I had always had a thing for dark type pokemon. They had been my favorite type of pokemon to battle with since I first became a trainer. My first pokemon even was a cute little poochyena I later named Midnight. She is a mightyena now and she is the strongest on my team. My whole team is made up of dark type pokemon so to make it easier for them to train, I stay up at night and train them in the woods near my home. But one night, things went extremely wrong with one of our sessions, changing my life forever.
One mild night, I decided I would take Midnight out alone with me to train in the woods and just have time together. I wasn't worried about being attacked and not being able to defend myself because Midnight was my strongest pokemon and any wild pokemon that decided to come out and attack us would be defeated before it could touch me. Besides, I knew these woods and the pokemon here weren't particularly strong and aggressive so there wasn't a great chance of seeing any pokemon.
Midnight and I went to one of our most favorite spots in the woods. We liked it because I considered it to be the most beautiful place I've seen in the whole forrest. There was a small, clear pond in the center of a million different wildflowers teeming around the edge of the bank. Behind the pond was a giant boulder that had a large cave like hole in the side that faced the pond. A small stream trickled its way through the small clearing, vanishing in between the trees and flowing somewhere else I didn't know.
Tonight, Midnight and I decided we would go and explore the cave across the pond. I had never done this before because none of the other pokemon on my team wanted to go and stick their noses into a creepy looking despite they were dark type pokemon. But Midnight wasn't afraid of anything and so I brought her here alone with me. At first, Midnight and I couldn't figure out a way to get across the pond and into the cave but with a small bark, Midnight notified me of an old tree trunk.
"Nice! We'll make a bridge! Great job Midnight." I praised Midnight. She answered with a short bark and began to wag her tail, pleased that she could help.
We began to roll the log towards the pond and soon we had a crude bridge leading to the other side of the bank with the cave. Midnight crossed first, testing the bridge for me before she would let me cross. If she were human, she would probably be one of those girlfriends who is always really protective which I would be perfectly fine with considering the fact that Midnight was my best friend. Once I crossed safely to the other bank, I got a strange sense of foreboding emanating from the cave. I knew Midnight could sense it too by the way she was beginning to tense up. But my hunger for adventure grew stronger despite the warning.
We walked into the cave which I found it surprisingly easy to see. I looked around and noticed that the walls were covered in gems and crystals of all shapes and colors. The light reflecting off the pond from the moon outside shined onto the gems creating a rainbow of colors that lit up the cave like a disco ball. I reached my hand up to touch a gem but caught myself.
"Wow, this is amazing isn't it Midnight? Hey, Midnight, what's wrong?" I asked. Midnight was growling loudly as she faced the rear of the cave where it was darkest.
I strained my eyes to see what she was growling at when I heard the thing Midnight was growling at. It made a wild cry like roar and ran straight for me, but before it could make contact, Midnight jumped in front of me and met the wild pokemon with a headbutt in its stomach. The pokemon jumped back and yowled at Midnight, enraged by her blocking its attack. I knew this was going to get dangerous fast so I did what any trainer would have done in this situation.
"Midnight! Let's get out of here!" I yelled to Midnight. She turned and quickly nodded, then ran out of the cave right behind me. The pokemon yowled again and began to chase us, enraged at me for invading its home.
When we reached the entrance of the cave from where we had entered, the wild pokemon was right behind us, growling furiously. Midnight turned her head around quickly and let loose a shadow ball straight at the wild pokemon but the pokemon was quick and dodged it, jumping out of the way and taking advantage of the opening and attacked Midnight with a shadow ball as well. Midnight was unable to dodge the quick counter and was hit in the face, tripping and falling to the ground behind me. As soon as I saw this, I turned and ran straight for the wild pokemon, tackling it and landing on top of it, but that was a huge mistake. The pokemon was way stronger than I was and pinned me down underneath its clawed paws. Then, the pokemon bit down into my collar bone, hard.
I yelled in pain as its sharp teeth dug into my flesh, blood gushing from the wound. When the pokemon released its jaws from my collar bone, I was strangely paralyzed. I couldn't even move my fingers. Suddenly, the pokemon picked me up with its forearms as it was bipedal and walked me out of the cave. As it passed Midnight, it picked her up as well and we were both thrown to the other side of the pond as if we were dolls. The landing was painful but when the pokemon was gone, I felt a worse pain exploding inside of me.
I yelled in pain as my bones began to shift into an oddly hunched position, my legs became longer as did my arms. My hands began to change into paws as thick gray fur grew across them. My middle and pointer fingers, along with my ring and pinky fingers, merged together forming three digits instead of five. The turned red and soon became long claws. The same happened to my feet as they popped through my shoes, shredding them completely. Then the pain moved to my face. It was the most intense here and soon I noticed that my nose and mouth began to push out into a long pointed muzzle. Inside my mouth, I felt my teeth become sharp and pointed like that of a dog or wolf. After my face was changed, the pain moved to my head as my ears stretched out, rearranging themselves near the top of my head and becoming long and pointed. Not only did my ears change but my hair changed as well. It grew out to the length of my body and it was colored with red markings and soon a light blue bead formed, creating a ponytail.
When the pain subsided, I was able to move again. I stood up, balancing myself on my new legs and looked myself over. I noticed the form I had taken now to be that of a pokemon named Zoroark, a dark type pokemon who was notorious for its illusions and for being extremely aggressive, attacking trainers all across Unova. I also recognized that the pokemon from the cave had the same body structure and red claws as I did now, explaining the reason for my transformation into a zoroark
A soft whine came from behind me as I turned and saw Midnight standing and staring at me, looking worried and confused.
"Josh? Are you alright? Did that cave pokemon do this to you?" Midnight asked me. I was surprised at first, hearing her talk to me for the first time.
"Yeah I feel fine. That cave pokemon was a zoroark and when it bit me, it must have changed me into this through that." I replied, my voice now sounding more like a growl than words.
"Oh. Well, how do you like being a dark type zoroark?" Midnight asked me, looking to the bright side of things.
"Its great! C'mon, let's go get everyone else so we can train!" I exclaimed as we raced back to my house. I never expected things to turn out the way they did but it ended up being the greatest thing to happen to me ever.