I forgot about Pansage, let's say that Cilan ran in and got the grass Pokémon before going with Dawn and Mamoswine.
"Does he look a bit peaky to you?" Cilan asked.
"Peaky?" May said.
"What do you expect from falling from higher than a hundred feet?!" Iris exclaimed.
"Yeah Cilan, let's push you off the top of a flying Pokémon and see what you look like." Max retorted.
"Look, he's waking up." Dawn said. "Ash? Ash, are you alright?"
I managed to find my voice. "Just peachy." I said sarcastically.
"Haha, very funny." Iris said. "You had us all worried."
"Quick question…why are you all not crying over my dead body?"
"Well, you're alive." May said. "And you scared us half to death. Luckily you were caught, we're in Pewter City."
"Pika!" Pikachu said, crawling onto my chest.
"Dragonite?" I asked.
Iris lifted her Pokeball. "Dragonite isn't allowed out for a while. And in case you were wondering, it was not my Pokémon who saved you. It was a wild bird."
I looked at her with what I thought was a puzzled expression. I just realized that I was not in pain and I had no broken bones.
"Pi-jyoo" A bird's call answered.
A large bird that was at least half a foot taller than Max came into view.
"Pijoo!" Pidgeot answered.
"I told you I'd come back for you." I said lamely. "And you came back for me…thank you."
The bird Pokémon rubbed my head gently with its beak. I was feeling happy and calm until I remembered what exactly I had been doing.
"Max, how are you here? Where's Charizard?"
The others exchanged uncomfortable looks.
"I fell off Charizard and a couple of Pidgeot's friends helped me down to where Mamoswine was.
Again with the uncomfortable looks. Silence was the answer I received. I started to think something terrible had happened to Charizard.
I kept raising my eyebrows at them, but they avoided my eye contact.
"Please…" I said hoarsely. "Where's Charizard? I heard a cracking noise…is he injured…is he here? Please tell me he's not…" My stomach suddenly felt sick.
"No." May said. "A-at least…we don't think so… we don't know where he is… Iris thinks one of his wings broke, but we were more worried about Max when he fell off."
"Understandable…" Ash mumbled. "Did he fall into Viridian Forest or the forest around Mt. Moon?"
"Mt. Moon's surrounding forests." Cilan answered.
"Right." I said, pushing myself up and startling the electric mouse Pokémon. My feet were dangling off the bed when May pulled my shoulder back.
"No, you need to rest." She said.
"No, I need to find Charizard. He's been abandoned once before and I'm not about to let him go again." I looked out the window. "There's a storm coming in." I said. "He's too big to hide in bushes or under trees from the downpour and if he can't fly…"
"You can't go!"
"It's dangerous and you need to rest!"
"I agree with Cilan."
"Really?" I groaned, looking at my friends. "What about you?" I asked May. She was the only one who hadn't said anything yet.
"Well, it's dangerous but… if it was my Charizard that was out there then I'd want to go get him." May said.
"Alright, then May and I will go and you guys stay here…unless you want to come too. No need to worry, right?"
"Every time you say that is when I worry the most." Dawn grumbled. "It's cold and it's going to rain soon."
"Which is why I have to get Charizard back in his Pokeball as soon as possible." I said, showing the red and white ball. "He'll be safer in here so we can get him back to the Pokémon Center."
"Am I the only one who thinks this is nuts?" Cilan asked. I looked around to see my friends smiling at what I said and Iris looked concerned. "I'm not going out there."
"Cilan, what if your Pokémon was out there?" May asked. "You'd want to make sure they're safe, right?"
"Of course, but-"
"Then there's no buts about it, we're going to save Charizard." Iris said.
"Then let's stop chatting and get going!" Max said.
"Yeah!" Dawn agreed.
"Alright, fine." Cilan said. "I guess five heads are better than four. And Pansage can look since he's unaffected by water."
"Pika!" Pikachu said.
And with that, we were off!
