Both Red and Lucas were walking along Route 4 taking a look at the environment and landscape, as the boys found themselves walking along the path where a beautiful garden stretched out for miles. Both Red and Lucas looked at the hedge walls and flowers and were amazed by how beautiful it looked.
"Wow check out these flowers, they look so beautiful." Red walked over to some flowers as he knelt down to stare at the beautiful flowers. Lucas also knelt down beside Red, and then a flashback flooded into his mind of the time when he and Claus would run around in a beautiful field with sunflowers along with their mother, Hinawa. He remembers the times he played tag with Claus as well as picking up flowers and giving them to their mother Hinawa as she would keep the flowers with her as memories of those days the family would share going out to those flowery fields. "Hey buddy, what are you thinking about?" Red placed a hand on Lucas's shoulder which snapped the blonde boy out of his thoughts as he looked up to his taller, brunette friend ready to speak.
"Well whenever I see flowers, it reminds me of the times me and my brother would play tag in the flowery fields back home; we also picked up flowers and gave them to our mom and she would keep them with her as memories of the days we spent out there in the fields." tears began to form in Lucas's eyes as Red took out a tissue from his jeans pocket and wiped Lucas's tears away from his eyes.
"That sounds amazing Lucas, and I can see why you were looking at some of these flowers like that, because it reminds you of your family before that tragedy happened." Lucas gave a nod as he would embrace Red. "Even though we're on a Pokemon Journey, I don't see why we can't make some memories here on our journey for us to share as we get older."
"What do you mean by that, Red?" asked Lucas, as Red approached him with a devious smile as gently tapped Lucas's shoulder with the palm of his hand.
"Tag You're it!" cried Red as he began to run off, as a smile formed on Lucas's face, as he gave chase to Red.
"I'll get you for that, Red." Lucas took off and began to chase after Red as both boys were giggling, Red might have the advantage due to him having longer legs than Lucas; but the blonde psychic was pretty fast on his feet as he was able to catch up to Red as he tapped Red on the back with the palm of his hand. "Tag, you're it!" said Lucas as he started to make a dash down Route 4, as Red made chase to Lucas. "HAHA, you can't get me!"
"We'll see about that, little buddy!" laughed Red while Lucas taunted the Trainer, as Red began to chase Lucas around the fountain. Lucas might have been fast on his feet, but Red always had some sort of sneaky clever plan; Red turned around into another direction opposite from where Lucas ran off to, as the Blonde turned around to see where Red was at.
"Come on slowpoke, keep up with me!" Lucas taunted Red but turned around to notice, Red wasn't following him. "Red....Red, Hey Red, where did you go?" called Out Lucas as the boy heard a rustling in the bushes, and as Lucas turned to see what it was; out came Red from behind one of the hedge walls, as the Pokemon Trainer came at Lucas and playfully tackled him to the ground. "HEY; no fair!"
"HAHAHA; I got you." Red was Laughing as he had Lucas pinned down on the ground for the moment, but once Red let go of Lucas Lucas stood up and as Red was starting to get up, the blonde psychic tackled Red to the ground.
"Payback time, now, HAHAHAHA!" laughed Lucas as he now had Red pinned down for the count. The boy then looked over to one of the hedge walls and had an idea. "Want to play, Hide and go seek?"
"Ok sure, and since I hid behind the wall to get you last time, I think it's fair if you go and hide, and i'll go count to three." said Red as he turned around and closed his eyes, as the the psychic boy ran off into the Hedge maze to hide. "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten ready or not here I come!" Red than took out two Pokeballs. "Ivysaur, Squirtle help me find Lucas." Red was whispering so Lucas wouldn't hear Red's plan to find him, as Red's Squirrtle and Ivysaur ran into the hedge maze to find Lucas. Squirtlle saw a spec of yellow peering through the hedges as Squirtlle let out a water gun spraying Lucas from the other side. As Red ran over to the other side and found his water soaked friend.
"RED; play fair!" yelled Lucas as Red laughed but raised his hands in surrender as he took out his pokeballs and called back Squirtlle and Ivysaur.
