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Wallace Pearce, heir to a multi-million dollar corporation, flees from home after an accident results in casualty. Scared and on the run, Wallace looks to escape his current life by starting a new one at a higher education Pokémon school, Radix University. But Wallace quickly learns that his actions have consequences not even he can outrun.
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A Yearning for the Mud is an ongoing Alternate Universe Fic of Pokémon created by SomeoftheFame. A Yearning for the Mud (YFTM) follows Wallace Pearce, a sheltered and wealthy young man, who flees from his home in Lumiose City after a tragic accident in hopes to escape punishment and create a better life for himself as a Pokémon trainer, finding a safe place in the Pokémon school, Radix, a private university. The fiction was published in 2016 and offered character submission in its prologue for readers to submit original characters to the story. These submitted characters have made major and minor appearances in the story so far, as both antagonists and supporting characters to Wallace.

While combining Pokémon fics with a journey plot or a BoardingSchool setting isn't original, and YFTM does both, it sets itself apart from other fics with a similar starting point with heavy reliance on adult themes, character angst, tragedy, and phenomenal writing.

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The fiction can be found here.


A Yearning for the Mud has examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Murder: After accidentally falling in chapter two as a result of his struggle with Wallace, Andrew is revealed in the next chapter to have died as a result of the fall at the hands of Wallace.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Wallace enters the abandoned mansion, following a group of students, and spends time with Chara who, once they have the chance, begins attacking the other students, leaving only Wallace.
  • Angst: Wallace suffers heavily after causing Andrew's death and guilt trips himself, torn himself between turning himself in and believing he is worth a second chance, meanwhile every action of his results in a consequence far beyond his imagination that follows him no matter how far removed he believes he has made himself.
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  • Anti-Hero: Wallace Pearce.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Orphans. Despite the collective fear the Orphans strike into Wallace and his friends, not all of their actions are equal.
    • Chara is considered the most dangerous due to his status as a murderer.
    • An unidentified Orphan started a fire at a stadium that burned Nat and left him to die.
    • Other Orphans, such as Willow and another yet identified member commit less offensive crimes such as hacking and leaving notes on Wallace's door. Depsite James' apparent intent to kill, he never did much in terms of effect.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Chara is set up to his Wallace's biggest rival until the other Orphans are revealed, though Chara is the de facto leader of them until Katherine is introduced.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Despite their crimes, most of the Orphans are depicted as attractive with Chara, in particular, being portrayed as androgynous.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Despite her objective as an Orphan, Willow gives up her life as a criminal to aid Wallace after his continued persistence in attempting to free her and her sister from Sonai.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Unknown to him, when managing to avoid a fatal run-in with the Orphans or avoiding capture, they would retaliate by harming someone close to him as a message to him.
  • Big Fancy House:
    • Parfum Palace, which Wallace's father, Arlan Pearce, rents for a night.
    • The Pearce house.
    • Abandoned mansion in the safari.
  • Bi the Way: Arlette Bellerose, Ignatius Mercer, Belladonna Freelily, Wallace Pearce.
  • Big Brother Bully: Nasturtium Freelily.
  • Black Mail:
    • Inverted. Despite being behind extortion crimes, Arlan blackmails his business partner, Charles, into keeping quiet about it. Threatening to blame it on him if it goes public.
    • Andrew threatens to reveal Arlan's crime of extortion, the evidence of which is contained on a flash drive, if he doesn't come clean after finding out Charles, his father, was threatened with the crime.
  • Break the Cutie: Arlette Bellerose, the girlfriend of Andrew Gates, is introduced as a reserved and quiet girl dealing with the Andrew's death, but is faced with scrutiny and threats when her relationship with Andrew is exposed. Notes are slipped under her door, messages written the window of her room that then gets blown out, and she is physically attacked, all while she longs to find the truth and find peace, only to be brushed off and chided by most characters, including Wallace.
  • Break the Haughty: Nasturtium Freelily, while trying to put out a fire, is attacked by the arsonist and burned.
  • The Cutie: Arlette Bellerose, Garret Baker, Belladonna Freelily, Cosmo Freelily.
