The young boy quickly began to panic but was calmed by his father. “Now, now, don’t be alarmed. This is our guest. Mr. Zahhak, don’t be shy, step right in and meet John!”
The large figure stood mere centimeters away from John and extended a sweaty, putrid hand to the boy. It soon gripped John’s pale, bony fingers, and nearly took his entire hand off with it’s STRONG grip. The beastly owner of the vicegrip hand brushed stringy dark hair from the side of his face and pulled his mouth into a horrible grin. Several of his teeth were missing and the chompers he did have seemed to be sweating themselves!
“A pleasure, sir.” The hulking male said looking John in the eyes from behind his cracked sunglasses.
“John, this is Equius Zahhak. He’s our neighbor a few blocks over. He’ll be traveling with you because he is very experienced, and very helpful. He’ll make sure you’re safe and give you a few pointers along the way.” The older Egbert smiled and made back patting motions on Equius, but made sure not to touch his drenched back.
Things had gone from great to horrible. This guy was spooky, but worse yet, he was pretty much a babysitter with pecs the size of a Machamp’s. John was always open for new friends, but this wasn’t the ideal adventure he had been thinking of.
“Uh, hey there! Um…what was your name? Equius? I’m John! Nice to meet you! My hobbies include pranks, movies, and not being headlocked so hard my eyes pop out of my skull!” He flashed a smile and somehow felt a little more at ease when the gray fellow quickly held his hands up and forcefully denied any harmful actions towards his charge.
The focus of the room quickly turned back to John’s father who put the cap on his son’s head and gave him a thumbs up. “Kiddo, I won’t keep you any longer. Prof. Harley wants you to check in with him once you and Dratini have become acquainted with each other, so give him a call once you make it to the next town over. He’ll be able to fill you in on anything you want to know. Just promise me you’ll stay in touch and come home if anything happens, alright?”
The new Trainer nodded and gave his dad a hug. “I will! You can count on me! Just let me grab my bag, alright?”
“No need sir!” Equius boomed hefting a large bag onto his back. “The duty is mine. I shall handle the supplies. Let your back not risk injury. It is my pleasure. Your father has performed a great service for me and I am forever in his debt! Do not worry yourself!” As he brought up the ‘great service’ he began to perspire profusely and smiled to himself subtly.
This was all a bit much, but John shrugged. This Equius guy was a stand up kinda dude! He obviously just wanted to help out and this was just how he went about making friends. No need to get into a fight with him over wanting to help out.
“Well, I guess this is it pop.” John Egbert, fledgling Trainer said triumphantly. “I love you and I promise I’ll keep you up to date with whatever I’m doing! I’ll also be sure to show you all the pictures I take of me and my friends when we meet up, ok?”
“I would love it!” Mr. Egbert replied. “Now run on, there’s a whole new world outside for you to explore! Just again, be safe and watch out for deadl—” The door slammed and John was gone. “…watch out for deadly spores…”
The parent was now alone in his home, but couldn’t feel more proud. He had slipped Mr. Mime’s ball into Equius’ pack once the boy had shown himself. He knew John would be too afraid to travel with the Psychic type, but the Pokémon was experienced and would prove useful in a fix. He never understood why his son despised clowns so much.
Immediately outside, John held the ball in his hand and briefly ignored his ward. He had been practicing this moment for ages. He tightly gripped the ball and gave it a throw. It sailed through the air and put a dent in his father’s driver side door before plopping to the ground and releasing the Dragon Pokémon inside. Even though he would normally be scared pantsless at the thought of injuring the family car, he was too focused on his bouncing Poképartner to care.
“Oh hey there! Hi! My name is John!” He held his hand out to the Dratini who quickly rubbed it with its tail. It bobbed its head happily and seemed to instantly connect with its master’s sunny disposition.
“You’re pretty cool you know! I think we’ll have lots of fun!” John said practically screaming with glee. “And you know, you could use a nickname since you’re so spunky! You know, how about….”
ACTION TIME PLAYER COMMAND!!!!!!!!!
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