Pokémon FULL Hoenn: Square One [IC] Page 18

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Groc

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11.3 Years
Edison Kintobor
Monday, September 28th; afternoon
Oldale Town



After her Gym battle, Tsu headed back to Oldale to visit the Pokémon Center, but not before she, Ed, and Sunny discussed her prize outside the Gym.

"So... how does this work?" Tsu asked, looking at her new TM.

"It's quite simple." Ed pointed out the features as he explained them. "By placing a Poké Ball within the device, you can instantly teach a new move to your Pokémon. Provided they're compatible with the technique, of course."

Tsu nodded slowly, until Sunny stepped up to demonstrate. "Here, watch." She took Tsu’s TM, placing a Poké Ball of her own into it and showing Tsu which buttons to press. "And just like that, a new move is learned."

"Oh, that's neat! What TM did you get, Ed?"

Ed was looking at Sunny curiously, wondering which Pokémon she just taught a new technique. He hadn’t considered the possibility of sharing TMs, but he couldn't recall reading any rule that prohibited it. Tsu’s question grabbed his attention, and he dutifully pulled the device from his satchel. "I won the Bulldoze TM, a Ground type attack that sends shockwaves through the earth."

"That's pretty cool! Hey, do you think any of my Pokémon can learn it?"

Ed checked his Pokédex, comparing the move to her team. "Yes, it looks like your Gyarados and Nosepass can learn it. Why?"

"Can I borrow it? Stacy would love to learn a new move! All she has is biting or landing on her opponents right now. Kind of hard to plan a Contest performance around, you know?"

Ed hesitated, but a pleading look from Tsu and a nudge from Sunny convinced him to share. As a reusable TM, he taught both Stacy and Cyrano the move, along with Sunny's Aron, Striker. Only Addie on his own team could learn it, but he was happy with Addie's current moves, and didn't want to replace any of them just yet.

With none of his team willing or able to use any of the TMs, Ed felt like he'd drawn the short stick in this particular exchange. Tsu assured him she'd return the favor someday, before heading to the Pokémon Center. Ed and Sunny, not particularly needing to return there, instead went to a café for some drinks.

Sitting here now, Ed thinks back to his discussion with Marie earlier in the day. "Sunny, I've been thinking. Can we talk about something?"

Sunny removes the lid of her iced tea, trying to fish out some boba with a spoon, since the straw is too small. "That's what these places are for. What's up?"

"It's... well, I know we've had our ups and downs lately, and I wanted to talk about... us. And more specifically, you and your actions."

Sunny avoids eye contact, gripping the edge of the table. "Can we not?" She asks hopefully. "Look, I know I've made some mistakes, we don't need to bring them up, right?"

Ed takes a deep breath, exasperated but staying calm. He'd expected she'd try to avoid the subject, but communication is key. "Please, just listen. I know I got mad before, but I'm calm now. I think I understand where you're coming from, and I'm willing to forgive you.

"However." Ed holds up a hand before Sunny can interrupt. "You clearly need to work some things out. We need to establish better boundaries, and you can't just do whatever you want and expect me to go along with it. I'd also appreciate it if you didn't hit me so frequently."

"Hearing a lot of things I need to change, Eddie. You trying to say something?" Sunny isn't avoiding his gaze now, but is meeting it with a scowl.

"Don't get mad at me, Sunny, you're the one causing problems. All I'm asking is that you respect what I'm doing and not be so possessive all the time."

"Possessive?! What's that supposed to mean?"

"Well... that’s how it was described to me. You don't respect my-"

"Described by who?" Sunny leans closer, getting mad the more Ed speaks. "Have you been talking about me behind my back? What, you couldn't come talk to me?"

"Sunny, calm down." That seems to upset her more, but Ed keeps talking. "We're talking now. I just needed to sort out my thoughts, and you know that sort of thing takes time. Having a sounding board expedited the process, is all."

"I am not possessive! I thought we were doing this together! I can't just stop what I'm doing every time you want to go visit some Professor or something! I'm just trying to motivate you, you know? Like a friend? Where would you be without me?"

"You know there's no way I could know that, it's not scientifically possible. But think... you 'shouldn't have to stop every time I want to do something'? Am I a hindrance to you? What's wrong with us each going at our own pace? Why do I need to rush and hurry because of your impatience?"

"Okay, fine. We've tried it your way. We've spent days in this town, and what have we accomplished?"

"We fought a Gym Leader. We met up with Miss Tsu, and you caught yourself a new Pokémon. You thought I didn't notice, but I did." That catches Sunny off guard, but Ed keeps going. "I had a nice talk with the Professors, including Professor Wisteria. She even told me of a place in Mauville I can get my Holotch looked at." He pulls the note from his pocket triumphantly. "That's the one thing that you wanted to do, plus a handful of extra perks we would have missed out on if we'd-"

Sunny snatches the note from his hand, looking it over.

Ed sighs in frustration. "This is exactly what I meant about boundaries! You didn't ask, you just grabbed. And you interrupted me. You see what I mean about you not respecting me?"

"What is this?" Sunny looks at the note, in particular the number at the bottom. "Why is her name on this?"

"Oh." Ed had forgotten about that. "I met Marie outside the lab, we talked a bit. She left me her number so I could call her when my Holotch gets fixed."

"So when you called me possessive, those were her words." The paper crumples as she clenches her hands into fists, which Ed protests.

"Sunny, I needed that!"

"I can't believe you'd go to her for help! She's trying to drive us apart, can't you see that? You shouldn't hang out with her!" She tosses the paper onto the table in frustration.

Ed frowns, as evidence for Marie's theory continues to accrue. "You don't get to make that decision. I get that you don't like her, but she's still a friend to me. And you throwing one of your little tantrums won't change that."

That was the wrong thing to say.

"Little... well excuse me for having emotions, Eddie! Sorry I'm not some machine you can tinker with and just fix, like your watch! But you can't even fix that!" She grabs her cup, splashing the iced drink into Ed's face.

He recoils from the shock of cold, and Sunny gasps at her outburst.

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to... I shouldn't have said... I gotta go!" She bolts from the table, her chair clattering to the ground as she leaves.

"Sunny, wait!" Ed calls after her, but she doesn't stop. He sighs, grabbing a napkin to clean himself off. Luckily none of the drink got on the note paper, and all the information is still readable. "I'm not sure I deserved that."

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Monday, September 21st
Chapter 3 - Part 4: Brave Enough
18:00 - 19:00, Enomoto Conservatory
Petalburg City is one of the places I had been hoping to visit at some point. Not only because it's the place in which Mr. Wally started his journey, but because I read there was a Pokémon Conservatory here as well, and it's the best place to start a more thorough research on pokémon.

I have to admit that I did not expect Miranda to be so excited to be here, but she is. I thought she would find it boring, but she insisted after she asked what I had planned for today. She must have a lot of energy to be running around like a little kid, looking at the pokémon living here. It’s cute in a way.

She's an interesting person, to say the least. She's given me nothing but surprises since the day I met her. The fact that she came to the region without knowing anything at all is enough of a surprise already, and she's also a fast learner.

Of course, her behaviour can be problematic. It's hard to interact with her because her emotions are like fireworks continuously exploding in different directions. When she's excited about something, she runs around like she is right now and doesn't stop talking; but when she's angry or annoyed, well… you know what happens.

“Mankey, look! There's more of you over here!” Miranda cheers, running to some kind of playground with treehouses in which two other Mankey are hanging out.

Miranda's Mankey hops into the playground and starts calling the other Mankey that just noticed him there and they invite him to the top of the tree with them. The girl laughs with a big grin and goes to see the other pokémon, leaving Mankey behind.

“Miranda, are you sure this is alright? Mankey tend to be really aggressive.”

“PokéDex said they live in groups.” Miranda shrugs. “Mankey likes to play and doesn't like his PokéBall, so I'd rather have him hang out with more of his kind than attacking other pokémon.”

“But aren't you afraid that he may get lost?”

“I can recognize him and I know how to call him too.”

I don't like how carefree she is with her pokémon. Mankey could easily get separated from the group and get lost while we are away. It's exactly because of her recklessness that she ends up with her hand zapped, but I can't tell her anything because she doesn't like to listen to what I say unless someone else tells her to do so!

As we walk further, the areas stop being playgrounds and turn into flower fields full of flying bug type pokémon. Someone did tell me the conservatory had a lot of bug types, actually, and it's also one of the reasons I wanted to come here.

“Bugs might not be the strongest creatures, but I think a lot of people underestimate them and their importance for the planet. Wimpod, for example: Their role in nature is to consume trash and other contaminants, acting as nature cleaners; however, they also serve as food for other pokémon, such as wild bird pokémon.”

“What would you do if a bird pokémon takes Juggernaut?”

“Oh, were you listening to what I was saying?” I snap after hearing Miranda's words; turns out I was thinking out loud. I giggle. It's fine, I guess. She doesn't seem to be bothered by it. “That's a good question. Wild pokémon have to look for food on their own, so if one just happens to choose Juggernaut, I think I shouldn't be mad about it, it's just how nature works. However, Juggernaut and I have been taking care of each other for years now; I would be sad if something were to happen to him…” As I say that, I rub Juggernaut's exoskeleton with my fingers, he lowers his antennae as he curls into a ball on my arms. “I think I'd try to save him. I don't know how, though.”

Miranda doesn't say anything.

“I try to make sure he has all he needs to grow so he becomes the juggernaut he is destined to be. What a wild pokémon does to him will be less worrying once that happens.”

She still doesn't answer. Maybe she doesn't even know what Wimpod evolves into. I take my smartphone to show her a picture.

“This is Golisopod. It's what Wimpod grows up to be like.”

Miranda's eyes instantly go wide open and I can see the glow on them.

“Golisopod!? This is awesome! You mean Juggernaut turns into that thing!? No middle stage or anything!?”

I nod.

“How does that even happen!? It's too big! And it also doesn't look like the evolution of this...”

“Coward? I mean, you're not wrong, but Golisopod still run away from battles they can't win; the difference is that they can stand a chance in battle. You see, in the wild there comes a moment in which Wimpod just have to stop fleeing and defend themselves from predators to survive,” I start explaining. “However, against strong predators, they won't stand a chance; that's when the stronger Wimpod that have been holding down on evolution evolve.”

“What? They hold down on-- That means they choose not to evolve, right? Why would they choose to be the weak thing over the strong thing?”

“Survival? Wimpod are smaller and faster than Golisopod, meaning they can find food more easily, since most of it is on the ground. Golisopod leading and protecting a Wimpod group eat the food they gather, but lone Golisopod have to eat the pokémon they beat in battle.”

Miranda nods, although it seems she didn't understand most of it, judging by her expression.

“So you say you want Juggernaut to become that thing?," she says after her long pause.

I nod.

“... That's cool and all, but… shouldn't you be doing some battling then?”

I look away for a second, trying to find an answer for that question. She's got a point.

“I still don't know what you're doing here, but you got that license thing, don't you? That means you came here to battle.”

I'm here because I want to follow on Mr. Wally's steps.’ That's the answer I want to give because that's the truth.

But there's something holding me back from giving that answer.

Maybe it's because of the fact that I know I can't follow his steps.

I've lived in fear. Fear of what the outside world -people and pokémon- might do to my health. Fear of losing Juggernaut a second. Fear of being laughed at again for finding inspiration in the story of a trainer with a condition similar to mine made it to the top.

Wally Greene's story is the reason I am in Hoenn, but despite all of my admiration for him, I'm not brave enough to go out and follow his example.

“... I- I don't know.”

“You don't know?” The girl frowns at me. “How do you not know!? You went through a whole paperwork to get that piece of muk and don't know why you did it?”

“Y- yes! Maybe. I don't know. I might've had a reason back then, but it was probably in the moment and just… forgot about it afterwards.” I laugh nervously and then clear my throat. “Um a-anyways… Look! The one that looks like it has a scarf is a Ribombee,” I say, pointing at a yellow winged pokémon flying over some flowers. I have to change this topic and do some thinking about this myself to calm down. “They are normally friendly creatures, although they can be pretty aggressive if provoked. I don't know if they can be found here in Hoenn, but there are some in Galar. What's particularly interesting about them, is that they are one of the few pokémon capable of using the move Powder, which protects them from fire type attackers. It's a move that's only known to be learned by the Cutiefly evolutionary line and Vivillon.”
20:00, Petalburg's Pokémon Center

Miranda was pretty quiet during the rest of our stay in the conservatory. The only time she said something was when she called Mankey back to brag about how she knew how to recognize him in a passive aggressive way.

The more I thought about it, the more confused I was about being here and the quicker I thought I should find the answer.

“Miranda.” The girl knits her brows and turns her head at me. “I've been thinking about it and I'm cancelling tomorrow's class.”

“What? Why?”

“It’s about what we were talking about earlier. The whole thing with Juggernaut and my Trainer's License. I have to do some thinking.”

She takes her time to come up with an answer, but her expression getting more intense says everything. As if Mankey's humor was in synchrony with hers, he stands in front of me and growls. My hand instantly goes to one of my LuxuryBalls, however, Miranda realizes Mankey's attitude and blocks him with her bat.

“You could've trained Juggernaut yesterday when I asked you for a battle.” She turns around and starts walking away. “Whatever. Do what you want, I don't give a muk. Let's go, Mankey.”
Current Party:

Inventory
Spoiler:
- 10 LuxuryBalls
- 10 Full Restore
- 1 Eviolite
- 1 Silk Scarf
- 1 pair of Safety Goggles (Inkay sized)
- PokéGear
- A lot of money
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Groc

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Sunny Dey
Monday, September 28th; late afternoon
Oldale



At the northern end of Oldale lies the road toward Mauville, as much as a small body of water can be called a "road". After fleeing from a possible confrontation with her best friend, Sunny paces back and forth along the road, never officially stepping outside of the town boundary. It is entirely the fault of the sign, proclaiming this "Route 103". A part of her brain- a childish, romantic part -can't help but remember how she and Edison had left Mahono town together, taking their first steps onto Route 301 together. And taking these steps without him just seems… wrong. Like a betrayal.

"Not like you haven't done that lately…" She mutters darkly to herself. "What's the harm in doing it again? Why not just leave? I can just go off on my own, do my own thing! Who needs him?!" She shouts at the trees, but they don't answer her.

Clearly it's the stress. Between the everyday challenges of a Pokémon Journey, that damn Professor woman getting in her head, and just generally not knowing where she stands with Eddie and Tsu, Sunny can't recall ever feeling more anxious. "...And I'm talking to myself again."

"Ah."

Sunny turns at the sound of another voice, and of all people, Marie Rachelle Mocinno saunters out from the treeline, lazily twisting a pen between the fingers of one hand and holding a small notebook loosely in the other.

"Oh." Sunny replies, her look more of a sulk than a glare. "Of course I'd run into you."

"And I figured I'd see you soon. Where Edison goes, you're never far behind, after all." Marie tugs her drawstring bag around to stow her pencil and notebook and switch them with… something plain. It might be a book. "Did you win a badge?"

Sunny instinctively moves her hand to her jacket, where Benji's badge is still pinned. "I… yeah. Yeah, I- why? Why do you want, I mean… what about you?" She curses under her breath. That was not smooth, Sunny.

"Oh wow, how many is that for you, then? Three or four?" Marie asks, suspiciously lightly.

"Uh…" In a brief panic, Sunny can't remember how many badges Marie has. Brawly's, for sure, not Benji's… Should I say four, to be safe? No, that's suspicious, no one has them all... She shakes her head to clear her thoughts. "What do you want, Marie? Can't you see I'm busy, here?"

Marie tilts her head. "Busy talking to yourself? I was busy until you startled my research subject, so at least you could have a polite conversation with me."

"Okay, fine. I can be polite." Sunny glares at that last part. She doesn’t know why Marie always throws her off her game so much, but she hates that she does. "What were you researching? Eddie and I just finished a report on Seedot."

"Congratulations," Marie says in what might be a sincere tone, Sunny can't tell. "We were watching a Noctowl. Oh-" Realization flashes across her face, breaking the light and neutral expression she'd settled on. "Hold on."

Sunny nods once as Marie wanders back into the woods a short way and retrieves a red wagon from behind a bush. That Slowpoke from the Point sits comfortably inside, even as Marie exerts actual effort to drag it over tree roots.

Sunny frowns at Slowpoke, knowing it's not fair to blame the Pokémon, but still feeling a little put out just seeing it. She winces as Marie hauls it over a root, even though Slowpoke doesn't react. "Okay, I know you have a ball for it, why are you dragging it with you?"

"Same reason you drag Edison around. I like him and he's cute." Marie shrugs.

"Okay, that…" Sunny cuts herself short, her fist shaking slightly. "Let's not talk about Eddie right now. I am not dragging him anywhere, alright? I'm not."

"If you say so." Marie clearly is disbelieving, but goes to pat the Slowpoke and accidentally bops him on the head with whatever is in her hand. "Ah. Yes. Um, this is for you."

She offers the object to Sunny. It's rectangular and wrapped in plain brown paper. Sunny looks at it in confusion, not reaching for it as she eyes Marie suspiciously. "What is it?"

"A gift."

"Well, duh. But what…" Marie has that look on her face, that one that Sunny hates so much, so she knows there's no point in arguing. "Oh, fine. Give it here." She steps forward, grabbing for the Mystery Gift. Marie allows it to be taken, no fuss at all.

Sunny cautiously opens it, and sure enough, it's a book. Specifically, a hardbound black notebook with a raised image of a Slugma on the cover. The Slugma is... squishy? And full of a glittery gel and little fire-shaped beads. Sunny runs a hand over the lava slug, and the beads squish around inside the gel. There's a little orange pen slotted into a holder on the side.

"This is… pretty cool, actually…" Sunny pokes the Slugma a couple times before looking at Marie suspiciously. "Why are you giving me this? I thought you hated me."

Marie inhales sharply. "No! Nonono, I don't even- I don't even dislike you, I…" She cups an elbow in her hand and the other comes up to tug at her bouncy hair. "You gave me a Lure Ball, indirectly. So I had to give something back. That's only fair. And I didn't like how angry you were at the Point."

Sunny laughs bitterly, once. "Yeah, neither did I… I'm, uh, going through some stuff. You know how it is."

"I suppose."

There is a long, awkward silence as the two look at each other, neither knowing what to say or do next.

"Well, um, I don't think the Noctowl is coming back. So I'm going to…" Marie gestures south, in a vague indication of leaving.

"Yeah, of course, um..." Sunny feels her face heating up as she clutches the book to her chest, idly kicking at the discarded paper wrapping. "Thank you? I guess we're even now… for now, I mean. I'll… I'll see you later. Or, I'll be seeing you later…" She tries to sound tough and menacing.

Marie doesn't look particularly afraid. "Yes. Probably. Pick up that wrapper before you leave, hm? Littering is illegal here, you know. Ta."

She strides off, the wagon rolling much more easily behind her on a real road as opposed to forest.

Sunny watches her go, keeping a foot on the wrapper so it doesn’t blow away. After she's out of earshot, Sunny mutters, "Yeah, well… they let trash like you be… here… that's terrible, what's wrong with me? That's a lame comeback…"

A joint post between Groc and Aquacorde.

Aquacorde

the more we love, the more we learn // the more we love, the more we BURN 🔥

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Ankh-Morpork
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17.3 Years

AGE: 17 ⟡ HOME REGION: Johto
DATE: Monday September 28 ⟡ TIME: Evening
LOCATION: Littledale

Chapter 4 #09 - Owl Details

Noctowl are a primarily nocturnal species- their common name is an indication of that behavior- but I observed one in a hollow tree on the northern edge of Oldale even in the late afternoon. No others seemed to be around, and I was in that area for a while. The one I did see appeared to be smaller than the average height listed in the PokéDex- that being five-foot-three and this one perhaps around four feet- but it had a short "beard", which I read is generally indicative of an older age. It was fully asleep until I stepped on a branch and alerted it, then it watched me without moving or blinking for several minutes. Its eyes glowed pink at one point. I don't think it did anything to me, but my Slowpoke fell asleep out of the blue, so it must have used Hypnosis on him. I couldn't find any other techniques that would produce a similar effect in Noctowl's technique list, so that must have been it.

The Noctowl did not do anything else until someone nearby shouted- it then puffed up its feathers and swooped out of the hollow. It seemed healthy and capable despite being so small. It did not make any noise- no hooting or screeching, and as soon as it was gliding it was silent in the air. Some dirt and a stick fell out of the tree when it flew away. It went north and west, which I assume it knew was away from town and humans.

I looked in the tree after it left. There were no eggs, just a bunch of droppings, so it probably wasn't a nest. Perhaps it's not egg season, so they don't need to build nests yet. Or perhaps its nest is elsewhere, guarded by another of its species. There are no obvious indications of sex in this species, so I do not know if that had any effect on the behavior observed.




Hey Marie!
Thanks for the update on the local Noctowl! You're right- it's not quite breeding season yet, so there wouldn't be any eggs, even if that were its nest. Noctowl prefer to make a nest not in the trees but in sheltered but solid areas- steep hills like the dells and small cliff caves are preferred.

Keep an eye out for a Pidove- it'll be bringing you five Chesto berries. They should help next time you encounter something that might put your Pokémon to sleep!

Cheers,
Brendan Birch


Spoiler: Team
Pokémon On Hand
Tuie ⟡ Natu ⟡ Female ⟡ Magic Bounce ⟡
Peck // Teleport // Stored Power // Cosmic Power // Ominous Wind // Confuse Ray
Stunnie ⟡ Stunfisk ⟡ Male ⟡ Static ⟡
Sucker Punch // Mud Shot // Thundershock // Discharge // Water Gun // Mud Sport // Charge
Cutie ⟡ Alolan Exeggutor ⟡ Male ⟡ Frisk ⟡
Bullet Seed // Hypnosis // Reflect // Leech Seed // Dragon Hammer // Barrage
Pokie ⟡ Slowpoke ⟡ Male ⟡ Own Tempo ⟡
Disable // Confusion // Yawn // Water Gun // Growl // Curse
Spoiler: Inventory
Trainers' License [Johto and Hoenn] ⟡
$2,000 ⟡
Knuckle Badge ⟡
Empty PokéBalls x 3 ⟡

Sunscreen ⟡
Berry-Print Bikini ⟡
Beach Towel ⟡
Oversized Sunglasses ⟡
Large But Lightweight Backpack ⟡
Rechargeable Battery + Charging Port Housing ⟡
Lidded Pot, Dishes, Chopsticks, Spoon ⟡
Camp Stove ⟡
Soap, Washcloth, Towel ⟡
A Red Wagon ⟡
5x Chesto Berries ⟡
Spoiler: Contacts
Dad ⟡
Mom ⟡
Brothers #1, #2, and #3 ⟡
Brawly ⟡
Brendan ⟡
Edison ⟡
Natsuko (via insta) ⟡
Sunny (via twitter) ⟡
Van ⟡
Wally ⟡

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Italy
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5.3 Years





Avril Reese


16 - ♀ - Laverre City

written with Groc as Natsuko Soyokaze

Pokémon / Inventory:

AVRIL'S MONEY: $32 000

AVRIL'S TEAM:
🌼 Poppy (Flabebe) ♀
Flower Veil
Synthesis, Fairy Wind, Grassy Terrain, Aromatherapy, Wish, Magical Leaf

🌼 Hydrangea (Shellos) ♀
Storm Drain
Water Pulse, Mud Bomb, Recover, Rain Dance, Mud Sport, Hidden Power (?)

🌼 Wisteria (Inkay) ♂
Infiltrator
Night Slash, Hypnosis, Topsy-Turvy, Pluck, Reflect, Psybeam

🌼 Venus (Mawile) ♀
Intimidate
Fairy Wind, Crunch, Sucker Punch, Iron Defense, Taunt, Baton Pass


AVRIL'S INVENTORY:
🌼 2 Empty Pokéballs
🌼 2 Potions
🌼 Eviolite
🌼 Silk Scarf
🌼 TM for Ally Switch
🌼 5 Rare berries

🌼 Holotch (phone version)
🌼 Fanclub Membership card - valid until October 17th
🌼 Various clothes and commodities

AVRIL'S CONTACTS:
Jordie, Shuna, Natsuko, June, Marcella, Hikaru

AVRIL'S BADGES AND RIBBONS:
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🌼 Character art made with https://picrew.me/image_maker/338886
The old spark
Monday, September 28th - evening - Littleroot-Oldale township, near Brendan's lab
"Alright Tsu… we are supposed to go look for some Pokémon, right?" Avril asks as soon as the two girls are out of Brendan and May's lab. Finally. "Should we do it now? I… look, I need something to distract myself from what happened. It's still so much to process…"

Tsu looks over at the sun, squinting against the light. "I think we have time. If we go back toward Oldale we can probably find some Pokémon in Trainers' Corridor to observe before it gets too dark."

"Oh, that’s good news!" Avril smiles, as Poppy takes off and floats in front of her. "Thank you Tsu, hopefully this will be fun."

"I don't think he'd recommend it if it wasn't!" Tsu laughs, pulling out her phone. "I think we have to leave the main road, check out some areas off the beaten path… should I buy a real camera? I could probably get better pictures if I did… sorry, I'll focus."

“I'm no expert but… I think you'll be fine. The photo you took back then looks nice to me, you know!"

With Poppy already going on ahead, Avril prompts her friend to follow her. "She's our self proclaimed scout, I guess… we shouldn't make her wait. But… hm, I wonder what kind of Pokémon there are around here? I haven't really checked just yet…"

"I think it's just wild versions of the Pokémon they farm around here. Wooloo and Skiddo, stuff like that." Tsu follows behind Avril and Poppy, checking the Ranger Database on her phone.

"If it's just them, then it's great! And ooh, I'd actually love to find a Skiddo, my family had some and they were just so cute…" Avril sounds cheerful and enthusiastic as she speaks up. "You heard it, right Poppy?" She asks her Pokémon, who chirps back promptly.

"Apparently they're kind of rare, but maybe we can find some if we go… this way…" Tsu looks at the map on the database, which shows general information on the Pokémon in the area. "Near the blue parts, which might be water? Makes sense, I guess."

Eventually, Poppy does point Avril towards what she's been eagerly looking for, a small herd of Skiddo passing by the Trainers Corridor. While on one hand, the girl turns around way too often to make sure Tsu is still close to her, on the other she's following those Pokémon very intently, giving it her all just to run after them. "They ought to stop soon, so we can… oof, they're fast. Whatever…"

Tsu tries to keep up, keeping her camera ready in case a good shot presents itself. She stops at one point to catch her breath, happening to look to her side to see just such a shot. She quickly takes a photo of a small pond just down the hill from where she's stopped, calling out to Avril, "Aww, Avril! Look at the babies!"

From further ahead, the blonde girl takes a few seconds to focus on what Tsu wants her to see. She’s still busy keeping the pace of the Skiddo, or rather, having to let them run further away as they distance themselves from the path the girl’s following. But once she and Poppy calm down and turn towards the direction that their friend pointed at, a wide smile reappears on their faces, followed by another “Aww!”

The babies in question are a pair of Azurill by the pond, one happily balancing on a lily pad while the other nervously watches from the shore.

Tsu looks back to where the Skiddo they'd been following had gone. "You know, we could just observe these guys for a bit. Maybe write a report on them? It might be better than chasing Skiddo all night."

Given how much Avril’s panting, it’s a no brainer. “G-good idea!” She remarks, slightly nervous for putting herself in that situation. “I wonder what they’re doing though…”

That question is answered eventually, but not before Avril and Tsu spend a couple of minutes just gushing about how cute those Pokémon are. The Azurill standing on the shore lets its tail float on the water for a bit, then turns around and tries to immerse one of its legs instead, all while crying out towards the other Azurill.

“Oh, is it just… learning to swim?” The blonde girl tries to get Tsu’s attention. “It just… looks like baby me going through the same process! But… we have to write that down for this report, correct? Hopefully it’s enough info…” She continues, as she gets her Holotch from her bag and starts to type in a few sentences in the Notes app.

Tsu lets Avril take notes, preferring instead to take some more pictures. These Pokémon really are too cute, even doing something as simple as going for a swim. She wishes she had a better camera, and makes a mental note to look for one next time she's in town.