That is until Nurse Joy stopped us.
"I'm sorry, I cannot allow you out. The storm is about to break out any moment and it's going to be a big one."
"My Pokémon is out there somewhere. If I don't get Charizard, he might die."
"There are caves in Mt. Moon, I'm sure-"
"HE CAN'T FLY! HE GOT HIT BY A DRAGONITE AND HIS WING IS BROKEN!" I shouted.
"Ash, please don't-"
"Nurse Joy, I know I can find Charizard before the storm gets worse and I'll return him to his pokeball. I don't care if I get soaked on the way back, but I'm not letting Charizard stay out there any longer because He. Might. Die."
I turned abruptly and ran out of the building with Pikachu at my heels before anyone could respond.
I heard footsteps behind me and Nurse Joy calling out. I assumed that the others had followed me.
I finally stopped at the edge of the forest and turned around. "Where's Max?"
"Nurse Joy absolutely refused to let him out." May said. "But I have a feeling he'll come. Two trainers rushed by us on their way to the Pokémon Center so Max should be here right about…"
Max panted as he caught up with us. "What's the plan now?"
"We call out all our Pokémon and have them look for Charizard. We'll need to split up." I said. "There's six of us so we should be in groups of two. Dawn and Iris search to the left; Max and Cilan search to the right; May, you and I will head to the center of the forest. If you get too wet, abandon search and go back to the Pokémon Center. I'll let you be the judge of how much rain you can tolerate. I don't want any of you to endanger yourselves or get sick so take care of yourselves."
"Right!" Everyone replied. The group split up, leaving me and May at the edge of the forest. I looked up at the darkening sky.
"It's a big storm." I remarked.
"Yeah, which is why we have to save Charizard. Everyone, on stage!"
I smiled at her introduction. Blaziken, Beautifly, Venusaur, Wartortle, and Glaceon came out and smiled at us.
"Blaze." The fire Pokémon said.
"We need your help finding Charizard." May said. "All of you remember what he looks like, right?"
The Pokémon nodded.
"And Beautifly, if it starts to rain, come back to me."
I called out Oshowatt. "Help find Charizard, he's hurt somewhere in the forest."
"Oshowatt, Charizard, and Pikachu are the only ones I took on the boat with me." I told May. "The others are at Professor Oak's."
Oshowatt jumped on Blaziken's shoulder and the two of them disappeared into the trees.
May and I exchanged looks of determination and entered the forest. Glaceon and Pikachu stayed near us.
"Charizard!" I called.
"Charizard!" May yelled.
"Charizard, if you can hear me then follow my voice!"
I suddenly felt something hit me. I saw May look at her hand as well. We both knew what it meant.
We sped up as we went deeper into the forest. The rain seemed to want to hurry along with us as it grew heavier.
Beautifly and Blaziken were called back and Pikachu hid in my backpack. Wartortle, Venusaur, and Oshowatt stayed close to us now.
I got a call from Cilan who said that he and Max had come back when Ralts and Pansage started sneezing and coughing. Nurse Joy chewed them out for ignoring her warning.
I tried to call Iris, but she didn't answer.
"May, I think you should go back now."
She had called Venusaur back into the pokeball when it became too cold for the grass Pokemon to bear.
She shook her head. "I'm with you."
"Don't be stubborn, it's too cold and wet. I think the rain got heavier in the last three minutes."
"I'm alright, Ash."
"Are you sure? I swear I heard you coughing five minutes ago. And you just sneezed before I told you that you should go back."
"Everyone coughs and sneezes."
"You weren't coughing like you had a dry throat, you were coughing like it was bugging you. I don't want you to get a cold on my account."
"Okay, but Glaceon's staying with you."
"I'm alright with that."
She handed me Glaceon's Pokeball. "Glaceon, please listen to Ash and if anything goes wrong then I want you to come and get me."
The ice Pokémon nodded.
"Take Pikachu, it's too harsh for an electric type."
