parental Favoritism and calling her out on all of it. In the next chapter, when Caiseal's father tries to forcibly separate Violet from Caiseal when they reunite after so many years, both of them don't hesitate to call him out on his cruelty. When he defeats Caiseal in their battle, sending him into a Heroic BSoD, and proceeding to rub salt in the wound by saying he wouldn't have let Caiseal see Violet no matter the outcome, Julia gets PISSED, throwing a ball of dirt at him and shouting that he's a terrible father.
  • Canon Foreigner: Many of the gym leaders have Pokemon that they didn't have in the game.
    • Falkner has a Togetic, a Skarmory, and a Noctowl.
    • Whitney has a Furret and a Meowth, which replace the Clefairy she had in the games, namely because Clefairy is no longer a normal type.
    • Morty has a Misdreavus.
    • Pryce has a Sneasel.
    • Lance has a Swablu.
  • Canon Immigrant: In addition to the above, the gym leaders have Pokemon they do have in other adaptations.
    • Whitney's Furret from the TCG, Morty's Misdreavus from Pokémon Adventures, Jasmine's two Togetic and Falkner's Skarmory, also from Pokemon Adventures.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Amara's response to Whitney's totally-justified “The Reason You Suck” Speech in chapter 10 is to blow her top, kick Whitney in the stomach, and take a Plain Badge from her by force.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Before she gets to the lab, Julia runs into an orange-haired girl. Later, she befriends that same girl, Perrine Innocenti, in Union Cave.
  • Confusion Fu: Some trainers' Pokemon know attacks that they are capable of learning in-game, but not through leveling up.
    • Whitney's Meowth knows Water Pulse, and Caiseal's father has a Slowking that knows Flamethrower.
  • Cooldown Hug: When Saoirse dies, Julia starts hurting herself out of guilt. She only stops when Caiseal talks her down, and with her permission, they hug her and let her cry out all of her grief.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Julia is easily overwhelmed by loud noise and sticky situations, and cries if she can't handle it. But when the going gets tough, she will willingly put her life on the line to help others or herself.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Caiseal and his Pokemon are on the receiving end of a savage one at the hands of his father Fergus in chapter 60, his opponent using stupidly overpowered Pokemon against his own, and said Pokemon knowing moves they shouldn't be able to learn under normal circumstances.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's constantly implied that Caiseal has had terrible issues regarding his family, which is why he's sensitive about the subject whenever it's brought up. To what extent is unknown, and he's intent on zipping his lips about it. It's finally revealed in chapter 56: Caiseal had a twin who he inadvertently absorbed in the womb, and his mother developed an Irrational Hatred of him and deemed him a monster for it, going so far as to abandon him in the Ice Path to die. As revealed in chapter 60, his father is hardly any better, and stood back and did nothing while his wife abused their son.
  • Darker and Edgier: Not an overt example, but things are serious in that humans can get seriously injured, blood included, rampaging Pokemon have been confirmed to have killed people, Team Rocket is far more lethal and dangerous, and eleven-year-old children have to deal with the downsides of going on a journey in the wilderness, one such thing being without access to toilets and things related to personal hygiene.
    • Pokemon can actually die in this story. In chapter 54, Julia's Snubbull, Saoirse, dies from a heart defect that nobody noticed.
    • Team Rocket were scum in the games, but their nastiness is taken to new lows here, from training children from infancy to become grunts to brutally hunting down or killing off anyone who even dares to question them in any way. The authoress mentioned that she wanted to make them more genuinely threatening than they were in the games, and here they're portrayed as some kind of cult.
  • Designated Girl Fight: While trapped in a cave in chapter 68, Julia and Amara get into an argument, which soon spirals into a full-on cat fight.
  • The Determinator: Amara. Nothing will stop her from her journey, and she'll always find a way to make sure she can keep going on it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Amara acts like a complete Jerkass towards everyone, even her own Pokémon, because of the following: she feels her parents favor Julia over her, and her best friend was killed by a Gyarados, and she feels nobody around her is taking her friend's death and its effects on Amara seriously...although they are, but she refuses any kind of help.
