Grace Pastel is a young girl who lives a cozy life in Jubilife city with her father, and for her, Pokemon battles are just something that she watches on television or online. Entertainment to be seen at a distance. After turning fifteen, she watched as young people her age got ready for their first journey across Sinnoh, all aiming to become the Champion. She usually scoffed at them, wondering how one could throw away a comfortable life in the city to risk their lives in the wild for an unobtainable goal. And yet when she was asked by her father to deliver a package to her mother living two towns over, something clicked in her brain.
Suddenly, she decided that she wanted to be the very best.
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This story feels like a good beginning for a Pokémon fanfic. I enjoy that our main character's, Grace, starting Pokémon isn't a typical "starter" Pokémon nor is it a Lucario/Gardevoir/dragon-type. She's beginning her journey from the start with her literal baby Pokémon and we get to travel along with them as they take their first steps.
Grace's reaction to getting the battle high is relatable to anyone who ever gets that rush of adrenaline from doing something new. Getting up on stage and delivering your lines for the first time, cliff jumping, sprinting as hard as you can to beat your opponent in a race that last 100 meters and getting that runner's high. A nerve-wracking experience, but so exhilarating at the same time.
Plus, we get a glimpse into the life of Grace's family. It's not a happy-go-lucky family where everything is handed to her. There's some drama and tension, just like any normal family has, making this story feel more relatable and real.
Take what you will from this, but I have high hopes for this story. The grammar is good and the dialogue is smooth, not feeling forced like some stories have. Can't wait to see what's in store for our heroine and what her Pokémon journey will be like!