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Old May 11th, 2018 (10:49 AM).
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    James managed his way back onto his feet, but could still feel the pain in his leg. There was no time to complain, as James saw a small herd of Zebstrikas advancing towards the bus, with tribal paint-clad Pokemon riding on them. James grabbed one of his Pokeballs and threw it out, revealing his Steelix. Steelix stared down a small group of riders rushing towards him.

    "Steelix, lets go with a Sand Tomb," James directed Steelix, while pointing at the Zebstrikas. Steelix took off towards the Zebstrikas, kicking up a large amount of sand and gravel. Steelix circled the group three times, trapping the Zebstrikas in a whirling funnel of sand and gravel, trapping the Zebstrikas inside.

    "Now bring a Rock Tomb down on them," James barked out.

    Steelix motioned up, and a collection of large rocks formed up above the pack of riders, still stuck in the Sand Tomb. Steelix then brought the rocks down on them, hitting most of the riders, but two managed to escape, and attempted to circle around to flank Steelix. James grabbed another one of his Pokeballs, and let his Scizor out of it.

    "Scizor, get after those two with a couple Bullet Punches," James said, waving his pointed finger over at the two fleeing riders. Scizor bolted after the fleeing riders, and readied his claw. Scizor made his first swing, connecting with a Breloom riding one of the Zebstrikas, knocking the Breloom off.

    After a slight stumble, Scizor reloaded and chased after the second rider, a Raichu. Scizor drew closer to the Raichu, and prepared to land another punch. Scizor came up behind the Raichu from the right, and swung, but this time failing to connect as the Raichu swerved to the left at the last second. Scizor pulled back after missing, and returned closer to James. With both Steelix and Scizor ready to keep fighting, James darted his eyes from the battered group of riders in front of him to the Raichu that got away, and back to the main herd. This wasn't over yet, he thought to himself.


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      The trainer's held back the force as the tribals start reading the attacks of the trainers and start splitting off from a large wave into clumps or groups. The few hit with the stone attacks, the tribals begin to adapt and watch the pokemon that can perform the attacks and begin focusing their strikes from a distance charging in towards the pokemon opposing them. The tribals weren't expecting heavy resistance as smaller groups begin backing off in fear and start to regroup to retreat. ".... That's... interesting. Wild pokemon, organized... Static, Use Toxic, Aim for the leading gro-" A set of poison needles from a bug pokemon start flying twards Joseph as Static jumps to knock him out of the way, the needles grazing and injuring Static's Leg. "LUX!" "Static!" He looks up and holds him in his lap as he tapes a pack of batteries to his walkman and turns it on. "Static, Thunderbolt this!" He throws his walkman as Static complies. The shock from the energy begins to effect the strange discharge above and come clashing down towards the ground. Bolts of pitch-black energy begins to rip up have the pathway, leading back towards the attacking tribals. Taking notice to the electric strike, a large portion of the tribals retreat to get out of the area. A handful of them slip by the electrical deathly nature and begin charging in; however they are in fewer numbers.

      In the distance, viewing the battle from above, a small figure watches as it attempts to approach the direction of the battle. "... It looks like the Shockalin's have reached them..." Another figure follows behind the other in suit. "Prepare for a fight, I don't know how many I'll be able to suspend when we reach them."


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      Old May 12th, 2018 (1:52 PM). Edited May 12th, 2018 by probablyhylian.
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      Throughout the canyon trainers dispersed commands to their pokemon in an attempt to quell the ongoing attacks from the mysterious group of enemies. Pupitar, front-and-center, continued it's onslaught with the large chunk of rocks it was able to pull from the ground. Although striking many of the riders, the party began to grow and adapt to the straight forward assault Toru had commanded. Watching their movements carefully, he stood firmly analyzing his next move.

      This is no good.

      "Let's tighten things up!" he beckoned. "Let's fall back and use earthquake!" Toru and his partner began a small retreat. Sliding backwards towards his trainer, the pokemon created a large fissure sending cracks and vibrations through the ground. A handful of the mounts had collapsed while two of the more aggressive creatures split off into two paths in an attempt to flank the trainer. A lightning bolt from one of them snuck it's way past the rock type. "Muk!" Toru groaned. The strike of electricity grazed the outside of Toru's right forearm, shredding through his jacket and leaving a saber-like wound behind. A pulse of heat shot down into his hand rendering it temporarily numb.

      I don't think I'm quite ready to die here...

      Gasping with each breath and releasing his right arm, Toru unhitched a pokeball from his belt letting it drop to the ground. He withdrew focus from the attacker that had managed to cause him injury and turned his back. "One more rock slide, Pupitar!" now in front of him, a barrage of boulders toppled upon the enemy leaving it motionless. Enraged, the remaining enemy barreled forward at an increasing momentum. "Sucker Punch, Banette." Toru muttered. He kicked the grounded pokeball with the heel of his shoe just enough to activate the device. The newly revealed doll pokemon struck through the Zebstrika's legs catching the pair off guard. Slamming into the ground, the rider wasn't quite finished yet.

      "Finish it with Shadow..." before he could finish his order, the sky above them changed. Toru turned to notice one of the fellow trainers Pokemon launch an electric attack into the sky. Conflicting with the already present flow of discharge that had been looming above, blackened strikes of lightning began to make their way through the canyon and towards a large group of the enemies. The pokemon Toru knocked down took it's chance and began to run towards the mountains with the majority of it's allies, however, some of them had decided to stay around. "Hold tight, guys." he murmured to his two pokemon still on the field.

      Did he attack the field directly? ...doesn't seem like it matters, I guess. I need to wrap my arm up quick so the fewer the better.
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      ...Was this part of the contest? It seemed like a question with such an obvious answer, but was it really that obvious? "...I'm... pretty sure they ate the bus driver. What kind of contest is that?" Rose replied, chiming in on Reanne's thoughts. "An eating contest?" Mary helpfully suggested in turn. "...I don't think that's what an eating contest is." Rose flatly replied, dismissing the idea. "It doesn't take two to breakdance~!" Mary encouraged in response, earning herself a befuddled look. "Bwhu--..? What are you--..?" Rose began. It took her a moment to realize what Mary was getting at. Of course! It didn't matter if she chose not to compete. These were wild pokemon! They'd make lunch out of her and probably call it a victory either way! " . . . Fair enough. If we're going by monster kingdom rules, I'd strongly prefer to eat!" Rose combatively remarked, passing off her momentary bewilderment in favor of a burst of fighting passion! "That's the spirit~! You can do it~!" Mary replied with a little giggle. However, what happened next briefly stunned her. Reanne ... asked Mary to join her! They could do this together? Mary's eyes lit up with an overt joy. Reanne--That was music to her ears~! It looked like she just might squeal with joy for a moment!


