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Songbird

Big brother... you're the worst.

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8.3 Years
Today, Chloe decided to make something for her Pokemon, so she showed up at a Hammerlocke patisserie asking to use their kitchen. To be exact, she asked two bakeries first. They turned her down, but third time's the charm. She returned in the evening after the store closed with bags of ingredients.

It was a small family-owned business a few streets removed from the main drag, named L'Alcremie de la Crème after the owner's signature Pokemon. The name sounded better when she didn't actually think about what it meant.

The owner, Orion, came up behind Chloe to watch over her shoulder while she was stirring the first batch, casting a shadow on her and the counter even though he kept a reasonable distance. "You said you were making poffins, yes?" He was a head and a half taller than her, easily, maybe two—tall enough to hit his head on the door frame of most buildings in the city.

"Is that a nanab I smell?" As a master pastry chef, his nose was keen, picking up on the bitter berry Chloe already had blended into the batter.

"Yeah. Luxio loves sweets, but I have to tone it down or he'll get spoiled." The rest of the ingredients were on the sweeter side, consisting of pecha, bluk and magost.

"Ahaha!" he chortled. "You sound like my wife!"

Orion was also, to put it bluntly, incredibly buff. This was a hulk of a man with the muscle to make a Machoke feel inadequate, and his button-down shirt was doing the lord's work holding itself together. His hair was trimmed to a few centimeters, giving him quite the militaristic look.

He was surprised at first when Chloe, a foreigner, came into the shop and looked him in the eye without flinching. Normally such confidence only came from his regulars. To Chloe, however, she knew from experience that coordinators came in all sorts, so she reasoned that other professions shouldn't be any different.

The owner's Pokemon peeked into the kitchen when they heard his bellowing, then entered when Chloe was encouraged to let her own Pokemon out.

Per the store's name, Orion and his wife had a pair of Alcremie between them, and the former's rainbow swirl was the first in the spacious kitchen. Following was a perky Swirlix and bouncy Slurpuff, then the wife's ruby cream Alcremie.

After that was a Lampent. While Chloe finished preparing Luxio's batch for the oven and started on one for Froslass, Lampent tried to romance the Snow Land Pokemon.

It didn't go well.

Finally, three Milcery joined the group. Each one had a different decoration secured in its crown, and Chloe was enamored with them. When she asked about them, Orion explained that they had hatched almost a month ago. A week after that, he and his wife presented them with a batch of candies. The Milcery picked their favorites of the bunch, and they'd been keeping it in their crowns ever since. One had chosen a strawberry candy, another a clover, and the third carried one shaped like a purple ribbon.

Froslass wasn't very tolerant of bitter flavors, which made it easy to separate anything Chloe made for her team. To balance out Froslass' poffins, Chloe made something with more of a spicy kick. The rest of her bluk and pecha berries were mixed with leppa and a shuca berry. Back at the market, she spotted some rare liechi and got excited for a moment, but the price was too good to be true.

Luxio's batch was poured into molds and went in the oven, Froslass' was covered and set aside, and Chloe decided to make something extra with the ingredients she had left to thank Orion for the use of his kitchen. It was around this time the strawberry- and clover-toting Milcery climbed onto the counter to get a better look at what was happening. The third, the ribbon Milcery, was riding on Lampent's lampshade. She consoled it after an especially violent cold shoulder treatment from Froslass, who retreated to her ball.

The oven timer went off when she was in the middle of stirring, so Chloe left the bowl on the counter. As she popped the finished poffins out onto a rack to cool, the ribbon Milcery leapt off Lampent. It plunged straight for the ripe mixing bowl with all the precision of an Olympic diver, but without any of the skill of an Olympic diver.

Orion let out another booming laugh, both himself and Chloe splashed in batter. "I think she's taken a liking to your baking!" His own Pokemon seemed used to his volume, and the Alcremie duo quickly went to work cleaning up as though the Milcery couldn't be helped, but Luxio was briefly startled before he started licking the savory mixture off his fur.

"You know," Orion continued as he grabbed a pair of towels from a nearby closet, "they say Milcery is a blessing to patissiers. If one appears, the shop is guaranteed success. Bunch of malarkey, if you ask me, but I can tell you they enhance the flavor of anything you make just by being there."

He handed Chloe one of the towels—she was in the middle of licking her hands clean—and added, "If a Milcery likes you, it's a good sign you're doing something right." The way he looked at the bowl when he said it, Chloe got the feeling that he was reminiscing on a good memory. Chloe turned her head to the Milcery, swimming in the batter without a care in the world, and started laughing as well.

Unfortunately, there was no third batch of poffins. Although Luxio and the other two Milcery were more than willing to leave the mixing bowl spotless. The ribbon Milcery, having had its fill, sat happily on Chloe's shoulder while she took care of the batch for Froslass.

Before Chloe left, Orion asked her, "How do you feel about taking Milcery along with you?"

"Wait, really?" The one in question was still at Chloe's side, and she picked it up in both hands.

"Helen and I were planning to give them away next month. They're not our first." He mentioned that every year, they'd get another Milcery egg in the family without realizing it, and this was their biggest batch in a long time. L'Alcremie de la Crème had been open for a decade by now, so it would have gotten rather unmanageable quickly. "If they pick a trainer for themselves, then all the better."

"If you're sure about it, I'd love to! Thank you, Orion." Her eyes returned to the ribbon-carrying Milcery. "What do you think? Want to come with me?"

"Mil!" it affirmed, one of its creamy arms held high.

"Okay. Welcome to the team, Milcery!" It held steady on one of Chloe's hands as she freed the other, and she pulled out a white Pokeball with a red border. With a little tap on the head, Milcery and its candy were sucked inside, awarding her the standard congratulatory capture beep moments later. Immediately after, it popped back out onto Chloe's shoulder, where it seemed to have decided its favorite spot now was.

Chloe thanked Orion again at the door to the patisserie, and left the store behind. With a new companion in tow, she headed back to her hotel room for the night, making a mental note to visit L'Alcremie de la Crème again.

Chloe caught a Milcery!
Aroma Veil ((Held Item: Ribbon Sweet))
Tackle | Sweet Kiss | Aromatic Mist | Sweet Scent | Draining Kiss

Foxrally

Age 23
ya boi
a Torterra's back
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8.6 Years
Simon Pearburgh
Vivillon ♀
Tackle | Stun Spore | String Shot | Poison Powder | Gust | Powder
Friend Guard
Burmy ♂
Protect | Hidden Power (water) | Electroweb
Shed Skin
Snom ♀
Powder Snow | Mirror Coat | Struggle Bug | Icicle Spear
Ice Scales
Nevermeltice (held)
Princess ♀
Electroweb | Spider Web | Fury Cutter | Beat Up | Absorb | Thunder Wave
Swarm
Larvesta ♂
Flame Charge | String Shot | Ember | Morning Sun | Flame Wheel
Flame Body
Heat Rock {held}
Anorith ♂
Dig | Water Gun | Smack Down | Aqua Jet | Rapid Spin | X-Scissor
Swift Swim

Spoiler: Inventory
ATC
Nevermeltice
*
held by Snom

Heat Rock
*
held by Larvesta

Shell shard
A LOT of cinnamon buns
Badges: 3
Grass badge
Water badge
Fire badge

Spoiler: Memories
~ NPC LIST ~
--- Wedgehurst ---
#1 - Caterpie joins the team!
#2 - The Mail Thief, pt. 1
#3 - The Mail Thief, pt. 2
#4 - Meet Sachiko
#5 - Train Battle!
--- Southern Wild Area ---
#6 - Burmy joins the team!
#7 - Snom joins the team!
#8 - Meet Raphael
#9 - Spirits Entombed
#10 - Meet Ruben
#11 - Suited Men Encounter!
--- Motostoke ---
#12.1 - Stadium Entrance [MEGA JP]
#12.2 - Opening Ceremony [MEGA JP]
#12.3 - New Beginningd [MEGA JP]
#13 - Motostoke Gym Mission
#14 - VS Kabu
#15 - Lunch with Sachi
#16 - Joining Blackspear
#17 - A Mysterious Egg
--- Route 3 ---
#18 - Meet Rosa
#19 - VS Rosa
#20 - Christmas Delivery
#21 - VS Catherine
--- Galar Mine 1 & Route 4 ---
#22 - Meet Aurora
#23 - Joltik joins the team!
#24 - Meet Pia
#25 - VS Oleana
#26 - Ferrothorn Rescue
--- Turffield ---
#27 - Blackspear Delivery
#28 - Turffield Gym Mission
#29 - VS Milo
#30 - Calling home
#31 - An Unexpected Interruption
#32 - VS Sachi, Rematch
#33 - Contest Date
#34 - Larvesta joins the team!
--- Route 5 ---
#35 - On the road again
#36 - Meet Jasper
#37 - VS Jasper
#38 - The young inventor
#39 - Meet Valerie
#40 - The Wishiwashi Squad!
--- Hulbury ---
#41 - Breaking & Entering pt. 1
#42 - Breaking & Entering pt. 2
#43 - Happy Birthday Raphael
#44 - Hulbury Gym Mission
#45 - VS Nessa pt. 1
#46 - VS Nessa pt. 2
#47 - VS Tristan
#48 - Heartbreak
--- Galar Mine 2 ---
#49 - Blackspear Security
#50 - A Power Boost
#51 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 1
#52 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 2
--- Motostoke (Revisit) ---
#53 - VS Kabu, Rematch
#54 - A point to prove
#55 - VS Catherine, Rematch
#56 - Strength
#57 - Blackspear Mission Briefing
--- Northern Wild Area ---
#58 - Meet Xan
#59 - Psychic Testing
#60 - Reconciliation
#61 - Teambuilding
#62 - The calm before the storm
#63 - The Pinsir Mission
#64 - Fighting back
#65 - One last hope
#66 - For better or for worse
--- Hammerlocke ---
#67 - Fatherly advice
#68 - Common ground
#69 - VS Nigel?
#70 - The Plan

Hammerlocke

“Oi, wait up!” Simon called out as he chased after Vivillon, the colourful Pokemon thankfully standing out from the crowds as she soared over them and he pushed through to get to her. The winged bug let out an inquisitive squeak and turned around before realizing she’d gone far ahead of her trainer, stopping in place. Simon finally caught up to her, huffing, “Listen… I know you can fly now, but you can’t start going full Larvesta on me. At this rate I’m going to be getting my cardio every day...”

Even though he was getting used to his Pokemon’s now-increased mobility, Vivillon was even more energetic than usual, Simon noticed. She’d insisted on going to the contestall of a sudden, and had made sure to prepare extra early to make sure they weren’t late- and then quickly rushed him out the door. Simon had left the rest of his team back at the hotel since they all seemed to be sleeping (even Larvesta, which was weird for the early-rising bug) though he could’ve sworn he heard his door lock itself as he was leaving…

Contest or not though, Simon had other things on his mind. As hard as he was trying not to think about it, today was also the young man’s birthday.

He hadn’t thought of telling his Pokemon about it; he found out that most bugs cared little about knowing the day they were born, let alone celebrating it. It wasn’t like Simon hated his birthday normally- even as a kid, with a family struggling to make ends meet, they had always managed to make every one special, and his father would invite every relative, neighbour and family friend to the event. It was also one of the few days Simon got a written message from his mother, before they inevitably stopped. And as much as he’d tried to cheer himself up and get himself to look forward to the day… he just couldn’t. That feeling of emptiness still followed him. How could he possibly celebrate something after what he’d done in the Wild Area? What kind of an insult would that be to his Pokemon’s memory?

...and he’d lost one of the few things that held him onto those memories. Nigel, Mustache, whatever that bastard was called- had taken it from him. He’d spent days afterwards looking for descriptions of the man, but nothing came out of it, and so he gave up. Only one message was carved into Simon’s brain: he’d lost because he was weak. Once again… his weakness had been the cause of his pain.

An excited squeak broke the boy from his self-pity trance. Vivillon floated down and grabbed Simon’s shirt, ently pulling up to show him that the contest was starting. She’d brought him to one of the larger parks in Hammerlocke, where massive screens broadcasting the contest were placed on stands, showcasing the main Strugglecon stage from different camera angles. The crowd was quite significant even outside the venue; several beanbags had been placed around the park for viewing purposes, and Vivillon ushered him to sit on one as she perched herself on his shoulder.

“Wow, you’ve really been into this whole contest thing since Turffield, huh?” Simon glanced over at his Pokemon as he sat down. The butterfly mon squeaked and nodded excitedly, mentioning that they had promised to watch Pia’s performance, after all.

“Ah man- I’m sorry I couldn’t take you there in person, then.” Simon rubbed the back of his head sheepishly. “Felt a bit weird to go to this contest after the last time, y’know.”

Vivillon laughed and bopped him on the head, teasing that he’d have to settle for her to be his date this time around and to loosen up.

Before Simon could say anything back, the speakers crackled on and Lisia’s voice boomed through the park.

“Ladies and gentlemen… welcome to the CONTEST STRRRRRAVAGANZA!”

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The first contestant to go up was Aeliana, coincidentally someone who Simon recognized. The dancer’s acts were always exciting to watch back at the academy, and if he had to guess, she was going to treat the audience to a show for this one too.

As the trainer threw off her cloak and she broke into her dance-off against Jet, the crowd seemed to pick sides over who to cheer for, and Simon found himself disagreeing with Vivillon over who the better one was- was this Poke-favouritism for the Hitmontop?

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Next up was Melody. “Oh, she won the last contest. This should be interesting.” Simon said to Vivillon, and the bug nodded excitedly, mentioning that she missed talking to her Drakloak.

“Wait, how do you know he’s a Drakloak now?” Simon asked, raising an eyebrow.

Vivillon looked away nervously and motioned that the show was beginning. The performance was stunning; Simon wondered how she’d managed to do an outfit change so easily under that rock tomb. The twist on the ‘transformation’ theme was just the sort of thing he expected from Melody- she was never one to stick exactly to the rules, after all.

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A few contestants later, another name popped up which Simon hadn’t heard in a long time: ”Chloe Hayes!”

Simon tapped his chin pensively, “Hey, isn’t that the tourist girl who we battled in Wedgehurst once? With the Luxio?”

Vivillon nodded, letting out an annoyed growl, Simon had put her up against an evolved Pokemon at a time where she only knew Tackle and String shot.
“Heh, I guess I was a little overeager…” her trainer chuckled. Vivillon nodded sarcastically. Was. Sure.

The performance began and Simon recognized Chloe’s Luxio, alongside a Froslass he hadn’t seen before. As the latter covered the stage in ice and and erected spires for the electric-type to play on, Simon noticed his Pokemon was enamored by the performance, her beady eyes reflecting the electric sparks and shards let out by the music.

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Simon and Vivillon were discussing the previous contestants’ performance when the announcer called out a name which snapped both of them to attention: “Pia McGuire!”

So she had decided to join the contest after all, Simon thought as he smiled. Vivillon fluttered up onto Simon’s head excitedly, eager to get a good view of this performance. Several people around them whispered among themselves, no doubt about the rumours surrounding the girl- but Simon knew Pia wouldn’t let them define her.

The show was exhilarating. The clouds, the lights, the creativity- but then, when Pia started to sing, that’s when he heard all of the whispering stop. This was Pia’s moment, and nothing anyone could say would take that away from her. The performance ended to rousing applause, even from those watching remotely.

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The time had slowly turned into the evening and Rosa was up next- another classmate Simon hadn’t seen in a while. At her side was a Roserade, likely the very same one he’d met as a baby last winter. Holy crap, had it been that long since they’d graduated?

The transition from frozen tundra to blossoming flower was incredible- how on earth did she manage to fit so many outfits under each other? Once the performance was over Vivillon crawled down, commenting that the blossoming was more akin to a bug-type emerging from a cocoon than a grass-type, so she could have done better there. More Poke-bias, Simon supposed.

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Just as it looked like all of the performers were finished, the announcer called out one final name- well, more of a moniker: “The Tea Rose ensemble!”

Almost as mysterious as her title, the girl’s appearance on the stage was sudden and bewitching. The music, coupled with the amazing effects from the dusclops and torkoal, transformed the stage into the battlefield of the Hoennian gods which Simon had heard of countless times as a child. Seeing it recreated in live action was nothing short of fantastic, and once the show was over… the Tea Rose disappeared with it as well.

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By the time the judges were ready with the poll results, it was already nighttime and the bright lights of the park had long since turned on. Thankfully it wasn’t too humid of a summer night, and Simon had gone to grab a drink from one of the many sitrus berry vendors while waiting. This birthday wasn’t so bad after all, he thought- even though he couldn’t explain the concept of a birthday to Vivillon, bringing him to the contest on this day was more of a gift than he’d imagined.

The pair saw the fireworks light up the sky as the winners were announced: Melody, the Tea Rose, and unsurprisingly, Pia.

“Looks like she can finally put the past behind her, eh?” Simon said, passing the straw to Vivillon who nodded with a smile. Simon smiled back, but felt a bit of sadness behind it. If only he could do the same.

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gimmepie

Age 26
Male
Australia
Seen 7 Hours Ago
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23,514 posts
9.5 Years


Indra (Male, Swift Swim) - Rain Dance, Hypnosis, Bubblebeam, Double Slap, Earth Power, Refresh
Stampede (Male, Poison Point) - Hydro Pump, Smokescreen, Twister, Focus Energy, Dragon Breath, Icy Wind
Holo (Female, Lightning Rod) - Tackle, Thunder Wave, Spark, Howl, Flame Burst, Flash

Vessel (Female, Dry Skin) - Fury Cutter, Absorb, Poison Powder, Spore, Rain Dance, Protect
Lancer (Male, Dry Skin) - Taunt, Revenge, Sucker Punch, Poison Jab, Rain Dance, Toxic


Inventory:
- ATC
- Expensive PokeGear
- Pokedex
- 800 Poke (On ATC)
- TM Icy Wind
- TM Flash
- Wishing Star
- TM Protect
- TM Rain Dance
- TR Thunderbolt


Badges:
CATHERINE CARLISLE
Protégé
Having spent much of the day drilling Kelly on battle tactics, Catherine had ended up having to book another room for the night. Now she was waiting for the kid to arrive at a smaller training field the morning after, her own morning training now complete. She had returned her own team to avoid causing a scene or inviting challengers. She was there to get one thing done and then she was out of there. She had a desert to cross.

“Catherine!”

There she was. Kelly was hurrying up to her from across the largely empty training area. She looked like a mess. The kid had obviously not gotten much sleep. Her hair was frazzled, there were bags under her eyes and she looked pallid. Yet there was an air of nervous excitement about her too. Catherine was momentarily struck by the thought that she couldn’t remember ever having such feelings as a kid. That was a much newer development for her.

Catherine nodded a greeting at the young girl. “Ready?”

Kelly fidgeted nervously. “I… I’m as ready as I’ll get.”

“Good enough,” Catherine said with a shrug, “Will they be much longer?”

Despite Kelly’s assurances that the other kids would be arriving quite soon, it was over thirty minutes before she spotted them and pointed them out to Catherine. There were five or six of them, boys mostly. They laughed and joked amongst themselves, gathered behind their apparent leader: a slightly chubby boy with heavily gelled-up hair. He looked like he was trying to look older than he was. But it was pretty clear he wouldn’t really have been any older than Kelly, a year at most.

Catherine had seen groups like this growing up. A pack of kids chasing the social clout of the “tough” kid or the “cool” one. She’d never had any interest in engaging with that sort of thing herself. She’d seen it a million times before she’d even gotten out of primary school. Those allegiances would switch on a dime. That was going to work in her favour here.

Taking their time, the group of brats eventually took notice of Kelly and sauntered their way over. Still laughing and joking. Obviously about her.

“Who’s that with her?” One of the weedier boys asked.

“Her sister?” Replied the lone girl in the group.

“Nah,” the kid at the front said, a muk-eating grin plastered on his face, “That’s the crazy rattata from the gym challenge. You know, the one who got all pissed at Kabu?”

Some more discourse between the group ensued. Mostly agreeing that Catherine was, indeed, batmuk crazy. She wondered if at any point it was appropriate to dropkick a first-grader.

“This is your secret weapon, Kelly?” the kid at the front said mockingly, his cronies laughing behind him like a pack of Poochyena on helium. “I thought it was the whore you were in love with? Did you finally realise how crap she is? Not that this psycho is any better. Didn’t you see her go crazy on TV?”

“I…” Kelly started to say, but instantly deflated. The kids across from her laughed.

Catherine took a deep breath. Okay. “You know, I was going to play nice since you’re just a bunch of dumb kids who think they’re hot muk. But since you’re a right little bastard and your pint-sized cult is just as bad, I think we should make some things clear.”

The assembled children all looked at Catherine with a mix of caution and surprise. Apparently they were not expecting an adult to talk to them like that. They were in for a shock.

“Firstly,” Catherine began, “Just because your parents don’t love you enough to give up their bodies to feed you doesn’t mean you get to talk muk because Pia’s mother does. Secondly, that stuck-up rattata is way too self-important to follow in her parents’ footsteps to begin with. Thirdly, I’m not crazy, I’m just seeing a big picture that other people are too selfish to notice. Finally, you’re like seven, so watch your psyducking language. Any questions?”

Said little bastard, his friends and Kelly all stood frozen, looking at Catherine with wide-eyed astonishment. None of the children had any idea how to react to that. For several long seconds, there was only silence.

“Right,” Catherine continued, “Now that this is all cleared up, figure out which one of you is going to get their ass handed to them by Kelly. I’ll referee for you. Make it quick.”

Catherine walked Kelly, who was still in a state of shocked silence, over to her side of the battle field. She looked down at the little girl, who was shaking with nerves, trying to move her mouth to speak but still not finding the words.

“I… uh…”

“Too late to back out now,” Catherine replied, “Don’t show them any weakness. Hold your head up high. You do what I taught you, exactly how I taught you, and you’ll win.”


Catherine moved to the side of the battlefield, standing in the centre between the two sides. She watched as Kelly clumsily pulled out her Surskit’s ball. To the surprise of none, the ringleader of her group of bullies stepped up to the plate on the other side.

“Okay, let’s get this over with,” Catherine said.

“R-right,” Kelly stammered, “Come on out, Skitter!”

“Mess her up, Boss.”

Kelly’s jumpy little blue bug appeared before her. Opposing him was a black-feathered bird with a sharp yellow beak and hat-like plumage on its head: a Murkrow. Exactly as Kelly had told Catherine.

“Don’t keep me waiting,” Catherine said, “Get started.”

“Get ‘em Declan!” That was the same girl from before. Now Catherine had a name for the little mukhead.

“Right! Peck that weakass Bug!”

The Murkrow, Boss, took off to a low flight and swooped down towards Skitter.

“Uh… Protect!”

A green bubble of energy sprang up around the Surskit and the Murkrow slammed right into it. It screeched out, flapping to backpedal.

“Rain Dance!” Kelly commanded again.

What Skitter did looked more like flailing wildly than dancing, but it did the job. Storm clouds gathered overhead above them and rain began to fall.

“What the hell?” Declan grimaced, displeased at being rained on.

“You didn’t have those moves before!” One of the boys who hadn’t said much yet exclaimed from the side-lines as though accusing Kelly of cheating.

He was right of course. She hadn’t had either Protect or Rain Dance until Catherine had let her borrow her TMs.

“Like it matters!” Declan shouted, “Peck again!”

The Murkrow made another wild diving swoop, trying to land the super-effective move. It was much too slow though. Skitter easily darted around the attack, the bird slamming into the ground like a crashing plane.

Catherine couldn’t help but smirk just a little. Most Surskit had the Swift Swim Ability, the same as Indra did. Skitter was twice as fast in the rain.

“Sweet Scent!” Kelly was barely remembering to breathe as she focused on the battle.

Skitter took action as Boss flapped, trying to get back into the air. The Surskit sprayed it with a cloud of pink chemicals.

“What’s that even meant to do?!” Declan shouted angrily. “It doesn’t do anything!”

“Control the battlefield and you control the battle!” Kelly responded, parroting Catherine's most important lesson. She was so intent on the strategy that she barely even noticed her bully was saying anything. “Skitter, use Mist!”

From the little tip on top of its head, the same one that had produced the Sweet Scent, a thick white fog began to flow from Skitter. Quickly, the battlefield was being overtaken and visibility diminished.

Catherine couldn’t see through it after a few seconds and she knew that neither of their kids or Pokemon could either. Kelly had been worried about this, she remembered. It was all part of the plan though. The kid just had to trust her partner.

“I can’t see!” Declan whined. “What are you playing at? Now neither of us can do anything!”

“You sure about that?” Catherine chided. Psyduck impartiality.

“Use Bubble, Skitter!”

From within the thick fog cloud, the sound of a Murkrow screeching was heard as a bombardment of bubbles blasted it.

“How?!” Declan shouted angrily. Catherine almost laughed at how dense the kid was.

“Because your Murkrow stinks almost as much as you do!” Kelly shouted back across the battlefield. Apparently imminent victory was doing wonders for her confidence.

“What did you just s-”

Declan’s incensed question was cut off by the sound of his Murkrow howling again. And again. And again. Skitter was dashing all around the bird, blasting it with rain-boosted Bubble attacks. Boss couldn’t do anything to locate Skitter, but the Surskit could track the pungently sweet odour it was radiating well enough.

Several more times, Skitter’s Bubbles struck home. As the fog finally began to clear, the Surskit came into view, darting around the battlefield at a breakneck pace. It’s target was grounded, sopping wet from the rain and bubbles both and struggling to stay standing. It was time to end the battle.

“Quick Attack!” Kelly called.

The Surskit darted forwards like a bullet, slamming into Boss with all his might and knocking the Murkrow out before the bird could land a single hit.

The mean kids stood in stunned silence as Kelly cheered, rushing forward to embrace her Surskit.

“That’s that,” Catherine said, “Kelly and Skitter win.”

Declan recalled his fallen Pokemon as his friends converged on him.

“You didn’t even hit it once…”

“Dude, you just got murdered.”

“She was actually pretty cool, you have to admit.”

Declan looked like he wasn’t sure whether he wanted to scream, cry or both. It seemed like he wasn’t used to getting his just desserts.

“Well?” Catherine said.

“Well what?” the little brat spat.

“You lost. You didn’t even get a single hit in. She’s better than you. Admit it.”

“Yeah, yeah. She won this one. Fine.” The boy crossed his arms defiantly. That was probably the best anyone was going to get out of him though. It didn’t really matter though. His credibility was gone.

“She’ll win the next one too. Probably the next one after that. You’re going to have to work hard if you want to be as good as her. So I suggest you go and get to work,” Catherine said, “And if I hear you’re still giving her a hard time after how badly she just beat you, I will personally come back to Hammerlocke just to kick your tiny ass.”

Declan opened his mouth as though he intended to retort, but decided better of it and skulked off. Gradually, his friends followed off behind him, but not before Catherine caught a few of them waving goodbyes to Kelly. So fickle. She hoped the girl wouldn’t be foolish enough to trust them now they were being a little friendlier. She’d won social status not friendship.

“Um… thanks.”

Catherine turned back around. Kelly was standing there, still cuddling her victorious Surskit.

“Don’t worry about it.”
“How can I make it up to you? I wouldn’t have won without your help.”

Catherine shook her head. “I don’t want anything for it. There’s no point in doing good deeds just for the sake of getting something out of it. If you want to do something for me, you can make up for it by being a good person and expecting nothing in return the same way.”

“Oh… um… okay.” A confused look was plastered on the girl’s face.

“Maybe next time you see someone having a rough time like you were, help them out.” Catherine shrugged. “That sort of thing.”

“Oh! Right. I can do that!” Kelly’s face lit up again.

“Good. Now, I have a desert to cross so I’m going to go get to work. Be careful not to trust those kids too easily just because they’re being nice right now. They’re just as fickle as the media taking shots at Pia.”

Kelly nodded, listening intently to the sage wisdom she was receiving.

“Oh, and speaking of Pia, you better put a lot of effort into supporting her because I’m going to blow her out of the water.” Catherine waved at Kelly, then headed off towards the next route, releasing Indra for company.


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Foxrally

Age 23
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a Torterra's back
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8.6 Years
Simon Pearburgh
Vivillon ♀
Tackle | Stun Spore | String Shot | Poison Powder | Gust | Powder
Friend Guard
Burmy ♂
Protect | Hidden Power (water) | Electroweb
Shed Skin
Snom ♀
Powder Snow | Mirror Coat | Struggle Bug | Icicle Spear
Ice Scales
Nevermeltice (held)
Princess ♀
Electroweb | Spider Web | Fury Cutter | Beat Up | Absorb | Thunder Wave
Swarm
Larvesta ♂
Flame Charge | String Shot | Ember | Morning Sun | Flame Wheel
Flame Body
Heat Rock {held}
Anorith ♂
Dig | Water Gun | Smack Down | Aqua Jet | Rapid Spin | X-Scissor
Swift Swim

Spoiler: Inventory
ATC
Nevermeltice
*
held by Snom

Heat Rock
*
held by Larvesta

Shell shard
A LOT of cinnamon buns
Badges: 3
Grass badge
Water badge
Fire badge

Spoiler: Memories
~ NPC LIST ~
--- Wedgehurst ---
#1 - Caterpie joins the team!
#2 - The Mail Thief, pt. 1
#3 - The Mail Thief, pt. 2
#4 - Meet Sachiko
#5 - Train Battle!
--- Southern Wild Area ---
#6 - Burmy joins the team!
#7 - Snom joins the team!
#8 - Meet Raphael
#9 - Spirits Entombed
#10 - Meet Ruben
#11 - Suited Men Encounter!
--- Motostoke ---
#12.1 - Stadium Entrance [MEGA JP]
#12.2 - Opening Ceremony [MEGA JP]
#12.3 - New Beginningd [MEGA JP]
#13 - Motostoke Gym Mission
#14 - VS Kabu
#15 - Lunch with Sachi
#16 - Joining Blackspear
#17 - A Mysterious Egg
--- Route 3 ---
#18 - Meet Rosa
#19 - VS Rosa
#20 - Christmas Delivery
#21 - VS Catherine
--- Galar Mine 1 & Route 4 ---
#22 - Meet Aurora
#23 - Joltik joins the team!
#24 - Meet Pia
#25 - VS Oleana
#26 - Ferrothorn Rescue
--- Turffield ---
#27 - Blackspear Delivery
#28 - Turffield Gym Mission
#29 - VS Milo
#30 - Calling home
#31 - An Unexpected Interruption
#32 - VS Sachi, Rematch
#33 - Contest Date
#34 - Larvesta joins the team!
--- Route 5 ---
#35 - On the road again
#36 - Meet Jasper
#37 - VS Jasper
#38 - The young inventor
#39 - Meet Valerie
#40 - The Wishiwashi Squad!
--- Hulbury ---
#41 - Breaking & Entering pt. 1
#42 - Breaking & Entering pt. 2
#43 - Happy Birthday Raphael
#44 - Hulbury Gym Mission
#45 - VS Nessa pt. 1
#46 - VS Nessa pt. 2
#47 - VS Tristan
#48 - Heartbreak
--- Galar Mine 2 ---
#49 - Blackspear Security
#50 - A Power Boost
#51 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 1
#52 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 2
--- Motostoke (Revisit) ---
#53 - VS Kabu, Rematch
#54 - A point to prove
#55 - VS Catherine, Rematch
#56 - Strength
#57 - Blackspear Mission Briefing
--- Northern Wild Area ---
#58 - Meet Xan
#59 - Psychic Testing
#60 - Reconciliation
#61 - Teambuilding
#62 - The calm before the storm
#63 - The Pinsir Mission
#64 - Fighting back
#65 - One last hope
#66 - For better or for worse
--- Hammerlocke ---
#67 - Fatherly advice
#68 - Common ground
#69 - VS Nigel?
#70 - The Plan
#71 - Hammerlocke contest

Hammerlocke

It was getting rather late as Simon reached his hotel room, chatting with Vivillon on the way back. As he stepped through the front door of the building he noticed the bug fluttering away to his window directly, instead of going in with him; clearly she was enjoying the new benefits of her flying-type.

As he made his way to the elevator, the front desk attendant grabbed his attention. “Excuse me, sir! Mr. Pearburgh?” Simon turned around and noticed the clerk beckoning him over, and walked up to the desk.

“My apologies for the rudeness, sir- I’m a bit of a league fan, so I knew your name when I recognized you.” the man said sheepishly. “I wanted to let you know that several packages came in for you this morning, after you left.”

“Oh?” Simon asked. Only his father and Raphael knew where he was staying, so that was strange.

“No worries, though- that darling little Kadabra of yours offered to teleport them up, so they should be in your room already.” the man grinned. “I personally thought you would only stick to bug-types, but exceptions do make the rule, I suppose.”

“A Kadabra…?” Simon echoed, not correcting the man yet but still confused. There was only one Kadabra he knew personally, but why and how would they have shown up at his hotel room...?

Thanking the clerk, Simon walked back to the elevator and took it to his floor, perplexed. As he approached his room he heard some noise coming from behind the door and walked a little faster. If he was going to come back again to a singed room and a second Larvesta he-

”S-UR-K-RI-S-E!”

The door burst open and Simon was blasted with a cloud of confetti so strong that it threw him against the other wall in the hallway and dropped him to the floor.

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One full heal and several profuse apologies later, Simon was un-paralyzed and safely back in his room. The confetti, he’d painfully discovered, was made of Spewpa particles, a ‘sight oversight’ by his Pokemon.

However, he’d quickly put that behind him as he sat on the floor, surrounded by his team who squeaked out happy birthday celebrations. “Birthday…?” Simon asked, still stunned. He hadn’t told them anything about today being special at all, how did they-

Vivillon shushed him and motioned for Anorith and Larvesta to grab their surprise. Both bugs quickly dashed under Simon’s bed, and emerged moments later with a…. cake…? At least that’s what it looked like, and Larvesta fired a weak ember at the twig that was sticking out of the cake, lighting the ‘candle'. As the brown lump on a plate was pushed over to him, all the bugs looked up at Simon expectantly.

“Guys, this is….” Simon began, at a loss for words. The misfigured shape that sat in front of him was wet in some places, clearly burnt in others, had pieces of random foods and packaging sticking out from the sides, smelled like dishwater, and already seemed to have a bite taken out of it... “It’s… so beautiful…” Simon murmured as tears began to well up in his eyes and he grabbed all of his Pokemon in a group hug. “YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!” he wailed, overjoyed.

A chirp from Princess sounded as she wriggled out of his arms and skittered to the corner of the room, dragging a giant bag of spider web and dropping it onto him.

Simon looked at the bag in shock, “What? Gifts? How did you guys buy these?!”

Burmy shook his head. These weren’t from them.

Simon was still speechless as Anorith cut open the bag and motioned for him to reach in. He put his hand in the bag and pulled out the first thing he felt- a pokeball, with a small note attached to it.

"Have a cool one, dude! - Aeliana"

Simon looked up at the bugs, “Wait, how did you get this-” he said, looking back inside the bag. This was a brand-new luxury ball, the most expensive ball on the market… He reached into the bag again.

"To the ultimate hope - Melody"

A Leech Life TR. Simon grinned, that was the Mel he knew- she’d picked the most dark-type-sounding bug move she could put her hands on, of course. And coincidentally the next gift was from another Spikemuth friend of his.

"For when you need that champion energy. Rock on, bug boy! - Haleigh"

A Piers and Marnie album- signed, too! For a Spikemuth resident, this was like gold. Simon cursed himself for not getting a new phone yet as he noticed the digital code in the back; he’d have to grab one at some strugglecon vendor. As he pulled out the next gift, his eyes lit up and he gasped.

"Captain braviary would still win but I’ll admit this guy is neat. have fun reading & happy birthday! - Ryan"

Not only was this from someone he hadn’t talked to since Wedgehurst- but it was the brand new Heracross Knight Quest Collection, a comic series which him and Ryan had spent eons debating over back in school. He held up the hardcover box in awe, his eyes reflecting the shine of the bug-themed superhero’s armor. All of his Pokemon let out enamored squeaks at the glorious sight. However, Vivillon seemed interested in something else- she pointed inside the bag again excitedly, hoping for him to pull out what she was looking for. Simon reached inside, and felt a cylindrical box about the size of his hand.

"Thanks for sticking with me in school. I hope to repay that with a good battle someday. know you are strong. I’ll get strong too. - Isla"

Within the box was a little crochet plushie of a Spewpa- now Simon knew why Vivillon was so excited. The slightly off shape with its big head made it clear it was homemade, but the construction itself felt solid. Before he could examine it further the butterfly Pokemon grabbed the toy and showed it off to the others, excitedly mentioning her likeness to it. Simon chuckled, and noticed the tube wasn’t empty. There was a piece of carefully-rolled paper he unfurled to reveal a detailed piece of artwork. Done in black pen with simple coloring, it depicted Simon himself posing confidently with his team at his back. They leapt out from behind him, ready for battle. A second letter sat inside the tube next to it.

"Your battles leave me at the edge of my seat, and I know you’ll only grow even stronger. I hope that one day I can inspire others with my work the same way you’ve done to me. Never stop reaching for the top. - Winston"

Burmy squeaked out something as he snatched the artwork from Simon’s hands and showed it to Vivillon, sticking out his tongue and saying that he looked much cooler than her on there. Larvesta and Snom disagreed as they pointed to themselves, and soon all of Simon’s Pokemon minus Princess were engaged in a heated debate over who looked the coolest on Winston’s art.

The Joltik squeaked and crawled onto Simon’s lap, patiently waiting for him to take the next gift. Simon reached in once more and pulled out a tiny metal object, too small to be a bracelet but too big to be a ring. It was a little metallic flower crown.

"I’m excited to show each other how much we’ve both grown. Happy birthday. - Rosa"

Princess squeaked as she looked at the gift, the only bug who was still paying attention. Simon laughed and placed the crown on her head. “There you go. Fitting for you, your highness.” he said.

The next gift was accompanied with a note that Simon immediately recognized before he even read the name:

"From your F4L (Friend 4 Life) - Demon Queen Valerie ♡♡♡"

The Mew book was signed by “the demon queen” as well, which was of course the moniker Val had been given after her Nessa battle. He looked at Princess, “Demon queen versus Bug king… it’s got a ring to it, don’t you think?” The Joltik nodded happily, readjusting the crown on her head.

Simon could tell there weren’t many more gifts in the bag, but it was still quite heavy. He reached in with both hands and pulled out a large box, wrapped with several layers of string shot, and a smile grew on his face. He could guess who this was from.

As he ripped the string-packaging off and opened the box, he spotted a note inside, signed and with two large ink-stamps of a Grimmsnarl and Heracross’ paws:

”Happy birthday, lad. Me and the fam can't be there in person yet, but I hope this makes up for it for now. Much love, - Da, Grimms & Ross. (P.S., drinking age is just a suggestion)"

Simon beamed and removed the packaging inside the box, and found a brand-new bug net inside, coloured to match his outfit and with his trainer number printed on the handle. The bug catcher grabbed it excitedly and swung it forward- it extended naturally just like his old one, and felt natural to hold in his hands. He twirled it in his fingers and slammed it onto the ground like a staff, striking a pose which immediately got the attention of the bugs as they cheered.

The bag was almost empty now, but Simon spotted a note inside an envelope. He pulled it out; it was marked ‘Open later - Pia’. He put the letter in his pocket, wondering what the contents were, and reminding himself to meet her later to congratulate her for winning.

Vivillon fluttered over asking if he’d enjoyed all the gifts. Simon wiped the leftover tears from his eyes and laughed. “Thank you guys again. I don’t know how you did it, but this was-”

An inquisitive squeak from Princess got his attention. There was still something inside the bag. Vivillon and Burmy looked confused; they hadn’t picked up any more packages. Had Kass snuck this one inside as well?

Simon reached in and felt a crumpled-up paper which seemed to be the wrapper for something inside. And as he opened it… there was Caterpie’s ball. Simon felt tears in his eyes again as he read the final note:
I gather this ball is of major sentimental import to you. I had intended to take an empty spare ball. I did not mean to take something of such value. There is no forgiveness to be had for such an affront, but I apologize all the same: I am sorry. In hindsight now I can understand how you were out of sorts at the time, and how then you could be made to lose to me. Had the situation been otherwise I maintain that you would have bested me, and readily. I firmly believe you to be one of the strongest Trainers of any of us who came from Sonia’s group at Wedgehurst. I look forward to seeing that strength in your future Gym Battles.

Happy trails to you, and good luck on your way.
—Tim
Simon folded the paper and held onto the ball tightly with a smile. This was the thing missing from his birthday. His father was right. In some way, Caterpie was still with them, celebrating.

A few more moments passed before Anorith squeaked. He was hungry. The rest of the bugs all chimed in, eager to have Simon try the cake they’d worked on all day.

“Uhh, well, I kind of ate before getting here, so-” A knock on the door cut the boy off mid-sentence. Saved, Simon thought, as he got up to answer it, but was still curious who it could be.

Standing on the other side of the door was Raphael. Vito smiling brightly behind him, with a small gift bag held in his mouth. “Did you… think I’d forget or something? You look gobsmacked.”

“Raph?!” Simon’s surprise quickly turned to joy as he opened the door wider, “Well, I didn’t think birthdays were your-” He was cut off by the stampede of bugs flying and pushing past him to pile on Vito, showering the Sealeo with cheers as they excitedly pulled him to see the cake they’d made. To which Vito very excitedly rushed forward, only for the bugs to rapidly shift their efforts to holding him back from plunging his face inside of it.

“...mine isn’t. This isn’t that though.” Raph picked up the gift hastily dropped by Vito, then handed it to Simon. “Here, this is for you.” As Simon opened the bag, he found a single, small black box. Upon opening it he found, on a small green cushion, sat a silver pin.

Two vibrant silver butterfly wings, angled stylishly from one side, embossed on stainless steel. It was remarkably high quality, fancy enough, but clearly built to be sturdy. “...thought it was fitting.” Raph mumbled tiredly, before stepping past Simon into the hotel room. “Thinking of a gift idea is also… a lot of effort. So I kind of stole yours.”

Simon beamed, his eyes sparkling as he quickly put the bug pin on his hat and posed. “How do I look?”

Raph simply raised an eyebrow and shrugged. “Exactly how I’d expected you would…” He smirked. “But that’s pretty decent, so not bad.”

“I’ll take it.” Simon adjusted his hat smugly. “Oh! You’re actually just time for cake.” He motioned towards the misshapen lump behind them, which was currently being passed around between the bugs as Vito and Anorith fought to take a bite out of it.

“...” Raph stared at the disaster of a dessert with trepidation, his face contorting into an expression of concern. “I’m… I already ate…”

With a sudden bark from Vito the cake was flung from the bugs’ grasp towards the two trainers.

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Fen-Fen

Me but more fabulous

Age 23
Female
Colorado, USA
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5.9 Years
Haleigh Windsor and Achille Beringer
18 | Female | From Circhester


Spoiler: Memories
--- --- Wedgehurst ---
#1 - Meeting Corey
#2 - Caught Coraline
#3 - Catching Up at the Station with Melody

--- Wild Area ---
#4 - Meet Achille
#5 - Camping out with Corey and Coraline

--- Motostoke ---
#6 - The Opening Ceremony [MEGA JP]
#7 - Opening Ceremony pt. 2 [MEGA JP]
#8 - Opening Ceremony pt. 3 [MEGA JP]
#9 - Record Store Chaos

--- Route 3 ---
#10 - Found Orion
#11 - Smuggler takedown
#12 - Visions at the factory printing press
#13 - Breaking down in the woods

--- Galar Mine 1 and Route 4
#14 - VS Oleana w/Melody
#15 - VS Rosa
#16 - Cerise "battles" Orion, joins the team

--- Turffield ---
#17 - Turffield gym mission
#18 - VS Milo
#19 - Hanging out with the girls

--- Route 5 ---
#20 - Corey has a nightmare
#21 - A “platonic” dinner w/Achille
#22 - Haleigh turns eighteen
#23 - Rescuing Squirtle and Piplup
--- Hulbury ---
#24 - VS Nessa
#25 - Corey runs away
#26- Haleigh gets help from Catherine
#27 - Haleigh gets help from Achille
#28 - VS Nessa Rematch, part 1
#29 - VS Nessa Rematch, part 2
#30 - Going for drinks with Rosa, Ruben and Pia
--- Galar Mine No. 2 -----
#31 - Encounter with Rory ft. Aeliana
#32 - Encounter with the Black Suits part 1
#33 - Encounter with the Black Suits part 2
-----Motostoke (Revisit) -----
#34 - VS Ian
#35- VS Kabu
#36 - Simon and Haleigh pump steel and have a heart to heart
#37- Haleigh talks about her parents pt. 1
#38 - Haleigh talks about her parents pt. 2
#39- Befriends Dart
#40 - Psychic things with Xan
#41 - Eiscue mission
#42 - Camping out with Achille
------Hammerlocke------
#43 - VS. Catherine
#44 - VS. Raph
#45 - Reflecting on the journey so far



Contest and Cosplay



Achille wandered the convention after parting ways with Ryan, absentmindedly browsing the stalls and eyeing a few trainer accessories he ultimately decided against. The convention was cool, make no doubt, but it definitely was more fun when he had someone to talk to while browsing. Hell, he barely noticed the line while hanging out with Ryan.

He pulled out his phone, opening the contacts screen and scrolling through the names. A name came to mind, and he was fairly certain she’d be here. If not, she’d be interested in it anyways. He tapped Haleigh’s name, and sent a quick message.

Hey, are you at the convention, by any chance? And send.

yeah actually! u here? :o

Perfect. Yeah, I just left the battle floor. I’m over near the market booths if you want to hang out.

yes yes yes i'll be right there, i'll be just a few minutes!!!

Achille pocketed his phone and went up to one last stand to kill a few minutes, an accessory shop for Pokémon, much like the one he visited with Rosa back in Motostoke. Various pouches and clothing of all sizes were pinned against the back of the stall for display. He spent his time looking over the main table though, where both very small and very large pieces were stored. A metal crown looked about the right size for Aliénor, and he turned it over and over in his hands as more memories of the sketchy accessory shop floated back.

Nothing caught his eye in particular, again, but it did waste enough time that he felt good looking for Haleigh now. He slipped away from the booth, avoiding eye contact for spending several minutes looking but not buying. I should have asked her what direction she would be coming from. Finding a single person in this crowd seemed like an impossible task. He’d be better off checking somewhere less crowded for her first.

There was a spot near the entrance with several benches, right outside of the Vendor’s Hall. That was as good of a place to start as any, he reasoned.

Luck would have it that a familiar blonde was already in that area by the time he arrived. Haleigh was facing the other direction, and the crowd would block the sound of this approach. Time for a little payback for the Wild Area. The Kalosian snuck up behind his girlfriend and hugged her from behind. “Found you, madamé.”

Haleigh let out a small exclamation of surprise, giggling when she recognized the voice of the person who ambushed her. "Damn it, you scared me! Guess it's fair though considering I knocked you flat last time."

After Achille broke away from the hug, she turned around to face him. "I'm glad you texted me, it was getting a bit boring doing things by myself."

As opposed to the tank top she had been wearing last time, she went for her trusty pair of ripped jeans and a Piers and Marnie t-shirt. Though the sleeve covered most of her upper arms, a peculiar bit of black and red stuck out on the lower part of her biceps.

She started bouncing in place, her eyes lighting up as she exclaimed, "Ooh Achille, guess what I got since I got to Hammerlocke?"