    • Amara steals one Pokemon and runs away from home, and there's a manhunt for her, with police trawling all over. It's justifiable for people to be looking for her, since she's a teenage runaway, but that level of action is excessive. Kassia even lampshades it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Amara's entire plan is to go on a Pokemon journey and eventually make the Pokemon League. In chapter 67, when they meet again, Julia points out all the flaws in said plan: Amara is blacklisted as a trainer, regularly breaks the rules of Pokemon battles, and has outright assaulted people with her Pokemon and stolen several of the badges she needed, so it's unlikely the people running the Pokemon League will even let her in at all. Amara is left stunned, as she legitimately didn't consider any of the above.
  • Domestic Abuse: Implied in the case of Caiseal's mother in chapter 60. Aside from the fact that she horribly abused Caiseal and threw him out of their house, when Julia calls Caiseal's father out on going along with it and do nothing to stop it, Fergus responds that his relationship with Nollaig is the only thing keeping him off the streets, and he just goes along with whatever she does or else she'll kick him out.
  • Drama Queen: Although everyone took her seriously at first, they began to think of Amara as this, especially when she was saddened about her friend's death.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In chapter 14, Margeaux is absolutely horrified and disgusted when Yannick, her partner in crime, beats Caiseal with his whip.
  • Evil Teacher: In second grade, Julia was abused by a teacher named Hester Amoretto, because the latter genuinely thought that she was being a bad kid whose parents didn't discipline her properly, believing that autism isn't a thing, and blamed her for causing the incident at school where four Pokemon went crazy with rage, attacking everything in their path. This has caused Julia to develop a lot of self-esteem issues and a hatred for Pokemon battles. When Amoretto went so far as to slap Julia across the face and physically restrain her while openly declaring her to be a bad kid right in front of Falkner, it gets her arrested on the spot.
  • Eyes Always Averted: Julia rarely makes eye contact, if ever, which is a common autistic trait. She has no problem doing it with her Pokemon, though.
  • Face Your Fears: At first, Julia is terrified of the thought of going to Violet City, as it's the place where her hatred for Pokemon battles started and where she was abused by a school teacher. Falkner's assistance helps her to overcome this fear, though memories of the abusive teacher still remain. This is a prominent theme and Aesop throughout the fan fic.
    • Julia is terrified of Poison-type Pokemon, namely because of incidents she mentions in an easy to miss sentence. But when she and Hikaru save two Nidoran, who befriend her, she tries to get over that problem.
  • Fangirl: Perrine absolutely adores the Gym Leaders, the Kimono Girls, and a book series called The Jammin' Ninja.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. Criminals use firearms just as much as they use Pokemon.
  • Fired Teacher: Hester Amoretto, whose abuse of a younger Julia led to her being arrested by Falkner.
  • First-Name Basis: Caiseal refers to his biological parents by their first names instead of Mom and Dad because of them having abused and neglected him, and he makes it clear that he wants nothing more to do with them. On the other hand, he does refer to his adopted parents by their first names, but only because he has lingering trust issues, and does warm up to them later.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Julia is the responsible one, who takes care of the Pokemon on the ranch, does her chores and schoolwork (Though not without the occasional complaint), and follows the rules. In contrast, her older sister Amara is the foolish one, eschewing school and chores in favor of sitting around and listening to her Ipod, treating Pokemon with disdain, hanging out with unsavory people, and constantly yelling at everyone under the slightest provocation.
  • Friendless Background: Because of her autism and ability to talk to Pokémon, Julia grew up without making any friends because kids would bully her or never liked her. This resulted in her low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence, as she grew up believing what everyone said about her despite her parents' reassurance.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Julia has grown up around Pokemon, and thus, she absolutely loves Pokemon. She finds she can befriend Pokemon easier than people...as long as they're not Poison types, that is.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • The reason for Amara's Jerkass tendencies and hatred of Pokemon is because she's lashing out in grief over the death of her best friend Chanel, who was killed by a rampaging Gyarados.