      Taking a deep breath, Mary swallowed her excitement--or at least a maneagable portion of it, so that she could actually respond. "Yes please~! That was awesome, Reanne!" Mary light-heartedly chirped, stepping over and resting her hands on Reanne's musharna, giving it a little pat. "I hope your pokemon is okay with it too~! Hup!" she remarked as she wriggled her way up onto Shimmer's back behind Reanna, scooting close to the other and wrapping an arm around Reanne's waist for support. Her free hand, in turn, produced a pokeball. "Peach and I have got your back!" she announced, priming the pokeball and gently tossing it into the air to reveal a pink gardevoir! The unusually colored pokemon floated slightly above the group's head, leisurely waving down at them in acknowledgement. Her gaze seemed to be locked on the approaching pokemon, immediately aware of the present threat. Leave it to a psychic type, right? Without needing any commands issued, Peach struck a prayer like pose to focus her mind. A few moments later, a pink bolt of psychic energy dropped from the heavens to strike the electivire where it laid on the ground before it could finish recovering to resume its charge! That was calm mind combo'd with stored power!

      Meanwhile, nearby Rose found herself without a teammate. She eyed the duo riding Shimmer with a slight bit of jealousy in her eyes, but quickly diverted her focus back to the enemies at hand, doing her best to avoid acknowledging what was going on. Maybe she was just stressed out by battle. Sure would be nice to have someone watching her back though... But a great offense was a good defense in its own regard. "Stay close..." Rose softly commanded as Dahlia continued trying to pick off pokemon from afar, using the ranged properties of her shadow sneak attack to avoid leaving Reanne unguarded. However, a magneton managed to shake off the damage Dahlia inflicted and rushed in to attack her! The magneton attempted to electrocute Rose with a thunderbolt attack! "Dahlia, use sacred sword!" Rose commanded as she caught sight of the approaching pokemon. Moving quickly, Dahlia bodily got in its way to take the attack! Electricity arced through Dahlia's metal body and Rose could feel her knees grow weak as wild arcs of it shot out, nearly grazing her skirt. However, the magneton's assault was quickly shut down by a powerful sacred sword in retaliation. Dahlia's blade cleaved into the metal pokemon, doing catastrophic damage in the process and slaying the offending pokemon before it could get another chance to try and go after Rose.

      Neither could be aware of anyone watching them. Rose especially wasn't aware of an electrode using the magneton's approach as a distraction to come at her from the side, using its impressive speed to roll straight forward at her with a big, stupid grin on its face. It would be upon her in moments.
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        Is it just me, or am I perspiring a lot? Nathaniel thought to himself.

        The battle was getting a lot more hectic than he thought. Waves of waves of Pokemon kept on the pressure.

        Perhaps its time to... wait, what was that?

        A girl duo riding on a Musharna? He thought he had seen stuff, but this was clearly something else.

        Anyways, he realized he was being surrounded by hordes of Magneton in the air. They seemed to have got the same idea of using Magnet Rise, to dodge the Earthquakes Enigma has been sending out tirelessly.

        "Well, crap... Elektro! We need to retreat!" Nathaniel said as he returned Enigma back to its Poke Ball. "Good job Enigma, but we gotta go!"

        His Magneton obeyed and zoomed its way quickly backwards. The wild Magnetons gave chase, looking forward to get their magnetic hands on their prey.
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          The tribals numbers began dwindling still as they charge. As the trainers brace for the next impact and for an offense; something in the distance is seen, a gush of wind as if a small tornado was ripping through the valley as the tribals are sent flying sky high. The gush of wind rushes towards the trainers and halts as the remaining kinetic energy brushes past the defending group as a gentle breeze.




          As the tribal begin falling, a blue aura surrounds them as they begin to levitate before they hit the ground. The tribals who attempted to use range attacks only have their abilities reverse and hit them instead. Among the sudden confusion, a loud tapping is heard, as if a cane was striking the ground, from around the bend, an old and wrinkled Slowbro was walking towards the trainers with a Lucario and Machoke in tow wearing poncho's with the symbol of an odd looking
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          imprinted on the front. The Slowbro looked at the trainers and chuckled "It looks like we have several survivors... I do apologize for my rudeness; I thought that this pathway was clear into Ignea... I didn't think another tribe would invade so deep into our territory." It peers behind the trainers and notices the blocked tunnel entrance. "... ▼▲♫, your men have their work cut out for them. We'll need a group out here to clear the debris.... Anyone still alive, gather your pokemon. We'll be your escorts towards the next bus station, It's a short walk. Anyone needing assistance, Don't hesitate to speak out."

          Jospeh stared on in awe as the Slowbro offered to escort them into Ignea. "You can talk?!" The old pokemon grins. "All pokemon can talk child. you just haven't learned to listen... Come along now." The Slowbro raises his wodden walking stick and with a tap to the ground, the attacking tribals are flung into a large living ball of pokemon above him. "I can't hold them for long and I have to escort them back to their territory." He starts walking away slowly as the fighting types approach and look among the ttrainers to see if any of them need help.

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            "You needn't to worry, I think we'll do just fine." Reanne reassured, whereas the two girls had shared seat on Shimmer's back, with her waiting for Mary's turn to deliver an attack by sending out her own Pokémon to 'even the odds.' Post-haste, a white humanoid Pokémon levitated from above, concentrating a powerful psychic energy toward the Electivire Shimmer had attacked prior. And the consequence left it face-up, not moving an inch, eyes swirled, no can do about that really.

            "Wow! I sure have never seen a Pokémon this powerful and beautiful!" Reanne commented upon her performance in striking fear for those nearby the blast. But that wasn't enough for a certain round Pokémon racing through, rubble and dust carried upon the trail of the mountainside. If wasn't for the follow-up strike, Reanne could've missed sight of it. "Hang on tight!" With confidence, Reanne sternly warned for another command to intercept the Ball Pokémon. Shimmer raised his forelegs, lowering the back slightly to adjust a desirable surefire angle.

            "Here it goes! ...eh?" But before Reanne could continue offense, the nearby wild Pokémon were outlined by a mysterious blue glow, including the Electrode that came rolling and leaping erratically, eventually stopping on its track midair. It was just as close as the topmost strand of Rose's disheveled hair, before being pulled away with a visible frown. Now that Reanne had seen it, she couldn't help but let out a giggle of Rose's newfound appearance━she must've had too much electricity to make her hair stand like that!

            "...But it's weird. Who could've done that?" Reanne questioned, later meeting eyes with a mysterious figure standing in between another two. The wrinkles on its pink skin are obvious signs of aging, but a Slowbro, with a shell taking hue of yellow rust? That was a peculiar feature to be found on a wild Pokémon that somehow, could speak like a human. First it's the white hair, now a different shell color? Aging is a bizarre thing to exist, I need to pry their secrets someday...! Reanne thought determinedly. The light pat from his Trainer prompted Shimmer to slowly propel forward, carrying the two girls slowly unburdened by weight, "Are you all okay?" She asked those who were able to hear her, "I guess that's the end to it. It's so short-lived that it didn't make me any more excited. Oh well, now should we keep going?" She nudged Mary lightly, who wasn't as obvious initially that her hair too, was alike to Rose's.