She rolled up her sleeve, revealing the black and red flame tattoo she had recently gotten. "I got this really awesome tattoo at a shop here in town! Fits me, doesn't it?"

"It looks great on you," Achille said, admiring the artwork. "I think my father would flip his muk if I got a similar one though. He sure did when my brother pierced up."

"Anyways, I was looking through those rows," he motioned towards the two furthest lines of booths. "I kind of want to keep looking through here, if you're interested. I've almost found something cool, I can feel it."

"Sure!" Haleigh took Achille's hand and walked with him in the direction of where he had pointed to.

The two strolled through the rows and alleys of the vendor hall, passing by stores selling practically every nerd hobby available. Achille strongly debated picking up an Ice Stone at a dusty booth selling various stones, evolutionary and not. Ignace was nowhere near ready enough for the evolution, though. There’d be other chances down the line, when the little primate was more mature.

The couple had nearly gone through the entire floor with Achille remaining indecisive. He just beat Raihan(‘s one Pokémon), damn it, he wanted something to remember it by. The two turned into the last row of the market, with Achille about ready to admit defeat. Then a clothing shop happened to catch his eye.

“There’s no way,” he muttered while approaching. “In Galar?” The store looked to specialize in basic cosplay outfits. What drew him in was a basic full set, a light suit of armor with a leafy cloak and a green hood. He felt the material, finding it surprising in quality. The costumes wouldn’t win any awards for it, but it looked nice enough.

He pulled out the costume, revealing it to be obviously built for someone much larger than him. Still, he admired the details of the costume: how well the leaves of the cloak actually looked like several large interconnected branches, the dings and scuffs in the armor, even the clothing underneath looked accurate. “Damn, if only I was tall enough.”

As Haleigh looked for costumes in the same area, one costume besides the one he found caught her eye as well. The outfit had a black coat with some golden pauldrons that resembled some sort of military or royal outfit with a purple interior lining and a fake flower on the lapel. It also came with some black patterned leggings accented with small golden tassles and boots that came up to the knees. It seemed like it came from some fantasy show with some modernistic twists to the aesthetic. To Haleigh’s eyes, it looked like a neat subversion of the stuff her mother made her wear when she was younger.

She held it up to Achille and asked, "This from something you recognize?"

“Hell yeah I do,” Achille said, looking over at the outfit Haleigh had grabbed. “These are both from the same show, Mythic Knights. I didn’t think people would recognize it here in Galar. It was mostly aired in Kalos, I think.”

He looked back over the costume in his hands, reminiscing. “This was my favorite character: Gabriel, the Forest Knight. He was from a small farming village, but rescued a Shaymin he found in the woods. He found the armor and spear of the last Forest Knight after the Shaymin he nursed back to health led him to it.”

He returned his gaze to the outfit in Haleigh’s hands, reading another salvo of fanboyism. “That’s the attire of the Lady of Starfall Manor, a sorceress and former noble woman who helps the group.” He stopped, looking back towards the rack of clothing. “Now that I see that… I think I can actually pull off a Raynaud.”

Achille shelved the green suit of armor, giving it one last longing stare. After a silent goodbye and a silent curse at his own legs for being too short, he flipped through the costumes one by one. No, no, no, no, oh muk, but no, no. “Gotcha!”

The costume he dragged out was obviously from the same series as the green armor. This suit had less covered by the “armor”, leaving much more noticeable gaps, but a sleeker look overall. Underneath were simple black clothes; his armor had a space-like effect in the series between the gaps. The breastplate was etched with a closed eye, and a yellow headband with a star hung from the hanger. Tying the whole piece together was a steel gray cloak with a purple interior. “Found it, Comet Knight’s armor. And I think it fits.”

Haleigh rubbed her chin in thought as she examined the costume and said, "Tell me more about this Lady of Starfall Manor and the Comet Knight."

“Enora? She’s a minor noble in Kalos, and doesn't own much more beyond her manor home and the library she was left with. She started as a minor villain, but that didn’t last long at all. Her and Lunatone would usually show up when something magical was blocking their way, since she was wandering around Kalos during the War to learn more about magic. She finally joined the group in full at the end of the second season.”

Achille stopped for a breath. "Stop me if I'm going too fast," he added, self-consciously, "it's been a while since I've seen anything related to this show."

He held his outfit up to his body, looking at himself in a small mirror the booth had set up. "As for Comet Knight, well, he was my sister's favorite character. Stoic, somewhat broody. He lost his parents in the war and was a gifted knight in training when Jirachi fell from the sky. He was probably the strongest knight magically, but Jirachi had really limited energy for him to borrow, so he stuck mostly to his swords."

"And, uh," he added, looking back towards Haleigh. "his love interest was Enora."

While Haleigh had been intrigued by the lore that he was explaining, the last part was what really sold her on the whole thing. She beamed as she exclaimed, "Ooh now you got me all excited! Let's do this!"

Achille checked the prices on both and nodded. It's not trainer related either, so no need to dip into the trainer savings. He pulled out his family card and bought both of the costumes. "I think there's some actual changing rooms near the Cosplay area." He recalled.

—————————

The costume fit like he expected, a bit odd wearing something as bulky as it, but at least it wasn't heavy. The little pieces took a bit of effort to get correct, and a quick search for a reference picture to confirm they were all correct. Once fully settled, he pulled his hair back for the first time in a while, tying it with the included golden bandana. If only I had a Jirachi. He snickered at the idea of causing a scene by just casually showing up with a real Jirachi.

He left the changing room and hung around the small crowd clearing outside, waiting for Haleigh.

After a while of waiting, Haleigh finally emerged from the dressing room fully decked out in her costume. She tilted her head a little bit and asked, “How do I look?”

Achille just stared for a few seconds before snapping back to reality. "G-great." He forced out, remembering how to speak. He suddenly remembered why the character had such a fanbase back home.

He took a quick look around the room for something to distract him. His eyes narrowed in on a sign amongst the crowd, reading it between passerbys. There was a contest here at the convention. That’d be interesting, right? It’s been years since he actually went to one.

“What about visiting the contest?” Achille suggested, pointing out the sign. “I skipped the last one, but I’m sure some of our classmates are competing too.”

Haleigh said, “Wow, they’re holding the contest here too? This place really does have everything!”

Her thoughts immediately went to Melody and Rosa as potential contestants in the contest. “I’d love to go and see it with you, especially if I catch Mel or Rosa up on the stage. What do you say, Monsieur Comet Knight?”

She took his hand and looked up at him with an enamored expression. “Well then,” Achille said, “allow me to guide you to the stage.”

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The two sat in the center seats, finding the first rows both surprisingly formal for a convention and seemingly a ‘no fun’ zone. Beyond, the dress code was more relaxed, and the trainers found themselves in a mixed sea of formalwear, semi-formal outfits, and straight up cosplay.

“Well, at least the dress code is less relaxed at the convention, I can count the amount of times I’ve worn a suit since coming to Galar on one hand.”

Haleigh chuckled, “Yeah, we trainer’s ain’t much for suits and ties, are we? I ‘aven’t even worn a dress since I was like sixteen and I was dressin’ up for Halloween with Mel.”

An announcer called attention to the stage as Achille gave a quiet ‘damn it’. Just as we stopped getting interrupted. Still, this was a show, and one not actually involving his brother this time. He was going to sit back and enjoy this.

First to the stage was one of his own classmates, though one he hadn’t really come into contact with post-academy. He sat back and watched ice cover the stage, transforming it into a scene straight out of winter on this late summer day. The ice-cooled air coming from the stage was a welcome change in atmosphere, as his costume was surprisingly warm.

He’d almost forgotten what Aeliana looked like until the cloaked figure unveiled herself (and a Hitmontop). He remembered pretty much as soon as the dance picked up again, now fully de-cloaked; it was pretty hard to forget someone quite as dancey as her.

“That’s pretty damn impressive doing that on ice,” Achille said while clapping once the performance ended. “Even if this entire journey taught me that sudden snowstorms aren’t my thing.”

Haleigh joined in Achille’s applause, nodding her head as she said, “I’ll say. Though then again, it’s how we met and got close.”

“True,” Achille admitted, “I also met Ignace in a snowstorm like the one outside Froslass. Remind me to tell you that story later, actually.”

Just as Achille finished saying that, attention was once again called to the stage in preparation for the next participant. The girl was obscured somewhat by the shadows cast on the stage, but as she walked forward Haleigh instantly recognized the figure of Melody in a black dress with a mesh covering over the top of her chest, shoulders and sleeves.

Haleigh could only look on in awe as the show properly started off with the entrance of her shiny Gothita Celeste and a new Pokemon that Haleigh hadn’t seen on her team before. Some stones were cast all around the stage while Melody and Celeste twirled about the stage in sync after Melody gently tossed the shiny Rockruff into the air as it floated effortlessly between the teen’s arms.

Then, Celeste’s eyes glowed and cast waves of psychic energy that shattered the rocks around them and made the whole area light up with shattered geodes. Then, as more stones appeared to make a stairway, Haleigh let out a gasp as the makeshift stairs collapsed and entombed Melody. She looked over at Achille in worry before having her fears assuaged as she soon emerged from the stony tomb in a completely different outfit that reminded her a lot of that Sailor Lunatone anime that Melody was so fond of.

As the spectacle of a show closed out with Melody and her Pokemon riding on one of the rocks (no, asteroids based on the space theme going on), Haleigh got up from her seat and loudly shouted, “YEAH MEL, YOU KILLED IT OUT THERE!!!”

She looked back at Achille, glee and excitement seeming to barely be able to be contained within her, “Holy muk Mel looked so psyduckin’ awesome out there!”

“Yeah, that was pretty good.” Achille admitted with a hint of hesitation. He enjoyed the costume change, and the display was impressive, regardless of if he felt judged by the person behind it. He wasn’t that petty, he hoped. He clapped all the same.

Haleigh raised an eyebrow at the note of hesitation in his voice, but decided to let it go. Melody was pretty intimidating if you didn’t know her really well.

Another new contestant was called forth, and Achille settled in for the next performance. He watched as a girl in black and silver, Chloe, stepped onto the stage and brought out a Luxio to perform Rain Dance. “Spoke too soon, there’s an actual Froslass here too.” he whispered amusedly to Haleigh as the second Pokémon was released.

He watched on in curiosity as the frozen pillars formed. He’d seen ice get used a few different ways in these contests; it was a bit of a wild card with the Luxio though. The lion cub shocked the pillars, producing a surprisingly clear song after a few tuning attempts.

Achille clapped wholeheartedly at the end. “Merde, I’ve heard quite a few contest songs, but not one played on ice and lighting. That was psyducking cool.”

The blonde teen, similarly awestruck, exclaimed, “Yeah, that was pretty cool. Still thinkin’ Mel did the best so far though.”

Soon after the unfamiliar girl left the stage, another girl took her place covered in a cloak. Once she unwrapped the cape from around herself, a familiar blonde haired trainer graciously made her entrance: Pia. Haleigh had missed Pia's last performance in Turffield, so Haleigh was excited to see what she had to offer.

It was a mesmerizing and elegant performance, with her looking like a proper sorceress between the getup, the graceful moves and the very pretty effects that Pia had her Pokemon use. The song she was singing seemingly from the bottom of her heart also added to the otherworldly effect the performance was having.

It had affected her so much so that by the time it ended, Haleigh had started to tear up.

She said, her voice slightly strained, "That was so beautiful."

“Certainly an interesting take on transforming the stage without weather moves,” Achille said, letting the trainer side of the brain take over for a moment. “Perfectly fluffy too, I kinda want to take a nap on that stage… except for the electricity.”

Next came someone Achille hadn’t seen in quite some time, Rosa. Seeing the flower and ice theme dredged up memories of his Brother’s performances back in Kalos, alongside Weavile and Lurantis. Long and emotional performances set to ice and plants were strangely popular back home. The frozen bouquet was a nice touch though.

Then the dress fell off, revealing the much more tropical outfit alongside the musical use of the flowers. Yeah, that’s not like home. He giggled at the thought of his brother in the island dancer’s attire dancing along to music. It was a nice contrast to his brother’s usual pretentious ‘psyduck your expectations’ art attitude.

“I was afraid I was in for more snow, but I do like being reminded it’s summer,” he said while applauding. “I guess you could say it was bell-awesome.” He hated himself a little for that pun.

Haleigh groaned and rolled her eyes, but soon found herself breaking into a fit of giggles. "Goddamn it, that one took me off guard. That was bloody awful!"

There was a shifting around in the seats, seeming to mark that the contest was about to end. However, the lights dimmed and confused murmuring followed as the announcer announced one last performance of the night.

This contestant surely knew how to make an entrance. She was masked - so there was no real way for her to know who was in it and dressed in a frilly outfit that reminded Haleigh of a gentlewoman thief she read in a novel a long time ago. Her Pokemon - a Dusclops - emerged as she told a tale that Haleigh vaguely recognized as being the time someone had helped saved the Hoenn region from a rampaging Kyogre and Groudon, with accompanying Will o Wisps in the shapes of the legendary Pokemon and a surprisingly intense narration from the contestant that really drew her in.

Even her exit was flashy as she bid the crowd adieu with a Smokescreen. Haleigh turned to Achille and said, "Wow, that...certainly stood out. She really seemed to get into it there."

"It's an interesting end to the show," he agreed. "Having a mysterious theme certainly adds a little something. Turning the stage into basically a puppet theater is pretty cool too."

The two were left to chat about the performances as they waited for the crowd to clear. Eventually there was some movement, freeing the couple to wander towards the convention building. The crowd thinned once they actually entered the building, as the various convention goers split off to explore different areas of the venue. Achille and Haleigh found themselves in a small rest area after their portion of the crowd cleared, checking the convention layout for their next stop.

"Hey, asshole!" A familiar voice came from behind Achille. He stopped his suggestion for dropping by the arcade and stood up as a chill ran down his spine. He turned around and looked at the man behind him.

The man was over a head taller than him, and dressed in a deep blue suit. His long hair was now a pastel pink all around, save for a spot of blonde near his ear. His brother, here in Galar.

"What the hell are you doing here?" Achille asked Roland.


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Achille Béringer || 19 || ♂️
Location: Hammerlocke
A Brothers' War
Featuring Haleigh. (A JP with FenFen pt. 2)

Joiuse - Shadow Sneak, Slash, Autotomize, Metal Sound, Block, Aerial Ace
Proudhon - Tackle, Crunch, Flail, Bite, Brine, Waterfall
Alizé - Absorb, Tackle, Air Cutter, Supersonic, Double Team, Wing Attack
Ignace - Powder Snow, Tackle, Taunt, Bite, Avalanche, Work Up
Aliénor - Rock Tomb, Dragon Tail, Roar, Ancient Power, Charm, Bite
Terrot - Tackle, Growth, Razor Leaf, Tail Whip, Leech Seed, Worry Seed




Haleigh looked over at the man that had so rudely called out to Achille. She crossed her arms and narrowed her eyes as she exclaimed, “Oi, who the hell are you calling asshole? That’s my boyfriend you’re speaking to, prick.”

She turned to Achille and asked, “D’you know this guy?”

The man smirked, placing a hand in his pocket and looking down towards Achille. “I thought I saw you in the crowd. I’m here because Lisia, the judge, invited me.” He looked over towards Haleigh and flashed a nicer smile. “I was wondering why little Achille here didn’t come running home as soon as he graduated. I wouldn’t have guessed he found himself a girlfriend here.”

“Sorry, let me introduce you,” Achille said while turning towards Haleigh, doing his best to ignore the barb. “This prick is my brother, Roland. Kalosian contest star, current challenger for the Kalosian championship, and knows exactly why I’m up here in Galar.”

"Oh, your brother!" Haleigh scratched her head and gave a sheepish, nervous chuckle to Roland. "Sorry mate. Name's Haleigh."

“I take it my dear brother hasn’t deemed it fit to mention me then,” Roland said with exaggerated hurt in his voice. “At least he isn’t badmouthing me then.”

“What do you want?” Achille interrupted, no warmth in his voice. “I don’t think you’re here to just catch up and meet my girlfriend.”

His brother sighed, pulling his hand from his pocket and crossing his arms as he shifted his weight to the back foot. “I told you already, I want to patch things up. You wanted to meet in person. I wanted a battle to settle this little feud you think we have. Happy coincidence, here we both are.”

Roland tilted his head, his pink hair completely covering his shoulder as he looked at Achille like he was an idiot. “I hope you’re picking up what I’m getting at.”

Achille had forgotten all about that incident. He snatched his bag and tucked it under his arm. “If you want a psyducking battle, then let’s head back outside. I’m happy to oblige, and I’ll hear you out after kicking your ass.”

Roland shrugged and motioned for the pair to follow him. He led them outside of the building and past the stage, to a relatively secluded area. A few benches and tables next to a large field wouldn’t draw too much attention with an entire convention center next to them. They’d be free from curious eyes who may recognize either of the regional league challengers dueling it out.

“Go ahead then, let’s see what this place has taught you.” Roland tugged at his tie, loosening the knot enough to remove it. “You’re not moping around like I thought you would be, but let's see if it made you a good trainer or not.”

Achille reached for a Pokéball, kicking himself for letting Joiuse get K.O.ed against Raihan. She could battle, but she was still probably tired and more prone to mistakes. He snagged the Pokéball next to it instead, tossing it. The ball impacted the center of the field and cracked open, releasing a large blue and tan sea serpent in a curled position.

His brother smiled upon seeing the Gyarados, nodding his approval. “Well, at least you picked something serious against me.” The pink haired man tossed his now-removed suit jacket aside, revealing a belt attachment with four Pokéballs. Roland also removed the second Pokéball on his holster and tossed it into the ring.

The light from the ball solidified into something looking like a black bipedal weasel. Red feathers adorned its head and neck, and the creature's fingers ended in long, sharp claws. The Weavile checked over it’s claws, tapping them against the pad of her paw.

The ice-type surprised Achille. “You’re sending out Violet and not Lily?” The Lurantis would be a better counter to Gyarados, he felt. Satisfied with the state of her claws, the weasel eyed Gyarados up and down. Finding her opponent up to snuff, the black furred Pokémon crouched into a fighting stance.

“You’re not using Joiuse either.'' Roland must have been watching his progress, Achille realized as his brother casually used the names of his own Pokémon. “Besides, I can tell Proudhon decided to follow you because he thinks you’re strong. Violet is the same way. Fitting, right?”

As Haleigh glanced between the two brothers, it was becoming clear that some real tension existed between the two of them. She'd need to ask Achille about it later; in the meantime, however, she felt herself get excited at the prospect of seeing Achille on the battlefield up close. He was no pushover based on what she'd seen against Kabu and Nessa.

Haleigh went over to Achille, her fists clenched and held next to each other in front of her. "Ooh I can barely keep it in, this muk's exciting! I know you can beat his arse, so show 'em what you're made of!"

She gave him a light punch on the shoulder before giving him a peck on the cheek. "And there's a kiss for good luck."

Roland whistled, smirking as Haleigh left Achille’s side of the field. “Alright, now that you’re motivated, can we begin?”

Achille cracked his knuckles, feeling a smile beginning to creep across his face. “If you’re ready, Proudhon, start us off with a Brine!”

“Cut him off with an Ice Shard!” Roland shouted.

Proudhon straightened up, drawing upon his reserve of salt water. Before the attack could fully form, Violet breathed super-chilled air on her claws, creating a thick layer of ice. The ice-type swiped at her foe, sending large chunks of pointed ice flying.

The shards impacted against Proudhon’s throat, accompanied by a spray of brackish water from the Gyarados’ mouth. Pissed off from being beaten to the punch, Proudhon fired the Brine with extra force. The stream of water enveloped the dark-type, blocking it from view of both trainers.

The field quickly became soggy as the smell of salt began to overtake the air. The torrent finally ended, revealing Violet in a defensive pose that guarded her face. The Weavile had been pushed about a foot, judging by the gouges in the ground from her claws, but otherwise looked fine.

“There we go, now close the gap and Hone Claws, then Slash them!” Violet took off, her claws finding great traction in the now damp soil. She scraped her claws against one another as she ran, sharpening them.

Merde, get out of the way, then retaliate with a Bite!” Proudhon rapidly uncurled, sliding to the side as fast as he could. Violet leapt at the Gyarados, swinging her arms from behind in a wide arc and catching the Gyarados on his back. Proudhon roared as the claws cut right through his scales, before lunging forward and tearing into the Weavile’s foot with his fangs.

Proudhon tossed the ice-type away from him. Violet regained control of herself in the air and landed in a controlled roll. She jumped back to her feet, muddy, but still eager to fight.

Haleigh let out a cheer at the successful counterattack. Seeing Achille battle his brother was proving to be quite exciting, with both of them showing off some impressive maneuvering. Even with Jouise being his main Pokemon of choice, he was no slouch with Proudhon as evidenced by how far back the Weavile had been thrown.

“Good first round,” Roland said as the two Pokemon stared each other down, waiting for the command to go back at it. “I see Galar isn’t the pushover league that needs theatrics to keep interest like you thought it was.”

Achille let out a frustrated sigh. “How long are you going to keep poking at that. Obviously I’m enjoying it here if I’m staying.” Proudhon stood completely motionless, tense like a coiled spring. “Did you miss me that badly all those years? Brine!”

“Hard roll to the left, then Icy Wind.”

Proudhon unleashed another torrent of seawater at Violet. The weasel Pokémon jumped into a shoulder roll without any hesitation, narrowly avoiding the stream of water. The surge of water flooded the field more than it already was; a thin layer of water was now visible just under the grass.

The Weavile came to a stop on one knee. She snapped her attention towards Proudhon and closed the first and third claw of her free hand, leaving only the middle claw up. The Ice-type breathed forth a cloud of superchilled air over the battlefield, freezing the accumulated water and causing a thin layer of ice to form on the parts of Proudhon it touched.

Pérdon, did you teach Violet to make rude gestures at people?” Achille snickered, imagining his brother demonstrating the gesture over and over to the confused weasel.

From the sidelines, Haleigh was also highly amused at the image of a Weavile flipping off a large water serpent and started giggling as images of a certain video game she played with Mel popped into her head.

Roland sighed, looking surprisingly embarrassed by it. “I didn’t, she psyducking learned it. She saw how people reacted when I did it, and thought it was funny.” The man looked away from the offending Pokémon, who snickered at her trainer’s reaction more than anything else. “Nom de dieu, Violet, please just use Agility and take advantage of that ice you made.”

Violet returned her focus towards the battle, taking off on the makeshift ice rink with surprising speed. Her large strides helped her accelerate, her claws digging deep into the ice and soil underneath with ease.

Bordel de merde,” Achille shouted, shocked at the speed of the Weavile. “Proudhon, try to stop her!”

The Gyarados thrashed about, having to pry itself loose from the ice covering its body. Large chunks fell away as Weavile rapidly approached, but it wasn’t going to be fast enough. The serpent flailed in frustration, grunting and snorting as it struggled against the ice.

Haleigh could be heard shouting, “C’mon Proudhon, shake ‘er off!”

Violet leapt at the struggling sea serpent again, dragging her claws across his chest in a deep Slash. Proudhon was knocked off balance, the last of the ice falling away with the swaying of the Pokémon. The Gyarados retreated a few feet and snorted, rearing up until it was towering above Violet and peering down, eyes glaring below his scared crest.

Proudhon made a short hop and dove towards Violet, spitting water as he descended. The full weight of the Gyarados crashed down atop the Weavile, slamming her with the force of Proudhon’s weight and the Waterfall attack. The ice across the field shattered in a large circle from the impact, leaving Proudhon at the center of a bullseye.

“Yes! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!” Haleigh jumped up with her fist in the air. “Keep ‘im on the ropes, Achille!”

A few seconds passed without reaction, then Proudhon leapt off the Weavile and slithered back. The side of the Gyarados where Violet had been trapped under was frozen, victim to a point blank Icy Wind.

“Are you good, Vi?” Roland asked, not sounding too worried. His posture remained casual despite what looked to Achille like a pretty hefty attack. Violet pushed herself out of the small indent she made, feathers ruffled but still smirking. The Dark-type shook like a dog, knocking the shards of ice stuck to her fur off.

Belle,” the half-suited man continued, nodding contentedly as the Weavile picked herself back up. “Let’s keep the pressure up. Keep on Slashing.” Violet charged at the Gyarados for the third time, claws at the ready and kicking up large chunks of ice.

Achille balked, did his brother think he was stupid? “We’ve seen this before, Proudhon. Get out of the way then counter!”

Proudhon raised up again, readying another Waterfall. The Weavile leapt towards the Water-type’s belly, fingers outstretched. The blue bastard was ready, though, revealing his Waterfall as a feint by suddenly lunging for the Weaile’s readied arm.

Proudhon bit down on the weasel’s arm, dragging the ice-type up into the air and Crunching down on his captive. Violet hissed in pain, glaring daggers at the Pokémon who dared manhandle her like this.

“Get out of there, Vi,” Roland shouted, only a slight hint of worry to his voice. “Throat Chop.”

Violet gave a pained grunt as she swung away, kicking off the dragon’s throat to get some momentum going. The determined captive swung herself back towards Proudhon, delivering a hard kick to the throat. Proudhon gasped for air, releasing Violet’s arm and sending the weasel falling towards the ground.

Violet landed on her back, scrambling to her feet and holding the Crunched arm close. Her foe was still reeling from the attack, gasping for air and Flailing to hit the dropped Ice-type. “This is your opening,” Roland shouted, “finish it!”

Putain, Proudhon, aim.”

The Weavile jumped back from one of the Gyarados’ wild attacks, looking up towards the huffing Pokémon and firing a wide Icy Wind towards his face. The air feeling even thinner only caused Proudhon to flail harder, increasing his speed to try and knock out his foe before running out of breath.

Violet leapt, seeing an opportunity.

The relentless Weavile slammed into Proudhon’s neck again, the elbow of her good arm first. This Throat Chop was enough to send the sea serpent to the floor, collapsing in a heap with him. Violet pushed herself off of him, breathing heavily and knees shaking but victorious. Proudhon lie in an exhausted heap, gasping for breath and throat bruised.

Achille walked up and crouched next to his down companion, patting the massive Pokémon’s crest. “Merde, I think we almost had them.” Proudhon snorted, his breath condensing into vapor on the melting ice below. “Pfft, you learned two new moves. We’ll kick his ass next time he’s around.”

He heard a ‘catch’ from behind and barely caught something yellow flying at him. A Super Potion. Roland was crouched next to Violet with his own bottle, looking over the Weavile’s arm wound. Achille shouted a ‘thanks’, uncapped the bottle, and began to spray the medicine over Proudhon’s cuts and bruises.

Haleigh walked towards Achille, still chipper as ever despite his loss. She looked over to Proudhon and exclaimed, “You did amazin’ out there! Achille really knows his muk.”

She then turned to Achille and gave him a wide grin, “That was one hell of a battle! You’re still a winner to me no matter what though.”

“You’re giving me a cavity,” Roland smiled, watching his little brother squirm a bit in embarrassment. “How did you find someone so sweet to put up with you anyways?” He reached out and tousled Achille’s hair, smirking.

“Haha, she’s great, isn’t she.” Achille went back to an unamused tone of voice, removing the taller man’s hand. He pulled out Proudhon’s Pokéball and recalled the grumpy Pokémon before turning back to the conversation. “Now, you said you wanted to talk. Well, I’m here and you won. So let’s talk.”

Behind the pink-haired man, Violet picked up Roland’s jacket and rummaged through the pockets. The Weavile pulled out a granola bar from an inner pocket, then tossed the article of clothing back on the grass, unwrapping her self-obtained reward.

Roland brushed off his Pokémon, obviously used to it’s antics. “Right. Well... “ Achille watched as his brother struggled on wording what he wanted to say, rubbing his eyes in thought. “Psyduck it, has notre père reached out to you about anything while you were here? No favors, no requests, nothing?”

Achille squinted. A request from his father? “Papa? No. Why?”

Roland looked Achille over for a second before relaxing. Seeing if his confusion was genuine, he guessed. “Sorry, I just heard you were staying up in Galar after you graduated, and thought it had something to do with him.” Roland trailed off, leaving a thought half finished.

“Why would he want me up in Galar?” Achille asked while crossing his arms. “We don’t really do business up here, much less anything shady that you would have to be worried about.” His brother shot a look towards Haleigh, a silent reminder that there was someone else here. “She already knows, no need to try and tiptoe around it.”

Haleigh nodded. “Yeah, you two certainly have a very...interesting family. I can relate, believe it or not.”

Roland nodded. “If it’s what I assume, that’s reassuring. Getting involved in that mess would piss our dear father off.” He returned his focus to Achille, getting serious again. “I’m going to be blunt with it. I thought the school was a move to isolate you from all of us here in Kalos under the guise of not causing a fuss. You looked like you were giving up and just doing what he wanted just to play trainer for a bit.”

Achille rolled his eyes. “Oh, psyduck off. The School is very well established and ties directly into the Galarian league. I’m not rolling over and accepting scraps.” Achille remembered the call with his father in the Wild Area. Might as well use that to help prove his innocence. “I actually think he’s worried about me being up here. He called me and apparently wants me back home, saying he now approves of the sport and blah blah. That, or he’s scared of you in the Kalos league and wants me to come and stop you.”

Roland scoffed. “I think we just proved you can’t do that.” From the background, a Weavile laughed. “But that’s worrying in it’s own way. Trust me, when he finally approved of me being a coordinator he started trying to leverage my connections to his benefit. Mostly innocent business introductions, but there were some legal introductions, friend of friend mostly, that were suspect.”

Haleigh rubbed her chin in thought as she mulled over Roland’s words. All of what they were talking about seemed very in line with the manipulation that she had been subjected to while she was living with them - though the connections to an evil organization were tenuous at best as she didn’t even think her mother was involved, bad as she was.

She turned to Achille and said, “It sounds like he’s kinda playin’ you around if I’m bein’ honest. It reminds me a bit too much of my own parents for my own liking.”

Roland clapped, pointing at Haleigh. “See, she knows what’s going on. Just, keep your wits about you. You seem to be keeping better company here than you did back home, so I feel better about it.”

“Hold on,” Achille protested, “the guys at the Gym were okay.”

Roland sighed. “Okay, they were okay. The rest though… I know the really ‘good’ and ‘proper’ kids wanted to avoid you because of the stigma, but you could have done better than the people who just wanted to use pére’s money.”

That stung a bit. Yeah, they were kinda assholes who didn’t follow up with him when he left. “Okay, point made.” Achille said as his brother stepped away from their little circle. “Now, can I ask you a blunt question?”

“Sure.” Roland walked over towards his discarded suit jacket, picking it up and frowning as he realized one of the sleeves had landed in the Brine water after Violet tossed it.

“Why are you doing a run of the Kalos league, especially after working so hard towards being a coordinator.” At one point Achille felt like yelling that at his brother, but the words came calmly. He felt a lot of the tension gone after his battle. It was a loss, but it was reassuring to see his brother taking this seriously.

“Oh, uh, career advancement? Now I’m not just Contest Star Roland, but ‘Man Who Could Have Been Champion’. Good marketing.” Roland said, looking up from his damp jacket. “And I kinda thought it would piss you off enough to come home.” He said that completely casually. A year of Achille’s life languishing over his brother stealing his dream, and the truth comes out like a dud bomb.

Va te faire foutre.” Achille said plainly, no emotion or overreaction. “You probably caused me to stay in Galar longer, tête de noeud.”

“Ah, oops.” Roland said, slightly sheepishly. “At least you got a girlfriend out of it?” Achille opened his mouth to argue, but closed it after deciding it was not worth it.

Violet walked over towards her trainer and handed him the wrapper from her snack, getting a blank stare in return. “There’s a trash can right there.” Roland pointed towards the green bin, but was ignored by the Ice-type.

“Anyways, are we good here?” Roland addressed Achille while scrunching up the trash in his hand. “I made the trip and kicked your ass, can we put off this stupid game of chicken?”

Achille gave a ‘hmm’, but just to keep his brother in suspense. “Fine, we’re good. I’m not being brainwashed into becoming a good little Flare goon, and you’re not being a complete asshole for trying to steal my job.” Achille felt like he needed a drink. Away from his brother.

“Beautiful,” Roland folded his jacket over his arm and whistled for Violet to follow. “Now, if our brotherly bonding moment is done, I need to meet up with some friends for drinks.”

The two brothers exchanged goodbyes, and the older one left for the convention center after a quick stop by a rubbish bin, Pokémon trailing behind. Achille and Haleigh were left by the flooded plain, the smell of salt still in the air.

The blonde looked over at Achille, a small, wistful smile on her face. “I kinda wish I had siblings growing up. I can tell you still love him despite all that drama between you two.”

Achille smiled, “he’s alright. His ego started getting really big when he started going on stage with his first Pokémon, Lily, and winning some local contests. But he was usually there to bail me out when people at the Gym caused issues. And he didn’t lecture like my other brother or my sister does.”

“Ah, I’m sure they just wanted to keep you nice and respectable. It’s why I’m here with you after all.” She gave Achille a dopey, toothy grin.



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Spoiler: Memories
--- --- Wedgehurst ---
#1 - Meeting Corey
#2 - Caught Coraline
#3 - Catching Up at the Station with Melody

--- Wild Area ---
#4 - Meet Achille
#5 - Camping out with Corey and Coraline

--- Motostoke ---
#6 - The Opening Ceremony [MEGA JP]
#7 - Opening Ceremony pt. 2 [MEGA JP]
#8 - Opening Ceremony pt. 3 [MEGA JP]
#9 - Record Store Chaos

--- Route 3 ---
#10 - Found Orion
#11 - Smuggler takedown
#12 - Visions at the factory printing press
#13 - Breaking down in the woods

--- Galar Mine 1 and Route 4
#14 - VS Oleana w/Melody
#15 - VS Rosa
#16 - Cerise "battles" Orion, joins the team

--- Turffield ---
#17 - Turffield gym mission
#18 - VS Milo
#19 - Hanging out with the girls

--- Route 5 ---
#20 - Corey has a nightmare
#21 - A “platonic” dinner w/Achille
#22 - Haleigh turns eighteen
#23 - Rescuing Squirtle and Piplup
--- Hulbury ---
#24 - VS Nessa
#25 - Corey runs away
#26- Haleigh gets help from Catherine
#27 - Haleigh gets help from Achille
#28 - VS Nessa Rematch, part 1
#29 - VS Nessa Rematch, part 2
#30 - Going for drinks with Rosa, Ruben and Pia
--- Galar Mine No. 2 -----
#31 - Encounter with Rory ft. Aeliana
#32 - Encounter with the Black Suits part 1
#33 - Encounter with the Black Suits part 2
-----Motostoke (Revisit) -----
#34 - VS Ian
#35- VS Kabu
#36 - Simon and Haleigh pump steel and have a heart to heart
#37- Haleigh talks about her parents pt. 1
#38 - Haleigh talks about her parents pt. 2
#39- Befriends Dart
#40 - Psychic things with Xan
#41 - Eiscue mission
#42 - Camping out with Achille
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#43 - VS. Catherine
#44 - VS. Raph
#46 - Hitting up Strugglecon w/Achille
#47 - Achille VS. Roland



You Got a Friend in Me


All of it was a lie.
All of it. The friendship, the chats, the encouragement… It was all a lie.
Why?
Why, why, why?!


Negative, overflowing thoughts were rushing through Valerie’s head. She didn’t really know, nor care where she was going. The crowd made things difficult. Bumping into almost everyone she even came across, Valerie desperately wanted to be away… just, be away from it all. LunaBeam was her best friend… at least... that’s what she thought. What seemed like an eternity from hell, Valerie finally found some leeway and some space. In a daze, she found herself on a bench, and sat down.

Her facial expression was like she was in a trance. She couldn’t stop tearing up. She wiped away her tears using the base palms of her hands, but they just continued to flow. Then, she couldn’t hold it anymore. She started sobbing heavily, the tears now flowing like waterfalls.

After the excitement that the contest and Achille's battle with his brother had provided, Haleigh parted ways with him and started making her way out of the convention- though she kept getting distracted with various stands selling cute trinkets that she just barely managed to avoid splurging on.

In her distraction, Haleigh found herself in a more remote corner of the convention center. She was about to turn back to find her way back towards the exit when she caught sight of a familiar figure, sitting on a bench. Something about the way she was sitting, however, wasn't quite right; the woman had her hands up to her face and she was shaking as if she was crying.

Once Haleigh got a closer look, her eyes widened in surprise at who exactly it was that was crying: Valerie! Haleigh had only ever known her as a cheery and always in high spirits, so seeing her like this was quite jarring. It must have been quite serious to make someone like her cry. As Haleigh knew all too well, however, even the happiest people have some dark things lurking behind their smiles.

The blonde trainer walked up and asked, "Val, that you? What's wrong, mate?"

Haleigh looked down at the pink haired woman, her brow knit with worry and her expression concerned.

Valerie, a snivelling mess, peeked upwards to her. “Hal...eigh?”

Haleigh nodded. "Mind if I sit here next to you?”

Valerie simply shrugged. “Go ahead.”

Haleigh took a seat next to Valerie, positioning herself close to the other woman and putting a hand over her shoulder to comfort her. "It's gonna be alright. I'm here, just take some deep breaths and fill me in on what's going on."

Valerie wiped away some of her tears. “Your girl got hit by a bus,” she mumbled. “A bus called… betrayal. And it sucks. Really sucks. Man, I feel so stupid!”

For someone as oriented around friendship as Valerie, Haleigh reckoned someone stabbing her in the back would hit her hard. She softly replied, "Betrayal? Someone you knew did something behind your back?"

“Yeah…” Valerie slowly began. “It… It was a friend of mine who I met long, long ago. She was so kind, so gentle, so… inspiring. But… but, what a lie that was. Turns out, she never liked me at all. All I was, was just a dumb, nobody who… who was just obsessed with her, I guess. Turns out, she just used me to um… to boost her status, I guess… Local streamer saves girl from mental trauma, or something like that, idk. But… yeah.”

Valerie then gave another depressed sigh. “...Maybe... Catherine was right.”

Though she wasn't very knowledgeable about the world of streamers, Haleigh wouldn't put it past someone to fake a friendship and manipulate them to make them think they were friends all for the sake of some clout. That sort of stab-in-the-back behavior was something she detested above all else, reminding her of a particularly unpleasant figure in her own life; just thinking about it made her feel angry at someone doing that sort of thing, especially to someone as positive and carefree as Valerie.

Haleigh growled, “What a psyducking prick. The real dumbpsyduck was whoever decided they needed to fake a friendship with one of the friendliest people I know.”

She exhaled, letting some of her anger subside. Haleigh was ultimately here to comfort Valerie, after all. “I’m really sorry that happened to you. You didn’t deserve any of that Tauros muke. And don’t let anyone think you’re stupid for puttin’ your trust in someone.”

Haleigh scoffed as she added, “Especially not someone like Catherine. She doesn’t know the muk you’ve been through.”

“Still girl, it’s gotten me all kinds of confused,” Valerie pointed out. “Like… I wonder if more people feel the same. Do they just want to be friends with me, or… man, I dunno what to do from here. What… What do I believe in? Who can I believe in?”

Haleigh considered her words. Indeed, with the spot Valerie found herself in, it’d only be natural that her resolve for befriending people would be cast into doubt. That was certainly something Haleigh could relate to. “I can understand why you feel that way. There are some real mukty people out there and when they drag you down in the gutter, it can start to feel like maybe everyone is like that.”

Haleigh closed her eyes as she considered her next set of words before opening them again to look at Valerie. “I’m still learning myself how to best get back up when life kicks you down. I’ve hardly had an easy time on this journey. I’ve been in that place where you’re at now, unsure of what to do and starting to doubt yourself.”

Haleigh looked directly into Valerie’s eyes, her gaze piercing and unyielding yet seeming to shine with passion. “You can get through this. I know you. Maybe I don’t know everything you’ve been through, but I know that just by being you, you don’t give into the negativity that the world often hurls our way. The way you can look at the world and spread love and kindness despite how dark it can get, that’s some mad strength. And I know you have it in you, even if it doesn’t feel that way right now.”

Valerie swerved her head a little. She was taking in Haleigh’s words, more so than she had done so before. She didn’t understand much of anything, but… she felt she could trust those words. Even if she wasn’t sure if she could. “I dunno if I’m capable of all that, and… it still hurts inside…” she finally, finally gave a small smile. “...I don't know what to do yet, but… if Val drops down, I guess there’s nowhere to go but up, right?”

Haleigh gave Valerie a warm smile, nodding her head. “Only way to go is up.”

She paused for a second, before letting out a small chuckle. “You know, it’s kinda funny. It’s people like you that I looked to in my darkest hours to help me out and here I am givin’ it right back. It’s neat how that works. I hope that even if you’re having doubts about everyone else, you can at least look to me as a true friend. I got your back.”

“Haleigh… Thanks.” The two girls gave each other a nice, firm hug. “You are totally true friend.”


Sapphire Rose

Only thorns left on this rose.

Age 25
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Over the hills and far away.
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10.1 Years
Pia McGuire ft. Aeliana Kekoa
Poké: 5550 Pokémon: 4



Chances and Chasers




A lonely girl walking without her Pokémon and a disguise consisting of a hoodie, a pet and sunglasses all so people wouldn’t recognize her. That is what you would see if you saw Pia walking on the floors of Strugglecon. Alone and with her hands in her pockets. Frankly, she had to. Anytime she’d show up somewhere without wearing at least something to hide her identity, journalists would flock around her and start asking questions about the “scandal”. Now she knew how Ruben felt when she saw him on TV the other day. She wanted to zap away but Milla had gotten a hold on the remote and well… that’s a story for another time.

Pia was a nerd at heart. A “closet weeb” as one would call her. With a big event like this, she just couldn’t allow herself to miss the newest issues of her favourite series. Yet… That’s not at all where she was headed to right now. What had drawn her in instead was the music and the buzz of the meet and greet booths. People flocked towards their favourite fashionista’s, make-up guru’s, mewtubers and struggle streamers alike. It was a sight to behold but one that Pia viewed at a distance.

"Looks like Val's gonna be busy most of the day with another panel-question thing," Aeliana said with a sigh. The blue-haired trainer seated at a small table, casually sipping from a soda cup as she looked at the schedule for the day. "I guess sneaking out for lunch with her isn't gonna be such a hot idea, after all."

Disappointment was evident in the Alolan's voice, one that earned her a comforting pat on the arm from her Kirlia. Tampa shared a sad look with the trainer, albeit it was a bit hard to take seriously with the vanilla ice cream smeared across her mouth. Without even glancing in her direction, Clara used her psychic powers to lift a napkin from the holder and use it to wipe the gator Pokémon's mouth.

"Well, we'll just have to find something else to do today," Aeliana determined."Come on, let's go."

The girl and her Pokémon picked themselves up from their seats and disposed of their trash before making their way back onto the main floor of the convention. As they walked, Tampa spotted the young girl in a hood and sunglasses. The Croconaw gave the human a curious look, eyes narrowing as she tried to make out the facial features of the young woman. Suddenly, Tampa's eyes lit up. Wait, this is the girl who took pictures with Aeliana in the boat town! She looks different, but still has that same nice smell!

Tampa quickly waddled after the girl, gurgling with glee all the while. Her human would love a visit from a friend! She just knew it! It took a while before Pia even noticed that she was being followed by the Pokémon and when she did, it was already too late.

"T-Tampa…?" Pia almost jumped up in surprise at the sight of the crocodile Pokémon, though her surprise was moreso because she knew that her trainer would soon follow.

… Oh wait. Right. There was no need for her to hide away from Aeliana anymore. Not since Hulburry. Old habits, ha.

Pia glanced around to check if she could spot the blue haired dancer somewhere around but being on the short side like Pia was giving her a disadvantage.

Tampa gurgled with glee as she reached out to grab Pia's hand. However before the Croconaw got the chance, Aeliana and Clara both reached the duo. The Alolan grabbed a hold of Tampa's hand, much like a mother would of a younger child, before offering an apologetic smile to the hooded Pia.

"Sorry about that! You know how it is, turn your back for a second and…" she paused, her lavender eyes squinting as she examined the girl in front of her. "Pia…?"

“Shh!” Pia held a finger in front of her mouth and quickly looked around to see if anyone had heard her call her name. It seemed they were in the clear for now. “Sorry about that… long story.” Pia explained quietly with a sigh of relief. “Oh, your contest the other day was absolutely great by the way!” She shot the other girl a smile. “I meant to tell you afterwards but uh… Well, reasons…”

Aeliana raised an eyebrow. “Reasons…?” Something was definitely up with the shorter girl. She wasn’t acting like the usual Pia. Clara also eyed the girl carefully. She could feel a lot of emotional distress coming from Pia. Enough so it caused her to walk close enough to gently place a comforting hand on her own. “Is… everything okay? What have you been up to?”

“Well…” Pia sighed again. “I’m okay now at least.” She glanced at the Kirlia beside her before looking back up at Aeliana with a gentle smile, though she knew that just saying that she was okay was not going to cut it for this girl. “Ruben… and I broke up.” She explained awkwardly. “It’s a long story, honestly. What happened in Hulburry was only the start of it... ”

“I see…” Aeliana replied. Break-ups were nasty business. The bluenette decided not to press on that subject any further. It was probably for the best not to bring up her own relationship status with Valerie for the time being. “So… what brings you to Strugglecon? I didn’t picture you as a fan of the streamers and all that sort of thing.”

“Ah I didn’t come for the streamers really. I came for…” Pia hesitated to speak up. “Uh… things.” She scratched her chin with a sheepish smile.

“Excuse me, I happened to overhear.” A woman walked up to them from the nearby fashionista booth area. “Ah I knew it!” The woman clapped in her hands once she could see their faces more clearly, or more specifically, Aeliana’s. “You’re Aeliana Kekoa! I saw your photos with Gymleader Nessa in our magazine and-, if I may say so-, how bold and stunning they were.” She spoke excitedly. “Ah but how rude of me. My name is Nel. I’m the assistant-manager of the modelling agency that Nessa is part of. We are here today to-” The woman let her speech drop when her eyes lingered on Pia and the disastrous outfit she was wearing. In comparison to her own more business-like attire at least. It took her a second to realize who was standing next to the bluenette. “Pia McGuire?” She let out in surprise.

“Ah uh…” Pia sighed, her cover had been pretty much blown now. She took off her pet and sunglasses and blew a strand of hair out of her face. “Yeah, that’s me…” She confirmed in defeat.

“I see! I see! This is even better!” The woman clasped in her hands once more. “I would like to formally ask the both of you for another photoshoot. The photos from the previous shoot did so well that we’ve been dying to make new ones!” She glanced at both girls but once again lingered on Pia. “And don’t worry. We can get you a new outfit. At least you have a good face so we should be able to make something of you too.” She gave a gentle smile. “What do you two say?”

Aeliana stared at the woman in surprise. The wheels in her head were grinding as her brain struggled to come up with a response. The swimsuit photoshoot seemed like such a long time ago. Did they really make that big of a splash?

"I… um…" Aeliana began to stammer out.

Her gaze cast over towards Pia. The shorter girl was feeling down, and being so heavily reminded of the infamous photoshoot might not have been exactly a pleasant situation for the girl. That said, Aeliana couldn't help but wonder if this might help Pia get a mood boost. She was pretty. She liked fashion and such, right?

"We'd love to!" Aeliana blurted out. She offered Pia an encouraging smile, eyebrows raised as if trying to coax the shorter of the two into joining. "Right, Pia?"