If it hadn’t happened before already, now Avril’s heart is almost melting as a Marill appears from underwater, and with a smile tries to lead the nervous Azurill into water. The evolved Pokémon clearly has no trouble with swimming and, in fact, even the girl’s Pokédex confirms that it’s a Water and Fairy type now - unlike Azurill, who is Normal and Fairy instead.

It’s a cute scene, there’s no denying that, but it’s also a very timely one. Given what Avril’s been through, it just makes sense, and, even more important - it makes her feel less alone. Everyone may struggle with something, maybe more than others, but help is always in reach.

Tsu notices the look on Avril’s face. She's smiling, looking at the Azurill below with a look of… determination? It's a good look for her, makes her look confident. Tsu turns her camera on Avril, taking a picture before the moment can pass.

“O-oh?” Avril turns around towards Tsu as she notices her phone appearing inside her field of view.

"Don't mind me!" Tsu grins as she waves her phone. "Just taking a picture for myself, not the report!"

“I see…” The blonde girl blushes. “Well, can I look, please?”

"Oh, sure!" Tsu pulls up the picture, turning the screen to her friend. "I wouldn't keep it without your permission."

“It’s no problem!” Avril nods, as Poppy also takes a glance at the photo. She then can’t help but smile again at how good that shot is. Tsu seems to have really captured what Avril was feeling! “That’s another… good moment we had, correct?”

"Definitely! And I have the pictures to prove it."

“You’ll have to send me that one as well, then…” Avril laughs. It feels genuine, free of all the tension she built up at the Research lab. “And we can finish up the report at the Pokémon Center with what I’ve typed so far!”

"I'll be sure to send you those photos, too!" Tsu joins Avril in laughing, and even Poppy chirps happily. It feels good. She's glad to see her friend have a bit of that old spark back, and despite her initial misgivings, doing this report was kinda fun! Or at least, taking pictures was.

With that, the girls head back toward Oldale and the Pokémon Center to write up their report.



This report was written with the help of Natsuko, and is our first assignment for the both of us. Right after visiting your lab, we looked for some wild Pokémon to observe, and found the cutest group of Azurill in a nearby pond. So that would be Littleroot, about 7 p.m. on Monday.

What we saw was two Azurill and a Marill, being involved in what looked like swimming lessons. One of the two baby Pokémon looked tense and somewhat afraid of the water as it made acquaintance with the pond, while the other seemed more at ease and stood on top of a lily pad.

If Marill is a part Water type but Azurill isn't, then we assume that it's the familiarity with water and the ability to swim that is able to trigger the evolution. And case in point, Marill is perfectly capable of swimming and staying underwater for a long time.

We also noticed how the different balls at the end of each Pokémon's tail behaved in water. The nervous Azurill's was probably the worst at floating, while Marill's was perfect for the job and let the Pokémon even control its movement more easily while in water. Given the Pokédex entries we already read, we think that this ability to float is related to the…


"What's the word here? Hm… come on Avril!"

...lack of nutrients in it. So, the more the nutrients in the tail are used up by Azurill, the lighter the ball becomes and the easier it is for it to float. That may also have to do with the oil that the Pokédex says Marill is able to produce.

Marill themselves seem to be very kind and patient with their little friends. They help the Azurill with swimming with motherly care, trying their best to make them more confident in their own swimming capabilities. They also bring them food and teach them how to gather it!

The Pokédex said another thing- Azurill seem to evolve by happiness. That's what we couldn't really explain but, by just imagining how good it could feel for a little Azurill to finally learn how to swim and live in water, well… the thought of that motherly care playing a large role in that really made our day.

We hope you enjoy reading this report and find it at least a bit useful!

~ Avril and Natsuko



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Avril Reese


16 - ♀ - Laverre City

written with QueenNothing as Akira and Giorgia Enomoto

Pokémon / Inventory:

AVRIL'S MONEY: $36 000 ↑

AVRIL'S TEAM:
🌼 Poppy (Flabebe) ♀
Flower Veil
Synthesis, Fairy Wind, Grassy Terrain, Aromatherapy, Wish, Magical Leaf

🌼 Hydrangea (Shellos) ♀
Storm Drain
Water Pulse, Mud Bomb, Recover, Rain Dance, Mud Sport, Hidden Power (?)

🌼 Wisteria (Inkay) ♂
Infiltrator
Night Slash, Hypnosis, Topsy-Turvy, Pluck, Reflect, Psybeam

🌼 Venus (Mawile) ♀
Intimidate
Fairy Wind, Crunch, Sucker Punch, Iron Defense, Taunt, Baton Pass


AVRIL'S INVENTORY:
🌼 2 Empty Pokéballs
🌼 2 Potions
🌼 Eviolite
🌼 Silk Scarf
🌼 TM for Ally Switch
🌼 5 Rare berries

🌼 Holotch (phone version)
🌼 Fanclub Membership card - valid until October 17th
🌼 Various clothes and commodities

AVRIL'S CONTACTS:
Jordie, Shuna, Natsuko, June, Marcella, Hikaru

AVRIL'S BADGES AND RIBBONS:
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🌼 Character art made with https://picrew.me/image_maker/338886
The big questions
Tuesday, September 29th - morning - Enomoto Farm, Oldale
Avril is used to waking up early: more often than not, it's the sun filtering through the window that gets her going, and once it's bright enough, there really is no turning back for her. She can't get any more rest, even if she tries to.

But this is even earlier than she's used to, and it throws her off. She clumsily turns off the alarm she's set and forgot about, trying to get a few more minutes of sweet sleep, until she finally remembers what that annoying noise was for. She was going to the Enomoto farm at sunrise, working there for a little money and hoping to meet June as well.

She finally sits on the bed, her head spinning, her eyes wide open. Poppy looks at her as if she'd been waiting hours for her to get up, but soon lets out an Aromatherapy to soothe her trainer ever so slightly. With that fragrance in the air, the girl gets up, gathers her stuff, and… oh true, good idea, Poppy!

Avril is not exactly on time when she's finally on the doorstep of the Enomoto farm, but she's gained back some time by skating there, all while providing Poppy with more effortless fun. A pair of shoes hang awkwardly from her cloth bag, being simply tied to it by their laces, but it's the best solution Avril has found. Needless to say…

Her face is very much red.

The door creaks open, and she’s meet by Akira, who exhibits a wide grin on her face upon eye-contact. “Why, if it ain’t Avril! Howdy!” She greets while giving her a strong handshake. “Glad t’see ya made it!”

The gesture makes Avril wobble on her skates, all while Poppy chuckles ever so slightly. "Yeah, t-thank you! Hope I'm not too late, but at least I never fell… I guess."

“Ya missed the early mornin’ milkin’, but we was just about to groom our livestock! Sure I don’t need to introduce ‘at to ya.” Akira chuckles.

"Oh oops!" Avril runs a hand through her hair. "Right, I'll come soon, I just need to get ready for that. I'm going inside for a bit if that's ok?" The girl is already trying to look past Akira, looking for a place to change out of her skates. Or rather, Ebb and Flow's…

“Sho ‘nuff!” Akira exclaims, making way for Avril. “An’ if yer hungry, Giorgia fixed breakfast and has leftovers, so help yerself!”

The girl rolls inside with a nervous smile, but that immediately gives way to relief as she finds the leftovers Akira mentioned, as well as Giorgia washing dishes. "Oh, hello there! And… thanks." yes, I skipped breakfast this morning, just to get here in time. "I'll change out of the skates right away, just remember they're just… yes, rented! Could they stay here while I work?"

“Oh, why hello there! What a delight- we could always use help around the farm.” Giorgia beams. “Please, place your skates wherever you need!”

"Nice, and as for work…" Avril's eye falls on one of her bracelets while she's sitting down. Right, you had one job, girl! The charm on her wrist works just as expected.

"Uhm, is June around here this morning, by any chance?"

“I’m afraid not.” Giorgia shakes her head. “Akira had informed me of your situation with Junko, so I am sorry I have to inform you of that. But I’m sure you two will cross paths while you’re both in Littledale.”

"Oh, I see… thanks. Thinking more about it… yeah, I don't feel too good about what happened with her, but I have to let her know if…" Avril is just thinking aloud.

“Let her know what exactly?” Giorgia asks.

“If… we want to be close again, right?” The girl replies hastily. “Look, I did something that was not good and felt too guilty to explain, but if she’s understanding even in that situation maybe I can… you know, solve this!”

“I think that’s a swell attitude to have! You said it yourself, she’s a very forgiving girl, so I’m sure it will turn out well!”

Avril’s cheeks are now definitely more red from the blushing than from the skate trip to the farm. “Aw, that’s… good news! Thanks again…”

“It’s no problem.” Giorgia gives a warm smile. “Relationships are difficult to figure out- I would know- so I’m always willing to hand out advice on the subject. After you’ve been helping us out around the farm it’s the least I can do- aside from paying you, of course.”

“R-Relationships…” She really said it! “Maybe we’re not there just y-yet but s-sure, it should be good advice regardless…” Avril mutters, trying to place the pieces together. Her only real measuring stick here is Lucas and Vanessa, and she doesn’t even know too much about it because her brother has never been too happy to have her around when he’s being all cute and flirty with his girlfriend. It does make sense, sure, flaunting relationships in public is just not typical in Avril’s area in general, but it sure doesn’t help her now.

“Oh right, I really must say, this is so good!” The girl briefly changes topic, as she finally munches some food. “It’s surely going to help with work… haha.”

“Of course, of course- when you’re married to a mountain of a woman, it’s something that comes naturally after a while.” Giorgia softly giggles. “But as far as ‘not being there just yet’ goes- there’s no need to rush yourself. These things take time, afterall.”

“Yeah… right. I’m still figuring things out, it’s ‘my first time’ if you will.” Avril takes a heavy breath. It takes time… and that means staying here in Hoenn anyways. One more reason, I suppose…

“We all have to start somewhere. Although speaking of starting- perhaps we should head outside? We wouldn’t want to keep Akira waiting.”

“O-oh oops!” Avril jumps up, nearly startling Poppy, who was resting on her head. “Sure, I’m ready to go.”

🐑🐑🐑

This time, instead of the Miltank, Akira leads Avril to the building right beside it, where all of the farm’s Wooloo are kept. “They’re just… so cute!” She gushes towards the farmer, happy that her first impression was this positive. “These Pokémon are here to get… their wool, right?”

“We do farm ‘em for their wool, yeah, but we ain’t here to shear ‘em just yet. That don’t come ‘til a while, so right now we’re just here to groom ‘em.”

“Oh, that’s just fine!” If not even better. “I’m sure the wool will turn out to be great!”

“Course it will!” Akira smirks as she ties a halter around the muzzle of a Wooloo, leading it and Avril to the stable. “But even though shearing season ain’t for awhile, we do wanna trim ‘em regularly, cus their wool is how they get around.”

“The wool is how they… get around? Oh right, you mean how Wooloo just roll around sometimes, right?” Avril questions, ending with a giggle.

“Truth be told, I barely even see ‘em use their legs. Only time they do is, well, when I’m takin’ them in for a groomin’ like we are now. Have to ask myself why Arceus even gave ‘em legs in the first place when they never use those darned things!”

“Aw, that’s a good question then!” The girl laughs. “I wonder what it’s like to move around like that though. Surely I’d get all dizzy!” Poppy confirms that thought, by doing a few somersaults in the air and proving how that indeed makes her dizzy.

“These critters might just be tougher than they look.” Akira muses while leading Wooloo to a platform. “And if that’s true that means that despite havin’ all that strength, they’re as harmless as a Magikarp. I reckon that’s quite respectable.”

“Hm… one second,” Avril stops to think. “You’re saying they’re harmless only because they don’t want to cause harm? But they could if they wanted to?”

“Well… kinda, yeah. If there’s one thing I learned from workin’ with these lil’ critters so much is that they don’t like conflict. Well uh, we got a few that get a lil’ rowdy, but still! An’ when they evolve they get them big ol’ horns but they don’t use ‘em for tusslin’ - just matin’.”

Well, that is interesting… Avril puts her hand on her chin. That is a somewhat familiar topic, and now that it’s been brought up, the girl is interested in hearing Akira’s take as well.

“Oh, that’s cool and all but what if it’s, uhm… c-conflict that comes to them?” She mutters, slightly afraid that might be a weird question, but curious nonetheless. She could probably learn a thing or two from those Wooloo.

Akira, holding a pair of scissors close to Wooloo’s wool, pauses for a second before replying. “Often they try to roll away from any conflict that even gets near ‘em, but if they can’t get away, well Arceus didn’t give ‘em moves like Double Kick for nothin’.” She then begins to lightly snip at the surface of the wool.

Avril chuckles nervously as she hears just what she expected. If life is a struggle… yeah. She repeats in her head as she sighs. “That’s… admirable from them, yes! Fighting only if necessary. But it means they still need to be r-ready if needed, uh?”

“...I guess so, yeah. If they ain’t ready to defend ‘emselves, any strength they have amounts to a hill o’ beans.”

“I… I see.” Avril nods seriously, seeing that theory being confirmed. Where am I even going with this… oh! “I guess I’d love to be like that too, yes!”

“If I had my druthers, that’s how the world would be.”

“Sorry but… your what?” The girl shakes her head. “I still don’t know every word there is in Ransei…!”

“Sorry, I must sound kinda funny to city folk.” Akira snickers. “That just means if I had my way everyone would be like a Wooloo. Just rollin’ ‘round the fields carelessly, livin’ high on the Pignite, only fightin’ when danger rears its ugly head… shucks, sounds like heaven!”

"I'm not even a city girl, I'm just from Kalos!" Avril giggles slightly, trying to let herself go. "But… yeah, that does sound like heaven… minus the carelessness part maybe. My uh…" She sighs. "My issue is that I have no moves, I can't really fight when conflicts get to me. There, I said it…"

“Most people ain’t got no moves, nothin’ to be ashamed of. That’s part o’ the reason why we have Pokemon as our companions, to help us with what we can’t do. I can’t keep watchin’ our Wooloo every second of the day, so we got a Herdier to guard ‘em for us. The problem with all these trainers is that they just send Pokemon out to senselessly beat the tar outta each other! People and Pokemon should be like… how Giorgia and I work together! Giorgia can talk a Snorlax outta sleepin’ but she ain’t got the gumption to do heavy liftin’! That’s where I come in.”

Avril’s eyes sparkle as she listens closely to what Akira has to say. “That’s a lovely way to think, yes! I can work on that… hopefully.” The last word is definitely picked up by Poppy, who starts giggling noticeably from on top of Avril’s head. “Even just by keeping me company and playing with me, Poppy is already doing her part, for sure.”

“What I meant though is…” Let’s get right to the issue at hand, if I can. “Like, uh… some people. Who don’t really let you roll away from the conflicts they bring up. So I should fight back, right? But as I said… yeah.” Avril groans out, feeling weirdly satisfied to say those things right to someone else’s face.

“That’s when ya fight back! No one said it was easy, but ya gotta grow a backbone for these things!”

“And… how, then?” Avril immediately replies. Maybe not the brightest question, but she’s willing to try.

That’s a whole nother question!” Akira chuckles. “That’ll be somethin’ to figure out on your own.”

“Oh… alright alright… oops!” The girl sighs, but it’s at least reassuring to get an answer, whatever it is, from someone who seems to know what she’s talking about. “That was still helpful of c-course! Thank you Akira…”

And if that's something that comes in time, Avril is probably better off focusing on the other piece of advice she's still trying to process: try new things and find what you really want to do…
one thing at a time, take it easy girl.

“Don’t mention it, missie! Anythin’ for my future niece in-law.” Akira guffaws, slapping her knee. “Naw, I’m just pullin’ yer leg.”

"Please…!" A flushed Avril yelps out. "E-Even if I wanted to I'd still have to be lucky and hope she forgives me, you know…"

“Hold your Ponytas- we can take that one step at a time. But for now, we still gotta whole lot o’ Wooloos to groom. Heck, I ain’t even tripped this one’s hooves and horns!” The Wooloo bleats as if to respond to Akira. “So let’s focus on that for now, shall we?”

Avril takes a heavy breath, and a little smile appears on her face. "Alright, let's do it!"



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Akiza Izinski

Age 21
she/they
Italy
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Avril Reese


16 - ♀ - Laverre City


Pokémon / Inventory:

AVRIL'S MONEY: $36 000

AVRIL'S TEAM:
🌼 Poppy (Flabebe) ♀
Flower Veil
Synthesis, Fairy Wind, Grassy Terrain, Aromatherapy, Wish, Magical Leaf

🌼 Hydrangea (Shellos) ♀
Storm Drain
Water Pulse, Mud Bomb, Recover, Rain Dance, Mud Sport, Hidden Power (?)

🌼 Wisteria (Inkay) ♂
Infiltrator
Night Slash, Hypnosis, Topsy-Turvy, Pluck, Reflect, Psybeam

🌼 Thistle (Wooloo) ♀ ♥
Bulletproof
Tackle, Growl, Defense Curl, Copycat, Guard Split, Double Kick

Away:
🌼 Venus (Mawile) ♀ - at Littleroot Research Lab

AVRIL'S INVENTORY:
🌼 1 Empty Pokéball
🌼 2 Potions
🌼 Eviolite
🌼 Silk Scarf
🌼 TM for Ally Switch
🌼 5 Rare berries

🌼 Holotch (phone version)
🌼 Fanclub Membership card - valid until October 17th
🌼 Various clothes and commodities

AVRIL'S CONTACTS:
Jordie, Shuna, Natsuko, June, Marcella, Hikaru

AVRIL'S BADGES AND RIBBONS:
🥊

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🌼 Character art made with https://picrew.me/image_maker/338886
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Tuesday, September 29th - morning - Oldale town center
When there’s no one around reminding her how much she could improve her skills with them, Avril is actually glad she’s wearing skates. Cruising along the road is just the right amount of fun she needs, and it's also quite convenient compared to just walking, given how spread out Littledale is.

That's especially important knowing what Avril is planning to do next, and that is finally trying to meet June. Talking with Akira has made her more confident, more daring even - or at least, more inclined to just do something regardless of how bad some of the possible outcomes she’s imagined actually sound in her head.

Never mind actually, what about a quick text to let June know she'll be waiting for her, maybe at the Pokémon Center? Avril picks up her Holotch, ready to type in a message to the other girl. Something like… oh wait, how to start? Simple and direct, like "let's meet please" or "where are you?", or maybe more interesting, like "I really have to let you know what happened to me!"

She should probably record an audio message - it's easier when you skate - but that's a bit too much to ask of her when Akira and Giorgia still haven't dispelled all of her anxiety. And so, the girl keeps thinking about her important message, as the houses of Oldale’s center get closer and closer.

What also gets closer though is… some painful shrieking, some battle cries - the sounds of a rowdy fight, so to speak. Not really something Avril can ignore, especially not after Poppy floats in front of her field of view just to make her change direction. And so, the girl puts her Holotch away and skates towards the commotion, with a mixture of curiosity and fear for what she could be getting into.

The setting is that of a nicely kept storefront, with a few stalls full of fruits and vegetables, a sunshade on top, and a few signs that invite people to shop there. The problem is that most of these features are either toppled or ruined, with some fruit boxes laying upside down on the ground, and the signs being all displaced. The culprits?

The nearby people point at a small group of Wooloo, about four or five of them, trying to stick together and face the Boltund - so says the Pokédex, at least - erratically jumping in front of them. Some of them look rather afraid of their opponent, who’s charging up electricity around its body in an intimidating fashion, while another Wooloo is desperately trying to… push another member of the herd away from trouble. But that seems to be the main source of those cries of pain!

Voices seem to blame the Sheep Pokémon for what’s been happening to the shop and, needless to say, they don’t have many alibis. Wild Wooloo, apparently, don’t come this close to the town center normally, but they do when they try to find some easy food by raiding shops and homes. Avril can see why that would be a problem of course, and yet… the look in the eyes of those Pokémon, what Akira told her about them… it doesn’t quite add up. Wooloo are not like this usually and, even then, they’re supposed to run away from trouble. Especially now that Boltund seems to have the upper hand, thanks to its speed and powerful Crunch and Spark attacks.

The Boltund turns out to be the shop owner’s Pokémon, and he does seem rightfully angry, so its own reluctance to hold back is… at least understandable. Or is it? The shop owner is not exactly red in the face, or acting impulsively, but rather seems calm and, well, cynical. That’s the word. Surely, the attitude Avril would not want to see in him. Bystanders keep saying that he barged outside of the shop, realized what was going on, and set himself the one and only goal of teaching those Pokémon a lesson.

Avril just looks at the battle raging close to her, but doesn’t act. She sure doesn’t like the situation she’s in though, and can already feel her body trembling with every attack. Some of the Wooloo seem to get brave and attempt a Double Kick on Boltund, but it is quite good at dodging and retaliating. Through all of this, it also makes it impossible for one of the Wooloo to push the injured one out of the way - and that is what Avril’s most concerned about. Perhaps, the whole little herd is just trying to get that Wooloo to safety, but… right, that Wooloo is paralyzed. It can’t even roll that fast like the ones Avril saw at Akira’s farm, and in fact it can’t even get up on its legs. If that’s “teaching a lesson”, then the shop owner is going too far. Definitely. So much of this is leaving a bad taste in her mouth.

Wobbly on her wheels, Avril slowly skates towards the side where the shop owner is - although it feels more like a crawl. In the meantime, Poppy is giving her gentle nudges on her head, to let her trainer know that she has her support. When the girl is close enough, she gives it a try.

“Excuse me, sir…”

Nah, that would never work. The man is calling out another attack, and Boltund crunches the paralyzed Wooloo again.

“Stop, please, stop!!”

The man turns after what seems like an eternity. “Why would I, I got just what I needed! And who are you anyways?” He sneers.

“T-that Wooloo is very hurt already… and I’m… well...” Avril replies, some of her confidence already fading away.

“Well, Flower Girl, that’s the point! I ain’t letting any of them escape.” He clenches his fist. “If I let them, they’ll come back and raid us again. If I lock them up, it’s actual community service. I can pass them off to some farmer, too, and…”

“N-no! You’re just taking out your rage on that poor…”

“I know what I’m doing, but you sound like a Mauville doll who’s never seen the world! Now let me finish… Roar them back and use Spark!”

It obviously didn’t go as well as Avril hoped - not to mention, the man was at least somewhat right. Locking them up was safer… maybe catching them… chills go down the girl’s spine. Yes, spine, because in these moments you have to show whether you have one or not.

The Kalosian happens to have a spare Pokéball in her cloth bag - probably a leftover of her Petalburg shopping, but it’s convenient that it’s still at reach now. She also happens to have less distractions in front of her, as the other Wooloo have backed up because of Roar and have left the hurt one laying on the ground by itself, all while Boltund is approaching. Oh, and she has encouragement in the form of a magical hairpin that’s actually a Pokémon. In fact, Poppy seems to be absolutely ecstatic at the thought of, well… what’s about to happen.

“At least I’m a trainer!”

The Pokéball that Avril throws lands somewhere on the Wooloo right before Boltund closes the gap. The Dog Pokémon is forced to continue running, and looks very confused as to where its target went: in those seconds of relative calm, the Pokéball containing the already hurt Wooloo seals tight, and with a flicker, announces the successful capture. Avril only has to skate up to it, grab it, and roll away… just like the other Wooloo of the herd.

She’s not sure whether or not that was the right thing to do. Surely the shopkeeper is disappointed that the rest of the herd is gone, but if it’s true that raids are not that rare of an occasion, he could do more to protect his provisions. The herd will also be worried for their member, that they fought so hard to protect only for it to get snatched up by a random girl on skates. The bystanders, well… their reaction seemed to be mixed, in this case, with some defending the shop owner and some being happy that a trainer got to take care of the hurt Wooloo.

But the most important actor in this play is the Wooloo that’s been caught, for sure. Avril now has to be responsible for healing it and ensuring a quick recovery… which is why she’s increasing her pace as she makes a beeline for the Pokémon Center.

And for the record, that text message for June is still sitting there, waiting to be sent.

🐑🐑🐑

“Hm… sounds like that was a herd of Wooloo who ran away from a farm, yes. They’re usually the ones that raid shops and such for food, and it’s a good thing you stepped in.” The nurse speaks, as the Wooloo Avril caught is sitting right on top of the counter, one of its legs wrapped in several layers of gauze. It nods at that remark, while the girl tries to just put the pieces together.

“You want me to keep it then? Is the rest of the herd going to be ok?” The blonde girl questions, her eyes bouncing between her new catch and the nurse.

“For us citizens, it’s a good thing, it’s one less Wooloo turned wild. For her, it’s also good, because she’s clearly had enough of the farm lifestyle, and coming with you is a surefire way to avoid getting shoved into a farm again. For you… I guess you two already know each other a bit, which is a good thing for any trainer who’s got a new Pokémon.” The nurse smiles reassuringly. “And for the herd? They’ll make do, honestly. Just focus on her, it’s already more than enough.”

All of that makes perfect sense.

Avril was already busy trying to get used to her team of (now) three Pokémon, and getting to gain back the trust of Angie and Wisteria. Mostly Angie actually. Another Pokémon to look after was something that she was still on the fence about, even after Brendan’s tips. But the nurse… she was so right.

“Well, Wooloo… you heard the nurse too, right?” The girl now looks right at her new Pokémon. It’s the last step she needs to reassure herself this will be fine. “Are you willing to come with me then?”

Avril has to take a step back, because Wooloo is literally jumping towards her as if she was hugging the girl. All the wool gets into her face and she can barely speak, but that’s just a strong way to say yes. “Hah, it’s decided!” The nurse chimes in, congratulating Avril for that… catch. “No need to worry, you handled it well enough. People will understand, I’m sure.”

“Right, thanks.” The girl chuckles nervously, because of course she had to bring that up. But it was a short lived feeling. Avril’s mind quickly realized that there’s no going back, and with it, no real reason to think it over. The Pokémon Center’s lunch will be a great way to wind down.

This report may not be that useful, considering it’s about Wooloo, a very common Pokémon around here, but I’ve decided to write something anyway. It’s the first report I write all by myself, and it should be useful to know if I’m doing a good job!

I’ve seen about two or three herds of Wooloo around Littledale on Tuesday morning alone, and I can say the herds themselves don’t mix that often. They don’t really fight for territory, and often mind their own business or move somewhere else entirely: after all, Wooloo and Dubwool strike me as rather peaceful and kind-hearted Pokémon on their own. The only situation where they proved to be more fiery was when they were protecting an injured member of their own group, which is definitely… understandable.

Their devotion to their group seems to also come in something I saw some Wooloo do: they would often roll into other Wooloo, pushing them forward and back into their herd. To me, this looks like a desire not to leave anyone behind, not even the slowest Pokémon. This also makes sense given that, with all that wool… some of these Wooloo really struggle to walk! They prefer to roll, using the wool as cushion and occasionally getting help from other members of the herd. I don’t really see any other way out for them, other than evolving into Dubwool and developing stronger, longer legs…

Finally, speaking of wool, something I have noticed while grooming some Wooloo during one of my odd jobs is how there’s different colors and textures to their hair. In particular, some have a whiter, softer wool that feels just perfect for a jumper, while others have slightly greyer hair that feels a bit shaggy to the touch and that also makes the Wooloo look more unkempt, if that’s even a thing. It definitely feels sturdier, but also less comfortable, and I’d rather see it used in stuffed clothing or even on the inside of some plushies! I still have no idea what causes this to happen, but it may be interesting to look into, at least.



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Saturday, September 26th @ 1100 - Route 102

Clint had been on the road out of Petalburg for a couple hours now, departing early in the morning. Clint had made a couple of stops on the way out, picking up a few supplies for his trip. Enough food for a couple days, pokeballs things like that. The big purchase was a new tent, something he needed after the last camping trip he took with a few friends back home resulted in his old tent being rendered unusable. Nothing needed to be mentioned about the amount of Dickinson family homemade booze his friend from back home, Clyde Dickinson brought with him was drank that weekend. That vile hooch tasted like paint thinner but on the bright side it would have you walking like a Spinda in no time at all.

Bringing his attention back to the present day, he felt it was nice to be out in nature again, Clint had grown tired of all the civilization he had been forced to encounter so far, with only brief opportunities to escape it so far. But now he had at least a couple of days out on the open road, nothing but himself and his team of Pokemon.