            The reverberating tumbling of rocks has fallen stagnant. The crackling electrics ceased to ionize the loose air. Some were able to hold off by their own, while some did suffer from slight harm caused during the skirmish. The assault they led heralded an evident conclusion, that the tribe wasn't strong enough to prevail over the select few of ragtag Trainers. Should one call this a victory? Or a fluke? That's up to their interpretation, for those who still lived in body and soul.


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              Chapter 1 - Episode 1 - Goldenrod City/On the Train
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              I wonder when this train arrives...

              It was going to be a long day. He had taken a new case, of which he had no information of yet whatsoever. It was pretty much a mystery in the barren region of Ignea. And that excited him honestly. A Good Mystery is always good. And as soon as that thought crossed his mind, the train had arrived. About time, it had been like what, two hours? He got up, with his two Monkey Pokemon following him, and following the little two was a Sea Weasel Pokemon following him. He moved towards the crowd, and went to check his passport.

              "Name." "Sven Dynasty Prowers." "Age." "21." "Leaving Johto?" "Yes." "To where?" "Ignea." "Any reason to leave home?" "Work." "What kind of work?" "That i wish i knew." "You're an odd fellow." "Thank you." The talk went like this, as the man stamped the passport and tickets. "Ambar Line, the one that says Goldenrod - Ignea. The one with old rails and old Train Carts." The man spoke, giving Sven back his Passport and ticket. "Now walk along, there's people behind you." He said, before shouting "NEXT." to whoever was behind.

              Sven simply trotted along the area he was going to board in. The people were already boarding in. Many posters about this said tournament in the same region he was going into were on the walls. Interesting. Perhaps he could have a look once he arrived. For now, he boarded the train.

              Once inside, Sven quietly took a seat, and took off his bag from his back. The Monkeys sat in front of him, the Sea Weasel next to him. "Alright. Let's rethink the plan. Jojo, Jojo and Jet. Get focused. Once we arrive in Ignea, we'll need to have our eyes peeled. Who knows if our contact left us a note with information, or if he could be there to personally meet us." Sven said. He then flashed the ticket to the train vigilant. "Thank you for choosing to have this voyage with us. You can now roam free in the train." The man said, leaving.

              It would take a while before the train would move. During that said boring time of waiting until it did so, and even during the time where the train had started leaving the surrounding areas of Goldenrod, Sven was reading his notebook, reviewing it to make sure all was correct. Once he too was bored of that, he decided to explore the train. Getting up, he picked his Backpack, and withdrew the Two Monkey Pokemon that were named Jojo for some reason. Jet was the only one who was out.

              While exploring the train, Sven had gone to the bathroom once. But asides from that, there was not many things. Mainly passenger carts, bathrooms, occasional storage carts, the train's engineer cart, the engine cart. There were some other carts, such as chambers and such. For old, this was quite refined, as it even had a library cart, somehow that is.

              After a while, that too became boring. He was in a cart with some boxes, though it didn't seem important, so he decided to return for now. Returning to his seat, he noticed that he was quite hungry. Sure, they serve food here, but he wouldn't be willing to spend any money for now. So reaching out for his bag, he took out some sandwiches, of which some would be fed to the small Pokemon with him. He would feed the other right now, but not only is it's eating schedule different, but it would also attract too much attentions to him. He couldn't afford that either. As he ate, he always kept careful, keeping his attention on his surroundings, as his Pokemon looked to the sights, as the land slowly started loosing it's lush green aspect.

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              Name: Jojo (The First)

              Species: Pansear

              Sex: Male

              Move Set: Amnesia, Natural Gift, Fury Swipes, Fire Spin



              Name: Jojo (The Second)

              Species: Pansage

              Sex: Male

              Move Set: Seed Bomb, Leaf Storm, Spiky Shield, Rock Tomb



              Name: Jet

              Species: Buizel

              Sex: Male

              Move Set: Aqua Jet, Aqua Tail, Ice Punch, Brick Break



              Name: Void

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              Act 1 - Scene 1 - Somewhere in Ignea
              "Escapist"
              The Sounds of the Wind

              Trot, Trot, Trot, Trot, Trot, Trot...

              Smalls running steps could be heard in this arid region. Looking closer at the horizon, it was a Snivy. But not any Snivy. It was a Blue one.
              "Ha... Ha... Ha..." Little sounds, as if someone was breathing heavily, could be heard from the Snivy. Peculiar, since common Snivy didn't talk. But you see, Kenshi isn't a normal Snivy. And he has a reason for running too.

              Where the heck am i... Am i lost...?, Was the thought that crossed Kenshi's mind exactly at this moment. He had been running in one direction in this arid region after escaping. He then looked back slightly. "At the very least i think i lost em."

              The Snivy sighed as soon as he said that. Now he looked back front, watching the horizon. How was he going to get back to civilization, he asked to himself. He sighed once again, and started running forwards, leaving a cloud of dust and sand behind.

              And so he kept running for a couple more minutes. He stopped for a moment, breathing deeply. He was getting tired. He had to save his energies. So he resumed going forward, this time walking. And he walked, walked, walked and walked.


              It's been a couple of hours... Shouldn't i reach civilization anytime soon?, he thought.

              A couple more time passed as he walked. His walking was getting slower... And weaker. He reminded himself, he hadn't eaten or had something to drink before escaping. Sh*t... I think i screwed up..., he thought. He left without getting his energies refilled. His walking was now weak, as if he wasn't making any progresses. His vision was getting blurry, and his strength was evaporating. Soon enough, he tripped, and collapsed into the arid ground, as his vision was getting blurrier, to the point he couldn't see... We wasn't even able to get up anymore. "Sh*t. I can't... Go on... I can't... I can't... I---" And suddenly, his eyes closed, and his head collapsed on the ground, his weak body laying there, no strength left at all. He had passed out.

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              Emmanuel watched as the Zebstrika directly ahead of his rolling Lickilicky sped out from the herd, juking to the sides. The Pokémon charging from behind were taken by surprise, and as their mounts began churning their legs with even greater urgency, hoping to evade the impending ball of pink doom, they realized it was too late. Lady made contact, sweeping out the legs of two Zebstrika along the formation’s outer edge. They fell like bricks, a chorus of neighs filling the air as chaos erupted in the section Lady had thrown herself into.

              Still curled, she dashed out from their ranks, bolts of lightning scorching the ground around her. A few managed to land, and Lady slowed her pace before coming to a complete stop. Standing with a grimace, the stinging sensation still coursing through on her body, she took in her new surroundings. It was clear, to both her and trainer, that she was in quite the precarious situation.

              Not taking kindly to the round Pokémon’s little stunt of charging into their ranks, a few of the tribal Pokémon had split off from the group and were about to encircle Lady. A boulder soared down into their path as they approached, momentarily scattering them again. Time was precious, Lady knew that, and she would use this opportunity to escape. She sprang up with her legs and curled. Only, she did neither of those things, in fact, she had done nothing. Despite tensing every muscle in her body, urging, practically begging her legs to move, Lady was locked in place. In the corner of her eye, she saw the trickle of electricity holding her in place.