May backed up. "No way, what if something happens and Pikachu is your only way to send up a signal. Water conducts electricity so if you send up a spark, we'll know something is wrong."
"Pika." Pikachu's muffled voice agreed.
I sighed, she had a point.
May left with Wartortle and I continued the search with Glaceon. Oshowatt had started to shiver and I brought him back to safety immediately.
Glaceon seemed to enjoy the cold unlike the shivering electric mouse in my backpack.
"Ch-Char-i-zard…" I coughed out.
Glaceon looked at me with a worried expression.
I tried to smile. I picked up my Pokedex to see a call from Iris popping up.
"Ash, I'm at the Pokémon Center with Dane."
"Oh great, first Lyra and now you, it's Dawn." Dawn's voice came.
"We're really wet and want you to be okay."
"I'm alright." I said hoarsely.
"Glaceon." Glaceon said, giving me a skeptical stare.
Iris seemed to share Glaceon's skepticism. "I'm not convinced."
"I'm no-ot leaving Ch-" I burst out into violent coughs; the pain ripped through my throat and burned my chest.
I felt the Pokedex slide from my fingers and splash into the muddy puddles of the forest floor.
"Pika?" Pikachu popped out.
"Ash, are you still there? Ash?"
Pain…so much pain… the Pain decided to join the coughing pains…my whole body is on fire now…I think I'm on the ground…
Pikachu stood in front of me, but I couldn't hear what he or Glaceon were saying.
I saw Glaceon turning to leave for May, but I used my shaking arm to grab the pokeball.
I heard a shout from the Pokedex, I'm pretty sure it was May.
I heard Pikachu's startled cry and saw a pair of legs before passing out for the second time in one day.
The first thing I realized when I woke up was that I was only wearing my underwear, but I was under a thick, warm blanket and I was dry. I could still hear rain outside, but it seemed to have lightened up to a drizzle.
I opened my eyes to find myself in a dimly lit tent. I turned to find Pikachu sleeping right next to me.
My clothes had been hung up at the top of the tent and looked pretty dry. I knew I had spare clothes in my backpack.
Pikachu yawned and greeted me with a warm smile.
The only other occupant of the tent was…Charizard?
"Charizard?" I said, my voice still sounding hoarse.
The Charizard yawned and blinked at me. Something told me that it wasn't mine.
"Chaa!" It called.
I looked towards the entrance of the tent to see a girl with shoulder length brown hair entering.
"Thanks buddy." She said, returning the Pokémon. "Well, you gave us quite a scare didn't you?"
"You don't recognize me, Ash? I only lived next to you for three years and played with you. I began my Pokémon journey two years after you did."
"Sorry." She did look familiar, but the name slipped my mind.
"I can't believe it took you a year to complete your Kanto journey, it took me three. I even managed to defeat the Elite Four. I've been spending the last couple of years travelling the Sevii Islands and helping people around in Kanto."
The girl rolled her eyes. "The name's Rika."
"Right…" I said.
"You need water." She said, "Then you'll be able to say more than one word."
She dug inside her backpack and found a bottle of water.
"Here ya go!" She said.
"Thanks." I drank it to find that I was really thirsty. Rika had to take it away from me because I was taking huge gulps.
"Don't want to be nauseous now, do we?" She said.
"If you're wondering, I did not sleep in this tent last night." She said. "My best friend did, he's tending to your Charizard."
"Oh, Charizard, how is he?"
"So you CAN say more than one word!"
"It was a bad break, but Timmy's wrapped Charizard's wing and it's the best we could do…we found him in a pretty pathetic state, his tail flame was so small and he was shivering."
"Why were you out in the pouring rain?"
"We didn't know it was going to be this bad. Should I ask about you?"
"My friend's Dragonite decided to play bumper car and knocked us out of the air." I said.
"Wow." She bent down to Pikachu's level and held a wooden stick. "Say ah!"