He had planned at some point to let them out to travel on foot with him, but he wanted to make some ground first. Maybe later, once Clint set up camp for the night.

The path ahead of Clint was a fairly easy one, Route 102 was a relatively calm countryside, rolling hills with small clumps of trees along the way. You could hear the sounds of birds chirping and streams flowing. Clint could always enjoy places like this, get away from the rapidly expanding metropolis determined to devour beautiful places like the one he found himself in. Being that it was Saturday, Clint noticed a fair amount of campsites set up along the way, hopefully he would be able to find an unclaimed area before nightfall.

Clint's path took him down into a sizable grove, the once shining sun blotted out by the large deciduous trees stretching their branches over Clint. The sounds Clint was hearing earlier were also muffled, replaced by the wind brushing up against the leaves. He kept an eye on his surroundings, never knew what could pop out of the trees. Clint decided now was the time to let out one of his Pokemon to walk alongside him, better to plan ahead then be fumbling for a Pokeball after a wild encounter. So out came Charmeleon, who seemed excited to be out and about with his trainer. Clint had to instruct Charmeleon to stay away from the bushes on either side of the path they were on, last thing Clint needed was Charmeleon accidentally starting a forest fire.

The duo had been walking for a while uninterrupted through the grove, but that all changed with a Seedot dropping down from above, just barely missing Clint on the way down. Both Clint and Charmeleon were surprised by this, taking a couple seconds to re-focus. Seedot used this moment of surprise to hit Charmeleon with a Tackle, the two Pokemon colliding and falling towards the side of the road.

"Let's see if our new friend likes an Ember," Charmeleon immediately shot an Ember at the Seedot, pushing the Seedot back. It started to run back towards a large tree, presumably the one it was hanging above Clint before dropping down. Clint instructed Charmeleon to hold position, no need to go on the offensive if it wasn't necessary. The Seedot continued back into the bush, so Clint felt it wasn't needed to pursue the issue further. With the Seedot out of sight, the duo kept pushing on through the grove.

Clint could hear branches cracking as he kept walking, but chose to ignore it. Forests were often full of noises, couldn't be bothered by that. Besides, he had to be coming to the end of this patch of woodland soon anyways, seems like he had been walking in there for at least a couple hours now. But that would have to wait, looks like Clint had another problem on his hands.

It appeared that same Seedot from earlier had returned with more accomplices. A few more Seedot were also up in the trees, along with a Nuzleaf for added measure. This wasn't the news Clint was hoping for. Clint wasn't going to be able to fight his way out of this one, he was going to have to flee. Easier said than done. He could see the edge of the forest from here, but the Nuzleaf and its crew of Seedots were in between Clint and the wide open. Clint looked around for a quick second, figuring out a plan. The Seedot were standing still, seems as if they were still figuring Clint out just as Clint was figuring them out.

Clint decided to make the first move, having Charmeleon deploy a smokescreen while running below the Seedot and Nuzleaf in the trees above them. The duo were hightailing it towards the clearing, but Clint looked back and saw the Nuzleaf chasing them down through the smoke.

The Nuzleaf used the move Razor Leaf, shooting a flurry of sharp leaves towards Clint and Charmeleon. Charmeleon seemed unbothered by the attack, but Clint was tripped up by the leaves, falling down onto the dirt road. The Nuzleaf, with the Seedots following behind. Clint started to pick himself up, and notice Charmeleon had turned around to come help out his trainer. Clint appreciated the valiant effort, but Charmeleon was still outnumbered. Clint reached and grabbed his other two Pokeballs, and let out the Pokemon in them.

The Pokemon were stuck in a stand-off as Clint picked himself back up. Charmeleon, Grovyle and Poliwag on one side and Nuzleaf, with a entourage of Seedot backup on the other. Clint and his team's backs were now towards the exit of the woods, which had Clint thinking retreat. He wasn't going to be able to beat an entire group, but he could engineer a quick escape. The focus had to be on the Nuzleaf ringleader.

"Poliwag, use Hypnosis on the big one, Charmeleon let's get a Smokescreen going," Clint set up his plan.

Poliwag shot a ring of energy at the Nuzleaf, causing the Nuzleaf to become very drowsy, putting its hands on its knees, before slowly falling over. While this was happening, Charmeleon was deploying another Smokescreen, giving Clint and his travelling party a chance to break for the wide-open area. The Seedot pursued a short distance, but eventually circled back towards the Nuzleaf who was snoring away.

Clint made it out of the grove, with his team of Pokemon in tow. After looking back to make sure he wasn't followed, Clint sat down on the ground, breathing heavily. His Pokemon surrounded him, checking in on their trainer. Clint himself did a damage assessment, he saw both of his forearms were scraped up, one of the knees on his jeans wore a hole into it but he felt alright. Poliwag shot a quick jet of water at Clint, which felt refreshing. Clint showed his appreciation by patting the tadpole Pokemon on the head. With this team of his, Clint thought, things just might work out. He was going to catch a quick breather here, then keep on moving.


Team & Inventory:
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Blaze|Brave| Moves: Ember|Dragon Breath|Bite|Smokescreen|Fire Fang

Overgrow|Sassy| Moves: Leaf-age|Detect|Quick Attack|Double Kick

Water Absorb|Quiet| Moves: Hypnosis|Water Gun|Pound|Mud Shot

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Junko "June" Enomoto
Tuesday, September 29th
Noon
Oldale-Littleroot Township
Littledale’s gym doesn’t look much like a gym- not by June’s standards anyways, and a far cry from the traditional style Brawly and Norman went for with their gyms. If it weren’t for her GPS directing her here she would have completely glossed over it as it blends in with the surrounding farms. Sure, the emblem seen on most gym exteriors is on this building as well, but it does little to make it stick out, and June idly stares at the gym before deciding to walk over.

“Howdy. Looks like we got a challenger here?” A stranger’s voice takes June out of her state and she looks around to see where it came from. She glances down and sees a short and stout young adult whose gender she can’t quite figure out, and the straw hat obscuring their eyes doesn’t help much with that. “I’m Leader Merry Richtide, an’ my pronouns are they n’ them.”

June looks at Merry in disbelief as they extend their arm out, confused why the gym leader is just wandering around the gym. “Oh, um, my name is Junko Enomoto. But everyone calls me June. Nice to meet you.” She bows, unintentionally ignoring Merry’s handshake offer. “If it's important information, I have two badges, the Knuckle Badge and the Balance Badge.”

“Thems are two very different badges.” Merry chuckles. “Now what are we waiting’ for? Let's mosey on over!” June nods and follows them, but is confused when Merry walks right past the gym.

“Um, excuse me- isn’t the gym over there?”

Merry shakes their head. “We don’t do battles there, dirties up the place. Besides, I like havin’ Pokemon battle out in the fields to give ‘em freedom.”

Then what’s the point of even having a building in the first place…

Behind the gym is a wide open field where Miltank graze alongside some Wooloo, all of which are being tended to by a group of kids and a few adults- June figures they must be on some sort of field-trip. One of the adults from the group, a man with dark brown skin and a poofy mustache looks up and walks towards the two.

“Is this another challenger?” He asks. Merry nods, and June formally greets the man whose name she finds out is Yosuke. After introductions are made, Yosuke jogs over to the group he was with, and Merry takes this time as an opportunity to explain the rules to June.
“Y’see June, what we do here is a smidge different from what you’ve done at your other gym battles. Y’ever hear of knockout battles?”

June pokes her lip and shakes her head. “They ain’t very different from regular battles, the difference is that battles are segmented into rounds. The winner of that round has to go back to their ball and can’t be sent out for the rest of the battle. What we’re doin’ is that we both use four Pokemon, and if you can beat three of ‘em, y’get the Dell Badge. Sound good?” June nods, and the two create enough space for a battlefield. As this happens, the group of children all rush toward Yosuke, screeching and jumping with excitement. This wasn’t exactly what June had in mind when she pictured having an audience, but support of any kind is always pleasant.

“The battle between Leader Merry Richtide and Junko Enomoto is about to begin! The challenger may send out a Pokemon!”

Not really having any idea what Pokemon Merry uses, June just sends out Chip to scout their team, and it takes no time for Merry to send out their Pokemon: a Yamper. It's a Pokemon June actually recognizes for once, although she’s always seen them specifically as pets up until now. The only other thing she knows about Yamper is they’re electric-types, making this a bad matchup for June. Switching out isn’t an option however, so she needs to make do.

“Chip, use Aqua Jet!” Chip bullets straight towards Yamper, who bears his crackling fangs, but this was expected. June calls for Chip to change trajectory, and he skids against the grass to appear from behind Yamper before knocking him back a few feet and scurries after just to get a Sand Attack into his eyes. When Yamper stands up again, he howls to boost his confidence, but getting hit with a Struggle Bug stops him before he can finish. Trying to escape any chance of getting with a Thunder Fang, Chip engulfs himself in water to run away, but Yamper is able to use his sense of smell to follow suit, even with dirt in his eyes and ends up playing a game of tag with his foe. The two run around the field for a bit until June has to order Chip to repeat the strategy used at the beginning of the round. With the assistance of Aqua Jet, Chip circles around Yamper before closing in to strike. The same trick doesn’t work twice though, and Yamper turns around at just the right time to catch Chip with his electrified jaw. Chip is still able to battle, but does a 180 and cowardishly runs back to his Pokeball.

“Wimpod is unable to battle!” Yosuke shouts, trying to be heard over his screaming students. “This round goes to Leader Merry!”

“Wait! B-but Chip can still battle!”

Merry shakes their head. “Sorry miss, thems the rules. Yer Wimpod didn’t wanna do no more fightin’, so perhaps it's for the best anyways.” They then return Yamper to his Pokeball and wait for June to send out her next.

“Sting, it's your turn!” Merry spends about two seconds looking at the Beautifly’s movements before they send out a Herdier. Upon seeing this, Sting hastily spits a Poison Sting straight towards the Loyal Dog Pokemon who sidesteps the attack. Trying to catch it off-guard, Sting then launches an Electroweb in quick succession only to be blocked off by a Protect barrier Herdier puts up. This doesn’t discourage Sting in the slightest- he rapidly flaps his wings to gust forward a Silver Wing in an attempt to put pressure on the barrier, and is proven to have some success when the Herdier looks irritated by the continuous attack. Feeling energized, Sting unrolls his proboscis and charges forward with a Bug Bite. Things only seem to be looking better when the barrier vanishes before the attack lands- but so does Herdier, and in his place is a hole in the ground. June’s eyes widen before they’re averted to her PokeGear.

“According to the Pokedex, this is Dig… the user burrows and attacks the user-”

She’s cut off by the sound of Herdier (who must have popped out of the ground behind Sting while June was inattentive) pouncing on Sting and biting in his wings with an Ice Fang. Sting nearly comes crashing down but fortunately he’s able to muster up the energy to use a Silver Wing, which not only releases him from Herdier’s jaw, but also sheds dead wing particles. The speed granted from this allows Sting to trap Herdier in an Electroweb right as it thuds to the ground, and with his target stationary, he jolts forward with his proboscis pointed forward for a finishing Bug Bite- June instinctively shields her eyes before the attack connects.

“Herdier is unable to battle! This round goes to Junko!”

June lowers her hands to return Sting while the crowd of children cheer- although she’s able to discern an adult voice that wasn't heard a minute ago.

”Fantastico!! Keep it up Junko!!”

She turns her head to see what the source of the roaring was, and sure enough, Giorgia stands adjacent to the crowd of observing schoolchildren, cheering so loud that it actually draws everyone’s attention to her. Akira is with her as well, arms crossed while her face is stone cold.

“Gi-Giorgia!? Aunt Akira, when- how did- why are you-” She looks to the referee to signal a time out and dashes to her aunts.

“Hello Junko- we’ve just arrived here, we’re so sorry for being late.”

“I ain’t.” Akira remarks before receiving a forceful elbow to the gut, causing Akira to give an annoyed groan. “Alright, fine. The reason I’m here is because Giorgia reckoned that if I was willin’ to cheer for Junichi and even that varmint Tetsuo, I should do the same for ya. Even if I detest it, she has a point…”

June’s face slowly forms into a grin. “Thank you Aunt Akira. I really appreciate you showing up for me.” Even though her aunt is the only one not cheering her on, her presence does more for her than anyone else could.

“That’s sweet an’ all, but are we gonna keep battlin’ or what? We got an audience of rowdy youngins rarin’ to see some action!”

“Right… of course.” Not thinking much of it, June sends Einstein out to battle. There’s a brief pause from Merry before they send out their next Pokemon, and it’s one June is well aware of: a Tauros. She’s seen what kind of destruction her dad’s Tauros is capable of, so she’s feeling somewhat discouraged by this.

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“Tauros, Iron Head!”

Of course, she can’t afford to waste time worrying about this. She readjusts her glasses, and has Einstein use Reflect to bounce Tauros back, following up with a Confusion to exacerbate the impact. Things are looking good until Tauros scrapes his hoof against the dirt while snorting with eyes that briefly flash red. The Pokedex’s description of what just happened throws June off a bit.

It seems this move is Spite, which restricts the last move an opponent uses! This isn’t good, as Einstein only knows two damaging attacks, and the other of which is significantly weaker than Confusion… Tauros charging forward with another Iron Head serves as a motivator to order Einstein to zip out of the way while shooting Struggle Bug at him to deal chip damage.

After Einstein dodges, Tauros just stubbornly changes his trajectory to charge headfirst into the Orbeetle, but he’s met with the same outcome as before. When he misses a second time, he repeats his previous action, and at this point it becomes second nature for Einstein to dodge and shoot. This pattern continues for a bit until Tauros decides to stop in his tracks and furiously moo, harshly stomping his hooves into the ground, causing it to shake. June wobbles about, but Einstein is completely fine as he never really touches the ground- or so she thought. As Tauros continues to bulldoze the ground, his power output increases, and chunks of dirt are hurled upwards toward Einstein. They don’t actually do much damage, but some of it manages to get into his eyes, functioning as a powered up Sand Attack.

Tauros takes this as a sign to charge forward and surround his body in electricity, ramming into Einstein with all his might. Reflect weakens the attack, although Tauros’ insane strength is just barely weakened by the barrier, and the momentum of the attack still makes contact with Einstein’s body, blowing him back by a good distance before Einstein is able to do that himself with Confusion. His barrier isn’t looking too great either, as Wild Charge put a serious dent in it. There is good news for June in that Wild Charge can damage the user as well as the target, and the exhaustion from Tauros only seems to prove that right. Despite that though, more electricity crackles along his fur and he rushes forward as if nothing happened.

Einstein scans his surroundings and notices the debris from Bulldoze used earlier. With time running out before he’s hit with another force of electricity, he uses Confusion to fling the dirt chunks forward, and just like what happened to Einstein, some of the dirt gets into Tauros’ eyes, causing him to loudly writhe in pain. Taking advantage of this, Einstein uses Confusion again, this time using the psychic energy to put an immense weight on Tauros and making him unable to move forward. This seems to be enough to end this round, but when Tauros, staring Einstein down with glowing red eyes, unleashes a burning ear-shattering roar while using his three tails to furiously whip himself… well, that’s enough for her to realize she’ll have to put up with this final bout of resistance.

“Consarnit!” Merry groans, tipping their hat. “That there is Anger Point. Whenever it activates, Tauros becomes as stubborn as a… well, a Tauros. See for yerself.” They point towards their Pokemon, who fights against the current and moves forward with all his might. “‘Fraid I ain’t got no more control over ‘em when he’s like this.”

Einstein exerts more energy to keep Tauros in place, and it becomes a struggle battle, literally brains versus brawn. Both Pokemon need to be careful- Tauros has already taken considerable damage for his ability to activate, and the psychic energy holding him back is hurting him considerably. Likewise, it takes an immense amount of psychic energy for Einstein to hold Tauros back, so much so that it becomes physically exhausting. Being an urgent situation though, they both push their limits, Tauros moving ever so slightly faster while Einstein becomes increasingly drained from using his dwindling power. So drained, in fact, that he quickly runs out of Confusions, and Tauros, now freed, starts bustling forward, electricity crackling through his fur- until about halfway through he suddenly collapses to his side.

There’s a sudden silence from everyone. June blinks in disbelief, and even rubs her glasses to make sure what she’s seeing just happened.

“...it seems that Confusion had depleted enough of Tauros’ energy that simply activating Wild Charge was enough to knock him over.” Yosuke declares, putting an index finger and thumb to his chin. “Which means Tauros is unable to battle! This round goes to Junko!”

The combined cheers of the children and Giorgia raises June’s spirits. Einstein hovers over to June, occasionally faltering, and his trainer pets his shell. “You did a marvelous job, Einstein! You deserve a good rest after your hard work- return for now.”

“Now don’t get too big for yer britches just yet, June.” Merry says, readjusting their hat. “We still got one more round to go, and this’ll be the decidin’ match!

“Right.” June nods. She has two Pokemon to choose from, Kit and Heracross, and she’s inclined to go with the latter. While she’s clueless what else Merry has in store, two of their Pokemon are normal-types, and it’d be reasonable to assume that’s what Merry will send out next, and June would have the upper hand. That, and also the fact that Kit is… well, she’s been hesitant to use Kit after what happened at that contest last week.

“Heracross, lend me your assistance!”

Right when the Single Horn Pokemon materializes, he lets out a battle-cry and hops up and down, raring to go. Seeing his hasty nature, Merry smirks. “Hoo boy, have I got just the Pokemon for this Heracross to face. C’mon out Miltank!”

While Merry’s Miltank isn’t as large as Big Blue, her presence is certainly comparable, which excites Heracross. His familiarity with the species gets him a little cocky. As soon as the referee gives the cue, Miltank charges forward with a Rollout, and Heracross firmly plants his feet into the ground, just like he did with Big Blue. Unlike Big Blue however, this Miltank doesn’t aim straight for her target, and actually goes off-course a little, rolling towards a chunk of the ground that had been there from Tauros’ Bulldoze, and uses it as a ramp to gain air. She falls in a dowards arc towards Heracross and breaks her previous position, striking Heracross from above with a harsh Stomp. Heracross quickly counters with a Horn Attack, but it's overpowered by Miltank’s hoof, and he’s knocked onto his back. Miltank uses this as an opportunity to use Rollout again, maneuvering around Heracross in circles to gain momentum while he struggles to get back up on his feet. Right when he’s about to however, Miltank plows over him. He takes a moment to get up again, but just like before, he’s hit by Rollout. Thinking third time’s a charm, he tries yet again but is rammed into again by Miltank, inflicting far more damage than the previous two executions of the attack.

June starts to grow anxious. This Miltank is on an entirely different level from Big Blue. Seeing this become a pattern is certainly discouraging… but she can’t give into her worries! Not while Akira is watching! She needs to get in-sync with her Pokemon, especially when Miltank is about to hit a fourth time. Heracross is very energetic, doesn’t hesitate to make a move, and impulsive, so she’ll have to adopt a similar mindset for the moment. She takes a deep breathe to recollect herself, and she feels an impulse telling her to call out for an attack at the moment. It’d be a huge risk, but…

“Heracross, do it!”

At the call of his trainer, Heracross jabs a fist into Miltank with every ounce of his strength, halting Miltank in her place. June looks to the Pokedex to see what this is and sees he’s learned a new move: Counter, a fighting-type move that hits the target with twice the power that the last physical move that struck the user.

“Shoot! Miltank, get outta there!” Miltank uses Rollout to create distance between the two Pokemon and stops at a close hill where she can safely drink milk from her own udders. June tries not to think about the demonstration Akira gave her yesterday, and calls out for Aerial Ace. Heracross uses this attack to not only quickly catch up to Miltank, but also to strike before she can fully heal herself. Miltank headbutts Heracross in the face and makes him flinch, and Miltank holds a finger in the air to move it left and right, left and right…

What happens next absolutely puzzles June: Miltank exhales and a cold gust is blown towards Heracross, forming chunks of ice around his legs and making it difficult to move. Not that it really matters when they’re both within a close proximity of each other, as seen when Heracross knocks her back with three strikes of Arm Thrust. She skids against the ground, but deliberately falls to her back and uses Rollout to create more distance, standing atop the hill before wagging her finger once more. June learns this move is Metronome, a technique that somehow becomes any move… but this Metronome just turns out to be an Aqua Ring.

While there certainly could have been much worse outcomes, she can’t allow Miltank to heal up anymore. Heracross hastily shatters the ice chunks with his fists and uses Night Slash to zip uphill while Miltank uses Metronome again. This time it comes out as Retaliate, and Miltank is quickly fueled with an immense rage for her fainted comrades before rushing downhill and ramming her head to intercept Night Slash. Heracross recoils and sternly plants his feet into the ground to prevent himself from tumbling down, but is dangerously close to that. One more attack should be enough to make him go rolling downhill and put him at a massive disadvantage, and Miltank wags her finger in hopes of getting lucky. She ends up using Rock Slide, sending a barrage of boulders rolling his way, but Heracross manages to shatter them all with Arm Thrust. When those are no longer a problem, he notices one final rock heading towards him that’s significantly faster than the others- no wait, that’s Miltank using Rollout!

“Heracross, Counter!”

Heracross holds his fit back as if to charge up the attack, and swings it straight into Miltank. The brunt of his fist is enough to completely halt Miltank and knock her straight into the ground where she’s nearly buried. Even though the round has yet to be called, Heracross sets a foot on her belly and flexes his expanding muscles, his way of celebrating.

“Hold on, hold on!” Yosuke shouts as he makes his way over to both Pokemon to get a better look. He briefly examines Miltank before twirling his mustache and calling the round.

“Miltank is unable to battle! The winner is Junko Enomoto!”

“Heracross!!” June cheers as she dashes to her Pokemon, roping her arms around him. “You did such a good job!”

“Well, guess I shoulda seen this comin’.” Merry says as they catch up. “Ya showed a lot o’ promise durin’ this here battle, an’ for that I’ll have to give ya yer badge and money, but I’ll be throwin’ in a TM as well! This thing right here is Bulldoze, that move Tauros used to shake th’ ground. It’d suit a tough Pokemon like that there Heracross and slows enemies down, which he can use t’ get ahead.” June gladly accepts her award and bows at Merry. She turns her head when hearing the footsteps of her aunts approaching.

Molto bene! I’m so proud of you Junko!” Giorgia cheers. As she and her wife get closer, Akira’s expression slowly grows more and more irritated. “You did well yourself, Merry!”

“Thank you kindly, Giorgia. I see you brought along… Akira Enomoto!?” Merry says with a mixture of surprise and pleasure. “Why, I don’t believe it! Never thought I’d see ya ‘round these parts! Giorgia tells me a lot about ya, but I ain’t never see ya! How’s you these days?”

“Buzz off, Merry!” Akira barks, much to June’s shock. It takes a lot to get this sort of reaction from Akira, and how she’d snap at Merry of all people is baffling.

“Same as always, I see.” Merry chuckles.

“Aunt Akira, um, so…” June takes a deep breath. “I was wondering what you had thought of my battle? I know you believe Pokemon battles to be little more than senseless violence, but I was hoping that by showing how determined I was that I could have you see my viewpoint-”

“And y’did that by havin’ yer big ol’ bug smack the heck outta that Miltank?” Akira interrupts.

“Um, n-no, not like that-”

“Y’ain’t gonna change my mind, Junko. I already told you.” Her stern face starts to become more and more intimidating as she stares down at June. “I stand by my values.”

“...b-but…”

“An’d those big ol’ puppy dog eyes ain’t work either! Now c’mon Giorgia, there’s more work to be done at the farm.” She says before walking off into the distance.

“Oh, I’m so sorry! Don’t worry Junko- I’ll talk some sense into her when we get home.” Giorgia reassures before catching up with her wife.

“Shoot, ‘fraid I can’t help ya with family problems.” Merry readjusts their hat. “I’m a gym leader, not one of ‘em therapists.”

June gives no response, just standing in defeat as she watches her aunts’ departure, despite her victory just a minute ago. Maybe this is just one of those battles she just can’t win.




Heracross forgot Tackle and learned Counter!


🐞 June's Party 🐞

47,492
Spoiler:
  • Einstein (Orbeetle) M|Telepathy
    Struggle Bug|Super Sonic|Confusion|Light Screen|Reflect|Ally Switch
  • Chip (Wimpod) M|Wimp Out
    Struggle Bug|Sand Attack|Defense Curl|Aqua Jet
  • Sting (Beautifly) M|Swarm
    Attract|Silver Wind|Poison Sting|Bug Bite|Electroweb|Air Cutter
  • Kit (Surskit) F|Swift Swim
    Bubble|Quick Attack|Sweet Scent|Water Sport|Bubble Beam|Agility
  • Heracross M|Moxie
    Arm Thrust|Counter|Endure|Horn Attack|Aerial Ace|Night Slash

Eleanor

Akiza Izinski

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Avril Reese


16 - ♀ - Laverre City


Pokémon / Inventory:

AVRIL'S MONEY: $36 000

AVRIL'S TEAM:
🌼 Poppy (Flabebe) ♀
Flower Veil
Synthesis, Fairy Wind, Grassy Terrain, Aromatherapy, Wish, Magical Leaf

🌼 Hydrangea (Shellos) ♀
Storm Drain
Water Pulse, Mud Bomb, Recover, Rain Dance, Mud Sport, Hidden Power (?)

🌼 Wisteria (Inkay) ♂
Infiltrator
Night Slash, Hypnosis, Topsy-Turvy, Pluck, Reflect, Psybeam

🌼 Thistle (Wooloo) ♀
Bulletproof
Tackle, Growl, Defense Curl, Copycat, Guard Split, Double Kick

Away:
🌼 Venus (Mawile) ♀ - at Littleroot Research Lab

AVRIL'S INVENTORY:
🌼 1 Empty Pokéball
🌼 2 Potions
🌼 Eviolite
🌼 Silk Scarf
🌼 TM for Ally Switch
🌼 2 Sea Incense
🌼 5 Rare berries

🌼 Holotch (phone version)
🌼 Fanclub Membership card - valid until October 17th
🌼 Various clothes and commodities

AVRIL'S CONTACTS:
Jordie, Shuna, Natsuko, June, Marcella, Hikaru

AVRIL'S BADGES AND RIBBONS:
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🌼 Character art made with https://picrew.me/image_maker/338886
Bad Wool
Tuesday, September 29th - early afternoon - Littledale Pokémon Center
Let’s be real.

Being a trainer is still a bit too much for me, even if that’s exactly what I told that weirdo with the Boltund, or what’s printed out on my license. In a moment like this, when I should take things slowly, what I did doesn’t really work in my favor.

I don’t really like the word “trainer” also because… to me, it implies you’re spending time with Pokémon only for your sake. You teach them things and you bond with them only to further your own goals, be it getting wool and milk, earn some money to live with, or compete against other humans. That’s just the impression I have, but what makes trainers different from employers at this point?

Being a Pokémon friend is more like me though! Surely what I did before with Wooloo qualifies me as one, too. And the reports too… writing them is actually more enjoyable than I thought!

Speaking of Wooloo though…

I decide to head out for a bit after lunch. I’ve had a quick nap too, I’ll admit, but now is about time I check on my new capture again. Behind the Pokémon Center, a few benches in the shade, close to some battlefields, are the perfect place for me to stay.

The Sheep Pokémon materializes onto my lap, all of her bandage still there on one of her legs - that’s where Boltund really Crunched her the hardest. Her wool is still all rough and dirty, but it’s ok, I can try to groom her later during the day. For now she’s getting a few head pats.

According to my own Wooloo report, she has the shaggy kind of wool. A bit on the greyish side, somewhat uneven and unkempt. The other kind of wool is probably more cute and more desirable but I’m happy regardless given the circumstances I caught her in. What I’m more keen on is the fact that yes, Wooloo still seems to enjoy my presence, and is baaing happily as I pat her. Poppy doesn’t quite intervene, and just looks at us from above, seemingly interested to see how this pans out.