              “♥♥♥♥…” Emmanuel, having already stood up, began to run. Juice tossed one final boulder in Lady’s aide and then took off after his trainer. What possessed Emmanuel to do this wasn’t adrenaline or anything like that. His heart wasn’t beating against his chest and his mind was not racing. It started with his arms, a chilling sensation wrapping around them, then his legs, and soon after his entire body felt cold. His mind was blank, just the sight of Lady and the encircling pack of Pokémon flickering in and out of his head. If he were asked to describe this feeling in one word, he might’ve said resignation.

              Emmanuel was desperate, woefully so, why else would a man take off running towards his own death? In such states, it was said the mind often played tricks on people, and Emmanuel thought this was one such trick. He attributed the blueish hues outlining the Zebstrika and their riders as a side effect of stress or whatever he was experiencing. His eyes followed the now airborne Pokémon as they were yanked back towards the main group, each and every one of them flung into a huge ball of mass floating in the sky. Jaw slacked, Emmanuel gawked in disbelief. At least, he did, until he felt some three hundred pounds of mass slam into him from the side. He would’ve fallen quite harshly, if not for Juice catching him.

              The trainer turned his eyes and saw Lady glaring at him. Feeling the blood flowing through his veins again, Emmanuel managed an apologetic smile. “Hey,” he said. “You look good.”

              Lady took another step closer, and Emmanuel knew to brace himself. Grabbing onto the collar of his shirt, Lady lifted her trainer up above her head and began to shake him violently, a menacing look in her eyes.

              He wasn’t smiling now, but Emmanuel had never been more relieved in his life. In the midst of Lady’s throttling, he took in what remained of his surroundings. The small group of trainers remaining surprised him. He wondered how many were lost in that initial business with the bus, but that thought was quickly replaced by the sight of something, something so odd, if it weren’t for Lady’s constant thrashing, he might’ve thought it a dream. Three distinct Pokémon were among the remaining group of trainers, and they clearly were not captives, but wild. Looking carefully, Emmanuel realized the one in the middle, a Slowbro, different from those he had seen before, cane in hand, large mass of Pokémon floating above, was not only his but their savior.
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              No more of em seem to be interested in me right now... gah, I can barely stand up as it is.

              Toru plopped down into an Indian-style position and lugged his bag out in front of him. Breathing a sigh of relief, he pulled out an older, wrinkled shirt and tore the sleeves off. He brought his attention back to the injury he had received. "Hmm?" he murmured to himself. The wound that had been open just after being stuck by the lightning was now closed into a ridged scar across his forearm.

              I definitely didn't heal this quick all by myself... Maybe those creatures didn't have the intent to kill?

              Hmmph.


              He stretch the arm out in front of him and began to stretch is fingers in an open-closed manner to see if the tendons had been injured. He winced a bit before wrapping it up. "Not quite there yet, I guess." he mumbled to himself again. Pupitar stood in front of him giving the closest thing it could to resemble a smile. "Good job, buddy. You're getting stronger, huh?" he reached out with his hand and gave it slight pat on the head. "You too, Bannette. You really saved my ass back there." he finished. Not as jolly as his companion, the ghost type snarled a bit. "You've always got that murderous intent in your eyes!" Toru chuckled before returning both to their respective pokeballs and snapping them back onto his belt.

              Cocking his head back to gaze upon the airborne electricity that still roared above, this moment only lasted a few seconds before a loud noise broke it's way through the canyon. The noise had appeared to be from an elderly Slowbro wielding a cane as it walked slowly towards the travelers with two pokemon in tow. It stopped and began to speak. Toru's eyes widened in confusion.

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              Have I really missed out on so much? This whole trip doesn't even feel real at this point...

              One of the trainers ahead spoke out in a similar confusion. "All pokemon can talk child. you just haven't learned to listen... Come along now." Toru overheard from the small exchange that was unraveling in front of him. With another strike from his cane the remaining tribals were sent into the air in a tornado like manner.

              All.. pokemon can talk..?

              While entranced in thought, a shadow arched over Toru as the hand of a Machoke reached out to him. "Let's move." it spoke out in a gruntled voice. "This trick won't last too much longer." it finished. Grabbing a hold, Toru jetted back into a stance quickly. You could feel the immense strength the pokemon carried just from locking hands with it. He gazed the Machoke up and down in complete and utter shock.
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                ...the Pokemon seemed to have stopped their advances?

                Nathaniel was initially confused until he realized he was not the only one floating. Everyone was, thanks to some mystical blue aura.

                And then there's this old-looking Slowbro, giving some calming words. Who was this Pokemon, and... why on earth does he speak in human speech? This had been such a roller coaster fest of a day, even he himself is getting a bit disoriented.

                But oh well, some calm is needed after all the commotion. He felt bad for the driver though, if only the Slowbro came faster to aid them.

                "Why didn't you come faster? We had trouble facing those tribes, and most of us died because of your lack of speed in coming here!" He asked the Slowbro.
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                  "Hmm, my hair?"
                  Reanne spun slightly to face her, "It might be just as worse, but if you're willing to lend me a hand, then I'll be happy to!" And it didn't take long for Reanne to let herself indulged by a stranger she just met today. Without hesitation, Reanne placed her hands on the red beret she wore. She hoisted it and true to her words, her bright blond hair gave rise to a war bonnet, swaying along the slow pace and weak blowing of the winds outside. Evidently, her headgear only cosmetically covered her hair, "There, I sure hope it's not too embarrassing to see." She commented while undoing the white band at the end of her bristly braid, shaking her head to let loose of her hair free.

                  She turned forward leniently, "Now, do as your heart desires so. I'm sure you're good at this." Reanne said invitingly, waiting for Mary to help her in hair department. She seemed carefree enough to not bother who did what, even if it was a situational offer that could break her own imagery if done wrong. But wasn't that the point of forming trust? Helping each other in dire times would be a good start, and if they were all tied with a similar cause, wouldn't now is the best time to get knowing with the other Trainers? There were oddities running about the world she was eagerly going to enter, and if she'll meet face with situations together, it would be difficult to call them if she doesn't know everyone.

                  After giving it some thought, Reanne decided that it wouldn't hurt to call one after another to tell about themselves, or at least a name will do. Her vision was initially directed at the 'old man' with white hair whom she sat next to inside the now dilapidated bus. Thus, she spoke nonchalantly, "Hey, instead of spouting nonsense, why don't you come here and tell us about yourself more? Like, name, origin, aging secrets, best places to get breads, credit card number, and destination, all needs to be answered but in no particular order. And don't say no because I will nag you till you speak."

                  Having not finished her breath, Reanne turned to the other Trainers in mite distances and continued with a more pleasant tone, "And this goes for the others as well! I don't know how many people are there, but there's no room for secrets with an ordeal we've been put through, right?" She smiled, "So what I want, is every of you strangers and the like to introduce yourselves. Even if it means someday we're to part, whether it's today or tomorrow, we can still recall this 'weird contest' along with those who partook in it. Besides, wasn't there a reason why we're here?" She stopped for a moment, then followed again, "I guess I'll start. I'm Reanne, from Unova."


