She was born the only child to a wealthy family. As typical of two working parents, the Stone's had little time for their daughter. Unable to provide that physical love a kid needs, they hired a nanny and gave their daughter more than she could ever ask for. Evangeline Truscott Stone didn't ever ask for much, and she understood that her parents didn't have time away from work, so she never complained. She made friends with the hired help, her nanny and any stray pokemon that wandered past the house.
Their estate rested on the top of a hill, overlooking the old-fashioned town of Stanshire. Around the mansion were elaborate, well-kempt gardens that soon blended with the forest around them as the woods engulfed the mountain. Not one to stay indoors, Evangeline spent most of her time outdoors, in the gardens.
She would turn fifteen in a few days, and as a promise from her parents, she was finally allowed to start her pokemon journey across the Ferro region, and even other regions she'd only heard of in stories.
"Cheshi, " the young girl called as she sat on a bench in her favorite part of the garden. From nowhere a feline face appeared, soon followed by a purple-striped body as the pokemon revealed itself on the bench next to Evangeline. The cat-pokemon grinned at her, small body moving to sit on her lap as she petted him. "I'll be leaving today, Cheshi. I'm going to start my journey." she started sadly, "I'm going to miss you."
The Cheshkitty frowned sadly and wiggled in her lap, "Chesh, Chesh kitty." he replied. Eva thought for a moment before smiling. "Maybe you can go with me? Would you like that?" she asked. The pokemon grinnd once more and nodded. "Alright then!" she laughed softly, "You can be my-"
"Eva!" She was cut off as her mothers voice drifted to her from across the garden. Sighing, Eva pat Cheshi on the head before returning to the house, where her mother and father were waiting. Frowning in distaste, her mother sighed. "Were you hanging out with that mangy stray?: she scrunched her nose in distaste. "Come, we have a surprise for you."
Eva followed her family into the living area, where a box, finely decorated, lay on the table. Handing it to her, her mother grinned. "We got you a pokemon we thought you would like!" Opening the box, a black-and-white pokeball encrusted with jewels lay in the lush velvet liner. Picking it up, Evangeline released the pokemon from the ball. Her mother nearly screamed in fear at the small dog-pokemon that Eva had released. "What?! It was supposed to be a Clefable, for my little princess!"
Evangeline, delighted by the pokemon, unlike her mother, squatted down and smiled. "I love him, mother! He's perfect. Thank you." she said, hugging her mother, who was still extremely upset she'd gotten the wrong pokemon. "I've already got my backpack ready. Miss Angie gave me all the supplies I would need, including the pokedex the Professor sent me." Thinking about it, she took it out and scanned over the pokemon she had recieved. The automated voice read back to her;
Chihuark, the Chihuahua pokemon.
Despite their diminuitive size, CHIHUARKs are both strong and aggresive and can take on enemies as large as a Tauros. If you manage to tame one, they are very affectionate and playful towards its trainer.
As if understanding the device was talking about her, the Chihuark puffed out its chest proudly and barked. Eva chuckled delightedly and hugged the pokemon, taking it off guard. "I'll call you Shadow." she declared.
It took a while for Evangeline to say farewell, as he mother was still distraught, and they were both saddened to see their daughter leave. When she finally did, she stopped by the garden. "Cheshi!" she called. On cue, her friend appeared and Eva grinned. "I'm leaving. Are you ready to go?" she asked. Cheshi nodded, "Alright, I think I have to catch you, so no one else can take you. Is that okay?" The purple pokemon frowned at first, but evetually nodded again.
Nodding back, Eva removed one of the pokeballs Angie, her nanny, had given her and tossed it at Cheshi. The ball rocked back and forth a few times, before sealing. Grinning, Eva picked up the pokeball. "My first catch!" Kind of, she added in her head. Releasing her pokemon (As she didn't like to keep them contained and wanted their company), Eva set out down their long driveway and into the town.