“Y-Yes!” Pia agreed hesitantly, still a bit flabbergasted about the burn heal she had to apply after the woman’s earlier comment. It wounded her pride but she couldn’t let that dim the light of her newfound confidence. Maybe this was exactly something she needed.

“It’s decided then!” Nel winked to the two girls. “If you would follow me then, I’ll notify the team and lead you girls backstage.” She walked ahead of the girls and gestured to them to follow her. Aeliana and Pia glanced at each other, shrugged and then promptly followed her.




Aeliana stared at the woman in the mirror. If she hadn’t known any better, she would have sworn she had never seen the person staring back at her. She wore a beige sleeveless crop top with open décolleté and black fabric at her sides. It made her somewhat muscular stomach quite visible and made it evident that Aeliana had a strong body. Over the top, she wore a beige jacket. It was open, so as not to hide the top from within. A pair of matching slacks covered her legs, with her feet adorning a pair of black heels. Her hair had been tossed and shaped up, laying in a somewhat more wavy fashion than she was used to. Oddly enough, they had decided to leave her hair the color it was this time. They insisted that it brought a sense of mystique and beauty rarely seen in models in photoshoots, assuring the Alolan that it would make her pictures pop.

“Are the heels really necessary though?” Aeliana questioned. She glanced over her shoulder at Tampa and Clara, both of whom only offered the human girl a simple shrug in response. “I’m not used to wearing these things at all.”

“You’ll get used to it soon enough.” Aeliana heard Pia’s voice behind her. What appeared from the dressing room in comparison to what the girl looked like before in her sweater was a world of difference. Pia looked already pretty before, despite Nel’s earlier comments but was now absolutely stunning. She was wearing a black short sleeved dress with a short skirt of which the sleeves were translucent. A longer black translucent skirt that reached to the ground was attached to the other dress and had open sides that showed Pia's naked legs beautifully. The belt around her waist and the black glossy heels were the cherry on the cake. With her long hair now neatly brushed and put into her natural waves, she looked a lot more like the girl that Aeliana had seen on the contest stage a few days ago. Of course Milla was at Pia’s side again now that they were in a less occupied area.

“And walk heel to toe, not toe to heel. I guarantee that it will hurt less if you do that. Lean slightly back when you’re standing still and take smaller steps. Do those things and you’ll be fine.” Pia gave the older girl a thumbs up.

“Pika pi!” Milla agreed, despite not knowing what the hell her trainer was going on about.

Aeliana glanced down at her own feet, maneuvering her posture to mimic what Pia had described. With just the two of them in the dressing room with their Pokémon, Aeliana felt secure enough to try and take some practice steps across the small room. While not perfect, the Alolan's movements were at least much more stable. Tampa stared at her trainer with glee, gurgling in delight at her attempts.

"Like this… right?" she questioned, looking up to gain Pia's approval.

“Exactly, but take the steps more confidently. You don’t need to rush either. Like this.” Pia took a few steps herself to show Aeliana how it was done. You could clearly see that the shorter of the two had some more practice with them. She elegantly walked on them like it was second nature and now tried to bring her knowledge to the less experienced of the two.

Again, Aeliana studied Pia's movements. She took a deep breath before looking up from her feet and walking back across the room as the blonde had demonstrated. While still not perfect, Aeliana's movements were now much more confident and poised, making it look more like she wasn't desperately trying not to trip over herself as she walked.

"You're pretty good at this sort of thing," Aeliana mused as she came to a stop. She turned and offered a smile to the shorter girl. "Have you been doing this sort of thing for a long time?"

“I’ve always been into fashion.” Pia winked and brushed her hair out of her face. “I enjoy looking good and pretty. It gives me a confidence boost I otherwise don’t have.” Pia walked over towards a table in the corner that had some bottles of water displayed and a bowl with fruits. Pia only grabbed for the water bottle and took a few chugs before closing it again.

“Truthfully, I’ve always wanted to be an actress. I think it would be amazing to work alongside Pokémon and other people towards a movie, some kind of musical or Contest performances.” She started explaining. “Though at first it was because I wanted to be famous and rich. I never wanted to look at another meal ever again and wonder when I’ll have the next one. Modelling is one way to get your name out there quickly. That’s what I thought back then and that’s what drove me. Therefore I learned fashion to get closer to that goal.” The girl stared at the bottle of water she held in her hand. “... And look where that got me now. An ex-boyfriend and a whole lot of haters.” Pia chuckled. She then fell silent for a moment and while the smile remained on her lips, the expression she now had was a bit more sad.

“You know, Liana? I… I really did like Ruben.”

Aeliana stood in silence. She had never seen this side of Pia before. She was hurting… vulnerable. It sent a twinge of anger within the blue-haired trainer. Aeliana wasn't entirely sure what had happened between Ruben and Pia, although she had an inkling that the Hulbury modeling had a bit to do with it at the very least, and she wasn't sure what would make others hate her so much… but Aeliana knew that more likely than not? Pia wasn't deserving of any of this.

Aeliana hesitated for a moment, but soon threw caution to the wind. She crossed the room to where Pia stood silently before reaching out and putting a hand on her shoulder. Clara mimicked her trainer's actions, her tiny white hands reaching up to pat the blonde gently on her leg. Milla came over as well and got on her usual spot on Pia’s shoulder and rubbed her body against the girl for comfort.

"I… I'm not going to pretend I know what happened or how you feel, but… I know you're a strong person. I saw that with how you dealt with those guys during our modeling in Hulbury and during your recent contest performance. You'll get through this and everyone will see how amazing you can be. I've seen it a few times myself, you know?"

“Thanks, Liana…” Pia laid her own hand on top of hers and sighed. “I regret what happened but I’ll have to move on.” Pia got up and loosened herself from both Clara’s and Aeliana’s kind comforting hands to step forward with elegant steps with Milla still on her shoulder. “Can’t sit here moping forever, now can I?” She gave the other girl a smile while giving her Pokémon partner a few head rubs.

“Are you ready girls?” Nel came in just before Aeliana could even react. “If you are then follow me. The stage has been set.” the woman gave them a quick wink.

The girls followed Nel outside of the dressing rooms towards a larger area decorated with cameras, fans, stage props and lighting. A LOT of lighting. There were a lot of people talking to each other, some of them whispering and others readying their next work. One of those people was the lead photographer that Nel wanted them to meet.

“This is Casper. He will be your photographer.” Nel introduced the young man. He had long brown hair tied up in a bun and a beard while wearing more ordinary clothes in comparison to Nel who stood beside him.

“It’s good to meet you. I’m Pia McGuire.” Pia held her hand against her heart and made a little elegant bow before glancing at Aeliana for an introduction.

While Pia's greeting was much more formal and respectful, Aeliana's was much more relaxed and casual. She offered a friendly wave to the man. "Alola! I'm Aeliana Kekoa!"

“Hi there, it’s nice to meet the both of you.” He waved at them. “What we are going to do here is show off the fall collection of Dioré that you are wearing.” Casper immediately got to business. He grabbed something in his backpack and handed it over to the two girls in front of him. “These are mood boards. Those are the poses I would like for you to recreate.”

“I’ll leave you girls to it then.” Nel nodded to the trio and headed off towards an office in the back.

Aeliana looked at the various poses on the board. She remembered having to do something similar back in Hulbury when she and Pia modeled the swimsuits with Nessa. The crew involved in that seemed much more hands on, however. They had been directing the girls on what to do. Aeliana looked at one of the poses, placing her hand on her hip before bending over slightly. It didn't seem too difficult. Just an unusual way of directing, it seemed.

“That’s good but remember that you might look differently on camera so keep that in mind while you bend.” Casper approved of Aeliana’s pose. “I would like for you to choose a pose that will compliment hers. I think this one should be good.” Casper pointed down at a pose on the mood board he gave Pia’s. While Aeliana’s pose was more on the foreground, hers was a bit more in the back. She stood sideways, leaned on her toes with one foot to create an arch with her knee and her back and held her hair up with her arms.

“Yes like that, for you too, we might change your position around a bit.” Casper adjusted his camera settings a bit and gestured for the girls to take their place in the white canvas that was on both the floor and the wall. They took their poses as shown on the mood boards.

“Miss McGuire, could you tilt your hip a bit to the side? And could Miss Kekoa lift her chin a bit?” Casper asked from behind his camera. “Ah yes like that! Wonderful!”

The girls continued for a while, showing Casper different poses of the same outfit so that it could be decided later which set of photos were the best. It was a short shoot since they were still at struggle con but still exhausting enough that the girls needed to take a break after the shoot ended before returning to the con grounds. However, even before they got to open their bottles of water, Nel already came up to them. She was followed by a man in a business suit.

“Amazing! Truly astonishing!” The man clapped in his hands. He was fairly short but still taller than at least Pia, had a mustache and wore sunglasses. His black hair was neatly brushed to the back. “You’re a natural at this!” He walked over to the girls, though more specifically, Aeliana.

“This is Aeliana Kekoa, sir. She’s one of the gym challengers. She was also featured in the shoot with Nessa.” Nel whispered in his ear. Though it wasn’t really quiet enough for the girls to not hear.

“A beauty and a challenger! Magnifique!” Although his eyes shortly fell on Pia, he was mostly interested in the Alolan girl. That much was obvious from his overall behaviour. “I’m Jacques. I manage the models for this agency. Nessa is a client of mine, you see.” He tapped with his foot against the floor before turning back to the bluenette. “You're a fresh talent. You’re good at this and girl- You’re exactly what this agency needs.” He threw his hands up and took a few steps back in a more comfortable distance. “What would you think of a modelling career?”

Aeliana froze, staring wide-eyed at the short man before her. The water bottle she had been handed just a moment ago completely slipped from her grasp and bounced against the floor. Tampa looked up at her trainer curiously before waddling over to pick up the bottle. She wasn’t sure what all the male human had just said to her trainer, but it was clearly enough to grab her attention.

As if she hadn’t been hearing properly, Aeliana slowly shook her head before brushing a strand of hair behind her ear. “E...Excuse me?” she inquired.

“A modeling career!” the man repeated. The smile on his face grew wider as he spoke, his hands moving outward in a very animated stance as he rambled. “Your shoot with Nessa and now this… I’d have to be blind and dumb not to sign you on as soon as possible!”

Aeliana took in the words carefully, still finding it difficult to take in exactly what she was hearing. Her? A model? She had done the shoot with Nessa as a favor to Michael and Vella. Never in her wildest dreams did she think that someone was actually going to make a big enough deal out of it all that it could potentially open up doors to an actual career. The Alolan slowly glanced off to the side, quickly taking in the sight of Pia. No… No, she couldn’t leave her out of this.

“I’m… I’m flattered, I really am!” Aeliana said with an honest smile. She took a moment to try and catch her breath, pushing down the obvious surprise and excitement she felt from within herself. “But… Don’t you think Pia would be a wonderful addition as well?”

"What?" Jacques only now finally turned to Pia who had been standing there. She looked a bit bothered about being ignored but prepared herself for an introduction. "Oh, right." He sighed when he looked her up and down.

"Hi, my name is Pia McG-"

"I know your name." Jacques cut her off. "Look, it's true. You're very pleasing to the eye." He started but immediately turned back to Aeliana. "But the blonde hair pretty white girl shtick is overdone."

"Hi yeah I'm still standing here. I could hear that." Pia raised eyebrow but her words fell on deaf ears.

"What we need is the world to recognize the beauty of girls like you! You're unique!" Jacques praised Aeliana again and theatrically held out his hand.

Aeliana remained silent. She glanced between Pia and then Jacques and back to Pia. Her eyes softened, as if she was looking for a sign of what to do. It was as if the blue-haired trainer was asking Pia for permission almost or asking her for advice on the matter. Pia thankfully noticed this and sighed.

"Well, he is right that you're beautiful and unique. You shouldn't let that chance go, Aeliana." Pia shrugged. To her it really didn't matter as much. Sure, it sucked but with the way he's been talking to her Pia didn't really want to join this agency anyway. The… money would have been nice though.

Okay, yes, she was actually jealous but this wasn't the time to let pettiness ruin someone else's chances. Not anymore.

Aeliana turned to face Jacques again and nodded. As if she had just promised and delivered him the world, the man's eyes and already broad smile seemed to grow even more excited. He motioned for Nel to join them, ushering Aeliana to follow as he discussed further details and getting the proper paperwork drawn up. Aeliana cast one last look at Pia, before the blonde girl was left on her own.

Pia sighed. She knew the agency so she knew Aeliana was probably going to be treated well. Still, just when she had decided to fight for a better future, she already hit a pebble in the road and she didn't even really start yet.

"Chu…?" Milla tugged at Pia's leg, who had looked significantly annoyed. She was picked up by the trainer and received a few pats. The Pikachu certainly didn't like the faces that were being cast towards her favourite human and hoped she wasn't feeling too down because of that.

"Don't you worry, Milla." Pia whispered. "We'll get there. I promise."

The blonde made her way back towards the dressing rooms and left again a bit later with her bag hanging over her shoulder and Milla glued to her side. They left backstage together.

"Hmm…" a sound left the lips of an onlooker who had seen everything happen. His hair as black as the fur of an Umbreon and his eyes as gold as Amber.









Pia's Party







Pia's journal

Arrietty Maverick
Pia and Arrietty met in the Wild Area although the two have shared classes before. It struck Pia as odd that the girl seemed to have no ambitions or goals at all. Although disappointed upon finding out this girl had no fire burning that would light her path, Pia made it her mission to help this girl get a goal and become a bit more social. Arrietty is the closest Pia can consider a "friend".

As according to their promise, Pia helped Arrietty get ready for her very first contest in Turffield. However, the girl ran off from stage when she was up. Pia has been feeling guilty for "forcing her into contesting" ever since.

Ruben Sancho
Pia met Ruben during Motostoke while on a double date with him, Arrietty and Ainsley. The date went disastrous with both Arrietty and Ainsley running off but Ruben and Pia were able to grow just a tiny bit closer during their search for Arrietty. They have been texting since and are on good terms with each other. They both seem to be interested in just a little bit more...

Ruben and Pia are officially dating since the end of the year festival on Route 3 following their "official second date" that went well. Pia knows about Ruben's ankle and that it's still hurting. They're in close contact with each other through calling and texting. They went on another date on Route 4 where Ruben had a gig for a coaching session with kids with the promise to spend time together after that. Both confirmed their feelings for the other by sharing a kiss. Pia likes him a lot.

Their relationship became public knowledge when a picture of Ruben staring down Pia's shirt was shared on social media and all gossip magazines. Ruben has been hiding it from Pia but as they went shopping, Pia got vocally attacked by a group of girls calling her out for being a whore and having no dignity. Ruben stood up for her and made their relationship public knowledge, no longer wanting to submit Pia to such harassment. Ruben publicly announced he likes Pia a lot and that they have been dating as opposed to what he has been saying before. Pia still doesn't know about the picture that's going around.

Despite the situation that had happened in the mall, Ruben insisted towards Raphael that they're just "friends" while Raphael announced to know more about their relationship due to being uncomfortable with the fact of calling Pia his "girlfriend". He has been slowly getting into the idea of being in a relationship with her throughout Turffield. The two of them visited his home in Wedgehurst during the events of Route 5 where Pia ended up meeting his sister Daija and his little brothers. He told Daija to stop calling her the "G" word but he ended up admitting to her he indeed considered Pia his girlfriend. During all of this Pia has been thinking about their time together and has grown quite fond of Ruben, more than she probably realizes herself as she has to constantly remind herself that she shouldn't be feeling the things that she is feeling. She believes that it will all come to an end but has recently started clinging on to a little spark of hope...

The two of them exchanged Applin's during their Valentine's day date where they also decided to release them, promising each other that they would stay together.

They've proven to be currently in love with both of them starting to show effort in their relationship. However, Pia's big secret that she's trying to keep hidden from Ruben is becoming a ticking time bomb...

In Hulburry things have started to get rocky for the two when Pia found out Ruben lied about not being in Hulburry when he broke into the gym Pia was having a photoshoot at with Aeliana and Nessa. He brought along Ainsley, two new friends Pia didn't know and Simon. The lie upsetted Pia greatly as lying is something she absolutely hated and the reason for it was so that Ruben could hang out with his friends. She hasn't messaged him since Nessa booted him out of the gym.

Pia and Ruben unfortunately broke up during the events of Motostoke when it was revealed that Pia's mother used to be a prostitute and pictures were made of Ruben with another woman.

Raphael Allard
Pia met Raphael during her train ride to the wild Area together with Aeliana. Thinking that he had a lot of potential in becoming a chamption which would benefit her, Pia approached him thinking they could become friends. Their interactions didn't go as smoothly as Pia had hoped. After their argument at the end of her battle with Aeliana, the girl ran off thinking she had blown her chances. Raphael doesn't harbour any ill intend towards the girl and only hoped to give her some advice.

They have resolved their issues in Galar mine 1 and worked together to battle Oleana in which they were victorious. Raphael brought the issues with Pia's overprotectiveness of Milla back up on Route 4 when Pia was refusing Milla from battling. Raphael spoke some sense into her, prompting her to finally trust Milla. Raphael understands Pia better now and Pia has a better opinion of Raphael now too.

They met again during the events of the Turffield contest and spend some time talking to each other while Pia tried to get Ruben to apologize to Arrietty. Raphael said something similar to what he said on Route 4 and confused Pia in her actions. He seems to know more than he lets on.

Aeliana Kekoa
Pia met Aeliana during the train ride to the wild Area together with Raphael. Although her interactions with Aeliana went a little bit more smoothly than with Raphael, Pia still ran off at the end of their battle in an attempt to distract her since Pia owed her money for losing. Although Pia has declared Aeliana her rival, they haven't spoken since and Pia attempts to keep it that way.

Pia met Aeliana again on Route 3 when she was on her way to the end of the year market. Together with Rosa and Valerie they went into an haunted mansion. Although they didn't converse much, Aeliana made some comments that Pia saw as snarky that were meant well by Aeliana. This indicates that Pia still thinks that Aeliana is out to get her.

Their friendship was given a second chance in Hulburry during a photoshoot with Nessa that Aeliana had invited Pia for. Pia saw this as a really good chance to start her own "career" rather on relying on Ruben and his fame. They shared a moment together and seem to be on good terms again.

Ainsley
Ainsley was Pia's date partner during the double date in Motostoke and is Ruben's best friend. Ainsley pretended to be rich and paid for the date with Ruben's money. Pia saw through the charade and called him out on it after Ainsley suggested they'd book a hotel together and make love. He ran off afterwards, angry that the feelings of lust he harboured towards Pia were not returned. Pia doesn't think highly of Ainsley and told Ruben that he needs "better friends".

Pia and Ainsley met again in the Hulburry gym after he and Ruben broke in so that they could ask Nessa's hand in marriage. He called Pia a "gold digging sket" because of her relationship with Ruben and the pettiness he holds towards her for the date that didn't end in the hotel room. They both dislike each other greatly.

Melody Argent
Although Pia and Melody attended the same Trainer school and were in the same class, they never once teamed up for an assignment. Both didn't have a very good impression of the other and avoided them like the plague. It's not until the Festival Fun-time Flurry that they have tried teaming up to win a competition as both of them were interested in the prize. They chased down a cheater together and have a better opinion of each other since their teamwork. They figured out that they're a pretty good team actually. Both of them thinks "the other is not so bad after all".

Valerie Amity
Pia met Valerie on route 3 where they went inside a haunted mansion together with Aeliana and Rosa. They didn't get to converse much but it was enough for them to establish some sort of familiarity. Valerie calls Pia "Lady P" as a nickname. Pia thinks of Valerie as someone with too much energy but not a bad person overall, maybe a little too naïve.

Pia was able to form a friendshop with Valerie in Turffield where she finally managed to catch the girl alone. Pia decided that Valerie's stream and followers could help her towards her goal of becoming rich, one she is trying to head towards to against ever since the events with Catherine. She feels guilty about this though.

Rosa Valdés
Pia met Rosa on Route 3 and went inside a haunted mansion together with Aeliana and Valerie. They were stuck inside a room together where Rosa found golden nuggets and shared one with Pia. Rosa's small moments of kindness seemed insincere in Pia's eyes, someone who is well versed with duality. When Rosa left the end of the year market after they had gotten out of the haunted mansion, Pia followed her and saw her crying. Pia comforted the crying Rosa but as soon as Rosa had gotten herself together again, Pia fell the need to call her out on her duality, telling her that how she was acting now was quite different from before. Rosa denied at first but as soon as Pia had driven her into a corner, she stopped trying. After Jirachi appeared for a brief second, Rosa walked off. They're neither on bad or good terms but both have things they probably need to speak off.

Simon Pearburgh
Pia met Simon in Galar Mine 1. Pia thought nothing more of him than a bug nerd. They partnered up to battle against Oleana and his clever strategies impressed Pia, prompting her to compliment him after their shared life/death situation on Route 4.

Pia considers Simon to be a positive influence and appreciates him cheering her on during the contest in Turffield where he appeared to be the loudest in the room.

Pia met Simon again in Hulburry after he broke into the gym that she was having a photoshoot at with Aeliana and Nessa. She was disappointed in his behaviour but guessed this was probably Ruben and Ainsley's idea as he just stumbled up behind them.

Catherine Carlisle
Yeah.... Pia really doesn't like Catherine but she enjoys getting under her skin.

Kit
Pia met Kit in the Wild Area. Kit had been trying to catch a Pokémon for days but had yet to catch one. He begged the girl to help him in exchange for money and a strange rock that he found. Pia taught him how to catch a Pokémon but after hearing that Kit is in search for his father, she decided to only take the strange rock as her reward and left the pouch with Poké behind for the boy to keep. Kit seems to have developed a crush for her because of that.

Daija Sancho
Daija is Ruben's little sister by 2 years. Pia met Daija during her trip to Wedgehurst with Ruben on Route 5. Daija was wary of the girl at first as she is well aware of her brother's "type". She has given Pia her nod of approval when she found the two being silly in the living room after she had left the house for a little bit to cool off. She thinks Pia is a positive influence in Ruben's life.

Jovian and Livia McMiller and Daniel
Pia met the McMiller couple and their foster son on Route 5 when she took a nap outside in the cold covered in her own Pokémon. Livia McMiller invited her at her home with happened to be the Nursery on Route 5. Pia investigated the Chimecho mystery of how she had suddenly laid two eggs. She appeared to be fostering them as trainer's had left those eggs behind. Chimecho have her a mint-green coloured egg with darker green swirls as a thank you for getting her wishes across to the McMiller couple.


Trainer ID


Pia McGuire:

Pia was born in the town of Hammerlocke in the Galar region and is part of the first graduating class of the Wedgehurt trainer's academy. Despite having lived in poverty, her mother has been able to pay for her tuition in alternative ways. She's quick witted and rather clever but is sometimes a bit "too" honest. Pia dreams of becoming an actress and does almost anything to get more money. When it comes down to it, what she really wants is to no longer live in poverty and live a bit more happily.

Inventory:



  • 4x Pokéball
  • Galarian Pokédex
  • Xtransceiver
  • Broken Flashlight
  • King's Rock
  • Sun Stone
  • Thunderstone
  • Mint green Pokémon egg with darker green swirls


Outfits:

Daily Outfit:
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Contest outfit:
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Ribbons:

Turffield Ribbon 2nd place:


Badges:

Turffield Grass badge


Hulburry Water badge


Motostoke Fire badge




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Orx of Twinleaf

Branch into Psyche

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The Corner of Hither and Yon
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5.6 Years
Team:
Rij
Henj
Pelj
Tim T
Tim hauled back and planted a hard kick. The tree before him bore the blow with expected silence. Nearby, Rij the Rhyhorn put a clumsy short-legged mule kick into his own tree to similar results. Henj was juggling Pelj on the tips of his giant legs, tossing the little Rolycoly like a hacky sack as she practiced turning in the air to land against the Stonjourner’s legs with her wheel.

Training again. Always training. Increasingly bizarre training. Tim felt as if he’d almost never have a practical use for kicks. He was no martial artist and couldn't see himself ever choosing to sacrifice one of his precious balance-providing legs for the sake of doing something a punch could probably do anyway. What was he supposed to do if his target just grabbed his foot? Still, it didn't hurt to have practice. Training anymore had to be niche and strange. It helped to have a distraction, after all, more than just standard routines. Mere exercises weren't going to amount to anything meaningful. Not with Tim’s diet.

Tim had been eating roots, leaves, nuts, and several other things weaker stomachs would reject. Even with his lack of understanding in the field of nutrition though he still understood at least that humans couldn't just forgo certain foods. He couldn't bring himself to buy things like trail mix: too likely for it to go bad given Tim’s rough lifestyle. He dug around in the trash periodically just for variety’s sake though. But despite supplementing his diet with whatever random thing might be found in trash cans, Tim was sure he’d be dead by now were it not for Berries.

Tim wished he’d taken a moment to read more about Berries back in his days of wiki walking. He knew that pretty much any Pokémon could eat them—even those species that otherwise didn't take solid food and many of those that lacked mouths entirely. He knew also that Berries were not only safe for all those mons but sustaining enough that carnivorous creatures could subsist on them too. Tim did not, however, know whether or not it was safe for a human to live entirely on Berries. He imagined there had to be some reason against it. After all, people didn't subsist entirely on multivitamins. Sure people ate them, but people also ate grease and corn syrup. That they weren't toxic didn't mean they were advisable to exclusively live off of.

That's why Tim only ate a Berry or two a couple times a week. In a way, it was a little treat for himself, even if they weren't all very pleasant to the human tongue. Besides, if he ate them much more frequently it might end up rotting his teeth out. Even the ones that weren't sweet probably had all manner of cavity-inducing chemicals, and Tim’s dental regimen of periodic rinsing with river water probably wouldn't cut it if he ate Berries more often. But he couldn't just ignore them either. Tim had read enough historical fiction in his day to know to be wary of scurvy, never mind whatever other issues might come up from only eating leaves and roots.

The issue of diet was one of the things that had caused Tim to turn his training exercises into such strange activities. Tim felt that he couldn't expect to build up a whole lot of muscle mass considering the only protein he got was what was included in the thorough Berry nutritional make-up and the occasional day-old pizza topping from the garbage. Tim had briefly considered hunting but had quickly dismissed the idea. He didn't think he had it in him to kill. Hurt and maim sure, but not kill. That would only leave carrion, but even Tim wasn't insensitive enough for that, never mind how his mons would react. In lieu of more protein then, Tim had shifted training off of standard endurance and onto maneuvering practice and other such things. Performed under Gravity of course, just so he didn't get flabby.

Tim’s feet started to hurt. It was a testament to the modern cobblers that Tim’s boots still didn't show excessive wear despite their faded luster after all the abuse he’d put them through, and at this point it was looking more likely that Tim’s feet would split before the boots did. Tim changed to arm thrusts to give his feet a break. Nearby, Rij similarly ceased his own kicking and changed to swipes with his horn.

Really, it hadn't so much been that Tim’s feet had started to hurt as it had that his feet had started to hurt more than usual. Anymore, Tim’s everything was hurting to some degree. Be it the dull ache of his back against the Gravity or the hot pain of chafing at his ankles or the roiling of his guts in protest of whatever the last thing he’d considered to be food had been, Tim just accepted the pain as a matter of course. At first the pain had been distracting, but it was background noise now. If anything hurt a little more than normal, Tim would just favor it for a while until it came back into line. So had he recently been forced to do with his teeth.

It wasn't cavities, it was wear. Tim hadn't made many fires since starting this journey: most of what he took was safe to eat raw so it just seemed like a waste of effort and fuel to cook it. Eating raw plant matter was becoming rough on Tim’s mouth though. In the winter, Tim had managed to lean into a cache of acorns he’d leached, but he didn't think it would be wise to eat any more raw acorns like that now. He'd end up milling his teeth to dust before too long. On the other hand though, the leaching water could soothe his toothaches if he didn’t swallow it. Maybe he could just eat them in the moment, not carry a bunch around to eat too often. But they were such a pain to prepare, it was hardly worth the trouble if he were only fixing enough for a moment.

Tim supposed he’d probably just have to start swallowing most food unchewed now. Just as well. Less chewing meant less stuff lodged in his teeth. Maybe he would even be able to up his fruit allowance. Of course, he’d still only be taking Berries. The occasional other fruit, even if more palatable, could never be as nutritious. And half the time it wasn’t more palatable.

Tim was still disgruntled about the apple trees. Here in Galar, it seemed like those breeds of apple to be found in the wilderness were far too harsh to be eaten out of hand. Tim had tried one sort and spit it out immediately. It had been so offensively sweet he had almost felt it eating holes in his teeth. When he’d finally found another kind, he hadn't been much happier. That fruit may as well have been caustic for as sour as it had been. Perhaps cooking would have rendered the stuff more palatable, and maybe there was some other variety that was easier to eat, but Tim wasn’t going to spend his fruit allowance on those things anymore.

Tim’s hands started to ache but he kept arm thrusting. The tree stood quietly, uncaring. Trees were living things too. Though they apparently lacked the same kinds of mental activity that other creatures had, Tim didn’t take that to mean they were the equivalent of woody stones. Maybe it did feel pain. Maybe it had an opinion on that pain. Whatever the case, the tree took the pain unflinchingly, without concern. It stood in the weather, even in the punishing cold of the winter, but it stood all the same.

For as mundane as a tree was when it couldn’t walk or talk or spit fire or throw lightning, a tree bore its unsung place in the world with perfect stoicism. A tree didn’t make music, or dance, or seek to make something of itself. It was what it was, even with countless others like it, even when nobody cared. Tim had a certain respect for it, in its way. A tree was faceless. Just like him.

Tim’s thoughts had been gnawing at him for some days. He needed a distraction. Seeing Simon laid low and then having to waffle and return the ball Tim had stolen from him had made Tim question his resolve again. He found himself wondering why he was doing what he was doing. Who it was for. It didn’t matter. If Tim attacked someone and they won, then Tim’s interference wouldn’t have been necessary. It would have been a waste of everyone’s time. If Tim attacked someone and they lost, then it might go to informing them of their unpreparedness, but Tim couldn’t realistically expect to beat any of his peers outside of exceptional circumstances. It wasn’t as if he’d manage to find someone else out of sorts like Simon had been. So why even bother? What, just so Tim could have peace of mind knowing the others could defend themselves? What did that matter? Tim had no right to worry about them.

Well, it was the only way Tim could speak to them now. He missed their company. He missed talking to people. He missed having that distraction. He couldn’t talk to his mons. It would be a one-way conversation. Even if they understood him he couldn’t understand them back. Henj’s charades wouldn’t be able to convey anything outside the practical. Tim wanted to talk to people. But how could he? He would have to force an audience, but then such an audience could not be dragged out. Who was he to demand the time of the other challengers? Unless it was for a battle, there was no reason another Trainer should speak to Tim. But Tim still wanted to speak with them. Even when their words hurt.

Whatever other pain Tim felt, it was more painful to hear when his peers spoke to him. The tone Simon had taken, calling Tim by his stage name. The way Aeliana had regarded him as a total stranger. The sheer irritation Xan’s words had had in Motostoke. Tim still heard Haleigh’s protests from the mine, the scorn in her voice when Tim had suggested she let Simon go alone. Tim wanted to speak to them, but it was evident none of them wanted to speak to him.

Tim realized he’d stopped arm thrusting. He’d been staring at the tree opposite him for a while. His mons had stopped their own training to regard him concernedly. This wasn’t healthy. Tim shouldn’t let himself think so much. He needed a distraction. When Tim’s friend had been alive, he could set his thoughts on her and never be wanting for direction. Though the Gym Challenge afforded no shortage of possible replacements now, Tim could not think of any of them that way. It wasn’t his place to. It was clear that here at Hammerlocke, where food could be easily found and there was such an obstacle to bother with sniffing out information, training wasn’t enough of a distraction for Tim.

Tim looked at his mons. They didn’t care about the Gym Challenge or the other challengers. Tim was rather sure they only cared about Tim as a practical matter, valued him as a taskmaster to push them along on their private goals for betterment more than as a comrade to grow close to. They had each other for company should they desire. Tim didn’t have that luxury. But they were here to train, so Tim owed it to them to set them to training.

It would just have to be a different kind of training, so as to permit Tim better distraction. There was no mental stimulus in punching trees. There was no variety in sparring with one another. Other Trainers trained in battling though. Ferals battled all the time too. The wilderness was crawling with targets. There was nothing wrong with some battling. So what if it got a wee bit more rough than the norm?

“We’re going to start a new exercise,” Tim said. “Let us find some targets more mobile than trees.”

It would be more involved. Tracking, chasing, encircling. Practicing maneuvers with his team. Tim needed a distraction.

“Pleased to meet you. My name’s Tim.”

“You sound even stiffer than you look!”

She had been a Pokémon Ranger. Tim had met her and her Rhyhorn at the market one day. She had come from Galar.

Tim needed a distraction.
A Cup of Dreams, Pour in Your Soul, a Pinch of Knowing, Stir in with Hope,
and Drink to Despair and Celebration: Drink it All and Stay Asleep, Drink in Parts and Vomit it Back
Joy, Relief, Fury, Fear, Sorrow, Longing, and Pain, Colors that Forever Cope
Despondency and Guilt with Ambition and Pride, No One of this World and Species may Truly Lack

Dragon

lover of milotics

Age 28
Male
Viridian City
Seen 7 Hours Ago
Posted 1 Day Ago
11,121 posts
8.2 Years


Feelin' kinda better... kinda? (┳◡┳)
Lovely!
Poké: 1000 Friends: 23


The talk with Haleigh was nice; it calmed Valerie down a bit. After waving her goodbyes, Valerie just decided to wander around a bit. Take in the sights, do some people watching, and all sorts of more positive things. But still, in her mind, she still wondered about what to do next... and the situation with LunaBeam. It was tough, but her next step was to just accept things: accept that Luna never wanted to be her friend in the first place.

She found her way back into the food area of the building. She sighed to herself, finding a seat, sitting alone to recollect her thoughts. She liked the quiet change of pace; it helped soothe her. That was until she heard a bit of rumbling close by. "Eh?" It was the sound of something fussing about, and the sounds of cups and Styrofoam moving in and about. She turned her head left and right, seeing where it was coming from, Valerie then realized, after some more sounds, it was coming from below - and inside the nearby garbage can. She had a quick peep inside, where she found something she hadn't expected: it was a small, pink Pokemon who was stuck inside, and who was tangled up with some loose string.

"Hold up, lil'dude!" she declared. She quickly got as much string as she could, and untangled the Pokemon. She then reached in, and took out the Pokemon from the bin. When the pink Pokemon was free, it happily cried, cheering for its new found freedom. "Free at last!" Valerie said to the Pokemon. but then she gave it another hard look. "Hey... I know what Pokemon you are! You're a Luvdisc! I played as one in an awesome kids show! Ack! Hold up!"

First rule on finding a lost Pokemon from Valerie's trainer handbook: make sure it wasn't hungry! She peeped in her bag, to have Peko hand her a Pecha berry, then offering it to the Luvdisc. The Luvdisc looked at it, with a very wary glance. "No worries, you can have it!" Valerie reassured. "Pecha berries are super, super sweet! Aaaand it matches your colour, soooo bonus points!" Eventually, Luvdisc accepted it, and took a small bite from it. She was happy by the taste - so she took another, then another. Peko got out an Oran berry for herself. Two Pokemon sharing berries together? Now THAT was a fun time for her.

After she ate, the Luvdisc, looked around the place, very flustered. She looked as if she was looking for something, or someone. "S'wrong, sweetie? Oooh, maybe... you're lost?" Valerie said, observant. Luvdisc gave her a nod. Valerie figures -- this Luvdisc must've just been separated from her trainer. "Well, let's look for your buddy. Gotta be 'round here somewhere, right?"

***

And so, the duo looked. Lots of people, as usual, passed them both by, but none looked familiar to the Luvdisc. Valerie held the Luvdisc, giving it a warm vibe. "You must really like your friend, did'jya?" The Luvdisc nodded, seemingly in a better mood. "They gotta be worried sick... but we'll find em' soon!" A warm look resided on Valerie's face. She was happy to be helping the Luvdisc, after all, it had a good friend. Someone they can trust... someone they can even travel with.

The two made their way through the shopping district - until the Luvdisc caught her attention upon something. She failed out from Valerie's arms, flopping and hopping her way through a small crowd, to an open area. She then finally saw them: a couple of girls, talking with one another. Valerie followed closely behind, watching on the Luvdisc. Looks like Luvdisc found the friends she was looking for - as evident, when she saw the Luvdisc as giddy as a Meowth, falling for that cute Skitty down the block. All seemed right, and in place. Luvdisc was finally going back to her trainer...

"So, you're never going back for it?"

Or at least, she was, until she started overhearing their conversation.

"No way, Luvdisc sucks, they aren't strong at all," another said. Valerie crept closer to listen in. Just from Luvdisc expression, she can probably tell, that was her trainer. "Don't know what I was thinking, catching her. Couldn't even win one stinking battle? C'mon!"

The Luvdisc was stunned... and confused. The trainer that she had thought had loved her... now bad mouthing her like this? "Hopefully her Pokeball doesn't just burst out while in that bin, but whatever. There are a ton of stronger Water-type Pokemon out there. Anyway, did you see that boy a while ago? He was cute, wasn't he?! And I heard the Jamesons--"

The group continued to talk, but the Luvdisc didn't want to hear anymore. She dropped her head slightly, and turned away. Abandoned by her master... and friend. Valerie couldn't help but clench her fist in disgust, watching tears drop from the Luvdisc's face. She had half a mind to walk in there and give them a piece of her mind...

Even though Haleigh told her otherwise, Valerie still thought, maybe Catherine was still right in some ways - people can easily use others all the time, and perhaps, there wasn't such a thing as 'the perfect friendship'. Valerie then thought to herself, was I like that too? Before looking back at her travels through Galar so far. Her goal was making 100 friends, and in her mind, that was the key to meeting Mew, but... maybe that was also kinda selfish. Well, she did genuinely like meeting and making new friends, and she would have hoped that she could reach out to Mew that, maybe this world isn't so bad?

It was by then she thought, and wondered what the story Mew really was. How did it make so many friends in the first place? It was a powerful Pokemon, beloved by others, as the story says... and it had about 100 friends before a terrible fate befell all of them. Making friends with 100 people was an amazing thing indeed, but... how was it sure that not one of them wanted to use Mew someday for some selfish things? Maybe... maybe that's why Mew's story had a bad ending.

Then it hit her - the story about Mew wasn't about having the courage to make many friends and keeping them.

No... it was more like a warning.

It was an obvious lesson, one that she remembered from the ghost lady she met: Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The real miracle is making a friend who will stand by your side when hundreds are against you. Yeah... that sounded even cooler: it's not just about how many friends you have. It's how many of those you can count on.

She even went back to remember Haleigh's words: I know that just by being you, you don’t give into the negativity that the world often hurls our way. The way you can look at the world and spread love and kindness despite how dark it can get, that’s some mad strength. So... instead of confronting that group, she decided to scoop up the Luvdisc in her arms, and cradle it warmly as she cried.

"C'mon. Let's go."

It was then she finally made her choice. Even if people can be messed up, even if there were awful people out there... she wanted to live -- live back the only way she knew how. With Val's smile.



New friend!

"Lovely" the Luvdisc!

Friends lvl up!
23 --> 24








"Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess...
DRAGON SLAVE!"

Dragon

lover of milotics

Age 28
Male
Viridian City
Seen 7 Hours Ago
Posted 1 Day Ago
11,121 posts
8.2 Years
Simon Pearburgh
Vivillon ♀
Tackle | Stun Spore | String Shot | Poison Powder | Gust | Powder
Friend Guard
Burmy ♂
Protect | Hidden Power (water) | Electroweb
Shed Skin
Snom ♀
Powder Snow | Mirror Coat | Struggle Bug | Icicle Spear
Ice Scales
Nevermeltice (held)
Princess ♀
Electroweb | Spider Web | Fury Cutter | Beat Up | Absorb | Thunder Wave
Swarm
Metal Flower Crown (held)
Larvesta ♂
Flame Charge | String Shot | Ember | Morning Sun | Flame Wheel
Flame Body
Heat Rock {held}
Anorith ♂
Dig | Water Gun | Smack Down | Aqua Jet | Rapid Spin | X-Scissor
Swift Swim

Spoiler: Inventory
ATC
Nevermeltice
*
held by Snom

Heat Rock
*
held by Larvesta

Metal Flower Crown
*
held by Princess

TR Leech Life
Luxury Ball
Caterpie's Pokeball
Bug Net
Shell shard
A LOT of cinnamon buns
Spewpa Plushie
Fanart of Simon
Heracross Knight Comics
Piers & Marnie Album
Mew Book
Badges: 3
Grass badge
Water badge
Fire badge

Spoiler: Memories
~ NPC LIST ~
--- Wedgehurst ---
#1 - Caterpie joins the team!
#2 - The Mail Thief, pt. 1
#3 - The Mail Thief, pt. 2
#4 - Meet Sachiko
#5 - Train Battle!
--- Southern Wild Area ---
#6 - Burmy joins the team!
#7 - Snom joins the team!
#8 - Meet Raphael
#9 - Spirits Entombed
#10 - Meet Ruben
#11 - Suited Men Encounter!
--- Motostoke ---
#12.1 - Stadium Entrance [MEGA JP]
#12.2 - Opening Ceremony [MEGA JP]
#12.3 - New Beginningd [MEGA JP]
#13 - Motostoke Gym Mission
#14 - VS Kabu
#15 - Lunch with Sachi
#16 - Joining Blackspear
#17 - A Mysterious Egg
--- Route 3 ---
#18 - Meet Rosa
#19 - VS Rosa
#20 - Christmas Delivery
#21 - VS Catherine
--- Galar Mine 1 & Route 4 ---
#22 - Meet Aurora
#23 - Joltik joins the team!
#24 - Meet Pia
#25 - VS Oleana
#26 - Ferrothorn Rescue
--- Turffield ---
#27 - Blackspear Delivery
#28 - Turffield Gym Mission
#29 - VS Milo
#30 - Calling home
#31 - An Unexpected Interruption
#32 - VS Sachi, Rematch
#33 - Contest Date
#34 - Larvesta joins the team!
--- Route 5 ---
#35 - On the road again
#36 - Meet Jasper
#37 - VS Jasper
#38 - The young inventor
#39 - Meet Valerie
#40 - The Wishiwashi Squad!
--- Hulbury ---
#41 - Breaking & Entering pt. 1
#42 - Breaking & Entering pt. 2
#43 - Happy Birthday Raphael
#44 - Hulbury Gym Mission
#45 - VS Nessa pt. 1
#46 - VS Nessa pt. 2
#47 - VS Tristan
#48 - Heartbreak
--- Galar Mine 2 ---
#49 - Blackspear Security
#50 - A Power Boost
#51 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 1
#52 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 2
--- Motostoke (Revisit) ---
#53 - VS Kabu, Rematch
#54 - A point to prove
#55 - VS Catherine, Rematch
#56 - Strength
#57 - Blackspear Mission Briefing
--- Northern Wild Area ---
#58 - Meet Xan
#59 - Psychic Testing
#60 - Reconciliation
#61 - Teambuilding
#62 - The calm before the storm
#63 - The Pinsir Mission
#64 - Fighting back
#65 - One last hope
#66 - For better or for worse
--- Hammerlocke ---
#67 - Fatherly advice
#68 - Common ground
#69 - VS Nigel?
#70 - The Plan
#71 - Hammerlocke contest
#72 - Birthday surprise
Valerie Amity
Flame
Drill
Peko
Arya
Flora
Captain
Truck
Honey
Shelly
Bassie
Nora
Queen
Cuddles
Luvdisc

Spoiler: Inventory
Pokédex
ATC
Badges: 3
Grass badge
Water badge
Fire badge
Hammerlocke

The Strugglecon venue was extra packed on this hot summer weekend, with even more guests than usual- and understandably so, because today was Animation Day at the convention. Cosplayers dressed like cartoon characters, vendors and events themed after animated shows and movies, not to mention all the exclusive stands where fans could meet the production teams, actors and artists behind all of their favourite family-free flicks. And of course, what other show to expect than the most popular children’s animated cartoon in Galar: The Wishiwashi Squad!

Simon and Valerie had been called to the panel on a rather last-minute basis - the production team explained that with the trainers’ rising popularity in the gym challenge, having the guest stars participate in the Q&A would be a great idea (and besides, the studio paid well). Simon had largely stuck to Valerie during the entire process - not only did the girl seem to know her way around Strugglecon better, but the whole ‘Q&A’ thing was second-nature to her at this point, and this she'd been surprised to find out this was his first time at a convention too.

The pair sat at the panel’s long table alongside the other voice actors they’d met; Gwen who played the main character Blue, Trisha who voiced the main secondary character pink, and Frank who voice the villainous King Carvanha, as well as the esteemed director of the show, Ryan Simonson and his Abomasnow. Each VA had a plushie or T-shirt of their respective Pokemon with them, except for Val and Simon, who had simply been told to take their actual Pokemon with them to the show - which proved to be a nightmare for Anorith, as every mention of the words ‘wishiwashi’ or ‘king carvanha’ immediately put the Pokemon on edge, and Simon had to practically wrestle with him to make sure he didn’t jump off the table. Surprisingly, Val had also captured a Luvdisc herself, and the fish Pokemon was swimming happily on a fishbowl on the table.

After they’d concluded their interviews, the panel had moved on to Q&As.

"Mister Dictator… Have you ever had a- that you- that you could- you- you would that- um- if you- that it was- th-that you would- you could do it?"

"Of course, young man! That's the magic of the show!" the ever-energetic director of the Wishiwashi Squad responded. It was kind of baffling how easily he seemed to understand all of the nonsensical questions his toddler-aged viewers had been asking during the panel, but that sort of skill was probably why his show was so popular, Simon and Valerie realized.

The young boy who'd asked the question seemed pleased with the answer as he gave a toothy grin and scampered off to give the floor to the next kid. “Um! How did Luvdisc make the bad guys fall in love in that one episode?”

“I got this!” Valerie beamed. “It’s Luvdisc's special power of love! The Attract-Gatling-Beam is the strongest move of all!” It looked like Valerie was starting to get into this as well.

“Whoa… thank you!” the little girl beamed and hopped off the stage, leading to the next kid.

The boy seemed a little nervous, and timidly stuttered, “U-um… mister c-carvanha… are you as scary as in the show…?”

“Of course not!” Gwen replied. “Not a lot of people know this, but Frank is a big softie. Sometimes if he feels too bad after a scene, he’ll buy us all pizza to make up for it.”

Frank let out a boisterous laugh, “But of course, I make sure it has pineapples on it, villain-style! Shaishaishaishaishai!”

The boy laughed and opened his mouth to say something else, but was tapped on the shoulder by the person behind him, grumbling something about one question per turn. The kid pouted a little and thanked the actors before getting off the stage.

The next individual to ask was… definitely not part of the target demographic for the show.

“Hey, hello.” the man asked in a deadpan voice, pushing up his glasses. “I have several questions, so I’m going to come back several times. My first one is for you, Ryan.” Val and Simon could almost feel the director slink back into his chair in annoyance as he nodded and prepared for the barrage of this nit-picky fan.

Valerie discreetly giggled. Guess we got one of THOSE fans, huh? she thought. It was something that was built in her, the all-knowing ‘sweaty-nerdy-fan’ detector.