"Kaaaa…." She put the stick on Pikachu's tongue.
"Looks good to me, but you might want a professional opinion, I'm not a doctor." She said. "By the way, my Charizard heat dried your backpack and clothes. Shall I leave you to get dressed?"
"Please." I said.
She left the tent with an umbrella.
"I should have brought an umbrella." I told Pikachu as I changed my underwear. The rest of my clothes were as warm and dry as if they had just come from the dryer.
After getting dressed, Pikachu and I headed outside of the tent to find that the weather was now a slow drizzle. We saw a red tent nearby and I noticed that the outside of Timmy's tent was green.
We headed to the red tent and heard voices coming from it. A brown haired boy peeked out.
"Hello!" He said brightly. "I was wondering when you'd show up in the land of the living. Come on in."
I rolled my eyes and entered the tent. My Charizard was curled up with a wrapped up wing sticking up. His tail was propped up and he looked uncomfortable, but he was sleeping.
"It was the best we could do." Timmy said sadly. "You're Ash Ketchum, right?"
"Yeah, I don't believe we've met." I said, shaking his hand while keeping an eye on Charizard.
"I'm Timmy. Yeah, I moved here from Johto when I was eight, I think you'd already set off on your journey. I did see you come back to Pallet a few times after that with the gym leaders from Pewter and Cerulean. When I had my gym battle, it was with Flint instead of Brock. I did challenge the pretty redhead, Misty."
"Yeah." I said, for some reason I didn't like him calling Misty pretty.
"I wonder if she'd go on a date with me."
"She's way out of your league. She's Johto material." Rika said with a blush.
"Misty isn't looking for a boyfriend." I said. "She told me." Which was a blatant lie, I hadn't talked to Misty about that. I don't know why I felt this way. I needed to change the subject so I looked at my Pokémon. "Could Charizard go back in the ball?"
"I think that would be safe, then we'll pack up camp and head to Pewter. By the way, I think this is yours." Rika held up my Pokedex.
"It's probably broken." I said sadly.
"Nope." Timmy said. "I'm good with electronics and before your Pikachu went to bed, I asked for help fixing it. It's still a bit damaged, but it can make phone calls. I know because the girl with the puffy purple hair started asking a bunch of questions."
"Ha…puffy purple hair…" Rika laughed, and then she stopped. "Sorry, is she a friend?"
"Yeah, I was travelling with them to Pallet."
"Alright, I guess we can get this show on the road." Timmy said, exiting the tent.
I looked over at the fire-flying Pokémon; he looked blearily at me and smiled faintly before passing out.
"He's been doing that on and off." Rika said.
A flash of red called Charizard back into the safety of the pokeball.
"I'm glad you're alive, now we need to get you to a Pokemon Center." I turned to Rika. "Ready when you are!"
Rika and I exited the tent to find Timmy and a Venusaur working on packing up the tent.
I helped Rika pack her tent and an hour later we were all ready to leave. The rain had stopped by the time we exited the forest. I held Charizard in my hands, not wanting to leave him on my belt.
We ran into the Pokémon Center to see an anxious looking Nurse Joy and all my sleeping friends. I snorted at them and gave the nurse my Charizard.
She disappeared in a flash, taking Pikachu, Oshowatt, and Glaceon with her as well.
"Hey, I thought of a hilarious joke." Timmy said. He knelt down next to Iris and held her hand. "Oh my dear puffy hair, may I say you look exceptionally puffy today." He said loudly.
Iris woke up with a start and whipped her hand away. "Wha-?"
"My dear, Puffy Hair, please do me the great honor of-"
"WHOA!" Iris shouted, waking up the others. "What the heck is wrong with you? I'm ELEVEN and I don't even know you and…did you just call me 'puffy hair'?"
"Wh- I- yes you did!"
"Oh, well if I did then why do you ask?"
"You are insane."
"Really, I don't even know you."
"That's what I said!"
"Really? What a coincidence!"
