Choices (VSクルミル VS Sewaddle) is the 6th chapter of Pokémon Adventures: Volume 43.
On a wet day, a delivery man and his Herdier are on their way to posting a gift box to Professor Juniper's laboratory. Once the he puts the gift box into the letterbox, Black creeps behind the delivery man and as soon as he touches him, the delivery man slaps Black and makes him fall onto the ground. While he is on the ground, he says that the delivery man is mean. The guy didn't realise it was a boy and says that he has an important delivery for someone named Black. He points out that he is Black.
He gets up and pulls the delivery guy with him to prove he is Black. They arrive at the front of his house and to prove he lives their to the delivery guy, he asks his neighbour that he lives there, in which she replies he does then they go back to the laboratory. He signs for it. The delivery man points out that he is wet and asks if he was outside all night, in which Black replies that he was.
Black opens the box to see what Pokémon are inside and sees three. He picks up a Pokédex from inside and due to it being wet last night, he gets a cold and sneezes, everything in the box falls out. With it, the Pokémon come out their Poké Balls. Black notices that Snivy and Tepig are unfriendly towards each other. Tepig splashes Snivy with water using its tail. Snivy wipes it off and slaps Tepig with its tail. Both of them, again, get into a fight and Oshawott get hurt again by them. Oshawott get angry again and uses its scalchop on them both. Tepig, feeling the brunt of the attack more, decides to run off and as it's running of, Black is calling for it to come back.
Later on, Professor Juniper is shocked to see what has happened at the front door to the laboratory. She asks Cheren and Bianca what had happened but Cheren tells her that he should be asking the questions since he and Bianca have been waiting for ages for someone to drop the Pokémon and Pokédexes by. She explains that she had a delivery man drop of the goods at Blacks, due to her being busy. Cheren tells Juniper that Black wasn't at home last night. Professor Juniper sees the extent of everything and shouts where Black, Tepig and the third Pokédex at them, in which, Cheren replies that he has some questions too. Suddenly, Bianca picks which Pokémon she wants, that being Oshawott, and offloads the other on Cheren, without hesitation and a shock to the other two. She complements Cheren saying Snivy looks like him to which he says that she is a ditz. Bianca bets that Tepig is with Black and Juniper says that they should go and find them.
Professor Juniper brings out her Minccino to tidy the front and notices footprints belonging to Tepig. They follow the path of Tepig's footprints which lead them to see Tepig on the edge of a tree, where also, Black is climbing up it. Cheren and Bianca comment on saying that it looks dangerous but Professor Juniper tells them to shush.
Black says to Tepig that it's sulking, thinking that the other two Pokémon are ganging up on it. He comments by saying that it sounds like it's got a cold and tells it that he also has a cold. He tells Tepig he's chosen him, due to the fact that he likes it. Black introduces itself to Tepig and as soon as he said that, Tepig rushed over towards him. Suddenly, Tepig is attack by something in the shrubbery behind Black. Juniper talks about what her original plans were, giving out the Pokédexes and that she was going to ask Black to step down due to the situation at the laboratory but, if he can handle the current situation, she'll forgive and forget. Black can't think straight and uses Musha to blank his mind, frightening Juniper in the process. Cheren explains how Black works with Musha and his goal in life, saying that to think clearly, he gets Musha to blank his mind so he can see things clearly.
Black sees in his mind a figure in the shrubbery. The Pokémon comes out and turns out to be a Sewaddle. He scans it in his Pokédex, saying that it makes clothes out of leaves. He comes to the conclusion that Sewaddle was making clothes out of the leaves on the tree and probably thinking that Tepig was invading its territory. Sewaddle attack causes the branch Tepig is on to snap but Tepig manages to get back to the top after falling and uses Ember on it, knocking it out. Cheren compliments Tepig on its quick reflexes and being so agile.
Black asks again if Tepig would like to come along, which it nods to a yes. With Black happy, he shouts his dream to the world and flies off on Brav. With her plan having a minor disruption, she tells the other two she counting on them with their Pokédexes but Bianca and Cheren try to turn them on but they won't turn on. Juniper thinks the situation at the laboratory might have caused them to stop working. She then worries that Blacks is the only one working.
- Black's Tepig
- Cheren's Snivy
- Bianca's Oshawott
- Braviary (Black's)
- Munna (Black's)
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