doktorgirlfriend said: OC question: How does Bruno become separated from his trainer?
For anyone curious, Bruno is one of my Pokémon OCs, whom I never talk about. I’m so happy you’re asking me about him, dude. You have no idea how badly I’ve wanted an excuse to talk about these chumps.
The actual event by which Bruno became separated from his trainer is actually not mentioned at all during the story until the very, very end, because Bruno himself doesn’t actually know. He thinks he just got lost in the woods because he wandered a little too far and lost sight of her, and the entire time that he and Gus are travelling, Bruno is confident that she must be looking out for him while she continues on her own journey.
However, the truth is that Bruno isn’t all that great at battling, and this is something that Gus very quickly picks up on. He’s a terrific dancer, and Bruno brags that he’s been the star of many Musicals because of it, but here’s the thing that many avid Pokémon players will know:
You only enter shit Pokémon into Contests and Musicals.
When he and Gus finally catch up to Bruno’s trainer, she is not happy to see Bruno at all, and reveals that she intentionally abandoned Bruno because he was so weak in battle. She tried to make him useful, she really did, but once the Musicals circuit was done with, she just couldn’t justify keeping Bruno on her team anymore and turned him loose in the woods before picking up something tougher to take his place.
Bruno is heartbroken, having always loved his trainer with all his heart. She hatched and raised him, and he’s never known any other life but being by her side until she ditched him. To be told by her that she doesn’t want him anymore and hadn’t wanted him for a long time is crushing to him.
Gus, on the other hand, is furious. Having been abandoned by his own trainer many years ago - something that’s revealed fairly early on - he understands precisely the kind of miserable agony that Bruno’s trainer has wrought upon him, and although he’d long suspected that Bruno might have been abandoned, it’s something else to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.
She can’t understand any of Gus’ angry yelling and cursing, but he makes his feelings about her perfectly clear, literally spitting at her shoes before taking Bruno and leading him away.
And then Bruno and Gus hung out being wild and happy together forever.