"OK; ok i'll go hide, and you count." said Red as he ran of to the opposite hedge maze to hide as Lucas closed his eyes and started to count
"One, Two, Three. Four, Five..." Lucas stopped at five and then had a plan, as he jumped up in the air and let out a cry. "PK Thunder" as the boy concentrated an electric projectile that looped behind him and struck him from behind giving the boy a boost through the air, as Lucas saw Red running to find a spot on for Lucas to drop in on him and fall over top of him as the boys now found themselves lying on the ground.
"Hey; that wasn't fair." said Red with a grumpy face.
"All's fair in Love and War." laughed Lucas as he stood up and helped Red up to his Feet, both boys looked at eachother and saw they were both covered in dirt and grass stains. "Wow; we're dirty, if my mom was here she'd scold me for getting my clothes dirty.
"Same Here, my mom would be the same way with me; oh well it's ok." said Red as he and Lucas both shared a laughed as they both noticed a cretaure in one of the flowers outside the hedge maze. "What's this." Red and Lucas both took out their Pokedexes to record the data of this Pokemon.
"Flabebe the Flower Fairy Pokemon; Flabebe draws out and controls the hidden power from the flower it's body may be attached to. When it finds a flower it likes, it dwells on the flower for it's whole life. It floats in the wind's embrace with an untroubled heart." Both Red and Lucas closed their Pokedexes and looked at the Fairy like Pokemon in amazement.
"Wow this is a new type of Pokemon that I have never seen before." Red looked at it as did Lucas; the Flabebe looked a bit scared but Lucas pointed his finger to the Flabebe as the fairy didn't know what to do but smiled as it tried to stretch it's tiny arms at Lucas's finger. "I think it likes you, want to capture it?"
"I don't know; I don't want to scare it or anything." Lucas thought about it for a moment and then took out a Pokeball which caused to Flabebe to turn around looking frightened. "Hey don't be scared; if you come with us we can all play together." the Flabebe thought about it for a moment as Red turned around to Lucas with something to say.
"Lucas, since i'm sure you don't want to hurt Flabebe in a battle; use this type of Pokeball to capture it a lot easier. It's a Great Ball and you can catch Pokemon a lot easier with this without having to weaken it for capture." Red gave the Pokeball to Lucas as Lucas took the ball and tossed it as the ball opened absorbing Flabebe inside of it as the ball dropped to the ground and began to move a little; the Ball looked like it could open back up but it stopped and the light in the center of the ball went out signifying it's capture.
"All right, I caught my first Pokemon." said Lucas as he and Red exchanged a high five. "I have you to thank."
"Your welcome, Lucas you know I've got your back no matter what." as red and Lucas started celebrating Lucas's first capture the boys heard some noises nearby. "Sounds like something is coming!" Both boys walked over to the grass cause the sound was coming from the path in the center. It was a Truck as the truck made a stop in front of the boys as a man got out of the Truck and greeted Red and Lucas.
"Hello there; are you boys lost or are you going somewhere?" asked the man
"We're heading to Santalune City."
"Well you're in luck i'm heading that way to deliver some flowers and produce; perhaps you boys would like a ride?" offered the man as the boys turned to eachother.
"I dunno Red, my mom told me never to accept rides from strangers."
"Hmmmm, you got a point but maybe we can trust him, let's see if we can." the boys than turned to the man.
"How can we trust, you?"
"You don't trust me, awwww don't worry about me, i'm a gardener and I care about flowers, plants, vegetables, fruit, and taking care of Pokemon." the man then called out two Pokemon from his Pokeballs, a Diglet and a Polywag.
"Well I guess we can." said Red as he and Lucas nodded their heads.
"I could use a some help harvesting my fruits and vegetables, lately some bandits have been stealing my produce from me and I need to get some Produce over to Santalune City."
That's terrible, don't worry mister, me and Red will help you with your produce and keep any thieves from taking your stuff." said Lucas as he and Red both smiled as the man looked happy to have some help.
"Thanks boys, hop on in and we'll start picking up vegetables and keep a look out for any bandits in my Garden at my House nearby." both Red and Lucas got in the bed of the truck as the man started the truck and drove over to a small farm which had a beautiful fruit and vegetable garden. As the truck was making it's way to the house the boys noticed a band of punk teenagers tampering with the fruits and vegetables.
"Oh no there's some no good punks trying to take your stuff."