    • Morty's initial treatment of Julia over her autism is because he was once bitten by an autistic child who was throwing a temper tantrum.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Amara's Jerkass behavior all began when her best friend was killed by a rampaging Gyarados, and her actions are because she's lashing out in grief at that. However, in the process, she's stolen Pokemon and Gym Badges, abused several of said Pokemon, and attacked innocent bystanders either by herself or by using her Pokemon. It's made clear in-universe that Amara's grief and pain do not excuse her behavior; Julia herself openly states as such and tells their mother she wants Amara to be arrested.
  • Foreshadowing: The very subtle kind. In early chapters, Julia shivers whenever a Poison-type Pokemon is near or if one is namedropped. It's not until a later chapter that she shows actual fear toward Poison types.

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  • Genki Girl: When she's not being shy, Julia can get very bubbly when it comes to her Pokemon. Hikaru, Tokiko, and Whitney also count.
  • Girls Love Chocolate: At some points, Julia mentions her favorite food is chocolate, especially chocolate cake. She's shown eating it quite a few times, even in recent chapters.
  • Handicapped Badass: Twilight. She lost her leg in an Ursaring attack and wears a prosthesis, but, next to Tsubasa, Twilight is one of Julia's most battle-happy Pokemon, never hesitating to jump into a match and go all out, even if it means pushing herself too hard.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • After Hikaru is abandoned by her parents, Raikou adopts her and she's all the better for it.
    • After being abandoned by his birth parents, Caiseal was taken in by his teacher Yvette Asher. He ends up all the better for it, and loves her as though she were his real mother.
  • Happily Married: Falkner is revealed to have married an Officer Jenny and is expecting his first child.
  • Hate Sink: The only character who has been universally hated is a minor character, a teacher named Hester Amoretto, both in-universe and out. She's basically a bigoted teacher who mistreated Julia back in second grade and unknowingly cultivated the girl's hatred for Pokemon battles, plus she isn't very developed as a character overall. Nobody likes her.
    • The same goes for Caiseal's biological parents, Fergus and Nollaig Brownstone. Ever since they found out he unknowingly absorbed his twin while in the womb, they treated him like he was subhuman, with Fergus mostly ignoring him and Nollaig verbally abusing him and neglecting him every chance she got. Not only that, they blatantly favored his little sister Violet and treated her better than him because she didn't have any problems. Nollaig in particular hated him so much that she intentionally drove him to the Ice Path, left him there to die, and tried to keep Violet in the dark about his abandonment. After spending two months on the streets and coming back, Nollaig curses Caiseal out and declares him a monster sent by Darkrai, leaving him completely broken and causing many of his pervasive trust issues. Furthermore, when Caiseal and Violet reunite years later, Fergus tries to keep them apart. Even worse, Fergus deliberately challenged Caiseal, his own son, to a Pokemon battle, using Violet as a literal prize, knowing he'd lose because of the experience gap. When he did lose, Fergus rubbed salt in the wound by telling him that even if Caiseal had won, he wouldn't have let Violet see him. It's pretty safe to say that they are easily the most despicable characters in the fic. It's incredibly satisfying to hear they were arrested and Violet removed from their custody.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At first, Caiseal didn't think very highly of Julia, only wanting to follow them so he can be with Perrine. He even suggested once that they ditch her. Thankfully, he grows out of this, befriends them both, stops crushing on Perrine, and becomes genuine friends with them.
  • Heroic BSoD: Caiseal gets several: When he's almost maimed by a failing icicle in the Ice Path, which triggers a mental breakdown, another when he suffers an absolutely humiliating loss at the hands of his father.
    • Amara has a HUGE one when she learns that Pokemon Hunter J was responsible for the Gyarados attack that killed Chanel, and it makes her realize what an awful person she herself has been for several months.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Many real life sayings are tweaked so that they refer to Pokemon instead of regular animals, such as "Throwing them to the wolves" being turned into "Throwing them to the Lycanrocs."