I eventually try to put Wooloo on the ground and see if she’s able to walk but… actually, the answer is no. She doesn’t want to budge, her legs folded down beneath all that heavy wool. Even worse probably - she is visibly struggling to roll around, or at least giving herself the first push with her legs. She shakes her head too, as if she’s certain it’s not going to work. Understandable, I’d say - she’s still hurt from that “battle”, but seeing her in this state is still painful to me.

About at this point, though, the insistent chirping of a flying-type Pokémon forces me to raise my head. Turns out it’s not one, but two Pidove, each carrying a little gift for me to take! Definitely the ones Brendan mentioned in his (pretty sweet) response e-mails.

Hey Avril and Natsuko!
Thanks for the attached photo! It's great that you were able to observe such a cute scene! It's often difficult for researchers to see Pokémon in such a relaxed state. It probably helps that those living in town are fairly used to people. Your theory that Azurill's evolution can be triggered by happiness in itself and confidence in the water is an intriguing one, and definitely worth exploring. Evolutions categorized as "happiness" are a strange phenomenon indeed, and many researchers are involved in pinning down the various ways such a thing is achieved, especially in the wild. Professor Rowan of Sinnoh has published many a paper on the matter, if you would be interested in further reading! Either way, keep an eye out for a Pidove! I'll send it to find Avril, since she officially submitted the report, but it will be carrying a Sea Incense for each of you.
Cheers, Brendan Birch

Hey Avril!
All information is helpful- don't worry about what I may or may not need. Just focus on your observations! Wooloo are indeed herd creatures that prefer not to leave their friends behind. You're on the nose that their wool makes them struggle sometimes- this is why they are an exclusively domestic animal. Humans have selectively bred them for many years for the thickest, most luxurious wool and as a consequence these Pokémon need regular full-body shearing to keep comfortable and mobile. Keep an eye out for a Pidove! I think you might enjoy this- a felted beret made here in town of 100% Wooloo wool and hand-dyed dusty pink. May hid it from me months ago and I just found it, but it goes so well with your report that I'll send it to you instead of wearing it tomorrow.
Cheers, Brendan Birch

Case in point, the packages do contain just that: two Sea Incense, one of which is for Tsu, and… one of Brendan’s hats, apparently. Just like he said… yes, I happen to enjoy that hat. My Holotch’s camera confirms that it looks pretty good on me, and it also acts as a good place for Poppy to hide under if the weather gets cold. It’s… actually Wooloo that doesn’t seem to like it much, for some reason.

At first, this feels weird to me, because all the Wooloo from Akira’s farm seem fine with being groomed and sheared, and I’m not sure why my own would feel any different. But then I notice that… the wool that the hat is made of is just different from my own Pokémon’s coat. And the sad look that Wooloo is giving me right now only fuels more unsettling thoughts. She’s definitely getting more head pats for this…


Avril, 29/9, 2:56 p.m.
Hello Tsu! Just letting you know that I got the two Sea Incenses! I’m around the PokéCenter for now, but I can leave it at the help desk for later if you want. Gotta leave at 4:30 p.m.!



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Caesar

Age 28
Male
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10.3 Years








Saturday, September 26th @ 1800 - Route 102

Clint had found himself a good camping spot, set up right next to a small stream. It had a big oak tree overhanging, so that gave the site some cover as well. Clint wasn't set up in an "official camp site" so to speak, which suited him just fine. They always had fees and other nonsense at those kind of sites. Better in Clint's mind to just set up the tent wherever he could find nice level ground. So he managed to get the tent raised in short order, they were easy enough as long as nothing got in your way. Speaking of that, Clint might as well let his distractions out of their Pokeballs, let them experience the outdoors some more, in a more easy going scenario than earlier today.

Poliwag immediately went for the creek, while Grovyle scaled the tree behind the campsite and stretched out on a branch up there. Charmeleon, ever the blindly loyal suck-up, stood right beside his trainer.

"Well you want to collect some firewood with me," Clint asked, looking down at his Pokemon.

Charmeleon didn't really understand the question, but followed Clint as he walked, hatchet in hand towards a group of small trees. He started to inspect the trees, looking for one dried out and dead enough to use to start a fire. Wet wood was no good, impossible to get to burn. After checking a few trees, he finally found one suitable for use. He began swinging at the tree just above the stump with his hatchet, but it was slow cutting. Little hatchet like the one Clint had wasn't much good for cutting down anything bigger than a sapling. An idea spawned into Clint's head, one certainly worth giving a go.

"Charmeleon, you can learn slash can't you."

That caught Charmeleon's attention, who was now looking up at his trainer. Clint pulled out his PokeNav, to load up the information for teaching the move. Reception was slow out here, which resulted in the information taking some time to load. Clint shook the PokeNav in an attempt to make it load faster, which obviously had no effect.

Clint knelt down next to Charmeleon, and mimed the move slash, Clint swiping his arm forward in a hook motion. Charmeleon did the same, swinging his arm. Charmeleon didn't put his full body into the move, which made it look weaker than it should be. Clint stood back up, and emphasized putting his body into the move as he demonstrated it to Charmeleon a second time. This time, Charmeleon transferred the strength from the rest of his body into his Slash attack, but due to that his balance was out of sync. Charmeleon teetered as he attacked, but ultimately didn't fall over. Clint instructed Charmeleon to try again, but this time brace his core to steady his balance. This time, Charmeleon pulled off the move much better, a lot of power behind the swing but stayed upright.

Clint then wanted to test Charmeleon's strength on the tree he was working on chopping down. Charmeleon walked over to the tree, and gave it a Slash at the spot where Clint had been chopping. Charmeleon's claw went through, and the tree fell to the wayside. He was going to have to practice a little more before Clint relied on the move, but the move held some real promise. He recalled that Slash had a high chance of dealing critical hits, which could tilt the landscape in a battle. Clint patted Charmeleon, who was standing proud over the tree he slashed down, on the head. Clint then picked up the base end of the tree and began dragging it back to camp.

Clint arrived back at camp dragging that tree with him. He would have to buck it up quickly and get a fire going soon, the sun was on its way down. Clint started by stripping the tree of its branches, and throwing them into a pile. Clint then got to work cutting the tree into smaller chunks. He figured he'd do this solo, give his Pokemon some time to rest.

It took a whole lot of swinging, but Clint had turned that tree into pieces, and set up a rough pit for his fire. He set up the wood in a teepee formation, with some small branches and leaves stuffed under it. He then called Charmeleon over, who was curled up resting at the base of the tree. Charmeleon came over, and Clint motioned for Charmeleon to turn around. Charmeleon did, and Clint grabbed Charmeleon's tail and slowly guided it towards where his wooden teepee had been built, and held the tail in there until the whole thing caught fire. Charmeleon pulled his tail away from the fire, and laid down and curled up against the fire. Grovyle came down from her perch to check out the fire, but kept her distance, which made sense based on her natural weakness to fire. Poliwag had finally decided to come out of the water now, holding a fish tail in his mouth. Poliwag and Clint stared at each other briefly, and then the tail disappeared into Poliwag's mouth.

"C'mon, find some for the rest of us," Clint said to Poliwag, who didn't understand what Clint was saying.

Clint laughed to himself, then turned his focus to a can of baked beans he had taken out of his backpack. He set the can of beans next to the edge of the fire to warm them up. Beans weren't the most exciting thing to eat, but they would fill the void in a pinch, not to mention cheap and they had a long shelf life. Plan was simple now that camp was set up, eat, feed his Pokemon and go to bed. Then he only had one and a half, maybe two days left to Littledale from here.

- Charmeleon learned Slash!

Team & Inventory:
Spoiler:

Blaze|Brave| Moves: Ember|Dragon Breath|Bite|Smokescreen|Fire Fang

Overgrow|Sassy| Moves: Leaf-age|Detect|Quick Attack|Double Kick

Water Absorb|Quiet| Moves: Hypnosis|Water Gun|Pound|Mud Shot

Inventory:

$9,500
Tent + camping supplies
PokeNav
2x Pokeballs
2x Potions
Sceptilite
TM Protect

Aquacorde

the more we love, the more we learn // the more we love, the more we BURN 🔥

Age 28
she/her/he/him
Ankh-Morpork
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17.3 Years

AGE: 17 ⟡ HOME REGION: Johto
DATE: Tues September 29 ⟡ TIME: Morning
LOCATION: Littledale

Chapter 4 #10 - One Loss

Merry Richtide is shorter than her, stouter than her, stronger than her, and quite possibly more confident in themselves than she is. They introduce themselves with their full name and pronouns, all stoic and firm but with an easy smile. The idea that they are in any way soft because they are calm and unhurried feels like it would be a dangerous assumption to make. This is who Marie is up against, and for some reason they feel just as intimidating as Benji.

Maybe it's because she knows more, now.

"Now, I ain't the best at battlin'," they say, and Marie has said similar enough things to be suspicious of that statement's truth, "so it's my rules that give you a challenge more'n myself. Four rounds of one on one. Y' can't use the same Pokémon twice unless you've gone through your whole team already. If ya knock out three o' mine, you win, but if I knock out two o' yours, you lose. Fair?"

Not really, grumbles her brain. "Fair," she says out loud.

They take up their positions on either side of a grassy field. Merry flags down a soccer coach from down the path who is apparently a qualified referee, and her group of scruffy children are bribed with halftime snacks to sit nicely on the painted lines instead of clustering close to an ongoing battle. One of the little gremlins waves furiously at Marie, and she recognizes it as the rock-loving child whose wagon is behind her, currently empty. She gives a halfhearted wave back.

"Y'all ready?" asks the soccer coach. Both sides affirm, and the battle is on.

Marie leads with Tuie. She's been working on doubles and even triples for a while but now she's thinking she should have honed in on singles too- nothing for it but to go with what she knows. Merry evaluates her choice and with a firm nod sends out a gruff dog. Tuie scrabbles at the dirt nervously- Intimidate. Its name is Herdier, it is a Normal type, and its darker fur is dense and hard, acting like armor in the face of attacks. That plus its ability equals a good resistance to contact moves, doesn't it?

Good thing Tuie doesn't use many of those.

"Charge up," Marie says. Merry tilts their head in confusion.

"Now unless I'm misinformed, Natu don't do much in the way of Electric attacks."

Marie stares blankly at them for a moment. Charge up- oh, Charge is the name of an actual thing, right. Like Stunnie's. "No, it isn't- wait. I'm not going to tell you," she huffs, crossing her arms. "I need all the advantages I can get."

"Suit y'rself." Merry shrugs. "Best practise not to say things your Pokémon might mix up with other commands. There's reasonin' 'round why all these are called different names. Herdier, Howl loud!"

The kids on the sidelines mimic the dog's howl so their voices ring out in mimicry of a pack. Tuie and Marie are unmoved, Tuie continuing to execute the command she knows she should.

"That's enough setup. Pursuit!"

Herdier bounds across the field, speed boosted hy dark energy and Tuie's panicked flutter doesn't have nearly enough lift to pull her completely out of the way. Marie wishes she could fly better- a lone grounded bird is an easy target for anyone. But that will have to wait until she evolves- for now, she relies on Teleport to stick herself at the nape of the Herdier's neck and bury her talons into coarse fur. It hops and bounds and writhes, trying to shake and even lick her off as Tuie activates Cosmic Power twice more. Merry commands it to roll over, and that's what breaks Tuie's hold- it just grazes her with icy teeth as she hops away, too, and Marie won't let it again.

"Stored Power!" she cries, and a blinding purple beam slams into the Herdier with a noise like a thunderclap. Incredibly, it stays on its feet, but even surrounding itself with the Dark-type energy of Pursuit can't dull the impact of a second Stored Power.

"That'll do it," Merry nods as they recall their unconscious Pokémon. "But that one gets pulled too."

"I know, I know." She doesn't like it. If she only had to take out three of Merry's in a row, she could probably sweep them with Tuie- just keep stacking up those Cosmic Powers and clapping everything that comes her way.

But that's not the challenge.

The collective ooh of the children when she releases Cutie onto the field makes a prideful grin tug at the corners of her mouth, but Merry sighs.

"Shoulda saved Herdier, darn it. Hrm. Miltank!"

Said pink cow materializes in an enthusiastic cheer, echoed by the kids. Marie knows this thing- they're still popular around Goldenrod after all, something to do with a long since retired gym leader. And once again, this is a Normal type. Marie frowns.

"I thought Norman and Wally were the Normal-type specialists around here."

Merry laughs. "Sure are! Ain't a great idea to judge a team on two Pokémon- no tellin' what else I got up my sleeve. Even Wally got surprises with those Indeedee, don't he?"

"I suppose so…"

"Start us off with another surprise, will ya?"

They're not talking to Marie anymore. Miltank waggles her hooves back and forth and the power coalesces into crackling electricity and she drives them into the ground. Water rises from the field in an electrified wave and it crashes into an unfazed Cutie, seeping back into the ground after it hits- to the disappointment of the children, who apparently wanted to be splashed.

"What was that?"

"Don't rightly know, t' tell the truth. Metronome pulls out some rare moves sometimes. See if we get somethin' we know next!"

Miltank waves her hooves again and a tornado of translucent green leaves pick up speed by circling around her until she points a hoof toward Cutie and sends them whipping toward him. The Barriers Cutie puts between them do nothing to slow their momentum, nor the orb of water that quickly follows. Marie grits her teeth and calls out for Bullet Seed: Cutie spits tiny light seeds from every head, all across the field, and the children scream and duck, though his range is nowhere close to hitting them. The seeds ricochet off Miltank's form as she kicks up grass in the wake of its Rollout. This time the Barriers dampen the force of the blow, acting as padding between Miltank and Cutie, but Merry's aim is to have Miltank bounce back and away, burst from her curled stance, and blow a breath of scorching heat that shrivels and even blackens the grassy field below. Cutie flings a giant seed at Miltank that bursts open into clinging roots to drain its energy.

"Wish you'd'a done that before that Heat Wave got called on up." Merry's good humor hasn't shifted, though, even as Cutie strengthens his Barriers again.

Miltank waves her hooves again. This time shimmering golden scales cover her body and rub together in a clanging cacophony that has the all humans clapping hands over ears and sends Cutie thrashing in more pain than Marie's ever seen him, writing and stomping and whipping his long neck into the Miltank just to make it stop. The scales vanish as Miltank goes flying and Cutie's neck sags.

"There we go!" Merry snaps their fingers. "That's the good stuff there!"

And Cutie does look much worse off, even as Miltank's energy is drained into him. Whatever move that was, it was a big hit, and Marie has to make up for it before it can pull something like that again.

"Barrage!" she calls, and large seeds thud into the Miltank, one of them colliding with her summoned ball of green energy and sending it off course. She spins into Rollout again and the smaller Bullet Seeds smack into her hide as she circles tightly- the Barriers cushion the impact and with the energy Cutie is draining from Miltank he looks stable, but Marie still has to keep pushing!

Merry shifts just slightly as she goes on the offensive. Is that surprise? Maybe- they don't command Miltank to break her Rollout, and that leaves her an easy target. Cutie bends almost in half, neck becoming an arch with his feet planted firmly on either side, and swings all the way back- and all the way forward, to meet the rolling Miltank as a golf club meets the ball. The resounding crack makes the children on the sideline gasp and crane their necks. Merry tilts their hat back and watches Miltank go arcing into the soccer goal behind the kids, taking the entire net with her as she skids into a ditch behind the field.

"Time out!" the soccer coach calls, running after Miltank. Merry strolls after her and Marie sidles up to Cutie, who sits down heavily, neck drooping.

"Good job, buddy." She pats him, and wishes she had a restorative berry. But speaking of restoration- energy isn't flowing into him. So even before Merry and the referee reappear, she knows.

"That's two knockouts for the challenger an' none for the leader," the referee confirms. "Round three!"

Cutie returns, and Stunnie takes his place. Merry's counter is chosen more quickly than either before- a Skiddo. She's seen them around here, has looked them up- it's a Grass type.

Bad matchup.

"Grassy Terrain" fluffs the pelt of the Skiddo, revitalizes the scorched grass, and more- the ground erupts in a tangle of silky growth, hiding Stunnie from sight but only until he moves, the long rustling rushes giving his position away easily for Skiddo to catch mid-Sucker Punch with a Grass Knot that drags him back down to earth. An angry Discharge fries some of the grass but doesn't faze the Skiddo flinging a glowing ball of Grass-type energy smack into his face, and the attempt at another Sucker Punch clashes with a Horn Leech that drains the fight- and consciousness- from the Stunfisk.

Bad matchup indeed.

Marie grinds her heel into the fresh grass as the round is called and the Pokémon are recalled. The kids are scooting forward in anticipation of the final matchup, and Merry nods in a go on gesture.

She sends out Pokie.

Her audience is silent but for the lone cheer of the rock-loving child.

Merry tosses their final choice, another dog that Marie has to quickly look up. Yamper, an Electric type that likes to chase after things.

Well, it won't be doing any chasing this round.

"It ain't lookin' good, Miss Mocinno." Merry tips the brim of their hat back, giving her a slow, calculating stare.

"It isn't," Marie agrees, but firms up her stance. "Curse."

Merry nods. The yippy Yamper zigzags forward, sparks coating its teeth, but the Curse takes effect in time for Pokie to Disable the electricity as the teeth chomp down around his head.

"Better turn that to Bite," Merry says calmly, and Dark-type energy empowers the chewing teeth. Pokie's face slips into a frown when he realizes, and he growls in a low, creaky way that Marie's never heard before. The Yamper backs off and responds with a hyperactive, high-pitched Howl that Pokie is unimpressed by, and Marie tells him to show that by Yawning.

"Aw, darn. Yamper, Dig."

It digs a hole through the thick grass and into the topsoil, tunneling toward Pokie. Marie waits, but…

"Why isn't it coming up?"

"Yawn," Merry says simply. Which means it's asleep at the bottom of a tunnel, safe and sound. Unless-

"Pokie, find that hole!"

It's slow going, due to Pokie being… slow… and the lush grasses still obscuring the field. But find it he does. "Great! Now! Fill it with Water Gun!"

"What in-" Merry begins, but it's Marie that's more shocked as Pokie lets out a deluge of water. Sure enough, when she checks her PokéDex, it's Water Pulse that's listed in Pokie's set.

"Alright, alright, that's enough." Merry activates the recall on their PokéBall, pulling Yamper from the flooded tunnel. "I ain't about to let anyone drown. You win the match, but no kind of approval from me for that." The children on the sidelines seem torn about such an anticlimactic outcome.

"That's just fine," Marie preens. Pokie begins his slow trek back to her, though he's quickly overtaken by even Merry's leisurely strides.

"The Dell badge for ya, then, and five thousand cash. C'mon back to the gym buildin' with me, will ya? Plenty of machines to choose from and I ain't fond of rattling them off."

"Sure thing, just let me- ah, here." Pokie has made it, so she hoists him back into her wagon and they set off to claim their prize.


Spoiler: Team
Pokémon On Hand
Tuie ⟡ Natu ⟡ Female ⟡ Magic Bounce ⟡
Peck // Teleport // Stored Power // Cosmic Power // Ominous Wind // Confuse Ray

Stunnie ⟡ Stunfisk ⟡ Male ⟡ Static ⟡
Sucker Punch // Mud Shot // Thundershock // Discharge // Water Gun // Mud Sport // Charge

Cutie ⟡ Alolan Exeggutor ⟡ Male ⟡ Frisk ⟡
Bullet Seed // Hypnosis // Reflect // Leech Seed // Dragon Hammer // Barrage

Pokie ⟡ Slowpoke ⟡ Male ⟡ Own Tempo ⟡
Disable // Confusion // Yawn // Water Gun -> Water Pulse // Growl // Curse
Spoiler: Inventory
Trainers' License [Johto and Hoenn] ⟡
$7,000 ⟡
Knuckle Badge ⟡
Dell Badge ⟡
TM Magical Leaf ⟡
Empty PokéBalls x 3 ⟡
5x Chesto Berries ⟡

Sunscreen ⟡
Berry-Print Bikini ⟡
Beach Towel ⟡
Oversized Sunglasses ⟡
Large But Lightweight Backpack ⟡
Rechargeable Battery + Charging Port Housing ⟡
Lidded Pot, Dishes, Chopsticks, Spoon ⟡
Camp Stove ⟡
Soap, Washcloth, Towel ⟡
A Red Wagon ⟡
Spoiler: Contacts
Dad ⟡
Mom ⟡
Brothers #1, #2, and #3 ⟡
Brawly ⟡
Brendan ⟡
Edison ⟡
Natsuko (via insta) ⟡
Sunny (via twitter) ⟡
Van ⟡
Wally ⟡

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6.7 Years
Junko "June" Enomoto
Tuesday, September 29th
Afternoon
Oldale-Littleroot Township
The time has finally come.

June waits in-front of the restaurant she had heard Avril currently works at, Ebb and Flow, and she hasn’t felt this nervous in quite some time. Her heart throbs with the strength of a Pinsir, her stomach churns, and she feels a tad dizzy, but does her best to keep it under control. She’s feeling tempted to reach for her pendant but holds back with everything she has.

The creak of Marie's red wagon announces her arrival at the entrance to Ebb and Flow. June quietly sighs, feeling glad she was able to make it this time. She’s not sure how she'd handle this by herself, so it’s relieving to have someone who must be more experienced with these sorts of things at her side.

“Hello there.” June greets with a bow, feeling more collected with each passing second. Marie responds with a jaunty wave.

"Ah, June! All ready for our date? Pokie might seem a bit of a third wheel, but I'm sure he'll be good if you treat him to some hors d'oeuvres."

“O-of course.” As unfortunate as it is that she’ll have to move on from Avril, having a date with Marie is enough to raise her spirits. To make a good impression, she decides to show Marie the progress she’s made since yesterday. “But firstly, I wanted to show you what I received yesterday- it’s my third badge, the Dell Badge, which I received from defeating the Littleroot gym leader! Impressive, isn’t it?”

"We're both impressive, then!" Marie lifts a necklace chain from inside her shirt and singles out one of the charms dangling from it- it is in fact a mirror image of June's own- not that she expected any less. "Your Ally Switch training couldn't have helped much, though, could it? Not in Leader Merry's format."

“That is correct- Merry only seemed to accept challenges in that format, so there weren’t really any opportunities to use it, however Einstein’s psychic abilities were certainly pushed to their limit in that battle. I think it would be reasonable to suggest that Einstein practicing psychic-type moves- “ June pauses, realizing she started rambling without even realizing. No way this’ll get Marie to think highly of her. “Umm, I mean- nevermind.”

"Ah, you're very right!" Marie tucks her necklace back into her shirt. "We aren't here to discuss Pokémon, are we? There's more to life than just training and gyms. Girlfriends, perhaps. Shall we?"

Marie offers her left arm for June to take and leads them into the restaurant, dragging Pokie's wagon behind them. June can’t help but grow flustered as she grasps her hand and blushes despite putting in the effort not to.

From behind the counter, a black haired girl greets June and Marie, pointing them towards a table outside, on the large patio. She then turns to a second waitress appearing behind her, and it sounds like she's definitely asking… "you got this, right Avril?"

Marie's lips curl up at the name but she doesn't even allow June to glance around, instead guiding her to their designated table and settling in with a menu each, Pokie's wagon parked alongside them. "Now, if we were older, we would likely choose a nice bottle of wine to share, yes? So what shall we do instead?"

“I thought I heard-” June shakes her head to recollect herself. She’ll deal with Avril when she comes around. Right now she should be focusing on her “date” with Marie. “I usually don’t drink anything other than water, but since we’re at such a nice place I may as well order some tea.”

"I'm partial to an Arnold Palmer myself," Marie muses. "Any appetizers catch your eye? We will have to share with Pokie, remember."

June takes a look at the menu, taking in the variety of dishes Ebb and Flow has to offer. She notices there’s quite a few items that contain sweet potatoes in some way. Not that any of those are what she’s in the mood for, but it’s certainly interesting. “I’m unsure what a Slowpoke’s diet consists of, but the teriyaki tofu skewers seem appetizing to me!”

"He'll try anything," Marie shrugs. "Are you vegetarian? There are so many meat options!"

“Oh, no, I’m not a vegetarian, it’s just that I don’t really like a lot of meat, especially red meat. I’m very fond of fish though.”

"I'm quite the opposite," Marie laughs. "Though ultimately I prefer a balance of interesting flavors. The side here- Gogoat cheese with caramelized sweet potatoes and sautéed vegetables- that's drawing me at the moment. But! Let's see how we feel after the tofu skewers. Waitress?"

In the end, it's Avril who skates up to their table, evidently struggling to keep a straight face. "Hello and welcome to Ebb and Flow where… nevermind, I forgot. J-Just order."

Marie frowns. "What poor customer service! Now, you should know that if I were the type of customer to take offense- and many are- this would be a complaint straight to the owner of this establishment. Luckily for you, I am not. Are you, my dear?" This last part she addresses to June, tapping the table in front of the girl to cue her in.

"Dressing me up like this was the owner's idea, so…" Avril also complains from under her teeth.

Upon facing her, June freezes up for a brief moment. The plan was to show up and confront Avril, but actually seeing her has June realize she’s not sure if that’s something she’s capable of (and that waitress outfit only makes it more difficult!) To hide how red she is, June hastily buries her face into her menu. “I’d just like some green tea, please.”

"And an Arnold Palmer, thank you. Could you put an order in for the teriyaki tofu skewers as well? Ta." Marie primly shifts her attention back to the menu, and just like that Avril is dismissed. She quickly dashes out of there with the order, only saying a hasty "Thanks".

"Well done!" Marie claps her hands together as soon as Avril is out of earshot. "Showing her you're over her, very nice."

“Right…” In reality, June is far from over Avril, although she can’t imagine admitting to that would look very good right now. “Um, I know you’ve already given me your opinion on the current situation, but… are you absolutely certain Avril did what she did out of malice? It just, um… some things about that just didn’t make sense, is all.”

Marie raises an eyebrow. "Do remember she told me she was intending to move on. I suppose she thought it was best to break ties with you in some way, though I can't condone her methods." Her long fingers drum on the table between them. "I don't pretend to know her reasoning, only what information I have gathered."

“R-right, of course.” June replies with a forced laugh.

The second time Avril approaches their table, she looks a bit more confident. She doesn’t look towards them though, instead focusing entirely on the drinks she’s carrying until she eventually places them down. Only then she raises her head just enough to cross June’s eyes, her cheeks turning more red as she does. “Everything a-alright?” She asks timidly, before having to look away again and focus on… not tumbling down on her skates. “If you’re ready to order the main courses, I…” She tries to collect herself.

"Hm." Marie sips her drink slowly, looking Avril up and down as she does. "Oh, this is quite nice- June, dear, you simply must try it- here-" And she slides the glass over, inviting June to sip from the very same spot she had just taken a drink from.

“Oh, um. How kind of you.” Come to think of it, June has yet to touch her own drink after spending all this time being nervous, so the offer is greatly appreciated. Without thinking about it, June casually grabs the glass and holds it close to her lips.

As that happens, Avril has to grab June's chair from behind to avoid faceplanting. The drink inside the glass waves dangerously close to the edge as the blonde girl apologizes and scuttles away to the next table, which she holds onto as she breathes deeply.

“Wait, wha-” June stutters, still startled and confused from her seat being rocked. “What just happened??”

Marie sniffs. "Clearly not used to her skates, is she? Hand me my drink if you're done, it's hot out here."

It's at this moment that Avril pushes herself from the table nearby back towards June and Marie. "I'm here, yes…"

"It's not polite to abandon your customers mid-order, you know." Marie primly rattles off her choice of main course and gestures an invitation for June to do the same. She ends up ordering spinach salad for her main course, although the words don’t roll off her tongue as smoothly as they should. Once again, all that Avril has to do is get the order back to the kitchen.

They spend a quiet moment sipping their respective drinks, before the clattering of Avril's skates is approaching them again. This time the blonde girl is coming over slowly, both hands holding the trail of appetizers before putting it down on the table. "Here, we hope you enjoy your meal!" She adds, but it’s obvious that she’s just repeating a formula.

Marie finishes a deliberate sip of her drink. "Thank you. Now, while we wait for our entrees- is something the matter, Avril? You seem very distracted today."

"Distracted…? N-no, I'm…" She stumbles with her words for a bit. "I'm just focusing on work. Being a waitress on skates is a pretty risky job…"

"So it is. But your work is to serve us with a smile, is it not? I haven't seen much enthusiasm."

