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Chapter 1: Send Away for a Perfect World
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Kent Maddox stood in the doorway of his infant daughter’s bedroom watching as his girlfriend and the little girl’s mother dotes over her. He was a tall, athletic young man of nineteen-years old with curly, dirty blonde hair and blue eyes.copyright protection18PENANAylXkGw2Z2U

“Karina,” Kent whispered so he didn’t wake their daughter, “C’mon. The babysitter is downstairs.”copyright protection18PENANAoqCwQjpnZ5

            Karina turned, her chocolate brown hair swaying a bit as she stared at Kent with pleading green eyes.copyright protection18PENANAPteh37h1wW

“Please do not make me leave her, Kent,” she begged.copyright protection18PENANAs5iqpZWrZZ

            Kent sighed and motioned for Karina to join him outside their daughter’s bedroom. Karina did so and Kent closed the door, leaving it slightly ajar.copyright protection18PENANAmopZUfijDh

“We’ll be out for two hours. Three tops,” he reasoned.copyright protection18PENANApsKEKOM1Pi

“That’s too long. What if something happens?” Karina asked.copyright protection18PENANAXiogINfEfe

“The babysitter has our numbers,” Kent countered.copyright protection18PENANAECC3CxjURW

“She’s twelve, Kent,” Karina pointed out.copyright protection18PENANAcgpXV9MHbC

“You met with her and you liked her and you trusted her,” Kent responded.copyright protection18PENANA08UopDcEis

“Well I change my mind. She can’t be trusted with my baby,” Karina grumbled, crossing her arms over her chest.copyright protection18PENANATW4w0H3jBU

“Your baby? If I’m not mistaken; I had a hand in making that little bundle of joy that’s turning us into a pair of hermits,” Kent replied.copyright protection18PENANAgObGM6PzO0

“Please. All you did was subject me to nine months of hormones, morning sickness, and swelling up like a balloon…,” Karina countered.copyright protection18PENANAbP96dzKqe2

“But your boobs were fantastic, babe,” Kent added, receiving a death glare immediately for that comment.copyright protection18PENANAS7YXDZEHjg

“Let’s not forget that I also had to suffer through seven hours of child birth,” Karina pointed out, “So I think I had to go through the bulk of it.”copyright protection18PENANABz5NfRT5rI

 “And I’m just an idiot who doesn’t deserve the two most perfect ladies Arceus ever put on this planet,” Kent added in.copyright protection18PENANA6CxgJLQtb4

            Karina laughed a little bit at his remark.copyright protection18PENANAv4bu1PuGwN

“You are an idiot,” Karina agreed, relaxing her arms, “But you’re my idiot.”copyright protection18PENANAX8m2VCUPIl

“Love you too,” Kent said, batting a pair of big, brown Lillipup eyes.copyright protection18PENANAxPY56HQWa2

            Karina rolled hers and smiled in amusement. She let out a relented sigh.copyright protection18PENANA0G7cb91FPy

“Fine. We’ll go out for this dinner, but for two hours only. Not a minute more or I swear to Arceus; I will leave you unable to put another child in me,” Karina told Kent.copyright protection18PENANAsMGPPBsJra

            Downstairs, Kent and Karina’s neighbor Hilda White sat on the sofa in the living room, staring at the pile of boxes that the new parents still had stacked in the corner of the home they had just bought. She was a young preteen with more brown hair than she had head and was tall and awkwardly lanky. Kent and Karina descended the stairs and Hilda shot to her feet like a little soldier. She even saluted.copyright protection18PENANA5Y0346KV3V

“Mr. Maddox. Ms. Miller. Thank you so much for this opportunity,” she told them in a stiff tone.copyright protection18PENANAX3C5gOeht3

“Relax Hilda. We’re not in the military,” Kent responded.copyright protection18PENANAQWQwMG8epz

“You are welcome Private Hilda. Everything that little Megan needs is on the list in the kitchen. Our numbers are also on that list. If anything happens; no matter how small, we will race back here immediately,” Karina told her.copyright protection18PENANApvypyDwjyA

“Only call if it’s something you can’t handle,” Kent whispered and was promptly punched on the shoulder by Karina.copyright protection18PENANAfwDSBTGPba