  • Hollywood Autism: Averted with Julia. She's genuinely kind, cares for everyone she loves, can hold her own in battle, has plenty of strengths and weaknesses, and the only times her autism is a problem is when people make it out to be one, especially if they don't know her. But she is overwhelmed by loud noise such as people yelling, and doesn't always act on what she thinks due to being compliant with the rules, though she eventually learns she needs to stick up for herself.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: This has been a problem for Julia her whole life. The way her autism manifests makes kids think she's weird and has been bullied for her ability to talk to Pokemon and being thought of as a liar. This is also why she claims she gets along better with Pokemon than people. She is elated to make two new friends on her journey, even if she and Caiseal started off on the wrong foot.
  • Ironic Name: Caiseal's mother's name, Nollaig, is Irish for Christmas, a holiday commonly associated with joy, kindness, and generosity. Nollaig has none of these qualities.
  • It's All About Me: While losing her best friend is undeniably painful, Amara has largely done nothing but lash out in grief and has convinced herself that she was the only one who cared that Chanel died; in chapter 41, one of her former friends, Debbie, flat-out tells her to her face that all she's doing is wallowing in her self-pity and making it all about her. It reaches a head in chapter 68, when Julia snaps and calls her out on her attitude.
  • It's Personal: You do not abuse Pokemon if you enjoy not being electrocuted by a cute yellow mouse.
  • Jerkass Realization: Morty has one in chapter 20 after Julia and Kassia call him out on his stereotypical views on autism, especially since he was going to just give Julia a badge to avoid her throwing a tantrum. After discussing his actions with Whitney and being defeated in a battle with Julia fair and square, he willingly reports himself to the Pokemon League board.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Caiseal starts off nice to his Pokemon and Perrine, but didn't think too highly of Julia. He grows out of it later on and sheds the jerk part.
    • Amara. It's in there.
  • Kick the Dog: During the Red Gyarados arc, Pryce orders his Cloyster to attack Julia, who's trying to tame the Red Gyarados, under the pretense of teaching her a lesson. Lance calls him out on it big-time, and as a result, Pryce ultimately loses his position as a Gym Leader.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Just like in the anime, Pokemon Hunter J wastes no time showing just how formidable she is. Things get far more serious when she appears.
  • Lack of Empathy: Averted with Julia, despite common autism stereotypes saying otherwise. Julia cares deeply for her family, friends, and Pokemon alike. However, it is played very straight with Yannick, a Team Rocket grunt who mercilessly uses a whip on anyone who dares to get in his way and doesn't bat an eye.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Caiseal's Abusive Parents mistreated him, abandoned him to die, and refused to let him see his younger sister. Then his father challenges him to a Pokemon battle for the right to see his younger sister, curb-stomps him, and drops the bombshell that even if Caiseal had won, he wouldn't have honored the deal. In the chapter immediately proceeding this, a social worker visits Caiseal's adoptive parents' home and reveals that both Nollaig and Fergus were arrested for their abuse of Caiseal, and Violet has been removed from their custody.
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    M-R 
  • Making a Splash: Aqua the Azumarill, Luminita the Lanturn, and Flippy the Quagsire are both Water types and use water-based attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: Both the humans and the Pokemon get them. Hikaru's name means "light", symbolizing her Electric typing, Aqua means "water", and Aqua is a Marill, Blossom for Julia's Oddish since she's a Grass type and will eventually have a flower (or flowers) on her head, Perrine's last name means innocent in tune with her father wanting to keep her hidden from any kind of hardship that comes from Pokemon training, etc.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In chapter 58, Amara has this reaction upon discovering that J was behind the Gyarados rampage that killed Chanel. Realizing all of her anger towards her family, friends, and Pokemon was completely unfounded, she breaks down in Tears of Remorse, releases all of her Pokemon, and crawls into an old collapsed house to curl up in a Troubled Fetal Position.
  • Mythology Gag: Lance's middle name, Siegfried, is actually his German name.
  • Never My Fault: A recurring problem with Amara is that she's firmly convinced that no one cares about her or tries to comfort her when she's sad, when in fact they are, but she just keeps pushing them away and refusing to accept it.
