Caleb was exhausted as he exited the Pokemon Center. Traveling on foot was tiring, especially with the battles from trainers and wild Pokemon, he thought to himself.
Bobby and the kids were right behind him. He wasn’t looking where he was going when a crimson haired woman slammed into him. “I’m sorry, Ma’am,” Caleb said and reached out his hand, “Let me help you up.”
She shook the dust off her legs, swatted back his hand, and gave Caleb a cold look. The woman stood up on her own. She was wearing a long white skirt, black boots, and a black tank top. She had intense purplish-blue eyes with a devious smirk and three Pokeballs on her belt. She shook her head at Caleb, turned, and bolted down Route 31.
Caleb watched confused as he placed his hands on his hips. That’s when he noticed his wallet was missing. “Hey!” he yelled. The woman kept running. Caleb started after her with Bobby close behind.
“Dad, where are you going?”Junior yelled at his father.
“Someone took my wallet,” Caleb yelled back, “Stay at the Pokemon Center and ask if there are any police officers in the area.” He knew an officer wasn’t going to be much help. Petty crime was so uncommon in Johto. Officers focused their attention on gang or team activity. With Team Rocket out of the picture most of Johto had been crime free for years.
Caleb was older, but quick. He kept himself in good shape and jogged daily with Bobby and Junior. He caught the woman quickly and grabbed her shirt from behind. He inadvertently pulled her to the ground.
“Give me back my wallet,” Caleb said. He leaned forward breathing heavily with his hand out.
“No, you’ll have to battle me for it,” she said with a smirk. Caleb had no idea what was going on. He was just robbed and now the robber wanted a Pokemon battle.
“Look, I’m tired. I’ve had a long day of travel. Just give me my wallet.”
“No, we’ll battle,” The woman threw a pokeball out and a Meowth emerged. “Meowth, scratch that Growlithe.” Her Meowth purred and glared at Bobby. It lunged forth, claws bared. It scratched Bobby across the face.
“Bobby, use bite!” Bobby’s jaws opened wide as he bit down near the Meowth. The Meowth dodged.
“Meowth use growl.” The Meowth then snarled at Bobby as the audio waves ringed loudly in Bobby’s ears.
“Ember, Bobby, EMBER!” Caleb yelled. Bobby opened his mouth and flames flew forth striking the Meowth. As the flames disappeared, the Meowth stood firm and continued to snarl at Bobby.
“Meowth, use scratch again.” The Meowth scratched Bobby once more in the foreleg and knocked Bobby back.
“Bite, Bobby!” Bobby leapt toward the Meowth after the scratch with his mouth wide. He clamped down on the Meowth’s leg and gripped it tight. The Meowth cried in pain as the female trainer gave a potion to the Meowth.
“Bite again, Bobby.” Bobby bit down hard, this time on the Meowth’s abdomen. He drew blood. Bobby flung the Meowth out of his mouth and it fell to the ground, unconscious. The Meowth had fainted from the critical hit. It quickly returned back to the Pokeball at the woman’s waist.
“Uhm, uhm,” the woman began to stutter. Her entire demeanor changed. She was no longer confident. She looked scared.
“Do you have any more Pokemon?” Caleb asked.
“Then give me back my wallet.”
The woman then did something Caleb did not expect. She fell to her knees, looked up at him, and begged, “Please, please don’t tell the cops.” Caleb looked down at the woman as she began to weep. “Please, just take your wallet and pretend you never saw me. Please.”
That’s when they heard sirens. Junior, Caleb thought. He did exactly what I asked him to do. Figures.
She stood up quickly. “Here’s your wallet,” she said and handed the wallet back to Caleb. “Please. Just don’t say anything,” she begged. “I can’t go back to jail. I just got out on good behavior. I really have changed. I was just so broke and so hungry. Old habits. Please, please don’t turn me in.”
“What’s your name?” Caleb asked.
“Jessie, why?” She was confused by his question.
Officer Jenny from Violet City arrived with the kids. She exited her cruiser and said, “Is there a problem here?” She looked over at Jessie, “You.” She pointed at Jessie, “What did you do to our visitor?”
“Not a…” Jessie stumbled with her words.
“Nothing, Officer,” Caleb interjected. He looked over at Jessie and gave her a soft smile. He turned back to Officer Jenny, “Jessie and I had a practice battle outside of town. She said she was battling to earn cash, so I obliged her. Sadly for her sake, I won so no cash for her. Nothing really to report to you, Officer.”
Officer Jenny gave a confused look, but then shrugged it off. “Look, if you have nothing to really report, I’ll let this go. However, I was informed of a potential robbery by your son.”
Caleb kept up his straight face, “Ahh, Junior must have misheard me as I left,” he looked back at Junior and gave him a stare. Junior knew that stare, it was his Dad’s “Drop it” stare.
Officer Jenny turned back to Junior, “Is that right?”
“Must have been, I must have misheard him. Dad can be a mumbler sometimes,” Junior said.
Officer Jenny just sighed, “Well, good enough for me. You all take care.” She waved as she went back into her cruiser and drove back into town.
Caleb and his family watch Officer Jenny drive off, then they all at once turned to Jessie. Caleb said, “Is everyone hungry? Let’s go back into town. I think we can all use a nice meal before I challenge the Gym Leader here in Violet City.”
Caleb then began to walk with Bobby and his kids into town. She stood frozen in place for a while until Caleb turned and hollered, “You coming?” Jessie just stood there. She was dumbfounded. I just tried to rob him and now he’s going to buy me food? She thought to herself. She felt the pain of hunger from her stomach. She was not going to turn down a meal.
“Yea, yea, I’ll be there.”
They walked in silence back to Violet City and stopped at a small restaurant next to the Pokemon Academy. Caleb opened the door and the kids went in first. Before they entered, Jessie grabbed Caleb by the shirt. “Thank you,” she whispered.
“You’re welcome,” Caleb said as he walked into the restaurant.
This is the third part of “Pokemon Golden Dreams.” Hopefully, you enjoyed it. If you did, check out the overall story index to read the other parts of the story! Feel free to leave your comments below.