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Old October 10th, 2011 (4:35 AM). Edited December 27th, 2011 by apenpaap.
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    Part One: Meet the Humans
    Chapter One: Aqua

    Boreas yawned as he stared off at the passing riverbanks, bored out of his skull. There was absolutely nothing to do on the small motorboat except to be bored. Earlier that day, when they were chasing Team Plasma, the excitement of the chase had meant there was no time for boredom, but now that they had escaped Boreas really noticed how long and boring the way back to Driftveil was. He could not even play with Black, his trainer, as he was too busy steering the boat. Maybe I should just ask him to return me to my pokéball, Boreas thought, at least I'll be out of the direct sunlight in there.
    Boreas sighed and stared off at the riverbanks again, but this time something caught his eye. They were passing by a small rock in the river and on the rock a very cute Vaporeon was sunning. Her shapely body was covered in blue fur that sparkled in the Sun, her finned tail was about as long as her body, and when she looked up as the boat passed her Boreas saw she had a lovely face. She smiled and winked at him, and Boreas felt as if his heart had stopped and his blood was boiling. He tried to greet her back in some way, but only managed an awkward nod and something that was supposed to be a charming smile but probably looked more like two fishermen had caught their hooks in each of the corners of his mouth and were now trying to haul him in. It had been a long time since he had last seen another Eevee, let alone one as pretty as this Vaporeon, so Boreas yearned to go talk to her, but the boat had already passed and they were moving away from her.
    Black, stop the boat, I want to talk to that Vaporeon,” Boreas said to his trainer, but of course Black didn't understand a word of it, being human.
    Not now, Boreas,” he said, “Let me just focus on steering, or we'll end up on a rock.”
    C'mon, just look over there, and you'll get it!” Boreas said, pointing to the Vaporeon.
    Unfortunately, Black's back was turned to him while he steered. “If you're hungry just get some berries from my backpack.”
    Boreas sighed, looked at the shapely Vaporeon again, and jumped off the boat. The water was cold, but that was quite a relief after sitting in the unseasonably warm Sun for a while. He managed to resurface and began clumsily swimming to the rock. He wasn't a great swimmer, but at least managed to keep himself afloat and slowly made progress against the river's calm current. After a few minutes of clumsy swimming while the Vaporeon watched him amused, he finally arrived at he rock and held on to it with his front paws to keep afloat. He looked up into a pair of gorgeous black eyes looking at him expectantly, and realised he had no idea what to say.
    Uh... Hi,” he said.
    Hi there,” said the Vaporeon, “my name's Aqua.”
    Hi Aqua,” Boreas said awkwardly.
    So... Do you have a name?” She asked.
    Uh... Y-yes, it's Bors. No, Boreas!” He kicked himself underwater for making a complete mess of this. He realised that though he had planned to be really charming and witty, he was currently displaying all the charm and wit of a spoilt carrot.
    After a very awkward pause of a few seconds, she said: “So um... Can I help you, Boreas?”
    Uh, well... Y'see... I just wanted to tell you that though my Blizzard is usually powerful enough to freeze a Heatran, with someone as hot as you nearby I couldn't even manage a cooling breeze.”
    It was silent for a second or two, and Boreas felt incredibly awkward and decided he should just apologise for wasting her time and try to swim back to the boat. Then she started laughing. “Thanks. I've never heard that one before. Come, join me, the rock is big enough for two and I've seen minerals who were better swimmers than you.”
    Boreas gladly joined Aqua on the rock. It was just large enough for two to sit on while maintaining a somewhat respectable distance. “So I saw you with a human on that boat. Is he your captor?”
    Captor?” Boreas asked in surprise, “No, he's my trainer, his name's Black.”
    Yeah, that's what I mean. So you're a captive pokémon?”
    No, I'm not. He's my trainer, not my captor.”
    You say Arseus, I say Arkeus. It's the same thing, really.”
    Boreas was getting annoyed. “No, it's not! Black is not my captor, he's my trainer and what's more, he's my friend. And I don't like it when you call him my captor.”
    Aqua gave him a sceptical look. “He keeps you locked up in a little plastic ball, doesn't he?”
    No he doesn't, he only returns me to my pokéball for my own protection, like when we crossed the Route 4 desert.”
    Okay, but he makes you fight his fights for him, and orders you around during those fights, doesn't he?”
    Boreas tried to think of some clever rebuttal, but she was partly right and he found it hard to think while her deep black eyes looked into his, so he just said: “Well... I suppose you're partly right there, but the way you phrase it makes it sound a lot different then what it's actually like.”
    Different in what way?”
    Well, for one thing he doesn't “make” me fight, I choose to fight for him because he's my friend.” Aqua snorted sceptically. “No, really. Besides, I want to become the Champion as much as he does. And I'm even more motivated than him to stop Team Plasma.”
    Team Plasma? Are those the humans you were chasing when you came by earlier?”
    Yes, that's them. They got away from us this time, unfortunately. They're a bunch of pokémon thieves who want to separate humans and pokémon.”
    Sounds like a good idea to me. What have humans ever done for us?”
    Sure, maybe it sounds like a good idea to you now, but they do wicked things to achieve that goal, and they don't just want to liberate pokémon from bad people, but they want to separate pokémon like me from trainers who are their friends as well.”
    Perhaps they're right. Maybe a pokémon and a human can't be friends.”
    Boreas found it difficult to argue with those pretty eyes, but couldn't let that go. “What about Black and me, then? I can assure you we are friends.”
    Maybe you aren't. Not really.”
    No, hear me out. I once knew a Lanturn who had been captured by a Gyarados when she was a Chinchou. That particular Gyarados had a habit of hoarding his food, so he would sweep the sea for food daily and throw what he couldn't eat into a big closed off cave and eat them later. After several weeks in the cave she managed to escape. You'd expect her to hate her captor, but she never spoke ill of him. When she would speak of him, she would talk about how he never treated her or his other prey unkindly and how he would always make sure there was enough food for them. When someone is held captive for a long time, they will actually convince themselves their captor is a friend, because it feels a lot better than being a captive.”
    Boreas hesitated. He had heard of this before, but had never considered it might apply to him. “No. Black and I really are friends, I'm sure of it, and if you knew all that we've been through together and all the things that Team Plasma has done, you wouldn't agree with them.”
    Maybe I wouldn't. Why don't you tell me about it?”
    I dunno, it's kind of a long story...”
    Hey, I've got time and I could use the company. And as for you, your “friend” seems not to have noticed you're gone, so I guess you have time too.”
    With a start, Boreas realised she was right. “Oh no, you're right! He's gone! I have to swim after him, or I may not find him again!”
    You'd never catch up to him. I saw your swimming and it's pretty bad, while he's in a boat. Why don't you wait here with me until he returns to look for you? Or, if he doesn't come back for you, I can swim you to Driftveil and you'd just have to hold on.”
    Though the prospect of talking to Aqua for much longer and then getting to hold her while she swam him to safety sounded very appealing, Boreas was worried about not finding Black again. “Uh... I don't know. I think I should-”
    Please?” Aqua blinked a few times in rapid succession, and Boreas' desire to go find Black disappeared like snow before the Sun.
    Alright then, I'll tell you. It all began when I was just a little cub, a few weeks old...”
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