  • Nice Guy: Caiseal, once he Took a Level in Kindness. Julia and Perrine are both nice girls who try to help each other and their friends or family no matter what.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Perrine's family is very wealthy, but she is very active as a trainer and can hold her own in battle.
  • Noodle Incident: When Julia was in second grade, a classmate made some Pokemon go berserk and the ensuing battle left Julia with an intense hatred for Pokemon battles, not helped by an inept teacher accusing her of causing said incident out of frustration. Thankfully, Julia learns that Pokemon battles aren't mindless fights that do nothing but injure or kill others.
  • Oh My Gods!: Arceus is namedropped a lot of the time.
  • Olympus Mons: The legendary beasts, Ho-Oh, and Lugia are namedropped a few times, though as of recently, Raikou has had the most screen-time.
  • Only Friend: Amara was this to Chanel. Learning that her other friends actually didn't care about Chanel at all prompts Amara to realize Chanel was her only true friend, too.
  • Only Sane Man: Depends on the situation, but all of the kids can be this when the time comes. Margeaux is this when it comes to being partnered with Yannick.
  • Original Character: Any character who isn't a gym leader, Elite Four member, Champion, or professor is this.
  • Parental Favoritism: Invoked: at least part of Amara's problems stem from her belief that Kassia and Truman care more about Julia than her.
    • Played straight with Caiseal, whose biological parents openly favored his little sister Violet over him, to the point of abandoning him and leaving him in the Ice Path to die because he had Vanishing Twin Syndrome.
  • Parental Neglect: Accidental, but the Parisa parents didn't notice the full extent of Amara's problems or ensure she got the proper help until it was far too late. Now they're paying the price.
  • Parents as People: Julia's parents try to be good to both Julia and Amara, but they never consider taking more appropriate steps when Amara goes through deep depression for months over the death of her friend, resulting in Amara shutting them out and eventually running away from home. Perrine's father Eduardo doesn't want her going on a journey, and was very strict with her because he wanted her to have a good future that didn't involve Pokemon training.
  • Playing with Fire: Kitsune the Vulpix later Ninetales and Apollo the Cyndaquil later Quilava are Fire types and use lots of fire attacks.
  • Police are Useless: While not for lack of effort, the police make little progress in actually putting much dent in Team Rocket and Hunter J's operations, typically only managing to do so thanks to Julia's intervention; indeed, Yannick and Margeaux have broken out of prison multiple times with little trouble. They haven't even been able to track down Amara, a simple teenage runaway, despite fact that an entire manhunt has been issued throughout Johto for her.
    • Averted with Falkner; in the backstory, he arrested the Sadist Teacher who abused Julia for her actions and saw to it personally that he lost her job.
  • Poison Is Evil:
    • Amara has a Weepinbell and a Beedrill on her team.
    • Julia is terrified of Poison-type Pokemon because some tried to kill her a few times, and as a result, thinks this. But she manages to befriend an Oddish and two Nidoran, so she may be gradually overcoming her fear just a bit.
  • Potty Emergency: Julia has one in Chapter 6, but she luckily makes it to a Pokémon Center on time.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Harriet, a member of Team Rocket. She only joined them in order to have a paying job so she could support her family, and hates it. By the time of chapter 29, she's completely disillusioned with the organization and desperately wants out.
  • Put on a Bus: Julia's red Gyarados, Geraldine, is sent to a Pokemon rehabilitation facility so she can receive professional help for the trauma she endured while in Team Rocket's captivity.
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • Julia tries to keep herself together when Caiseal and his father have a battle, but when she watches him lose and nearly break down, she can't take it anymore and tries to convince Fergus to call off the battle. All she gets for it is a slap in the face. Afterward, when Fergus callously tells Caiseal—who at this point is in a Heroic BSoDhe wasn't going to let him see Violet whether he won or not, she is understandably PISSED, to the point of throwing dirt at him while his back is turned and screaming at him.