            He took her by the hand and started leading her to the door. Karina resisted and turned back to Hilda.copyright protection18PENANAT17KyTqG7Q

“She loves ‘Baa! Baa! Black Mareep’!” she told the preteen babysitter, “Oh and if she needs to be fed; keep the bottle at a forty-seven degree angle! No more and no less!”copyright protection18PENANAgxlPWTstd0

            Hilda’s eyes widened at the aspect of having to do math in order to feed a child, but Kent shot her a reassuring glance from over his shoulder. Despite her young age, Hilda caught on to the fact that Karina was just extremely worried and a bit overprotective. She had this.copyright protection18PENANA3sxHl8B1YN

            The front door closed and Hilda was left in silence for about twelve seconds before her Xtransceiver vibrated in the pocket of her denim shorts. She pulled it out and saw Karina’s caller ID.copyright protection18PENANAcROjBnc23k

“Hello?” she answered the call.copyright protection18PENANASkRd9O6Bik

“I heard three rings. What if something had happened to Megan during that… hey!” Karina’s scolding voice responded.copyright protection18PENANAClN928iE9g

“Ignore her Hilda. Just be smart and do a good job and I’ll double the pay for having to deal with Karina so much,” Kent cut in before hanging up.copyright protection18PENANArm8fFKCSMG

            Hilda did a little victory dance over the prospect of getting paid more money.copyright protection18PENANAdE15RaTYMb

            Kent had driven down the street from their home in Nuvema Town and Karina was sending him death glares for confiscating her cell phone. His amused smirk only hardened those aforementioned death glares. Kent stopped at an intersection and waited for his light to turn green.copyright protection18PENANAipx5zAeRen

“Y’know… I’m gonna have to deal with a lot of crap too,” he pointed out.copyright protection18PENANA8FKgVp0yiM

“Like what?” Karina questioned skeptically.copyright protection18PENANAfwqgBirvge

“Well… if Megan ends up looking like you did when you were a teenager and attracts loser guys like me; yikes…,” Kent pointed out.copyright protection18PENANAHzDeEcPS43

“The light’s green smart guy,” Karina grumbled, turning her body to face the windshield.copyright protection18PENANAgcJ1tFrtdJ

            Kent looked past her and saw headlights in the distance speeding toward the intersection. He put trust in the driver to slow down for the red light as he drove forward. They did not. The right side of Karina’s face illuminated in the oncoming headlights and she turned with immense fear in her eyes.copyright protection18PENANAgtfHJRZbmg

“Kent!” she screamed out.copyright protection18PENANAp3P3iug7nk

            Crash! Shatter! Crunch!copyright protection18PENANAbExUF0z6uN

~Six Years Later~copyright protection18PENANAQKg6s0Xrck

            Kent woke with a start, a cold sweat forming across his brow, and he stared at his open bedroom door where his daughter Megan Maddox stood with a concerned look on her face; a face that was already beginning to resemble her mother’s.copyright protection18PENANAHCowFG1VOo

“You okay?” she questioned.copyright protection18PENANAgZ2OUHPuOj

“Y-Yeah… Just a bad dream. Nothing to worry about, sweetie. Why aren’t you in bed?” Kent responded.copyright protection18PENANAhE4yKwzHYL

“It’s seven-thirty. I have to go to school,” Megan responded.copyright protection18PENANA2Fnqc37dZV

“I thought yesterday was your last day?” Kent questioned.copyright protection18PENANABgVE4PmUja

“No. Today is,” Megan revealed.copyright protection18PENANAdBOi9yPJgN

“Shit,” Kent muttered, shooting to his feet.copyright protection18PENANAvjsSJFWRSV

            He quickly threw on a shirt and slipped on some sandals. He looked at his daughter and saw she was already dressed.copyright protection18PENANAMubI8gyuaR

“Did you eat? Pack a lunch? Brush your teeth?” he asked.copyright protection18PENANAFottHD2wmj

“Yes. Yes. Um… maybe,” Megan answered, shrugging her shoulders with a bit of a grin.copyright protection18PENANAjRCMKmrGdk

“Two out of three is good enough,” Kent responded, hoisting his daughter up onto his shoulders, and carrying her down the hall of the home they have lived in for the past six years.copyright protection18PENANAC0PNIY4gtf

