Pokémon MD : The Temporal Travesty. Chapter 1: A Beach at Dusk Spoiler: This prevents lag for users with slow wi-fi I woke up with my vision blurry. In addition to a source of light blinding my eyes, I felt significantly smaller then I was supposed to, like half my size? That wasn't even the worst of my problems. The surface I was laying on was a surface similar to sand. My vision managed to adjust to the lighting and surroundings. Turns out I was on an unfamiliar beach, the climate felt subtropical, which was odd since I was dealing with a cold season, the sun was reflecting an amber colour, indicating the time was around afternoon. "Oh, you're awake. You feeling okay?" said an unseen voice behind me, which sounded like a young boy. I turned around and noticed a creature similar to a young lynx, with a thin blue coat and black fur overlapping the rear, tail, and chest. It was weird seeing something so out of place... It looked exactly like a Shinx. Yet the weirder part was the fact it was talking. "Name's Shinx." The shinx wasn't the only pokémon present, a good amount of krabby were on the beach too, releasing bubbles from their pincers, the bubbles looked like the kind you'd blow out of a bubble wand; in it's own odd way, it gave this area a more relaxing and peaceful vibe to it. "Never seen you around these parts, let alone a mudkip. You new here?" "Excuse me. What did you just call me?" "A mudkip, that's what you are, right?" "No, I'm pretty sure I'm a human." I wasn't aware at that point that my entire body had been transformed into a mudkip. It was inexplicable and completely illogical to say the least. Disregarding the fact I felt the fin on my head, the fin-like tail and the three pointed cheeks. "Ha! Good one. Seriously though, look at your hands." Instead of having my human hands they were replaced with blue amphibian-like ones, matching those of a mudkip. My mind was scattered in many places... I wake up. On a beach. In the middle of what I could guess is some fantasy realm, where I find out pokémon are real. "What in the-" "Hey, I hate to bug you at a time like this but I need your help with something and I can't do it by myself," the shinx said. "I hope you're aware I need help too right? I don't even know where I am." "I'll help you out after you help me, please?" At this point I simply sighed, and agreed to do what he wanted me to do. Besides, I had no choice either way. "They're in that black, rocky cave on the left, I'll lead the way." XXThe cave this shinx… that was named Shinx led me to was just your everyday seaside cave, with a few small rock pools here and there, and moss growing in-between the gaps and cracks of the boulders. In fact the only notable things I found were a few fossilised pokémon from the likes of kabuto, anorith and lileep, as well as some shellos. Shinx advised me to stay away from them, which just made me… let's say slightly more paranoid than I already was. "Pardon me for asking, but, I never got to know your name. What was it again?" Shinx asked. "It's John," I answered. "Well John, once we get through this I thought of introducing you to my exploration guild." "Will this guild help me in the position I'm currently in?" I asked. "They know a thing or tw- quick get down!" Shinx whispered, while ducking down near a giant bolder. "Why?" I inquired in a quiet tone. "The two Pokés that stole my stuff are there, right in front." "You never told me you had a problem involving thieves." I took a peek at the thieves so I'd know who we were dealing with. Found out it's just a zubat and a koffing, who were browsing through Shinx's stolen bag. "Can't b'lieve dit was dat easy taking the wimp's 'tuff, the Cheif'll be pleased at what we took," the koffing said (pronouncing some of his words wrong). "Heh-heh-heh, just makes me laugh even more that we don't even have hands." "Wow… just wow," I commented. "You don't have to be a jerk about it," Shinx responded. "Calm down, I was just joking around, and don't worry I'll negotiate with them. If that doesn't work…" "Please don't take them on by yourself." "Well unless you're going to help I don't have a choice. But if you will help me, you could electrocute that koffing if he releases his gases, I myself will hit the zubat with that rock over my left if I have to." "I don't know any electric-type moves." "Do you know how to light a fire?" I asked him. "Eh, sort of," He replied. "Then that'll do just fine, after I shout, 'now', you'll get those two sticks on your right, set them on fire and-" "I know what to do, just be careful." "Can't guarantee anything, just light those sticks; I don't want to be put in a situation where you haven't actually lit them." "I'm lighting them right now, just go." He quietly yet harshly announced. I calmly walked over to the poison-typed duo, but before I could say anything. They gave me this failed attempt at a death stare, and the koffing started to threaten me: "Whoa-ho-ho ya got a lot of nerve, standing here punk, move any furt'er an' you'll face the w'ath of t'am skull!" I take it these pokémon are some wannabe thugs, hopefully nothing too threatning. "Who?" I simply asked. "Hey Koffs look, he's getting smart with us. Let's teach him a lesson." "Let's give 'im da Poison Gas!" the koffing shouted, while expelling it. I messed up big time. The duo got offended, and I didn't mean it like that, leaving me no choice but to… "Shinx: now!" I commanded. After hearing my command, Shinx threw one of the flaming sticks which arched over me and hit the floor underneath the koffing, he looked at in in disbelief and burst into spontaneous laughter… until the fire itself ignited his own gas and caused an explosion which knocked out the koffing as well as the zubat. Luckily for me, I (somehow) didn't get hit by it or any flying debris; I took a mental note to myself to take cover next time I do something as dangerous as that. Maybe leave behind a picture of me with 'To my best fan' written on it. "Oh Lord Arceus I can't believe that worked!" exclaimed Shinx. "Surprised much?" I responded. "I'm gonna take my things and get outta here, you coming?" "Yeah, sure but I feel bad leaving those two here by themselves." "Don't be, they deserved it and even if we do help them they'll attack us again." XX After Shinx and I got out the cave, he started showing me what he had in his bag, for some reason. "You see, the reason why I wanted you to come with me in that cave, is because I was in a rush and you were the only poké around, and I really didn't want them to take this. It's called a relic fragment." This object Shinx showed me was a stone. It was shaped like an irregular hemisphere with the flat top showing a symbol of what looked like a sun, with a bull's-eye in the middle. Followed by but what looked like a Shepard cane (four of them on each side of the bull's-eye outer circle) and something resembling four wings forming an X shape (one on each side of the Shepard cane). "You figured out what it means yet?" I asked. "No but I think it reminds me of something peaceful." "Really? I just took a random guess and thought it resembled a sun or something historic. Then again, somethings do have a lot of depth to them upon analysis." "It's got to be more than that." Shinx said "Yet the strange thing is I've had it for as long as I can remember but, I don't remember ever finding it." "So… when do I meet this `guild'?" "Right now, I'll show you the way." I'm taking a lot of risks trusting this kid, but he seemed innocent enough. After all, he's probably my best chance at knowing how this world works. XXAuthor's notes: .First off, I don't own any rights included in this fan fiction (Nintendo and Chunsoft do). .Secondly, I'd like to give a big thank-you to my English teacher (who for reasons will remain anonymous). Without him, this fan fiction wouldn't even be as remotely close to how grammatically accurate it is at this current state. .And yes, I self-inserted myself. Judge to your heart's content.