    • She hits it again when she and Amara are trapped in a cave, leading to Amara giving her a “The Reason You Suck” Speech, revealing that she sees Julia as an emotionless robot who only cares about herself and Pokemon. Julia finally snaps, gives Amara an Armor-Piercing Slap, and gives her a “The Reason You Suck” Speech of her own, chewing her out on using Chanel's death as an excuse to lash out at people and constantly spinning things around to make it sound like everyone's out to get her when all they want to do is help.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • If you're coming here expecting their journey to be peachy keen all the time, turn back now, because this fan fic deals with a lot of traveling-related issues that are rarely touched upon. Namely, the downsides of having kids go off on their own, lack of food and access to personal hygiene, fears of being attacked by wild Pokemon while sleeping out in the wilderness, and... going to the bathroom in the woods without toilet paper.
    • Amoretto's abuse of Julia right in front of Falkner, a cop, not only gets her arrested, but also sued by Julia's parents and fired from her job.
    • Julia catches a Gyarados in one chapter, but it's not just any Gyarados. It's a red Gyarados that goes into Berserker Rage due to awful experiences it had while in Team Rocket's captivity. As a result, Julia is unable to handle her, so she has to send her to a Pokemon rehabilitation facility, since she needs professional help, which she isn't able to give.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech:
    • In chapter 10, Whitney gives an epic one to Amara after refusing to give her a Plain Badge:
      Whitney: We Gym Leaders have a right to refuse to give badges to trainers who act and behave in a reprehensible manner, which you just did. You basically just confirmed to me that you are an incompetent Pokémon Trainer!
      Amara: I-I-Incompetent?!
      Whitney: Yeah, I said it! You waltz into my gym, assault me and my Miltank without even so much as asking for a battle, pummel me and my Pokémon even after you won, and not only that, verbally abused your poor Bellsprout for losing to Mil-Mil! A good Pokémon Trainer never calls their Pokémon worthless, nor do they treat them like war machines! You do whatever the heck you want and won't hear any argument no matter what. You don't consider the feelings of the people or Pokémon around you, and you throw a tantrum when nothing goes your way. You have no right to be a Pokémon Trainer if you choose to behave that way, and I won't waste a Plain Badge on someone like you.
    • Amara gets another one from her former friend Debbie in chapter 41, who points out that, contrary to her beliefs, she and the others did care that Chanel died, held a vigil for her, and even made sympathy cards, but Amara didn't know that because she refused to leave her room for those days or talk to them. Amara initially refuses to listen, but when Debbie tells her point-blank that she's just wallowing in her own self-pity and making Chanel's death all about her, Amara is stunned and can barely muster a response.
    • In a later chapter, Caiseal's father Fergus is given several of these from the entire trio, from caring more about his Pokemon and his wife than his oldest son, forcing Caiseal to battle him for the right to see his sister—the one person in the family who genuinely loves him—using said sister as a bargaining tool in said battle, and, after defeating him, telling him that whether he won or not, he was never going to let Caiseal see Violet.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Falkner saves Julia from a Team Rocket grunt early in her journey and helps her overcome her fear of battles. He also helped her back when she was younger, saving her from a Pokemon battle that ensued in a storage shed and arresting the teacher who was abusing her.
    • Caiseal's adopted mother, Yvette Asher, was instrumental in helping him get back on his feet, from saving him from a life on the streets to defending him when she witnessed Nollaig abusing him. She even personally adopts him. When he tells her about what happened with Fergus, after giving him some much needed emotional support and a Cool Down Hug, she calls the police with her husband's encouragement.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Julia is the red oni to Amara's blue oni, Perrine is a red oni to Caiseal's blue oni, and Julia is the blue oni to Perrine's red oni.
  • The Reveal: The very end of chapter 56 finally shows us what Hunter J is actually after: Arceus.