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                    Slowbro turn's around and chuckles a little. "Young one, I'm might be old and weary, but I'm not all knowing. I deal with problems as they come and problems that arrive where I or my companions can see. You would be in the same position if you we're sent out to help rescue other trainers. Scouting the mountains, walking as fast as you can while the others in your group do the same under the same stormy sky that has raged on 24/7." It grinned sounding like it was joking on the stormy weather. "What would you expect us to do? Have constant tribes men and woman scout the pass when we have problems of our own?" It turned back around and continued it's march.


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                    "Hey, instead of spouting nonsense, why don't you come here and tell us about yourself more?...." "I guess I'll start. I'm Reanne, from Unova."
                    Lucario looked around and noticed an unconscious trainer. Picking up the trainer and tying the trainer to it's back using bandages. "I'm Joseph from Orre. I'm here looking for... Something that doesn't belong I suppose." The slowbro picked up and replied. "You may call me Tex." The group lead the young trainer's out of the canyon and after a few minutes, they reached a pass out of the range into a vast dusty plateau. Off to their right was a bus station, what appeared to looked like a Pokemon ranger station, a small pokemart and a pokemon center built into it. The slowbro turn to face the trainers as the large ball of tribal pokemon kept moving away from them somewhere out west."Allow me to be the first to welcome you to Ignea. If you redeem your bus passes at the bus station and explained what happened; I'm sure they'll radio another form of transport to get you to Lux Bravio. If you need shelter from the elements, Head to Fools Garden and speak with a mutual friend of ours in the south or find our tribe to the north. Good hunting young trainers." The Lucario carries the unconscious trainers to the pokemon center and leaves them on the closet cushioned bench before departing and joining it's brethren in arms as the 3 bow and start making their way northwest. Joseph made his way into the Pokemon Center in the pokemart to drop off Static to be healed before taking a seat as a CRT TV above started crackling as it attempted to tune into the local TV station.

                    "*Intro Music* Welcome back to Channel 3, Ignea Local News. We're out here in the city of light's while participating in the opening event for the first ever region wide contest the event Coordinators are dubbing 'Earth and Sky,' While the purpose or naming scheme is confusing and the coordinators are refusing interviews, they've promised that the winner of the contest will acquire an unheard sum of funds, a large portion of land up north along the coast line to do with what they wish and a powerful pokemon to add to their roster to act as a member to their team. While they're celebrating and promoting the event tonight, they won't be announcing any details until tomorrow morning. Now let's take a look at the local weather and later, VHS; the way of the future for TM's?"

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                    The Machoke began to lead the way as Toru trailed closely behind. What remained of the trainers began to group up behind the group of pokemon and conversation came to follow. One of the trainers began to question the Slowbro's motives as the pokemon replied quickly with a somewhat harsh rebuttal and made what seemed to be remarks to the storm still rustling above the group. Toru couldn't help but notice that the Lucario had strapped a fainted trainer to it's back using some form of bondage. His eyes shifted towards the ground and kept walking with the group.

                    Remember to pace yourself in the future. You were nearly in the same boat as that guy...

                    Continuing onward various bouts dispersed between some of the group members and the talking Slowbro. One of the girls Toru had noticed on the train began to interject. ""Hey, instead of spouting nonsense, why don't you come here and tell us about yourself more?...." "I guess I'll start. I'm Reanne, from Unova." she spouted. A few of the trainers joined in on the newly founded conversation but the only reply that seemed to hold Toru's attention was when the elder decided to chime in. ""You may call me Tex." it stated calmly. Unsure of whether or not to join in, Toru pondered everything that had happened and what would be coming next. "Tor-" he paused as his vision shifted back towards the ground. "I'm Toru... from Johto." he finished quickly. The group had finally reached an opening, and what would seem to be where they were being lead.

                    A rather large bus station stood to the right. It had a few extra signs that seemed to be indicating that it had other accommodations inside. The leader spoke once again, "Allow me to be the first to welcome you to Ignea. If you redeem your bus passes at the bus station and explained what happened; I'm sure they'll radio another form of transport to get you to Lux Bravio. If you need shelter from the elements, Head to Fools Garden and speak with a mutual friend of ours in the south or find our tribe to the north. Good hunting young trainers." After dropping off the unconscious trainers, the talking pokemon departed and left the trainers to take care of what needed to be done.

                    It's hard to believe these places are all the way out here. It all still feels so barren... but a Pokecenter is exactly what's needed right now

                    Toru let out a deep breath and decided to drop his team off at the Pokemon Center before making his way into the Pokemart. The bell chimed as he stepped foot into the store and took a quick glance across the shelves that lined it. It was a bit old fashioned, even compared to the ones back home in Ecruteak. Toru took a few minutes to skim through some older magazines that were lined up in a nearby rack before grabbing his purchases and making his way to the counter. "That'll be 1,200 pokedollars, please!" the clerk stated in an overtly friendly manner. Toru pulled out a small wallet and took a moment to count his money before forking over the cash. "Safe travels!" the clerk bid farewell with a grin on his face. Back at the Pokemon Center, Toru found a seat across from one of the trainers that had made the trek with him. An old television was playing what seemed to be the local news. Toru ignored it for the most part and decided to dig into his bag and write in his journal while he waited for his team to be ready.
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                      "F-Fair enough... I'm just not accustomed to the idea of... Pokemon having their own tribes and having one capable of delivering human speech..."

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                      "I doubt we're all gonna be on friendly terms for long, seeing that this is some sort of 'contest' where one might lose or win. Perhaps we'll be pitted against each other soon, but having knowledge of each other isn't necessarily a bad thing."

                      "Anyway the name's Nathaniel. It would be all right to call me Nathan if you want a shorter alternative. I originate from Hoenn, the region that is mostly surrounded by seas. Yet I'm not so interested in the oceans as much as others from that region would be."
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                      As the group of stragglers made their way out of the canyon, Emmanuel followed near the back, his Pokémon safely in their balls, not quite sure what to make of all that had happened and was happening. While the previous events were still fresh in his head, as well as the immense hopelessness he had felt, it was difficult for Emmanuel to dwell on these things with such glaring anomalies in his face. Not once in his life, albeit short by most standards, had the young man ever heard of a talking Pokémon, let alone seen not only one, but three all at once. But here he was, him and a ragtag bunch of trainers being personally escorted by this group of speech-capable Pokémon. Tex was the Slowbro’s name, as it had told the trainers, but the two others were so far a mystery. He thought briefly about how all of this pieced together - Ignea, the incident with the bus and Pokémon, and these talking ones. While his pondering led to little understanding, if any at all, the momentarily venture into his thoughts sparked an expectation of the region. Foolishly so, he fancied himself a sort of pioneer, believing that a journey of adventure and feats awaited him. Any prior trepidations, especially towards the events earlier in the day, were long gone, buried underneath a well of excitement bounding up throughout his body.