"Ok, sorry if I don't smile, but I'm busy enough not falling! It's just my second day on the job and I've already had some close calls…" The blonde girl wobbles slightly on her skates, as a single drop of sweat falls down her face.

"Nothing more than that? Well, then, that clears things up!" Marie claps her hands together and takes a tofu skewer from the platter.

“Um- these tofu skewers sure do look succulent!” June snatches a skewer from the platter, trying to avert her attention from Avril. She bites a tofu cube off the stick and ends up being thrown off by the taste. She thought she’d end up losing her appetite, but the sweet and tangy teriyaki taste is so good that she could almost forget the situation she’s in. “Oh my- this is simply delectable!”

Marie takes a delicate bite, then offers the rest of her skewer to Pokie. "Yes, do give her compliments to the chef."

"Well sure, I-I will let her know! Thanks…" Avril promptly responds. She also adds a hasty “I’m glad you’re enjoying it” as she takes a quick glance at June, but then stands there like a statue for a few seconds and once again, ends up dashing away without any more comments.

"Well, you heard. She's focused on her work. Commendable, truly, though she could do with some pointers." Marie sips her drink. "Now what?"

“Well, the reason we came here in the first place is so I could confront Avril, but if I were to be honest with myself, I don’t have any idea as to how to go about that… wouldn’t it be rude to do so while she’s working? I wouldn’t want to disrupt her at such a time.”

"And when would you rather do this? She's been in town just as long as you have, and somehow she's been avoiding you. What's to say she won't run if she can?" Marie offers another skewer to Pokie.

“You do have a point. This could very well be my last chance to say anything to her, so I should seize the opportunity when it arises again. It’s just that… I’m not sure if I have it in me.”

"May as well let go of her and enjoy your date with me, then." Marie is matter-of-fact. "If you don't have the spine to say something, she'll never have that incentive to spend time with you, hm? So you'll have to move on. May as well start now."

“But I don’t want to just do that before I get any sort of explanation as to why she’s been avoiding me.” June sighs. “I guess that only leaves one option, then.”

"So is that what you're going to lead with?"

“...I suppose so.”

🌼🌼🌼

Agonizing, the only word that truly describes Avril’s shift. Ever since June and… that monster set foot on Ebb and Flow’s patio, her heart has been aching, every beat resonating in her head like war drums. This was not the situation she expected to find herself and June in.

When she approached that table for the first time, Avril was not able to make a move, knowing that after all she was just working and that she was incredibly close to embarrassing herself in front of those two girls… her mind was focusing entirely on her skates because they were the only available distraction. Her own guilt also got the best of her - after leaving June alone on Route 102, after seriously considering going back home and leaving her behind, she couldn’t really do anything but blame herself for who June was now spending some time with. It was all her fault: June was over her, and Marie won her over fair and square.

Everytime Avril dashed away from the table and into Erin or Ellen’s arms, her burden was partially lifted. Their clothes would soak up the girl’s tears as their words gave her enough motivation to keep at it again. Avril would give in eventually, and agree to bring June and Marie all the food they asked for, only for the same scene to repeat in front of her. Rinse and repeat.

That applies to the main course too. Avril dries her tears, grabs the plates, and slowly gets up to speed. Is this what being in love feels like? Why does this even happen?

🌼🌼🌼

"She's coming back." Marie can see the entry to the restaurant more clearly than June can, so Avril's approach isn't missed. "You'd better be ready to talk." June’s body tenses up, and she responds with a stiff nod. She proceeds to take deep breaths in hopes she might calm herself.

Avril makes herself wait, drawing curves around some newly arrived customers at the speed of Pokie, before bringing the main course to June and Marie. She goes for a little bow this time, but as soon as she's done with that, she's ready to roll away.

“Avril, wait!” June extends her arm as she impulsively shouts. Marie's fork clatters against the plate when she jumps but the girl picks it up again and digs into her meal, apparently unconcerned with the drama about to unfold.

The blonde girl clearly flinches at that, but manages to turn around and roll back to June, stopping right beside her chair. "S-sorry for that, do you need anything?" She asks nervously, fidgeting with her little notebook.

There is an attempt from June to make eye-contact with Avril, although doing so makes it difficult to concentrate ironically enough. “It’s not about service actually, it’s, um, well I’d really hate to disrupt you while on your shift, especially for a job as demanding as yours, b-but I…” She hesitates for a second but pushes herself to cut to the chase. “Where were you Friday at noon?”

The blonde girl seems incapable of replying, as she looks at June with wide eyes. "I just… did something stupid… I'm sorry June!" She then cries out after a bit. "I ran here without you…"

“I’ve just been so… so confused. I’ve been asking myself what your reasoning could have been, and why you didn’t respond to any of my texts. I really wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, but after giving it enough thought the only explanation I could come up with was that you just… lost interest.”

“Look, you aren’t even wrong but not in that sense, it’s more like…” Avril has to stop in order to hold back her tears. “I didn’t wanna be a trainer anymore! I w-wanted to go home! And it was too embarrassing and complicated to let you know until I felt more comfortable around you again and now I am in fact getting better and… now you know.”

After spewing out those words, the blonde girl stops again and tries to dry her tears with her sleeve. But it doesn’t really get better. “I-I was too late and it’s all my fault…” is all she adds, as she holds onto June’s chair with both hands.

“So you were planning on leaving me without even so much as informing me of your decision?” June tilts her head down to hide her sorrow. “I know we haven’t known each other that long, but despite that I really felt something between us. I enjoyed the time we spent together, I felt we grew closer and closer, and I was almost certain you might have felt the same. That’s why it’s been so difficult for me to process that you intended to just… return to Kalos without letting me know.”

Avril lets go of the chair and rolls back, covering her face with her hands. They’re not enough to hold the tears inside though, and when she tries to move closer to June, her whole face is drenched. June is on the verge of tears herself, but restrains herself from weeping. Avril remains quiet for arguably too long, any attempt to make a sound interrupted by sobbing, but that gives an opportunity for Poppy to do something. After hiding behind her trainer’s headwear, she floats in front of June, chirping and nodding eagerly.

“Poppy!?” June’s eyes widen, the shock halting any incoming tears. “I’m… not sure what you’re trying to get across?” As this happens though, it gives Avril time to work up her response.

“June… I told you, I felt so embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I looked up to you a lot, too, and I didn’t want to ruin things, but that’s exactly what I did!” Avril finally finds the energy to speak up again. “But like, if there’s something between us, then it should stay there even when we get through hard times, right?” She asks, first turning towards Poppy, but then looking straight into June’s eyes.

“I, um...” Her entire face flashes pink and she forces a cough to clear her throat, but it’s futile in hiding how flushed she is. “I would assume so, yes.”

“I… thanks… I can explain what happened later, but…” Avril’s face is very much red as well, the combination of physical exercise, tears and blushing all rolled into one. “Just know that things are getting better, and that I’m not leaving you like that, ok?” She asks as she slightly leans towards June. “I… b-beg forgiveness…”

“I...I…” This is a bit of an awkward spot for June. After everything Marie had told her, she was expecting Avril to be a lot more cold which would have made the confrontation far easier and made her future with Marie to be smooth sailing. But when Avril is practically on her knees begging for forgiveness that presents a dilemma. She does want to forgive Avril, she really does, but how would that look in-front of her date? Does that even matter when someone she cares about genuinely seems to regret her decision? As she contemplates what to do, she nearly reaches for her pendant, but stops herself upon realizing her late grandmother’s words can’t decide for her.

“It hasn’t been the easiest decision I’ve made, but I choose to forgive you, Avril. I had heard yesterday that you were ready to move on from me, but I can clearly see now that you’ve not only changed your mind, you also show immense remorse for your actions, and it’d be hard to not forgive you.”

With one arm already coming around June for a hug, Avril stops in the middle of that motion and tries to collect herself. She takes a glance across the table, stands back up, smiles nervously, and adjusts her glasses. "Thank you June, thank you… but right, I'll just leave you to your dinner with M-Marie now and get back to work and like… if you end up liking her more in the end I could just… nevermind."

A deep breath and Avril is on her way to another waitress, who was waving at her from a distance. Poppy follows suit, not before giving June a gentle nudge on her shoulder, causing her to flinch. She then proceeds to twirl a strand of her hair with an accompanied half-hearted laugh. “That didn’t go exactly as envisioned.”

"Well, what exactly did you envision?" Marie puts her glass to her lips, realizes it's empty, and frowns.

“Based on what you told me, I imagined she’d be a lot less apologetic.” For the first time since she got here, June picks up her chopsticks to prepare to dig in. All this drama has made her hungry. “So it feels quite nice to see she still cares.”

Marie feeds her remaining ice cubes to Pokie. "She's soft. I expected you to know that. Too soft to be a trainer, she says, so there isn't much keeping her here. Better enjoy her company while it lasts."

“But… she said herself she had no plans to simply leave me like that, right?”

"Leave you out of the blue without saying anything, I gathered. But how long will she stay in Hoenn simply to please you? Do you think you have that much sway over her, after what- a week?" Marie takes a dainty bite of her food. "You'll have to put in a lot of work to make her stay. Or perhaps even a commitment. But that limits your prospects elsewhere, doesn't it? I'm sure you're aware there are girls just absolutely pining after you. Maybe you'll like one of them far more than Avril, or your goals will align much better… you're aiming to be a great trainer, yes? How would it feel to be Avril, one who cries when she battles, stuck in a partnership with someone who does nothing but battle?" Marie switches to sipping her water. "I surely can't imagine how that would go well."

“But, you said yesterday that I could do both, so would that not apply here? I mean… m-my parents, for example! They have very different careers, but have maintained a healthy relationship for as long as I’ve been alive!” June isn’t feeling very confident in her response. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but Marie is probably right.

"Hm, but do their careers directly oppose one of their belief systems? It would be incredible if they did- I would love to hear about them! Because at the end of the day, you have to consider your partner's feelings just as valuable as your own, and reconciling opposing strong beliefs is an incredible skill."

June sighs. “It’s hard to disagree with you. I trust you Marie, I really do, but there’s something telling me that we can make it work. But you’re absolutely correct in that there is no guarantee she’ll stay in Hoenn for my sake. I should be more assertive, and I wanted to be coming into this, but seeing her again wearing that outfit no less…” Her face rapidly flashes to a brighter shade of red then it already was, causing her to hide behind her hands. “...it’s not easy.”

"It's not easy to dedicate your future to someone you've known for so little time, I suppose. Quite bold of you in that regard! What a big commitment for you to make at… what did you say? Age fourteen? And having dated… oh… have you ever even dated anyone? Goodness."

“Well, I, um… no, I haven’t.”

"Oh. ...kissed anyone?"

“I almost did once… but still, no.”

"So you'll pledge your heart to this girl you've known a week without knowing how relationships work, what you need from them, how to… do anything, without knowing what others have to offer you?" Marie sighs, dragging her hand through a lock of curly hair and twirling it at the corner of her mouth. "There's so much out there, June. You really won't take the time to explore it?"

“That’s true, I suppose... Outright committing myself to someone else right now while being completely inexperienced would be shortsighted, wouldn’t it?”

"Quite. But how will you reconcile keeping your options open with keeping Avril in Hoenn?"

“I’m not even sure if that’s possible to be honest… maybe doing so would only make her more inclined to return to Kalos?” June says, nervously poking at her lip.

"And leading her on is such a mean thing to do…" Marie sighs theatrically. "Your little thing with her is so complicated and difficult. Doesn't it wear you out?"

“Maybe a little, but, um-” June lets out a stressed sigh. “Trying to balance the two really would be more effort than it’s worth, I understand.”

"I eagerly anticipate your choice, my dear." Marie stands and stretches, her flowy top flipping up in the breeze to give June a glimpse of skin. "Thank you for the date and the meal, but I mustn't do this while you have yet to choose, hm? It's unfair to both Avril and me. I hope to see you again soon enough. Ta."

And with that, she strides away, back through the restaurant, dragging her wagon behind her. Before June can even process that she’s paying the bill, Marie is out of reach. Knowing what she’ll have to say when Avril comes around, she steels herself in hopes that this time she can actually be firm.

For the next couple of minutes, Avril can still be seen skating around the patio occasionally, but neither she nor the other waitresses come close to June’s table, as they look busy with other clients and other orders. The time it takes for anyone to approach her, making her more and more tense. Only after that, the blonde girl tries to approach June again, a concerned look on her face. “Oh… oh no I’m so sorry, I did ruin the date after all, what even…” She mutters, once again holding onto the table for balance.

“O-oh no, it’s not like that! It’s just that- that’s not important actually! I wanted to tell you that, um… What time does your shift end? Umm, I wanted to talk to you is all, and, well this certainly isn’t an ideal environment for that!”

“Uhhhh… at least two more hours, actually…” Avril runs a hand through her hair. “But maybe when the bulk of people leave, we could still…” Her voice gets more unsteady as her cheeks get more red. “Nevermind, uh… want a dessert in the meantime?”

“...Well the Jigglypuff Jello looks tasty! I’ll have that!” June hasn’t even finished her main course yet she’s already ordering dessert. “You can go ahead and bring me the bill once you’ve delivered that!”

“Noted! And…” Avril attempts a smile. “I’ll just take the empty dishes away for now…” She puts away her noteblock to hold all of Marie’s plates, having to deeply focus on what she’s doing as she skates away. She has to come back around to grab Marie’s glass too, but at least she looks a bit more confident on her wheels this time around.

“Thank you!” June hurriedly shouts a bit too late. June tried to appear as though she was in control of the situation, she really did, but as usual, seeing Avril’s face is enough to make her brain go numb. She’ll at least have that opportunity later… assuming she can actually act on it then.


🐞 June's Party 🐞

ft. Aquacorde as Marie Rachelle Mocinno and Eleanor as Avril Reese
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Spoiler:
  • Einstein (Orbeetle) M|Telepathy
    Struggle Bug|Super Sonic|Confusion|Light Screen|Reflect|Ally Switch
  • Chip (Wimpod) M|Wimp Out
    Struggle Bug|Sand Attack|Defense Curl|Aqua Jet
  • Sting (Beautifly) M|Swarm
    Attract|Silver Wind|Poison Sting|Bug Bite|Electroweb|Air Cutter
  • Kit (Surskit) F|Swift Swim
    Bubble|Quick Attack|Sweet Scent|Water Sport|Bubble Beam|Agility
  • Heracross M|Moxie
    Arm Thrust|Counter|Endure|Horn Attack|Aerial Ace|Night Slash

Caesar

Age 28
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10.3 Years









Monday, September 28th @ 1600 - Littledale


Rest of the trip on Route 102 went off without a hitch, two nights in total, now Clint had just arrived in what people called "Littledale" which was a mashing of the names Littleroot and Oldale which used to be two separate towns that grew into each other, thus Littledale was now a part of the locals' vernacular. Littledale appeared to rely on farming, with pastures and crop fields dotting the landscape. Place like this would make finding work easy for Clint, bet any one of these farms could use his services even if it was for only a couple days.

Clint made his way to the Pokemon Center on the north end of Littledale, fatigued from travelling from Petalburg to here on foot. It was once again time to take advantage of the amenities the Pokemon centers of Hoenn provided for trainers on the gym circuit, namely a filling meal, a hot shower and a clean bed. Clint wasn't afraid of roughing it out in the wild, but he did appreciate the opportunity to reset and refresh following expeditions like the one he just finished up.

Following cleaning himself up, and doing some laundry for the first time on his journey, Clint decided it was time to fill the void rumbling away in his stomach. He was antsy in the waiting line as he went to get his dinner, baked ham with baby potatoes and a vegetable mix on the side. He knew some trainers were opposed to eating Pokemon, but eating them wasn't that far of a leap from training them to beat the s*** out of each other so Clint had no problem with eating them. Clint found himself a table in the back corner, and began to chow down.

Out of the corner of his eye, Clint saw two gentlemen, who looked like ranch hands, walk over to the bulletin board, once of them holding a piece of paper and a stapler. As that ranch hand went up and stapled his paper to the board, the other rancher tapped the first one on the shoulder and pointed over at Clint, who was eating his dinner. The two then made their way over to the back corner where Clint was eating by himself and sat down across the table from Clint.

"Good eatin' tonight friend," the first rancher said in a thick accent, grabbing a piece of Clint's ham and started eating it. Clint looked at this guy with disgust and distrust, hand clenched tightly around his knife. Finally, the second hand started to speak.

"Excuse my friend here, he has no brains or manners. My name's Isaac Winston, this is my cousin, Sam Winston. We're from Winston Ranch, you might have heard of us. Anyways let's get down to brass tacks. We're down a couple ranch hands for the next little while, run of bad luck for us these days. So the man of the house told us to head down to this Poke-mon center, ad-ver-tise that we're looking for young capable folks ready to do some work. We figured you might be interested, make you a little money."

Clint pondered the opportunity in front of him, he could always use more cash in hand after all.

"I only plan on being in town a few days at most, that work with y'all," Clint replied.

"Better a few days then no days at all friend," Isaac answered,

"Make your way over to Route 102 like you was heading over to Petalburg, look for the big Winston Ranch sign, make your way up the road till you get to the big house, be there at sunrise."

"See you then," Clint quickly remarked.

The two Winston Ranch hands took off, Sam Winston giving Clint a mean look as he walked away. Clint stared him down, then returned to finishing his meal. Once he finished, Clint took his tray and dishes over to the bin to hand over to the dishwashing staff. After the talk with the Winston's, Clint figured an early bed time would be for the best. Admittedly, in a perfect world Clint would have had a day of rest in between travelling to Littledale and immediately going to work the next day, but we didn't live in a perfect world and Clint was, at least in the words of his grandmother a, "strapping young lad," which in the eyes of the older generation made him an unstoppable labor machine capable of working day after day. So he was going to pocket a little cash tomorrow putting his pre-Pokemon trainer skills to use. Wasn't the worst case scenario he supposed.


Team & Inventory:
Spoiler:

Blaze|Brave| Moves: Ember|Dragon Breath|Bite|Smokescreen|Fire Fang|Slash

Overgrow|Sassy| Moves: Leaf-age|Detect|Quick Attack|Double Kick

Water Absorb|Quiet| Moves: Hypnosis|Water Gun|Pound|Mud Shot

Inventory:

$9,500
2x Potions
Sceptilite
TM Protect


Eleanor

Akiza Izinski

Age 21
she/they
Italy
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5.3 Years





Avril Reese

16 - ♀ - Laverre City

Written with QueenNothing as Junko Enomoto

Pokémon / Inventory:

AVRIL'S MONEY: $44 000 ↑

AVRIL'S TEAM:
🌼 Poppy (Flabébé) ♀
Flower Veil
Synthesis, Fairy Wind, Grassy Terrain, Aromatherapy, Wish, Magical Leaf

🌼 Hydrangea (Shellos) ♀
Storm Drain
Water Pulse, Mud Bomb, Recover, Rain Dance, Mud Sport, Hidden Power (?)

🌼 Wisteria (Inkay) ♂
Infiltrator
Night Slash, Hypnosis, Topsy-Turvy, Pluck, Reflect, Psybeam

🌼 Thistle (Wooloo) ♀
Bulletproof
Tackle, Growl, Defense Curl, Copycat, Guard Split, Double Kick

Away:
🌼 Venus (Mawile) ♀ - at Littleroot Research Lab

AVRIL'S INVENTORY:
🌼 1 Empty Pokéball
🌼 2 Potions
🌼 Eviolite
🌼 Silk Scarf
🌼 TM for Ally Switch
🌼 5 Rare berries

🌼 Holotch (phone version)
🌼 Fanclub Membership card - valid until October 17th
🌼 Various clothes and commodities

AVRIL'S CONTACTS:
Jordie, Shuna, Natsuko, June, Marcella, Hikaru

AVRIL'S BADGES AND RIBBONS:
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🌼 Character art made with https://picrew.me/image_maker/338886
Forgiveness
Tuesday, September 29th - around 10 p.m. - Littledale Pokémon Center
It’s ok girl, she said the words! She forgives you!

Avril tries to reassure herself as she skates back to the Pokémon Center, but really, she still has more doubts than answers, and that makes her afraid. Is June just willing to forgive her, or is there something more? What is Marie doing exactly? How does this whole love thing even work? In any case… she’s already agreed to meet up at the end of her shift, she can’t turn away now.

Poppy is enjoying the breeze from her usual perch, and doesn’t look worried at all about the outcome - if anything, she’s still got to be thinking about how Avril and her colleagues got away with another day of keeping their work skates. Now, if even the trainer could be more like the Pokémon, things would likely be better…

Regardless of that, though, the time comes. The doors of the Pokémon Center open up in front of Avril, red cheeks and a bittersweet smile on her face. Like yesterday, she slowly glides around the lobby, this time looking for the only girl who could probably beat her in a blushing contest.

Eventually June is found near some seats lined up against the walls, and right besides her is a new Pokémon she hasn’t seen before, which looks almost like a Ledian but is definitely stranger. With the way her head is tilted downwards it's clear she’s not paying much attention to her surroundings… hopefully she's still feeling good.

"Oh, here you are June!" Avril greets her as she skates towards her seat. "Hello again, sorry if I made you wait." She blushes heavily, while standing in front of her.

“Oh?” June pokes her head up and looks at Avril with widened eyes. “Oh! Um, hello there! I needed to talk to you about something… but I suppose you’re wondering what this Pokemon levitating next to me is, right? This is Einstein, believe it or not! You see, after an encounter with a wild Pokemon he was able to evolve into an Orbeetle!” She unpromptedly explains in a cold sweat while Einstein reintroduces himself with a nod.

“Hm…” Avril isn’t sure whether to be impressed or intimidated, but… in the end, it’s still Einstein. And Poppy seems to think so too, as she eagerly waves at the Bug-type. “That’s very cool June, congrats to both!” She smiles, still waiting to hear about what June wants to discuss.

‘Yeah…” June gives a stilted laugh and clears her throat before releasing a hefty sigh. “But as much as I wish I could list off everything else that’s happened these past few days, I should just be straightforward with what I wanted to discuss with you.” She pauses for a moment and continues with hesitation in her voice. “I had said I forgive you earlier, and I absolutely meant what I said… but I’ve been talking with Marie about it lately, and um, how should I put this… well, what she was trying to get across was how can I trust you won’t leave Hoenn? I mean, that might not be exactly what she said, but-”

Avril can’t help but roll her eyes. She hates that Marie has to be involved but… now all she should really do is reassure June, and she does have some points to make. “Ok, look…” The blonde girl takes a deep breath, “I’m doing better now! I was able to bounce back from that situation and found people who would help me and even if I’m not going to be a great trainer, I’m sure I can stay here for a good while. Plus, leaving isn’t that easy anyways. And I’m sure that…” Avril’s face becomes more red as she pauses.

“I would still stay in Hoenn for y-you! And if even this journey ends, I’d still find ways to meet you again in Kalos or Johto or wherever…” She mumbles, her heart beating faster with every word. She doesn’t really know if she can fulfill those promises, but she’s at least proud for sounding this convincing. "You f-forgave me so I have no reason to hide from you…"

“Why, that’s very nice to hear…” June starts to tremble but snaps out of it by rapidly shaking her head. “...but even then, there are other aspects to consider. For instance, I decided one of my goals is to enter the Hall of Fame which means I plan to focus more on training and battling my Pokemon, and I know that’s something you struggle with. If we were together… a-as travel partners, I mean!... I think that might make you more inclined to leave Hoenn. It wouldn’t be fair to you.”

"B-but you look like a good trainer, someone I have to learn from, and…" Avril is already more in trouble with this question. Sure, Poppy would love to travel with such a trainer, as evidenced by her chirps, but Avril? Not quite that enthusiastic. "And…"

That's not really where she wanted to go and, in fact, she feels almost stuck. "If it was too much for me, I still wouldn't need to leave Hoenn…" the blonde girl mutters, almost whispers, before looking down at her skates. June's answer can't help but remind her of the Monday afternoon skating session with the other waitresses, and how eager they were to see her improve, and how she felt like she was disappointing them…

"Sorry, I'm tired… may I sit here?" Avril asks, gesturing towards the free seat next to the other girl.

“Oh… please do!”

And so, the blonde girl slowly twirls and lands on the seat. "So yeah… that is a valid point but… I wouldn't leave Hoenn for that. That's what I know…"

“And I’m glad to hear that at least. But if you can’t contend with how it’d be unfair to you, that does lead me to my next point. While I really do li- care for you, I’m not sure if I could quite make that sort of commitment right now. I mean, I’d certainly like to…” June starts to wander adrift while her cheeks grow a brighter shade of red. “...but that was another thing Marie brought up! There’s so much to do, so much to see, but if we were together, not as traveling partners, but as gir- I mean, together in that sort of way- well, wouldn’t the energy put into that exhaust both of us from trying to balance our incompatible goals?”

Marie here, Marie there… Avril clenches her fist, but not the one on June’s side. As much as she doesn’t like the older girl, or how she got herself involved in all of this, it’s really not easy to argue against her points, because she is more experienced on this whole thing.

She doesn’t reply right away, and instead looks around the lobby, noticing Einstein and Poppy playing in the background. Both can float now, so it’s almost obvious for the Fairy-type to take the chance and teach some of her moves to the much larger Bug-type. That also reminds her… of yesterday. Again. But rather, the thing that happened after the skating practice. The fateful meeting with Tsu, her kind words… Avril sort of plays with her skates, letting them go back and forth.

“Marie says a lot of things… but I don’t think she’s right this time!” She finally explains. “Well, we sure got lots of things to see, who knows what the future holds, but like… like… we have to enjoy the good moments we g-get to spend together, that’s what I w-wanted to say!”

“What do you mean by that?”

"W-what do you mean what do I mean?"

Avril looks down. "I got some friendly advice too, if… you could call it that way. And it says that even if we go through bad moments, there will be good ones to even things out…" She looks at Einstein and Poppy again now, slowly raising her head. "Like in Petalburg, yes. So what we have to do is that we can still get those moments and that nothing ruins them!"

“Right, I see. I’ve certainly heard similar advice before… but I think I understand what you’re trying to say now. The balance between good and bad is an essential part of life, but what I worry about is how there might be a bit of an imbalance.”

“Uh…” Avril feels more tense now. “Why do you think that…?” She replies, hands trembling.

“As I had said, my aim to enter the Hall of Fame might be hard to reconcile with how you feel about Pokemon battling. I saw how you were during your battle with Wally, and some of my current Pokemon or other bug-types I hope to catch are about as, if not more brutal than Venus. If I were to have a rough battle like that with you by my side… I’d be hurting you in a sense and I’d hate to do that. And that’s only one example of how that dichotomy might not work out so well…”

The blonde girl just glides over that topic. “June… want something to drink while we continue? I could go and get something at the Cafè…”

“...well I suppose I am a little thirsty, but um…” An intense effort seems to be made by June to stop choking on her words. “...I’d like to know what your response is first.”

Internally, Avril is rolling her eyes multiple times per second. Part of her wants to believe that June did get over her, and is just forgiving her only out of pity. Part of her simply thinks June is caring too much about her, and paradoxically, that’s being a problem. That results in the blonde girl making a bunch of incoherent sounds before speaking up, urgency in her voice. “Ok whatever, I won’t be there to watch those battles if you’re afraid I’d hate them! But I’ll be there in other situations, I’ll wait for you in the Gym lobby, and…”

Avril at this point just gets up on her skates again. “W-what would you like, June?”

June sits in silence, mouthing multiple answers before deciding on anything. Einstein zooms in as if to check in on her. “...I’d just like some water, please.”

The other girl just nods and quickly reaches the Café area of the Pokémon Center, where she’s able to get a cup of tea for herself and a glass of water for June. And… some time to breathe. After some concerned looks from the staff, she comes back to June with what they ordered, and places her tray on a nearby table. Or rather, tries to.

The table is much lower than Ebb and Flow’s and it’s easier to lose balance. Avril falls backwards, however she doesn’t actually hit the ground somehow. It turns out that Einstein used his psychic energy to prevent her and the beverages from falling to the ground.