            Megan giggled and started smoothing out Kent’s disheveled bed head as he descended the stairs to the living room. He dropped his daughter unceremoniously, but harmlessly onto the couch and she bounced against the cushion.copyright protection18PENANA88DBBkeERB

“Do you have everything?” he asked.copyright protection18PENANAXasAXdWpT9

            Megan nodded, grinning ear-to-ear on the couch. Kent nodded back at her and scraped away some physical exhaustion leftover in his eyes.copyright protection18PENANAKv9zjRxo80

“Grab your things, Megan. Let’s go,” he said, leading the charge out the front door.copyright protection18PENANADg9hRKC6pt

            The duo rushed out of the house together and ran side-by-side toward the bus stop around the corner. The bus at the aforementioned bus stop was already there and students of varying ages were boarding so that they can be taken to the academy all the way in Castelia City.copyright protection18PENANAHmEaWBnS1g

“Wait!” Kent called out to the bus driver in hopes that he can hear him.copyright protection18PENANA2LMbk63Sub

            Someone did. Hilda White heard him. She turned to see Kent sprinting and Megan starting to lag behind. Kent noticed this as well and slowed in order for her to catch up. He hoisted her onto his shoulders as Hilda boarded the bus.copyright protection18PENANAT8s2pkN2qc

            Her brown hair was even more expansive than it was when she was a pre-teen and she kept it tied up in a high ponytail. She finally grew out of the long, lanky body, and was now a beautiful young woman. She stopped in the middle of the aisle and suddenly knelt down.copyright protection18PENANAv8yaivMGoN

“Whoops! Shoes untied!” she announced, purposefully untying her shoe so she could retie it.copyright protection18PENANAXqyJCTQGLl

            The bus driver and the line of students behind Hilda waited and Kent managed to reach the bus in time. Hilda tightened her laces and smirked victoriously as she took a nearby seat. The line of boarding students resumed. Kent, breathing hard, removed his daughter from his shoulders. She hurried off onto the bus.copyright protection18PENANASEtkHTEuV5

 “Have a great last day of school, Megs!” Kent called out to her.copyright protection18PENANAGreeCwKod8

            Megan turned and waved at her father before hurrying down the aisle of seats to an empty one left for her next to Hilda.copyright protection18PENANAcayLUbEKRq

“Sup kiddo,” Hilda greeted her younger classmate.copyright protection18PENANA6J4A4LtIgp

            She ruffled up Megan’s hair and the doors to the bus closed. Outside, Kent watched his daughter be taken away as he did every morning she had to go to school. He leaned against a tree and looked up at the sky.copyright protection18PENANAOWR2buzVSM

“I hope I’m doing a good enough job, Karina,” he muttered under his breath.copyright protection18PENANA35XCQROuCF

            A sudden realization hit him. He had work at eight!copyright protection18PENANAUIpZitLMc1

“Shit!” Kent shouted, his voice echoing across a mostly-empty street.copyright protection18PENANAc1X339xD4q

            Only an elderly woman sitting on a porch swing across the street heard him. She shook her head judgmentally and watched as Kent sprinted back toward home.copyright protection18PENANAp8wnLmezRR

            He showered, dressed, and was back out the front door at eight-ten. He sprinted toward Professor Juniper’s Lab where he worked as an assistant. He was out of breath by the time he reached the Lab and fell to a seat in the front room so he could catch his breath.copyright protection18PENANAfMzFMS8yFl

            Professor Aurea Juniper appeared and saw Kent in a disheveled state, catching his breath. She was a gorgeous woman in her late thirties with light brown hair tied into a professional bun and green eyes. She knew how to rock the lab coat.copyright protection18PENANAzRmxUqGs3L

“Late again, Mr. Maddox,” she spoke with a slightly amused tone.copyright protection18PENANATtUpQFM5fE

“S-Sorry… Slept in… Kid late to school... Me late to work…,” Kent responded between heavy breaths.copyright protection18PENANAWvrwadojL3

“All is forgiven, Kent. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a single parent,” Professor Juniper told him.copyright protection18PENANAElU0TPrAiu

            Kent smiled slightly in return.copyright protection18PENANAlbXgBOWoTb

~Flashback~copyright protection18PENANA2PHtlRHKas

            Kent woke up in a daze in an overturned car. Broken glass, smoke, and two crumpled vehicular forms lay in the intersection. The faint sound of sirens could be heard in the distance. copyright protection18PENANANOOIPHyghQ