“Now, I understand the show is based off of the schooling mechanic of the Pokemon Wishiwashi, which gives it increased physical abilities and the illusion of greater numbers when it is sufficiently healthy and strong. You must have used-”

“Sorry, we ask that you please keep your questions short for the sake of time.” Gwen cut in with a forced smile.

"...right. Anyway. So you made the creative decision to pick ’wishoo’ as your catchphrase...” the man began.

Oh no. Simon’s eyes grew wide as he heard the dreaded word. He glanced down at Anorith in his arms, whose own pupils had doubled in size upon hearing the iconic call said once, and began trembling in anticipation.

“...I know you said in interviews it was a childhood thing, but do you think the term ’wishoo’ refers to…”

Simon began to sweat. That was two now. Anorith’s shaking was becoming even more agitated. Simon looked at Val anxiously, trying to warn her of what was going to happen. She glanced back in his direction and tilted her head.

“...the trauma which Blue experienced in Episode 21, titled ‘The Witch who-

That was number three. Letting out a deafening battle screech, Anorith burst out of Simon’s arms and landed onto the table, eyes fixated on the man before he lunged into the crowd, claws slashing madly.

“Uhhhh, Simey??” Valerie had her ears covered, recoiling from the loud wail. The crowd was in a panic, bumping into each other and shouting in terror. “Explain??

“**** **** ****,” Simon bolted up from his chair and frantically searched through his pockets for his Pokeball, “It’s- a long story! That stupid word's hardwired into his brain, we have to-”

“Language, young man!” Simonson scolded.

“GAH, NO! NOT MY LIMITED EDITION ARROKUDA SHIRT!” the fan cried out as Anorith finally reached him, tackling him to the ground.

“Okay, panel’s over, everyone! Security! Security!”

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“Ta-daaa! Nothing beats coming out of impending chaos like a soda!” Valerie and Simon had finally found themselves lounging around in one of the resting areas of the building. After what happened, they sure needed it. Valerie had just bought them each a drink, as a way to wind down.

“Thanks! Safe to say we won’t be getting any more panel invitations soon, heh.” Simon rubbed the back of his head. “Sorry about that.”

Valerie laughed and sat down across from Simon. “Sooo… hard-wired into his brain?” she remembered his last words. “No… Did someone do something to him!? Give. Me. A. Name--

Simon shook his head, “No, no, it’s just, um- well- long story short, the guy who revived him from a fossil didn’t actually know what an Anorith’s behaviour was like, so he used our episode of the show as a basis and now he goes insane if he hears any references to it… god, it’s bloody ridiculous, sorry. Anorith’s normally really well-behaved, even if a he is a little, uh, special.” He lowered the straw down for Anorith to take a sip of the soda, the bug gurgling happily as it tried to bite the bottle. “Anyway, what’s your plan for the rest of the day?” Simon asked Val.

“Well, went though a lot of stuff... and my buddies and I did a heck of a lot of battlin’ prep,” she replied, with one finger on her chin. “Now, I'm feelin' good! But, gotta play it cool and let em’ rest until the match later on.”

Valerie stretched her arms. “Buuuut wait till Struggle Rivals! Blimey, that totes will give the DQ’s enemies a sense of false security, you know? Like, ’Hahaha! Val the Demon Queen is DEAD!’ says one hater… then BAM, I show up! They’ll be like, ’WTF?? I thought you were DEAD??’ then I’ll like, evilly chuckle and say in their ear… ’I lived, *****!’ It’s genius!” she sipped away at her soda. “Sho, ow bout’ foo’?” she forgot to let go of the straw from her mouth before she spoke.

“Weelll….” Simon tapped his chin. This was his first day actually being at Strugglecon, so he had a bunch of stands he wanted to check out. There was one that had caught his eye though, one which he’d reminded himself to go to a few days ago. “I want to check out more of the event, but first, I need to get a new phone. I kinda lost mine in the Wild Area, and I can only go so long without my own followers getting worried I dropped off the face of the internet.” he said proudly, though he knew that fanbase was basically twelve people at this point, and only half were human. “Also miss being able to listen to music, I got a new Piers and Marnie album to catch up on. I heard iRotom is selling some new phones at a discount, so I was hoping to get one before doing anything else, especially if I wanna take pics!”

“Ack, can’t let your fanbase down! Btw, I’ve heard about the sweet new phones too, and I was totally gonna check it out myself!” Valerie cheered. “Hey, I’ll come with ya! I might scout out a new phone too, just to glam up my streams n’ all when I get back to em’! Kyaaa, hope they have a pink one!”

“Sweet! Let’s roll, then!” Simon said. Both trainers got up and headed off to the tech section of the convention. They passed by several stalls, showcasing different new types of innovations: revolutionary advancements in Pokeball tech, a panel showing off the capabilities of the digital Pokemon Porygon (and the importance of keeping them in check), and a fascinating display for the new SwaloTech Home Vacuum Deluxe Pro 7. Eventually, they reached the iRotom Stand, which was much larger than the others. They had a showcasing of various hi-tech looking products, from the latest television models, to prototype watches… but most importantly, there was an arrangement of different phones, which came in all sizes, colours, and designs.

“Sweetness! Look at em’ all!” Valerie was starry-eyed, like a kid in a candy store. “Technology is SO amazing! Ooooh, look at that!! SwaloTech has the BEST phones; they’re sooo big!”

“Uh, Val… I think those guys only make vacuums. This is iRotom.” Simon pointed at the massive banner above them.

“Hello hello, my good friends! I can see you’re first-timers to our stand!” a man’s voice suddenly came from behind them, and the two turned around to find a well-dressed representative of iRotom beaming at them, extending both of his hands for a handshake.

Simon took the man’s hand, “Hey! I was actually looking for a phone for-”

“Eeeee, are you from iR?! I am such a stan!” Valerie squealed, cheerfully accepting the man’s handshake. “I’m Valerie, btw!”

“Enchanted, miss Valentine. Your reputation precedes you.” the man bowed. “Pleased to meet you as well, sir.” he told Simon. “If you’re looking for phones, you’re in luck! We happen to be selling our newest model, the 12 EX, at a convention-exclusive price, today only! I can show you if you’d like.”

“Ooh, sick! Yes please.” Simon nodded. It would certainly be an upgrade from his old Xtransciever, at least. The man led the two to the most popular display stand, and expertly split the crowd to allow them to see the phones. The device had a brand-new design: sleek, compact, and with a little zap at the top inspired by a rotom.

“Wow, this thing is really good!” Simon exclaimed, checking the camera’s quality. “And you’re telling me this is selling at a discount?”

The employee’s smile wavered for a second, but he nodded excitedly. “Yes indeed! This specific display model only- and we’re looking for the perfect person to take it.”

“Well lucky you, Simey!” Valerie said with a wide grin. She hovered over Simon’s shoulder to get a good look. “I know that Rotom-look anywhere; that’s iRotom for ya!”

“Alright then, if it’s got your recommendation, I’ll get it!” Simon nodded. He looked at the employee then back at the phone, “How much would it cost to get it if… uh… is it supposed to do that?”

He pointed at the screen, which had begun to glitch out strangely, the pixels cutting in and out and rearranging themselves at random, almost like they were trying to make a shape.

“Oh sweet Arceus... We’re too late.” the man muttered, his expression dropping.

Before either trainer could ask anything else, all of the other phones in the display began showing the same graphical issue, their screens glitching and bugging out just like the main one. Then, they all began to vibrate- but not in the normal phone way. They almost seemed to be… wriggling out of their cases.

“Um, Val…? Do iRotoms do that?” Simon stepped away nervously.

“Well--”

But as Valerie was about to answer, the phones all hovered, circling each other. At the center of them was the original phone, flashing more vibrantly and erratically. All of a sudden, they all flew upwards, and before everyone’s eyes…

…They started to combine.

The iRotoms first formed twin structures that were planted on the ground. Were those… legs? Then, most of the other ones combined together to create a large, sturdy looking base of sorts that attached to the two iRotom-formed pillars. A body being attached to the legs!? Then, two other long structures attached themselves to the body, resembling arms. At the top of it all, a smaller structure formed—that attached itself right on top of the body. A head. The iRotoms had formulated together to create… a mech-like body.

The body began to move, sticking out one of its arms. The rest of the phones then combined themselves to create the shape of a dangerous looking weapon: a long sword that attached itself to the arm. The body flashed all sorts of colours and made a bunch of telephone sounds as it swung the sword around, smashing the floor beneath it with great force. A crackling sound came from the electricity pouring from it — so much that it raged like a rapid stream of water, even affecting some of the other electronics that were stationed nearby, causing them to short-circuit as it let out a roar.

“…To answer your question, Simey?” Valerie said, while trying to hold her shock, but… failing. “No… no, that ain’t normal.”

“P-please, trainers!” the iRotom employee stammered. “There must be a Pokemon doing this! We need your help!”

Simon gulped and looked up at the towering phone-mech before them, then glanced at Valerie. He only had one Pokemon on him right now, and so did she… and that meant one thing. “Whaddaya say, down to team up again, Val? or should I say, fellow squad member?”

Valerie gave a nod and a cheeky, confident smile. “Swimming in the pretty blue ocean, covered in pretty pink! Ready to save the day with her ‘luv’!” After throwing one of her Pokeballs, Luvdisc came out. “Luvdisc—that is, Lovely, Luv-able protector of the ocean!”

“Anorith, time to tag team!” Simon stuck his arm out and the fossil mon leaped off, landing beside Luvdisc with a determined gurgle. Then, as he turned around to glance at his partner… he paused.

Time seemed to stop in the Pokemon’s eyes as his heart skipped a beat and his pupils grew bigger. Squad member Luvdisc… she was the most beautiful Pokemon he’d ever seen...! He let out an enamored coo as he gave the water-type a sheepish wave. Lovely the Luvdisc gave the Anorith a playful wink in turn. Luckily or unluckily? She was as in the love game as Valerie, but even more of a flirtatious fiend...

“Heck yeah! The heroes from the deep unite!” Valerie hollered.

The phone mech buzzed loudly as it lifted its sword-arm and lifted it above its head and the crowd around it ran away. “We have to take down its weapon first!” Simon exclaimed, pointing at the arm, “Anorith, use Smack Down!”

The Pokemon squeaked and formed a golden stone between his pincers, before launching it forward at the sword. The rock bounced off the armor with a clink, barely doing any damage- the mass of phones was so condensed that it was barely doing anything to the metal chassis.

“It’s of no use!” the employee wailed, “Our phones come with increased durability and strength - and are available in carbink blue, onix gray and minior red - we’re all doomed!”

“Don’t worry, Val and Lovely got this!” Valerie declared. “Electricity and water don’t mix, right? So, Lovely! Give em’ your Water Gun!”

A cry from the Luvdisc came before she shot out a powerful stream of gushing water from her mouth, aimed towards the sword as well… But the water simply splashed on it. The Water Gun seemed to have cleaned it, more than damaged it.

“It won’t work!” the man continued, “Our phones are made of the latest waterproof material - owning a water-resistant device means that you can snap pictures by the pool or use your handset in the rain without fear it'll be damaged - we’re all truly doomed!”

The phone-mech screeched and reared its leg back to kick at the new attackers. Simon, Val and their Pokemon quickly dodged to the side to avoid the attack as it crashed into the nearby stands.

“Wait, Val!” Simon exclaimed as he got up. “If this is being controlled by some Pokemon, that means we have to think of its type!”

Valerie crossed her arms, deep in thought. “Hmmm… hmmmmmmmm…” Then something caught her eye: the iRotom logo. “Hmmmmmmmm.... Oh! Waaaait a minute! Val, you mad genius!” she exclaimed in a rare moment of clarity.

"So," Valerie began. “From the lightning everywhere, it’s obvs an Electric type, right? Well, check this out: I think it’s also a Ghost type! I’ve made friends with a ghost Pokemon who can totally control my shadow. So, maybe this one can control, like, electronics and stuff.” Valerie turned to the employee. “...Ain’t that right?”

The man’s eyes grew wide. “You mean our iRotom phones are being controlled by…. a Rotom?!”

“So that means it’s weak to ground-type moves!” Simon exclaimed triumphantly. “Anorith knows Dig! Val, does your Luvdisc know anything?”

“Errrrr… hold up,” Valerie whipped out her Pokedex, and flipped through the pages of Lovely’s status. “Moves… moves… no… oh! Maybe…”

The mech swung its sword in their direction again, forcing them to duck and the employee to cry out in despair once more. Simon looked at Val nervously, “So??”

“Umm, all I got is this weird move called Hidden Power?” Valerie said, looking at her Pokedex awkwardly. “Says here that it changes depending on the Pokemon, soooo for Lovely, it’s a Dark type move.”

“Huh. That’s surprising, they say the type depends on the Pokemon’s personality...” Simon raised his eyebrows. “Well, we should combine our powers! Anorith can attack from below with Dig to trip it, and then Lovely can use Hidden Power to topple it!”

“Oh, I liiiike it! The classic Val/Si, Luvdisc/Anorith secret combo!” Valerie agreed with a nod. “Right, ready, Lovely?! On our mark, ready yourself for a luuuuvable Hidden Power!” Lovely nodded, then winked to the Anorith. It’s all him.

“Alright, Anorith! Dig on its left leg!” Simon called out. Anorith let out an infatuated squeak at the Luvdisc before snapping out of his trance and diving underground, scratching furiously with his claws and barely avoiding a slam from the rotom-mech’s fist. Moments later he reappeared right under the giant’s foot, causing the phone-creature to stumble forward.

“Now, Lovely! Time for Hidden Power!” Her body glowed sinisterly for a brief moment - Lovely's body was surrounded by orbs of dark energy. She set her sights on the other leg -- the right -- and released the balls all at once. They all struck the leg, causing the mech to lose its footing completely and to topple over with a mighty crash.

“Nice! Alright!!” With Valerie being distracted by her cheering, Lovely secretly hid a somewhat sinister grin.

"You must go for the main phone!" The iRotom employee yelled out. "That must be its core!"

The device in question, despite being covered by layers of other phones was shining brightly under the mass of metal pieces, and especially vulnerable in the mech's current position.

"Okay, then- Val!" Simon exclaimed. "I'll use X-scissor to remove the phone armor- then it's all on your Luvdisc!"

“Kay!” Valerie agreed. “Then it’s tiiime for a super underwater secret technique!”

"Anorith, use X-scissor on that glowing spot!" Simon called out, to which his Pokemon nodded and charged at the pile of protective phones. Anorith raised his glowing Pincers and charged them up with white energy before bringing them down upon the mech, scattering away several phones and carving a small path to the core. After several more slashes, they had a clear shot to the original iRotom 13, which was buzzing and sparking with more intensity than all the others. "Now, Val!"

“Alrighty! Straight from the hero’s book of luuuuuv!” Valerie made a shape of a heart with her hands, then drew a heart shape in the air. “Heart Stamp!!” Luvdisc recreated the same motion, before her body glowed a brilliant, bright pink. Little hearts teemed from her as she charged towards her mechanized target. Like a predictable yet classic anime from the 90s, she sought the power of ‘luv’ to vanquish the foe.

Finally, in one strike, she attacked the core with all her might, crashing into it with the full weight of her body. Multiple hearts poured out and danced through the air, turning the air pink like a cheap love hotel from Kanto. But finally, the hearts dissipated, and the rest of the electrically charged phones spread out and all fell to the floor.

"It's… defeated!" the employee cheered, throwing up his hands, and the crowd began to cheer. He grabbed the core phone from the pile and handed it to the trainers, "You've done it-"

He'd spoken too soon. Suddenly, the phone began vibrating more intensely than before, and floated upwards ominously… before a strange red creature emerged from it, crying out in annoyance.

"That's the Rotom!" Simon exclaimed. "Get it!"

The Pokemon gasped and looked at the inactive phones around it nervously, before looking at the nearest piece of technology it could find- the watch on that man's wrist! With a zap it darted into the device, causing the employee to squeal in terror.


Employee Steve caught a Rotom!

Seconds later, however, the Pokemon emerged from the watch, seemingly disgusted by the lack of power of the device. It looked around once more, and spotted the ATC sticking out of Simon's pocket-


Simon caught a Rotom!

Once again, the Pokemon emerged. What was that- it didn't even have a processor! The Rotom looked downwards at a phone lodged inside Anorith's claw, which still had a working screen, and sighed before darting inside it.


Anorith caught a Rotom…?

It didn't take long for the Pokemon to get out of that one too. Broken devices were not it's cup of tea. The electric-type looked around nervously again, seeing the trainers close in on it, before suddenly spotting an amazing device, sticking out of Valerie's back pocket: an advanced phone! With streaming capabilities, even! The Rotom buzzed excitedly and darted behind the girl before entering her phone.

Valerie watched on with a dazed look on her face, at first. She carefully got out her phone, observing any changes. None.. until she tried turning it on. She was greeted with Rotom’s face, right on her screen, as the Rotom, still inside her phone, floated upwards and around Valerie. “I guess you like my phone?” she asked. The Rotom danced around as a response… looks like it really did.


Valerie caught a Rotom in her phone!

“H-Hold on a sec!” Valerie was once again pondering what to do next. “I do loads of streams and stuff on that phone, y’know! But…” she then had a realization. “...were you just looking for a home?”

Not much of an answer came from the Rotom this time, save for a a beep from one of the phone’s default sounds.

“Aw, well…” Valerie decided, you know what? Why the heck not? “Consider the phone yours, Roto-buddy! Oh! Ah, as long as you can help me with streaming! Deal?”

Yes!

That sound coming from the Rotom was surprising. “...Can you uh… speak?”

Does not recognize command!

“Wait... that sound… that’s the Alexandra app on my phone…” Valerie then recognized. She then smirked and let out a hearty laugh. “Haha! You’re a reaaaaal interesting mon’!”

The iRotom employee let out a sigh of relief and the crowd cheered once more as the threat of the rotom was fully neutralized. The man approached the two trainers, beaming, "Thank you once again, my good friends! You've truly saved us from the inevitable wrath of this mega-bot - of course, I figured if technology were to ever take over it would be using iRotom phones - and saved our stand as well."

Though pleased with his Pokemon and happy that nobody was hurt, Simon was a little annoyed at the man. "Yeah… something tells me you knew something was wrong with that phone beforehand, and that's why you were selling it for cheap." he said, pointing at the phone in his hand.

“Yup, knew it,” Valerie added. “HQ Phones never go for that cheap, bro. You knew lil’Rotom was innit the whole time.”

The employee dropped his shoulders in defeat, "I admit I did, yes... I knew there was some sort of Pokemon in there, and I thought selling the phone to a trainer would be the safest and easiest way to get rid of the problem- but I didn't think it would come out so soon, I swear! As a token of my apology, and also of our gratitude, I would like to offer you this phone for free instead."

Simon looked at the phone in question; it actually wasn't too banged up by the attacks from earlier, and all things considered, it wasn't a bad deal.

As the two trainers dusted themselves off and the iRotom employees scrambled to pick up all the fallen phones, Simon and Valerie heard a stampede of people coming their way. Squinting in the distance, they noticed that the people in that group were all wearing blue shirts, bearing a familiar fish-shaped logo.

"Oh no. Val, let's move before the fans come in and say the cursed words again." Simon muttered.

“What words? Oh! You mean wish—“

Joint post of Dragon and Foxrally


"Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess...
DRAGON SLAVE!"

Foxrally

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STAGE 13 - ROUTE 6

Spoiler:



Route 6, the treacherous desert road which stretches between Hammerlocke and the mountainous city of Stow-on-side. The dry and dusty climate of the area is only exacerbated by the summer heat, and gets even more unbearable once the difficult mountain path is reached. A fitting physical challenge, however, as at the end of it lies the fighting-type gym run by Bea, and the ghost-type gym run by Allister.

The first half of the route is a sandy desert, frequented by fire-types and ground-types who enjoy the heat, though they are sparse due to the lack of vegetation. You can find some oases with more abundant life in shaded areas, however, and they are popular with travelers as rest stops- just be careful not to get stung by an angry Skorupi. The second half of the route is a mountain hike- though the heat remains unrelenting, and coupled with strong winds, make this an even more difficult path. The mountains are home not only to Pokemon, though, but also to centuries of history. From mysterious statues and ruins to fossil Pokemon hidden away in the rock, this part of route 6 is as popular with hikers as it is with researchers, so you can expect to come across more people in this part of the desert.

As the journey to the second bracket of gyms begins, what will the sands of fate hold for our heroes? New adventures, new friends, and ever more memories await the graduates of the Wedgehurst class as they continue their travels.

WILD POKÉMON AVAILABLE THIS STAGE




Pokémon Available to those on Mission 1:

Pokémon Available to those on Mission 2:

Pokémon Available to those on Mission 3:

Pokémon Available to those on Mission 7:

Pokémon Available to those on Mission 8:

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MISSIONS:


[OPEN][CATCH CHANCE] Mission 1:
Despite being a desert, Route 6 is still home to a few water-types, who live in the shallow ponds and watering holes strewn about the shaded areas of the mountains and which eventually connect to the sea. Fishing here is quite different than in rivers or the ocean- a local sport is mud-fishing, where participants use their bare hands to grab fish out of the water and potentially capture them. Want to try your hand at it?
Reward: Soft Sand

[CATCH CHANCE] Mission 2:
The desert is harsh and unforgiving, and many a traveler can succumb to its blazing heat if unprepared, or worse, succumb to the Pokemon ready to take down weakened prey. One such Pokemon is a Mandibuzz: seeing you, a lone trainer, travel through the sands, it has decided to follow you from above in the hopes that the heat finishes you off and it can make a snack out of you. It looks like it's getting impatient and considering attacking you though… what will you do?
Reward: Rare bone + Mandibuzz catch chance

[CATCH CHANCE] Mission 3:
The sound of commotion coming from a short distance away catches your attention. As you go to investigate the source of the noise, you discover a unique sight: a family of the rare Pokemon Fennekin, hunting what looks to be a poor Maractus trying to spread its seeds for the season. The lone grass-type isn't faring too well against these empowered fire Pokemon, and hops to you for help. Will you battle your way through this, or sort it out in a civil way?
Reward: TR Spiky Shield

Mission 4:
The leader of Stow-on-side’s ghost gym, the mysterious Allister, has traveled to the sands of Route 6 to investigate a rise in the population of non-Galarian Yamasks in the area. He has come to the conclusion that it was likely due to illegal breeding- though the Yamask population seems to coexist fairly easily with the other local wildlife, so there doesn’t seem to be any issue. Since the gym leader doesn’t seem busy now, maybe he’ll humour you for a friendly battle…?
Reward: Phantom Force TR or Shadow Ball TR

Mission 5:
As you pass by a resting stop, you are approached by a merchant hailing from Stow-on-side. The woman explains to you that she are a vendor of custom perfumes and cosmetics, and uses rare maractus flowers for the process- unfortunately, it appears her most recent batch has been stolen by a group of jealous Cacnea, and she has no Pokemon of her own to get it back. Could you help?
Reward: Sachet + Tutor move: Aromatherapy/Sweet Scent

[OPEN] Mission 6:
After just a few hours of walking on the sharp rocks of the Stow-on-side mountains, you begin to realize you probably should’ve brought the proper footwear for this environment- at this rate, your shoes are going to be torn to shreds. Luckily, a rest stop near the base of the mountain happens to be selling hiker equipment- and boots too! They seem to have a sort of ‘hikers-only’ club membership though… Maybe could you convince them to let you buy a pair with a battle?
Reward: Heavy Boots (for you and your Pokemon)

Mission 7:
The rocky desert mountains which Stow-on-side sits on are rife with history- both human and natural, and this of course means plenty of fossils for archaeologists to harvest. Abigail Johnson, niece of the famous researcher Barnabus Johnson, has just completed her latest expedition, and collected many artifacts to examine back at their lab in Turffield. However, She seems to be in quite the pickle: a cave-in has left her trapped in her excavation site, and the next group isn’t coming for another week! Perhaps if you help her, she’ll reward you with a potential Pokemon.
Reward: Sail Fossil OR Root Fossil
(Note: Fossils can be revived at the Stow-on-side research lab. If you complete this mission with another player, it is possible to get both fossils.).


[MULTI][CATCH CHANCE] Mission 8:
After the notorious Cara Liss’ exile from the scientific community and her (dubiously acquired) archaeologist license being taken away, the researcher has decided to lay low for now, and hidden away her fossil-reviving technology in a mysterious cave along Route 6. She has left an apprentice behind, however. Her loyal Archeops, which guards the forbidden fossils, has been instructed to give them to anyone he deems worthy. If he does, he will allow you to use the fossil-reviving machine. What kind of creature will you create?
Reward (pick two different fossils):
- Fossilized Fish x Dino = Arctovish
- Fossilized Dino x Bird = Arctozolt
- Fossilized Drake x Bird = Dracozolt
- Fossilized Fish x Drake = Dracovish
Note: A maximum of four people can take this mission, please pay attention to what Pokemon is already taken.


[CATCH CHANCE] Mission 9:
It looks like the rangers were able to sedate, capture and release the rampant romantic Boldore from Hammerlocke without issues- unfortunately for our heartbroken friend, they mistakenly released him into Route 6 rather than his home of Dusty Bowl. Nothing to deter his infatuated adventurous spirit however: Boldore has continued its quest for love, but is now unfortunately defacing local heritage sites, mistaking the ancient statues as fellow rock-types.
Reward: Boldore with three roses in its mouth

Mission 10:
Looking at the intimidating mountain range before you and the exhausting climb ahead, you begin to wish that you could just skip the entire thing and hop onto a Pokemon to fly above the peaks. It's a trainer tradition and even an expectation to train and complete a journey on your own two feet - but skipping one bit wouldn't hurt, right? As you contemplate this, you come across a Corviknight cabbie who has stopped for a rest. He explains his Pokemon was injured mid-flight and requires time to recover and rest, and he has an urgent delivery to make on Stow-on-side… perhaps a trainer like yourself has a healing item to help?
Reward: TM Fly

Mission 11:
The ladder networks used to access the path to Stow-on-side are essential for trainers to easily and quickly make it through the longer parts of the trek. Unfortunately, some have been damaged by local wildlife or the weather and closed off for construction- but the blistering heat has prevented crews from working on it recently. You could try to help cool them down, or even fix the ladders yourself - and there's always a reward for your trouble.
Reward: TM Rock Climb + Heavy Ball


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Ruben Sancho

He Dared.


He dared to lose. It was a simple enough task and one that the bug eyed, blue rapscallion could surely handle. Chasing down the wool covered plebeians would be a mindless task for Lesca, but for the brat? A Zubat could see it. This was their chance to make their mark, stamp their authority into the spotlight. Instead, their trainer had condemned them to humiliation and ridicule. She daren’t even utter his name on the eve of the disaster he allowed to unfold. Incompetent as ever, the fool bounded around after the flock of imbeciles while her trainer barked orders as if the Froakie had the mental capacity to carry any of them out with any certainty. “Bubble, cut them off!” he commanded with a determined glare on his face. All the while the brat scampered with a doltish, dopey grin on his face.

He dared to choose; the simpleton instead of her. Lesca was forced to endure the circus from the sidelines. How does he continue to get it so wrong? Even if the bounding baby managed to overcome the challenge, the adversity he had to overcome would surely reflect poorly on this team. The team that she had chosen. What if they did succeed? Would she become obsolete? She had chosen this team, but allowed Sir Chrome and Luckey the flairhound to complete tasks that were beneath her up until now. They had proven themselves only moderately competent until now.

He dared to prove her right: Ignorant, incompetent, negligent. The trainer proved just how fitting all those words were to describe him. Those words the press had levelled at him and his footballing teammates while she stood in the stands and supported. Still, she stood in the stands but support, she’d do no more. Somehow, Carbon had proven he had some worth. The Wooloo were so dim-witted, they allowed themselves to be intimidated by the sheer boundlessness of the bubble frog. As if that silly neck foam he wore as a mask could really be considered intimidating. They really allowed that to lure them into captivity. The thought made Lesca look over to her trainer. That mask of knowledge, of competence, conscientiousness he wore was wearing thin.

He dared to use that mask here. He stood across from the gym leader. The gym was empty, with only Lesca in attendance, but she wouldn’t cheer. Not for him. Not now. He had deemed her no more than decorative bauble to accentuate his team’s appearance. No more, no less. That’s what she’d be. No more, no less. She left his side and stormed off into the stands with little more than a huff. Milo summoned his Appletun, where Ruben did the same with Chrome. The Rookidee took to the sky immediately at his trainer’s command but the oversized apple pie covered himself in a rocky texture and crashed the bird back to the ground. Lesca gasped, but collected herself as the battle raged on. Chrome would launch attacks from the air, while Milo’s Appletun would defend, then launch well timed counter attacks with Apple Acid and Energy Ball. While the Rookidee absorbed the damage well, each accumulative hit wore him down. He had no answers to the apple monster’s defenses.

He dared to excuse the Rookidee for his poor performance. A red beam absorbed the bird before it could be knocked out by another hit. Lesca watched as he apologised to the ball. She was staggered. The mask was stripping away. He looked up at her. Milo followed his gaze.

“That Bounsweet of yours looks as though she’s raring to go,” the gym leader said, thumping his chest with enthusiasm. Lesca saw her face appear on the big screen, the light shining on her. It was only right, she’d be the narrative of this battle. Yet her trainer’s eyes fell to the ground and he shook his head. He readied the Boltund’s pokeball in his hand. This wouldn’t be Lesca’s battle.

He dared to refuse. Boltund stood now in front of Appletun, eliminating Lesca from contention. She’d have no say, no influence on the battle henceforth. The revelation angered her. She knew from the beginning but something about it becoming a reality fueled the rage inside the little grass type. Rather than voice her fury as she’d come so accustomed to doing, the little Bounsweet sat in her chair and huffed. She stared into space, but listened as the sound of slashing, glooping acid, raging flames and crunching teeth echoed through the empty stadium. Boltund and Appletun fought at their trainer’s behest. However, Lesca couldn’t help but notice how quiet the place was. Sure there were cameras, lights but they had arrived in the building to no ceremony. In all her time with her trainer, Lesca had never seen a moment so quaint and without the bombast of attention of spectacle. Even despite his struggle, Lesca saw a smile. He was enjoying himself. She couldn’t help but smile herself.

Dress an Ampharos in as much wool as you like but don’t try to convince the Wooloo it’s one of them.

He dared his dues and they always came back to make him pay. He was a Wooloo all along. Lesca let out a shout as a Crunch attack rendered Appletun unconscious. He nodded up to her and Boltund raised his head with pride. Eldegoss followed and Lesca watched intently. She reached out to the intensity of the battle as the two pokemon exchanged their first blows. Lesca’s legs grew beneath her, arms sprouted from her sides. She clutched onto the barricade in front and cheered.

“Sweee!” She called out.



Lesca evolved into Steenee!

“Don’t think your Bounsweet evolving will change anything.” Milo teased, noticing the flash of white light in the corner of his eye. Lesca watched in her new form as her trainer was taken out of his focus. He glanced up at her and smiled. She called out to him again and pointed to the battle as Luckey was pounced upon by the Eldegoss. She was beginning to overpower him. Boltund fought back. He blasted a Thunder Wave to paralyze the grass type. Lesca watched her with keen eyes as the cotton bloom pokemon twitched and staggered before falling onto her back. This was it.

“Finish it! Fire Fang!”

“Not so fast! Leaf Tornado!” Both trainers shielded their eyes as an explosion of leaves and dust engulfed the interior of the gym. As the dust settled, Lesca winced. Luckey the flair hound had been knocked out. Eldegoss on the other hand, stood twitching at the will of the electricity that zapped around it. Milo smiled. “Well, it was a good battle,” he began but his own smile faltered as his opponent raised a pokeball. He tossed it and the very same Rookidee that began the battle emerged. He was bruised and battered but the gleam in his eye said it all. He had plenty of fight left. Lesca cheered in response. Even Milo smiled again. “I’m glad you don’t plan on making it easy. I was convinced your heart wasn’t in the Gym Challenge Ruben.”

He dared to muse over that statement and Milo made him pay for it. Lesca noticed his expression harden in response to the comment. The spores of cotton that now covered his Rookidee would surely be an equaliser in what was already a close battle. Chrome struggled with the new weight on his wings, but still readied himself to fly. His trainer halted him though, barely dodging the Leaf Storm fired just above his head.

“Stay low and hit it with Pluck!” He called, a fierce determination in his own eyes now. Rookidee followed the order. Eldegoss redirected the storm, but Rookidee was able to sidestep and nab a direct hit, even plucking out some of the Bloom pokemon’s cotton. “Finish with Peck!” With its own cotton in his beak, Chrome charged down one more time and drilled into the Eldegoss. It didn’t get up. It couldn’t. The sparks of electricity ceased and Chrome was able to rest. Milo tipped his hat. Lesca cheered.

He dared to lose.

Ruben dared...but he won.

Turffield



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RPT | Pairs

"It's so calm."

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That Dream...Make it Come True!

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6.1 Years
Melody Argent

18 | Female | From Spikemuth
Inventory
Spoiler:
3,300 Poke
6 Pokeballs
3 Great Balls
3 Bottles of MooMoo Milk
1 Leppa Berry
1 TM Thief
1 Destiny Knot
1 Sun Stone
1 TR Sucker Punch
1 TR Stealth Rocks

Team
Spoiler:


Nightshot/Doom Noodle
Nature: Timid
Ability: Cursed Body
Quick Attack
Infestation
Dragon Tail
Hex
Assurance
Dragon Pulse

Spike
Brave
Ability: Static
Tearful Look
Nuzzle
Flail
Acid
Metal Sound
Power-Up Punch


Bishop
Nature: Adamant
Ability: Keen eye
Drill Peck
Hone Claws
Power Trip
Leer
Thief
Fury Attack


Annabelle
Nature: Lonely
Ability: Disguise
Burning Jealousy
Feint Attack
Copycat
Shadow Sneak
Fairy Wind
Double Team


Ren
Nature: Impish
Ability: Vital Spirit
Stealth rocks
Double Team
Howl
Bite
Rock Tomb
Roar


Piper
Nature: Bashful
Ability: Insomnia
Shadow Sneak
Razor Leaf
Confuse Ray
Trick Or Treat
Leech Seed
Bullet Seed


Celeste
Nature: Sassy
Ability: Competitive
Psyshock
Hypnosis
Fake Tears
Charm
Confusion
Thief


Blue
Quiet
Ability: Flashfire
Fire Fang
Roar
Beat Up
Howl
Bite
Smog





As One, We'll Never Break

What?

Melody’s eyes flash with surprise as her name is called. She looks to her pair of Pokemon (Ren hopping excitedly and Celeste nodding in approval) to the audience and then back to Lissia, her hand slowly rising to rest against her chest as she lets out a breath she didn’t realize she had been holding.

They… did it. Okay, they didn’t win the whole shebang, but going up against such an incredible cast-- Melody can’t help but feel a sense of excitement at standing in the winner’s circle.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

As soon as the festivities begin to quiet enough that Melody can sneak off, she does. First stop: Her dressing room, where she quickly changes out of her magical girl ensemble and back into her regular clothes. She has spent way too much time in skirts and dresses since her arrival in Hammerlocke and by Arceus does she miss pants.

After a very quick change, the punk teen makes a bee-line for outside. Once out, surrounded by the calm, night air and the quiet… Melody slides to her knees against the wall and takes in yet another deep breath.

“Ta! Gothi-ta!” Comes the cry of Celeste as the psychic type floats after her trainer. Melody had fled the dressing room so suddenly that she couldn’t keep up! Rude! She lands in front of her trainer and gives an accusatory stare. Why is she acting so strangely after their victory? Certainly if she, who demands excellence, can be happy with their placing (for now anyway, clearly they will have to up their game for the next performance. Their competitors are no joke!) Melody should be elated!

“I’m alright,” Melody explains before leaning her head back to lightly bump it against the wall. “I’m just… real glad that’s over.”

“Ta, ta.” Celeste nods. Of course she’s glad it’s over, now they can move on to basking in the afterglow of triumph. However, what Melody’s doing hardly constitutes basking in the afterglow of triumph. The fixation pokemon gives her trainer another demanding stare.

Melody sighs (again) and tucks her hair behind her ear. She might as well confess, there’s probably no way to hide anything from a psychic type if Celeste really wants to know. “I… really didn’t wanna go up there.”



Celeste levitates herself slowly and comes to perch atop Melody’s knee so that she can be on eye level with her trainer.

Melody cracks a tiny, cold smirk at the lolita’s curiosity. “I didn’t really try in school. I didn’t have to… I was born with a photographic memory. I just… remembered answers without having to study.” At this, Celeste’s eyes narrow, as if to remind her trainer that she wasn’t asking for her life story. Still, Melody goes on. “So, I graduate, and this Rookidee snatches my necklace, and then it decides it wants to be my pal. Well, that’s a pretty damn good solution to Milo’s gym right there. Then I meet a grass type outside the mines and, hey, now I’ve got a counter for Nessa’s gym. Then we decide to enter the Turfield contest, and I’ve got an idea, but I don’t know how to pull it off. None of my gang have a move that makes things float.” The punk teen tilts her head affectionately towards the annoyed psychic type. “Then you came along.”

While she still doesn’t know what this story has to do with a single thing, Celeste puffs out her chest a bit. At least Melody recognizes that she would be incredibly lost without her particular brand of talent.

Melody taps the back of her head against the wall again. “I kept getting lucky, and the ****ty thing about luck is that… it’s gonna run out. When they announced the theme for this contest I thought, this is it. My luck ran out. ‘Cause Arceus knows there was no way I was gonna find a terrain-altering move before the contest.” Melody raises her hand and scrubs at her face in frustration. “I thought for sure I’d **** this up.”

Celeste looks thoughtful. After a few seconds of quiet contemplation, her eyes begin to glow a vibrant green. Using her psychic powers, she channels a particular memory into Melody’s mind, and the punk teen’s own voice plays:

“... I’m not brave. I mean, being brave means being afraid of something and doing it anyway, yeah? Well, I don’t… feel afraid.

Celeste folds her arms as her eyes return to normal. In turn, Melody blinks, and the psychic type looks less than impressed. Her eyes glimmer for just a brief second to broadcast a single word.

“afraid”

“O-h.” Melody blinks once more before looking up. Celeste… is right. She was afraid to go up there. She was afraid of crashing and burning in front of so many people. So many people that had such high expectations because of her previous victory. Afraid of having to accept that this thing that she had… actually really come to love, performing, was something she had no right to participate in. “Yeah… I guess you’re right.” She murmurs as her eyes close. So that’s that: There are things she’s afraid of… and things she loves and doesn’t want to lose… Huh.

Celeste’s eyes glow once more, this time broadcasting a different voice inside Melody’s mind, the inspirational musings of one miss Valerie:

“I think that’s hella brave.”

Melody opens her eyes and looks down to her Pokemon. Oh, yeah, Melody did go on about how being brave is being afraid of something and doing it anyway. “Yeah?”

Celeste puffs out her cheeks. She didn’t mean to imply she thought that, but… oh, whatever. If it picks Melody up so that they can go back inside and enjoy their victory celebration, then she’ll go along with it.

Melody snickers. “Thanks, Cel,” she says before lifting her hand towards the psychic type and clutching it into a fist.

Once more, Celestia stares at her trainer. Really, a fist bump? Does she look like the kind of Pokemon that fist bumps? “Goth.” She sighs before lightly slapping Melody’s hand. There. Now put it away.

The punk teen manages a small smile as she reaches into her pocket and takes out her phone. There’s… something else she’s been afraid of, and since that seems to be the theme of the night… she should face down this one too.

Melody had avoided pretty much all forms of social media since the trial began. It was easier not to focus on the idea of people being disappointed in her inevitable failure if she saw less of them. Now; however, not only is she logging in… she’s going live.

Melody places her phone in a tree branch so that she can have both hands free, presses Go live and steps back.


SilverSong182 is live!

A small light signals that the stream is live, and Melody flashes the rock on symbol to the camera before grasping at her Rotom-Guitar.

“This one’s for you… Rosa.”


♪ I can try but it hurts to breathe
Until you're with me
'Cause only then can I breathe again ♪

♪ And that should be enough for me
I should be happy
But we both know I never could accept defeat ♪

That line brings a tiny, short-lived smile to her face. At least… she hopes Rosa knows that.

♪ I messed up and it's like a curse
But what have I learned?
'Cause I keep making the same mistakes ♪

♪ Tell me how strong I need to be
So those around me- never know pain
… I only wanna keep them safe ♪

♪I'll cherish every laugh
And without looking back
I'll beliеve in love and live on
And I want you to know
I'll always hold you closе
With your scars some new and some old ♪

♪ And together we'll continue down this path
Though it may hurt we both know we can't go back
I can still feel in my chest a bitter pain
Though it may hurt scars of sin we can't erase
...Darling ♪


♪I remember the cripplin' cost
The love that I lost
So long ago, but the pain remains
I can't look at the vivid sky
So blue and so bight
When in my heart there only is… a world of grey ♪

♪ But no matter the sacrifice
I would pay the price
And keep believing in only this
It's the color within your eyes
Dazzling with such life
How it reminds me of flowers on a sunny day! ♪

♪ There's things we can't control
I know it in my soul
But I'll trust in love and live on
Like candles burning bright
I wanna hold you tight
As we melt away our nightmares ♪

♪… I will be there when the pain it makes you numb
And I'll be there 'til the light of morning comes ♪

♪And as long as you are by my side
I don't care if we're against the tide
Fighting off a world of waves
'Cause as one we'll never break! ♪

♪ I'll cherish every laugh
And without looking back
I'll believe in love and live on
And I want you to know
I'll always hold you close
With your scars some new and some old ♪

♪I'll cherish every laugh
And without looking back
I'll believe in love and live on
Because if I'm with you I know that we'll pull through
With a bond that can't be broken ♪

♪And together we are clinging to a thread
Though it may hurt we can only look ahead
But I promise… I will keep the dark at bay
Yeah I promise... I will always keep you safe
Darling. ♪

Foxrally

Age 23
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8.6 Years
Simon Pearburgh
Vivillon ♀
Tackle | Stun Spore | String Shot | Poison Powder | Gust | Powder
Friend Guard
Burmy ♂
Protect | Hidden Power (water) | Electroweb
Shed Skin
Snom ♀
Powder Snow | Mirror Coat | Struggle Bug | Icicle Spear
Ice Scales
Nevermeltice (held)
Princess ♀
Electroweb | Spider Web | Fury Cutter | Beat Up | Absorb | Thunder Wave
Swarm
Larvesta ♂
Flame Charge | String Shot | Ember | Morning Sun | Flame Wheel
Flame Body
Heat Rock {held}
Anorith ♂
Dig | Water Gun | Smack Down | Aqua Jet | Rapid Spin | X-Scissor
Swift Swim

Spoiler: Inventory
ATC
Nevermeltice
*
held by Snom

Heat Rock
*
held by Larvesta

Metal Flower Crown
*
held by Princess

TR Leech Life
Luxury Ball
Caterpie's Pokeball
Bug Net
Shell shard
A LOT of cinnamon buns
Spewpa Plushie
Fanart of Simon
Heracross Knight Comics
Piers & Marnie Album
Mew Book
Badges: 3
Grass badge
Water badge
Fire badge

Spoiler: Memories
~ NPC LIST ~
--- Wedgehurst ---
#1 - Caterpie joins the team!
#2 - The Mail Thief, pt. 1
#3 - The Mail Thief, pt. 2
#4 - Meet Sachiko
#5 - Train Battle!
--- Southern Wild Area ---
#6 - Burmy joins the team!
#7 - Snom joins the team!
#8 - Meet Raphael
#9 - Spirits Entombed
#10 - Meet Ruben
#11 - Suited Men Encounter!
--- Motostoke ---
#12.1 - Stadium Entrance [MEGA JP]
#12.2 - Opening Ceremony [MEGA JP]
#12.3 - New Beginningd [MEGA JP]
#13 - Motostoke Gym Mission
#14 - VS Kabu
#15 - Lunch with Sachi
#16 - Joining Blackspear
#17 - A Mysterious Egg
--- Route 3 ---
#18 - Meet Rosa
#19 - VS Rosa
#20 - Christmas Delivery
#21 - VS Catherine
--- Galar Mine 1 & Route 4 ---
#22 - Meet Aurora
#23 - Joltik joins the team!
#24 - Meet Pia
#25 - VS Oleana
#26 - Ferrothorn Rescue
--- Turffield ---
#27 - Blackspear Delivery
#28 - Turffield Gym Mission
#29 - VS Milo
#30 - Calling home
#31 - An Unexpected Interruption
#32 - VS Sachi, Rematch
#33 - Contest Date
#34 - Larvesta joins the team!
--- Route 5 ---
#35 - On the road again
#36 - Meet Jasper
#37 - VS Jasper
#38 - The young inventor
#39 - Meet Valerie
#40 - The Wishiwashi Squad!
--- Hulbury ---
#41 - Breaking & Entering pt. 1
#42 - Breaking & Entering pt. 2
#43 - Happy Birthday Raphael
#44 - Hulbury Gym Mission
#45 - VS Nessa pt. 1
#46 - VS Nessa pt. 2
#47 - VS Tristan
#48 - Heartbreak
--- Galar Mine 2 ---
#49 - Blackspear Security
#50 - A Power Boost
#51 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 1
#52 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 2
--- Motostoke (Revisit) ---
#53 - VS Kabu, Rematch
#54 - A point to prove
#55 - VS Catherine, Rematch
#56 - Strength
#57 - Blackspear Mission Briefing
--- Northern Wild Area ---
#58 - Meet Xan
#59 - Psychic Testing
#60 - Reconciliation
#61 - Teambuilding
#62 - The calm before the storm
#63 - The Pinsir Mission
#64 - Fighting back
#65 - One last hope
#66 - For better or for worse
--- Hammerlocke ---
#67 - Fatherly advice
#68 - Common ground
#69 - VS Nigel?
#70 - The Plan
#71 - Hammerlocke contest
#72 - Birthday surprise
#73 - Wishiwashi Squad vs Rotom Mech!

Route 6 - Desert

Simon gazed at the massive expanse of desert and mountains that stretched before him. Route 6, said by some to be the most physically challenging in Galar - and for good reason. Scorching sands, jagged mountaintops, dangerous wildlife and little to no human settlements until Stowonside, this was going to be even more difficult of a trek than Dusty Bowl. From atop the towers of Hammerlocke it didn’t seem so bad, but now that he was on the ground, sun bearing down on him, mountains looming in the distance, he was beginning to realize why this was the route known to separate the Kabu-victors from those who fell to the wayside.

For him, however, the impending challenge of the route ahead was as motivating as it was daunting. Simon had ventured a few hours out of the city by now, and was sitting on top of a rock watching the sunrise, coat tied around his waist and net in hand. As he admired the picturesque scene, he decided it was the time for a team meeting.

“Alright, buggang, group up!” he called out, slamming his net down. Instinctively, all six bugs came to attention, poking their heads out of Simon’s pockets and bag then scurrying down to form a semicircle around him, Vivillon floating off of his shoulder instead. The boy looked at all of them as they stared back at him expectantly.

“So… I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.” he began. Burmy snickered, teasing that was a rare occasion for Simon, to which the trainer rolled his eyes, “Oh shush, you know what I mean.”

“But in all seriousness- you all know that it… hasn’t been easy the past few weeks. Hell, the past few months. It’s been… a lot. And you guys have stood by my side the entire time, even through my worst moments of weakness, even when I pushed you all away because I was ashamed of that weakness.”