"So that's them, well let's take care of them."
"Come on Red, let's show these losers not to mess with us." as the truck stopped both Red and Lucas jumped off the bed of the truck to approach the teenagers.
"Hey you guys, why don't you put those fruits and vegetables back." yelled Red as the punks looked at them.
"Yeah, and what are you dweebs going to do if we don't!" threatened on of the guys wearing a leather jacket and with a blue mohawk.
"We challenge you both to a Pokemon battle."
"Ok have it your way. Go Spinarak!" one of the boys called out the Spider Pokemon Spinarak. "Go Ekans." called the other boy bringing out the Snake Pokemon Ekans.
"Go Squirtle!" Lucas called out his Squirtle. "Go Fennekin." Red called Out Fennekin as both Red and Lucas stood ready to battle the punks.
"Ekans use Poison Sting!"" commanded one of the boys as it let out a poisonous sting from it's Mouth,
"Fennekin, dodge and use Ember attack." Fennekin shot out a small breath of fire weakening the Ekans, mean while Lucas was commanding Squirttle to attack Spinarak.
"Squirtle use water gun on Spinarak."
"Spinarak, Pin Missle." both Water gun and Pin Missile both hit directly and it did rather moderate damage to eachother as both Trainers made more commands to attack. "Spinarak, use String Shot." The Spinarak shot out a webby string to attach itself to Squirttle but Lucas remembered something from what Red told him about defensive tactics.
"Squirttle, Withdraw at once." The Squirttle hid itself inside it's shell to avoid the effect of being tied up by String Shot, as the shell of Squrttle was to hard to be constricted as the webbed string broke from Squirttle's hard shell. Another thought in Lucas's mind snapped in him, as he remembered Red using withdraw on Squirttle who then would spin around in it's shell using it's Hydraulics to move it and dash forward for a time, as Lucas looked to use the same thing.
"Spinarak use tackle attack." ordered the punk as he commanded his Spinarak to tackle Squirtle as Lucas stood ready to attack back.
"Squirttle use water gun to spin yourself in your shell and attack Spinarak using a dash attack." Squirttle would use it's water gun while inside it's shell to dash itself and connect with Spinarak's tackle and with Squirttle's shell being harder, the Dash dis some damage to the spider Pokemon now weakening it's defenses completely.
"Spinarak, bite attack now." "Squirttle, Skull bash attack now." as the Spinarak looked to attack Squirttle with bite, Squirttle would knock Spinarak with a strong skull bash attack, after the skull bash made contact, Spinarak was defeated as Lucas won a Pokemon battle as Red used Fennekin's ember attack once again to finish off the other boy's Ekans. "Now you losers leave this place now, and don't ever come back to steal what isn't your's." The two punks retreated and ran away as Red and Lucas celebrated their victory with a high five.
"That was impressive Luke, you're really starting to get better as a Trainer." Red patted Lucas's hair as the blonde looked over to the taller boy with a smile.
"Thanks Red, i've learned a lot about Pokemon from watching you from our adventure during that whole Subspace Invasion." Lucas said as Red smiled at the boy, as the Gardener returned examining his crops, making sure there was no damage.
"Well thank you for helping me boys, I should reward you for your efforts." Red and Lucas both nodded their heads as they all began to hear rumbling in the distance and the skies starting to get darker. "Oh no looks like a storm is coming; can you boys help me dig these vegetables and fruit out, I need to hurry and safely deliver these to Santalune City, and i'm not going to let any type of weather to prevent me from doing so.
"Well let's do this, go Dugdrio, Ivysaur, and Geodude go and help dig up those vegetables and fruits." Red called out three Pokemon Dugdrio, Ivysaur, and Geodude as they immediateley went to work harvesting the crops.
"Chespin, help Red's Pokemon harvest everything." Lucas called out his Chespin as it helped the other Pokemon to harvest the crops.