“K-Karina,” Kent grumbled past the pain. copyright protection18PENANALD2ITExP2q

            He unbuckled himself from the seatbelt and fell to the roof of the overturned car. He kicked out the driver’s door to give him room and looked over to the passenger seat. copyright protection18PENANA15gIzBzglK

“You okay?” he asked the still form hanging limply upside down.copyright protection18PENANAJ9zxSoeqFw

            No response. Kent unbuckled her and she fell limply to the roof of the car. He checked her pulse. Nothing. Silence. Darkness.copyright protection18PENANAhq9j92XGR0

~End Flashback~copyright protection18PENANA7S5nBFYbVk

            Kent finally pushed himself up off the chair and approached the Pokémon Professor.copyright protection18PENANAVFuucmTrNy

“What’s there to do today, boss?” he asked.copyright protection18PENANAX4Z6o89mP0

Hours had past as Kent assisted Professor Juniper around her Lab before he took a break around lunchtime. He ventured outside to the field behind the large building where several Pokémon that Professor Juniper had adopted thrived. He found a spot in the shade of an immense oak tree and planted himself beside its wide trunk. Professor Juniper watched Kent rest from inside the Lab and shook her head in disappointment.copyright protection18PENANAmWTsju7iF3

            Professor Juniper had known Kent since he was in the Academy. He was always determined to become a Pokémon Trainer, but the night before the necessary graduation where he would have been legally allowed to become one, he became a father. Ever since then, Kent had never been able to realize his dream, and he was beginning to near the age limit for being a Pokémon Trainer who can compete in Leagues.copyright protection18PENANADBI75VuYmh

“Kent, can we speak?” she asked him rhetorically.copyright protection18PENANAxkmxrLGA7v

            Kent slowly returned to his feet, wincing as some lingering pain shot into his leg. He stared at the Pokémon Professor with a curious and concerned gaze.copyright protection18PENANABusuWMZ45F

“D-Did I do something wrong?” he asked.copyright protection18PENANA8IgRPmMkl9

“No, not at all,” Professor Juniper responded.copyright protection18PENANACTuYqVJ6vR

“Oh good; I thought you were about to fire me,” Kent responded.copyright protection18PENANAC7l5BiSBnX

“I was,” Professor Juniper revealed.copyright protection18PENANAhvFymvV9Pg

            Kent’s blue eyes wavered and his knees buckled a bit, so he leaned against the oak tree for support.copyright protection18PENANAiraNqAIaHe

“W-What’s happening? Is this a joke? Professor, please. I need this job,” Kent spoke rapidly as anxiety crept into the back of his throat.copyright protection18PENANA1klnqXFiz2

“Calm down. Calm down,” Professor Juniper told him.copyright protection18PENANAfQxUpUpk3f

            She inhaled through her nose and Kent followed suit, matching her breathing until that anxiety returned to the pit of damnation it belonged in.copyright protection18PENANAAmGL97lSh3

“I’ve known you for years, Kent. You always wished to become a Trainer, but everything got in the way,” Professor Juniper explained, “I refuse to let you not follow your dream.”copyright protection18PENANA7josGOql7Z

“I haven’t thought about becoming a Trainer in years. I’m honestly content with where I’m at now. I have a kid and that’s my number one priority,” Kent responded.copyright protection18PENANAomQVhfQGAU

“Megan’s school year ends today. Aspiring Trainers will begin coming to me for their Starter Pokémon and there is an open spot tomorrow if you want to take it,” Professor Juniper disclosed.copyright protection18PENANAWbgCWqKii1

            Kent remained silent as he seriously began contemplating the offer. He could not come up with an answer; however, and lowered his attention to his feet. Professor Juniper did understand. She knew she sprung this whole dilemma on him from out of nowhere.copyright protection18PENANAmplKS1zinG

“Why don’t you take the rest of the day off to think it over? You will be paid for the time you miss, so there is no reason not to take this offer,” Professor Juniper spoke softly.copyright protection18PENANAiL29Hkpx0Z

            Kent nodded solemnly and left Professor Juniper’s Lab in order to determine whether or not he will take her offer.copyright protection18PENANAsWaIz79jps

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