Chapter 4: Evolution of The Pokedex
As soon as he made it back home, Ash told his mom about his new journey. Delila chuckled as Ash finished his story.
"That's my Ash, always finding adventure no matter where we go."
"Well mom, a Pokémon Master's journey is never over. Isn't that right, Pikachu?"
"Well, you know that we'll always be cheering you on. Isn't that right, Mimey?"
"Thanks, guys. Come on, Pikachu. Let's go see Professor Kukui."
"Good luck, Ash! I love you!"
"Thanks, Mom! Love you too!"
After grabbing a quick snack, Ash headed out the door. He saw Lillie walking running down the road, screaming.
"Get away, get away, get away!"
"Lillie, what's wrong?"
"Its horrible! Make it go away!"
Ash turned to see a small avian Pokémon, trying to peck at Lillie from behind.
"A new Pokémon?"
Pointed his Pokedex at the Pokémon, Ash searched for information.
Pikipek, the woodpecker Pokémon. This Pokémon feeds on berries, whose leftover seeds become the ammunition for the attacks it fires from its mouth.
"Woah, I've got to catch that! Pikachu, Thunder Shock, now!"
Bolts of electricity hit Pikipek, turning its attention towards Ash.
"Iron tail Pikachu, now!"
Once the Pikipek was close enough, Pikachu jumped out of the way of its Peck attack before retaliating by hitting it with its glowing tail, slamming it into the ground, eyes
replaced with swirls.
"Alright, now to capture it. Pokeball, go!"
The hit Pikipek on the beak, bouncing back before opening up and absorbing it in. The ball shook twice before clicking, confirming the capture.
"Alright, I just caught a Pikipek!"
After pocketing his new capture, Ash turned around to console Lillie.
"Are you alright, Lillie?"
Panting heavily, Lillie looked up to Ash's outstretched hand, composing herself as Ash pulled her up.
"Yes, thank you. I'm sorry, its just that Nebby got out of the bag and disturbed Pikipek's lunch and...Oh my, NEBBY!"
Both turned around to see Nebby bouncing towards them.
"You! You know you shouldn't do things like that! What if someone saw you? Now get in the bag!"
Nebby screeched loudly, making Lillie pout, but complied. Satisfied, Lillie turned back to Ash.
"I'll bet your on your way to the lab, right? Come on, I'll go with you. He said he had a new assignment for me."
They reached the lab in a few minutes. From an open window, they could hear Professor Kukui's booming voice.
"Oh yeah, Rockruff! Lets go! Give it everything you've got! My body is ready. Woo!"
While Ash and Pikachu were confused by this outburst, Lillie just shook her head.
"Oh dear, not again. We just replaced that roof."
She turned back to Ash.
"Don't worry, he's just doing his usual study of Pokémon moves. Sounds like he's finishing up."
They stepped onto the porch and rang the doorbell.
"Professor, its Ash and Lillie!"
"Huh? Oh, right! Hang on just a second!"
Lots of scuffling and rearranging could be heard for several minutes before Kukui finally answered the door, an adorable little Rockruff at his feet wagging its tail.
"Ah, Ash, Lillie, come in. I've got something you'll both enjoy."
Ash and Lillie stepped into the building. The first thing that Ash noticed was how casual it looked. As opposed to Professor Oak's lab, which was full of strange machines
and what not, this place was very low tech, with a telephone and teleporter to the side. To the left of the room was a tank for water Pokémon, and some stairs leading downstairs.
"Welcome to my home, Ash! What do you think?"
"Its, um, well...its..."
"Smaller than you're used to?"
"Uh, yeah. That?"
Kukui laughed at that.
"Ah, don't worry about offending me. See, the way I figure it is that the best way to conduct research is to do it in the wild, so I figured what's the point of filling it with technology I'll never know how to use anyway?"
"Hey, that makes a lot of sense."
"Come on, the surprise is waiting downstairs."
Following the Professor, Ash and Lillie climbed down the stairs into a more traditional laboratory. A medium sized computer sat on the far wall, as well as a TV and recording equipment.
"Alright, you guys sit tight. This will take just a second. Oh, and Ash, I'll need your Pokedex."
Ash and Lillie took a seat on the nearby couch, while Kukui walked over to his computer and began inputting numbers and codes. A few minutes passed by before he was finished.
"Alright, now we just need to wait for it... wait for it...now!"
A bright burst of light filled the room, momentarily blinding Ash and Lillie. When it died down, a small Rotom was shown buzzing around.
"Tom, Rotom, Tom."
Kukui nodded before turning to the small ball of electricity, a tweaked version of Ash's Pokedex in his hand.
"Alright, Rotom, do your stuff!"
Without warning, the electric Pokémon flew into a port on the Dex, causing the lights to flicker as it merged with the machine.
For a second, nothing more happened. But then, to Ash's surprise, The Pokedex grew a pair of eyes, and arms, flying around joyously before landing in Ash's arms.