    • Chapter 58 drops a pretty big bombshell: As it turns out, the Gyarados attack in Cherrygrove City, the one that killed Chanel, her little brother, and many others wasn't an accident. Pokemon Hunter J was responsible, as it was the first test run for a prototype radio signal that mind controlled Pokemon. When Amara learns about this, she goes into a pretty big Heroic BSoD.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Many of the Pokemon the kids catch happen to be cute ones, such as Pichu, Togepi, Marill, Eevee, Chikorita, Pidgey, Vulpix, Jigglypuff and Hoppip.
  • Running Gag:
    • Tsubasa the Pidgey (later Pidgeotto) will leave her Poké Ball whenever she wants, and usually the first thing she does is peck someone or cause some kind of trouble in any way she pleases, much to Julia's frustration.
    • The dumb remarks about what the Pokédex calls certain Pokémon.

    S-Y 
  • Sadist Teacher: Hester Amoretto, a Jerkass teacher who physically and verbally abused Julia regularly, having little understanding of autism, thinking Julia was just a Spoiled Brat who's parents didn't discipline her properly, and being fully prepared to believe the worst in her no matter what. Her actions led to her being arrested by Falkner, who was absolutely disgusted:
    Falkner: If you think hitting her and screaming at her is going to solve anything, then you're not fit to be a teacher!
  • Self-Harm: When Julia learns that Saoirse died from a heart attack, she is so overcome with guilt and anger that she slaps herself across the face multiple times as a way of punishing herself for not having known about it. She stops when Caiseal and Perrine talk her out of it.
  • Shock and Awe: Hikaru is an Electric-type Pokemon. So is Chirin the Mareep.
  • Shout-Out: This fan fic often references a lot of Pokémon-related media, such as the anime, Pokémon Adventures, and other obscure manga such as Pokemon: Golden Boys. It also references non-Pokémon media as well.
  • Shrinking Violet:
    • For the most part, Julia is shy around new people and prefers to stay away from strangers, especially if they try to invade her personal space.
    • True to her game characterization, Jasmine is still her shy, soft-spoken self.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The Parisa sisters couldn't be more different. Julia is shy, sweet, respectful of authority, and loves Pokemon, whereas Amara is volatile, confrontational, disrespectful towards everyone, even people who haven't done anything to her, and hates Pokemon with a passion.
  • Single-Issue Psychology: Defied in the Geraldine arc. When Julia catches Geraldine after freeing her from Team Rocket, she thinks caring for her and showering her with love and affection will make everything okay and fix all of her issues. Unfortunately, Geraldine, being a traumatized red Gyarados who was forcibly evolved, with said evolution being really painful, trapped in confinement, and experimented on, goes into Berserker Rage at random points and frequently has Bad Dreams. When she nearly destroys Mahogany Town during a particularly bad episode, Julia is unable to do anything to stop her. Lance tells her Geraldine needs professional help and specialized therapy, something Julia can't give her. As a result, Julia is made to give Geraldine to Lance so he can send her to a facility that can help her with her issues. It's implied that it'll either be months or years before Julia can get Geraldine back.
  • Sour Supporter: Caiseal starts off as this, not thinking highly of Julia and her idealism. Gradually thaws out later.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Julia is able to understand any Pokemon language. It's implied in chapter 26 that this is a result of her interacting with Psychic Pokemon owned by her parents.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Julia's first friend Perrine is from a very rich family, but she proves to be a good friend by helping Julia when she needs it and attempting to understand her and her autism in any way she can.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: At first, Caiseal is kind toward Perrine, if a little impatient and pushy, but doesn't think highly of Julia. He becomes more sugar and less ice later on as he undergoes much needed Character Development.
  • Sweet Tooth: Julia's favorite food is chocolate cake.
  • Team Mom: When the going gets tough, Perrine is usually the one to make sure nobody cries or gets mad.
  • Tears of Remorse: When Amara finds out J was responsible for Chanel's death, she completely breaks down upon realizing all of her anger towards her family, friends, and Pokemon was completely unfounded.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Named After Somebody Famous: Some characters are named after famous people. Caiseal is named after Caiseal Mor, an autistic Irish writer, artist, and musician. Eusine is given the surname Eisenhower, after President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
    • Stellar Name: Lance's Pokemon are all named after planets or celestial bodies. His Dragonite is named Mercury, his Gyarados is called Neptune, and his Swablu is named Venus.