He paused for a moment as his eyes drifted to meet all of theirs. “And from now on, I’ve decided we’re going to be doing things differently. I’m not going to be ashamed anymore- but I’m not going to stay weak. Tim, Nigel, whoever that guy was, he made me realize that I can’t keep relying on your strength on its own to be at my best. Just as much as I need you to be strong, you all need me as well. That’s what being a team is about!”

The bugs all cheered in agreement. “And what kind of champion team would we be if we didn’t honour our fallen member, by getting even stronger than we were before?!” Simon continued, pumping his fist. “We’re in this together, which means one for all…” he crouched down and put his fist forward.

And all for one! the bugs all cheered, each adding their pincers and mandibles to the pile. Simon looked at the horizon. Somehow, some way… he knew Caterpie was also part of them.

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“Okay, for today’s training, we’re doing duel pairs!” Simon called out, clapping his hands. It was a few hours later in the day and they’d made good progress on travel, and this was a good time to get some practice in. His Pokemon gathered around him as he decided on groups. “Princess, you’re sparring with Anorith. You’re small and agile for now- that’s your strength, so we need to work on dodging rock-type attacks more, and you can make use of your new crown for physical defense too. Anorith, you work on your aim - and stop trying to scratch off that autograph, it’s permanent ink and it won’t be coming off for a while.” The two bugs squeaked and skittered off some distance away.

He looked at Vivillon, Snom and Larvesta. “Since Vivillon’s evolved, you two can train against her. I noticed you work pretty effectively together.” he noted. Snom looked a little insulted by the implication that she wasn’t as strong as an evolved Pokemon, but Larvesta’s excited cries quickly drowned that out - the growing fire-type was already getting bigger than her in size, but still treated her like his mother, much to Snom’s annoyance. Or at least, that’s what she said, even though her actions betrayed her.

“Fire and Ice are type weaknesses Vivillon wants to avoid, so it’s good practice for her too.” Simon added. The winged bug nodded and motioned for the others to follow her as they went to their own corner.

And then there was Burmy. The gray Pokemon looked a little bare now that his friend was no longer a Spewpa to supply him with fur, though thankfully the heat made that more of a benefit than a problem. Simon and the bug looked at each other, the latter glancing at the other Pokemon briefly before yawning and shrugging his shoulders. It was about his naptime anyway.

“Not so fast, mate. I’m not letting you off the hook for earlier.” a devious expression grew on Simon’s face. “You’ll be sparring against me.”

Burmy let out a surprised squeak. Was he being serious?! He didn’t know what resistances human-types had, but electricity and water certainly weren’t any of them.

“I’m dead serious. I said I was going to train to be stronger as well - and we’re going to do it together.” Simon punched a fist into his open palm. “Now hit me with your best shot!”

Burmy’s expression shifted from confusion to an amused smirk. This would be entertaining, at least.

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Several Electrowebs and even more Hidden Powers later, Burmy was surprised at Simon’s resilience in both dodging and enduring attacks. He’d avoided an impressive number of projectiles and thrown himself at Burmy several times - only to crash into a Protect barrier, of course, but even that didn’t deter him for long.

Simon, on the other hand, while determined, began to feel a little disappointed. As he dodged yet another water orb, he realized Burmy wasn’t really giving it his all. Either the bug wasn’t taking him seriously as an opponent, or he was distracted by something else… As Simon ducked, he glanced to see Burmy’s reaction, and noticed the Pokemon wasn’t actually looking at him. He kept looking over at Vivillon wistfully, watching the butterfly dodge embers and icicle spears, before lazily turning back to Simon and firing off another round of Hidden Powers.

Simon narrowed his eyes and put his hands together, getting up. “Alright, timeout.” The water orbs stopped midair before falling to the ground. Burmy squeaked curiously, dropping the Protect barrier.

“C’mere.” Simon motioned for Burmy to follow him some distance from the group. The bug nodded, still confused, and joined him.

“Right, what’s the matter? I can tell you’ve been super distracted the whole time, and I’m not taking anything less than a hundred percent from you. Is it the lack of sleep?” Simon asked, beginning to worry that he’d pushed the Pokemon too far.

Burmy shook his head, and glanced backwards once more before sighing. He’d been distracted, yes… but it wasn’t Simon’s fault, he squeaked. He just didn’t have his head in the game, and it was because of...

“Vivillon?” Simon echoed, confused. “Did you two get into a fight or something?”

Burmy shook his head again. No, that wasn’t it. In fact, it was the opposite; she was so nice to him all the time, even after she’d evolved. Simon knew the bug had been supplying him with a coat ever since she’d evolved from a Scatterbug to a Spewpa, and the two had gotten much closer as a result - but now that she no longer had that fur, and had grown stronger than Burmy… Simon was beginning to understand now.

He sat down on the sand in front of his Pokemon. “Mate… Just wishing that you were evolved like her isn’t going to do you any good. You’ve got to work for it. And that includes training.”

Burmy sighed with a squeak and pointed at himself, lamenting that he could never get strong with a body like this, that a Burmy with no coat could never evolve, so there was no point.

Simon looked the bug in the eyes, “Are you sure about that, or are you telling yourself that because it’s easier than actually trying?”

Burmy fell silent. Simon put his hand out for the bug to latch on. “Now, are you ready to give me a hundred percent?”

Burmy paused for a moment, but gave a determined nod.

Simon tapped his chin, “You know what? Let’s actually work on some new strategies for you, which’ll be useful for when you do evolve. Ever thought of using that head appendage as a weapon?”

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The desert night was colder than Simon expected, even for the summertime. He’d bundled up in his coat again, and with Larvesta nestled inside it made for a rather effective heat pack. His tent was pitched and he’d lit a small cooking fire to make some dinner; the pot was now nearly empty after him and his team had devoured the meal, exhausted from the day of training. He’d read them all a chapter of The Heracross Knight before bedtime, and one by one, the bugs had fallen asleep, either beside the campfire or in the tent, leaving Simon and Burmy as the only ones left awake.

“Aaand… there.” Simon said, tapping his new Pokedex and pulling the TR out of it. The screen confirmed that Larvesta learned Leech Life, and as he closed the device and put it in his pocket, he glanced in Burmy’s direction. The nocturnal worm was quieter than usual, normally he preferred to roam at night - though there wasn’t much to explore in a desert, he supposed.

“Great job during training today, by the way.” Simon told the bug, speaking softly as to not wake the others. Burmy looked in his direction and nodded, though he didn’t really seem convinced by Simon’s words. “No, I mean it, really. You gave it your all, and that’s the most I could ever ask for in a battle.”

The bug squeaked again and looked away, saying that it wasn’t worth much anyway.

Simon paused for a moment. “You know, I was worried that my best wasn’t enough as well, for a really long time.” he began.

“Before I got Scolipede, all I did was put a hundred percent into everything I did - and it still wasn’t enough, I still thought I was too weak. Then, after everything went… terrible, I got the Dark Ball, and I thought I had it all. I thought all of that strength was mine, so I started trying less. Sure, I was winning, and I felt unstoppable, but… I wasn’t myself, and I didn’t know why at the time.” He looked at the Pokemon. “It’s because I wasn't giving a hundred percent anymore.”

“And then, when I realized what that ‘power’ was doing to me, how weak it was actually making me… it cost me a lot. And for even longer after that, I didn’t feel like myself either. And just like last time, I now realize what the problem was. I wasn’t giving it a hundred percent.”

A determined glint appeared in his eye. “But that’s going to change now. I thought that trying my hardest at everything was holding me back- but I know it’s the only way to get better. We’ll train harder, take on more challengers, and get even stronger than before... and we will be champions. And I know you’ll help us get there, if you keep giving your hundred percent.”

Burmy stayed quiet, but continued to look at the boy in silence.

“Bah, anyway. I’m about to conk out, so I’ll see you tomorrow. Try not to venture too far, yeah?” Simon yawned as he got up, gently taking Larvesta out of his coat pocket and heading into the tent. “Night!”

Burmy sighed. And for a split second, he felt a breeze of cold air blow through his body.


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CHAPTER 12.4 - WAKE UP
ft. Pia McGuire



Rosa picked at the stems of the flowers she’d brought with her as she waited for the elevator door to chime open, denoting her arrival on the floor. The girl looked up at the men and women beside her dressed in brilliant white coats and blue scrubs.

It wasn’t her first time in the hospital on Pia’s behalf since the girl had started working so much - but it never got any easier to come here. The air had a certain taste to it that just… made her uneasy. Not to mention how awkward it was in the first place that she was delivering gifts to someone else’s mom who wasn’t even… awake to receive them. Though, it had become part of her daily routine and she actually looked forward to it at some times. The walk to the hospital early in the morning, and the walk back home after once she’d hit up the market stalls along the way was even more enjoyable.

‘Ding.’

The girl looked up, nodding as she ensured she was on the correct floor and then stepped out onto the brightly lit and glossy tile floor. It was still relatively early in the morning, but despite that the floor was just as bustling as ever. The sound of a hundred footsteps echoed, interrupted only periodically by the scuffing screech of someone turning too quickly on the polished floor.

The girl walked down the hall, counting the doors as she walked by them - not chancing to look into any one of the rooms as she passed by. There were some people on this floor that were still awake - some were in conditions well enough that they could look up at her as she passed, but for most of the rooms she would go by… The girl shook her head, trying to get the picture of death’s invasion out of her mind as she began to unconsciously match the rhythm of her steps to that of the heart monitors.

“There we are,” she whispered, finally having made her way to her destination. The girl turned, knocking first before sliding the door open to Pia’s mom’s room. “Pardon the intrusion,” she whispered, pulling back the curtain slightly to ensure the woman was for one, still asleep and two… still there. The girl let out a small sigh as she saw the same woman laying in the same bed, with the same tube going down her throat.

Rosa walked over towards the room’s only window, opening it slightly as she replaced the flowers she’d brought yesterday with the fresh ones that she’d bought today. The glass vase they were in was rather plain, but it was all that she’d managed to find through asking the neighbors. This… wasn’t something she’d been asked to do, not by Pia at the very least. But, she thought it might be nice - for both mother, and daughter.

The girl smiled gently as she poured a small amount of water into the vase, filling back up to the same level it had been the last few weeks. “What a pretty day…”

“Hhhh…”

Rosa continued to look out the window, turning her gaze towards the children playing down in the courtyard below. Some of them were obviously patients of the hospital themselves - evident by the robes that they were wearing, the same that had been given to Pia’s mom when she was first brought here - but others were very obviously from outside the building, whether they were friends of the child themselves or belonged to the parents of patients of the hospital as well...

“Hhhhhh!”

Rosa furrowed her brow, confused by the muffled and quiet noise. The girl turned her head in its direction, seeing that the person who had been laying still in the bed for the past month was now… shifting. The girl felt her heartbeat begin to quicken as she watched Pia’s mom wake for the first time since she’d entered the coma.

“Hhhhh….”

“Ms. what’s your last name, don’t worry!” Rosa hurried over to the side of the bed, searching for the call button as quickly as she could. “I’ll get someone in here right away to help you.”

After a few seconds of fumbling around the tangled cord which had been left to droop behind the frame of the bed - an oversight, but not one that the girl blamed the staff for seeing the condition this woman had been in up until just seconds ago - and frantically began to mash the red emergency button on it. She had the thought to verbally call for help, but was worried that yelling at this point would only serve to startle the woman further in her daze.

“Stupid psyduckin’ kids,” a female verse grumbled as she entered the room, clearly expecting to see some of those same children which had been playing down in the courtyard now playing with the call button of a comatose patient. “You’re not… a child?” The nurse looked confusedly at Rosa, and then turned her attention towards the patient that was now attempting to pull herself up in bed. “Oh… oh!”

The nurse motioned for Rosa to move away from the bed as she hurriedly made her way over to where she’d just been and began to call something over her radio. Rosa backed away, taking a few steps back towards the flowers she’d put out for the woman. The girl looked out the window, and then off into the distance as the smile on her face began to grow wider. “I’ve got to tell Pia… what a beautiful day, indeed.”




“Stupid kids.” Pia grumbled while she stood outside, cleaning up the graffiti on the walls outside of the restaurant she worked at. With her sleeves rolled up and her apron all dirty from the cleaning, you wouldn’t think she won first place in the Hammerlocke contest just a few days ago. Ever since she got fired from her café job, she has been doing the cleaning for the restaurant during the day and spended her remaining time doing odd jobs. Just because she won a contest didn’t mean her life immediately improved. Although Pia would have loved if that were the case… However, one good thing came out of it.

“Pia McGuire won first place at the Hammerlocke contest?! What a twist!” The radio beside Pia sounded. “All media outlets are praising her performance to the heavens. A fitting description for the stage that she had well envisioned.” A second voice joined the in-between show while Pia was waiting for the music to start again. “Have you seen how she looked? No doubt Ruben Sancho is regretting his decisions now as we speak. She even stole my heart.”

The praises kept on going and brought a smirk to Pia’s face. Of course this has not solved everything. There were still media outlets that talked badly of her but the overall opinion had slightly improved.

“I needn’t forget to thank Simon later for persuading me to join after all.”

“Pia? Pia!” Rosa called out, out of breath and flushed as she rushed up to the girl, having finally found her after making a fool of herself by rushing into the building in the same manner first. “Pia, we’ve got to go! The hospital! It’s- now.”

“Now?” Pia repeated quietly. It didn’t strike her at first but when she let the words sink in her eyes widened and her face turned pale. She dropped the cloth she had been cleaning with on the floor together with the bucket of water she had been holding up. They scattered over the ground and the bucket emptied over the just cleaned carpet that had yet to be brought inside. “She’s… awake?” Pia repeated. She could scarcely believe it.

“We need to go. NOW!” Pia hastily took off her apron, threw it to the floor and grabbed Rosa’s hand to start running again.

Rosa looked at the apron, and the hand in her own and the thought ran through her mind for only a second before she was dragged back in the direction she’d come. ‘I wonder if they’ll let her keep working here if we ru-.’

It wasn’t a terribly long distance to go, but having only just run that distance once without going through her morning stretching routine had definitely taken her a bit by surprise. She hadn’t expected to be sprinting around this early in the morning - especially not while trying not to run over the heels of someone else. Pia didn’t seem like the most athletic type, but perhaps it was the fact that she was going to be able to see her mom for the first time in… she wasn’t sure how long, to be honest - but it seemed to have given the girl a fair bit more energy than Rosa felt she would have normally had.

But, the worst part of the journey, regardless of whether she was by herself or with Pia - was most definitely the elevator ride up. She watched Pia repeatedly jab at the button for their floor, paying no attention to the looks that the two were being given by the doctors and nurses that had accompanied them up. The girl had wondered if maybe they should have taken the stairs instead, regardless of whether or not it was practical to run up six flights of stairs at once after having just sprinted halfway across town like their life depended on it.

Pia ran towards the room her mother had occupied for the past month and stood in front of it. Now that she was here, she hesitated. Her hand trembled in front of the doorknob while she herself kept staring at it. It took a moment before she shook her head and opened the door, the sight causing her to tear up.

A thin sickly woman with long brown curly hair was glancing outside of the window but looked her way. The bones in her face were clearly visible and her wrists were basically twigs. The month in comatose certainly hadn’t done her well but even despite that, she gave the two girls and the nurses behind them the most radiating smile.

“Hi, sweetie. Is that a friend of yours?”




Rosa watched as the hours ticked by and the clearly exhausted mother was bombarded by her daughter with all the things she’d missed in the short time she’d been under. The girl smiled every so often as the woman glanced over at her, not wanting to show just how uncomfortable she actually was in the situation. Sure, she’d visited the room a couple dozen times by now but… she didn’t belong here. Sure, she’d been introduced fairly early on and had given a proper greeting to the woman she’d been delivering flowers to but… Pia didn’t need her anymore.

The girl slowly began to wring her hands, working up the courage to just come out and say she was going to go ahead on home for the time being. Now that Pia’s mom was awake, she didn’t suppose that either of them really had a reason to stick around the city any longer. Sure, Pia might take some time to stay behind and make sure her mother didn’t slip away again, but… in due time, she’d move on. And that just left her, Rosa, with nowhere to belong once more. The girl’s mind started to wander to all the things that had crossed her mind in the past weeks - and ultimately, she knew. She had to move on.

She had thought about those few words in a few different ways as she drowned out the talking of the family in front of her, trying to distance herself from the situation - after all, it wasn’t like she had anything to offer outside of letting her mom in on all the mukty things she’d done to her daughter before they started living together. But… she had to move on. Whether it was just moving on from competing in contests, moving on from this city and the home she’d been trying to create for herself and Pia, or moving on from the protective hand of Simon - there were still things she had to do… and sitting here wasn’t going to accomplish any of them.

“Hey, I…” Rosa started quietly, trying to slip in behind Pia’s voice as the girl let out a small laugh. The girl retreated, feeling the weight of the situation weighing on her again. ‘I shouldn’t bother them. I’ll just let them be and slip out quietly.’ The girl looked up as she put her hands on the side of the hard plastic chair that had been brought in for her, stockpiling the energy necessary to just leave without causing a scene. And once again, Pia’s mom’s attention had turned towards the girl.

“Your name is Rosa, correct?” The exhausted mother gave Rosa a kind smile. “I heard you changed my flowers everyday and replaced them with fresh ones. You’re truly kind.” While she gave the girl a small chuckle while keeping a fist in front of her mouth, it was clear where Pia’s elegance came from. She was in a hospital bed and, quite frankly, looked like a wreck but she’d still hand out her smiles like candy on a halloween night. “Come closer, there is no reason for you to-”

“Knock, knock.” An effeminate voice echoed into the room from the hall just outside as the door slid open and interrupted the mother. “I understand how exciting it may be for you both to finally see Mrs. McGuire feeling better again, but she has only just woken up and still needs time to rest so that she may properly reacclimate to her current situation.” The nurse quickly made her way over to the machine at the other side of the woman’s bed, jotting something down into a notebook as she glanced up at the numbers. “Her oxygen levels are still low, so we’ll need to give her a mask to help compensate which will make it hard for her to properly carry on a conversation. Forgive me if you feel it’s overstepping, but the doctor feels it’s in the patient’s best interests to not overextend herself so early on into her recuperation.” the woman looked over towards Pia who was already grabbing her stuff and Rosa.

“Yeah, I was just thinking we should leave you for the time being.” Pia spoke quietly.

Rosa looked over at Pia, and then at the girl’s mother whose face seemed to slowly grow a dejected expression. Mrs. McGuire herself knew she needed more rest but it was evident she was happy to see her daughter again.

“You are blessed with daughters like them. They’ve been at your bed every day.” The nurse commented while preparing the oxygen mask she was about to apply. “I’m sure they’ll be back.” She reassured the tired mother who gave her a smile in return and did not attempt to deny the fact Rosa wasn’t actually her daughter. Neither did Pia as walked towards the door and gestured for Rosa to leave as well.

“Please visit me again. You too, Rosa." Mrs. McGuire waved at the two girls.

Rosa nodded and gave a small bow as she gathered up the old flowers she’d pulled from the vase earlier in the day. They’d been without water for some time, but she’d been bringing the old bouquets back to the house with her in this manner previously to dry out and use as decorations for later. She remembered that for some types, preserving them was as simple as pressing them between the pages of a book, but for others… she wanted to make use of the oven while she still had the chance.

The two girls walked - much more calmly this time - back the way that they’d came across the floor. Rosa glanced over at Pia a few times, trying to judge how the girl was feeling while staring at her back. “I’m happy for you. You don’t have to stress out about your mom anymore.”

“The stress is only just starting.” Pia sighed. “I haven’t told her about Ruben and she doesn’t know her previous profession was made public. She will also need a place near the hospital so that she can go back for checkups once she’s released.” The girl brushed through her hair as she walked. “Besides, I still need to find out who was the one that went to the media with that story…” Pia seemed to ponder over something and while there was an initial silence, the girl paused and turned to Rosa.

“I’m grateful to you for the past few weeks. I mean that.” She looked at Rosa with a determined look in her eyes and a shimmer that could very well have been the creation of a tear. “Our house in Wedgehurst... Consider that your home as well from now on.” Pia spoke but looked away from her almost immediately after that. “ I’m sure that’s what she would have said just now…” the blonde trainer whispered to herself.

Rosa nodded, a small smile forming on her lips. “Maybe once your mom becomes well enough and we’ve found ourselves with some extra time on our journeys… we can meet up back home and have a celebration. Until then…” the girl looked at the display at the top of the elevator, seeing that they were now nearly halfway back to the ground floor. “I need to deal with a few things… on my own. I need to see how much I’ve grown since the last time we fought,” the girl whispered her final phrase, her thoughts turning towards Simon as her hands clenched into fists. “But I’ll always be…” the girl started, remembering she didn’t have any way to stay in touch with the girl. “If we happen to run into each other along the way until then, know that I’ll always be there to help out if you need it.”

Pia gave Rosa a smile as she felt like this was a goodbye.

But only for now.

Rosa's Party











Memories

CHAPTER 1 - WEDGEHURST & ROUTE 2
GOODBYES, AND HELLO TO A NEW JOURNEY
TROUBLE’S ON THE TRACKS
NAMES AND NIGHTMARES!

CHAPTER 2 - THE SOUTHERN WILD AREA
ENTER THE WILD AREA!
NEW BIKING BIKERS!
THE MYSTERIOUS SHINY POKEMON!
RANGER DANGER! PT.1
RANGER DANGER! PT.2
RANGER DANGER! FINALE!
RED-EYES BLACK-HAT!

CHAPTER 3 - MOTOSTOKE
INN FOR A PENNY, INN FOR A POUND
INN FOR A PENNY, INN FOR A POUND PT.2
SHADY SHOPPING
THE OPENING CEREMONY
THE OPENING CEREMONY PT.2
THE OPENING CEREMONY PT.3
INN WITH THE FAMILY
ALL BETS ON BLACK
LATE NIGHT LULLABIES
SNACK ATTACK!


CHAPTER 4 - ROUTE 3
VS SIMON
VS SIMON PT.2
MYSTERY OF MEW
MYSTERY OF MEW PT.2
WINTER FESTIVAL
A TWO HEADED REFLECTION


CHAPTER 5 - GALAR MINE AND ROUTE 4
DAYDREAM OF MINE
DEVELOPMENT AND MISSED CONNECTIONS
BUGGIN' THE COSMOS


CHAPTER 6 - TURFFIELD
GAMBLE FOR A RUSE
GAMBLE FOR A RUSE PT.2
GAMBLE FOR A RUSE PT.3
IS IT TOO LATE TO APOLOGIZE?
TURRFIELD CONTEST PERFORMANCE
PLANNING AND CHALLENGE
VS MILO
GIRL'S NIGHT OUT
FEAR THE BEGINNING


CHAPTER 7 - ROUTE 5
WORK FOR A PROMISE
WORK FOR A PROMISE PT.2
BUDDING YOUTH
BUDDING YOUTH PT.2
FEAR THE BEGINNING PT.2


CHAPTER 8 - HULBURY
FEAR THE BEGINNING PT.3
VS NESS
VS NESSA PT.2
THE HYPOCRITES' WALTZ
THE HYPOCRITES' WALTZ PT.2
DUPLICITY
DUPLICITY PT.2
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
FEAR THE BEGINNING PT.4


CHAPTER 9 - GALAR MINES NO.2
CIRCLING THE ANSWER
NINE
NINE PT.2
XAN WAS HERE


CHAPTER 10 - MOTOSTOKE
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN
TURN THE PAGE
FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
EACH VERSE TENFOLD
EACH VERSE TENFOLD PT.2
THE LONG WAY AROUND
PRAY RETURN


CHAPTER 11 - WILD AREA
GOING BACK
MUNCHLAX RETRIEVAL
MUNCHLAX RETRIEVAL PT.2
ENDING UNPLANNED
A QUIET STORM
A QUIET STORM PT.2
TIME TO GET CRACKIN
SETTLING IN
CUTTING OUT
TEMPERED
MAKE A WISH
THIS STILL COUNTS AS 11:11 SO WISH AGAIN


CHAPTER 12 - HAMMERLOCKE
CONTEST POST
DANCE OUR CARES AWAY

Rosa's Journal

Simon Dansen
My childhood friend. Absolute idiot. Can't ever get a read on him anymore. Buttface. Always there when I need him. Always there when I least expect him. JERK. Showed me up in battle and evolved his Pokemon before me.

He came to "rescue" me after I coerced Ruben into protecting me in the underground casino. I told him off... and then didn't apologize until much later. He came to wish me a late merry christmas after Ruben gave me his spare room. He reminded me of our promise from before our journey started, and gave me my christmas gift which was a traditional Johtoan kimono and fan - all to prepare me for the upcoming contests. He also told me I should call his mom and dad since they're so worried about us both now that we're gone, but... I'll figure it out later.

Jasper
An ex-classmate. He took my bait and threw me for a loop when we were fighting a group of Munchlax together. Not as bad a guy as I thought. Because of him, I have to re-evaluate my notes on everyone else just in case. I'm interested in trying a different approach with him when next we meet.

Helped out a wrongfully arrested girl. Really smart. Observant. Kind, but doesn't like to show it. Isn't a terrible cook.

Charles the Biker
An eccentric, but strong man. Indulges in bad puns. Love for bikes. We left on good terms.

Nat the Ranger
A doting older brother to several sisters. A strong trainer who follows their duty. Only spent a day with them. Not sure if I want to meet again or not since I stole a broken styler from his scene of investigation. We left on good terms, I think? Unless he notices that something's missing.

Budew Girl
Never got her name. Apparently she's a challenger like the rest of my classmates. Comes from a family of Budew fanatics. They breed Budew in their hometown and journey around with all three forms of it. She seems endearing. It might be interesting to meet her again in the future. As long as she's not being accused of theft, that is.

Achille Béringer
Rich kid. Pays his debts. Is keen on rich kid things. Doesn't seem much different from how he was in school, but still need to reevaluate.

Melody Argent
Cute and kind. She keeps to herself kind of like I do. Loves music. Feels similar to Simon. Still need to reevaluate because of interactions with Jasper. Kind of maybe, possibly, a small amount of a badass. Finger guns - super corny. Don't harp on the idea of being in contests. If that culty stuff doesn't get figured out by the time we come back to Motostoke, I'll have to remember to find her around town. She's much more attuned to pop culture than I am.

AAAAAHHH! We did so much in Turffield, and even more just after! I still can't believe that she wont that contest and made it look so... so easy! She's just, like, wow. I still don't know what to do with all of my thoughts, but after that delivery we did together especially I just. Wowee. Jeez.

The Family // Damien(?)
Not the family himself, I don't think. I still haven't got his name or what role he really plays in all this. He's a shady motherpsyducker - pardon my Kalos. I still don't know how much of the stuff I've gone through in Motostoke has been orchestrated by him, but for the moment I'm not planning to try anything. I still don't know enough about him to make any real guesses. The longer that I stay around this town, the further behind the veil that I see. I'm scared even to go to sleep at night so long as I'm here. They have eyes... everywhere.

Buggy Simon

Some kind of freak of nature. I guess he understands Pokemon in some way that I can't; like, he understands what they're actually trying to say when they speak? Kind of cool, but also weird. Him and Simon used to hang out every once in a while at school. He knows about my "secret styler".

Valerie

An absolute ray of sunshine and happiness. She's also a streamer, and earns enough money from it to show it off. Not put off by literal ghosts. Has some kind of dream of meeting Mew.

Aeliana Kekoa

Alolan dance girl. She's supposed to teach me sometime. Pretty much just how I remembered her in school. I didn't get to spend much time with her when we all hung out. Didn't seem too bothered by the ghosts.

Pia McGuire

Pia... definitely is afraid of literal ghosts. I had a few choice words for her, but... after we saw Jirachi, it just felt like the time had passed, so I gave up. She's seen me without my mask, so next time we meet up is probably going to be awkward.

Haleigh Windsor

A friend of Melody's. I intentionally ran into her after failing to catch up with Melody, due to the addition of Haleigh. We had a short battle, and then made a promise for drinks with Melody after I urged her to drag the girl along with her to the contest in Turffield. She seems quite naive, so I may be able to get some more use out of her as long as I stay true to her persona. She's battle hungry, the same as Simon, but her Pokemon are still a little lacking - that coming from someone who still has no idea what she's doing here herself. She might end up being a good sparring partner in the future since she knows a little of what I've got and we're on relatively equal footing.

Mother Priscilla

The leader of the Turffield Sisterhood. I thought at first she was just an escort, but once we got to their hideout, I slowly started to realize what she really was. She's an incredibly dangerous woman who has no trouble pulling a gun on important people or those that she may need. There's still too much I don't know about what's going on to get a good grasp on what her and Damien's goals are, but given what I've already seen I really could do without finding out.

Ruben Sancho

Truth be told, I hadn't cared for Ruben when we went to school together. I thought he was your average rich celebrity who was forced into something he didn't really want to be a part of. After getting involved with the family and finding myself in that gambling hall, and then finding Ruben there as well, I felt that my suspicions were true. I had no second thoughts about what I was going to drag him in to. But as time went on, I found myself feeling more and more regretful with each time that he said Pia's name. And then because of me, news about him and Pia got out before either of them were likely ready to go public. And after all that, Simon attacked him out of the blue... but even after all that, he still offered me a free room at the local hotel. I already apologized to him about Simon, and about lying to get him to go with me. But, I should apologize again. He's not as bad of a guy as I thought he was.

Outfits

Spoiler: Here be a number of large images






Inventory

Spoiler:
Turffield Badge
Hullbury Badge
Motostoke Badge
5 pokeballs
3 great balls
Some Amount of Potions
Notebook and Pen
Galarian Pokédex V. 8
Rosa's ATC
Old Rod
Simon's Knit Wooloo Sweater
Rotom Brand Electric Bike
Wishing Piece
Pokemon Styler
Blackspear Industries Job License
Odd Incense
Lagging Tail
Revival Herb
Kimono and Fan
TR Curse
Peculiar Pinwheel
Matching Promise Pendant
Life Orb
Knife
Souvenir eeveelution cups
Wishing star
Note from Xan
Books
Tavi hotline
Spell Tag
Dragon Scale
Roller skates
Old Trucker Hat
Bellossom Cosplay
TR Rain Dance
TR Flamethrower

gimmepie

Age 26
Male
Australia
Seen 7 Hours Ago
Posted 1 Day Ago
23,514 posts
9.5 Years


Indra (Male, Swift Swim) - Rain Dance, Hypnosis, Bubblebeam, Double Slap, Earth Power, Refresh
Stampede (Male, Poison Point) - Hydro Pump, Smokescreen, Twister, Focus Energy, Dragon Breath, Icy Wind
Holo (Female, Lightning Rod) - Thunderbolt, Thunder Wave, Spark, Howl, Flame Burst, Flash

Vessel (Female, Dry Skin) - Fury Cutter, Absorb, Poison Powder, Spore, Rain Dance, Protect
Lancer (Male, Dry Skin) - Taunt, Revenge, Sucker Punch, Poison Jab, Rain Dance, Toxic


Inventory:
- ATC
- Expensive PokeGear
- Pokedex
- 800 Poke (On ATC)
- TM Icy Wind
- TM Flash
- Wishing Star
- TM Protect
- TM Rain Dance


Badges:
CATHERINE CARLISLE
Overheated
Aside from odd, reluctant, trips to the beaches of Alola or tourist cities in Kalos and Unova, Catherine had spent the first 16 years of her life in the chilly Wyndon climate. The next two she’d spent in Wedgehurst for the school which wasn’t that much warmer really. No amount of research could have prepared her for the hellscape she was now experiencing.

Route 6 was a desert. Scorching sands made for slow progress on foot and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky to protect Catherine from the overbearing heat. Then at night, the intense heights of the temperature would abruptly be replaced with bone chilling cold and she’d huddle with her team in her tent for warmth. She had known that would happen but, even still, it was a shock to her system.

Catherine was on her third day of desert travel now. It wouldn’t be too much longer before trudging through the ocean of sand was replaced by the even greater challenge of climbing across dry, rocky crags. The challenge of moving through such a brutal environment would not dissuade her from training though.

A rain cloud hung overhead, helping manage the oppressive heat just a little. Catering stood in the middle of the out-of-place downpour, managing three different training exercises. To her left, Indra was struggling to try and match his Bubblebeam’s power output to Stampede’s Hydro Pump. The rain was of no use in bridging the gap seeing as both benefited from it. In a little while, they would switch to a game of tag and Stampede would try to tag Indra whose Swift Swim would make him much faster.

To her right, Lancer and Vessel doing strength and endurance training. Vessel would try to hold Protect against an onslaught from the Toxicroak for as long as possible, then try to increase the power of their Fury Cutter in retaliation. Lancer would try to break the Protect ever sooner and then attempt to dodge the Fury Cutters without retaliating.

The third training exercise was a solo endeavour for Holo, and that was where most of Catherine’s focus was at that moment. Eventually, she wanted to have the Electrike join the group sparring again, but she had to regain her confidence first. Every time she faced down another Pokemon, she started to quake with fear. Catherine wouldn’t force her to battle at all if she didn’t want to, but Holo was determined to. So, for the time being, Catherine was working on her basics with her. She hoped that seeing a general increase in her aim, dodging and power would benefit her greatly.

Catherine had spent that morning amassing a small collection of rocks. Sometimes she would throw them at Holo and have the Electrike dodge, other times she would toss them away and have her attempt to shoot the small projectiles out the air. Then, Holo would attempt to release ever more impressive Thunderbolts for a while before cycling back to dodging practice.

Catherine and Holo were on the third part of that cycle now. Holo was repeatedly discharging torrents of electricity into the empty desert. The attack was lacking a little in consistency. It was never weak, but sometimes Holo seemed to be able to push out particularly impressive bolts compared to the others. Those moments seemed to fuel the Electrike’s motivation further. Teaching her the powerful TR had been intended to increase her confidence anyway, the fact she could sometimes produce such an impressive blast was icing on the cake.

“Keep it up, Holo!” Catherine encouraged, “This is another really good one, let’s see how long you can sustain it.”

If she was being honest with herself, Catherine was exhausted. While she wasn’t physically doing any training herself, keeping up the energy she was for Holo and the rest of the team’s morale was starting to take a toll. Keeping track of three different training regimens wasn’t easy either. Not to mention, the lack of sleep early mornings (to avoid the worst of the heat) and late nights in the deathly cold (to research) was causing.

Regular use of Rain Dance during training was at least mitigating some of the heat, but the rainy areas didn’t really move from where they were created, so they were doing little to help with the travel in the long run. Besides, Catherine made a point of alternating her team around while walking so they, at least, could enjoy a reprieve from the heat and only half of them could make it rain anyway.

Now, watching Holo struggling to keep up her Thunderbolt, she was becoming aware that she was having trouble keeping focus. Her head was swimming and she felt queasy. She was barely even aware of the training going on to either side of her now until she forcibly redirected her attention in either direction.

After three days of this routine, with several more ahead, it was becoming evident to Catherine that she was going to have to shorten training sessions. Perhaps do multiple smaller sets through the day instead of dedicating hours in the mornings. She had hoped that doing training in the mornings would help them beat the worst of the heat, but the desert climate very quickly shifted from tolerable, to uncomfortable, to borderline immolation.

Catherine’s vision blurred a little and she squinted against the combined light of electricity and the sun refracting through the rain. Something felt off, but she couldn’t quite pick it out with her head all scrambled. Not until the slight movement of the sand ahead became much more pronounced.

“Holo watch out!”

The warning came too late as the sand exploded upwards, the enormous purple frame of an insectoid Pokemon with a concertina body and massive, sharp pincers rising out of the dirt. There was no time to stop Holo’s attack. The Thunderbolt struck the Drapion with a thunderous sound, knocking it back.

Holo cancelled the attack immediately, but the ferocious bug was already looking her way. Holo froze in place, shaking from head to toe. A strangled yelp came from her throat, but she couldn’t even bark out some sort of apology. This was too similar to the Scolipede.

Catherine swore to herself, reaching for Holo’s ball so she could return the Electrike to safety. But the sudden movement made her head spin, and her shaking fingers fumbled with the device. The ball dropped into the sand at Catherine’s feet and her eyes instinctively followed it. The spinning got worse. This was very bad.

She knelt down for the ball, even as the Drapion started rushing forward towards the frozen Holo. She would never get the Electrike back into her ball in time.

The Drapion’s claws glowed a toxic purple as it loomed up over Holo… and a momentous blast of water rocketed it backwards again, sending it tumbling onto the wet sand.

Stampede surged forward, bounding on the end of his tail, and placed himself between Holo and the Drapion. He snorted angrily, glaring daggers at the beast who had dared target Holo over an accident.

Catherine tried to give a command, but her voice cracked and she got little more than a croak out. When had her throat gotten that hoarse?

The Drapion rose up and made to move forwards again, but before it got more than a step Stampede attacked again. The Seadra was relentless, striking with a Hydro Pump that knocked the much larger Pokemon clean off its feet again.

With a scream of rage, the Drapion leapt up again, dashing forwards with renewed anger and vigor. Stampede didn’t so much as flinch, blasting it with a third Hydro Pump. Only this time, the attack was immediately followed up by a Bubblebeam from Indra and a Revenge punch into its side from Lancer.

Even though each of them was far smaller than the Dark type, the Drapion’s rage quickly abated as it decided that it was staring down a fight it wasn’t going to win. Stampede hopped forwards once and the Drapion turned and scampered away. Catherine watched it go, neither Stampede not Lancer moving from their defensive position while Indra turned to check on Holo.

Even in her miserable state, it was a heartwarming display of camaraderie. Catherine made to stand up and join them, but the violent vortex consuming the inside of her head had other ideas. She’d barely made it out of her crouch when another aggressive bout of dizziness hit and she flopped back down into a seated position on the sand.

Vaguely, Catherine was aware of a prodding in her side. She turned her head slowly, seeing Vessel looking up at her blankly, head tilted. Catherine smiled at the Parasect.

“I think it might be time for a break.”


RPWLA&MBattle ServerDaily

Foxrally

Age 23
ya boi
a Torterra's back
Seen 7 Hours Ago
Posted 1 Day Ago
2,717 posts
8.6 Years
Simon Pearburgh
Vivillon ♀
Tackle | Stun Spore | String Shot | Poison Powder | Gust | Powder
Friend Guard
Burmy ♂
Protect | Hidden Power (water) | Electroweb
Shed skin
Snom ♀
Powder Snow | Mirror Coat | Struggle Bug | Icicle Spear
Ice Scales
Nevermeltice (held)
Princess ♀
Electroweb | Spider Web | Fury Cutter | Beat Up | Absorb | Thunder Wave
Swarm
Metal Flower Crown (held)
Larvesta ♂
Flame Charge | String Shot | Ember | Morning Sun | Flame Wheel | Leech Life
Flame Body
Heat Rock (held)
Anorith ♂
Dig | Water Gun | Smack Down | Aqua Jet | Rapid Spin | X-Scissor
Swift Swim

Spoiler: Inventory
ATC
Nevermeltice
*
held by Snom

Heat Rock
*
held by Larvesta

Metal Flower Crown
*
held by Princess

Luxury Ball
Caterpie's Pokeball
Bug Net
Shell shard
A LOT of cinnamon buns
Spewpa Plushie
Fanart of Simon
Heracross Knight Comics
Piers & Marnie Album
Mew Book
Badges: 3
Grass badge
Water badge
Fire badge

Spoiler: Memories
~ NPC LIST ~
--- Wedgehurst ---
#1 - Caterpie joins the team!
#2 - The Mail Thief, pt. 1
#3 - The Mail Thief, pt. 2
#4 - Meet Sachiko
#5 - Train Battle!
--- Southern Wild Area ---
#6 - Burmy joins the team!
#7 - Snom joins the team!
#8 - Meet Raphael
#9 - Spirits Entombed
#10 - Meet Ruben
#11 - Suited Men Encounter!
--- Motostoke ---
#12.1 - Stadium Entrance [MEGA JP]
#12.2 - Opening Ceremony [MEGA JP]
#12.3 - New Beginningd [MEGA JP]
#13 - Motostoke Gym Mission
#14 - VS Kabu
#15 - Lunch with Sachi
#16 - Joining Blackspear
#17 - A Mysterious Egg
--- Route 3 ---
#18 - Meet Rosa
#19 - VS Rosa
#20 - Christmas Delivery
#21 - VS Catherine
--- Galar Mine 1 & Route 4 ---
#22 - Meet Aurora
#23 - Joltik joins the team!
#24 - Meet Pia
#25 - VS Oleana
#26 - Ferrothorn Rescue
--- Turffield ---
#27 - Blackspear Delivery
#28 - Turffield Gym Mission
#29 - VS Milo
#30 - Calling home
#31 - An Unexpected Interruption
#32 - VS Sachi, Rematch
#33 - Contest Date
#34 - Larvesta joins the team!
--- Route 5 ---
#35 - On the road again
#36 - Meet Jasper
#37 - VS Jasper
#38 - The young inventor
#39 - Meet Valerie
#40 - The Wishiwashi Squad!
--- Hulbury ---
#41 - Breaking & Entering pt. 1
#42 - Breaking & Entering pt. 2
#43 - Happy Birthday Raphael
#44 - Hulbury Gym Mission
#45 - VS Nessa pt. 1
#46 - VS Nessa pt. 2
#47 - VS Tristan
#48 - Heartbreak
--- Galar Mine 2 ---
#49 - Blackspear Security
#50 - A Power Boost
#51 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 1
#52 - Black Suits in the mines pt. 2
--- Motostoke (Revisit) ---
#53 - VS Kabu, Rematch
#54 - A point to prove
#55 - VS Catherine, Rematch
#56 - Strength
#57 - Blackspear Mission Briefing
--- Northern Wild Area ---
#58 - Meet Xan
#59 - Psychic Testing
#60 - Reconciliation
#61 - Teambuilding
#62 - The calm before the storm
#63 - The Pinsir Mission
#64 - Fighting back
#65 - One last hope
#66 - For better or for worse
--- Hammerlocke ---
#67 - Fatherly advice
#68 - Common ground
#69 - VS Nigel?
#70 - The Plan
#71 - Hammerlocke contest
#72 - Birthday surprise
--- Route 6 ---
#73 - Training
Aeliana Kekoa
Tampa
Fiesta
Mahina
Clara
Jet
Elia
Scuttle
Tiger
Kaeo
Kana

Spoiler: Inventory
Pokédex
ATC
Badges: 3
Grass badge
Water badge
Fire badge
Route 6 - Desert

Stepping out onto Route 6 had made Aeliana realize one thing. It was hot. It was very, very hot. The sun was high overhead, beating down on the Alolan’s back as she trudged along the dusty, desert trail led away from Hammerlocke and towards the cliffside town of Stow-on-Side. Even having experienced the wild and unpredictable weather patterns of the Wild Area twice, the blue-haired Alolan had found herself taken aback by how quickly the weather patterns and environments of Galar seemed to shift.

“Maybe I should have taken Jacques up on that ride after all,” Aeliana muttered as she absent-mindedly kicked a pebble acrossing the barren mountain path.

The agency had been kind enough to offer the trainer a ride to Stow-on-Side when they found out she was departing from Hammerlocke. Aeliana had to admit, it was a bit of a tempting offer, especially when they had described the trek she was about to be making towards said town. But Aeliana had decided against it, reminding them that she was still a challenger after all and that journeys such as this one are a challenge in and of themselves.

She glanced down at her side, Mahina doing everything in her power to keep up with the trainer. A look of concern graced the bluenette’s face.“Are you sure you don’t wanna ride in your ball? I know you’re not fond of it, but…” The Clefairy looked up at the trainer, her cheeks puffing out as she shook her head in response to Aeliana’s suggestion. The Alolan sighed before offering the pink Pokémon a weak smile. “Have it your way, then…” she paused as she felt a small rustle in her back, the egg within her backpack shaking more and more everyday. It most likely wouldn't be long now before the egg would hatch and the very thought of that was enough to fill Aeliana with excitement over the prospect of what could be inside.

After the egg paused in its rustling, Aeliana shifted her focus back to the road ahead. “Tapu Koko, what I wouldn’t kill for some shade or a pond or… anything…”

As if the deity itself were listening to the trainer, lavender eyes suddenly widened as she turned the next bend. Coming into sight was not only a healthy tree full of lush vegetation, but a small brook as well! Aeliana couldn’t believe her luck, and she found herself pinching her own cheek in an attempt to see if she was dreaming all this up or not. By some act of Arceus, the scene around her never shifted in the slightest bit. The sight of it all was enough for Aeliana to find a new spring in her step as she threw all forms of hesitation into the trash and made a hasty walk towards the shallow pool.

"Well then- long time no see, Aeliana!" a familiar voice suddenly called out, from seemingly out of nowhere. Aeliana stopped, slowly looking around for where the voice was coming from. She was the only one out and about in the area… Well, except for one in particular. Aeliana cast her gaze downward towards her Clefairy. Mahina had a confused look on her face, her small nose scrunched up as she searched for the source of the outburst herself.

As she looked around some more, she suddenly heard something land on the ground behind her - turning around again, she was now face to face with Simon. The bug catcher was holding onto a thick line of web, connected to the cliff above them and wrapped around his arm like a harness. Perched on his hat and shoulders were his bug-type Pokemon, and the trainer grinned as he took off a makeshift string-shot mask. "What a coincidence it is, finding you here! Sorry if I confused you."

"Oh! Alola, Simon!" the bluenette greeted with a nervous grin. In a way, she was relieved it was the bug trainer, but at the same time, she was a bit concerned that he’d noticed her immediate reaction. He hadn't possibly seen her start to think that her Clefairy had suddenly learned to talk… had he?

"It's been a while! What's up?" Aeliana inquired, quickly carrying the conversation away from that point.

"It has! Glad to see you're feeling better since the mines." Simon said. "I was just taking a rest from the heat up there." He pointed towards the cliff above, which was slanted towards them, and where he'd built a strange sort of lookout with spider webs and string shots. "There's some water here too, but I wouldn't recommend drinking it- almost got bitten by a Relicanth earlier."

Aeliana whistled as she looked at Simon's handy work. She had to admit that she was impressed. "You're getting really handy with your bug gang, huh? Pretty soon you're gonna be skipping the store and making your own clothes, ya know?"

"Where do you think I've been getting my socks from? Vivillon's got a pretty good fashion sense." Simon laughed. "But yeah, me and the team have been training a lot since we last met."

A glint suddenly appeared in the boy's eye. "And I'm itching to show it off! I’m challenging you to a battle, Kekoa!" he pointed at Aeliana dramatically.

Aeliana stared at the boy in front of her, finding it impossible for her to fight off the grin that had formed on her lips from Simon's animated display. She felt a rustling coming from within her bag, the egg starting to shake a bit more as if reacting to the sound of Simon's voice.

"Alright, I think I've got time for a battle!" Aeliana determined. "Let's get to it!"

The two trainers dropped their stuff off in the shade and moved - as Simon had insisted - back into the harsh sunlight to begin their battle. The bug catcher explained the rules, “We’ll do a simple 1v1, whichever Pokemon stays up the longest wins. And the loser has to go to refill both our water bottles and avoid that snapping Relicanth.” he added with a smirk.

Aeliana gazed up in the direction of where Simon had described said water source to be. If anything, this just gave her motivation to make sure she pulled out ahead in the end. The climb and the Relicarth were both very unappealing today.

