Suddenly we were both standing outside Prof. Oak's lab in Pallet Town, looking down at myself and over to Suzie, we had both been given the standard outfits the trainers in the games would wear.
"Do you think we should go in-" I started, before being interrupted by a quest announcement.
Explore Prof. Oak's lab flashed up before my eyes. "I was just about to say that" I grumbled, Suzie giggling at me, before grabbing my arm and pulling me into the lab.
There was an awkward scene transition as the lab loaded around me, it was a lot bigger on the inside, though I suppose this was to cut down on space used in the overworld. There was also a lot more in the lab, display cases of pokémon fossils, science-y looking machines whirring and beeping, bookcases of pokémon journals.
Suzie had already wandered over to a machine I recognised from the earlier games. It was the machine from Bill's house, where he turns back from being a Clefairy.
"Ooh, want to take this for a spin?" she chirped, tugging me toward the open door.
"I don't see why not." I shrugged, entering the tube and pulling the door closed behind me.
"I'm turning it on now!" shouted Suzie.
A low humming sound started up above my head, quickly raising in pitch. "Nothing is happe-" I started as a bright flash engulfed the tube. "-ning" I heard a male voice say in the distance.
My head felt as if it was in a washing machine, I faintly heard Suzie's voice "I guess it didn't work then"
"nope" said the muffled male voice. "Oh, I've just had my imrff rffr, guess we shouff ----." they trailed off.
The tube was dark, or maybe my eyesight hadn't adjusted from the bright flash. Fumbling I tried to budge the door open, but it wouldn't move. Rubbing my eyes felt weird, my hands seemed like they were mittens, and were soft on my face.
As the blurriness faded I noticed the problem. Holding my hands up in front of me I was presented with a set of black fluffy paws.
"<It worked>!" I tried to say, hearing only a growl instead. Taking inventory of my new appearance, it seemed I had been transferred into the body of a Lucario.
Having a canine face was unusual, and the sensation of being covered in fur was weird, but comfortable, like wearing a fluffy bath robe.
Looking at the door, there was no handle on the inside. I was trapped in this tube until someone came by to let me out.