"Here boys, take these shovels and dig as best you can, we need to get as many in the truck as we can." The Gardener gave both Red and Lucas two shovels as the boys began to shovel up the dirt around the crops as the rumble of thunder was starting to get closer. The Pokemon and the two boys were digging as hard as they could, and was able to free some crops as both Red and Lucas carried the crops over to the bed of the Truck as rain began falling down on the scene. "We better hurry before that rain gets any worse." The Gardener called out his Diglet to burrow under the ground to loosen the ground surrounding the crops as the Gardnerer carried more crops over to the truck. Red and Lucas were starting to struggles as the rain water falling on the ground was making the ground more moist and making the dirt more difficult the dig up as the dirt was now resembling mud. But Red and Lucas were both able to gather the last of the crops along with all of the Pokemon as they finished loading the bed of the truck, as Red, Lucas, and the Gardener called back their Pokemon as the Gardener went to grab a tarp to put over the bed of the truck, as Red and Lucas both got in the Backseat of the truck as the Gardener finished tightening the tarp over the bed securing the vegetables. "All right boys, let's go." The man got in the drivers side of the truck, put the key into the ignition, started up the truck, and drove off as rain began to pour all over Route 4.
"All right, we made it." said Red as he and Lucas began to breath heavily from doing all of that work in so very little time. "Yeah, the rain came very fast, but now all of the crops are safe so we'll be heading to Santalune City shortly." both Red and Lucas were looking tired after all they started the day playing games like tag and hide and seek, to helping the gardener fight off a band of thieves from taking his crops, to digging up the crops to carry in to the truck before te storm got any worse as the man needed to get all of his crops delivered into town. Just as Red and Lucas were about to rest for the ride, the truck his a bump that shook up the truck as several crops went flying out of the bed and then the truck came to a screeching halt.
"DAG NABBIT! the Truck is stuck in the mud." The driver had his foot on the gas pedal but the truck wasn't budging as both Red and Lucas got out of the truck and noticed one of the back wheels was stuck deep in a mud hole; also Red and Lucas also noticed several vegetables were missing.
"Some of your vegetables fell out i'll go back and get them." Red than took out a Pokeball and out of it came Charizard. "Charizard use strength to push the truck out of that whole; Lucas help push the truck with Charizard, i'll let you know when I got the left over vegetables." Red said as he ran off to retrieve the vegetables that fell out of the Truck as Red called out Ivysaur. "Ivysaur use vine whip and get a hold of as many vegetables as you can to take back to the truck." Ivysaur nodded and stretched out it's vines to gather as many vegetables as it could while Red ran over to pick up some vegetables and ran over to the truck to drop them off as both Lucas and Charizard was trying as hard as they could to budge the truck but it wasn't enough. Ivysaur got a hold of all of the other vegetables as Red took them and placed them back into the bed of the Truck as Red looked at Lucas and Charizard attempting to push the truck but it wasn't enough. "Ivysaur help push the truck." commanded Red as Ivysaur stood next to Charizard and used it's head to push the truck. Red also went up to the back of the truck and stood next to his best friend Lucas, as Red also helped push the truck as the truck was starting to budge and the wheel was starting to slowly rise out of the whole it was stuck in; however a pumpkin rolled out of the truck unaware to the group of kids and Pokemon that was pushing the truck out of the hole, fell underneath Red and Lucas's legs as Red's foot unsuspectingly stood on top of the pumpkin which caused Red to lose his balance and slip and fall on his left knee on the ground as Lucas looked over to Red who was clutching his knee.
"Red are you ok?" Lucas asked as he was concerned about Red being hurt and noticed the pumpkin the rolled out of the truck as Lucas picked it up and tossed it back into the bed of the truck. "Yeah, it's just a slight sprain, we got to get this truck out of the hole." Lucas helped Red up to his feet but Red was limping on one leg as he used whatever strength he still had as he, Lucas, Charizard, and Ivysaur all made another effort to push the wheel out of the hole, as they were finally able to remove the truck from the hole, as the Gardener was relieved that he can now finish his delivery. The Rain had stopped and the clouds began to break up as the sun started to shine on Route 4 was again as Red called back Ivysaur and Charizard, but at the same time leaned himself against the bed of the truck clutching his knee. "Here let me help you back into the truck." "Thanks buddy, I appreciate it!" smiled Red as he placed an arm over Lucas as Lucas helped support Red who was limping on one leg back into the bed of the truck, but before they got back in, the boys began to notice something strange as what looked like the Legendary Pokemon Mew, was floating in a bubble and ascending into the sky. "that's Mew, how did it get here?" thought Red wondering how Mew got into the Kalos region as Mew disappeared off into the distance from where they saw it.