"You're on then, bug-boy!" Aeliana exclaimed with glee. She took hold of one of her poké balls, deciding to go with Kaeo for this battle. "Let's go, K-"

Before the blue-haired trainer could finish calling out her Cubone, the sound of another poké ball opening caught her attention. Jet had sprung himself free from his own ball. The Hitmontop quickly placed himself between his trainer and Simon, a smirk on his mouth as he taunted the bug specialist to send out a Pokémon.

Simon raised his eyebrows and Vivillon let out a squeak as the two recognized the Pokemon from Aeliana’s contest show. “Hitmontop, huh? Good pick, but let me tell you- you won’t be dancing around this battle!” he called out, reaching into his leg pocket, “Burmy, you’re up!”

As he fished his hand out, the gray shape of the bagworm Pokemon emerged, latching onto his arm and using it as a swing to launch himself forward, before landing in front of Jet with a squeak. The bug had shed his usual fuzzy coat and looked rather bare on the sand- but it didn’t seem to deter him, as he stood on his hind legs and mimicked the Hitmontop's pose back at it.

“Since you sent out your Pokemon first, it’s only fair I let you attack first as well. Show me your best, Aeliana!” Simon crossed his arms expectantly.

Jet stared down at the tiny bug Pokémon, his arms crossed over his chest. This was going to be his opponent? The Hitmontop was fairly certain that he could accidentally squash him if he wasn't careful… and unfortunately, careful usually meant boring.

"Alright, Jet! Focus Energy!" Aeliana called out. The Hitmontop took a deep breath and began to focus his mind. It looked as if she wanted to end this quickly… at least, that's how Jet saw it.

“Building up power? Fair enough- too bad it won’t be of use! Burmy, Hidden Power!” Simon commanded. Burmy’s eyes flashed blue and several orbs of water appeared around him, circling for a moment before firing off one by one at Jet.

"Jet, go for a Rolling Kick!" Aeliana called out.

Jet dashed towards the Burmy, wincing as the watery orbs splattered into him along the way. He managed to shake them off for the most part before sending a spinning kick aimed straight at the small bug.

“Protect, then use our secret strategy!” Simon called out. Before Jet’s kick could connect, a white barrier appeared in front of Burmy, and the Hitmontop’s foot clanged against it like an invisible wall, sending him backwards as he kept spinning. Then, before the Pokemon even landed on the ground, Burmy flung his head appendage forward and latched onto Jet’s leg, the spinning motion causing it to wrap around Jet’s entire body.

Jet stared down in annoyance at the bug. He grunted and groaned, managing to pry one hand free before he reached down and tried to pry the Burmy off and away from him.

With the Hitmontop fully lassoed in, Simon called out, “Now, spin him!” Burmy squeaked and pulled his head back, and began to forcefully spin the hitmontop the other way around as the long appendage unwrapped itself, sending Jet back towards Aeliana like a spinning toy. “And Hidden Power while it’s confused!” Simon finished off the maneuver, as Burmy fired off a few more water orbs at his opponent.

Jet smirked as he dodged water orbs in his direction mid-spin. It was an expression that seemed to be mirrored by Aeliana as well. It was going to take more than spinning in the wrong direction to throw him off the target and send this battle into Simon’s favor.

“Jet, Rapid Spin!” Aeliana called out. Without missing a beat, the Hitmontop hopped back down onto his head and began to twist and turn, his body starting to resemble a cyclone as he whirled and weaved towards Simon’s Burmy. The spinning Hitmontop zipped his way towards the small bug, before suddenly stopping just short of smaller Pokémon. “Now, Triple Axel!”

Before the Protect barrier could go up, Burmy was slammed by the first ice-powered kick, staggering him, then the second, which kicked him into the air, and then finally the third, which sent the bug flying backwards towards Simon. The bug catcher clenched his fist, “Burmy! You okay?”

Burmy squeaked in response, coughing out some sand but still getting back on his feet. Simon nodded, realizing that spinning a Hitmontop likely wasn’t the best idea. “Let’s pin him down with Electroweb, then!” he called out, as his Pokemon fired off an electrified net at Jet’s legs.

“Another Rapid Spin, Jet! Then follow it up with a Tackle!” Aeliana called out.

The scrappy Pokémon once more began to spin about on his head like a top. He nimbly weaved about the electrified web, picking up speed as he twirled his way towards Simon’s Burmy. As he neared his target, the Hitmontop suddenly pushed himself up with his hands, before launching himself at the smaller bug with a loud battle cry.

Burmy took the brunt of the attack again, tumbling backwards and rolling on the ground. “You got this! Don’t give up!” Simon called out as the bug rose to his feet again, much worse for wear than his opponent. “Hidden Power!”

Burmy squeaked and summoned three more orbs of water, though they seemed much more unstable than before. With a grunt of effort, he fired them at Jet again.

Jet rolled his eyes at the sight. Was this the next big challenge he had to face? He thought that someone who specializes in bugs would have something stronger like maybe a Heracross or a Pinsir. The Hitmontop didn't even wait for his trainer to give out another command. He quickly closed the gap, effortlessly weaving between the orbs of water, as he dashed up towards the Burmy and sent another spinning, Rolling Kick in the direction of his face.

A white shimmering barrier automatically appeared in front of Burmy as the bug prepared to Protect from the attack, before Simon called out to him. “Remember, Burmy - a hundred percent!” the trainer said, looking the bug in the eye. “No holding back!”

Burmy looked at Simon for a split-second then back at his opponent, watching Jet’s incoming attack… and dropped the protect barrier. Squeaking in determination, he met the fighting-type’s kick with a tackle of his own, throwing his body against it - before being flung back by the force of the attack anyway, landing on the ground with a crash.

“Jet, we’ve got him on the ropes! Let’s finish it!” Aeliana commanded. “One more Triple Axel!”

Jet let out an affirmative grunt. His eyes narrowed as began to dash towards the recovering Burmy, before leaping and landing on his head-spike. A quick triple spin was performed, all the while one of his legs seemed to take on a frosty, chilling coat of ice. With the foot prepared, he charged forward and took aim at Simon’s Burmy. A menacing smirk came to the fighting Pokémon’s mouth. And as he brought his leg down on the bug…

A white light encompassed Burmy’s body, then suddenly burst away like a cocoon, blinding the Hitmontop for a second. As he reopened his eyes… he noticed the kick had hit nothing.

“YEAH, MY MAN!” Simon and Vivillon cheered as the fluttering shape of a Mothim flew out of the dust cloud, having barely avoided the attack.

Burmy evolved!

Mothim ♂️
Tinted Lens
Protect - Electroweb - Hidden Power - Confusion - Gust - Quiver Dance

Mothim let out a buzzing cry as he flapped his wings, blasting the dust cloud Jet had kicked up with a powerful Gust, pushing the fighting-type back and blowing the sand away. He glared at the Hitmontop tauntingly, motioning for him to bring it on.

Jet grunted, regaining his balance as he looked towards the newly evolved Mothim. Aeliana felt a smile come to her lips. Looks like she didn't have to worry about holding back now! "Jet, Triple Axel!"

Simon scrambled for his Pokedex and fished it out of his pocket to check Mothim's status- his Pokemon had learned not one, but three new moves! Reading off the list, he called out, "Quick, use Quiver Dance!"

Mothim buzzed as a shimmering light enveloped his body and he dodged the Ice Kick expertly, leaving a white afterimage of himself behind as he danced around Jet Erratically. "Now Gust again!" Mothim appeared behind Jet in a flash and flapped his wings again, buffeting the fighting-type with wind and sand.

Jet staggered forward before hopping onto his head and starting to spin around rapidly. The Hitmontop was determined that he was not going to be outsped or overpowered by this bug. He quickly whirled around behind the Mothim before hopping up with intent to deliver a sharp, Rolling Kick.

The attack collided with the bug's main body and pushed him back slightly- though with the greater resistance from his new type, he quickly corrected course and dove back towards the Hitmontop, and his eyes began to glow. Moments later Jet's body was encased in a similar blue glow, and his spinning stopped against his will.

Simon cheered and threw his arm out, "Alright, Mothim! Let's show him some payback with Confusion!"

The winged bug squeaked as he lifted Jet's body up in the air with the psychic power, before throwing him backwards- spinning like a ragdoll again, mimicking his maneuver from earlier.

Jet let out a wail as he went sailing towards a nearby rock formation. The Hitmontop slammed into it at max velocity, kicking up a dense fog of dust and debris. Aeliana winced at the sight. The blue-haired trainer wasted no time in quickly rushing towards her Pokémon's side.

"Jet..? Jet, are you okay?" the Alolan asked. She watched as the Hitmontop grunted, his face down in the dirt with scuffs and and a few bruises on his body. He slowly brought himself to his knees, breath quick as he tried to regain his composure. Aeliana offered Jet a weak smile, gently patting him on the shoulder before returning her attention to Simon and his Mothim. "Good battle, but I think we should call it here."

Simon's eyes grew wide for a moment. "W-we won…? WE WON?!" he echoed in disbelief, before throwing his fist in the air triumphantly. "YES!" his bugs cheered in unison as he charged at Mothim to give him a running, jumping hug. "You did amazing out there, I knew you'd never give up!" he exclaimed, "That's the guy I was looking for!"

Mothim let out a muffled wheeze and Simon realized he was hugging the bug a little too tight. Letting go of the bug and laughing, he looked at Aeliana and her Pokemon with a grin, "You two have us one hell of a battle! Your Hitmontop's super tough, so I gotta thank you for helping Burmy evolve."

Aeliana offered Simon a nod. "It wasn't the plan, but I'm glad for you both! You two really know how to pull things off at the last minute! You definitely earned that win!"

Jet's eyes stayed focused on the ground as Simon and Aeliana continued to chat about the battle. His hands started shaking. He'd... lost…? There's no way he'd lost! It was in the bag! He was supposed to be stronger now! How was still losing every battle?!

A sharp, angry yell echoed out from around the two trainers. Without warning, Jet launched himself at Simon's Mothim. A foot was brought down on the bug's head, effectively separating the Pokémon from Simon. Before anyone could react, the chilling blow of Jet's Triple Axel was then launched at Mothim. The blindsided bug was launched back into the same rock Jet had been thrown into, kicking up dust and shards of stone as it crashed into it.

"MOTHIM!" Simon called out, eyes wide in shock, before running after his Pokemon to check on him.

Vivillon and Snom hopped off and stood in front of Jet, hissing out a threat. Jet stared down at the two Pokémon, absolute hatred filling in his eyes as if demanding that they both stand down. That icy aura began to form around his leg again as the Hitmontop threatened to use his Triple Axel on them both. However, just as he took a step forward, he felt Aeliana's hands wrap around his arms in an attempt to pull him back.

"Jet, stop! That's enough!" the blue-haired trainer called out.

The dust around the rock cleared and Simon was holding his Pokemon in his arms, clutching him with far more concern on his face than Jet’s attack would have warranted. The bug wasn’t hurt too badly; fainted, but safe. He shot Aeliana a glare. “What the psyduck, mate?”

“I… I dunno!” Aeliana stammered out. Her lavender eyes were wide with concern for Simon and his Mothim as Jet still protested in her grasp, trying to pry himself free of the girl all the while. “I… He h-hasn’t done this since…I didn’t know he would act like this!”

“Well learn to control your psyducking Pokemon! He could’ve seriously hurt him, are you psyducking mad?!” Simon spat back. He seemed unnaturally angry at her, and even the rest of Simon’s team were on edge.

"I'm s-sorry… I've been training the-"

"Yeah, my arse!” he yelled, “And what if he’d ended up-” Simon cut himself off suddenly. He exhaled and a pained expression grew on his face, replacing the anger as he forced himself to calm down.

“Yeah, anyway, whatever. I was going to tell you something, but I’m just gonna leave. Thanks for the battle, bye.”

The boy motioned for his Pokemon to follow him as he pulled out a Pokeball and recalled Mothim. Snom and Vivillon cast one final glare at Jet before the latter picked up her teammate and flew off towards Simon, and the bug catcher made an abrupt exit back down the route.

Aeliana felt an eerie chill course through her.

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“Pikaaaaaa! Welcome back, all who are watching and all who are in attendance today, to THE hottest event in Hammerlocke... Struggle Rivals! This is PikaKira, coming at ‘chu’!”

The stadium was packed, filled with an energetic, loud audience. They consisted of battle fanatics, people looking for general Pokemon related entertainment, or fans of the many streamers who had attended tonight. The battle arena was a very large battle arena that rivaled the stage of Hammerlocke’s contest: it had monitors all over the place, so that audience members from the back row could see the action in the arena unfold. There’s a large ramp that connects the stage area, to the heart and center of the arena; which was an elevated battlefield surrounded by coloured rope, making it resemble a large wrestling arena.

It was almost time for another one of Strugglecon’s main events: Struggle Rivals. That meant it was time for Valerie to go head to head against Michael Jameson. Right now, Valerie was preparing herself to go on stage, within the nearby dressing areas. The moment finally alone to herself, brought her some quiet to think about things. She had many things on her mind... Firstly, she was wondering about her battle strategy going in. Should she do what she normally does, or go on with a new approach?

Then, there was LunaBeam. She was sure to be there, because she was going to be one of the battle commentators for the event - but Valerie couldn’t help but still think about LunaBeam’s true colours. Aside from her betrayal, she wondered, what would the rest of her fans think of her if they found out? That scene she listened to a few hours ago relived in her head. It was surreal - so much so, that she almost couldn’t believe it. The trust she had with her was shattered, and doubt swelled within her, like a rising hot air balloon. She loved her friends, but now... she had her doubts. She hadn’t thought of that before, actually. Was it okay, doubting your friends as much as you loved or trust in them? She looked back at that conversation with Haleigh again. She believed in her words, but part of her wondered if she had any hidden motives, wanting to perk her up. She looked at her time with Simon, and while she couldn’t say it back then, she really wondered what Simon had truly thought of her.

Valerie then sighed, finishing glossing her lips with a brazen crimson red lipstick. She then glanced over to her Pokeballs, and held up one, lightly tossing it upwards over and over with her hand. She was now thinking about her Pokemon. What does her own Pokemon think of her, not just as a trainer, but... as someone who’s travelling with them. Was she just a master for them? Or... a friend? She actually dropped her Pokeball as she was juggling with it. When it dropped to the ground, out popped out Flame, who calmly sat on the floor, now exchanging looks with Valerie. The two were silent for fleeting moments. Valerie was cautiously glancing at the ground - it was kind of... awkward for her. But, when she glanced once more away from Flame, Flame jumped on top of the dresser table, and grabbed Valerie’s Demon Queen horn accessory with his teeth. He then promptly placed it on top of Valerie’s head.

Valerie turned back to Flame, adjusting the horns that Flame had quirkily placed on her head; she blinked a couple of times in a slight daze, as Flame calmly looked back at her, with an eventual nod. Eventually, Valerie met Flame’s gaze back with a smile. “Hah, what the heck am I so worried about?” she said. She rose from her chair, still fixated on Flame. “When we first met, I said you gotta believe in yourself, right? And... I gotta believe in myself too, right?” when Flame gave her a nod, that finally did it for Valerie. She finally fixed her horns just right.

“Tommy! Text mode please!” The Rotom that was still inside her phone floated upwards, and carefully landed on Valerie’s hand. Before it was time to go, it was time for a much needed text.

@Valentine: it’s battle time, babe
@Valentine: time for your girl to pounce, rowr
@DanceQueen13: this will b 2 ez 4 u!
@DanceQueen13: make this jerk srry he messed with u!
@DanceQueen13: i wish i could watch but wrk called me in TT__TT
@Valentine: no worries! Go kill it at work, and I’ll be killin’ it here! <33
@Valentine: btw, we tooootes should get a room together when we get to Stow-on-Side~
@Valentine: needs much needed GF time <33
@DanceQueen13: omg yes plz! <3
@DanceQueen13: jst b warned im a cuddler~
@Valentine: I defs need some cuddles after this, aaaaa
@Valentine anywhooo, off I go! Love you Aeli-bae
@Valentine: xoxoxo
@Valentine: ☆⌒ヽ(*'、^*)chu
@DancingQueen13: luv u 2! <33333


She let Rotom go to float around, and glanced back at Flame. “Time for the Demon Queen to take over Strugglecon!”

***

The monitors were currently fixated upon PikaKira, one of the commentators of the battle. “Don’t blink folks, because the action is about to be turned up to 11!” she announced. She was now in the announcer’s table. “I’m joined here with my commentator partner, LunaBeam! LunaBeam, it’s good having you; how do you think things will play out?”

LunaBeam was looking as delightful as she ought to be. “It’s good to be here as well, and such an honour,” she responded. “And um, as for the match itself, I’m for sure looking forward to this one - my good friend Valentine, battling against the famed MichealJameson! I’m very supportive with Valerie, she’s been improving herself everyday, and I look forward on seeing how she fares.”

“Who do you think will come out on top?” PikaKira asks.

“Well, I do think Valentine has a chance, as she gained three badges in Galar,” LunaBeam started. “But it’s said that Micheal has pokemon that has been trained by world class breeders from all around the world. Valentine has the experience, but to be honest, I’m not sure if her Pokemon will stack up against Micheals.”

“Well, that remains to be seen,” PikaKira said with a grin. “As the match is coming up right around the corner!”

”Ladies and Gentlemen!” The monitors were now focused on the center of the stage. ”The following contest is full on match! The winner who knocks out the opposing player’s Pokemon first, will be the WINNERRRR!”



The music blared, and the booing erupted. Soon, from the opposite end of the stage, out came the man himself: Micheal Jameson, accompyied by his bother, Tate, and a few more personnel; perhaps it was his fans, or the breeders had hired, but either way - they were equally not liked. As he walked down the ramp, Michael Then came the pyro effects - blasting upwards, creating loud sounds alike to fireworks, brightening the arena with a flash of cool colours.

“Some call him the pimple on the ass of life…” PikaKira announced. LunaBeam turned to her.

“Erm, do they really?”

“Yeah, I guess they’re allowed to be more creative here.”


“Oh…”
“You got this champ,” When they finally arrived at the center of the area - at the battle ring - Tate cheered his brother on, followed with a quick hi-five. Micheal climbed his way up and through the ropes, and got on a small pedastool that raised him upwards a bit so he could easily oversee the whole battle arena. Finally, he attached himself with a headset that served as something he can speak through the speakers that were stationed all around the area.

“What’s goooood HAMMERLOCKE!” Of course, just because he can, doesn’t mean most people were thrilled to hear from him.

You SUCK, Michael!
Don’t you dare come back to Johto, you dead body filming bastard!

“Feeling the love as always!” Michael retorted. “Now.. I know you guys like, wanna see me beat Valentine’s ass today, but, to be honest, I dunno if she even wants to show up.” Michael was looking back at the time he might of… reminded Valerie of her past struggles. In his mind, now that ‘might of did’, he’s now thinking that Valerie might be too confused or embarrassed to show her face in public.

That was until, more music started to hit.



The arena’s ramp glowed a sinister crimson red, decorated with… eyeballs. The light effects were all for show, clearly, but it left a lasting impression with the audience: it looked so cool, yet so ghoulish and creepy. That’s when Valerie came out. She was wearing her iconic Demon Queen outfit, accompanied by some of her Demon Kingdom followers.

“And there she is! The Daaangerous Demoness herself, the Queen of all Queens… Valerie Amity!” With the announcement from PikaKira, the crowd erupted into cheers - most notably from Valerie’s fanclub, The Little Monsters.

“You can do it, Valerie!” Belle, the president of the fanclub was even watching her from the audience. “All Hail the Demon Queen!”

Finally reached the arena, Valerie lifted herself up, and rolled right inside. She surveyed the crowd, but then her eyes reached the announcer’s table. There she was. LunaBeam. She gazed her focus towards her - Luna saw this, and gave Valerie a friendly enough wave back. It was like Luna went back to being the sweet and friendly person Valerie knew before, but Valerie of course knew the truth. Letting things go for now, Valerie went to her side of the arena, and on top of the rising pedastool where she can forsee the arena. Micheal sneered at her.

“Eyyyy, V-Rain! Thought you weren’t gonna show!” he smirked. “Guess you’re not that predictable after all!”

“The DQ is here to FIGHT,” Valerie proclaimed. “You’re not getting outta this beatdown!”

“Well, look at you all energetic!” Micheal started. “I guess you have come a long way since… y’know. Trying to off yourself back then and all.” The crowd started muttering with each other. The secret was out, now that Micheal has casually said it.

Wait, what did he say?
Demon Queen tried to kill herself before?
She did? I never would of guessed…

“W-Well, that’s a strange turn of events,” PikaKira added, turning to LunaBeam. “Did you know about this, Luna?”

Valerie gave a sharp look at LunaBeam. Luna clasped both of her hands together, giving a moment for herself before giving out a response. “Ahem. I don’t know if… this is appropriate talking about,” she forced out with her breath. “But, yes. It is. It was around the time I first met with Valentine too… let’s just say, things back then weren’t easy for her, and so, you know, I helped her out for a spell.”

Maintaining and improving her own image. Looks like LunaBeam was a master at that. It was tough for Valerie to intervene here; all eyes, including from her own fanclub, were directed at her with mixed reactions. Plus in a way… LunaBeam was telling the truth. Even though that was in the past, in the social world, things like that can stick on to someone forever. Michael shrugged. “I mean, we don’t have to do this battle if you don’t want to, V-Ray!” he suggested. “If you’re feeling uncomfortable and weirded out, we understand! Just pleaaaaaase try and escape those bad thoughts - people love you after all!

The air was indeed pretty uncomfortable for Valerie. Everyone from the Little Monsters fanclub turned and glanced to each other. Even Belle didn’t know what to think of this whole thing... confusion and disarray fell among the audience, until Valerie raised up her arm, and pointed towards the sky. The monitors and cameras were focused upon her, as everyone fell silent. Then after quick inhale and exhale…

“The Demon Queen… WLL NEVER DIE!”

She blurted that out, from the top of her lungs. The audience glanced at each other once more… but before long, the silence was broken up, by the members of the Demon Kingdom, clapping and applauding for Valerie. Eventually, everyone else followed suit. Meanwhile, for a brief moment, LunaBeam became unsettled. Clearly, yet secretly, she wasn’t amused by the crowd’s reaction. Valerie then pointed directly towards Micheal. “Send out your Pokemon!”

Chuckling, Micheal got out one of his pokeballs and clenched it. “Welp, I gave you a chance, so now, I’ll just own this battle!”

“It… It looks like the battle is about to begin!” KiraPika announced, as the crowd cheered on. Micheal threw his pokeball, and sent out his first pokemon that landed upon the arena. A Girafarig. “Michael's first pokemon… is a Girafarig! A Psychic and Normal type pokemon! Will its psychic-type attacks be too much for Valerie?!”

“DQ needs your help, Peko!” Her Morpeko was hiding within Valerie’s robe; she leaped from her hiding spot, and landed on the area to face her foe. Her cheeks started to conduct and spark out electricity, as Girafarig roared and stood on her hind legs, waving her front hooves wildly before she stood on all fours again.

“Valerie’s pokemon is a Morpeko!” PikaKira observed. Smart choice using a Dark-type pokemon against a Psychic type, don’t you think, LunaBeam?!”

“Oh!” LunaBeam snapped out of her brow. “Ah, yes. Looks like Valerie has… a keen grasp on pokemon typing.”

Morpeko vs. Girafarig! Let the battle BEGIN!

6 - 6



“Kay, Peko! Show em’ a Thundershock!” Valerie’s command had Morpeko unleash her Electric attack that spread across the field. Girafarig was agile to dodge the first few strikes, only to be hit and shocked from her blind spot. Quick to keep up the pressure, Valerie then ordered Peko to do a Quick Attack, that knocked Girafarig away before she could recover from that last attack.

“It looks like Valerie’s in control of this match-up!” announced PikaKira. “Morpeko may be small, but it’s fast and sharp attacks can keep any opponent on their toes!”

“Now hit em’ with a Thunder Wave!” to keep up her advantage, Valerie now planned on using one of her signature moves: a move that causes paralysis. At least, that was the plan.

“Hide behind the referee!”

“Wha--”

Valerie couldn’t believe what she heard, and what she witnessed. Michael ordered Girafarig to stand behind the referee that was on the sidelines of the match, making every call. Now, if Valerie were to attack, she was sure to hit the ref as well.

“Stop, Peko!” She decided. Peko eased up on her electrical storing, and backed off. Valerie glared at Micheal. “You lousy-- That’s a dirty trick, you!”

Micheal shrugged. “Ain’t against the rules, now is it?” That set the crowd off, showering him with even louder boos and curses than they did before. “Hol’up on that thought now, people! Use Light Screen!” Girafarig came up from behind the referee to encase herself in a brilliant golden box of light. After this, Micheal promptly returned Girafarig back in her pokeball.

“Farfetch’d!” Micheal then sent out his replacement Pokemon: a Farfetch’d that was only native to Galar. He swung his leek around, before relaxing it upon his shoulder.

“That Farfetch’d looks ready to go!” PikaKira commented. “As a Fighting-type to boot, it’s a smarter choice against Morpeko!”

Peko glanced back at Valerie, having her with an annoyed, yet determined expression, it was all too clear what she was thinking. “I know you don’t wanna lose, especially to dirty tactics like that,” Valerie said to her. “Kay, use Thundershock!” Adapting to the change, Peko unleased her Thundershock once more, only to be partly blocked by that same light barrier that Micheal’s Girafarg put up a brief moment ago.

“That’s AWESOME! Er-- what is that now?”

“Light Screen is a move that reduces the moves from special attacks by half,” LunaBeam explained. “And it lingers for a while, even after the pokemon that used it is switched out.”

“Brutal Swing!” Yelled Micheal, having Farfetch’d use his leek to unleash a flurry of swipes towards Peko. Peko jumped and leaped each swipe at first, until it was decked by the last attack from Farfetch’d, after Farfetch’d predicted her movements. Another command from Micheal had his Farfetch’d attack with a clean Karate Chop, striking Peko down while she was on the ground. Peko was blown away a few feet, and when she finally hit the ground, she laid there, unable to keep moving.


Morpeko is unable to battle!

5 - 6

“You did great, Peko, rest, mmkay?” Valerie promptly returned Peko back inside her Pokeball. The cheering from her fans remained strong; they encouraged her to don’t give in, because the battle was only getting started.

“Heeey, but that Morpeko did aight,” Michael seemingly complimented. “What, just caught it a while ago?”

“We met at the Wild Area,” Valerie replied. “And we promised to share loads of berries together with our pals!”

“Pfft, some pals,” Michael scoffed. “Real talk, how do you even know that your pals even like you? Like, you’re famous. They can use you for clout, y’know?”

Valerie didn’t answer, but instead, released her next pokemon - a process in which she threw her pokeball up in the air, and when the ball opened up, the energy materialized into a pokemon that stood on top of one of the arena’s corner turnbuckles. That pokemon, was her Timburr, Captain. He was donning his heroic cape and mask, reveling himself as a true superhero.

“Let’s clean their clock, Captain!” Valerie said - signaling for Captain to leap from where he stood, to make a dazzling, and dramatic entrance in the arena, cape fluttering coolly with the non-existent breeze and all.

“Well, you can answer later. Lemme beat this mon’ first,” Michael stated confidently. “Use Brutal Swing!” Farfetch’d prepared to swing his leek again, and had done so, only to be intercepted by the log that Captain was carrying. Captain retaliated, using his log to pound at Farfetch’d, only to be blocked in turn. The two eventually had like a pseudo-weapon or sword fight, matching blow for blow, with the power that they can muster up.

Captain one time swung his log sideways to catch Farfetch’d off guard, forcing him back a bit.



Farfetch retaliated by swinging his leek sideways, to catch Captain at a vulnerable position for him to barely dodge, smacking him across his body.



But in turn, Captain used his log to lift himself up right, and then using said log, he whiped his body back around to fling himself up towards Farfetch’d, using his Low Kick right on the dastard’s stomach.



After a moment of exchanging blows, Farfetch’d and Captain were left battered and exhaused. They both were struggling to even catch their breath - they only had it in them for one last attack. Captain briefly turned towards Valerie. He was tired, but he had a couragous grin on his face. Valerie smiled back at him. “Yeah, you wanna beat the bad guy, right? Cuz heroes never lose!” she said to him. Captain gave Valerie a friendly thumbs up. Though… I’m a Demon Queen, should I be really be saying that?

“Finish him off, Farfetch’d!” The Farfetch’d used his remaining strength, carrying his leek, to charge right towards Captain. Captain in turn, carrying his log, charged right back at Farfetch’d. When the two met up, they both greeted each other with one last vicious Karate Chop, hitting at each other on the face, simultaneously.

The crowd looked on in tension; the two Pokemon remained on their feet… until one keeled over. Farfetch’d. Captain remained on his feet, and gave a heroic wail that echoed throughout the stadium. The stadium was filled with cheers for Captain--

---Until he dropped, and fainted too.

It’s a Double Knockout!

4 - 5

“Ohh, I thought for sure, Valerie and her Pokemon had that one!” PikaKira announced energetically. “But, you never know what will happen in a battle, folks!” LunaBeam meanwhile remained silent, with a tense, serious look on her face.

“You did great, Capn’!” Valerie commented, recalling Captain back into his Pokeball. She then gave his pokeball a loving gaze. BTW, thanks for saving me and Flame against those psycho red-eye Pokemon, just before we hit Turrfield. You’re always a hero in my book.

Micheal recalled his own Pokemon back into his ball. “Eh, I guess Farfetch’d be kinda trash before it evolves, eh?” he said.

Valerie shook her head in disgust. “You could be a little nicer to em’, y’know?” she suggested. “He fought his hardest for you n’ all!”

Micheal shrugged. “Cause that’s what they’re supposed to do, right? Pokemon follow their trainers’ orders?” he pointed out. “Haven’t you ever battled before? Because that’s um… that’s a pretty common occurrence.”

“No duh, but Pokemon also become our friends, you buttface!” Valerie barked. “Someone one told me, the Pokemon and Trainer are both connected, because we both trust in each other’s power--” but just as she said those words, something sparked within her mind.

Trust… you know, I never really thought much about it before, but yeah… I DO trust my Pokemon friends. I didn’t even have to think about it. Yeah, that’s because I… trust in Val to trust in em’. Right?

“Nuff’ talk, let’s do this!” For the next bout, Micheal released back his Girafarig, who proudly stood on the arena.

Valerie got out her next pokeball, and threw it on the field. For her next Pokemon, she sent out her Nidoran, Drill. Drill made a battle cry, as he glanced back at Valerie. “I know Poison-types don’t do too well against those tricky Psychic-types,” Valerie said to him. “But, you’re a tough lil’guy! I know you can do it! Poison, poison, poison em’ till the MIltank come home, buddy!” Drill nodded, making another loud bark, signaling his preparation to engage his opponent.

“Smack em’ with a Poison Sting!”

“Psybeam!”

Drill and Girafarig both unleashed their respective attacks at once, making them collide with each other, causing a blast that generated a smoke cloud. Using the smoke, Drill ran up, to strike Girafarig with a Horn Attack, but Girafarig was nimble enough to slip away at the last second. But now that Drill was close up, he was able to quickly pelt Girafarig with another spray of Poison Sting, dealing significant damage.

“Alright, now use Toxic!” Drill then spat out venomous liquid from his mouth, poisoning Girafarig as she was still recovering from the previous skirmish. Now while Girafarid was weak from the steadily increasing damage from being badly poisoned, Drill saw his chance to rush in to strike Girafarig with a strong Horn Attack, to try and clinch this battle.

“Psychic!” But Michael was prepared for a counter-strike, ordering Girafarig to blast Drill with a powerful wave of psycho-kinetic force. She forced the drill away from her, sending him flying all the way back to the arena’s ropes.

“Now, use another Psybeam!”

“Drill, you gotta get outta there!”

But Valerie’s instruction was too late, as she saw Drill being helplessly blasted by a blast from the Girafarig’s Psybeam, causing him to collaspe on the ground after impact. He tried getting back up, but slumped back down, unable to move again.

Nidoran is unable to battle!

3 - 5

“It looks like Valerie is down to just half of her Pokemon left!” PikaKira then announced. “Michael's pokemon is for sure looking strong!”

Just as I thought, she never stood a chance, LunaBeam discreetly thought to herself, until she started speaking again. “I really don’t like saying this, but it will be quite hard for Valerie to break Michael's momentum. He has some very strong pokemon - ones that Valerie is not quite accustomed to battling as of yet, at least for her team.”

“Who’s next?!” Michael boasted. “Bring them all on, and I’ll just knock them down, haha!”

“Valentine…” Belle and the rest of the Demon Kingdom crew looked on with worry. The advantage was certainly lost for Valerie, or rather, perhaps she had never gotten it to begin with. Still they continued their support for her as Valerie recalled Drill back into his pokeball.

“You battled really hard, thanks for that!” Valerie thanked him. “Oh and um, I never really saaaid this but, sorry for disturbing you while you were sunbathing back there in the Wild Area… I always kinda regretted it. But I hope we can still battle together!”

It was then Michael noticed, his Light Screen barrier wore off. Not that he cared, he just wanted it temporarily. “Well come on!” Michael yelled. “Who’s next? EZest game of my life!”

“You know Michael…” Valerie started. “If I was about to lose, I wouldn’t be laughin’ right now. Y’dig, bra?”

“Oh?”

Valerie got out another one of her pokemon, in their pokeballs. “Don’t underestimate my buddies! Because, I believe in them!” A quick chuckle from Micheal later, Valerie released her next Pokemon. This pokemon came out with a mighty roar that shook most people in the audience to their core. Valerie’s Tauros, Truck.



“Whoooooa, it’s a Tauros!!” PikaKira glamour. “Compared to other regions, Tauros from Galar are known to be a LOT more aggressive and dangerous! And this one looks ESPECIALLY strong!”

“Aha! What’s with his eye?” Michael scoffed, pointed to Truck’s scarred left eye. “Did it fall or something?”

Truck didn’t take that too kindly, letting out another roar, using his hooves to pound on the ground with all his might. He was angry, and he needed to start breaking things.

“We’ll be right back to Struggle Rivals, after these messages!”

“Pikaaaa! PikaKira here, welcome back to Struggle Rivals! If you’re just tuning in with us, we’re right smack in the middle of the full on Pokemon battle with the Savage Lord, Micheal Jameson, against the Queen of Demons, Valerie Amity! Valerie has 3 pokemon left, while Micheal has 5. But now that Valerie sent out her Tauros, will this match turn on its head?!”



Without a call from Valerie, Truck just decided to rush in. Valerie couldn’t even direct him to fall back a bit before Truck started wailing on Micheal’s weakened Girafarig with a barrage of Horn Attacks. “Ease up a bit, Truck!” Valerie warned, but Valerie’s commands were more like ‘mere suggestions’ to Truck, as he continued his assault with a powerful Tackle that sailed Girafarig right against the battle arena’s ropes.

“Psybeam!” Micheal ordered, trying to push back Truck with a strong blast of energy from Girafarig. The beam made a direct hit - upon Truck’s head. But that just made him angrier. Time for payback. He reared his horns, glowing an ominous black aura. With a blink of an eye, he charged and rammed himself right against Girafarig, sailing her upwards, making her crash down, laying her out to mark her defeat.


Girafarig is unable to battle!

3 - 4

“Such power!!” PikaKira yelled. “Micheal’s Girafarig couldn’t stand up against Tauros’s raw strength!” She then turned towards LunaBeam, who looked pretty miffed by the outcome. “Any thoughts?”

“Well, uh,” Luna was trying to search for some “genuine” response. “He’s not bad, I’d say he’s probably one of Valerie’s stronger Pokemon for sure. Now that Valerie is down to her last pokemon, I think we’re starting to see the home runners of her team.”

Micheal recalled his Girafarig back into her Pokeball. “Maybe one of the guys screwed up on raising her defenses. Meh,” he tossed away - rather carelessly - his Girafarig’s pokeball, right to his sidelined crew to retrieve it. He then got out a replacement, from his person. “Beartic!” His next pokemon was a lot more menacing and seemingly tougher than his last two: a beartic who roared as fiercely as he looked.

“Micheal’s Pokemon is looking stronger and stronger too,” PikaKira commented. “Let’s hope Valerie doesn’t fall under the pressure!”

“Icicle Crash!” Michael yelled. Beartic summoned large icicles from the air, all seemingly aimed towards Truck. Truck galloped his hooves, ready to take it on.

“Alrighty... “ Valerie observed. “Let’s move outta the way and--” Truck was already gone. Instead of moving out of harm's way, he invited it -- he forcibly charged right through the barrage of icicles, letting the pain only fuel his anger. Then with all his might, focused his willpower towards his head and attacked Beartic with a move that looked much stronger than a tackle -- Zen Headbutt. Beartic quickly tried to fend Truck off with a flurry of strikes from his claws, trying to slash Truck over and over again.

But it was also within that moment, Truck used his horns, and his strength to lift Beatric up in the air. Then using his power, he tossed Beatric out so high that he sailed right out the arena stadium, sending him crashing headfirst with the Jameson crew. Fortunately (or unfortunately) Tate moved out of the way, but most of those guys were now crushed beneath the fainted Beartic’s body.

Beartic is unable to battle!

3 - 3

“With Beartic out of the picture, it’s now a tied game!” PikaKira commentated, unbeknowing to her, Luna was less than thrilled.

Valerie was happy Truck won, but she scratched her head. I mean you couuuuld of dodged a little…

“Aight, aight, I see you popping off,” Micheal said while he nodded. He was ignoring the nearby groaning moans of discomfort from his crew and his fallen Beartic. “Vigoroth!” His next pokemon was an enegetic, speedy, yet strong pokemon, a Vigoroth who wasted no time showboating his muscles. Truck snorted. A feeble creature, he must of thought, but one who’s face he would gladly bash in next. And he was already racing to do so, without Valerie’s command.

“Awh, Truck…” Valerie watched as Truck galloped towards Vigoroth, intending to ram him - but Vigoroth proved his speed by effortlessly leaping out of the way. That didn’t deter Truck from continuing his onsalught, but no matter how close Truck seemed to get, he still couldn’t even reach Vigoroth and his speed.

“Claw at it with Slash!” Micheal yelled - now everytime Vigoroth was dodging Truck’s attacks, he retaliated with switch slashes using his fierce claws.

“Truuuuuck! You gotta dodge some of that!” But Truck wouldn’t listen. He roared with pure frustration and anger now, galloping all over the arena, and stomping on the ground to vent his frustrations. With one more anger-filled attack, he unleashed another Zen Headbutt, to ram the Vigoroth with all his power.

“Counter!”

Vigoroth prepared a stance. Using such a stance enabled him to move away from Truck’s attack, then at the last moment, punch him right at his belly on his underside. The blow was so percise and powerful that it knocked Truck out of his attack, and knocked the conciousness right out of him as he fell to the ground with a resounding ‘thud’.


Tauros is unable to battle!

2 - 3

“Oh and an amazing upset from Micheal’s Vigoroth! I suppose what really did Tauros in was the sheer combination of Vigoroth’s power and reflexes!” PikaKira was carefully scrambling through her notes upon her announcement. “We’re at 2-3, folks! But still, anything can happen!”

Valerie recalled back Truck in his pokeball. She didn’t really know what to say… she don’t use Truck all that often in battles, and while she knew Truck had a bit of a temper, Truck didn’t listen to her commands at all. Now she knew - Truck was a strong, yet difficult Pokemon. Still… “Thanks for battling with me out there,” she said softly. I hope we can settle things out soon…

Two Pokemon left. Now Valerie was up against a Vigoroth. She can probably use flame to match his speed and power, but… she figured, she has a pokemon that can do the job just as well. “Let’s go, Ayra!” She released Ayra, her Meowth, from her pokeball next. Upon landing in the arena, Ayra had her sights directly at Vigoroth. She growled and hissed, preparing herself for an assault. She had a fierce temper, but one that was more controlled than Truck’s, it seemed.

“Alright Ayra! Use Scratch!” First ordered Valerie. Ayra was a bit faster than Truck, so she was better abled to catch up with Vigoroth’s speed. Vigoroth managed to slip out of the way… at first, until Ayra managed to tag him on his arm with her claws.

“Use another Scratch, Ayra!”

“Vigoroth! Fury Swipes!”

Now the two Pokemon were locked in a ferious, quick battle of out-clawing each other. Ayra’s swipes were strong and percise, while Vigoroth’s fury swiping were continous and speedy. Soon the skirmish seemed over before it was started, as Vigoroth managed to knock Ayra away with his last attack. Ayra struggled to get back up, but Vigoroth won’t let her, as he continued swiping and slashing away at her relentlessly, giving her no time for pause and rest.

“Don’t give up, Ayra!” Valerie cheered on, but almost proved fruitless, as Ayra was steadily being overpowered.

“EZ match, EZ life,” Micheal boasted. “Vigo is like, the king of a jungle, you know what I’m saying?”

Valerie gritted her teeth, watching Ayra being smacked away again. She managed to rise back up, her eyes now leering down Vigoroth’s charging claws, now ready to once again slash at her face.

But this time, using her wild, cornered instincts, chomped down on Vigoroth’s arms. Vigoroth cried in pain as Ayra bit down, and her sharp claws digging upon Vigoroth’s skin. Then, with her nimbleness, Ayra readied her claws, raking a sharp claw right across Vigoroth’s stomach.

“Nice one!” Valerie complimented. Ayra gotten back to her position, not taking her eyes off her enemy. “Alrighty… time for the DQ’s faaavourite attack! In a battle of love and war, we’ll own em’ all! Tiiiime… for Attract!” Ayra winked, creating bundles of pink, lovely hearts that surrounded her, ones where she released all at once towards Vigoroth. The Vigoroth, trying to recover from the painhe took moments ago, now was completely surrounded by the hearts, and before he could act to dodge, he became completely engulfed by them. He was now in love with Ayra.

“Man… this dumb move?” Micheal hissed, but Valerie was loving it. Vigoroth was now barely able to move, his gaze now completely focused on Ayra.

“Now, use your Fury Swipes!’ ordered Valerie. Now Ayra delivered relentless amounts of attacks, using her claws right onto Vigoroth. Her attacks were quick - so quick that her assault seemed like it was over before it even started. Eventually, Ayra stopped her attacks, and simply walked away from Vigoroth in disgust. As she left Vigoroth, he toppled over and fell onto his back, his face frozen with a loving smile - still seemingly under the effects of Ayra’s attraction, while having claw marks covered all over his body.

Vigoroth is unable to battle!

2 - 2

The arena was now filled with the loud cheers and hollers from the audience. Despite what they may think of either competitors, they were at least, enjoying the battle. “Wooooo! What a match this turned out to be!!” Even PikaKira was on the edge of her seat. “We’re at 2-2, once again a tied game! It looks like even with Micheal’s specially trained pokemon, Valerie’s giving it her all! Saaay, maybe she can actually win--”

“The battle’s not over yet!” LunaBeam snapped, but reeled back. “I-I mean, yes, it’s possible, but as you say… anything can happen, right?”

“Dammit, Vigo too? Psh,” Micheal returned Vigoroth to his pokeball. “Aight V-Ray, you had a good run, but now you can’t win! See why here!” Micheal threw his next pokemon from a pokeball. This time, he sent out a pokemon that was infamous for performing a certain fire stunt in Unova with him for. His Houndoom. He greeted the arena’s inhabitants with a loud, prideful howl. Houndoom was perhaps his most iconic, yet infamous pokemon - almost everyone knew of it, even Valerie.

“Houndoom next, huh?” Valerie observed. “But, Ayra can take him! Been wanting to knock that guy off its pedastool anyway!” Ayra, while on all four legs, leered and growled at Micheal’s Houndoom. His Houndoom stared back at her, but his expression was more as if he was casually looking down at her. Or if he was just dealing with a stubborn brat of a Pokemon.

“Let’s start out with a quick Bite, Ayra!” Ayra rush to bite down on Houndoom, trying to gain an early lead. She missed him however, and Houndoom retaliated by biting on to her back. He lifted Ayra like toy - even through all of Ayra’s struggling.

“Fire Fang!” A call from Micheal ordered a Fire Fang move, a move where Houndoom’s fangs made a firey-red glow, chomping down on Ayra with a firey blast. He then flung Ayra away, leaving her burnt and bruised, while she slumped on the ground. Micheal cockily chuckled. “So, where’s your trust now?”

“Never left, bra!” Valerie stated, turning to Ayra. A little worse than wear, but Ayra found her footing, but struggling to even gaze upon the Houndoom. This cornered feeling… it was a feeling that was nothing new to her. While she was with her clan, she had to become strong, to hunt and help provide for them. Battling strong and dangerous wild pokemon was a daily routine for her - one slip up, and she and her clan would of perished a long time ago.

Houndoom stared her down. While Ayra fought for her life many times before - she would never admit it herself but, those times… she felt afraid. Afraid of the unknown, and afraid of what dangers the next day would bring. Her fears were eventually realized when the humans took everything from her - her previous family, and her home…

“C’mon, sis! I know you can beat em’!” The call from Valerie had Ayra turn towards her. “‘Member when we first met? Saw it in your eyes, Ay-Ay. That noble aura of standing up to whomever it took for you to rise to the top? I always kinda liked that about you! And, idk what happened before, but, I’m here for ya’ now, Ay. All the way!”

Ayra groaned. What a noisy human. Even from day one, she talked about this and that. Humans in general can be so noisy. And this sport they call pokemon battles - are just a competiton where pokemon follow orders for the entertainment of humans. This world revolves around it. What a joke. Time and time again, humans think nothing for themselves.

However…

Though this sport, there are also times when the scent of humans change. From hostility, to respect, for example. And this noisy girl, is attempting to make friends with both humans and pokemon alike, no matter who they are, in a possible effort to help the world be peaceful.

But…

To protect your territory, you must have power. Yes, that was the rule, of both Ayra’s old habitat, and this world she’s in now.

“Eh?” Valerie then noticed a change within Ayra. Her whole body started to glow, and her limbs becoming longer. Everyone in the audience fell silent, watching this development.

As for Ayra… she wondered. About this thing Valerie called “Trust”. Trust… this human trusted her. So… it’s fine, right? If maybe, just maybe, Ayra follows that rule? And believes in that trust? And maybe… maybe taking that chance, she’ll stand strong.

And in that moment, she’ll once again have…
A family.



Before Valerie’s and everyone else’s eyes, Ayra started to evolve. And when it was over, she finally had a new form, and new power. “Valerie’s Meowth has jsut evolved into PERSIAN!!” PikaKira’s announcement drove everyone in the audience in a cheerful frenzy. Ayra, now a Persian, roared and growled, basking in her newly founded power. She had finally did it. She had evolved, and now felt truly ‘strong’.

“Ayra you look sooooo cool!” Valerie complimented. “A Persian, huh? Super rad!! Oh! Lemme check if you learned new moves from the Dex...”

Micheal’s Houndoom stared her down, now as he growled himself. Ayra then did the same. The battle between the two was now truly just beginning. “Pfft, I ain’t too concerned! We still got this round,” Micheal stated. “Let’s see how you do once we actually take this match just a bit seriously! Dark Pulse, Houndoom!”

“Whoooooa! This looks totes cool!” Meanwhile Valerie was finished looking up Ayra’s moves from her Pokedex, and to her delight, it looked like she learned a new one, upon evolving. “Right then Ayra! Power Gem!”



Ayra and Houndoom fired their respective attacks from their mouths - a dark-type energy blast from Houndoom, while Ayra fired a red beam of light that glittered and sparkled like a gemstone itself. The two attacks collided, resulting in a large explosion, causing smoke.