                      Picking up pace, Emmanuel caught up to the core of the group, having heard just moments ago the trainers exchanging names and other sorts of introductions. Not wanting to be the odd man out, he chimed in. “I’m Emmanuel, you can call me Manny if you'd like,” he said with a light tap of his chest, “from Orre. Nice to meet you guys. Except you with the Earthquakes,” Emmanuel looked over at Nathaniel, recognizing the glimpse of him he caught before. “Jury’s still out on you,” he said light-heartedly, smiling.
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                      Mary's eyes lit up like the sun at the sight of Reanne's war bonnet. Her chest tightened with anticipation and a soft little gasp escaped her as she took a deep breathe at the sight. Oh. My. Freaking. Arceus. ...She was working with so much more hair than she originally anticipated! And it was braided! She was going to get to braid that back up~! "No way... Your hair is wonderful, Reanne~!" Mary chirped rather affectionately before beginning to set to work on it. Thankfully, Reanne's trust paid off. Mary had a gentle and purposeful touch, always very aware of any knots she came across and never tugging all that hard when she encountered them. It seemed like she took special care to treat Reanne's hair with as much love as she treated her own. It was likely that it would take her quite a bit of time to finish, but she worked diligently without complaint.

                      Nearby, Rose was not sure whether to pity Reanne or continue being jealous of her. One of the benefits of having shorter hair was that she didn't often have to deal with... that. Yet, it seemed like they were both enjoying themselves. --Nope, wait. There it was. Jealousy. Yeah, definitely jealousy. She quietly took a moment to try and snuff that emotional wildfire out. She had to stop thinking that way; it wasn't proper, and it was going to start hurting if she let those feelings run wild.



                      Mary popped her head out from behind Reanne to address the conversation going on with a smile that didn't at all reflect any of the hardship they'd been through. "My name's Mary, and this is my sister Rose! We're from Unova." she explained, drawing Rose back from her thoughts. Her gaze drifted to Nathaniel in particular. She was trying to read his aura to get a read on him. However, once again she didn't find what she was looking for. This time, that was probably a good thing. "Let's let our Pokemon do all of the fighting between us. We're not going to be able to rely on any sportsmanship from the land itself, so better enjoy it while it's not in short supply." she thoughtfully chimed in in agreement. I mean, if all the death on arrival hadn't made that clear she wasn't sure what would. "Like my sister Mary said, my name's Rose. Rose Maple. Nice to meet you guys too!" Rose introduced, her gaze shifting to Manny. " . . . Your name sounds a lot like 'manly'. Is that on purpose?" Rose light-heartedly accused, giving Manny a playfully shrewd look. It was his turn to fall under her piercing gaze as she attempted to read his aura. "This is our first journey away from home, but we've been getting to know our pokemon for a while now and we both felt like we were ready to challenge ourselves." Rose explained. At this, Mary leaned out from where she was delicately braiding Reanne's hair with the handle of her hairbrush gripped between her lips.

                      "Mnoeshnot!" she interjected, unable to speak clearly. It sounded like an objection, though. Rose passed her a glance, smiling lightly at her before returning her attention to no one in particular. "I mean--That's why I'm here anyway. Rose just wants to travel and see the world. I don't think she even cares if she wins this thing." Rose sassily remarked. Mary took the brush from her mouth at this remark, no longer needing both hands to keep the braid she'd just finished from falling apart. "That's not true! I want to give it my best shot so I can support my pokemon and my new friends later~!" Mary explained rather cheerily. "By that you mean you want ...one of us to win." Rose flatly accused, receiving a little shrug in response. "--Well, yeah! I know how important it is to you. I think I'd be happy as long as the winner is one of my friends." Mary replied as if it were the most obvious statement in the world. Rose softly rolled her eyes. She knew that that just meant Mary would be trying to befriend as many people as she could along the way. She just had to keep an eye on Mary to make sure no one took advantage of her better nature. She'd probably be really popular with any boys their age they came across, knowing what boys their age were like.

                      Seeing that the crowd had started to thin a bit, Mary decided it was time to take Reanne up on her earlier request. No secrets. "My sister Rose has strange eyes. She sees stuff nobody else can. Mary explained in a rather goofy attempt to sound spooky and mysterious. This drew a rather visible flinch from Rose, whose eyes widened in alarm at Mary's choice of words. She seemed to become very uneasy, lowering her gaze to hide her eyes behind her bangs and squirming slightly where she stood. " . . . I'm not crazy. Please don't look at me like I'm crazy." she softly replied in a very nervous tone. It seemed like Rose was a little sensitive about being crazy 'seeing things', whatever that meant. One got the impression that she was probably crazy and would react violently if you used that word she had probably suffered some ostracization, partially as a result of her condition. "She's fiiine. I like her strange eyes~!" Mary light-heartedly added. She, of course, would be diligent in continuing her work on Reanne's hair, even if they got off of her musharna and walked into the pokemon center. She was probably about halfway done.
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                        Tex and his group drop off the attacking tribe onto their territory as Tex Raised his arms to act like a scary beast as the hunting party ran off in fear of the psychic pokemon's strength. On their way back towards their tribal lands, They located a Snivvy lying in the ground, out cold. "....Why on earth is a grass type doing out here this far on the plateau?' The Machoke picks it up and carries it back over to Tex. "....☼§▲, Do you have an Oran on you?" The Lucario pulls out an Oran Berry and attempts to force feed the Snivvy by crushing the berry and placing a portion of it in it's mouth. "You awake child?"




                        Out on the track, a group of Electrodes and Votorbs begin sabotaging a train leading to Lux Bravio in Ignea. As they place stones on the track, they wait patiently as the train rolls into sight. As the train hit's the stone's, the engine begins to tilt and totter back and forth until it falls off and the rest of the train cars follow. The chaos erupts as the cars go flying in different directions while others are nearly rushed completely by the force of the other carts.




                        Joseph walks up to reclaim Static and walks outside to see the group. He passes by to walk towards the bus office and present his pass. The office attendant nods and replies that they've radioed for help and are sending another transport from Lux Bravio to take them the rest of the way. Joseph thanked her and walked away to see the others. ".... I suck at public speaking...*ahem*.... Sorry to interrupt, But the next bus to Lux Bravio may not be for an hour or so."

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                        "I don't think it's crazy.... I mean, we just escaped a bus that got vaporized by lightning and attacked by pokemon who we're nearly as organized as trainers, met a pokemon who could speak capable english instead of just pokemon speech and lead by said pokemon all the way to safety..... If anything, today's been awesome!' Joseph gives a cocky grin and a thumbs up.
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                        "Where in Orre do you rein from Manny?" Joseph asked as he pulled out his Camera and snapped a shot of the current group who survived the bus trip so far. "... Aside From the Maple's, is there any other reason everyone's come to Ignea?"

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                          Minutes past for a short float onward led her and her companions to a brighter disposition. As if a terrible storm had dissipated entirely, the sky that greeted them was an exquisite blue gradient. The sun was absent through first sight. Yet, it was evidently there, it was just raised too high for anyone to reach it now. But have anyone ever felt what it feels like to touch that? It might sounded ridiculous, but the thought remained. If they had the chance within their grasp, would they do it?

