I headcanon that Solidad asexual and ship her with Harley in a very abnormal relationship, especially since Harley claims he’s gay. They love each other but aren’t sexually attracted to each other, and they’re pretty much roommates for life since they never marry, either.
JUMP ON THE WISHFULSHIPPING TRAIN AW YEAH.
eri-hikawa: #I WOULD THINK IF HIS NAME IS TAKESHI HE IS JAPANESE…. KANTO IS BASED OFF A PLACE IN JAPAN.. #NOT SAYING THAT OTHER RACES WOULD EXIST IN THE JAPANESE-BASED REGIONS BUT HIS NAME IS TAKESHI SOOOO
I actually posted in the tags that I actually don’t think either Iris or Brock are black, but the point is that Iris is not the first dark-skinned POC in Pokemon. I think Brock is supposed to be Filipino based on the way he’s drawn but ehh.
When Iris is about six months into her pregnancy with her first child, Cicily, she and Cilan consult with the doctor about a birth plan. The doctor asks Iris if she has any preferences for pain relief, and Iris reveals she’s not interested in getting any.
This catches Cilan off guard. He tries to convince Iris that getting medication would be logical, and that she has nothing to worry about; it’s a safe process, after all. Iris shrugs and says she knows it’s safe, she just doesn’t think she needs any. Cilan continues to try to talk her into it, and she eventually consents to writing that she may request an epidural at any time during her labor, but she takes his doubt as a challenge.
When her water breaks, Cilan is at his class, teaching. Iris is, however, with Georgia and Trip at the time, and both freak out and tell her they need to get to the hospital right away. Iris is very chill about it, though, like, “This isn’t even that bad…”
Georgia gets ahold of Burgundy, who’s on her prep hour at the PCA, and Burgundy interrupts Cilan’s class to inform him his wife is in labor. Burgundy takes over his class as Cilan rushes to the hospital.
He finds that Iris is handling herself well when he shows up, though her birth is moving very quickly. She’s at six centimeters, and after another hour, she’s at ten and ready to push. Those last four centimeters are not pleasant ones, however. She’s very much in pain, and Cilan has to help her measure her breathing. Cilan and the nurse ask her several times if she wants the epidural, but she continually insists she doesn’t. She doesn’t want to give in.
And she doesn’t. Some tears are shed and she nearly bruises Cilan’s hand, but she never breaks. She so badly wants to prove Cilan wrong that she grits her teeth and bears the pain, and she successfully gives birth without the epidural.
Several hours later, after Cicily has been cleaned up and her birth certificate has been filled out and signed, Cilan and Iris are sitting together on her bed with their new baby. Cilan is holding Cicily and the exhausted Iris is leaning up against him and trying to stay awake for a few more minutes.
While watching Cicily sleep, Iris suddenly mumbles, “I told you I could do it.” Cilan looks at her and gets a little emotional, because dang, his wife sure is amazing. He chuckles and says, “You did,” before kissing her.
Iris also gives birth to her next two children without epidurals, each time becoming progressively easier. All of Iris’s lady friends are very confused and alarmed she does this all naturally; three times, no less. Georgia at some point makes the comment that she did use medication when she gave birth, and she still never wanted to do it again.
I’M NOT OVER THE FACT THAT DREW CANONICALLY CRIED. THERE WERE ACTUAL, PHYSICAL TEARS IN HIS EYES, VISIBLE ENOUGH FOR SOILDAD TO SEE THEM ACROSS THE FIELD.
I need more Pokeboys crying in my life.
That fic made me think about Cilan and Iris sobbing over their hospitalized daughter, Jasmine, again, because they were so scared she was going to die when they first received that call that there had been an accident. Seeing her alive and well had never been a greater relief.
Nick and Allie peered out at the streets from behind a tree, just in time to watch a cloaked figure disappear into the alleyway behind the Petalburg Pokemon Center.
"Allie I’m sure that’s the guy that’s on the news reports, the one who’s been stealing Pokemon!"
Allie looked down at her little brother warily. His heart of gold was both the best and worst quality about him. Interfering in a situation like this could get them into trouble, but she also didn’t want to allow the criminal to get away with it.
She inhaled and exhaled deeply, “Okay, pick your strongest Pokemon and keep them at the ready. We’ll both charge in at the same time and fire off an attack quickly so he can’t escape. Then we’ll grab the stolen Pokeballs and high-tail it back to the Pokemon Center, got it?”