"Come on boys, we need to get to the Santalune Market before it closes." said the Gardener as Lucas and Red both nodded as Lucas helped Red into the truck as the boys both returned to the back of the truck as the driver started the truck again, continuing it's run to Santalune City.
During the ride Lucas lifted up Red's pants leg and noticed a cut on Red's left knee, as well as some bruising around his knee. "I got some rubbing alcohol and bandages in my backpack." Lucas picked up Red's backpack and searched around and found some tissues, rubbing alcohol, and some bandages, as Lucas opened up the alcohol and applied some to a tissue and began to clean the blood off of Red's knee. Red winced as the alcohol burned at the open wound that Lucas was applying the tissue to but Red knew Lucas was helping him out, and after cleaning the blood of the cut on his knee, Lucas applied a bandage to cover up the cut on Red's knee and Lucas applied his lips to Red's Knee and gave it a kiss which made Red blush a little. "What was that for?" asked Red a bit confused as Lucas looked up at him
"Sorry I was just kissing your knee to make it better." Red Laughed as did Lucas since a lot of parents kiss their child's boo boos to make them better, and since Lucas was like family to Red; he didn't mind at all of Lucas kissing his knee to make it better. The Truck had come to a stop as the Gardener, Red, and Lucas were now in Santalune City, and they made it just before dusk.
"All right, we're here boys, let's unload these vegetables and get paid." said the Gardener, as he along with Red and Lucas took out some crates of fruits and vegetables and carried them over to the town's market. After they finished unloading the Gardener shook hands with another man in front of the Market.
"Thank you for delivering these beautiful assortments of fruits and Vegetables from Route 4. Here is your money, for all of your hard work." said the man as he took out some money as the gardener looked over to Red and Lucas.
"I couldn't have done it without the help of these two boys; they deserve most of the credit." the man smiled and gave both Red and Lucas some money for helping the Gardener deliver the fruits and vegetables.
"There's nothing wrong with earning nice things after a day of hard work; which is why we as Pokemon Trainers look to work hard at everything we do in order to achieve our goals and for that we were very happy to help volunteer our services to help those in need in order to gain more experiences on our adventure and to learn what it's like to show what hard work can pay off." Red said as he was still being held on by Lucas and was still limping on one leg.
"We want to reach for our goals and will work hard and help each other out and anyone else out along the way; because the best way to be remembered for what you do, is to go out and work hard to help those and that will take you a step further in living your dreams; that is something me and Red will learn on our Pokemon Journey."
"That's great to hear, how the two of you boys have such passion to work hard and achieve your goals; and since your trainers the Santalune City Gym is just a short way from here." the man noticed Red limping on one leg as did the Gardener. "Son I think you might need to go see the Nurse Joy at the Pokemon Center to examine your leg to make sure you're ok."
"Right, that and it would probably be the best idea for us to take our Pokemon there and let them rest there before Lucas here battles the Gym leader; what do you say Lucas?" Red looked over to Lucas as the smaller blonde boy smiled at them
"Right, i'm starting to get tired after all we've done today." said Lucas with a yawn as Red also let out a yawn too.
"Then you might want to stay the night at the Pokemon Center as well; and when you're fully rested and ready to go; than that would be the best chance you have at challenging the Gym Leader. Well I must be off now; thank you so much for your help boys, and I wish the both of you luck on your journey together."
"Right, and we hope to stop by and see your garden again soon as well mister." said Lucas as the man got in his truck and started it and raised his hand out the window waving a farewell wave as both Red and Lucas waved back at the Gardener as the man drove off into the sunset as both Red and Lucas made their way to the Pokemon Center "Are we ready to see what tomorrow brings?" asked Lucas looking up at Red whom he was still supporting on one bad leg. " "I'm ready for whatever comes our way, bro." said Red as both he and Lucas walked inside the Pokemon Center.
After a long day of hard work and dedication both Red and Lucas learned a valuable lesson of what teamwork, friendship, and helping out others can bring to you, as the boys now look to rest up for the night to challenge the Santalune City Gym Leader, is Lucas ready for his first ever Gym Battle? Find out next time on "Surrogate Brothers."
To Be Continued.