                          Cross-armed, Reanne sat straightly still on her Pokémon, feeling her long hair gently tugged constantly by Mary from the back. Mary seemed to have done a great job at grooming Reanne's hair, strand by strand, to what it should've been formerly. At least, her effort made Reanne's hair to be weighed down by gravity, some of it fluttering as the warm breeze came spreading across the open canyon. After engaging a successful proposal, Reanne remained silent as the others, one after another, had exchanged their names--including Tex the Slowbro as an unnecessary bonus. Her sleepy gaze wasn't exactly a nonchalant display of laziness or running out of nice things to say. Instead, the subject just became more interesting when they added even more things related to what they've been just through.

                          There were earthquakes? I didn't feel anything when I was doing this contest thing. The two sisters didn't mention anything about it either... The thought remained inside her mind, whereas she blinked as if she remembered something obscure, ...Ah, it must be them being too far apart from Shimmer. Should I explain it to them? She paused a bit before continuing, ...Nah, there's no need. Maybe next time.

                          A moment later, Reanne heard a light whisper from her back. It was Mary, who happily volunteered to tidy her hair as a mutual sign. She turned to face her, "Seeing stuff nobody else can, eh..." It didn't appear as obvious to her, but her mind was elsewhere when she thought of see-through matters. It must've been hard for Rose to see things she didn't ask for. So hard that Reanne would actually like to have the same ability as well. She might not be too gifted in terms of inheritance or the like, thus, the thought envied her that she didn't realize she was making a weird face.

                          "Eh heh, um, that wasn't so bad, was it?" Reanne's voice sounded reluctant as she tried to quickly divert what she had in mind, "Mm, I'm not the one who could really comment anything about one's possession. You know your sister more than I do, after all. In return, I..." Reanne winked reassuringly at Mary, "...have nothing to hide either. What you see of me is what I am." She continued, "Back to what you're doing, I must say that a thanks won't be enough to express my gratitude. You saved me the trouble of doing such tedious work, so I will do anything for you. How about that?" She dared herself, without thinking much of what could happen if she were to say that to anyone else.

                          As soon as she did, Reanne noticed one of the Trainers who took the questioning to the others. Deciding to hop in, she answered, "I come here to find out about what kind of contest is this. It does sound like fun." She giggled.


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                          Jotting down a few final words in his journal, a voice resonated through the pokemon center. When each trainer's pokemon was refreshed a number was called. "Number 6, please!" the woman behind the counter announced. "Looks like that's me." Toru mumbled as he glanced down at the ticket he had placed on the table. Snatching it up he returned to the counter and presented the piece of paper to the attendant. "Glad we can help, sir! Please come again!" the woman behind the counter was quite cheerful despite the location they seemed to be placed in. Toru reattached his pokeballs to his waist and began to make his way out of the building.

                          Mmm, I better make sure I'm not late to catch this bus... but before that...

                          Gripping one of the balls he had just put away, Espeon appeared. "You must have been cramped, huh? I don't think you've ever stayed in these things for that long before... Sorry!" he chuckled a bit as he poked fun at his partner. Espeon sat and turned it's head away from him as if she was shunning Toru. "Hehe, I didn't expect anything different..." his voice began to trail off as he began to reflect on the pokemon that had spoken to him.

                          I wonder if I could eventually learn to understand you.

                          Shaking it off, Toru continued. "Let's get going, yeah?" The duo finally emerged outside, however this time it seemed like the whole atmosphere had changed. The storm riddled skies had taken on a new life. Displaying a beautiful open view of blue where only a few clouds could be seen trailing throughout. Beside him the psychic pokemon gave out a loud purr-like noise. "Pretty nice, huh? Completely different from before..." he responded before approaching the bus attendants.

                          Toru presented his ticket to the attendant who glanced it over quickly before giving him a nod. "You're all good to go! However, we're looking at a bit of wait... I'd say could be up to an hour." Toru stuffed his ticket back into his pocket and reverted his attention back to his pokemon. "Well what do ya say? Let's enjoy this peace while it lasts right?"
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                          ...He didn't think she was insane. That boy over there--Joseph, wasn't it? He didn't think she was crazy! ...Maybe he was crazy. Maybe they were both crazy! No, that would make them normal. Why wasn't anyone asking any questions?? She would be asking questions if someone told her they saw things that weren't real! Rose's cheeks turned a subtle shade of red as she tried to process people being nice to her. And like a dork, she wound up bashfully flashing a thumbs up back at Joseph after a moment, unable to collect herself enough to respond with words. However, Reanne had a very different reaction. Her aura bristled, and that look on her face--She barely even needed special eyes to figure out how Reanne was feeling right then, but it certainly took out the guesswork. That was an emotion she was very familiar with. She'd witnessed it dozens of times from her girl friends back home and at school. She knew exacty the color, shape, the texture, the way it moved. That was envy. But... why? For all her insight, she could not imagine why anyone would be envious of her eyes. If not because Mary had made her sound crazy but because...--Was that another feeling hidden in there? What was that? Ah well. If Rose spent all day trying to figure out what every mysterious emotion was in everyone's auras she'd get nothing else done.

                          "Ehehe, it's okay. If I see anything interesting, I'll be sure to let you know. That way, my eyes can be your eyes too!" Rose sheepishly replied, trying to work around that envy. If one were particularly perceptive, they might've noticed the sharp change from shame and embarassment earlier. Almost as if she knew the air had changed. "--I kinda need them for other stuff though, so they'll need to stay with me." Rose went on to add with a wink.

                          Nearby, Mary finished braiding Reanne's hair. Before she could even begin to gush over her work, Reanne expressed her gratitude by making ... a promise? Her eyes widened with wonder at one word in particular. ...'Anything'. Anything?? It stole the breathe right from her lungs, and she had to take a moment to gather it back. Mary beamed rather invitingly at the other once she registered that Reanne was being serious. "Wow~! That's one of the most romantic things anyone's ever said to me! It's a deal~!" Mary chirped rather eagerly in response, drawing an eye roll from Rose. "...Dork." she remarked, poking fun at Mary's choice of words. She knew Mary well enough to know that Mary tended to use the word romantic in a rather archaic way. It had gotten her sister some unwanted attention of her own from bullies, but Reanne didn't seem like the sort to take it the wrong way. Mary seemed unfazed by Rose's remark though, giggling at the teasing a bit.
                          "Apparently a new bus will be here to take us the rest of the way in about an hour. We should get any small time shopping we need done now before we're stuck here waiting for it to show up." Rose suggested.