Nick nodded firmly but Allie still felt unsure. Her plan was half-baked and reckless, but she felt too committed already. She rubbed her neck trying to fight off the pinpricks of sweat gathering below her hairline.
They were supposed to be walking home to visit their parents, but their short detour to the Pokemon Center led to this. Her father’s piercing green eyes and her mother’s watery, blue ones came to mind. She swallowed her fear, and tried to ignore the thought of potential consequences before grabbing Nick’s arm and crossing the street.
Briefly she considered leaving him behind, as he was only 11 and barely a Pokemon trainer, still… she’d never admit it, but he was already a better battler than her.
As they approached the alley all her senses were on high-alert. She could feel every tiny breeze, every shift in the temperature, she could even feel the way her clothes moved around her as she walked. Enlarging her Sceptile’s pokeball, she squeezed her eyes shut and called out an attack. At the same time Nick commanded his Combusken to use Fire Spin.
The attacks hurled off into the darkness and all Allie could do was pray they had some effect. There was an agonizing minute of stillness before a Poison Sting attack came rebounding out of the shadows. Allie yanked Nick back around the corner and shielded him with her arms. Both Sceptile and Combusken took direct hits.
Nick wriggled free from Allie’s grasp and went to aid his defenseless Pokemon. ”Use Fire Spin, again!”
Combusken fired another attack at their faceless assailant while Allie and her Sceptile stood helplessly by.
"N-nick, let’s back up a little, we can’t hit him if we can’t see him."
Nick and his Combusken retreated but they were still on guard. Another Poison Sting shot out but he quickly neutralized it with Flamethrower.
"Allie do something!"
Allie nervously wrung her hands together. ”Sceptile, Hidden Power!” A barrage of green orbs flew into the alleyway along with Nick’s attack. There was a grunt, and the reassuring ‘thunk’ of a bag on the ground. Confident that they’d won, Nick and Allie approached the masked man. Just as they were about to retrieve the stolen Pokeballs, the man grabbed them and pinned them against the wall.
Allie’s heart was beating so fast she could hear it pounding in her ear. Nick was whimpering helplessly beside her.
"Blaiziken use Blaze Kick!"
Both Allie and Nick immediately dropped to the ground as their attacker was kicked twenty feet backwards into the adjacent wall. They clung to each other desperately as the man’s Arbok hissed and rose up against them.
"Roserade use Magical Leaf!"
Arbok was hit by a barrage of Magical Leafs and was knocked out in one hit. Even though the battle was over, May wasn’t finished yet.
She stormed into the alley and with all her adrenaline-feulled strength, picked up the man who attacked them and punched him square in the nose.
Allie’s jaw dropped in shock.
"Don’t you ever, come near my kids again you creep.”
He groaned as May let go of him and tried to contain his bloody nose. She turned to face her kids, and all of a sudden they had a new monster to fear.
"What. The. Hell. Were you thinking?”
May’s voice cracked on the last word and she immediately wrapped them both up in a hug. ”You could have been hurt, you could have been k-killed, oh my arceus, don’t you ever do something like this again!”
Drew quickly stepped in and kissed his wife’s temple to calm her down. ”It’s alright May, they’re fine, we took care of it. You were brilliant.”
She hiccuped slightly and finally pulled herself away from her traumatized children. ”T-t-thanks,” she wiped a tear away with her hand and winced.
Drew chuckled and gingerly grabbed her wrist, “Do you need some ice for this?”
"Mm-hmm," she whined, and their whole family left to return the Pokeballs and get May some first aid. The lecture they got from Drew later that night was unbelievably long and terrifying but nothing stuck out more to them than their mother literally punching a guy in the face.
Sometimes I think about spirit animals in the context of Pokemon. Like, what would be the “spirit Pokemon” for each of the characters? I don’t mean what’s the favorite Pokemon of the characters, but which Pokemon is representative of their soul? Like, I know Pikachu is Ash’s best friend and partner, but I don’t think a Pikachu is representative of Ash’s being.
Send me your ideas! I want to know what you think!
Dawn started a bit like a Pichu - cute, but overconfident. It really backfired on her, just like Pichu’s electric attacks backfire on itself.
But along the way, I think Dawn truly evolved. At the time of the Grand Festival, she was more like a Raichu. Still cute, but also powerful, intelligent, and loved by all.
I think Zoey was her Thunderstone.