Iris stared openmouthed at Timmy.
May, Cilan, Rika and I were trying not to laugh, but it was so hard. Dawn hid her face in her scarf and giggled into it while Max just laughed out loud.
"Ash!" May had just realized that I was there. She ran up to hug me.
She let go. "Sorry. Are you alright? Did you get Charizard?"
"Yes, he's alri-"
"Why did you call Glaceon back?" She demanded, "I gave you Glaceon for a reason, so if we needed to be in contact then we'd have a Pokémon that could handle harsh weather."
"I'm sorry…I guess I wasn't thinking."
"I'm starting to notice a pattern here." Dawn said. "Ash doesn't think a lot."
"I do so!" I protested.
"Ash Ketchum." Nurse Joy said, emerging from the double doors with a stern look on her face.
"Yes, ma'am?" I said innocently.
Her expression softened somewhat. "Alright, I'm not going to yell at you but I am going to tell you that what you did was extremely dangerous. You really should take better care of yourself and your friends should not have followed you."
"I didn't ask them to."
"I know, they told me."
"How's Charizard? All I know is that these two found him." I gestured to Rika and Timmy.
Nurse Joy abandoned all sternness and looked sad. "The good news is that his wing will make a full recovery in about a week or two and his tail flame is growing bigger. I advise keeping him away from any battles for the next few weeks."
"And the bad news."
"Depending on how everything goes, I might have to keep him here for a while."
"He has Hypothermia."
Everyone gasped, but I just stared at Nurse Joy.
"What does that mean?" Max asked.
"How come we didn't get it?" May asked.
"Why didn't we notice it?" Rika asked. "Timmy and I did everything for Ash in case he had Hypothermia, but he didn't."
"Remember that I made all of you change and go into the warmest part of our Pokémon Center. You didn't have time to catch it." Nurse Joy said. "As for noticing, it's hard with Fire type Pokémon because they already generate heat, but with Hypothermia it's at a lower temperature than even the weakest Fire type. Max, Hypothermia occurs when the body is at a dangerously low temperature and as I said, Charizard's temperature is lower than a baby Charmander's. Right now he's pale drowsy, shivering uncontrollably and his breathing and heart rate are slow. We're monitoring him and it seems that he was kept warm and he should be accepting treatment. He's also irritated because he wants to sleep, but we don't want to run the risk of him falling into a coma and are keeping him awake. " She inhaled deeply. "There's a chance that if this doesn't work…there's a possibility…and we're hoping it doesn't happen, but there's a chance, however slim, that Charizard will die."
The world seemed to slow down; my friends were still staring at Nurse Joy. I don't know how or why, but my feet were moving. They were following the pink haired nurse. They were moving even though my legs felt like lead.
I was numb; my brain seemed to be empty of all thought. Mindlessly following Nurse Joy to a room where I realized my Charizard lay.
He was breathing slowly and deeply, his exhales sounding ragged as if he'd just finished a battle. A couple of Chanseys were working on machines that were attached to the Pokémon.
There was a lump in my throat, preventing me from speaking. I simply walked over to Charizard and touched his side. I realized that it did seem colder than I remembered.
Charizard's eyes were on me, I tried to smile to show him that I was alright, but he didn't seem to buy it. I still couldn't find my voice. Pikachu hopped onto Charizard's bed and began speaking. Charizard's eyes grew wide in shock; I assumed Pikachu had explained that the bigger Pokémon was sick.
It took me a while, but I finally found my voice. "We'll keep going." I said hoarsely. "We'll keep getting stronger and we'll take the world by storm." I gave a weak chuckle. A faint smile appeared on Charizard's face.
"Charizard, I promise that when your wing is healed we'll go back on the road. Maybe we can start all over from Pallet Town. We'll challenge each region again until we're the champions of the entire world."
"Champions of the entire world, huh?" A voice said from behind me. I turned around to find a familiar face grinning at me. "Mind if I tag along?"