                          "If you wanted, I could travel along with you once we get to Ignea. Then I could do your hair more often~!" Mary offered, seeming to have taken a strong liking to Reanne. One got the impression that she simply enjoyed the time they spent bonding together. Or in Rose's case, she got the impression that Mary had lost her freakin' mind. A spike of jealousy jabbed its way right into her heart. "--I thought you were going to travel with me!" Rose protested, not too thrilled with the implicit volunteering. "I wanna travel with both of you~!" Mary replied rather brightly. Rose averted her eyes down at the ground, feeling rather left out in spite of Mary's words. " . . . Would that be okay if my sister came along too? We can all figure out what to do together~" Mary suggested, taking notice of Rose's sulking.
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                          Old June 15th, 2018 (11:30 AM).
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                          Emmanuel smiled, taking the playful comment as a compliment. He was about to say something in response, Rose’s long gaze caught him off-guard, causing him to swallow his words. The smile slowly gave way into a curious look, Emmanuel unsure of why her eyes were focused on him. Was she expecting a response? “I’ve never thought about it like that, but I think it fits.” He finally said, pulling his shoulders back so that it pushed out his chest. Posture was an important part of looking manly.

                          He took a moment to size up the others, partly to avoid Rose’s gaze. He eyes eventually found their way over to the brunette, Rose’s sister, Maple, when he heard muffle something in response to Rose, then over to Reanne, the girl whose hair Maple was braiding. Emmanuel’s own gaze lingered for a moment, and then the thought crept into his mind, how old was everyone here?

                          His gaze shifted downwards as his hand went rubbing against his chin. It was a matter of great importance for Emmanuel, and he had never been good at guessing ages. He thought to ask, but as he opened his mouth, he stopped himself just short. On second thought, he realized, probably not such a good idea.

                          “Where in Orre do you rein from Manny?” He heard voice ask him. He looked up to see Joseph, the younger man that had just introduced himself earlier. Emmanuel was thankful for the interruption to his thoughts, and it showed on his face. “I’m from Gateon,” he said fondly, “but I spent a lot of years in Pyrite. Lots of great memories and battles there.” He nodded along to himself reminiscently.

                          Having arrived at their checkpoint, Emmanuel noticed the Pokémon Center and excused himself to the group. “I’ll see you all later,” he said cheerily, jogging off to the building.
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                          Old June 23rd, 2018 (7:39 AM).
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                            It seemed like at least they were heading to somewhere new. A new place to explore, who knows what quests lie ahead for him?

                            And then there's a guy who seemed to question his methods. “Jury’s still out on you,”

                            "Oh, Manny, is it? Well, its not like we're in serious trouble for the ruckus I caused anyway, eh?

                            The name's Nathaniel, but Nathan is fine. Its a competition anyway, might as well go bold and be offensive rather than... looking after anyone else's behinds. I'd be more concerned about fending for myself, even if the occasions get bad for all of us you know."
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                              Hmm, how should I describe it? We Trainers came from different places, cultures, and now we're tied to an objective we didn't have to agree with in the first place -- the contest, one of the several things that intrigued our curious-minded will. They told me it will be a short trip once we got on the bus, and it was. I sure hadn't known the exact time, though I could only see how lilac the skies were, almost as if evening is about to replace noontime.

                              Each time I see a cactus had gone past, I got the feeling that I'm sitting my way through, nearer to the unknown, further from home. It's been just a day that I got here, but I've never thought that I'd miss my old lonely life back in where I used to live. I imagine how it was like to stargaze from the rooftops... counting how many bright things and write them off everyday, making a wish whenever it falls... floating on Shimmer to see if I could grasp myself one at my leisure...

                              ...Yet in here, the gaze of the barren land blending in with the grasslands is just as amazing, I couldn't never get tired of seeing things like these. If it was to impress people from the outer world, it sure did succeed to make me feel like home. But of course, this isn't where I should sleep on a sleeping bag. Night have always been awfully chilly that I'm too used to wear this gift from my father, even in my sleep, and today, I had taken it off because Mary wanted to adjust my hair the way she wanted it.

                              I couldn't really shake off how I feel about being attached with somebody, but I did realize one thing, that being in one's company makes me feel comfortable. It makes me wonder still, where they could have gone? That's my only wish, and I'd be more than grateful once I caught vision of them. Someday...



                              Once the second bus had stopped on its tracks, being the nearest to the door side, Reanne pushed the door wide to reveal a newfound atmosphere surrounding her and the group before her. She set her foot on the road, trying to get a clearer view of the city in the open, eager of how lively the place proved to be. Reflections of various lights of a rainbow were very dominant in the eye, and in the distance afar, blurred a burning golden glow that reeks pure commerce.

                              "So it seems. We've arrived." Said Reanne, spreading her stiffening arms wide, taking in things bit by bit as she faced through the group who should've followed suit. Though, her attention were driven away as music started to spike up at the other side of the bus' entrance. Slowly, Reanne made herself appear to see a crowd of people and Pokémon, watching a man in white suit making his introductory speech toward the supposed competitors. They weren't so late, after all.

                              ...And of course, it didn't take long for him to finish. Though some of the listeners weren't very enthused with his manners, most of them gave a nod towards each other, and the rarer species did threw off his clothes while screaming loudly, drumming his belly with unmistakable hype. ...But why? Scratching that detail, the most important thing to discuss is what should they do before dawn comes.

                              "...That was...most unusual." Reanne expressed herself toward what she just heard, and saw. It dissipated soon enough from her enough as she picked up her tone back to ask the group, "But anyway, I'm sure most of us are taking part of this contest, right? So, have any of you got some suggestions? Places to visit and so on, before we get ourselves a free pass inside that one hotel?"
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                              Emmanuel whistled in amazement as he stepped off the bus, taking in the sight of the city. He could hardly believe something so vibrant and lively was just sitting out here so close to his hometown, separated only by a range of desert and barren land, already forgetting the danger they faced to get here. The speech, despite the flashiness of its speaker and setup, drew little attention from Manny, whose eyes were feasting on the bright lights and bustling bodies of people moving about.

                              “This is gonna be fun.” He said to himself, the excitement bounding through his limbs. Manny fondly recalled the memories of his nighttime escapades back in Orre, and what he remembered could only pale in comparison to the allures of Lux Bravio.

                              By the time the speech was over, the crowd beginning to disperse, Manny had wandered off some distance away from the group he had arrived with. He had practically forgotten about them under the bright neon lights of the city. It took only a few buildings until Manny found what he was looking for, a club. It had been awhile since the young man had let loose and he wanted to enjoy himself while the night still lasted.

                              Still early into the night, Manny found his way into the club without much of problem, the bouncer had yet to begin cutting people off. Even though the night was just starting, patrons already crowded the floor and Emmanuel wasted no time in joining them.

                              His body moved fluidly to the rhythm of the music, sliding into a group of some men and women. His eyes locked with a woman’s, and they began to match their movements to one another, a sort of flow between their movements taking shape. It was brief, interrupted as she was pulled back into the arms of a seemingly irritated partner. She gave an apologetic smile and then they disappeared further into the crowd.

                              Emmanuel wasn’t especially bothered, things like that happened sometimes. He continued to dance, scanning the crowd, hoping to meet another person’s eyes. It was a brief search as he felt a pair of bold arms slip around his waist from behind, slowly turning him around.
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