"Zzzt, Alola Ash, I am your new Pokedex. Pleased to meet you."
Ash dropped the possessed device, practically jumping off of the couch in fright. Fortunately, it also possessed the ability to float, gently hovering in midair with an
"Zzzzzt- Hey, easy on the goods!"
"Uh, sorry. I'm not used to seeing a Pokémon that talks besides Team Rocket's Meowth."
Professor Kukui walked over, smiling a cheesy grin.
"Pretty cool, huh? By connecting himself to the Pokedex's speech vocal compatibilities, Rotom here can connect with humans and Pokémon!"
"Thatzzz correct. I represent the latest evolution of understanding between humans and Pokémon."
"Of course, this is new technology here, so I haven't quite worked out all of the kinks yet. That's where you come in, Ash."
"I want you to take it on your Alola journey, test its limits. This Rotom could revolutionize Pokémon-Human relations as we know it, but I need to know what all it can do first. Besides, it'll help you get used to the region."
"ZZzt, correct. Not only can I update any and all information about Pokémon, but I can also keep track of and map our location in Alola. With me you'll never get lost!"
"So, what do you say, Ash?"
"Professor, I accept! Welcome to the team, Rotom!"
"Hey, I'm just happy to be along for the ride."
"Why thank you, Pikachu."
"Oh, and Lillie? There's something I want to discuss with you."
"Huh? Oh, alright professor."
After thanking Kukui for the gift, Ash and Pikachu set off on their journey.
"So Rotom, anything interesting we should check out before going to our first trial."
"Oh, tons! Lets see, in Hau'oli City itself there's the Battle Buffet, the Shopping Mall, Marina, and a shop that sells wonderful Malassadas! And if you need a refresher on the basics of Pokémon training, there's also the Trainer School on Route 1!"
"Wow, those all sound amazing!"
"Hold it right there, twerp!"
"Oh, not this again..."
Sure enough, Team Rocket stood blocking the way.
"Don't worry, we're in a bit of a rush so we'll make this quick."
"Forget it! You're never getting Pikachu."
To Ash's surprise, the crooks laughed at him.
"Don't worry, we're not after him. We want your fancy new Pokedex."
"Rumor has it that old man Kukui has been working on some kind of fancy-schmancy Pokedex, and looks like you've got it. So fork it over or we'll take it by force!"
"Zzzt, Ash! Down here."
Rotom motioned Ash to come closer, which he did. Quietly he whispered in Ash's ear a plan. Ash smiled before standing up.
"You know what? You can have him."
Team Rocket was caught off guard as Ash walked over and handed the Rotomdex over to James.
"I mean, I'm just a kid. I'll probably break such a priceless piece of machinery. But you guys will be able to take great care of it, I'm sure."
James smirked at this.
"Looks like someone has finally come to his sense. Thank you for making this easy, twerp!"
He then turned his attention to Rotom.
"Alright, time to test out this puppy. Rotom, search for Gengar!"
Rotom was silent for a moment, before finding the information inquired and begun to read.
"Zzzt, Gengar, The Shadow Pokémon. It is said to emerge from darkness to steal the lives of those who become lost in mountains."
This unnerved the trio
James was the first to recompose himself.
"Oh, get a grip! So we won't catch a Gengar. Lets see, how about Driftloon?"
"Zzzt, Driftloon, the Balloon Pokémon. Stories go that it grabs the hands of small children and drags them away to the afterlife. It dislikes heavy children."
Now the trio was starting to shake.
"Um, alright, a bit unnerving, but no matter. Yamask?"
"Zzzt, Yamask, the Spirit Pokémon. Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry."
That was the final straw for Team Rocket. In almost lighting-speed, they shoved the device back into Ash's arms.
"Here, keep it! Good luck sleeping with those nightmarish entries."
Before anything else could be said, the three took off running, leaving Ash and Rotom smirking.
Ash turned around to see a quivering Lillie coming up the road, holding the egg from the night before in her arms.
"Hey Lillie, what's up?"
"Um, those things Rotom said. They're...they're not true, are they?"
Ash and Rotom chuckled at this.
"Zzzt, not even a little bit! I just thought it might be fun to scare those three and to teach them a lesson about taking things that aren't theirs."
Lillie sighed in relief.
"That's good. Anyway Ash, I wanted to ask you something. You see, Professor Kukui entrusted the Pokémon egg to me to look after, but I'm afraid to travel by myself, and since you were going on your island challenge, well I-"
"You want to come with me?"
"Um, yes. If that's alright."
Ash smiled warmly.
"Of course it is. The more the merrier, right Pikachu?"
Lillie blushed lightly.
"Oh, thank you Ash! I hope by visiting the resting places of the guardians, I can figure out more about Nebbie."
Lillie's bag rustle, as if Nebby was voicing its agreement.
"Come on, Adventure awaits!"
With their new traveling companion in tow, Ash and Pikachu set off on their journey, ready to face any challenges that came their way.