  • Daddy Issues: Wallace to Arlan.
  • Dark Fic
  • Deadpan Snarker: Simone Mallory, while participating in the exploration of the abandoned mansion in the safari islands, delivers quip after quip about how stupid their choices in exploring are.
    "No, no we shouldn't check out the mystery trapdoor in the creepy house in the woods. Opening a trapdoor is the last thing we should be doing. It's at the bottom of a long list that starts with leaving."
    Simone Mallory, What Waits Inside
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Wallace is shown to be reclusive to his lifestyle, to the point of being disgusted by it, and also extremely dependent on his best friend.
    • Arlan Pearce throws a lavish party to flaunt his wealth and influence in the second chapter, his debut.
  • Experimented in College: While Wallace has no past romantic history, when it enrolls in Radix University his initial attractions are toward his female classmates; however, he finds himself as the object of Belladonna's affection, eventually returning his feelings.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite being socially awkward as a result of a life of homeschooling and seclusion, Wallace proves himself to be extremely well spoken and a quick thinker when it comes to lies and deception.
    • While very boastful and proud of his accomplishments, and somewhat at odds with his son for his aversion to it, Arlan shows extreme concern for his son's wellbeing after the death of Andrew and tries to hide him to keep him out of the incident.
  • How We Got Here: The story starts with a short prologue of Wallace, then unnamed, being chased by police and as a result falling into the sewer system of Lumiose City and nearly drowning. The following chapter takes the readers back several hours to Andrew's birthday where we are introduced to Wallace and his father.
  • In Which a Trope Is Described: Each chapter the story, excluding the prologue, is named after something either spoken in the chapter, or written in exposition; e.g., findandrewgates, What Waits Inside.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The big man on campus, Nasturtium Freelily, gives no hesitation to torment his younger brothers, but cares enough for the student body and his university to try and put out a stadium fire and stop the arsonists, at the cost of being severely burned, and refused to fight back at the risk of pissing off his girlfriend had he lived.
  • Karma Houdini: Deconstructed. While Wallace is able to escape his hometown, and the consequences of Andrew's death by means of his wealth, he is plagued with guilt even in his new life.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Wallace, whose only friend has been traveling the other regions since the age of 10.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Wallace is chapter three, He's Dead.
  • Moe: Constantly being rebuffed and rejected, but never losing inherently good demeanor, this is Garret Baker.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Arlan Pearce. Despite being practically the Steve Jobs of the fic, he is still an active developer of new Pokémon products.
  • Not Quite Dead: Andrew Gates. Despite his fall on the staircase, Andrew is revealed to be alive and his disappearance a ploy by Arlan to keep the extortion a secret by hiding Andrew away.
  • Old, Dark House: In the islands that surround campus, Wallace explores a safari and stumbles upon an abandoned mansion in the middle of the island.
  • Once More, with Clarity!!: In chapter three the prologue is shown again, but this time fit into the chapter itself that shows Wallace encountering the police after they were called to his house and him being chased after he tried to run away.
  • Rugged Scar: Due to the rough lifestyle of trainers, many characters have scars from their journeys. The most notable is Eleanor Ampora who has a scar on her forehead, but gains another on her cheek from Chara after saving Wallace's life.
  • Scars Are Forever: Eleanor Ampora is cut on her face and the wound and its scar are major character points for her as she is forced to accept her injury as a sign of her survival and not to shy away from it.
  • Secret Keeper: Arlan becomes this for Wallace. As Wallace catches news reports on the missing person cases he realizes the truth hasn't been revealed by his father, the only one who knows the truth.
    • Later in the story, Izumi Kobayashi becomes this to Wallace as Wallace loses faith in his father's motives.
  • Serial Killer: Chara, implied.
  • Staircase Tumble: Andrew takes one during his fight with Wallace the night of his birthday.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: The Orphans. A group of young trainers who were pulled together and tasked with handling criminal jobs by Sonai Enterprises in exchange for food and money.
  • The Voiceless:
    • Christopher "Kit" Green, has a speech impediment that makes it hard for people to understand him, so he writes everything down rather than speaking.
    • Astrid Starfate was born unable to speak and uses a combination of sign language and a text-to-speech app on her tablet.
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