“Scratch!”

“Sucker Punch!”

The beasts continued their battle. Through the smoke, the audience members saw a clast of Ayra’s claws tearing on Houndoom’s body, while Houndoom trying to fend her off by fiercely punching and smacking Ayra’s body using his paws, and tail. In the middle of the skirmish, Micheal told his Houndoom to use another Fire Fang - and Houndoom managed to bit down hard upon Ayra’s right wrist. But little does he know, Ayra’s newfounded reflexes made her plan for the Houndoom to take her left arm… in exchange for his head. She used her hind leg to stop down on Houndoom’s head to the ground, using the full weight of her body.

“You’re not that weak, are you? C’mon!” Micheal’s voice invigorated Houndoom, giving him enough strength to stand back up on his feet. He once again met with Ayra’s gaze, and the two exhanged howls, roars and growls - common, yet intense battle cries for pokemon of their nature. Both pokemon were fairly large quadrupeds, and of the carnivorous beast type. Their fangs and claws developed in order to allow them to hunt for their prey. Pitted against each other, their natural fighting instincts intensifies.

Their looks were one of the same, and one that signalled that they knew what would happen next: the final clash was coming. With one last roar and howl, the two charged towards each other. With one last skirmish between claws and fangs, the two were left in a brutal test of power and strength.

“Don’t give in, Ayra!” Valerie’s cheering could be heard, even as the battle raged on. Emotions were high, and the air tense. But after a while, the two stopped. Wondering what was going to happen next, the area fell silent… and eventually, both Ayra and Houndoom dropped to the ground, both no longer moving.

Both pokemon are unable to battle!

1 - 1

No way...!” Luna grumbled, a bit louder than she would of planned to.

“I know, right?!” The crowd started to cheer, through PikaKira’s anouncing. “The battle of the beasts is now over!! With that, the score is now tied one a piece!!The battle is now coming down TO THE ONE!”

Luna glanced back at PikaKira, before turning back to the battle at hand. She stared angrily at Valerie, then focused to Micheal. You’re not supposed to lose to that freak! Come on, man!

Valerie retuned Ayra back inside her Pokeball. “Thanks, Ayra, that was really amazing!” she belted out. Indeed, she was really lucky, to have found her within that adoption center that day. She truly has an amazing friend. Now, she was down to her last pokemon. If there was one friend who is able to pull off a winning move, she knew - it’d be the the first partner she had.

“It’s all up to you, Flame-bro!” she released Flame from his own Pokeball. Upon arrival, he let out his iconic battle cry, igniting the flames on his back. Valerie’s fanclub applauded for Flame especially, as he was perhaps, Valerie’s most famous pokemon, ever since his victory over Kabu and his Centiskorch. “Bring it on, Micheal! Flame and I can take whatever you dish out next!”

“Heh, okay, if you’re sure,” he recalled Houndoom back inside his pokeball. Strange… Micheal seemed a bit TOO relaxed, having his Houndoom defeated. He brought out another pokeball - but this pokeball was a different type than normal. He held an Ultra Ball. “You know what, I knew you’d choose Flame to be last. That’s why I had this guy ready for em’. Like I keep telling ya! EZ game, EZ life.”

“Hah, you’re bluffing! You got nothin’,” Valerie scoffed. “Now come on!”

“Aight, you asked for it, V-Ray. Here we GO!” He threw his Ultra Ball in the air, and waited until it was opened. When it did, he had released,a Pokemon that none were really expecting him to have.

“Wh-what the---” Valerie was even taken a back, seeing this Pokemon.

“Hey! That Pokemon!” PikaKira was also amazed, now stifiling through her notes. That Pokemon that Micheal sent out - it looked like Flame, but it was beefier, taller, and looked more ferocious. “Erm, folks, just looking through what I have here… while Valerie’s last Pokemon is of course, the light of hope Flame, MIcheal’s pokemon… looks like a Quilava, but…”

Ah, I see. So this was what he was going for… a final battle where he knew he could win against Flame, LunaBeam thought to herself, now her mood seeming to be more relaxed. Flame could only watch in tension while staring down his foe. The Pokemon in question stood on two legs, and let out a sinister battle roar, with its back erupting more powerful fire than Flame had.

LunaBeam watched, with now a twisted grin. After all, this is the evolved form of a Quilava. Typhlosion.





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Demon Queen Valerie vs. Savage Emperor Michael!


"Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess...
DRAGON SLAVE!"

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“Thanks for tuning back in with us. If you’re just joining in -- and I finally found my information here -- Valerie and Micheal now have one pokemon each left. Valerie has Flame, a Quilava, while Micheal has Typhlosion… the evolved form of Quilava. LunaBeam, what are your thoughts?”

“Honestly, do you even need my thoughts? It’s common sense,” Luna’s tone was more aggressive than before. “A Quilava versus a Typhlosion. What do you think will happen? Valerie fought well for what she could of done, but now it’s all over. She has no chance at all.”

“The situation does look dark for Valerie… but even so, I wouldn’t say her chances are zero at all,” PikaKira pointed out. “After all, as said before, you’d never know what will happen in a battle.”

“Don’t be rediculous,” LunaBeam barked. “Her luck’s finally ran out, and it’s about time too. Micheal played her like a cheap old fiddle. His Pokemon selection made sure he would clinch this battle, no matter what Valerie could of done.”

Meanwhile, Valerie crossed her arms, having a good look at Micheal’s Typhlosion. “Soooo, that’s what you’re gonna be when you grow up more, Flame?” she pondered. “Gotta say, it looks really cool! Really diggin’ those flames and all! Hah, just wait Flame, you’re gonna be super super strong and waaay cooler than you are now! Ah, not that you don’t look cool now, bro!”

“Kay, so, we’re gonna win now,” Micheal eagerly stated. “I mean, it was fun V-Ray, don’t take your loss too hard, and pleaaaaase don’t off yourself over it. There’d be more battles you’ll win! With… other people, but yeah!”

Valerie shrugged. “Gee, you’re soooo caring,” she meeked. “Really Micheal, if you were in a show, you’d be the next Dr. Petilil.”

“Just lookin’ out for one of us, V-Ray!” replied Micheal. “But, glad that you’re taking the eventual loss good so far!”

“What are you talking about?” Valerie said, puzzled. “I mean, we’re still gonna win.”

“Huh?!” LunaBeam couldn’t help but shout out what she was thinking. “Valentine, are you naive, or just idiotic?!”

“Uh… LunaBeam?” Though in the heat of the moment, she forgets that PikaKira is still right beside her.

Valerie turned to LunaBeam. “Duuuh, it’s cuz DQ Val believes in Flame, and in the rest of her buddies!”

“...There you go again...” LunaBeam angrily grumbled. “Trust this, trust THAT… Over and over! Why? Why are you so trusting?! Why do you continue to be so god-forsaken naive? Haven’t you figured it out by now!? People can ABUSE that level of trust, you know. Even your so-called friends! So tell me, why??”

Valerie calmly shook her head. “Lunie, you got it wrong, y’know.”

“What?!”

“I… I do have doubts. At least I realize that I do, even now,” Valerie started. “And... it sucks. Doubting people, even my friends. What if they think I’m this or that… stuff like that. But still, my inner Val says, to trust in them still. It’s sorta weird, why would my inner Val tell me to doubt people, and to trust people at the same time? But then, I think I kinda get it? It’s because I--and people in general doubt people, because they wanna find ways to trust in em’, you know?”

Valerie looked upwards, scanning the audience. “I get it now. Trust without doubt… is kinda a lie, you know? But, if we stop trusting people, then, I don’t really think that’s a way to move ourselves forward with our life. It will only cause more pain, and makes things more difficult to deal with. I now have doubts, sure, but I still wanna trust in others. It’s like a battle that rages inside each of us - if we really wanna fully start trusting people, we gotta battle against the doubt inside of ourselves. And to do that, we gotta have confidence within ourselves. That what I realized, and remembered, watching all my pokefriends duke it out, and from the time I’ve spent with em’. Soooo, right now, Demon Queen Val trusts in Flame, because she trusts in herself. That’s all there is to it!”

“Nonsense,” LunaBeam retracted back into her own seat. We’ll see how much that trust really is once Micheal crushes her.

“Nuff talk!” Micheal shouted. “Let’s get to it! Typhlosion! Flamethrower!”

“Here we go, Flame-bro! Use Quick Attack!”

The battle started off, with Flame running at high speed to escape Typholsion’s continuious streams of fire. Once he closed the distance, Typholsion wasn’t in a good position to release another Flamethrower, which Flame took advantage by smacking it on the belly.

"Use Ember!"

"Block it!" Flame's spit fire attacks proved fruitless, as Typhlosion managed to fend it off easily, using only his paws.

“No problem! Use Thunderpunch!” Typholsion’s next attack involved him sparking his fist with bolts of concentrated electricity, and reach dowards to strike Flame. Fortuantely for Flame, he was speedy enough to slip away, before Typhlosion slammed his fist on the ground, creating a small hole where he punched through.

“Typhlosion may have power, but Flame has speed!” PikaKira points out. “We’ll have to see how well Flame can match up, but it looks like he’s holding his own!”

“Not for long! Double-Edge!” Now using both of his hands, Typhlosion aimed for Flame, intending to pound him straight on the ground. Flame managed to dodge, but could only dodge as Typholsion continued its onslaught. With quick thinking from Flame, he used Swift attack to make Typhlosion stagger a bit, and back off.

“Quick, Flame! Flame Wheel! Keep up the edge!” Flame promtply switched into a Flame Wheel attack, aiming to strike a hard hit while Tyhlosion staggered. But unfortunately.. Typhlosion recovered more quickly than anticipated, and even managed to catch Flame, during his attack. He knocked Flame out of his swirling ball of fire, and held him up with one hand.

“No way!” Valerie hollered. Flame struggled desperately to escape, but couldn’t manage to escape Typhlosion’s grasp.

“Thunderpunch!” Using his free hand, Typhlosion delivered an extrodinary Thunderpunch, right on Flame’s stomach, then throwing him across the stage, as he landed on the ground like he was a rag doll.

“And what a Thunderpunch from Typhlosion! With power and a hit like that, this might spell the end for Flame, and this entire match!” The crowd cheered for Flame after PikaKira’s announcing - they every much wanted him to win, even against the odds. LunaBeam meanwhile was beside herself; it was annoying, having to witness the obvious outcome, but still, some satisfaction was in her - now Valerie is going to be seen for the fool she really was.

“Get up, Flame! Come on, come on, you can do it!” Valerie called out for Flame, but he was unresponsive, slumped on the ground. “It’s… it’s not like ya’ to just give up like that! You’ve gotten us both outta jams time and time again, and no matter how bad things were looking, you always try to pull out a winning move and you know it!”

“It’s over, Valerie!” LunaBeam protested. “Ref, the match is over! Come on, now!”

Valerie ignored her. “Come on Flame, dig deep! You’ve gotta!”

The referee looked at Flame, then finally made a decision. “Flame is unable to battle,” he said. “Which means the winner i--”

But he was interrupted… by the sounds of Flame’s grunting. Before everyone’s eyes, Flame slowly, yet steadily, found his way back upon his feet. When he finally managed to stand up tall, he let out a roar, telling everyone that he’s far from finished yet. “Aweeeesom-bellosom! You did it!” Valerie cheered happily.

Luna slammed her fists on the announcer’s table. “Are you ****ing serious?!

“Oh man…!” Micheal winced. “Are you telling me that didn’t do the trick?”

“It’s like I told ya’ before,” Valerie reminded. “DQ Valerie believes in her buddies, including Flame! It’s the secret to our Demon Kingdom’s power! Now, it’s time to TAKE OVER Strugglecon, and end the Savage King’s reign! Whaddya’ say, Flame-bro?!” As a response, the fire on Flame’s back erupted, so much so that it encased him. The flames took the shape of a sinister looking beast that was much larger than Flame’s whole body.



That’s the thing that Lord-Flame did last time against Demon Queen’s battle against Kabu!
Wow! Lord Flame’s true power!!
Finally!

“It’s Blaaaaaaze!” PikaKira shouted. “Reaching the limits of his strength has brought forth Flame’s incredible, true power! Will this be enough to defeat Typholsion?!”

Valerie turned to PikaKira, with a Puzzled look. “So uh… what’s ‘Blaze’?”

“Huh?!”

“Ah, nvm! Let’s do it Flame, use your Qui--” But it was at that moment, Valerie’s Pokedex started to vibrate. She opened it, only to discover a very cool thing indeed. “Saaaaay! Looks like you learned a new move! Okie, let’s try it! Get ready forrrr… FLAME CHARGE!” Flame with his power, ignited himself with a deeper, crimson red Flame. Then with blinding speed, he rushed over to Typhlosion, and tackled him with a few couple of hits. Typholsion tried sending him off with a series of thunderpunches, but thanks to Flame’s attack, he increased in speed, allowing him to dodge every single one of Typholsions attacks. At the end of it all, Flame maneuvered behind Typhlosion to get in a powerful hit on his back, causing Typhlosion to topple.

“Oh my! It looks like Flame has Typholsion to his knees!!” PikaKira blurted out. Typholsion meanwhile was looking for his breath back, until ignited his flame on his back once again, now feeling pressured. He erupted the fire on his back, to even more velocity, revving himself up for battle.

With his anger, Typhlosion unleased flurry of Double-edges that impacted the stadium, with Flame fending him off with strong Flame Wheel's, backed up with the power of Blaze, to keep him at bay. The attacks collided, sending off strong heat waves throughout the arena, and can even be felt to the audience with each blow.

“Dunno how you got this strong, but we're not losing, you hear?!” Micheal warned. “Use Flamethrower!”

“Oh, don’t worry, cause we’re gonna show ya TRUE heat!” Valerie declared. “Flame! Ember!”

Typholsion released a powerful burst of flames from his mouth towards Flame, while Flame, harnessing the power of his blaze-cloak, used the raging fire to ramp up his spit fire attack. He held his flames up into the air, while the flames from his cloak increased in size. Eventually, it turned into a giant, crimson ball of pure fire - he then kicked the ball of fire right towards Typhlosion. The two fire attacks collided, resulting in a massive swirl of flames that mixed together at the center of the battlefield. The flames wouldn’t die down, and the pokemon remained restless.

“Now Flame! Flame Charge!!”

“Thunderpunch! GO!”

With one more act, the two fire pokemon leaped across the flames. Flame once again wrapped himself up with a crimson veil of fire, while Typhlosion readied his fist for an electrically charged punch. When they both collided, it resulted in a massive explosion that spewed the flames upwards, making harmless chunkles of red sparkling droplets rain down on the field. After the explosion and the smoke cleared, Flame and Typholsion stared each other down, both out of breath. For a brief moment, it looked like Flame was about to lose his footing.

“Yes! It’s over!” Though Micheal’s statement was too soon. Flame managed to remain standing. On the other hand… Typhlosion’s eyes rolled upwards to his head, and fell right on his back, to the ground, resulting in a resounding thud. Micheal couldn’t believe what he saw. Typholsion… lost…?


Typhlosion is unable to battle! Flame wins!

1 - 0

The winner of this battle goes to Valerie Amity!


“IT’S OVERRR! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! IT’S FINALLY OVERRRRR!” Even PikaKira’s exciting shouts can’t compare to the loud cheering from the audience. “The winner of this segment of Strugglecon’s Twitch Rivals.. Is VALERIE! DEMON QUEEN VALERIEEEEE!”

Micheal dropped to his knees, his hands on his hips. He couldn’t even believe it. He didn’t even have the words to snark his way out from this discomfort he was feeling. Tate rushed up to the arena’s edge and called on him, but he signalled him to stay back, and leave him alone for a bit. For the first time since he came here… he was speechless.

Valerie on the other hand… “C’mere, hahaha!” She ran to give Flame a warm hug and pat on the head. “I knew you wouldn’t let me down, bro!” Flame battled a hard, tough fight. And won. All of Valerie’s pokemon friends did. And she couldn’t be happier.

All Hail the Demon Queen!
MUCH better than Jamesons anyday!
Demon Queen!
Demon Queen!
Demon Queen!
Demon Queen!

Flame gestured to Valerie, now was the time to address the chanting peers. Valerie nodded, and then waved towards the crowd. “Strugglecon is ours, my Little Monsters!” she shouted heartily. “Thank you, my minions, for showing your support! Soon, Galar will belong to the Demon Kingdom! So all those who wish to challenge the DQ, come at me if you DARE!”

“Now that was a battle for the ages! I am very honoured to be announcing this battle here with you, LunaB-- huh?” LunaBeam was gone from her announcer spot. As soon as Valerie won, it looked like she had slipped away, towards the back entrance. When Valerie’s eyes drifted to the announcer table, she noticed Luna was gone too.

Luna… she thought to herself. It wasn’t as though she expected a complete happy ending. Valerie’s friendship with LunaBeam ended. It still stung, losing someone she knew for years. But… as Flame licked the side of her palm, she was reminded of something. Even if she lost one, she still had many friends that truly cared for her. As long as she kept trusting in others, working hard to battle the doubt inside of her along the way, she thought, maybe she’ll be okay.

Still, there was something to be said about Luna. One that Valerie wouldn’t budge from.

Maybe it was all a lie. But still… that lie did kinda save my life. So, even if it doesn’t mean anything to you, thanks Luna, for saving me that day. Val’s gonna keep living on.

“Welp, I guess LunaBeam had to run for other matters, ahaha…” PikaKira sweated. “BUT, thank you all for coming to watch this battle here tonight, whether it was here in Strugglecon, or at home with your laptops! We hope to see you next time, within a thrilling Battle Rivals spectacle! And thank you all for coming to Strugglecon! We hope to see you next time!”



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Demon Queen Valerie vs. Savage Emperor Michael!


"Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess...
DRAGON SLAVE!"

Sapphire Rose

Only thorns left on this rose.

Age 25
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Over the hills and far away.
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10.1 Years
Pia McGuire ft. Valerie Amity
Poké: 5550 Pokémon: 4



Faires and Demons




Pia walked on the strugglecon floors with clothes she wouldn’t want to be found dead in. Wearing an oversized hoodie, sweat pants and sunglasses she was nearly unrecognizable. Especially with her long wavy hair tucked away underneath a pet and no trademark Milla at her side, she was truly incognito.

Or… so she thought.

“Hey! Watch where ya goin’!” Pia heard as a male on the somewhat larger side bumped into her with so much force that her pet and sunglasses dropped to the floor faster than Ruben’s reputation, revealing basically everything she had tried to hide since the contest.

“Is that Pia McGuire?!”

“OMG WHERE?!”

“Over there!”

Pia felt chills run over her spine. She was surrounded by every local journalist in the area within seconds. She shielded her eyes from the flashes of the camera’s and tried to push the microphones that were almost being shoved up her nose as best as she could while she tried to escape but failed miserably while she was pushed more into a corner with every joining journalist.

“Pia what made you decide to join the contest after being in hiding for so long?”

“Oh, uhm… well…” Pia stammered.

“Pia what do you think about the newfound relationship between Mr. Sancho and international R&B sensation, Misha Marsha?”

“I-I... ”

“Mrs. McGuire, why do you think about the allegations that are circling around about you?”

“W-Which ones would you be speaking off…?” Pia tried to cut in.

“Ruben Sancho confirmed that you had no intimate relationship with him. Is this true? What is the kind of relationship you did have with him?”

“Wait, what…?” Pia looked confused.

“Were you aware that Sancho was two-timing with a celebrity of much higher conduct?”

“Did Sancho pay you?”

“What do you think of your mother’s profession?”

“Is it true you were conceived on the back streets of Hammerlocke?”

As the questions kept piling up with no space for Pia to confidently reply, the amount of media training she had had was evident. It was little to none. She was shaking uncontrollably on her feet, the pressure that was suddenly put on her so high that she couldn’t get a word out and stood there frozen on her spot.

“Sorry guys! This sesh is over!”

The media coverage was continuing -- but then interrupted by someone grabbing Pia’s hand, dragging her away. The figure who had done so, slightly lowered her own style of pink sunglasses, greeting Pia with a wink and a smile. “Aaaaand we are out!” The two started to sprint away. A few of the journalists attempted to follow them, but the ongoing crowd made them difficult to pursue.

Pretty soon, the duo had made their way back -- for Pia’s case, she was in a smaller section of the building, one with less people. “Whew, media peeps, what are ya’ gonna do? Luckily for us, we bolted outta there like a Sableye runnin’ from a lovestruck Mawile!” the one who saved Pia -- Valerie -- took off her glasses and leaned up against the table nearby, looking up at Pia. It looks like she had brought her to her booth, where she does signatures for people who want them. “Long time no chat, girl, LOOOOVE the new look... but, ngl queen, kindaaaa surprised you’re even here, what with the media’s been saying bout’ you and all.”

“Haha. yeahhh……” Pia smiled awkwardly at her hero of the hour. “Nice save there, Val. I didn’t know how I was going to get myself out of there.” Pia let the stress fall from her shoulders and sat down on a chair herself. She stretched her arms and once she was situated, she let out a long deep sigh. “The worst part is, they are mostly right. There is just so much more to the story than they want to see and you have to be so careful with what you say because they want to interpret it wrongly. It’s… suffocating.” Pia brushed through her hair with her fingers. “It’s… good to see you, Val.” the girl glanced up with a gentle smile.

“Nice to see ya’ too!” Valerie said with a soft smile back. “And no worries, I get cha. When I saw the whole thing on Chatter and people were chatting about it, I was like, Mareep? *Stay in your lane!* Cuz there’s obvs more to this story, like you said! Never doubted you!”

Pia blinked a few times at the words of Val. She never doubted her, huh? Well… ‘She better start to’ was what came to mind but… Pia had attempted to use her in the past. Was all of this really alright?

“Did you watch the contest the other day?” Pia blurted out despite her previous thoughts, avoiding the topic overall while it still lingered in the back of her mind.

“Of course! I watched all of you guys!” Valerie replied excitingly. “Like, Mel-Mel, suuuuper amazing as always, but then, BANG! She transformed! I was like—you know when people face roll their keyboard because they’re like, shocked or something? I was like asdfghjkl;!”

There’s no bigger stan than Valerie. “Then there’s Aeliana, which btw, not to toot my own horn, but I am a daaaaamn lucky woman; Jet got some SERIOUS moves! And then there’s Chlo, just saying, Catherine better watch out cuz’ there’s a demon with the weather in town! Froslass looked suuuper gorgeous and Luxio? Ultra cool! Then! Then, omggggggg Rosa with the TWIST and the Bellossom outfit? Mega cute! Ahhh and, speaking of twists, can we talk about The Tea Rose?? Like, that was super amazing and mysterious! Really hope we can see her again!”

Valerie continued her fangirling rampage. “OMG, can I like, become your number one stan for a sec, because girl, I shoulda called the police because you killed it! Like, few things— Ruby man, I love you, but you F’d up! You and your Pokémon looked gorgeous, Pia-chu! Ahhh, I think my heart is still swimming! It was like…idk, like you evolved or something!”

Pia listened to the excited Valerie talking about all the contest performances of their classmates. There was something soothing about knowing that no matter if they were alone or not, they’d always have Val cheering them on. However, for Pia it was also a bit uncomfortable knowing that Valerie held her in such high regard while she came to her at first with a wicked scheme in mind.

“I’m glad you liked it so much.” Pia smiled again, though twiddled with her fingers. While she stared at her feet, she tried to catch every bit of courage she could muster up to be able to tell the streamer girl what had been on her mind. That which had bothered her. She had never gotten the chance to actually make use of the girl but she was glad now because that might make this conversation easier. “Val, I don’t really deserve your kindness…” She started but fell silent again shortly after. “I… last time we met and I said I’d be your friend… I did that with impure intentions.” she finally brought up. “And… I apologize for that.” She finally looked up. “And… I’d like to be your friend for real. If… you’d still have me.”

The confession stunned Valerie for a bit. After a while, she sighed and stood up on her feet. “Ummm, tbh, Pia? You’re not the first person to do that. And, ngl, you’ll probably won’t be the last,” Valerie stated quietly. “I am a bit too trusting, and it’s sorta my fault for blindly trusting you before. After all, it can come back to bite me where it hurts, and all…” a moment of silence veiled between the two. Valerie was still staggering after what had happened with her ex-friend LunaBeam, and in some ways, she still wishes it wasn’t true.

Still, she managed a sincere smile towards Pia. “...It kinda sucks to hear that from you, ngl. Buuuut…” Her soft smile turned into her regular friendly grin. “But… you know what? I think I’d rather forgive you than just keep wailin’ on it, you know? Sooo… Imma do just that.”

Pia smiled back at the girl. She had expected Val to give a response like that but having finally come out with the truth felt like a Snorlax fell down from her shoulders. Now they could start over. Sort of. It was the thought that mattered. Pia brushed through her hair. There was something else she had to ask, something she just thought of that could help in a part of Pia’s plan. That would mean using Val for real this time though… but this time she’d ask. As a friend.

“There’s something else.” Pia started, looking a bit more seriously. “You had this battle against the Jamesons, right?”


“And won, ofc!” Valerie added.

“Serves them right. The pricks.” Pia huffed with crossed arms. “The thing is, the media currently only associate me with the football scandal. It’s all I am to them. You just saw for yourself how hung up they are over it. They seem to have forgotten that I’m a challenger in the gym challenge first and foremost.” Pia stood up and held out one of her pokéballs. “So I’d like to remind them of that.” She threw the still sitting girl a grin.

“Valerie Amity, I would like to formally challenge you to a battle.”


“Weeeeh?!” Even for Val... that was sudden. She rested the palm of her hand against her cheek in thought. Normally Valerie would jump at this chance, but… “I dunno Pia, even if you battle Val, it’s not all that easy changing minds, you know? Especially online--”

“But I’ll have to try at least something and this is my best bet.” Pia shot back. “I can’t keep staying hidden forever…”

“Hold up! I wasn’t done yet!” Valerie interrupted. “If you have a regular ol’ battle with Val, it’s gonna be tough. BUUUUUT…” Valerie then got something that was quickly passed through her Morpeko from her bag. A dark robe that she promptly put on. “If you battle Demon Queen Valerie? The mortals shall bow down, fuahaha!” Still donning her costume, her demeanor changed. “Fairy Queen! A normal battle does not please the DQ! Soooo, instead, let’s have a Double Battle! Double the evil, double the fun! So: Step 1, challenge the Demon Queen! Step 2, wow 'em’ in a battle they hadn’t seen before! Step 3? Ummm… Question mark, question mark, question mark! Step 4, Profit!”

Pia was stunned at the sudden change in demeanor that Valerie showcased in front of her. She had heard that Valerie tends to show a bit of a different persona when with her friends but this was truly something else. Still… Pia could vibe with it. She smirked.

“Then I, Fairy Queen Pia shall challenge Demon Queen Valerie to a battle and reclaim my rightful throne!” Pia crossed her arms and held a hand in front of her face a bit more theatrically, her emerald eyes shining through as her own demeanor changed as well. Acting. One of Pia’s specialties. This would be fun.

***

The people in Strugglecon were busy and lively as always, going about their business. Even going through the battling areas, you’d never know what the hottest thing to witness would come around. This time was no exception.

”Hey, isn’t that…”
Yeah! That outfit! It’s Valerie!”

The crowd caught a glimpse of the newly discovered two battlers about to have a contest: Valerie, and Pia. The crowd swarmed in drones to witness the show, while Valerie and Pia were on opposite ends of the battling stage, committed to their plan. “Welcome, my Little Monsters, welcome!” Valerie addressed the crowd. “The Demon Queen once again has arriveeeeed! Claws up, my minions, for this is a show just for all of you!”

”Brilliant! It’s Demon Queen Valerie! She’s going to be battling!”
”Against who, though?”
”Wait… that’s… Pia?”
”Wasn’t she in the news lately?”
”Yeah, about that scandal…”

“Looks like they’re all getting restless and a bit anxious,” Valerie pointed out. “I hope you’re not too surprised, Fairy Queen. When I invaded your realm, you cowered before my might, and made the DQ rule it flawlessly… Now here they are, branding you. Now we’re face to face again. Come to take back your realm, are we?”

“It’s true.” Pia started, sighing and shaking her head. She had replaced her hoodie and overall outfit for shorts and a light pink blouse with ruffles at the ends of the sleeves and lower part of the blouse. “I abandoned that which I should have protected and fled with my tail between my legs.” Pia dramatically held the back of her hand against her forehead. “But no longer! I shall reclaim the throne that I was so blatantly robbed off!” She pointed out, “And I shall protect and rule it better.” She cast away her face from Valerie. Her acting was actually quite good for someone who had to get into this role at the spur of the moment but she was enjoying it greatly.


“Alrighty then, let’s see what you got!” As an award for Pia’s determination, it was time for Valerie to get serious. She got two Pokeballs from her person. Valerie threw her two Pokeballs in the air. One of the Pokeballs released a friend who had long ears: Queen, her Buneary. Another released a friend who had two wings who fluttered all about: Nora, her Noibat. ”Hear me, Little Monsters! This is Queen and Nora, my two friends and allies! Now, show me, Fairy Queen! Show me how much you’ve evolved!” As her two Pokemon let loose their battle cries, the crowd cheered thunderously for Valerie and her Pokemon.

”It’s Nora and Queen! We hadn’t seen them in battle before!”
”Hah, if it’s the DQ’s friends, they’re sure to be strong!”
”Give her hell, DQ!”

“Gladly.” Pia smirked and threw up two Poké balls of her own. From them emerged her Cottonee and Eevee, Soma and Cintra. “I’ll warn you Demon Queen. We’ve gotten a lot stronger now and we are here to show you justice!” Pia once again pointed forward. Cintra looked a bit confused at what was happening but just rolled with it and showed a confident growl. Soma just really didn’t care for all the bells and whistles, he was here for the battle.

“Smashing! Let’s not wait any further, and let us battle!” The crowd’s cheering intensified as Valerie started things off. Pia is a very tactical opponent… but let’s start things off the normal way. “Queen, use Pound on Cintra, and Nora, use Gust on Soma! Go get em’!” Queen readied her ears—it was a trait for Buneary, using their strong ears for melee attacks to their opponents. Nora meanwhile flapped his wings with all his might, conjuring up a small wind storm from them. They were about to engage with their two foes.

"Cintra, use Sand-attack to throw off the Buneary! Soma, dodge and use Cotton Guard!" Pia commanded her Eevee and Cottonee with a smirk. As soon as Queen neared closer to Cintra, the fox-Pokémon dug into the stage to kick up the dust in Buneary's face, causing her to miss the hit. "Follow-up with Quick-Attack!" Pia followed up, allowing Cintra to quickly get a powerful hit in thanks to the adaptability ability before taking her distance again. Soma on the other hand dodged the incoming pound timely and wrapped his body in created cotton to protect himself for future damage.

“Hey hey, not too bad!” Valerie complemented. Nora was hit, and flew a few feet a little, but quickly recovered. “Nora! Double Team! Queen, Quick Attack! Don’t let that Eevee beat you!” Nora created a display of multiple after-images from itself, combined with Queen, who used her speed to jump and run - between hiding herself with the help of Nora’s copies, and closing in for a fast paced attack.

"Use baby-doll eyes, Cintra! Soma, fly up and use Fairy wind to get rid of the copies!" Pia gave them the counter defense that was done as instructed. Cintra used Baby-doll eyes to make her cute eyes sparkle. This caused the attacker to become less vicious and the damage would hurt less. She allowed herself to yet hit as dodging was meaningless. She knew that if Pia had wanted that, she'd gotten different instructions. She had faith in the strategy of her trainer. Soma flew up and used his Fairy Wind on all the copies of the Noibat, causing the to swiftly disappear until the real one was the only one left.

"Soma, use Stun Spore on the Buneary!" Pia called out quickly right after so that the Cottonee could let out Yellow sparkles from his tint leaf wings. He sprinkled them over the Buneary. "Cintra, use tail whip to distract the Noibat!"

“Going for a status move, are we?” Valerie observed, as the yellowish powder approached. “Well then, DQ gloves off then! Time for Thunder Wave, Queen!” Queen released static blue electricity from herself, and held it in the air. By the time the Stun Spore cloud was close, she released it all at once, allowing it to collide with the powder. Using her control over the electrical waves, she swirled both moves around and around. The powder sparkled and glittered using all that energy.

“Send it up!” Valerie finally ordered, having her Buneary release the mixture of both moves upwards. The moves created a small explosion, releasing light-green and very beautiful particles that rained down harmlessly both on the field, and to the audience. The audience stood in awe and then promptly cheered with this sudden, pretty display. “Teehee, not as glam as a real contest star, buuuut I think I’ve got some moves myself!”

Meanwhile, Nora did his best, trying to hover and maneuver from the constant brushing of the Eevee’s tail. “No worries, Nora, if she wanna be cute, we’ve got something that she’s gonna looooove~!”

The audience cheering intensified.

Here it cooomes!
Demon Queen’s favourite move!
Eee, it’s so pretty! I love it too!

They know what’s coming next. Valerie blew a kiss. “On fields of love n’ war, the DQ’s gonna rule em’ all! ♡♡Attract!♡♡” Nora cutely winked, releasing small hearts that circled around the air. Then, like blossoms in a storm, he released one heart after another, towards the Eevee.

“Those are indeed pretty moves but we’re not done yet. Soma, use Fairy wind to blow the Hearts back to them!” Pia called out. It was a very Val way of attacking so it wasn’t out of the ordinary for the perspective “enchantress”. “More specifically, towards the Buneary and let’s add a little spice to it. Poison powder.” She added with a clever smirk and tapped her chin. Soma, like the knight he was, flew in front of Cintra to protect her from the incoming heart and used his pink sparkly wind to blow them back. Combined with his purple sparkles, they made a spectacle to behold. What became of the three combined attacks was a pink, purple confetti chaos with big red balloons while they flew back to Valerie’s Pokémon and specifically hit the bunny Pokémon. Pia gave the audience a theatrical bow.

“Eva!” Cintra thanked the heroic Soma who stood in front of her, the more tsundere of the two only giving a nod in return.

That wasn’t too bad…
Pia sure knows her stuff.
That was so pretty! Did you see her contest performance too?!
Yeah! No wonder she won!

“Queenie!” Valerie cried out. Her Buneary was hurt, but… she was in bliss, the moment she ran up to Nora, and gave him a quick hug and a cuddle. Nora, being confused, turned to Valerie with a puzzled, uncomfortable expression. Though Valerie cheerily shrugged. “Guess she really likes you, huh?” That wasn’t the response Nora wanted to hear. He slipped away from Queen’s grasp, and fluttered back in the air. Valerie turned back to the battle arena.

“We gotta step up our game a bit, it looks like…” she observed. “Listen up, you two! Time for one of the DQ’s spells? You game?” Nora nodded, but Queen continued to have a loving gaze at Nora. “Then Nora, use Air Cutter! Queen! Er… do what you’re doing and watch Nora!” Nora launched razor-like wind blades that he controlled overhead. Queen, seeing this - seeing how expertly he controlled them, was in awe. “Now use Gust!” With a follow-up call from Valerie, Nora then uses his Gust attack to increase the velocity of the wind-blades, sending them with increased force and power towards the Eevee and Cottenee. “This is one of DQ’s powers.. Her Ultimate Wind technique!!”

That a flying move would eventually come their way is something Pia expected, that it would be two combined moves was something she should have seen coming considering this was Val. Soma, however, wasn’t any good against those flying attacks.

“Cintra!” Pia called out. The Eevee nodded, understood what her trainer meant and jumped up to take Soma out of the air and covered him from the impact. Once the storm subsided, a badly damaged Eevee remained. Soma laid there in shock while his friend got up and only gave him a half-hearted smile to tell him she was "alright".

"Soma! Cintra! Are you alright?" Their worried trainer called out to them. That was the call he needed to be dragged back to the reality that unfolded in front of his eyes. Cintra gave Pia a determined nod but Soma stood in shame and didn't respond.

"That was a nice display of your skillset, Demon Queen." Pia's gaze shot back to her opponent. "But I promised I'd take back my kingdom. At all costs." Pia gave Valerie a determined look and balded her fistsists. “But look what you’ve done to my people! I can’t allow this. I must not allow this!” Pia got a bit more into her acting, setting a convincing performance.

“Fufufufu~! And what do you plan to do about it?” Valerie eagerly asked, her persona shining through. “I thought you were going to show your people how much you and your friends have evolved! Or will you just fall under the Demon Queen again?” Nora and Queen were side by side, awaiting battle orders with fierce eyes. “If not, come on then! Defeat me, and prove you really are fit for your throne! Show me…!” Her voice deepened, and softened, before she stopped.

“We’ll show you!” Pia held her hand against her heart. “Cintra, use a quick attack! Soma, stay behind Cintra and use Razor Leaf at the right moment!” Pia commanded her Eevee and Cottonee once more but while Cintra followed her instructions exactly, Soma didn’t follow the Fox Pokémon at all.

“Soma?” Pia called out, watching her Cottonee not move an inch on the field. “Soma!” Pia called out once more to grab his attention but it fell upon deaf ears. Soma stood still and did nothing. But while to Pia and everyone else it seemed like he had given up, he was actually thinking. What could he do to get stronger at this very moment? What could he do to make sure that neither Cintra or anyone else would have to get hurt protecting him again? He needed to show them. He needed to make it clear to all of them…

That he, Soma the Cottonee, wasn’t just a showpiece for the contests.

He turned around towards Pia who looked even more confused than she already was. Not just that, he was currently disobeying her orders. With all that had happened to her lately, there was something else that the Cottonee felt like he needed to protect other than his fellow Pokémon friends. It was his trainer’s dignity.

He rushed towards Pia, surprising the audience as they all fell into a gasp.

What’s going on?
Looks like she doesn’t know how to handle her Pokémon properly
This win for Demon Queen Val is in the pocket!
Show her DQ!

Soma bumped into Pia, more specifically into her bag which flew through the sky with all the stones and trinkets that his trainer had collected over the past few months. There was something in there that he needed. It was calling his name. When it flew through the air together with the other stones, he knew that it was what he needed. Like a primal instinct told him that he needed this to become stronger. To become a true protector. A stone that was formed like a sun, a sunstone.

“Hey, what gives?” Valerie muttered, looking on.

He caught the sunstone in his cottonlike body and the moment he was exposed to it, Soma’s entire body emitted a blinding light.

An evolution?!
Yoooo! Did he just grab that stone by himself?!
That’s fricking nuts!

“Soma…?” Pia stood with her eyes widened. Cintra had ceased her attack and stared at her partner in battle as well. Once the blinding light faded, Soma was no longer a Cottonee.


Soma evolved into Whimsicott!

“Whimsi! Whimsicott!” he screeched and prepared a brand new attack. One that Pia had seen Milo’s Eldegoss do back in Turffield. Soma drew upon the power of the nearby plants and flowers that were used to decorate and gathered the green energy particles into one big ball that he shot towards the loving Buneary. While the opponent was still distracted, Cintra shook her head and also got her quick attack on the Noibat.


Both Queen and Nora both got hit hard by the simultaneous attacks, both crashing on the stage. “Whooooa, that’s SO awes-- I-I mean, so THIS is the Fairy Queen’s new power?!” Valerie almost broke character, but she couldn’t help but gaze in awe, and in delight. That Pokemon looked sooo cute! It kinda looked like Milo’s Eldegoss! Still, she turned back to her two Pokemon, who were both stumbling on the floor. “Are you both okay?” When they both eventually rose back up, it was an answer that was far better than something verbally communicated.

“Nice! You two are the best friends a Demon Queen can ask for! Now then, time to unleash… one of the tippy top of our powers! Queenie, use Thunder Wave! Nora, use Wing Attack!” The two Pokemon nodded to each other. Queen managed to hop on Nora’s back, much to her delight that she finally held her lover again, and while she was on top of him, unleashed her electric attack. Fighting through the shock, Nora opened his wings, as they then glowed. Queen stopped her electric attack, as the wings were now coated with a yellowish-green hue that glowed, sparkled, and spreaded out across the field. Nora lifted himself off the ground with his Electrically-charged wings, and flew himself towards the opponents. Queen tucked in her ears, readying to unleash continuous strikes with them when she was about to come in contact.

“Let’s see how your new power fairs against… the DQ’s DARK LANCE OF AWESOMENESS!” Yes, that’s actually the name.

“Oh no you won’t!” Pia called out. “Show them my lovely fairies! Show them our newly acquired power! Cintra, use sand attack! Soma, end this with Fairy wind and Razor leaf! Give them a combination that they’ll remember!” With Pia’s next commands, Cintra shot dust upward with her paws as she did before, clouding the view of the Noibat. Soma used his newly acquired tiny arms to shoot sharp leaves upward. He coated them with his fairy wind to create pink sparkly leaves and shot them towards the pair in front of them while their vision was obscured.

The Noibat/Buneary pair was struck with multiple leaves, all under the guise of the Fairy Wind cloud. Nora used his wings to try to block the attacks, causing the attacks to clash. The combination of leaves, electricity, and sparkling effects from the fairy wind and from the wings from Nora gathered and gathered until eventually, before each of the audience members’ eyes, the attacks exploded. All remained was sparkles of beautiful pink, blue, and gold powder to shower the entire stadium, and the audience. It was like time stood still — everyone was in awe from the beautiful display. Through the glittering effects, everyone’s eyes shifted towards Queen and Nora, as they hung in the air for fleeting moments… until they both dropped down to the ground, both no longer able to stand.

Valerie was stunned. Such a gorgeous display was in her mind… until the waves of defeat washed in her, and her fans’ minds.

Did… the Demon Queen lose?
No way…

Everyone in the audience had their own reaction. The air was tense, only to be lifted from sudden clapping from Valerie. “Hehehe!” her chuckle and slow clapping was heard through the area. She slowly approached Pia with a warm smile. “Looks like the Demon Queen loses. Just as I thought, you’re as strong as I figured you were!”

She then carefully and calmly grabbed one of Pia’s hands, and took out something from her pocket. Valerie handed something to Pia — a TR, and clasped her hand with both of her own. Valerie then gave Pia a playful wink. “Welcome back to your throne, Fairy Queen!”

Then, the audience members began to clap. The clapping turned into a rousing applause.

You were awesome, Pia!
All hail the Fairy Queen!!
Did you see how strong her Pokémon became like a strong knight?! So awesome!

Valerie glanced at the cheering crowd, then back to Pia. “Looks like it worked after all!” she happily said, letting go of her persona. “Woo, playing as a bad guy was tiring work! But it looks like it paid off! That was an awesome fight, girl!”

Pia let out a deep sigh in relief and held the TR Ice beam in her hands while her two Pokémon partners swiftly returned to her from the battlefield. With how proud she was of the both of them, iIt felt weird to give the TR back now. Besides, it was quite the valuable item… She’d take it.

“Thanks, Val.” Pia gave the other girl a smile, dropping her own act as well while she gave the streamer a playful salute. “And I meant what I said earlier. Let’s be friends for real this time.”

Valerie nodded, giving the girl a warm hug. “I think I can fully trust in you now.”







Pia's Party







Memories

STAGE 1: Wedgehurst -> Wild Area -> Motostoke

Wedgehurst
I choose you part 1
I choose you part 2
I choose you Final

Wild Area
Train to Wild Area ft. Raphael & Aeliana
Two birds with one stone
Two birds with one stone part 2 + Bird Brain
Wild Area with Arrietty

Motostoke
Double Trouble part 1
Double Trouble part 2


STAGE 2: Route 3 -> Galar Mine 1 -> Route 4 -> Turffield

Route 3
It's the most wine-derful time of the year | Part 1
It's the most wine-derful time of the year | Part 2
A Festive Fight to the Finish
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 1
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 2
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 3
A Two headed reflection

Galar Mine 1
Galar Mine #1 | Part 1
Galar Mine #1 | Part 2
Galar Mine #1 | Part 3

Route 4
Route 4
Coach McGuire
A failed attempt.

Turffield
Bad Company.
It gets worse.
Shopping shenanigans
A challenger approaches!
Gym battle: Turffield
Here and Now
Performance Post: Dreaming Fairy
New Friendships

Route 5
Homecoming | Part 1
Homecoming | Part 2
An eggcelent situation.

Hulburry
Gym battle: On treacherous waters Part 1
Gym battle: On treacherous waters Part 2
Hulburry Part 1
Hulburry Part 2
Hulburry Part 2
The Hypocrites' Waltz
The Hypocrites' Waltz Part 2
Duplicity
Duplicity part 2
Pretty Little Liars


Motostoke
To all beautiful things come an end...
Pray Return


Wedgehurst/Wild Area
Ending unplanned

Hammerlocke
A trip down memory lane
Sugar, Spice, school girls aren't nice.
Settling in
Cutting out
Make a wish
Common ground
Performance post: Sea of clouds
Chances and Chasers
Wake Up



Pia's journal

Arrietty Maverick
Pia and Arrietty met in the Wild Area although the two have shared classes before. It struck Pia as odd that the girl seemed to have no ambitions or goals at all. Although disappointed upon finding out this girl had no fire burning that would light her path, Pia made it her mission to help this girl get a goal and become a bit more social. Arrietty is the closest Pia can consider a "friend".

As according to their promise, Pia helped Arrietty get ready for her very first contest in Turffield. However, the girl ran off from stage when she was up. Pia has been feeling guilty for "forcing her into contesting" ever since.

Ruben Sancho
Pia met Ruben during Motostoke while on a double date with him, Arrietty and Ainsley. The date went disastrous with both Arrietty and Ainsley running off but Ruben and Pia were able to grow just a tiny bit closer during their search for Arrietty. They have been texting since and are on good terms with each other. They both seem to be interested in just a little bit more...

Ruben and Pia are officially dating since the end of the year festival on Route 3 following their "official second date" that went well. Pia knows about Ruben's ankle and that it's still hurting. They're in close contact with each other through calling and texting. They went on another date on Route 4 where Ruben had a gig for a coaching session with kids with the promise to spend time together after that. Both confirmed their feelings for the other by sharing a kiss. Pia likes him a lot.

Their relationship became public knowledge when a picture of Ruben staring down Pia's shirt was shared on social media and all gossip magazines. Ruben has been hiding it from Pia but as they went shopping, Pia got vocally attacked by a group of girls calling her out for being a whore and having no dignity. Ruben stood up for her and made their relationship public knowledge, no longer wanting to submit Pia to such harassment. Ruben publicly announced he likes Pia a lot and that they have been dating as opposed to what he has been saying before. Pia still doesn't know about the picture that's going around.

Despite the situation that had happened in the mall, Ruben insisted towards Raphael that they're just "friends" while Raphael announced to know more about their relationship due to being uncomfortable with the fact of calling Pia his "girlfriend". He has been slowly getting into the idea of being in a relationship with her throughout Turffield. The two of them visited his home in Wedgehurst during the events of Route 5 where Pia ended up meeting his sister Daija and his little brothers. He told Daija to stop calling her the "G" word but he ended up admitting to her he indeed considered Pia his girlfriend. During all of this Pia has been thinking about their time together and has grown quite fond of Ruben, more than she probably realizes herself as she has to constantly remind herself that she shouldn't be feeling the things that she is feeling. She believes that it will all come to an end but has recently started clinging on to a little spark of hope...

The two of them exchanged Applin's during their Valentine's day date where they also decided to release them, promising each other that they would stay together.

They've proven to be currently in love with both of them starting to show effort in their relationship. However, Pia's big secret that she's trying to keep hidden from Ruben is becoming a ticking time bomb...