The girl’s yelp also is incredibly short, and quickly gives way to a positively surprised look on her face. “T-that worked… that was so good, thanks!” She says, her body still somewhat stuck. “I… oops, that was my bad.”

“O-oh no, I’m sure it was no problem for Einstein! Especially after today, when he tried keeping a nearly 200 pound Tauros in place. It couldn’t have been too much to help you out.” June says with a stifled giggle, looking and sounding slightly less anxious.

“Wow… he really must be so strong now! But…” Avril now has a sad smile on her face. “I bet he has a heart of gold too.” As Einstein’s powers wear off on her and she finds herself sitting on the floor, she lets out a giggle herself, looking towards June and blushing even more than usual.

“I hold no doubts about that. Ever since he evolved, he’s tried comforting me as much as possible whenever I’m down and uses Confusion to help people. It’s something I actually need to adjust to, because he was completely immobile as a Dottler, but now he almost always wants to stay outside of his Pokeball.”

“Aw…” is all Avril can say, as she slowly gets back up and sits next to June again. “That’s lovely, he really sounds like… Poppy!” She then comments, taking a sip from her tea. Maybe talking about Pokémon for a bit will calm her down…

“I suppose they have a few similarities, yes.” June giggles. ‘He does occasionally use Confusion in ways reminiscent of Poppy’s Fairy Wind, albeit more reactive than proactive.”

“Yeah… Poppy sure likes taking the initiative!” Avril nervously laughs. “But it’s also true that she’s not that powerful just yet…”

“Well, does Flabébé evolve from or into anything?”

“Oh, uhm…” Avril stops for a moment, taking a look at her starter Pokémon, who’s playing with Einstein again. “She definitely does, but… well… there’s a simple problem. If she evolves, she might become too big to stay comfortably on my head! It’s been like this for years now and habits don’t die so easily…” Avril smiles. She knows that Poppy’s evolution might be something she has to deal with in the future, but she’s not very concerned about it now.

“I understand what that’s like, trust me. When Einstein first evolved- well, you were there when it happened. I couldn’t carry him around anymore because of his weight, and I felt I grew slightly detached from him. But it was a necessary step in order for him to grow and get to where he is now. It paid off in the end, so to speak.”

"I remember that, yes…" Avril looks at June, this time a bit afraid of having put herself in a corner. Now she's telling the blonde girl that she should evolve Poppy, or what?

"Look, maybe it will be the same for us too, but it has to happen at our own pace I suppose…"

“...wait, do you mean ‘us’ as in you and Poppy or ‘us’ as in you and I- I mean, I only thought that because it does sound applicable to our situation so assuming the latter is the case, um...” An unsteady finger taps her lip. “Commitment is something that I’m not sure if I’m capable of, so if we were to take it at our own pace isn’t the worst idea… um, that wouldn’t be leading you on, would it?”

Was it really what Avril meant though? Probably not, judging by how nervous she also looked. But June's reply seems to give her hope again. "It's going to be fine," she says, trying to sound at least a bit convincing. "We're already having a good moment now, chilling in here after whatever happened on my shift! Well, I think so, at least."

“...satisfaction is earned through trial and error. That’s what my grandma always told me, and somehow her words always seem to come back to me.” June says to herself with a chuckle before turning her attention back to Avril. “I think that might be closer to what you were trying to say earlier, right?”

That also goes onto the list of relevant advice Avril has received lately. The girl nods with a smile as she holds her pendant before speaking up again, and blushes slightly when she does. "Yeah, that… that sums it up, June."

A wide and goofy looking smile forms on June’s face as she’s flushed as well. “I’m sure we can work something out. I do remember you mentioned you were improving, which does bode well… b-but just to make sure, you’re absolutely fine with everything, r-right??”

"Hm… everything everything? I don't really k-know but…" Avril giggles nervously. She's not really good at lying, she'd just get herself found out. "But one thing I can promise! I'd let you know if I don't like something, instead of running away like I did…" she smiles. She really looks like a little Piplup, doesn't she…

“That’s certainly a good start.” June responds in a comedic tone. Her pupils dart left and right, clearly unsure of what to do in such a situation and takes her time to formulate a follow-up. “So, um… what happens now?”

Avril finishes her tea right at that moment - it sure helped her stay awake for a bit longer - and that makes June’s question even more fitting. The problem is that she doesn’t have an answer ready, and once again remains quiet, pondering what to say.

In the meantime though, she leans on June’s shoulder, wrapping one arm around her. The other girl definitely reassured her enough to do that. “I don’t- I don’t really know, guess we’ll find out, but… thank you for trusting me, June…” She says. Her face is as red as ever, but June shouldn’t be able to see that.

June’s body stiffens up, and all she manages to say is “It’s no problem, really,” before slowly resting her own head against Avril. To tell the truth, the blonde girl couldn’t have expected a better ending to her day.


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6.7 Years
Junko "June" Enomoto
Tuesday, September 29th
Night
Oldale-Littleroot Township
While June is definitely happy about what just happened with Avril, she’s still not entirely sure if that’s what she should have done. The entire reason she asked the two of them to meet at the Pokemon Center in the first place was so she could stand up for herself and tell Avril that it wasn’t going to work out, but not only could she not do that this time either, she ended up agreeing to the exact opposite of that! Honestly, she wouldn’t mind under most circumstances, but Marie’s words linger about, filling her mind with insecurities about how it’s destined to end miserably. She won’t be very pleased to hear June’s decision. That’s why once June was able to have some time to herself, she decided to get a third party’s input on the situation at hand.

”Junko? You’re up later than usual. Somethin’ on your mind?”

“Hello mom! I’m sorry I haven’t called you as often lately, it’s just that I in fact have had a lot on my mind...”

”Well go ahead and tell me everything- I got my work turned in early so I can stay up a bit. Same can’t be said about your father though. He crashed the second he got home, and that man sleeps like a Snorlax.”

“I know, I could never forget after the camping incident...” June responds with a timid giggle. “Anyways, you remember Avril right?”

”Oooooohh- You mean that girl you met in Dewford?” June’s mom suddenly sounds a lot more intrigued. ”How’s that going?”

“Quite well! There was some conflict between us for a bit, but ultimately we worked through it and both of us seem to agree they can get better going forward.”

”You don’t mean…" June’s mom gasps. ”After only a week!? Damn, that’s impressive!”

“N-no, it’s not quite what I meant, um… I mean, you have the right idea, b-but we decided to take it slowly is all.”

”I see, I see. That’s a smart move actually. So many kids your age just rush into these sorts of things without thinking about it, I certainly wasn’t any different- don’t even get me started on your father!” She guffaws. ”But seriously, I’m proud of you Junko. That’s a very mature thing for you to decide.”

“Thanks…” June smiles slightly. “There is still one thing that’s bothering me though, and um, well there’s this other girl-”

”Oh no, I don’t like where this is going.”

“Nononono, i-it’s not like that!! Um, it’s just that this other girl who's older than me, Marie, is so much more experienced and has continuously warned me that she thinks being with Avril is something that would turn out poorly. So I’m worried that if she finds out that she might think less of me.”

”Earning the approval of your seniors must be important to you, isn’t it?”

“Mhm!” June aggressively nods.

”I totally understand that. But what in particular was she warning you about with Avril?”

“Um, you see- there was a point where Avril was heavily contemplating returning to her home region, Kalos, without so much as informing me. I did end up confronting her about it and Avril apologized, she seemed very genuine about it too. I forgave her, but Marie was certain she’d end up leaving Hoenn despite her apology, and that if Avril and I were together that I’d spend most of our time putting in an exhausting amount of effort convincing her to stay, which in-turn would take up time that I could use to work towards my other goals, and how our goals might be completely incompatible with each other which wouldn’t be fair to Avril, and-”

“Hey hey, slow down Junko.” Her mom calmly interrupts. ”Relationships are stressful, trust me, I would know. And these all seem like valid concerns, which is why I’d suggest bringing them up to Avril.”

“...I already have, actually.”

”You did? Well, what’d she say?”

“To put it simply… That’s how we decided to take things slowly.”

”Well, there ya go!” June’s mom snickers. ”Sure Marie might be disappointed, but if you’re happy with the outcome, so what? You know yourself better than anyone else.”

“I…” Somehow June didn’t come to that realization on her own despite how obvious it sounds, and the concept is mind-blowing to her. “...yes, I suppose that is true… b-but what if Marie was right and things do go poorly!”

”Then she was right and things go poorly.” June can very vividly picture her mom shrugging. “It’s not a satisfying answer, I know, but that’s just how life is. Whatever happens happens. Every decision you make has consequences, both good and bad. Nothing will ever turn out perfect, especially when it comes to relationships.”

“I think you might be correct.” June smiles as her fears are dispelled. “Um… thank you so much!!”

”Don’t sweat it. And remember, if you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask!”

“I’ll absolutely be sure to after tonight! Um, goodbye mom!”

After hanging up, it hits June just how exhausted she is. She’s been so anxious throughout the day she hasn’t changed into her pajamas, brushed her teeth, showered, or anything like that. Normally this would bother her to no end, but she’s willing to make an exception just this once to put it off until tomorrow. And thus, she sets her glasses on the nearby nightstand before crashing into the bed provided to her by the Pokemon Center and is fast asleep within seconds. Tomorrow is certainly looking to be a bright day.


🐞 June's Party 🐞

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  • Einstein (Orbeetle) M|Telepathy
    Struggle Bug|Super Sonic|Confusion|Light Screen|Reflect|Ally Switch
  • Chip (Wimpod) M|Wimp Out
    Struggle Bug|Sand Attack|Defense Curl|Aqua Jet
  • Sting (Beautifly) M|Swarm
    Attract|Silver Wind|Poison Sting|Bug Bite|Electroweb|Air Cutter
  • Kit (Surskit) F|Swift Swim
    Bubble|Quick Attack|Sweet Scent|Water Sport|Bubble Beam|Agility
  • Heracross M|Moxie
    Arm Thrust|Counter|Endure|Horn Attack|Aerial Ace|Night Slash

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6.7 Years
Junko "June" Enomoto
Wednesday, September 30th
Morning
Oldale-Littleroot Township
The very moment June steps out of bed she makes sure to do everything she glossed over last night. She starts by taking a nice relaxing shower to ease herself into the day ahead of her while processing everything that happened before passing out, namely the fact that she and Avril have something now. She doesn’t know what that something will look like or how it’ll go, but as her mother said, whatever happens happens. And even then, this isn’t considering the fact that last night could have just been a dream, because this doesn’t feel like it should be real. The only way she can really prove that is if she asks Avril directly, and after a thorough teeth brushing and a change of clothes, she heads to the lobby with the intent of doing something along those lines.

The other girl happens to be just there, in the lobby, talking to the Pokémon Center nurse and handing her a Pokéball. She looks rather absorbed into that task, and in fact it’s Poppy who first notices June and floats towards her with a smile.

“Why hello there!” June nonchalantly greets while Einstein nods. “I hope you both had a good night’s sleep.” Is that a normal thing to say? Maybe not, but if her tone of voice is convincing enough that might not matter.

The Flabébé just chirps, but that looks like an affirmative answer. She then leads June towards Avril, and perches back on top of her head once she’s close enough.

“Oh June!” The blonde girl exclaims as she turns around, seemingly startled. “Good morning… how are you today?” She blushes.

“I just woke up, but I’m feeling confident today will go smoothly… err, just to clarify, what happened last night wasn’t a dream, was it?”

“Oh… no, it's all true!” Avril chuckles. “Unless you’re talking about something else? I’m mostly talking about us talking over there and Einstein saving me and… you know…”

“Of course, it was a bit of a silly question...” June gives a stilted laugh. Thank goodness. “It’s just a little surreal is all.”

“I don’t know, it doesn’t make that much sense to me either, but it’s happening anyways… I mean j-just look at us…” Avril smiles, her cheeks still red, as Poppy just giggles instead. “A-Anyways, shall we have some b-breakfast now?”

“That sounds... just swell!” June notices Einstein joining in on Poppy’s giggling. It only makes her more flustered, but at least he’s making friends. “I would like to ask though, what were you planning for today?”

“Uh… to tell the truth… not much!” Avril runs a hand through her hair. “The only important thing is my shift at Ebb and Flow, which leaves me time to… hm, get to know my Pokémon better, and see if my Wooloo is all healed up. And then… I don’t really know!” She explains nervously.

“I see… Um, I was wondering because I actually was considering departing Littledale very soon, and because we’re… y’know... that we could travel together? If you want to, of course!”

Avril stands there for a while without saying anything, empty tray in hand, and June starts to worry she might have touched on a sensitive subject given what happened in Petalburg. But it looks like she’s thinking about a lot of things at once, like during a difficult math problem. “Ok ok, I should m-manage that! I’d l-love to come with you of course but I just have to m-make sure it’s ok if I don’t work this evening…” She eventually speaks up. “Yeah, it will be fine!” She says after a deep breath.

“How delightful!” Another goofy smile starts to form on June's face. ”Please be sure to let me know if anything comes up!” is what she’s about to ask, but she holds her tongue when pondering if that’d make Avril more guilty or not. “I… suppose I have some things I should do before being on my way.”

“Well… I might need some time to pack up all of my stuff, if y-you want to leave quickly, and since I don’t want to make you wait too long, I may have to… stay here a bit, I think.” The blonde girl explains, before moving on to get her breakfast. “We can f-figure out that once we’re sitting down?”

“That’s not a bad idea.” As she starts to wait in the cafeteria line it stands out to her how short it is. “It’s important to start the day with a nice meal, you know!”

“For sure!” Avril nods, and Poppy chirps as well. After all, some of the berries on the blonde girl’s tray look just perfect for her. June opts for eggs and rice with some broccoli and then heads over to an empty table.

“But as for what you were saying- I’m not in a hurry, so I could wait as long as you need to finish up your tasks. I mean, if I can spend the next few days camping with you… I-I’d like that a lot…”

“Oh… s-sure, we can do that of c-course!” Avril blushes even more. “So, I’ll just get everything r-ready here in Littledale and then we can continue our journey and…” She shakes her head quickly, startling Poppy, just to try and collect herself.

“I need to pack my bags as well, and we’ll probably both be done with that around the same time.” June says, pointing her chopsticks at her broccoli. “After that I would like to inform my aunts that I’m leaving, and... Well, you could come along if you want.”

“Hm…” Avril chuckles. “Interesting! But… no worries, you can go and meet them while I keep tidying up my room and checking on my Pokémon, and… and then we can meet again here, in the lobby. Sounds good?”

“Right.” June hesitantly scratches her chin. “That might be a good thing though- There might be some family drama involved.”




June stands in-front of the gate surrounding her aunts’ farm for what might be the last time on this journey. She’s hoping it’ll go smoothly and that Akira won’t still be bitter about June’s decision to be a Pokemon trainer. She doesn’t really plan to bring that up any more than is necessary though, so hopefully they can just flance over that topic.

“Juneeeee! Wait please!” A familiar voice is heard, coming from outside, right at the moment June is closing the gate behind her. A sweating, red mess of a girl rolls by her with a worried expression that soon turns into laughter. “I c-can’t believe I made it just in time!” She says between pants, fixing her glasses and her blonde short hair. On her feet, like the previous evening, are Ebb and Flow's skates.

“Avril!? W-wait, I thought you were- what are you doing here??”

“Oh, I… I…” The Kalos girl tries to catch her breath, a hand on June’s shoulder. “Let’s say I remembered a… a th-”

“Well I’ll be!” A booming voice announces. Seemingly coming from nowhere, Akira stands firm with her hands on her hips with a grin that reaches ear-to-ear. “I reckon everythin’ musta been worked out between you two! What’d I tell ya, Avril?”

“...I’m sorry, come again?”

“Y-yeah, at least it got better!” Avril nods towards Akira, trying to look a bit more collected but still too wobbly to really succeed. “And uh… I should’ve connected the dots… but I worked here for two days now…” A silly smile appears on the blonde girl’s face.

“Shucks, ain’t you two just the cutest lil’ thang!”

June continuously shifts her gaze between Avril and Akira in disbelief. “What- how did I not-”

“Oh, she didn’t tell ya Junko? Well lil’ miss Avril here came moseyin’ over to me askin’ for love advice.” Akira proudly tips her hat upwards with a single finger. “Ya can thank me for that!”

“O-Oops… I came here to do some work but then of c-course, this came to the surface!” Avril blushes, while Poppy giggles from above. “I got useful advice overall, though!”

“Don’t forget that I helped as well!” Giorgia shouts from a distance.

“Well, that’s certainly a twist.” June blushes. “B-but we’re just taking it slowly for now!” Avril chuckles at that, but then nods approvingly.

“That ain’t such a bad idea.” Akira crosses her arms. “Shoot, me ‘n Giorgia did the same way back when, and it worked out pretty well I reckon. Now, is that all ya was gonna say or were you gonna tell us somethin’ else?”

“Right…” June clears her throat. “Initially I had come here to let you know I’m- we’re going to be departing Littledale soon is all. I probably haven’t stayed as long as you’d like, but I need to go to Slateport- I have something to return to Mr. Yamiguchi.”

“Is that so?” Giorgia asks as she walks closer, giving her wife a peculiar glance.

"Ooh?" Avril chimes in, rolling slightly closer. "I mean… yes, that's the goal…!"

“Hm, yes, that is a shame. We would have loved to have you two stay around, but it’s to be expected since Junko is a Pokemon trainer afterall. And speaking of which, I believe Akira has something to say about that, don’t you?”

“Shucks, already?” Akira scratches the back of her head. “Guess I couldn’t hold my tongue forever, huh?”

“Wait, what do you mean?”

“It’s about yesterday,” Akira sighs. “After I stormed out on ya yesterday Giorgia talked some sense into me, and lord knows I can’t disagree with her… and maybe those ol’ puppy dog eyes ya gave me pushed me just a smidge- Even though I still think Pokemon battlin’ ain’t nothin’ more than senseless violence, I think if there’s anyone I can trust to battle ‘em responsibly, it’s definitely you, Junko.”

“Oh…” June places both hands on her chest as if to contain her rapid heartbeat. “R-really? You mean it?” Avril gives the other girl a friendly pat on her shoulder in the meantime, blushing evidently as she does.

“Well, after seein’ your battle I think you could still use some improvement, but I can see you care more for your Pokemon than Junichi and that varmin’ Tetsuo. They wouldn’t be such a good help on the farm if ya didn’t. You work harder than a Tauros on a hot summer day, and speakin’ as a farmer myself, it’d be unwise to not respect your gumption. What I mean is- I support your decision, Junko.”

June’s eyes widen, taking a second to even believe if what she hears is actually happening. Second time this past 12 hours she’s had to do that. When the shock wears off, she can’t help but throw her arms around her aunt, shouting “Oh, thank you so much!”

Avril's eyes sparkle as Poppy chirps from above. She lets out a rather loud "Aww!" as she stands close by, before chiming in herself. "Actually, I'm so happy I didn't miss this…"

“Shoot, I’m glad you're here too!” Akira looks down towards Avril as her niece detaches from her. “Knowin’ how we’re like two Doduo heads when it comes to Pokemon battlin’, I trust you’ll make sure she won’t go cattywampus.” She chuckles.

"Ooh, well, I…" Avril laughs nervously. "I guess I can help in that sense, yeah!" She looks more towards June than Akira.

“I’ll make sure it won’t get to that point.” June says. “But I still couldn’t be happier right now! It really does seem as though everything that can go right has so far.”

“Sure hope it stays that way!” Akira shouts. “Since you two are gon’ be takin’ off it’d be wise to wish you both good luck! Travelin’ through Hoenn won’t be easy- but I figured Junko musta known’ that already.”

“Um, thanks! But yes, we should be on our way now. Goodbye Aunt Akira and Giorgia!”

"And thanks for everything, really!" Avril adds right away.

"It was a pleasure having you both over! If you're ever in town again don't hesitate to stop by!" Giorgia says with a gentle wave.

“Aww, c’mere!” Akira ropes her thick arms around June and lifts her up into the air for a tight hug- perhaps a little too tight. Any more pressure would snap her like a twig! It doesn’t bother her too much though, as she knows her aunt has her own ways of showing affection.


🐞 June's Party 🐞

🌼ft. Avril Reese (Eleanor)🌼
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    Struggle Bug|Super Sonic|Confusion|Light Screen|Reflect|Ally Switch
  • Chip (Wimpod) M|Wimp Out
    Struggle Bug|Sand Attack|Defense Curl|Aqua Jet
  • Sting (Beautifly) M|Swarm
    Attract|Silver Wind|Poison Sting|Bug Bite|Electroweb|Air Cutter
  • Kit (Surskit) F|Swift Swim
    Bubble|Quick Attack|Sweet Scent|Water Sport|Bubble Beam|Agility
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Cubeth

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Jordie "Jo" Hughes
Wednesday, September 23rd
Chapter 3: Part 4 - Fishing Trip Part 1
11:00 - 11:05 Lake Petalburg
“Gosh, this is tedious!” I give a long sigh, my attention going from the fishing tackle to my thoughts and to the tackle again. I've been at Lake Petalburg for how much…? I have no idea, I can't look at the time right now, it feels like ten minutes or something.

People always say fishing is a peaceful activity, but this isn't peaceful, it's boring. There's nothing particularly exciting going on here; definitely not something I'm looking to do more often during this journey unless, well, I have to catch another Slowpoke.

The only incentive I got to do this is fishing up that Slowpoke in the nearby Route, so I could later teach it how to use Psychic Terrain. And yeah, I know I'm making a huge deal for something I said I might not use in the long term, but it's all about having options, y’see?

I believe I already went through a whole discourse of why I need to complement my strategy with another move. Trick Room is all about speed control, and as long as priority moves bother me, I'm prone to be beaten easily.

This would be way less problematic if I could legally catch more than one thing per area. Don’t get me wrong, I'm in complete agreement with these laws of pokémon preservation, but they are making my job way harder than they should!

And nothing has bitten yet.

“I want action!”

I sigh again and then I yawn. I look to my left and see Boo running around happily. Of course, now that his arm has fully grown he's the happiest pokémon out there.

“Baby Boo, don't run too far away, okay? Also don't swing your arms around too much, we don't want to lose an arm again, do we?”

The Clobbopus turns his sight at me and with a cheerful jump comes running to where I'm sitting.

“Well at least you're having your fun. Good boy. Now let's wait together for a… bite?”

I instantly direct my focus to the lake as I start feeling something pulling. It's weak, but enough to make me realize that I finally got something.

I firmly grasp the fishing pole and start pulling it back to me while I reel in with my free hand, maybe in a really exaggerated way for the weight I need to pull. Of course, I succeed, and from the string hangs something that I can barely take a look at before it drops on the ground and starts panicking.

“A spider?”

The pokémon is able to get back to its legs and starts looking for a way back to the lake. It would be easy for it, if just Boo wasn’t blocking its path because he thinks it's playing with him.

As the pokémon's panic builds and its movements start becoming weaker but more desperate, I think I understand what's going on. It can't breathe.

It's a pokémon that can only survive underwater. As far as I'm concerned, something like that couldn't happen. Water pokémon adapted to survive on land as well, at least for a small bit of time like Magikarp and Tentacool's case. But this pokémon is literally dying just for being a few seconds outside of the water.

“Boo, get out of the way, you're killing it!”

I quickly put the fishing pole behind to pull the Clobbopus to my side. After seeing the opening, the spider pokémon runs to the water and jumps.

I sigh. “What am I going to do with you, baby Boo?”

“Boo!” he cheers.

I shake my head and get up to organize the fishing stuff and return the rod I borrowed. I did what I came here to do, so I don’t have more time to waste here. Boo just stands there, observing the lake until he is suddenly attacked. I was barely able to see what it was, for I had my attention somewhere else, but something had jumped from the water to shoot a Spider Web at him and lock one of his arms against the ground.

Boo desperately tries to get up, but the Spider Web won't let him, so I have to put the rod away to help him so his arm doesn't come off again. Of course it won't come off easily, it's a trapping move, but it's too hard even for me.

After struggling with it for a bit, the Spider Web comes off, but that doesn't solve everything, of course. I get to see the aggressor this time, or at least half of its head, with its huge eyes spying on Boo and I.

Dewpider, the Water Bubble Pokémon. Water and Bug type. It can only breathe oxygen that has dissolved in water, so it wears a water bubble on its head when it walks around on land. When it comes across enemies or potential prey, this Pokémon smashes its water-bubble-covered head into them,’ the PokéDex says.

“So it really couldn't breathe. No wonder it's so angry right now,” I say to myself, then turn to the already provoked Clobbopus. “See? This is why you don't have to randomly jump in front of wild pokémon!” Boo doesn't even look back at me, instead he stares at the water. “Hey, listen! I’m talking to you, and I’m being serious!”

He continues to ignore me, and as his rage grows he starts running towards the lake. I grab him before he jumps, he's not too fast, but he swings his arm at my face, making me drop him and letting him jump into the water.

“Muk, he hits hard…”

Inventory:
Spoiler:
- 25 Dusk Balls
- X-transceiver
- ₽0
- Eviolite
- Aggronite
- Keystone
- Coaching TM

Jo's portrait made with: https://picrew.me/image_maker/1140610/
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Cubeth

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Jordie "Jo" Hughes
Wednesday, September 23rd
Chapter 3: Part 5 - Fishing Trip Part 2
11:05 - 11:10 Lake Petalburg
Boo is a capable swimmer -he's done this since he was born-, so looking for this spider bully should be an easy task.

He's gotta teach her not to pick on others for no reason. After all, she attacked him just because he wanted to play. This 'Dewpider' -that was the name, wasn't it?- needs to be taught a lesson. If he does that, Jordie will most definitely praise him for it, he thinks, in the same way it happens when he does something right during training.

The Clobbopus follows her shadow to the bottom of Lake Petalburg, but his attention quickly diverts to the amusing beauty of the underwater world. It's smaller than the sea, but it's amazing as well. There's creatures he's never met before like the red lobster hiding under those colorful pieces of cardboard, or the grumpy Clobbopus with the shell. Will he grow a shell as well? It must be very uncomfortable to move with it, Boo doesn't want that, he hopes he doesn't grow a shell.

He keeps exploring the lake on his own until under a rock with a piece of cardboard, a bigger red lobster tries to scare him off, brandishing his pincer at him. Boo growls at the big red lobster and is about to jump at him as well, but a group of Dewpider escaping from their hiding spot after the red creature appeared reminds him what he came here for in the first place, so he follows those creatures, swimming a few feet above them and trying to identify his bully, but none of them seem to be her, so he goes look in a different place.

He gets to a darker and emptier part of the lake and as he starts thinking that maybe there's nothing here, he also starts to consider going back to his trainer. It's starting to get scary here too.

He starts swimming away from that area and closer to the surface, but he is suddenly stopped by another spider web, which drags him back down.

This time it comes off easily, thanks to the water, and it allows him to turn around and take a better look at his attacker.

The same Dewpider from before is finally in front of him and she still seems to be pretty angry at him for no reason. She starts walking in circles around him, maintaining her distance and gets on guard the moment Boo gets up.

The Clobbopus charges at her with a punch, but she easily dodges it by shooting some bubbles to propel herself. After having his attack dodged, he's attacked by a peculiar gas that starts burning his skin and distracts him for enough time for the Dewpider to swim away.

Upon realizing the spider creature started fleeing, Boo tries to follow the path of bubbles she left behind. It goes up to the surface, where the bubbles start to be more concentrated, which tells him she could be nearby. He scans the lake from one side to the other and he spots the huge head of the spider, so he charges at her once again with his quickest attack, Feint.

The Dewpider hisses at him after being pushed away by Boo's ‘superhero punch’, and even angrier at him now than before, jumps directly on his head to attack him with a biting attack.

Boo tries to take her off his head, but the Dewpider sticks herself on the back of his head with Spider Web. At this point, Boo realizes there's no way he can win, so he tries his best to find a way to get out. Swimming with the extra weight on his head is hard, so he is unable to walk too far, however, it's enough for him to identify the hook coming from a fishing rod outside.

With the last of his strength, he uses Feint once more to get to the hook and just lets himself get pulled up.
It took time for Jordie to get the guts to pick up that fishing rod again, but in the end they did. They were allowed to fish here only once, but there was no other way for them to take their Clobbopus out of the lake. They just hope there's no repercussions from this after what happened in Dewford.

