9 Chapter 9: The Long Awaited Journey Finally Starts!

"Iza-Chan! We need to talk right now," my mother said with a serious face as she came into my room.

"Uh, about what? Mother?" I asked her with a confused face as I hadn't seen her this serious since the time she found out I won a Pokémon at the age of 5.

"Come down to the kitchen," she didn't respond to my question and instead ordered me to come down with her.

"Uh, okay?" I said, still confused about what she wanted to talk about, but I complied with her words as I followed her to the kitchen where we took the seats completely opposite to one another.

"So, what's this all about?" I tried to ask for the reason regarding the "Serious talk," but all I met was silence as she took a deep breath.

"From tomorrow, you're joining the 'Advanced Pokémon Trainer School,'" she dropped the bomb as I previously told her that I didn't want to go to school but instead, I wanted to be homeschooled.

"B-but didn't you agree when I previously told you about homeschooling?" I stuttered my words as I was surprised.

The reason I didn't want to go to school here was that I didn't want to waste so many years of my life being surrounded by kids all day long.

And I'm sure you will agree with me because even though I may look like a kid right now, I do have the mind of an adult so, it's hard, really hard.

"I did agree at that time because I thought it was some passing thoughts, but it seems I was wrong as you are still hell-bent on that. And you have no say in this matter. YOU. ARE. GOING. TO. SCHOOL. FROM. TOMORROW! Is that clear?" She said with a terrifying voice that made me gulp my saliva.

Man, how did my kind mother change into this terrifying creature? That's a mystery that I'll never know.

"Y-yes, Ma'am," I said, accepting my defeat as I stood up since that was all that serious talk was about and headed back to my room.



In the morning, I woke up at 5 AM today since I knew I wouldn't get the time to exercise if I woke up at my usual time since I had school that I needed to go to.

And then I spent 3 hours exercising, and when it was 7 AM in the morning, I took a short shower and dressed in my school clothes.

The school clothes consisted of a white shirt with a black tie and black pants with leather black shoes.

And when I was ready, I headed down to get my morning breakfast.

When I entered the kitchen, my mother, who was busy placing the breakfast at my table, stopped her work and then appraised me from head to toe.

"Wow! It looks amazing on you! Iza-chan!" She said with the brightest smile as she looked at me.

"Thank you, mom!" I thanked her as I sat on my chair and started to eat my breakfast.

And after 15 minutes, I finished eating my breakfast as a horn sounded from outside, indicating that the bus that led children to the hell hole known as school had arrived.

I quickly packed my lunch in my backpack, and then after bidding saying goodbye to mother, I went to the bus.


It took us 20 minutes to reach the school. The school was a huge mansion-like with a lot of classrooms.


After some time, I finally reached the class as I opened the door of the classroom and entered when the teacher called me in.

"Ah, you must be the new student. Please introduce yourself." The teacher was a middle-aged man with glasses on his face.

He looked like a strict teacher with his presence that literally screamed "Discipline."

"Ah, my name is Izana Kurokawa. I'm 5 years old, and I'm from Pallet Town." I gave a quick and short introduction as the teacher told me to sit at the available seat, and one available was at the back of the classroom near the window.


Just like that, time passed quickly as days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years as 12 years quickly passed, and tomorrow, I will officially be 18 years old, the age that most of the kids leave on their journey with their Pokémon.

In these 12 years, it was hell for me as I had to go to school for the second time in my existence as I had to go there every morning at 8 AM and could only come home at 2 PM in the afternoon.

During this time, I did not meet any recognizable character from the anime except for Ash, who also goes to the same school as me, coincidentally after the day I was admitted to Pokémon Trainer School.

My time during the school was kinda fun as I made some friends other than Ash, and I also met Gary there as he also happened to study there.

And during these 12 years, my Charmeleon also evolved into a Charizard when I was 13 years old.


Anyway, let's end this flashback session and focus on where am I.

Right now, I'm in front of Professor Oak in his lab along with the other 3 trainers, Gary, Green, and a no-name kid.

"Ahem, now that you all are officially trainers! I'll give you the Pokédex and 6 Pokéballs for you to capture Pokémon," he said as Gary, Green, and the no-name had already chosen their partners.

Green chose Bulbasaur as her starter, and Gary chose Squirtle like in the anime, and the no-name chose Charmander.

The reason I did not choose was that I already have a fully evolved starter Pokémon with me.

And as Professor Oak said that, he gave all of us 6 Pokéballs and the Pokédex, and after that, we all headed out.

The no-name trainer with Charmander left ahead of us because we don't know him well.

"Izana! Do you want to have a battle with me?" Gary said with enthusiasm evident in his tone as I flatly refused him.

"No, I don't want to traumatize you on the first day of you being a trainer. That would be bullying to battle a Squirtle with my Charizard." I don't want to sound arrogant, but the Charizard I had with me has crossed 40 levels if we compare it to the Pokémon games that I've played in my previous life.

"Sigh! Okay then! But be ready, I will be the one to defeat you in the future," Gary said as he did his farewell in his old Gary style as he left with his cheerleader team.

"Then, I'll also go now! Okay? Green?" I said with a smile as I turned toward her.

I've been friends with Green when I befriended Ash and Gary so, she was one of my close friends.

And as I walked away from Professor Oak's laboratory, I first headed to my home to bid her farewell and then headed to Route 1.


A/N: Finally, he started his journey, I was so troubled writing only childhood arc.

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