  • There Are No Therapists: Played with. There are, but Amara refuses to seek any kind of professional help despite her parents' suggestions. Plus, later chapters mention that Amara has refused to participate in her court-mandated therapy.
  • Those Two Guys: Two Team Rocket grunts, Margeaux and Yannick, appear a lot throughout the story, though they prove to be very threatening and competent, though not nearly as much as their boss, Pokémon Hunter J.
  • Took a Level in Badass: All three of the main children go through this at some point. Doubly so for Julia, as she's forced to do so in order for the story to advance!
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Morty is portrayed less favorably in this fan fic, but he does gradually get better.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Falkner in the games was portrayed to be rather condescending. He is given a much more positive portrayal here, as he tries to help Julia come to terms with her past and her bad memories of a certain teacher she had to deal with.
  • Trauma Button:
    • In early chapters, just being near Violet City was enough to upset Julia and remind her of the incident from second grade. She does manage to get over it with Falkner's help.
    • Caiseal is utterly terrified of ice, and when the kids get closer to the Ice Path, he gets more and more uncomfortable, to the point that he starts snapping at everyone at the mere mention of it. When inside, it causes him to have psychosomatic reactions, such as vomiting and panic attacks. When he's nearly killed by a large icicle in there, he finally breaks down. It's revealed that his biological mother abandoned him there, and shortly after he arrived, he almost got maimed by a giant icicle.
  • Tsundere: Tsubasa comes off as very naughty and causes trouble a lot, but she does genuinely care for her friends. Caiseal puts up a jerkish façade, but gradually comes out of his shell.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Over the course of the series, Julia and Caiseal become friends despite their rough start, though they still argue and roast each other on occasion.
  • Voice of Reason: Any one of the kids can be this depending on the situation. When Caiseal and Perrine get into a fight, Julia acts as this and tries to resolve things, though it doesn't go well. When Julia has a complete breakdown upon Saoirse's death to the point of engaging in self-harm, Caiseal and Perrine manage to talk her down.
  • Was Actually Friendly: Caiseal is a genuinely nice kid. But years of being treated like dirt by his parents and having to deal with The Reveal that he has Vanishing Twin Syndrome have made him become guarded and distrusting of others. He does warm up to Perrine and Julia later on, becoming an important ally and friend.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: At first, Perrine wanted to please her father, but she couldn't do it. She grew out of this attitude early on.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 54. One of Julia's Pokemon has a heart attack and unexpectedly dies.
    • Chapter 58 is another one, where J reveals that she's the one responsible for the Gyarados attack that killed Chanel, proving that it wasn't an accident.
  • Wham Line: In that above episode, a Nurse Joy says to Julia, "I'm sorry. She didn't make it off the table."
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: At first, Perrine thought her father hated her for not being the sweet, kind Proper Lady that he wanted her to be and not meeting his strict expectations, not that she cared anymore. As it turns out, her father's friends were killed by an Onix when he was a kid, and he became frightened by the concept of Pokemon trainers, and wanted Perrine to avoid that same fate. They eventually manage to work things out.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Julia is afraid of Poison-type Pokemon due to traumas from when she was younger. Caiseal is revealed to be afraid of ice.
  • Worldbuilding: Some subtle indications are this are the authoress's addressing of gym upkeep, additional buildings added in places that didn't have them before (such as Cherrygrove City having a school), the National Blacklist, a list of known Pokemon abusers enforced by law enforcement, and history on how Pokemon trainers and Pokemon battles came about, among many other things.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Yannick, no question. When he tries to whip a Pokemon, Caiseal gets in the way. Yannick continues to whip him without any remorse or guilt. Even Margeaux, his partner in crime, is horrified by this act.
  • You Are Not Alone: The characters gain friends and allies throughout the story, and even when they feel like they're still alone in the end, someone will always come and remind them that they're not.

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