There's a bait, and that makes the trainer start reeling in like crazy, their heart beating as fast as it does at the end of a workout session, except that this time it's from the anxiety, nervousness and anger they feel at the moment, all combined. Whatever is biting this time is heavier than the Dewpider from before, but it puts no resistance to being taken out of the water. When the hook finally comes out of the water, the pokémon they fished up flies over Jordie and falls behind them.

The trainer drops the fishing rod and turns around to see what pokémon they fished up this time. Turns out it was Boo, thankfully, with a piece of Spider Web hanging from the top of his head, but he brought something else with him: The same Dewpider from earlier, which lays on the ground with its legs extended a few feet away from him.

'Is it dead?,' is what Jo thinks for themselves before turning their attention back to their pokémon.

To their own relief, the Dewpider is alive, but it takes time for it to get up and recover. As soon as it sees Boo, it prepares for battle by blowing a bubble from its rear to cover its head. Jordie looks at that with amusement, but that's not enough for them to want this to continue.

“That's enough of you, we are going to have a stern talk about your behaviour!,” they say, but Boo ignores them, swinging his arm in the form of a clumsy punch against the spider, who gets stunned by it.

Aside from the fact that Boo doesn't know how to throw a punch, Jordie gets in an even worse mood for being ignored by their pokémon again. And it gets even worse after he follows by violently striking the wild pokémon's bubble with a Rock Smash that makes its bubble pop.

The Dewpider tries to run away from the Clobbopus, but he doesn't let it escape. Jordie sees this and knows there's no way it's gonna make it to the water, so without thinking twice they toss a Dusk Ball at it, where it's safer. The Ball shuts without even shaking, which tells them that the Dewpider is definitely better there.

Jo picks up the Dusk Ball from the ground, and Boo looks at them with a confused look. He answers them with a nonchalant “Boo!”, but Jordie isn't having any of it now.

“You can't do that! You can't just give up on your anger and attack other pokémon for no reason, and even less jump into a lake because of it!” Boo puts his head down, like a kid that knows they messed up and is being scolded by their parents, which is more or less what is happening right now. “My Trainer License is in check, y’see!? I have to be careful not to break any more rules or I’m doomed! My whole career is doomed!”

They turn their pokémon around, taking off the piece of Spider Web that was hanging from his head. They also see some biting marks on his head, but they are disappearing. He doesn't seem to be hurt aside from that, just tired. “You also have to learn to punch better, don't swing your arms around like you do, you're going to lose another arm that way. I already told you that.”

“You’re staying in your Ball from now on. I’m taking this Dewpider to the Pokémon Center as well, she’s part of the team now and you’re gonna be good to her, okay?” Boo doesn’t seem to understand that last bit. Jordie sighs, of course he doesn’t.
Jordie caught a Dewpider!

Female - Water Bubble
Bubble Beam / Infestation / Spider Web / Bug Bite / Water Gun / Bite


Inventory:
Spoiler:
- 24 Dusk Balls
- X-transceiver
- ₽0
- Eviolite
- Aggronite
- Keystone
- Coaching TM

Jo's portrait made with: https://picrew.me/image_maker/1140610/
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Natsuko Soyokaze
Wednesday, September 30th; midday
Route 103



Tsu looks out over the water of Route 103, and at the barely visible building on the horizon. She'd found herself in an unusual position lately, where her friends were coming to her for advice. First Avril's concerns about being a Trainer, and then Ed and Sunny asking about the upcoming Route. She felt pretty confident that she'd helped her friends out, but it's time for her to head out again.

Speaking of Avril, Tsu had received a text from her yesterday about the reward for the report they'd worked on together, but she'd been too late to make it back in time to pick it up. But, Avril had left it at the desk, so Tsu was able to pick it up regardless. Riptide and Stacy both like the smell, so she's letting Rip keep it with him inside his Lure Ball for now.

And while her mind is on the pair from Kinyo, doing research on this Route for the two of them had told Tsu all she needed to know: she needs a boat to cross, it'll cost most of the money she has left, and she has no idea how to drive a boat. Luckily for her, she'd had time to come up with another solution.

She strides out onto the docks, bypassing the rental shack entirely. The man inside, who doesn't look much older than her, watches her suspiciously. It makes sense, seeing as she hadn't payed for a boat, but it makes what she's about to do slightly harder...

She takes off her backpack and hat, then quickly takes off her shirt, revealing her bikini underneath. She hears a noise from inside the shack, so the man inside is definitely watching her now. She'd thought it would be weird to walk through town in her swimsuit, but somehow this is more embarrassing, undressing in public.

Her skirt is next, and she quickly puts her outerwear inside her backpack, pulling a Poké Ball from her trusty leg pouch. She sends out Stacy, and can't help but grin as she hears the young man in the shack yelp in surprise and fall off his chair. Stacy slides into the water, leaving just her head above the surface.

"Wow, is this really that deep?" Tsu starts to reconsider, but Stacy moves closer to nuzzle Tsu, banishing her doubts. "No need to worry! This'll be a cakewalk! Or... swim. Cakeswim? Hmm. It'll be simple."

Tsu secures her glasses to her head with a nylon strap, puts her hat and backpack back on, and hops off the dock onto Stacy's head.

And immediately slides into the water.

She spits out some water as she surfaces, kicking to stay afloat as she holds her bag over her head. "Okay! That didn't work! We'll try again!"

Tsu climbs out of the water, Stacy moving as close to the dock as she can, and climbs onto the Duchess's head once again, gripping her weird head crest... crown... thing. Unfortunately, even slight movements make Stacy twitch in that direction, and she finds herself falling into the water again.

"Hey!" The man in the shack calls out, "Need any help over there?"

"I'm fine!" Tsu yells back, refusing to look at him. "I'll figure this out! ...why didn't we practice this sooner?"

With a bit of effort, she learns she can sit more comfortably just behind Stacy's head, leaning forward slightly and supported by her top fin. If she stretches, she can even grab Stacy's crest like handlebars on a bike, though Stacy isn't used to that and tosses her head a little when Tsu tries.

"Okay, sorry! Just... take it slow, we got this." Stacy lowers her head into the water, darting forward quickly. Tsu is swept off in the wake, treading water and shouting at Stacy to wait. Stacy pops her head back up, allowing Tsu to climb up.

"You're going to have to keep your head up if I'm riding you. Can you try that?"

Stacy rolls her eyes, her mouth set in a grumpy frown, but she doesn't argue. It's not a very smooth ride for Tsu, though. Thrusting herself with just her tail is causing Stacy to frequently lurch forward as she swims, and Tsu has to quickly learn to anticipate and brace for this movement, or else lose her balance and fall in again.

But eventually, she feels more confident. "Whoo! This is awesome! And we saved money this way! We'll be over there in no time!"

⏰⏰ 2 hours later... ⏰⏰

With one final push, Stacy launches herself forward and onto the soft sand of the beach, sending Tsu tumbling to the ground. Sun-baked, sore, and inexplicably exhausted, Tsu barely has the energy to sit up. "Whoo... we made it..."

Despite her initial enthusiasm, Tsu was not prepared to ride across the water for as long as she had. The unfamiliar sitting position was hard on her hips, and between the sun beating down on her and the light reflected up from the water, she's certain she'll have sunburns in the morning. Even dipping down into the water hadn't helped, as it was colder than she'd anticipated, and rising back up just made the wind that much colder on her wet skin.

Stacy slides closer to Tsu, leaning in to nudge her trainer. Tsu groans, but pats the Duchess's cheek. "You did good, Stacy. I just wasn't ready for that. Next time, it'll be easier. And shorter."

After taking a minute to catch her breath, she rises to her feet, where an attempt to dust herself off reveals that she's now covered in sand, too. Not wanting to get her clothes dirty, she swallows her pride and resolves to enter Cottage Grove as she is. She'd read that there isn't a Pokémon Center here, but that the residents are somewhat infamous for allowing travelers to stay the night. Something like a rustic resort for fans of boating or fishing, or just a very friendly village.

She returns Stacy to her Ball, calling out Shiny in her stead. She isn't looking forward to more riding, and Shiny isn't quite the right size for a long ride, but sitting sidesaddle is easy enough for the short trip into town, and Tsu hops off and knocks on the first door she sees.

When the door opens, Tsu bows her head (partly out of respect but mostly out of embarrassment) to the resident. "Hello, my name is Natsuko. I don't mean to be forward, but I've had quite the day. Can I borrow your shower?"

The dark-haired teenager looks her over, then at Shiny behind her. "Uh... sure, come on in. Hey, Mom? We have a visitor. I think she's a traveling trainer."

Tsu returns Shiny as she follows the teen inside, but is stopped before she gets in too far. "Oh, your shoes. Mom doesn't like people wearing shoes inside, so if you could just take them off, please?"

"Oh! Sure, no problem. Thanks, uh... I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name?"

The teen just shrugs. "That's 'cuz I didn't say it. I'm Sam. Nice to meet you... Natsuko, right?"

Tsu nods, smiling politely. "My friends call me Tsu."

Sam blinks at that, then shrugs. "That's interesting. Maybe you should call me Samara, then, and you can call me Sam when we're friends."

"Oh." Tsu is slightly taken aback, not entirely sure how to talk to this girl. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend you."

"You didn't." Samara picks up Tsu’s shoes, pointing to the back of the house. "The shower is down there, it's the door on the left. I'll clean these up for you."

"Oh, you don't have to do that!" Tsu protests, but Samara is already heading outside. "Okay... thank you, then!"

When she doesn't respond, Tsu just shakes her head, following the directions to the shower. The girl probably meets new people all the time, and was probably just surprised by Tsu’s first impression. She resolves to clean herself up and hopefully make a better impression on any other residents she might meet.

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Kirbmeister

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Workshop of Dreams
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Arthur Weissmann
Location: Petalburg City
Pokemon at hand :
Friday, September 25th


Chapter 3 - 13
Renewed Will

For the first time in the time we spent together, I saw Vincent snapped. Well, he did blow his gasket during our time in Dewford, sort of... But this was a completely different ball game, never once I’ve heard him yell this loud before.

Yet, despite expecting harsh reprimand and sharp-eyed glare from him after the mighty roar, his rugged exterior slumped over with his face reflecting worry over what had just happened. The soft and caring look that he showed would make you regret all of your prior decisions, I know I did.

“Do you really think I’m dumb? You’ve broken the promise you made to me last night, didn’t you?”

“I don’t understand what are you trying to—”

“Really? So you are still going to deny it, huh?”

Vincent shook his head disapprovingly.

“The makeup below your right eye has started to fade, you know?”

“What?”

I was foolish. I didn’t realize that Vincent had intentionally spurred me to smudge the foundation I carefully applied to hide the dark circle under my eyes.

“So I was right.” He clicked his tongue.

“And so what? Like… Uh, why… Why did you… Uh…” My eyes shifted left and right as I tried with all my might to find any argument I could fling towards my mentor to ease his worry. I just didn’t want to argue with him at that point.

“You couldn’t even properly speak without a stutter…”

“I—”

I couldn’t find any words to quench his rage. He was right and as good as I was at hiding something, not even I could hide the pitiful state I was reduced to at the moment.

As if the situation couldn’t get any worse, Vincent’s body slightly trembled as I tried to escape the problem I’ve dug myself into.

Fearing a devastating repercussion from him. I cowered my head while shaking due to fear.

But as I closed my eyes, I found myself being wrapped in a calming warmth as the man who stood in front of me embrace me tightly.

“...You really are an idiot, huh?”

Vincent’s soft yet pained voice shook my already wavering heart, but thankfully before I could make a scene he was quick to lead our conversation away from the street near the gym towards a prairie nearby.

There was almost nothing there except the lush green wildlife surrounding us. Both of us sat down under the shade of a nearby tree that protected us from the blistering heat.

“...Do you know why Roland became a trainer in the first place?”

The sudden question he uttered caught me off-guard, but I could barely understand the context behind his question.

“It’s because of his brother, right?”

“Yep, long before the Scarlet Nova came into the scene, a Sinnoh sensation managed to take the world by storm. With how meteoric his rise to prominence, people gave him the sobriquet of the Crimson Comet.”

Of course, Crimson Comet was a nickname I haven’t heard in years. Looking at how many people who choose to forget his name nowadays, it was hard to imagine that it was once a nickname that was almost universally known.

It was a fuzzy memory since I was so little at the time, but I remember the moment that stadiums around the world quaked as they cheered on the man with the flowing golden locks who masterfully conquered the competition with his sharp wit while his charisma attracted rabid fans all over the world. Not even the popular Scarlet Nova’s fanbase was even remotely close to his brother back then.

“The fact is, I know the guy really well. Unfortunately, he’s too chirpy and hot-headed for my liking, but at the same time... I think I could say that he was a really kind and passionate guy who was loved by the others in the circuit.”

Vincent pulled out one of the cigarettes from the pack in his pocket and proceeded to light it up. The smoke he huffed from his cigarette may flow away into the sky, but the sadness he displayed on his face as he talked about his friend didn’t seem like it would go away any time soon.

“He was much more than just a trainer… Perhaps he was one of the so-called superstars. He lived and breathed Pokemon competition and he shone so brightly doing it that the name Crimson Comet truly fits him.”

“But of course, even the ones like him had to struggle eventually in the face of the stiff competition. He stagnated at one point, and with his competitiveness burning strongly he was unable to accept his current predicament. He forced himself far beyond the lengths he should’ve done, and he—”

Vincent took a deep breath.

“—Crashed and burned… So quickly… Just like a comet.”

He smiled bitterly.

“Arthur, I know how much you loved Pokemon training, but… If you continue like this, you will eventually face the same fate.”

“I know… But it’s hard because—”

“Because you’re a Weissmann?”

I sat with my head hung down as Vincent managed to read my thoughts like a book.

“There are hundreds of millions out there that want to be a Pokemon trainer, and only a tenth of them had the proper chance to attempt making their name as one of the greatest to ever do it. Not to mention there were less than a hundredth of them capable of breaking the ceiling and making it to the world stage. With only one trophy every single competition, don’t you think it’s sad for someone to hang their entire happiness solely on something that’s so hard to attain?”

He smiled softly.

I couldn’t say anything back. It was painful to hear, but it was because he couldn’t be farther from the truth.

My childhood life was spent mostly chasing the shadow of my grandfather’s glory. Not much I could do since that was the only thing I could do to satisfy the expectations of the people around my family… But looking back at that moment, was it really the only choice I had at the time? Could I take a different path other than subjecting myself to the endless pursuit I always pushed myself to do?

Seeing my troubled expression, he tussled my hair as if he was trying to calm down.

“I’ve told you, haven't I? As long as you’re happy, I’m fine with anything you want to do. There are still a lot of fun things you haven’t experienced yet in your life, you know? Who knows what’ll happen down the road, perhaps there would be something that’ll pique your interest much more than Pokemon training. So, yes, you should absolutely work hard, but don’t forget to see the bigger picture in your life too. There are so many wonderful things you’ll miss if you keep a one-track mind, you know?”

Just before I managed to answer him, he raised his body from the ground with a loud grunt accompanying it.

“Now, enough of the sad and serious stuff. You’ve beaten one of the toughest trainers in the world, kiddo! It’s time to celebrate with good food! Rejoice because your magnanimous mentor here has the kindness deep in his beautiful heart to treat his student a wonderful meal, mwahaha!”

“Geez… This guy is really one of a kind.” I mumbled under my breath as the man in front of me seemingly had a mood swing faster than the speed of light.

Seeing his boast helped me to match his obnoxious boast with an equally obnoxious request.

“Qwilfish sushi.”

“Okie-dokie, Qwi—” His face suddenly turned pale as he finally realized what my request would entail. “Whoa! Hold on, hotshot! Do you know how expensive—”

Of course, I knew. I wouldn’t ask such an absurd request if I didn’t. And as I walked away happily with a smug grin on my face, the man responsible for the offer seemed to panic as he tried to count how much money he had to spend.

Despite the rant he delivered about how underappreciated he was as a teacher and how bad it was for me to exploit his kind gesture, there was no mistake that there was cheerfulness emanating from his tone of speaking.

My mentor was one of a kind indeed. He dressed himself up without any care in the world, he also loved to brag about himself as if he was the greatest thing ever since sliced bread, not to mention the fact that he never gave up a chance to annoy me with whatever weird antics he could think of at the spot.

He was a troublesome guy for sure. But I was glad that he was there for me.

Thanks, Vincent.
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WizardOfOdd

Kirbmeister

Age 21
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Workshop of Dreams
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2.3 Years

Sophie
Location: Dewford Gym, Dewford Town
Pokemon at hand :
Friday, September 25th

Chapter 3 - 9
A Test Of Will
Part 2

“Come on, dude. Surely, you can do better than that.”

“I’m trying my best!” I shouted loudly.

It was so easy to reply with that word, but honestly, I was at my wit’s end. Despite how he casually presented himself, the caretaker didn’t seem to be fazed with any tactics I tried to employ. Multiple times I tried, yet there was no breakthrough at all no matter how many times I tried.

I should’ve not accepted the caretaker’s offer to prepare myself just moments before a gym battle, now I’m in danger of having one less Pokemon to battle the gym leader. Also, who was the idiot that didn't realize that the caretaker of a fighting-type gym might also use a fighting-type Pokemon? Apparently, the answer to that question was me.

The situation was so bad that the caretaker’s Machoke seemed to be more than happy to run in a straight line towards Stolz without caring about the risk of getting attacked.

“Stolz, Rock Tomb!”

The stone pillars that emerged easily entrapped the Pokemon called Machoke that didn’t even bother to change its direction of movement. I didn’t know much about Machoke, but surely it’ll do something.

And Machoke didn’t even bother to dodge, and as the stone pillars pinned it from above. I was left doubting myself.

This smells like a trap, I just know it, I thought in my head. I’ve barely scratched the surface on reading Arthur’s notebook to predict what the caretaker would do, but even I could sense that something smelled fishy about how the Machoke dealt with incoming attacks.

“Stolz… Uh… Rock Tomb again!”

“Sorry, but that’s not gonna fly, dude.”

My hesitation seemed to be costly once more, thanks to the delay the circle of pillars didn’t manage to catch the muscular Pokemon and Stolz had to eat a powerful kick to the jaw once more. Not only canceling the Rock Tomb but also caused Stolz to crash towards the gym wall.

There was no end to this cycle… Every single time we tried something new it always ended in Stolz getting its jaw kicked again. And even with the sturdy defense that was natural to its species, there was no telling how much more punishment it could take against such a powerful Pokemon.

“Arrr….” Stolz growled in defiance against the Machoke that had once again flexed its muscle to taunt it.

Clearly, there was something wrong with what I had planned, and so I was mulling over what I should do since there seemed to be nothing that managed to even graze the more powerful Machoke.

“So you finally decide on what to have for dinner?”

I instinctively raised my head with confusion.

“Oh, come on dude. Surely you’ve realized that I could have landed a few more hits while you rack up your brain like that.”

“But you didn’t, right?”

“Haha… Well not me, but are you sure the gym leader would do the same thing? Come on, I’m sure you already know the answer to that”

Argh… That was so dumb of me. Yeah, he got a point.

“Then what am I supposed to do?”

“Um… That’s your job to find out, dude. But all I can say is mulling things too much will not get you anywhere.”

“But… There’s not much I can do, I have to deal with typing disadvantages that I can’t overcome, I need more time.”

“Well, then you’ll lose.”

“Exactly, I’ll lose! That’s the issue!”

“Well, if you lose, you lose. What’s the problem with that?” The caretaker continued to smile brightly despite saying something negative.

His reply caused me to shake my head in disbelief. What’s the problem with losing? It was so baffling that for a moment I thought that he wasn’t sober when he said that.

“Hahaha, sorry. What I’m trying to say is, what’s the problem with losing? It’s not the end of the world. Remember when I asked how much experience you have before our battle? For someone who barely touched battling and doesn't even have proper education about it, you clearly have a great talent in Pokemon battling.”

“However, no matter how much talent you have, it’s going to take a lot of experience to make it truly bloom. It’s great to be careful, but you’re not going anywhere if you’re always afraid. It’s okay to lose, what’s not okay is if you don’t learn anything from your loss. So just try to see what works, and if you lose, big deal. You can just try again after you improve yourself, don’t be so hard on yourself.”

I couldn’t lie, there was still part of me that was unable to accept what the caretaker had just said. I was so used to the kind of world where there was only one shot to make a good impression, and once that window was closed there was no coming back. That’s the sad truth of the society I lived in. But at the same time… No, that could wait later, for now, I have to focus on the sight in front of me.

“I see, thank you very much.” I bowed towards the caretaker who seemed to be happy when he giggled at my action.

“Eh, don’t sweat it, dude. It’s part of the job anyway.”

And so, our battle resumed.

“Aron, charge!”

“Haha, that’s the spirit! Machoke, Low Kick!”

I was adamant that things wouldn’t end up the same, so I tried to use the first thing that came up in my mind.

“Protect!”

The invisible wall erected by Stolz was powerful enough to bounce off Machoke's powerful kick, finally giving us an opening to strike back.

“Bullet Punch!”

“Rock Tomb, straight ahead!”

Despite its wobbly posture as the attack approached. Machoke used its sheer strength to swiftly pound his right leg that was up in the air to the ground giving it a great position to execute the attack that seemed to be a punch. Fortunately, the stone spears that emerged from Rock Tomb managed to push it away.

Stolz was already heavily damaged due to my indecisiveness before, so at that point, I knew I had to be bolder if I want to win. Or so I thought.

“Well - well, this is much better. Okay then, I’ll stop here. Referee! I forfeit.

I was sighing in relief that the caretaker was happy enough with what we did after his advice. I didn’t know how I would fare against the gym leader but I knew that I only had the choice to hope for the best.

“Ehem! Since Leader Brawly has forfeited, the winner of this battle is Sophie!”

“Eh!?”
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Aquacorde

the more we love, the more we learn // the more we love, the more we BURN 🔥

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AGE: 17 ⟡ HOME REGION: Johto
DATE: Wednesday September 30 ⟡ TIME: Morning
LOCATION: 103 Crossing

Chapter 4 #12 - Canoedling

₽5,000 is all she has.

Someone to take her across is ₽4,000, which is far too much. A rental is ₽1,000, which is still a significant portion of her funds.

There's no other way across, though. Swimming across with Pokie would be agonizingly slow, and Stunnie would probably paralyze her for fun. Not to mention that her bag is only water-resistant rather than waterproof.

Clearly swimming would be disastrous, so she'll have to pay.

But.

Marie looks out over the water. Barring the Pelliper pedalboats clustered close to the shore and the sporty kayaks further out, most watercraft have two people to push them along. And the price is per craft, meaning… she could split the cost. With up to two others, by the looks of the canoes.

She sidles up to the rental counter.

"Hey, how frequently do people go all the way across?"

"Lookin' to get to Cottage Grove? We see a fair few goin' back and forth all day every day. We're a closer market for 'em than Mauport. Rentals are a thousand, easy rowin'. Or if your legs are stronger, pedalin's good."

"No, I-" She knows this kind of spiel. The young man behind the counter sounds like he's about to try and sell her on a chauffeur, so she lies. "I'm just waiting on a friend. Thank you."

She meanders away, cursing her choice of words. Because now, before she can show her face in front of that guy again, she needs to find a friend.

⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡

Sunny and Ed leave Oldale and walk down the road of Route 103 together, just like Sunny had wanted. Feeling a little put out at how quiet Ed is being, Sunny tries to start a conversation. "Feels good to finally leave Littledale, doesn't it?"

Ed stays quiet, and Sunny is concerned he's ignoring her, but he eventually relents. "...somewhat." he sighs. "I didn't hate staying there, it was a nice diversion for a while, but it does feel good to start moving again."

"Yeah!" Sunny perks up a little. "Moving forward, with new sights ahead of us! You might not have hated it, but I couldn't stand being stuck there much longer."

"Well hopefully you won't feel so stuck now that we're moving on." Ed replies bitterly, causing Sunny to look away.

"Yeah, I guess… hey, Eddie?"

"Yes?" He glances over to her, but she doesn't meet his gaze.

"...nothing. Forget it."

Ed keeps looking at her for a moment, but when she doesn't say anything, he looks back to the road. The two spend a few moments in silence until they see their destination up ahead.

"Hey look! Boats!" Sunny points to the rental shed. "Guess this is the place."

"What better way to cross the water?" Ed nods, until he notices the design of the boats. "Although, this isn't exactly what I was expecting."

"Tsu said there was a boat rental outlet, didn't she? What's the problem?"

Ed grimaces at a boat shaped like a Pelipper. "I guess I was expecting something more like the ferry. I didn't expect they'd be… hand-powered."

"Technically some of them are foot powered." Sunny smirks, Ed's bemused expression only making her grin wider. "Come on, let's go check them out!"

⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡

Marie sits at a picnic table outside the rental shack and contemplates her misprioritization as she sips a ₽300 lemonade, big sunglasses doing far more to shield her eyes than the badly placed umbrella. She's been here a while and asked a few cute people if they'd cross with her, but all those she'd spoken to had other plans.

Is she really going to have to go beg Avril or June to leave with her?

Ugh. No. She'll spend the money and go on her own before she stoops to that.

She wants to leave today, anyway. Littledale's only job opportunity seems to be farming, which is a lot of manual labor. At least she might be able to pick up some odd jobs in Mauville, or- or Mauport, the neat bridge town! There has to be something fun to do there.

But she has to get there before she can do any of it.

She sighs into her lemonade, but perks up almost immediately when she spots two familiar figures hovering around the docks.

⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡

"Look, all I'm saying is that it doesn't look stable. It could tip over at the slightest provocation!" Ed protests.

Sunny sighs in annoyance. "They wouldn't rent them out to rookies if they weren't safe, Eddie! I thought you'd prefer the pedals to having to use your arms."

Ed shakes his head, moving away from the smug-faced bird-shaped vessel. "I don't trust it."

"Ugh, fine." Sunny sulks along behind him. "Don't know why you're so picky. You've never even been in a boat before…"

"I understand the theory, and can guess how best to operate one." Ed protests, though she has a point. He'd gone to a summer camp once, but had refused to indulge in any of the water-oriented activities they offered, including a rowing course. He isn't sure if Sunny has ever been in a boat, either, but before he can ask her, he notices someone striding his way with purpose.

"Edison!" Marie calls, dumping a paper cup into an appropriate trash receptacle without breaking step. "And Sunny, too, wonderful, wonderful. I suppose you're both on your way out of Littledale, hm?"

Sunny bristles at Marie's approach, but she doesn't say anything rude, which Ed is thankful for. "Hello, Marie! Fancy seeing you here. You're correct, we're heading out to Mauville next, and apparently that way requires a boat. Sunny suggested one of these pedal models, but I was hoping for something more… practical."

"It'd probably be fine! You're just…" Sunny restrains herself, looking away from Ed now, too. "You know what? We're not gonna argue about this."

Marie's expression doesn't seem to change, but it's hard to tell beyond the sunglasses. "Well, I do happen to know that the rental price is a thousand for any craft, so take your pick! I haven't settled on one yet, but the wide-bottomed canoes look like a great choice for us, don't they? Enough space for all kinds of cargo!"

Sunny glares over at Marie when she says "us", but Ed follows her gesture to inspect said canoes. They seem to be in good condition, more than big enough, and the simple yet elegant design seems perfectly practical. "A logical choice, Marie. Do you have much experience boating?"

"Oh, a little bit of paddling here and there. Olivine's not a bad place for it, when the waves are gentle. This stretch looks much easier than those waters, though!"

Sunny pushes in front of Marie, cutting her off before Ed can reply. "I've paddled a canoe before! Hey, you want a logical choice, how about we all share one? So none of us has to go alone?"

This time, Marie's eyebrows definitely raise, but her voice is still cheerful. "Oh! That works out perfectly, doesn't it? Shall we go rent one?"

Ed is looking at Sunny in confusion, his brow furrowed in suspicion, but she just smiles innocently at him. Not at all convinced, he nonetheless heads back to the rental shed. "Yes, I suppose we shall. Sunny's right, it's the logical choice."

Sunny lets Ed get ahead of her, letting him put some distance between them before putting a hand in front of Marie to stop her. "Hey, Marie? Got a quick question for you."

"Hm?" Marie's lips quirk upward. "What's on your mind?"

"Well… it's just… what did you do to Ed? Why is he suddenly being so cold to me but so nice to you? Something's different, and I think it's you!"

Marie frowns. "I haven't done anything but listen to his frustrations."

"What?" Sunny stares at Marie, unable to get anything from her expression. She frowns at her reflection in the taller girl's sunglasses. "I don't even know what that means! What's he so frustrated about?"

Marie mimes zipping her lips. "Friends don't spill secrets, do they? You'll have to do your own listening."

Sunny looks over at Ed, already talking with the rental clerk. Her expression softens, and she looks unsure, maybe even nervous for a second. "What if he doesn't want to talk? How did you find all this out? What did you say?"

Marie shrugs. "He was… agitated, I suppose is the word, so I invited him to tell me about it. It took some coaxing, but I convinced him that friends lean on each other in times of need. It's funny that he didn't think so, now that I think about it. I expected him to have known, considering how close you two are."

"I don't think it's funny…" Sunny grumbles, but doesn’t argue further. "Look, I know we talked before, and maybe I don't hate you. But I also don't trust you. You're not all bad, but don't think I won't slap your ass if you try anything fishy."

"Oh- you want to slap my ass?" Marie's coy smirk flits back across her face. "I'll keep that in mind."

"Did I… miss something?" Ed stops a few feet from the two.

Sunny jumps in surprise, her face bright red. "T-that's not what I meant! I didn't, I mean, what I meant was-!" She shakes her head, turning away from Marie and that damned smile. "Just… forget it! Did you already rent a boat, Ed? Eddie?"

Ed looks from one to the other, filing this away for later. "I did. Since you two have the experience, I figured I'd let you pick the boat. I just paid for it."

"So generous!" Marie croons. "I've had my eye on the yellow one down here. Sunny, how are you at steering?"

"I'm… medium? Look, it's been a while."

"I'll do it then- so I'm in the back, Sunny in the front, and Edison- make sure our gear stays put in the middle, yes?"

Ed gives a little salute. "Yes, ma'am."

Sunny just nods, trying to remember what she'd learned and hoping she doesn't get shown up too badly. "Looks like you lucked out, Eddie. How were you going to cross without some strong women to help you?"

"With great difficulty, I'm sure." Ed rolls his eyes as he gathers their bags and they head for the boat.

⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡

Getting in was mildly entertaining. Actually setting out was the hardest part- the first five minutes could have ended badly about ten different ways- but forty-five minutes later their craft is gliding smoothly through the water- admittedly mostly under Sunny's power. Marie knows that her strokes aren't matching in drive, and her tricks to conceal that by steering them straight on are actually a mild hindrance. It's a good thing Sunny is no longer allowed to twist violently in her seat to send weird looks toward- either of them. Marie's not actually sure who half of those were targeted at. But now, Sunny seems to have mostly gotten into a rhythm.

"Sunny," Marie calls forward, having to raise her voice above the breeze. "Water break, please."

Sunny looks up at Marie's voice, apparently pulled from her thoughts. "Huh? Oh, yeah. Sure. Stay hydrated."

As if on cue, Ed retrieves some bottles from the bags, passing them out. "We're making good time, I'd say. Still not sure I enjoy this, but you two make it look easy."

"High praise! I will bask in this for the rest of the day," Marie croons. It's nonsensical and absolutely not serious and- oh. She did forget that she is still putting on an act for Sunny. Ah well, that will probably slide.

Sunny tenses, then relaxes. "Yes. Thank you, Edison."

Ed freezes at his name. Now it's him on the back foot. "What? Sunny, are you okay?"

"I'm fine! Why wouldn't I be? It's like you said, we're making good time. How could anything be wrong?" She turns to look over her shoulder, the canoe rocking slightly from the movement.

Marie murmurs a reminder. "Careful."

"Sunny, maybe this isn't the time for… whatever this is? Certainly not the place…"

"Whatever what is? I said everything's fine!" Sunny pivots in her seat, and Ed braces himself against the rocking. "How many times have you said you don't like being called Eddie? I'm just trying to listen! That's what friends do!"

"Again, I feel like your sense of timing is a bit off! This is… I really don't want to have this discussion right now!" Despite the rocking boat, he keeps his eyes on Sunny, not the water.

Edison sounds nervous and confused. Perhaps he would run like a flighty Stantler if they were on land, avoid the conversation as he'd tried to do even with Marie. But they are in a little boat, far from either shore, with nowhere to go.

Well, she supposes he could release Aster and take off swimming. But even panic probably wouldn't make logical Edison go that far.

Confident in that, she lays her paddle across her lap and rests her hands on Edison's shoulders. "What's wrong, Edison? Are you okay?"

Ed tenses under Marie's touch, but she can feel him lock in place, not likely to try and run. "I… not exactly?"

Sunny nearly stands at Marie's actions, but even she notices the movement of the boat, forcing herself to stay seated. "Just talk to me, Eddi- uh… Edison. What's wrong?"

Ed gulps, suddenly feeling very trapped. "It feels very strange to hear you call me that, Sunny. I distinctly recall you not being that fond of it. I mean… you're really the only one who calls me Eddie, and I don't use your actual name, so I just figured-"

"We're not talking about my name!" Sunny looks at Marie for half a second before shifting her focus back to Ed. "I'm just… trying to get through to you. I thought we were friends."

"Yes, this is a very friendly hostage situation we're in right now."

"Well maybe I wouldn't have to go to so much trouble if you'd just talk to me for once!" Sunny's temper is starting to rise, frustration evident on her face. "I had no idea you were feeling like this, because you never tell me what you're feeling! It's always 'logic this', or 'well actually that', until suddenly it isn't! What's gotten into you lately?"

"I… well, uh…" The unthinkable has happened: Ed has no words. "I don't know. It's… the world, maybe? There's more out here than I thought? I just… don't know right now. I need time to think!"

Sunny frowns at that, leaning in closer. "Where's that leave me? Where am I while you're thinking, Edison?"

Ed looks away first, slumping slightly despite the physical contact. Sunny turns around in her seat again, facing forward. "You don't know. Let me know when you figure it out, Edison."

"Sunny, I…" Ed reaches out, but stops short, pulling his hand back. "Can… can you at least call me Eddie? I… I don't mind if you call me that…"

Sunny tenses in her seat, then starts shaking. After a moment, she snorts out a laugh. "Sure, Eddie. I can do that. At least we figured one thing out."

"Credit where credit is due," Marie says flippantly, reminding the two of her presence and squeezing Edison's shoulders before drawing her hands away. She rather wishes they were on land now, because as much as she wants to stir the pot she doesn't want to- literally- rock the boat. "Shall we press on?"

⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡ ⟡

The rest of the journey is smooth sailing, and they arrive at the rental shack that officially marks the entrance to Cottage Grove.

Having done the least amount of work, Ed gets out of the canoe first to help tie it up and offer his friends a hand out, which both accept.

"Oof, I'm gonna be feeling that tomorrow!" Sunny slowly stretches her arms above her head. "Reminds me why I don't like the water."

"A nice change of pace from all the walking, in my opinion." Marie stretches similarly. "Edison, better do some workouts to get ready for your turn at chaufferring."

In the middle of stretching out his own limbs after sitting for so long, Ed just agrees. "Oh, yes. My turn, that seems only fair. ...wait, what?"

"You'll help me out next time, won't you? We do seem to end up travelling together, it won't be a hard promise to keep."

"No, I suppose not. And you're right, we do run into each other a lot. I suppose it's only the gentlemanly thing to do."

"Sure, gentlemanly. Like making me carry the bags." Sunny grumbles, conveniently drawing Ed's attention to her.

"That was one time, and I was kidding, you know that! And besides, you carry them so well." Ed retrieves his gear from the canoe, setting Sunny's and Marie's in two separate piles. "But now that you mention it, where are we carrying them? I'm afraid I didn't do as much research as I should have, I'm not entirely sure what is in this town."

"Less than Littledale, actually," Marie supplies, reluctantly grabbing her own gear, "but a few trip planning sites said it's very easy to find somewhere to stay. I suppose we just… ask around?"

"Oh sure, ask around. I'm sure everyone in town will be perfectly fine with a couple of traveling teenage trainers crashing for the night." Sunny recovers her bags, then talks to a sign post as though it were a person. "Hello, sir? Can I sleep on your couch? What's that? Every house is a bed and breakfast? That's so convenient!"

"Don't be rude, Sunny." Ed scolds her, earning a petulant frown and single-finger salute for it.

"Go camp in the woods, then. It's only- what, noon? You can make good headway down the route before dark," Marie sniffs, then pauses. "Actually, I suppose we all could. No need to waste half a day here, is there?"

Ed strokes his chin in thought. The trip over hadn't been that tiring, not for him, at least. And with little else to do in town, pressing on seems like the logical choice. "No need at all. We could resupply at that general store over there, and be back on the road before too long."

Marie claps her hands together, then offers her arm to Ed. "Lovely! Shall we?"

Sunny steps up to glare at Marie, making an annoyed sound not unlike a growl. Ed lightly boops her nose with one finger to silence her. "Sunny, manners." Sunny punches him in the arm in response, then turns and takes the lead. Ed winces as he rubs his arm, before sighing and offering it to Marie. "We shall, yes."

featuring Groc as Edison Kintobor + Sunny Dey


Spoiler: Team
Pokémon On Hand
Tuie ⟡ Natu ⟡ Female ⟡ Magic Bounce ⟡
Peck // Teleport // Stored Power // Cosmic Power // Ominous Wind // Confuse Ray

Stunnie ⟡ Stunfisk ⟡ Male ⟡ Static ⟡
Sucker Punch // Mud Shot // Thundershock // Discharge // Water Gun // Mud Sport // Charge

Cutie ⟡ Alolan Exeggutor ⟡ Male ⟡ Frisk ⟡
Bullet Seed // Hypnosis // Reflect // Leech Seed // Dragon Hammer // Barrage

Pokie ⟡ Slowpoke ⟡ Male ⟡ Own Tempo ⟡
Disable // Confusion // Yawn // Water Pulse // Growl // Curse
Spoiler: Inventory
Trainers' License [Johto and Hoenn] ⟡
$5,000 ⟡
Knuckle Badge ⟡
Dell Badge ⟡
TM Magical Leaf ⟡
Empty PokéBalls x 3 ⟡
5x Chesto Berries ⟡

Sunscreen ⟡
Berry-Print Bikini ⟡
Beach Towel ⟡
Oversized Sunglasses ⟡
Large But Lightweight Backpack ⟡
Rechargeable Battery + Charging Port Housing ⟡
Lidded Pot, Dishes, Chopsticks, Spoon ⟡
Camp Stove ⟡
Soap, Washcloth, Towel ⟡
Spoiler: Contacts
Dad ⟡
Mom ⟡
Brothers #1, #2, and #3 ⟡
Brawly ⟡
Brendan ⟡
Edison ⟡
Natsuko (via insta) ⟡
Sunny (via twitter) ⟡
Van ⟡
Wally ⟡

Eleanor

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Italy
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Avril Reese

16 - ♀ - Laverre City

Written with QueenNothing as Junko Enomoto

Pokémon / Inventory:

AVRIL'S MONEY: $44 000

AVRIL'S TEAM:
🌼 Poppy (Flabébé) ♀
Flower Veil
Synthesis, Fairy Wind, Grassy Terrain, Aromatherapy, Wish, Magical Leaf

🌼 Hydrangea (Shellos) ♀
Storm Drain
Water Pulse, Mud Bomb, Recover, Rain Dance, Mud Sport, Hidden Power (?)

🌼 Wisteria (Inkay) ♂
Infiltrator
Night Slash, Hypnosis, Topsy-Turvy, Pluck, Reflect, Psybeam

🌼 Thistle (Wooloo) ♀
Bulletproof
Tackle, Growl, Defense Curl, Copycat, Guard Split, Double Kick

Away:
🌼 Venus (Mawile) ♀ - at Littleroot Research Lab

AVRIL'S INVENTORY:
🌼 1 Empty Pokéball
🌼 2 Potions
🌼 Eviolite
🌼 Silk Scarf
🌼 TM for Ally Switch
🌼 5 Rare berries
🌼 Sea Incense

🌼 Holotch (phone version)
🌼 Fanclub Membership card - valid until October 17th
🌼 Various clothes and commodities
🌼 Pink Woolen Hat

AVRIL'S CONTACTS:
Jordie, Shuna, Natsuko, June, Marcella, Hikaru

AVRIL'S BADGES AND RIBBONS:
🥊

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🌼 Character art made with https://picrew.me/image_maker/338886
You, me and the world
Wednesday, September 30th - morning - Route 103 Crossing and Cottage Grove
Now it was Avril’s turn to get ready to leave Littledale. First, she gathered her things from the Pokémon Center, got Thistle back from the nurse (who reassured her that she was healing well, she would’ve just needed more time) and handed in the keys to her room. Then, she and June visited Ebb and Flow one last time, finding one of the waitresses in a very different outfit as she sorted out food deliveries - a perfect situation for Avril to just give back her skates without complaints and quit that job. And finally, it was time to cross the Littleroot Inlet: the two girls couldn’t resist the two-seater romantic rowboat, and gladly took it to the other side, with June eager to touch ground again and continue her journey and Avril mostly enjoying the view from the water. For once, the blonde girl is not leaving a place in sadness- her Littledale memories will not be tainted by a bad ending, like with Petalburg.

They reached Cottage Grove by lunch time, more or less. The tingling of kitchenware was already coming out from the tiny cabins’ open windows, but many were still outside, either fishing, just walking around, or looking at the newly arrived provisions. Now, if Avril was more interested in the latter, her eyes sparkling at all the fresh fruit and vegetables, June seemed slightly more enticed by the former.

“Say,” June speaks up. “Have you ever gone fishing before?”

“Oh, yes actually! Hm…” Avril runs a hand through her hair. “It was kinda fun, but I’m still a nervous mess everytime I pull up the fishing rod…”

“I haven’t had much luck myself.” June gives a stilted laugh. “I’ve gone fishing once while journeying and I didn’t find anything. It was disappointing, but I can see the appeal- it's reminiscent of bug catching in some aspects.”

“Well… this looks like a good place to try again, if you want t-that is…” Avril speaks up, blushing a bit. “There’s a lot of people fishing around here!”

“I suppose there isn’t much harm in trying, is there?”

“I guess not!” Avril giggles, hiding her mouth with her hand. And so, just a couple minutes later, the two girls are already talking with one of the fishermen about how to fish and what to find here. And speaking of which...

"Wait, how big!?" Avril yelps, shocked.

"A school can become almost… 8 meters worth of Pokémon, that's almost like an Onix!" The fisherman replies. "Here Wishiwashi are quite common, so their Schooling ability is even more powerful, and it lets them create bigger, well… versions of themselves."

“How fascinating! It almost reminds me of Combee, just much larger!”

The blonde girl is quite pale by now. "Oops, I… hope I didn't scare you away already?" The man replies. "Just know you don't have to worry, most Wishiwashi don't call a school so suddenly, so you'll be fine."

Needless to say, that terrible attempt at self awareness doesn't convince Avril. But she's still glad to see June attempt fishing, and see what she will find. She lets her take the fisherman's rod and makes way for June to throw the bait, then stands right beside her as she waits for, well, anything, to move the floater.

It takes about ten or so minutes for anything to really happen, but eventually something does take the bait, and June starts reeling it in as soon as she can. She struggles for a moment and has to rebalance herself a few times, but ultimately she succeeds and reels in a rather mean looking green fish with a blue stripe extending from its face all the way down to its tail. It violently squirms about while hanging from the line, but is otherwise harmless when out of water.

“Oh my!” June beams, proudly holding up her catch. “I caught a Basculin!”

Avril takes a couple of quick steps back when the Water Pokémon appears on the scene, but the fisherman doesn't seem scared at all. And so, slowly, Avril turns more confident, and dares to step closer to June again. Poppy though, she's a whole other story. She's already up in the air, ready to fire some Magical Leaves against the wild Pokémon, and only her trainer's nervous "wait for June!" stops her.

"Oh, nice job!" The fisherman chimes in from behind the girls. "Time for a little fight now, isn't that right?"

“Hmm, I’m actually not sure if I want to catch it…” June taps her lip. “I only have two Pokeballs left, and not to be rude to it but Basculin isn’t exactly the most exciting Pokemon. They are certainly tasty when brined in miso though!” Suddenly Basculin’s struggling starts to become more desperate upon hearing what June says. “Um, n-not if you’re not okay with it of course!”

“M-Maybe it’s better if we put it back into the water, then…” Avril speaks up. Admittedly, though, the scene in front of her eyes and the way June is acting is… somewhat funny. Case in point, Poppy giggles as she floats about.

“Perhaps so.” June looks at her catch with pity. “I’m just, um, not sure how I’d safely go about that…”

The blonde girl is just as uncertain though. She looks towards the fisherman, seemingly worried, to which he just says… “Well. If a Pokémon can’t escape right away, battling with it and knocking it out is one way to do it… it makes it way easier to remove the hook.”

Poppy has already casted a few glowing leaves, circling around her and waiting to be fired. But this time she doesn’t wait for her trainer to give her the green light, and eventually the homing leaves hit the target. Basculin, very clearly irritated by the barrage of leaves thrown its way, is finally able to detach himself from the hook and leaps forward at Poppy, baring its fangs, however Einstein quickly takes initiative and uses Confusion to hold him in place before hurling it an impressive distance before its out of sight and a plunk sound is faintly heard. “That’s one way to take care of it…”

“Good job Einstein… I feel like Poppy and I are lucky to have you as a friend, you know?” Avril looks very much relieved. “That worked out pretty well, right June?”

“Come to think of it, he’s never been the friendliest around other Pokemon, so it’s a nice change of pace!” Einstein zips over to Poppy and makes an upbeat sound with his wings presumably as a kind gesture.

“Well, either Poppy is a heartbreaker, or… he really did become more friendly after evolving! Either way, that’s great, hehe!” Avril blushes a little. The Flabébé simply giggles, instead.

“Well, that was cute…” The fisherman chuckles as well. “Do you want to try as well, girl?” He then asks Avril, who in turn glances at June. “If you’re both here helping… and that thing doesn’t actually come up… wait, are you sure that won’t happen?”

“If worst comes to worst, surely Einstein could help out with that!” June reassures.

That's good enough. Avril grabs the fishing rod, throws the hook into the water, and waits. Not that much though, because something is seen pulling the hook just after a few seconds.

It's pretty light too, and Avril easily lifts her own catch out of the water. The poor victim is a tiny white fish-like Pokémon, with teary blue eyes, flapping around as it tries to escape. "Wait, June, is that…?"

“I didn’t think their base form would be so tiny.” June says while looking at her phone. “But yes, that is indeed a Wishiwashi!”

"What? Oh no… please let it go! I don't want to harm you, I'll set you free…" Avril cries out, her eyes erratically moving between the Pokémon and everyone else around her. "What do I do…"

“Umm, the older gentleman had told us that they don’t call schools so often, right?” June looks to the fisherman for an answer.

"Oh, yes! And this one still looks too young to even be able to do that. So you're good to go!" He chuckles with nonchalance. "You can catch it if you want…"

But the girl still seems on the fence. Poppy reading up Magical Leaf again, ready to strike, doesn't help either. She just submerges Wishiwashi again into the sea water, where it eventually frees itself from the hook and swims away.
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"I'm not ready for that Pokémon yet, I'm really not…" she mutters, but her serious face still has a hint of happiness in there. "It was still fun though! Thanks."

“There’s nothing wrong with recognizing your limitations!” June encourages as she holds a finger up. “But yes, I enjoyed fishing as well. I’ll have to try it some other time, and depending on what’s available I might even catch my find!”

“Aw, I’m glad you enjoyed it! We can definitely try again sometime…” The blonde girl smiles, her red cheeks likely catching the attention of the fisherman.

“You know… I’m starting to like you two already! Would you be up to join me and my family for lunch? It’s on us, of course!” He laughs again. “Always glad to help out some traveling trainers.”

“Why, that sounds delightful!” June clasps her hands together. “Assuming you’re interested, Avril?”

“Oh, of course, June!” She chimes right in, blushing once again.

🎣🎣🎣

Food still isn’t ready by the time Avril and June are welcomed inside the fisherman’s cabin, but that gives them plenty of time to get acquainted with the rest of his family.

He introduces himself as Wade, while his wife Bailey and her mother, Ms. Shimizu are at the stove, cooking lunch together. an energetic young kid, a few years younger than June, is quickly setting the table, adding two more seats for the two girls.

“So you’re trainers? That’s so cool! I wanna be one too when I’m old enough!” He cheers. “And before that time comes, I wanna know some of your best moments! It’s always so exciting…” He continues, looking up at June. “You better keep an eye out for League Winner Finn in the future!”

“Of course, the rest of us would like to hear all about that as well.” Bailey adds. “Although we should warn you, our expectations might be a bit high.”

“Y’see we just love hearing about all the adventures traveling trainers have to tell.” Her mother continues. “But the last trainer we hosted, he was an interesting fellow. Told all these crazy tales about the ferocious beasts he found in the vast sea. Not that I think any of ‘em were true, but that young man sure was a good storyteller!”

Bailey nods. “Yeah, I doubt Gyrados can grow that big, but the energy he had when telling that tale almost made me believe him!”

“Well...I’m not sure if I can do that, I don’t have that many stories…” Avril speaks up once she feels everyone’s eyes on her. Like that would even change things…

Finn sits down right in front of the blonde girl, with an enthusiastic smile. “I’m sure you got a story in you! Even getting to Cottage Grove is not easy, so…”

“Heh, that’s just a sore topic!” The girl grimaces, looking towards June. “Uh… I mean before Littledale, of course...”

“It’s a bit of a long story…” June tries to laugh off. “Umm... maybe you have something interesting that happened before you even came to Hoenn!”

“Hm… I’m just hoping I can find something that’s interesting enough, you know… but I’m not the best trainer or anything, so…” Avril mutters, as she runs a hand through her hair. Right where Poppy is.

It is in fact the Flabébé who breaks the silence. She takes the stage, drawing small circles around the table’s centerpiece until she gracefully lands on top of it. The small plant that the family has put there acts as her support as she casts a faint Fairy Wind around her, dancing around the stem of her own flower.

“Oh right,” Avril fixes her glasses. “All Flabébé are born on top of a flower, be it one that grows on a Florges’s body or in the wild. Or are they really born, since a Flabébé without her flower is barely able to survive? Even after their super-tiny egg hatches, Flabébé use the energy that the flower gathers to live and get stronger. And then…”

Poppy winks as she casts a Magical Leaf - again, a weak version of the attack, just for show. She then springs up in the air, chirping excitedly.

“Oh yeah, eventually Flabébé become strong enough to live free, but not in the way you might think. They still need the flower’s photosynthetic abilities to gather energy…” The girl continues. “But their inner energy is now strong enough to keep the flower alive even when it’s detached from the rest of the plant. Or so I was told!”

Poppy flies through her vision, startling her as she tries to continue her explanation. “Of course Poppy did that too. She cut her flower from the rest of the plant and finally let the wind carry her onwards. She enjoyed floating in the fresh morning air, trying new tricks and pirouettes. Until…”

Poppy winks again. That’s exactly the tone of voice that she needs for the next part. Her floating gets more hectic, more erratic, as she focuses on using sudden, quick bursts of Fairy Wind to get where she wants. She notices a bunch of umbrellas on the ground and quickly dashes towards them, while Avril gives the scariest description of a storm she can think of - admittedly, it’s a bit basic, but given that the blonde girl is not really a fan of storms, it still works, and sets the mood quite well.

“The wind was strong, more than anything Poppy had ever felt. It took her far from home and into a different field, then another and a few more… until she lost her flower.” For obvious reasons, Poppy doesn’t act this part through.

As the Fairy-type slowly falls into Avril’s arms, just like a leaf falls to the ground in autumn, the girl smiles at her. “That’s where I came in, right after the storm was over. I found her stranded near a tree, unable to even lift herself up into the air. Her flower was still there somehow, tangled in the branches of a little berry bush nearby, but it was still too far for her to reach.”

The girl brings Poppy closer to her face, and she gives a little boop in return. “I gave her the flower back and healed her, without really knowing what I was doing. Turns out, I literally saved her life, because if a Flabébé stays without a flower for too long, all of her energy will be depleted.”

Poppy chirps as she turns towards her audience. “And that’s how we became best friends!” Avril giggles- perhaps an anticlimactic conclusion, but at least it's a happy one.

“That was quite the tale!” June applauds. “Though if I’m here I suppose I should recall something that’s happened to me as well. Let’s see…” She taps her lip and looks off into the distance. “As far as anything dramatic goes I had a terrifying encounter with a Heracross the other day, and that could be good material” She takes a second to clear her throat before starting! “Right, now here goes nothing…”

“It all started Sunday afternoon when I was on Route 103 after hearing Heracross live in the area, and I absolutely had to catch one for myself! Of course it wasn’t easy finding one in the first place so I had to slather honey on a tree to attract one, which did turn out to be successful. My plan from there was to distract it by swinging my net over his horn while my Beautifly, Sting, would ambush it with a flying-type move, but my dad had called me before I could and, well, a change of plans was needed...”

“This is where things started to get scary though- the tree I was hiding behind had been cut down within seconds by Heracross, and the way it stared at me was frightening! I was well aware of Heracross’ herculean strength, hence the name, but seeing it in person still came as a shock to me! I thought having Sting hit him with an Air Cutter would help me, but it turned out he knew Endure and retaliated with an attack that defeated Sting in one hit! It was only made worse when seeing Heracross has the ability Moxie, which increases his strength with each foe defeated. One by one, he instantly defeated two Pokemon of my remaining three, and would have done the same for my last Pokemon, Einstein. I wasn’t sure what would have happened if Einstein wasn’t able to save me!”

“Fortunately though, that wasn’t of concern.” June continues. “Because he was able to evolve before Heracross landed a finishing blow! I mean, that is to say he evolved into what he is now, not that he evolved again- Well, not that Pokemon can de-evolve or anything but that could have come off as confusing- anyways though, Orbeetle’s pre-evolution is Dottler, a stationary Pokemon that very rarely moves. It might sound useless, but they make up for that with their superb psychic abilities. Of course those psychic abilities only get stronger on evolution, and their nearly unlimited mobility is invaluable! So thanks to the help of my Pokemon I was able to catch that Heracross who has become an irreplaceable part of my party!”

“W-wait, you and Einstein…” Avril seems to be shuddering, but tries to collect herself.She doesn’t exactly succeed. “That was scary indeed, Heracross sounds so strong, but… I-I’m still glad you made it through, Einstein sounds like a real t-treasure…” She fidgets with her bunch of bracelets as she speaks.

“Oh, Heracross are indeed quite strong, so strong in-fact that they’re thought to lift things a hundred times its weight with ease- although that’s highly contested. But rumor or not, clearly it comes from the fact that their power is nothing to scoff at, and mine isn’t any different! It can become a little problematic considering how eager he is to battle, but-”

“June…” Avril whispers to the other girl. “That’s just whatever, I… just love that everyone got a happy ending.” She comments, already leaning onto her shoulder with a silly smile on her face. June’s face goes red, a little embarrassed she almost gave another unprompted lecture no doubt, but also as her way of showing she appreciates the gesture.

“You should consider yourself lucky.” Ms. Shimizu says sternly. “Heracross aren’t called the Knights of the Forest for nothing, you know. But you got guts, and I like that!”

“Your presentation could use some work though.” Bailey guffaws. “It was still a good story though. Same for you, Avril. The effects were a nice touch!”

"Oh, thanks…" Avril smiles, trying to look more confident. Still not enough as Poppy though, who proudly bows before perching herself on her usual spot.

"I heard some scarier stories for sure…" Finn playfully adds, "but I loved the happy endings! I'll be sure to have one at the end of my trainer's journey too, y'know what I mean?"

"Speaking of happy endings though… lunch is almost ready!" Wade smiles, checking up on the various dishes. "And… thank you for those stories! That was a lovely way to pass the time."



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