In Hulburry things have started to get rocky for the two when Pia found out Ruben lied about not being in Hulburry when he broke into the gym Pia was having a photoshoot at with Aeliana and Nessa. He brought along Ainsley, two new friends Pia didn't know and Simon. The lie upsetted Pia greatly as lying is something she absolutely hated and the reason for it was so that Ruben could hang out with his friends. She hasn't messaged him since Nessa booted him out of the gym.

Pia and Ruben unfortunately broke up during the events of Motostoke when it was revealed that Pia's mother used to be a prostitute and pictures were made of Ruben with another woman.

Raphael Allard
Pia met Raphael during her train ride to the wild Area together with Aeliana. Thinking that he had a lot of potential in becoming a chamption which would benefit her, Pia approached him thinking they could become friends. Their interactions didn't go as smoothly as Pia had hoped. After their argument at the end of her battle with Aeliana, the girl ran off thinking she had blown her chances. Raphael doesn't harbour any ill intend towards the girl and only hoped to give her some advice.

They have resolved their issues in Galar mine 1 and worked together to battle Oleana in which they were victorious. Raphael brought the issues with Pia's overprotectiveness of Milla back up on Route 4 when Pia was refusing Milla from battling. Raphael spoke some sense into her, prompting her to finally trust Milla. Raphael understands Pia better now and Pia has a better opinion of Raphael now too.

They met again during the events of the Turffield contest and spend some time talking to each other while Pia tried to get Ruben to apologize to Arrietty. Raphael said something similar to what he said on Route 4 and confused Pia in her actions. He seems to know more than he lets on.

Aeliana Kekoa
Pia met Aeliana during the train ride to the wild Area together with Raphael. Although her interactions with Aeliana went a little bit more smoothly than with Raphael, Pia still ran off at the end of their battle in an attempt to distract her since Pia owed her money for losing. Although Pia has declared Aeliana her rival, they haven't spoken since and Pia attempts to keep it that way.

Pia met Aeliana again on Route 3 when she was on her way to the end of the year market. Together with Rosa and Valerie they went into an haunted mansion. Although they didn't converse much, Aeliana made some comments that Pia saw as snarky that were meant well by Aeliana. This indicates that Pia still thinks that Aeliana is out to get her.

Their friendship was given a second chance in Hulburry during a photoshoot with Nessa that Aeliana had invited Pia for. Pia saw this as a really good chance to start her own "career" rather on relying on Ruben and his fame. They shared a moment together and seem to be on good terms again.

Ainsley
Ainsley was Pia's date partner during the double date in Motostoke and is Ruben's best friend. Ainsley pretended to be rich and paid for the date with Ruben's money. Pia saw through the charade and called him out on it after Ainsley suggested they'd book a hotel together and make love. He ran off afterwards, angry that the feelings of lust he harboured towards Pia were not returned. Pia doesn't think highly of Ainsley and told Ruben that he needs "better friends".

Pia and Ainsley met again in the Hulburry gym after he and Ruben broke in so that they could ask Nessa's hand in marriage. He called Pia a "gold digging sket" because of her relationship with Ruben and the pettiness he holds towards her for the date that didn't end in the hotel room. They both dislike each other greatly.

Melody Argent
Although Pia and Melody attended the same Trainer school and were in the same class, they never once teamed up for an assignment. Both didn't have a very good impression of the other and avoided them like the plague. It's not until the Festival Fun-time Flurry that they have tried teaming up to win a competition as both of them were interested in the prize. They chased down a cheater together and have a better opinion of each other since their teamwork. They figured out that they're a pretty good team actually. Both of them thinks "the other is not so bad after all".

Valerie Amity
Pia met Valerie on route 3 where they went inside a haunted mansion together with Aeliana and Rosa. They didn't get to converse much but it was enough for them to establish some sort of familiarity. Valerie calls Pia "Lady P" as a nickname. Pia thinks of Valerie as someone with too much energy but not a bad person overall, maybe a little too naïve.

Pia was able to form a friendshop with Valerie in Turffield where she finally managed to catch the girl alone. Pia decided that Valerie's stream and followers could help her towards her goal of becoming rich, one she is trying to head towards to against ever since the events with Catherine. She feels guilty about this though.

Rosa Valdés
Pia met Rosa on Route 3 and went inside a haunted mansion together with Aeliana and Valerie. They were stuck inside a room together where Rosa found golden nuggets and shared one with Pia. Rosa's small moments of kindness seemed insincere in Pia's eyes, someone who is well versed with duality. When Rosa left the end of the year market after they had gotten out of the haunted mansion, Pia followed her and saw her crying. Pia comforted the crying Rosa but as soon as Rosa had gotten herself together again, Pia fell the need to call her out on her duality, telling her that how she was acting now was quite different from before. Rosa denied at first but as soon as Pia had driven her into a corner, she stopped trying. After Jirachi appeared for a brief second, Rosa walked off. They're neither on bad or good terms but both have things they probably need to speak off.

Simon Pearburgh
Pia met Simon in Galar Mine 1. Pia thought nothing more of him than a bug nerd. They partnered up to battle against Oleana and his clever strategies impressed Pia, prompting her to compliment him after their shared life/death situation on Route 4.

Pia considers Simon to be a positive influence and appreciates him cheering her on during the contest in Turffield where he appeared to be the loudest in the room.

Pia met Simon again in Hulburry after he broke into the gym that she was having a photoshoot at with Aeliana and Nessa. She was disappointed in his behaviour but guessed this was probably Ruben and Ainsley's idea as he just stumbled up behind them.

Catherine Carlisle
Yeah.... Pia really doesn't like Catherine but she enjoys getting under her skin.

Kit
Pia met Kit in the Wild Area. Kit had been trying to catch a Pokémon for days but had yet to catch one. He begged the girl to help him in exchange for money and a strange rock that he found. Pia taught him how to catch a Pokémon but after hearing that Kit is in search for his father, she decided to only take the strange rock as her reward and left the pouch with Poké behind for the boy to keep. Kit seems to have developed a crush for her because of that.

Daija Sancho
Daija is Ruben's little sister by 2 years. Pia met Daija during her trip to Wedgehurst with Ruben on Route 5. Daija was wary of the girl at first as she is well aware of her brother's "type". She has given Pia her nod of approval when she found the two being silly in the living room after she had left the house for a little bit to cool off. She thinks Pia is a positive influence in Ruben's life.

Jovian and Livia McMiller and Daniel
Pia met the McMiller couple and their foster son on Route 5 when she took a nap outside in the cold covered in her own Pokémon. Livia McMiller invited her at her home with happened to be the Nursery on Route 5. Pia investigated the Chimecho mystery of how she had suddenly laid two eggs. She appeared to be fostering them as trainer's had left those eggs behind. Chimecho have her a mint-green coloured egg with darker green swirls as a thank you for getting her wishes across to the McMiller couple.


Trainer ID


Pia McGuire:

Pia was born in the town of Hammerlocke in the Galar region and is part of the first graduating class of the Wedgehurt trainer's academy. Despite having lived in poverty, her mother has been able to pay for her tuition in alternative ways. She's quick witted and rather clever but is sometimes a bit "too" honest. Pia dreams of becoming an actress and does almost anything to get more money. When it comes down to it, what she really wants is to no longer live in poverty and live a bit more happily.

Inventory:



  • 4x Pokéball
  • Galarian Pokédex
  • Xtransceiver
  • Broken Flashlight
  • King's Rock
  • Sun Stone (used)
  • Thunderstone
  • Mint green Pokémon egg with darker green swirls
  • TR Ice Beam


Outfits:

Daily Outfit:
Spoiler:


Contest outfit:
Spoiler:


Ribbons:

Turffield Ribbon 2nd place:


Hammerlocke Ribbon 1st Place:


Badges:

Turffield Grass badge


Hulburry Water badge


Motostoke Fire badge




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Sapphire Rose

Only thorns left on this rose.

Age 25
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Over the hills and far away.
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Pia McGuire
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Beware of the Villainess




Pia had not slept a wink since the revelation of last night. Not only was her mother doing unspeakable acts… She’s also ditching her birthday because of it. Not to begin about how much worse the bullying would get if everyone found out…


She kept thinking about what had happened and had searched up what was supposed to take place in the Hammerlocke conference hall. It was a reveal party organised by the company owned by Franklin Montgommery, Veronika’s father. Pia sighed and got up. With the last ounce of energy she had, she made her way downstairs. She found her mother at the table, preparing breakfast for one person. Probably meaning that she’d leave soon…

“Happy birthday, sweetie!” Her mother greeted her as if nothing had happened during that night. Pia sat down at the table and gave her a weak smile, her eyes red from the lack of sleep. Her mother fidgeted, stood there and seemingly was waiting for a right moment to tell her daughter the bad news she had been preparing. She hesitated but ultimately decided there was no right moment to tell such things.

“Pia…” She started to grab her daughter’s attention, not realizing that this attention was something she already had. And not the good kind, Pia already knew what was coming. “I’m so sorry… I unexpectedly got called in for work tonight. That… means I won’t be here to celebrate your birthday today.” Pia’s mother revealed with a sad smile across her face. Pia didn’t look up once but flinched at the words themselves. Despite everything, it still was painful to hear. “We’ll celebrate it tomorrow, with a huge birthday cake to top them all and with a really nice present.”

Again… no reaction from Pia.

“... I-I’m going to have to pick something up now. It will be late tonight so you don’t have to stay awake for me. There’s dinner in the fridge that you can warm up.” Her mother walked over to her and gave her bend-over head a kiss before packing her purse and heading out. Pia was left there with her breakfast, that she hadn’t touched even a bit. It was a waste of food that they weren’t able to proquire as easily before but she also really couldn’t get anything through her throat.

How long had her mother been doing this kind of thing? How had she never noticed before? Pia only just now realised that she never actually knew what kind of job her mother did before. Things started clicking despite her not wanting them to click. She knew her mother had constantly gone from job to job… Had this actually to do with customers? … and what about her father? They never talked about him. Pia knew near nothing about him…

Was it because her father had just been another client?

Something then snapped inside of Pia. She sat quietly at the table, not moving an inch. The anger started boiling up again, the anger that had not left her ever since yesterday. Her mother was a prostitute. For all Pia knew this could have been her occupation all her life with Pia noticing and now… Veronika’s father, of all people… was the one paying her mother for her “services” right now.

How utterly humiliating.

Both him and his daughter were despicable. Mentally deranged from the bone and living showing off their wealth only so they could order those who had less around. The girl who sullied Pia’s dignity and pride for her own enjoyment and the man currently sullying the dignity and pride of her own mother.

She would ruin them. Both of them. She would take every inch of honor they had, put it in a bonfire and let it burn up in ashes. Nothing of it would be left once Pia was done with them. Their status, their pride, dignity and honor. Pia was going to trample on it all. It… was time to take matters into her own hands.

Pia went back upstairs, dressed herself in her school uniform and left the house herself to go to school despite what she had said about taking the day off. Her eyes were cold and her fists were clenched. Still, there was a fire raging in her heart.


She was ready to take revenge.

“You wanted a reveal party? You’ll get a reveal party...”




“Oh that top looks SO good on you, Veronika! I bet Aaron is gonna look twice now before he runs past you again.”

Veronika’s friends were sucking up to her at her locker while the girl was changing. They were about to have P.E class and were changing into their sweat suits but Pia was planning something else. She held a small broken mirror in front of her and turned it just well enough that she could see Veronika in the reflection.

“Aaron will regret it if he doesn’t choose me as his partner for the end of the year party.” Veronika put her long crimson hair into a ponytail, reapplied her lip gloss and took off her bracelet to put it inside the locker to close it. Little did she know that Pia was checking what code she was entering on her locker through the little mirror she was holding. Pia smirked and closed her own locker once she had seen what she wanted.

“Ouch!”


Pia screamed and dropped to the cold gym floor during the jogging they had to do to warm up.

“Are you alright, McGuire?” The teacher ran over and tried to help her back up. “That was a nasty fall.”

“What an attention whore…” Veronika spouted among the group as all eyes were now on the girl laying on the floor and being helped back on her feet by the teacher. Pia was doing her best not the smirk knowing what she was going to do to the girl.

“I-I’m fine…” Pia huffed, trying to look as distressed as she could. The teacher gave her a sympathizing look.

“Get some water and take a breather in the locker rooms. We’ll see you again when you feel a bit better.” The teacher dismissed her with a kind smile. Pia nodded and limped towards the locker rooms, hearing more whispers behind her as she did but ignoring all of them.

Once inside the locker rooms again, the girl walked normally again and walked straight towards Veronika’s locker to open it with the code that she saw her lock it with.

And bingo. The locker was open.

Pia’s eyes went straight to the golden bracelet that was decorated with various gemstones that average people wouldn’t be able to afford, let alone touch. An evil grin appeared on her lips as she grabbed it. It was kind of heavy for a bracelet. It was definitely bought just to show off her status as a person. How infuriating.

Now that Pia had the bracelet, she still needed to find a way to bring Mrs. Montgommery to the location as well.

Bzzzzz

Like a blessing from the heavens, Pia’s rage-filled eyes fell upon Veronika’s buzzing phone and the lit up screen that showed she had received a text message from a contact that showed up as “mom”. The message wouldn’t open unless she put in a pincode… Pia tapped against her chin to think, then tapped in the same code that was used on the locker.


It unlocked.


“Of course Veronika is the kind of person that puts the same password on everything…” Pia huffed with the same evil grin that had since earlier. “Guess I’ll be taking that as well.” Pia grabbed the newest addition to her plan and started typing a reply to Mrs. Montgommery in the name of Veronika.

“Hey mom, I’m going shopping with friends. Can you pick me up at the Hammerlocke Conference center at 8 o’clock?”

Pleased with herself, she closed the solution to an earlier problem and grabbed her own stuff to head back home. She knew that she’d be the first one that would be accused as soon as Veronika noticed her stuff was gone and therefore couldn’t stick around. Too bad really, she would have loved to see the panicking face of that wench.






As it was getting closer to the estimated time, Pia sat hidden near the Hammerlocke Conference building where everything would go down. She was only now starting to get more nervous. It was a big risk she was taking here but she had made her plan almost waterproof. If it was going to fail, then at least she tried. The results would still be the same.

Her train of thoughts were interrupted by the appearance of a beautiful woman wearing a sparkling blue fancy dress and long wavy brown hair with beautiful hair ornaments to compliment the rest of her figure. She was stunning. Pia knew her as her own mother. If the situation wasn’t what it was she would even be a little proud of what she was seeing but every image she had of her mother was ruined by what she had discovered last night. Every memory she had of her mother of the last 14 years was overshadowed by that disgusting truth.

Not long after, an excessive limousine arrived, delivering Franklin Montgommery to the location. The fact he didn’t even feel the need to pick her mother up the same way made it clear how lowly he thought of her. When he laid his disgusting hand on her mother’s bottom even more so. She was his property. An object. Something he could just buy. He wasn’t wrong but still…

The two of them entered the building together as was to be expected. Pia searched her surroundings to check if Veronika’s mother had arrived yet but when the coast seemed clear she crossed the street and got in front of the building. A few bypassers that passed to attend the festivities as well gave her some curious looks but all Pia did was smile at them. Not long later, another car arrived. A big and expensive one. It was black and the windows were blackened but Pia could still recognize the figure that was hastily searching around. She walked over and knocked on the window that slid down shortly after.

“Hi, I’m a friend of Veronika’s.” Pia gave her a beaming smile. Pia could see her eyes glancing at her from up to down even from behind the sunglasses that the woman was wearing. “She isn’t feeling well, she’s waiting for you inside.” Pia added.

“I’ll need to talk to her about what sort of people she befriends…” Mrs. Montgommery scoffed. She stepped out of the car and with a beeping noise she locked it despite the car being parked at a highly inconvenient spot for other visitors. God damn rich people…

Pia followed the women inside who immediately served as her entrance ticket as this was an adult event. The halls were decorated with a lot of extravagant items. Golden vases and candles left and right and a red fleur de lis decorated carpet. Pia had never seen anything quite like it but soon enough they entered an even bigger area. A huge ballroom in which the festivities took place. Waiters and waitresses walked around with a plate holding either luxury snacks or glasses with champagne. While the young girl had sparkled in her eyes from the sight, Mrs. Montgommery looked less impressed and only searched around for her daughter. Though it took her by surprise when she saw the huge banner with the logo of her husband’s company. She hadn’t gotten the memo that this party was being held by him but when she figured this out she started searching around even more hastily.

Pia had already seen her mother and Mr. Montgommery and while she realized who’s brain Veronika inherited when the mother was still searching for him like a Zubat lost in a cave, Pia decided to help her a bit.

“Oh no~ Is that Veronika’s dad? What is he doing here~?” Pia hinted at her with a voice so fake and sarcastic that she was surprised Mrs. Montgommery took her seriously at all and hadn’t figured out yet Veronika wasn’t even here.

Like a predator searching for its prey, the woman locked her eyes on a man that looked an awful lot like her husband even with his back turned towards them. Upon stepping closer with the clicking heels, both her and Pia noticed they were standing in a group. And yes, his hand was still on her mother’s bottom. Earning him another look of disgust from Pia.

“Honestly, my wife here is so beautiful. She makes eyes turn even from across the street! I’m lucky to be allowed to call myself her husband.” Mr. Montgommery spoke and gave the bottom a little tap that could be heard loud and clear for the people standing close...

“Excuse me?!” Mrs. Montgommery snarled from behind the group, causing the unfaithful man and Pia’s mother to turn around as well. Mrs. Montgommery was startled at the sight as he saw the familiar figure of his actual wife. He was sweating more than a Piplup on a summer day. He knew that he wouldn’t be able to get out of this unscathed. Though his friends behind him seemed to be amused by the sight.

“I-I can explain.” He tried but Mrs. Montgommery’s glare was enough to shut him up again.

Pia came closer as well and it was only then that her mother was met with an unexpected sight. Her face turned as white as a sheet. She was here. At a party. Not working. And not on her daughter’s birthday. She already felt guilty but the amount she now felt made her stomach turn.

“H-Honey, what are you doing here…?” Was the first thing she managed to get out of her mouth.

“YOU UNFAITHFUL SWINE!!” Pia heard Mrs. Montgommery’s scream in her eardrums. Everyone in the room had turned around to see the drama that was unfolding in front of their eyes. The music had stopped as well as even the musicians were interested. “IMPOSTUROUS! YOUUUUU PRICK! I’M DIVORCING YOU! HOW DARE YOU MOCK ME LIKE THIS!” She kept on screaming, Mr. Montgommery being the target of her slapping and harsh words.

“Let’s go.” Pia grabbed her mother’s hand and pulled her away from the situation. She knew that if they stayed there any longer, her mother would become the next victim to Mrs. Montgommery’s screaming.

“Pia, it’s not what it looks like...” her mother tried to save herself the embarrassment in front of her daughter and thought to do so by explaining the situation. Little did she know that her beloved little girl already knew everything.

“No? Then you mean to say you weren’t whoring yourself out?” Pia spouted. She turned around to face her mother with tears welling up in her emerald eyes. “You missed your daughter’s birthday to earn some extra cash? Mom what do you think this looks like to me! That was the father of a classmate! Do you have any idea how this could impact my life?!”

Any attempt that the young mother wanted to make in explaining the situation left her completely as she stayed quiet. She was hurt but… Pia wasn’t wrong.

“Let’s just go home… I want to forget this ever happened…” Pia tried her best to calm down but every word she said hissed between her teeth. Just before she was ready to drag her mother away from this messy situation once more, she remembered she was supposed to leave a “gift”.

“Hey! Mr. Montgommery!” Pia held her hands next to her mouth in order to be heard better. Once she caught the attention of the pitiful man, she grabbed something from her pocket. It was the golden bracelet decorated with expensive gems he had given to his daughter and the one Pia had stolen from Veronika’s locker. She held it up in clear view for the man… And then dropped it to the floor.

She heard screaming and yelling behind her when she dragged her mother and herself away from the situation.





“I have an announcement to make, kids.”

Pia sat in class and scribbled in her notebook when the teacher spoke to her and her fellow students. She didn’t look up at all and rather kept on what she was doing.

“Unfortunately, Veronika won’t be joining us anymore for class. It's a little sudden, but she'll be transferring to another school.” The woman spoke, clearing her throat after she was done. The announcement caused several whispers in the class.

And all alone by the window, the knowing Pia smirked.







Pia's Party







Memories

STAGE 1: Wedgehurst -> Wild Area -> Motostoke

Wedgehurst
I choose you part 1
I choose you part 2
I choose you Final

Wild Area
Train to Wild Area ft. Raphael & Aeliana
Two birds with one stone
Two birds with one stone part 2 + Bird Brain
Wild Area with Arrietty

Motostoke
Double Trouble part 1
Double Trouble part 2


STAGE 2: Route 3 -> Galar Mine 1 -> Route 4 -> Turffield

Route 3
It's the most wine-derful time of the year | Part 1
It's the most wine-derful time of the year | Part 2
A Festive Fight to the Finish
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 1
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 2
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 3
A Two headed reflection

Galar Mine 1
Galar Mine #1 | Part 1
Galar Mine #1 | Part 2
Galar Mine #1 | Part 3

Route 4
Route 4
Coach McGuire
A failed attempt.

Turffield
Bad Company.
It gets worse.
Shopping shenanigans
A challenger approaches!
Gym battle: Turffield
Here and Now
Performance Post: Dreaming Fairy
New Friendships

Route 5
Homecoming | Part 1
Homecoming | Part 2
An eggcelent situation.

Hulburry
Gym battle: On treacherous waters Part 1
Gym battle: On treacherous waters Part 2
Hulburry Part 1
Hulburry Part 2
Hulburry Part 2
The Hypocrites' Waltz
The Hypocrites' Waltz Part 2
Duplicity
Duplicity part 2
Pretty Little Liars


Motostoke
To all beautiful things come an end...
Pray Return


Wedgehurst/Wild Area
Ending unplanned

Hammerlocke
A trip down memory lane
Sugar, Spice, school girls aren't nice.
Settling in
Cutting out
Make a wish
Common ground
Performance post: Sea of clouds
Chances and Chasers
Wake Up
Faires and Demons




Pia's journal

Arrietty Maverick
Pia and Arrietty met in the Wild Area although the two have shared classes before. It struck Pia as odd that the girl seemed to have no ambitions or goals at all. Although disappointed upon finding out this girl had no fire burning that would light her path, Pia made it her mission to help this girl get a goal and become a bit more social. Arrietty is the closest Pia can consider a "friend".

As according to their promise, Pia helped Arrietty get ready for her very first contest in Turffield. However, the girl ran off from stage when she was up. Pia has been feeling guilty for "forcing her into contesting" ever since.

Ruben Sancho
Pia met Ruben during Motostoke while on a double date with him, Arrietty and Ainsley. The date went disastrous with both Arrietty and Ainsley running off but Ruben and Pia were able to grow just a tiny bit closer during their search for Arrietty. They have been texting since and are on good terms with each other. They both seem to be interested in just a little bit more...

Ruben and Pia are officially dating since the end of the year festival on Route 3 following their "official second date" that went well. Pia knows about Ruben's ankle and that it's still hurting. They're in close contact with each other through calling and texting. They went on another date on Route 4 where Ruben had a gig for a coaching session with kids with the promise to spend time together after that. Both confirmed their feelings for the other by sharing a kiss. Pia likes him a lot.

Their relationship became public knowledge when a picture of Ruben staring down Pia's shirt was shared on social media and all gossip magazines. Ruben has been hiding it from Pia but as they went shopping, Pia got vocally attacked by a group of girls calling her out for being a whore and having no dignity. Ruben stood up for her and made their relationship public knowledge, no longer wanting to submit Pia to such harassment. Ruben publicly announced he likes Pia a lot and that they have been dating as opposed to what he has been saying before. Pia still doesn't know about the picture that's going around.

Despite the situation that had happened in the mall, Ruben insisted towards Raphael that they're just "friends" while Raphael announced to know more about their relationship due to being uncomfortable with the fact of calling Pia his "girlfriend". He has been slowly getting into the idea of being in a relationship with her throughout Turffield. The two of them visited his home in Wedgehurst during the events of Route 5 where Pia ended up meeting his sister Daija and his little brothers. He told Daija to stop calling her the "G" word but he ended up admitting to her he indeed considered Pia his girlfriend. During all of this Pia has been thinking about their time together and has grown quite fond of Ruben, more than she probably realizes herself as she has to constantly remind herself that she shouldn't be feeling the things that she is feeling. She believes that it will all come to an end but has recently started clinging on to a little spark of hope...

The two of them exchanged Applin's during their Valentine's day date where they also decided to release them, promising each other that they would stay together.

They've proven to be currently in love with both of them starting to show effort in their relationship. However, Pia's big secret that she's trying to keep hidden from Ruben is becoming a ticking time bomb...

In Hulburry things have started to get rocky for the two when Pia found out Ruben lied about not being in Hulburry when he broke into the gym Pia was having a photoshoot at with Aeliana and Nessa. He brought along Ainsley, two new friends Pia didn't know and Simon. The lie upsetted Pia greatly as lying is something she absolutely hated and the reason for it was so that Ruben could hang out with his friends. She hasn't messaged him since Nessa booted him out of the gym.

Pia and Ruben unfortunately broke up during the events of Motostoke when it was revealed that Pia's mother used to be a prostitute and pictures were made of Ruben with another woman.

Raphael Allard
Pia met Raphael during her train ride to the wild Area together with Aeliana. Thinking that he had a lot of potential in becoming a chamption which would benefit her, Pia approached him thinking they could become friends. Their interactions didn't go as smoothly as Pia had hoped. After their argument at the end of her battle with Aeliana, the girl ran off thinking she had blown her chances. Raphael doesn't harbour any ill intend towards the girl and only hoped to give her some advice.

They have resolved their issues in Galar mine 1 and worked together to battle Oleana in which they were victorious. Raphael brought the issues with Pia's overprotectiveness of Milla back up on Route 4 when Pia was refusing Milla from battling. Raphael spoke some sense into her, prompting her to finally trust Milla. Raphael understands Pia better now and Pia has a better opinion of Raphael now too.

They met again during the events of the Turffield contest and spend some time talking to each other while Pia tried to get Ruben to apologize to Arrietty. Raphael said something similar to what he said on Route 4 and confused Pia in her actions. He seems to know more than he lets on.

Aeliana Kekoa
Pia met Aeliana during the train ride to the wild Area together with Raphael. Although her interactions with Aeliana went a little bit more smoothly than with Raphael, Pia still ran off at the end of their battle in an attempt to distract her since Pia owed her money for losing. Although Pia has declared Aeliana her rival, they haven't spoken since and Pia attempts to keep it that way.

Pia met Aeliana again on Route 3 when she was on her way to the end of the year market. Together with Rosa and Valerie they went into an haunted mansion. Although they didn't converse much, Aeliana made some comments that Pia saw as snarky that were meant well by Aeliana. This indicates that Pia still thinks that Aeliana is out to get her.

Their friendship was given a second chance in Hulburry during a photoshoot with Nessa that Aeliana had invited Pia for. Pia saw this as a really good chance to start her own "career" rather on relying on Ruben and his fame. They shared a moment together and seem to be on good terms again.

Ainsley
Ainsley was Pia's date partner during the double date in Motostoke and is Ruben's best friend. Ainsley pretended to be rich and paid for the date with Ruben's money. Pia saw through the charade and called him out on it after Ainsley suggested they'd book a hotel together and make love. He ran off afterwards, angry that the feelings of lust he harboured towards Pia were not returned. Pia doesn't think highly of Ainsley and told Ruben that he needs "better friends".

Pia and Ainsley met again in the Hulburry gym after he and Ruben broke in so that they could ask Nessa's hand in marriage. He called Pia a "gold digging sket" because of her relationship with Ruben and the pettiness he holds towards her for the date that didn't end in the hotel room. They both dislike each other greatly.

Melody Argent
Although Pia and Melody attended the same Trainer school and were in the same class, they never once teamed up for an assignment. Both didn't have a very good impression of the other and avoided them like the plague. It's not until the Festival Fun-time Flurry that they have tried teaming up to win a competition as both of them were interested in the prize. They chased down a cheater together and have a better opinion of each other since their teamwork. They figured out that they're a pretty good team actually. Both of them thinks "the other is not so bad after all".

Valerie Amity
Pia met Valerie on route 3 where they went inside a haunted mansion together with Aeliana and Rosa. They didn't get to converse much but it was enough for them to establish some sort of familiarity. Valerie calls Pia "Lady P" as a nickname. Pia thinks of Valerie as someone with too much energy but not a bad person overall, maybe a little too naïve.

Pia was able to form a friendshop with Valerie in Turffield where she finally managed to catch the girl alone. Pia decided that Valerie's stream and followers could help her towards her goal of becoming rich, one she is trying to head towards to against ever since the events with Catherine. She feels guilty about this though.

Rosa Valdés
Pia met Rosa on Route 3 and went inside a haunted mansion together with Aeliana and Valerie. They were stuck inside a room together where Rosa found golden nuggets and shared one with Pia. Rosa's small moments of kindness seemed insincere in Pia's eyes, someone who is well versed with duality. When Rosa left the end of the year market after they had gotten out of the haunted mansion, Pia followed her and saw her crying. Pia comforted the crying Rosa but as soon as Rosa had gotten herself together again, Pia fell the need to call her out on her duality, telling her that how she was acting now was quite different from before. Rosa denied at first but as soon as Pia had driven her into a corner, she stopped trying. After Jirachi appeared for a brief second, Rosa walked off. They're neither on bad or good terms but both have things they probably need to speak off.

Simon Pearburgh
Pia met Simon in Galar Mine 1. Pia thought nothing more of him than a bug nerd. They partnered up to battle against Oleana and his clever strategies impressed Pia, prompting her to compliment him after their shared life/death situation on Route 4.

Pia considers Simon to be a positive influence and appreciates him cheering her on during the contest in Turffield where he appeared to be the loudest in the room.

Pia met Simon again in Hulburry after he broke into the gym that she was having a photoshoot at with Aeliana and Nessa. She was disappointed in his behaviour but guessed this was probably Ruben and Ainsley's idea as he just stumbled up behind them.

Catherine Carlisle
Yeah.... Pia really doesn't like Catherine but she enjoys getting under her skin.

Kit
Pia met Kit in the Wild Area. Kit had been trying to catch a Pokémon for days but had yet to catch one. He begged the girl to help him in exchange for money and a strange rock that he found. Pia taught him how to catch a Pokémon but after hearing that Kit is in search for his father, she decided to only take the strange rock as her reward and left the pouch with Poké behind for the boy to keep. Kit seems to have developed a crush for her because of that.

Daija Sancho
Daija is Ruben's little sister by 2 years. Pia met Daija during her trip to Wedgehurst with Ruben on Route 5. Daija was wary of the girl at first as she is well aware of her brother's "type". She has given Pia her nod of approval when she found the two being silly in the living room after she had left the house for a little bit to cool off. She thinks Pia is a positive influence in Ruben's life.

Jovian and Livia McMiller and Daniel
Pia met the McMiller couple and their foster son on Route 5 when she took a nap outside in the cold covered in her own Pokémon. Livia McMiller invited her at her home with happened to be the Nursery on Route 5. Pia investigated the Chimecho mystery of how she had suddenly laid two eggs. She appeared to be fostering them as trainer's had left those eggs behind. Chimecho have her a mint-green coloured egg with darker green swirls as a thank you for getting her wishes across to the McMiller couple.


Trainer ID


Pia McGuire:

Pia was born in the town of Hammerlocke in the Galar region and is part of the first graduating class of the Wedgehurt trainer's academy. Despite having lived in poverty, her mother has been able to pay for her tuition in alternative ways. She's quick witted and rather clever but is sometimes a bit "too" honest. Pia dreams of becoming an actress and does almost anything to get more money. When it comes down to it, what she really wants is to no longer live in poverty and live a bit more happily.

Inventory:



  • 4x Pokéball
  • Galarian Pokédex
  • Xtransceiver
  • Broken Flashlight
  • King's Rock
  • Sun Stone (used)
  • Thunderstone
  • Mint green Pokémon egg with darker green swirls
  • TR Ice Beam


Outfits:

Daily Outfit:
Spoiler:


Contest outfit:
Spoiler:


Ribbons:

Turffield Ribbon 2nd place:


Hammerlocke Ribbon 1st Place:


Badges:

Turffield Grass badge


Hulburry Water badge


Motostoke Fire badge




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Pia McGuire
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Unspoken and unexplained.




Pia stared outside of the hospital window as she recalled the memories of old. She watched how young children played with a football on the field outside. Some of them wore hospital attires and some of them just regular ones but the fact that the ones with hospital attires were completely bald was… a sad sight to see. Her mind momentarily shifted to Ruben and the memories they had together. To the coaching gig he had to do during their date and the kids he was training back then. Hospitals always had grim atmosphere’s about them and this was no different. She heard her mother talk to her about random topics in the background of her mind but only gave slight hums and nods to show she was listening. The only thing she had actually responded to was that her mother wished for her to continue her journey.

It was strange, really. Strange how they never talked about the situation that happened that day again. There were actually a lot of problems and misunderstandings that were never explained and Pia couldn’t recall the last time they had sat down and just talked about miscellaneous stuff. It was just mother and daughter. Her silence hadn’t gone unnoticed, however, and soon her mother would give her a worried confused look. Was something wrong, perhaps?

“Hey mom… Why did you do it?” She suddenly asked as she shifted her gaze from outside the window to the brown haired woman.

“Do what?” Her mother gave her a questioning and surprised look.

“Why did you go into prostitution?”

There was a moment of silence for the bomb that Pia had dropped out of nowhere with which she immediately changed the overall mood in the room. Rosa wasn’t here so this time was as good as any for her but her mother had not expected such a question so out of nowhere. She was still in the dark about what had been going on for the most part.

“Sorry I didn't expect that.” Her mother chuckled. “It’s… different from regular prostition.” she glanced at her knees that were underneath the blanket while twiddling with her fingers. “I was an escort. While a prostitute is not picky about the customers they take and allow about anyone as long as they pay, escorts are often substitutes for a partner and only have a small group of regular customers. Not all of them have… intercourse necessarily.” She explained, not looking at Pia even once as she did which made Pia realise how insensitive it was for her to just bring this up with prior notice. “I had two that… p-paid for those services. The other two paid me just to be arm candy during excessive parties.”

Pia listened attentively to the words of her mother and the differences between the two parties. How short sighted it might be, for most people it just meant the same thing. You’re selling your body and that is a shameful thing to do. Pia… used to think the same thing but she had a lot of time alone with her own thoughts over the past few weeks. Rather than accusing her, she wanted to try to understand this time. Though seeing how uncomfortable her mother was with the story...

“Ah… So I only have like… 2 possible fathers.” Pia sighed in relief and shrugged at the words. She thought to throw something more light hearted in there but all her mother did was look at her in surprise and widened eyes. There was a moment of silence that even Pia thought was uncomfortable and made her squirm. “What? Please don’t tell me it’s that sleazy prick of a Montgommery.” Pia made the remark with a sheepish grin but when her mother still stayed quiet and even blinked a few times she grew more worried. “MOM?!” She called out. “I can’t be Veronika’s half-sister!” Pia shot up.

“Ha… Hahahah!!” Soon enough, Mrs. McGuire would burst into laughter. Pia looked at her surprised but also in relief because no way her mother would laugh if that were to be the case. She kept on laughing for a bit to the point she needed to catch her breath and regained her composure.

“I’ve only done the escorting job for two years. I didn’t lie about all the other part-time jobs I had before that.” She picked away a tear from her eyes. It wasn’t like this was funny but the way her daughter was worried who her father might be… it caught her. “When you were around 12 years old, you got really sick. Now it might be true that you’ve always been a sickly child, back then it was different. The medication you needed was more expensive than I could afford and we were in danger of being evicted while it was a cold and snowy winter. We had a hard time making ends meet. Just when I got fired from my job again, Mr. Montgommery happened to be there and offered me a job in the escort service.” She calmly explained what she had never gotten to tell her daughter. “I refused him quite harshly back then at first but… problems arose.” Pia’s mother went back into twiddling with her fingers. Pia noticed her change in behaviour and didn’t feel the need to press on further on that particular part of the topic.

“So… It’s none of those two then.” Pia sighed once more, surprised her mother once again and initiated another silence.

“Have you been curious about him?” Her mother asked.

“I can’t say I haven’t. He hasn’t been here all my life so I kind of resent him for leaving you alone with me. I had you so it didn’t bother me too much.” Pia shrugged but the glance she gave the kids outside the window was telling her mother a lot about her curiosity.

“Would you like to know?” She asked, giving Pia the option to refuse if she wished so. Pia hesitated for a moment but nodded shortly after. “Well then.” her mother tapped the sheets on her bed and while Pia had shifted her gaze back to her mother once more, she herself was now the one staring outside.

“It’s a long story but I used to work at a lab before I had you.”

“That explains the research books we stored in the attic.” Pia immediately intersected. Her mother sighed before continuing.

“I suppose you could say we were friends. He wasn’t usually around people but I think he didn’t mind being around me. The silence between us was... comfortable. We could talk for hours about Pokémon and research too.” Her mother smiled. Clearly these were fond memories that she was recalling. “Something… happened. It was mostly a mistake on our part. I think we were both confused. We pretended like nothing had happened after that for a while but…”

“But what? So he found out you were pregnant after that and decided to ditch you? What a prick.” Pia crossed her arms and raised her eyebrow.

“No no it’s nothing like that.” Her mother shook her head. She seemed to hesitate to speak again and Pia toned down her attitude in response.

“You don’t need to force yourself to say it if it’s hard.” She said worriedly.

“No, it’s alright. You deserve to know.” Her mother took another deep sigh. “It’s quite the opposite really. He’s a dutiful man. He’s someone who likes travelling around and continuing his research in different places. I didn’t want to tie him down but I also didn’t want to get rid of my unborn child. So… I left. I went somewhere where he couldn’t find me. He would never know.” She explained. Though the silence between the two that came after once more was suffocating to her. In Pia’s case, she was growing more angry despite the reasons her mother could have had for the decisions she made.

“So you choose to not let him know.”

“I… did.”

“Mom, do you have any idea how selfish that is? I understand but… this is a lot to take in.” Pia rubbed her temples. She had never heard or seen her mother do something selfish, this was a first. While she was doing her best to make sense of her thoughts on this, she suddenly realised something. The reason they never talked about it before. “Did you never tell me because you were afraid I was going to hate you for it?”

“... Yes. I know that was selfish of me… and I’m sorry.” Her mother clenched the sheets she had pulled up in her hands. She was nervous for her reactions, that much was clear. Pia relieved herself from the anger she felt and calmed down. This was not a moment to go judging her mother when they were finally on speaking terms again.

“Mom, I could never hate you. I am angry because that’s a series of stupid choices but... You’re my mother.” She stood up and sat down next to her on her bed to grab her hand and hold it between her own to comfort her. Last time she didn’t listen to what her mother had to say and that resulted in them never communicating properly anymore at all. They could not repeat that same situation. Everyone makes mistakes. She had too. Plenty even. To how she treated her mother once she found out about her occupation to the words she screamed at Ruben when they broke up. It was odd she only came to understand this when she had gotten older… Not every situation was the same but she didn’t feel she had the right to be angry. Not right now at least.

“Am I… Do I look like him?” Pia broke the silence.

“You resemble him.” Her mother nodded, doing her best to hold back the tears that had steadily started to form in her blue eyes.

“Huh. Would you look at that…” Pia pondered her mother’s answer. She hated how that small bit of information she had now gotten actually did make her feel better… She had a father. And it was not one of those random clients. It was someone her mother actually had a connection with. What form of connection was left in the middle.

“knock, knock.” A nurse opened the door to Mrs. McGuire’s room. “Visiting hours are over. The patient needs to rest so I would kindly request for you to finish your conversation. You may visit her again tomorrow.” She immediately walked over to the heart monitor next to Mrs. McGuire and readied her medication. Pia nodded and obediently grabbed her stuff.

“We’ll talk more tomorrow.” Pia gave her mother a kiss on the side of her head and headed off towards the door without another word. Her mother glanced at her as she did and suddenly reminded herself that there was still something else she wanted to tell her.

“Wai-” Her mother reached for her but Pia waved with a smile and closed the door behind her. The necklace she once gifted Pia when she was younger and she always had worn ever since… That was a present she had received from her father. Back then it felt only right that she became the new owner of it. Mrs. McGuire defeatingly pulled her hand back and held it against her chest. She could only hear the rummaging of the nurse beside her and the footsteps of Pia getting further away. “Next time.” She whispered to herself.

“Hm?” The nurse looked up.

“Nothing.” Mrs. McGuire shook her head. “Nancy, would you be so kind and bring me pen and paper? I’d like to write a letter.”







Pia's Party







Memories

STAGE 1: Wedgehurst -> Wild Area -> Motostoke

Wedgehurst
I choose you part 1
I choose you part 2
I choose you Final

Wild Area
Train to Wild Area ft. Raphael & Aeliana
Two birds with one stone
Two birds with one stone part 2 + Bird Brain
Wild Area with Arrietty

Motostoke
Double Trouble part 1
Double Trouble part 2


STAGE 2: Route 3 -> Galar Mine 1 -> Route 4 -> Turffield

Route 3
It's the most wine-derful time of the year | Part 1
It's the most wine-derful time of the year | Part 2
A Festive Fight to the Finish
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 1
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 2
The Mystery of Mew! | Part 3
A Two headed reflection

Galar Mine 1
Galar Mine #1 | Part 1
Galar Mine #1 | Part 2
Galar Mine #1 | Part 3

Route 4
Route 4
Coach McGuire
A failed attempt.

Turffield
Bad Company.
It gets worse.
Shopping shenanigans
A challenger approaches!
Gym battle: Turffield
Here and Now
Performance Post: Dreaming Fairy
New Friendships

Route 5
Homecoming | Part 1
Homecoming | Part 2
An eggcelent situation.

Hulburry
Gym battle: On treacherous waters Part 1
Gym battle: On treacherous waters Part 2
Hulburry Part 1
Hulburry Part 2
Hulburry Part 2
The Hypocrites' Waltz
The Hypocrites' Waltz Part 2
Duplicity
Duplicity part 2
Pretty Little Liars


Motostoke
To all beautiful things come an end...
Pray Return


Wedgehurst/Wild Area
Ending unplanned

Hammerlocke
A trip down memory lane
Sugar, Spice, school girls aren't nice.
Settling in
Cutting out
Make a wish
Common ground
Performance post: Sea of clouds
Chances and Chasers
Wake Up
Faires and Demons
Beware of the Villainess



Pia's journal

Arrietty Maverick
Pia and Arrietty met in the Wild Area although the two have shared classes before. It struck Pia as odd that the girl seemed to have no ambitions or goals at all. Although disappointed upon finding out this girl had no fire burning that would light her path, Pia made it her mission to help this girl get a goal and become a bit more social. Arrietty is the closest Pia can consider a "friend".

As according to their promise, Pia helped Arrietty get ready for her very first contest in Turffield. However, the girl ran off from stage when she was up. Pia has been feeling guilty for "forcing her into contesting" ever since.

Ruben Sancho
Pia met Ruben during Motostoke while on a double date with him, Arrietty and Ainsley. The date went disastrous with both Arrietty and Ainsley running off but Ruben and Pia were able to grow just a tiny bit closer during their search for Arrietty. They have been texting since and are on good terms with each other. They both seem to be interested in just a little bit more...

Ruben and Pia are officially dating since the end of the year festival on Route 3 following their "official second date" that went well. Pia knows about Ruben's ankle and that it's still hurting. They're in close contact with each other through calling and texting. They went on another date on Route 4 where Ruben had a gig for a coaching session with kids with the promise to spend time together after that. Both confirmed their feelings for the other by sharing a kiss. Pia likes him a lot.

Their relationship became public knowledge when a picture of Ruben staring down Pia's shirt was shared on social media and all gossip magazines. Ruben has been hiding it from Pia but as they went shopping, Pia got vocally attacked by a group of girls calling her out for being a whore and having no dignity. Ruben stood up for her and made their relationship public knowledge, no longer wanting to submit Pia to such harassment. Ruben publicly announced he likes Pia a lot and that they have been dating as opposed to what he has been saying before. Pia still doesn't know about the picture that's going around.

Despite the situation that had happened in the mall, Ruben insisted towards Raphael that they're just "friends" while Raphael announced to know more about their relationship due to being uncomfortable with the fact of calling Pia his "girlfriend". He has been slowly getting into the idea of being in a relationship with her throughout Turffield. The two of them visited his home in Wedgehurst during the events of Route 5 where Pia ended up meeting his sister Daija and his little brothers. He told Daija to stop calling her the "G" word but he ended up admitting to her he indeed considered Pia his girlfriend. During all of this Pia has been thinking about their time together and has grown quite fond of Ruben, more than she probably realizes herself as she has to constantly remind herself that she shouldn't be feeling the things that she is feeling. She believes that it will all come to an end but has recently started clinging on to a little spark of hope...

The two of them exchanged Applin's during their Valentine's day date where they also decided to release them, promising each other that they would stay together.

They've proven to be currently in love with both of them starting to show effort in their relationship. However, Pia's big secret that she's trying to keep hidden from Ruben is becoming a ticking time bomb...

In Hulburry things have started to get rocky for the two when Pia found out Ruben lied about not being in Hulburry when he broke into the gym Pia was having a photoshoot at with Aeliana and Nessa. He brought along Ainsley, two new friends Pia didn't know and Simon. The lie upsetted Pia greatly as lying is something she absolutely hated and the reason for it was so that Ruben could hang out with his friends. She hasn't messaged him since Nessa booted him out of the gym.

Pia and Ruben unfortunately broke up during the events of Motostoke when it was revealed that Pia's mother used to be a prostitute and pictures were made of Ruben with another woman.

Raphael Allard
Pia met Raphael during her train ride to the wild Area together with Aeliana. Thinking that he had a lot of potential in becoming a chamption which would benefit her, Pia approached him thinking they could become friends. Their interactions didn't go as smoothly as Pia had hoped. After their argument at the end of her battle with Aeliana, the girl ran off thinking she had blown her chances. Raphael doesn't harbour any ill intend towards the girl and only hoped to give her some advice.

They have resolved their issues in Galar mine 1 and worked together to battle Oleana in which they were victorious. Raphael brought the issues with Pia's overprotectiveness of Milla back up on Route 4 when Pia was refusing Milla from battling. Raphael spoke some sense into her, prompting her to finally trust Milla. Raphael understands Pia better now and Pia has a better opinion of Raphael now too.

They met again during the events of the Turffield contest and spend some time talking to each other while Pia tried to get Ruben to apologize to Arrietty. Raphael said something similar to what he said on Route 4 and confused Pia in her actions. He seems to know more than he lets on.

Aeliana Kekoa
Pia met Aeliana during the train ride to the wild Area together with Raphael. Although her interactions with Aeliana went a little bit more smoothly than with Raphael, Pia still ran off at the end of their battle in an attempt to distract her since Pia owed her money for losing. Although Pia has declared Aeliana her rival, they haven't spoken since and Pia attempts to keep it that way.

Pia met Aeliana again on Route 3 when she was on her way to the end of the year market. Together with Rosa and Valerie they went into an haunted mansion. Although they didn't converse much, Aeliana made some comments that Pia saw as snarky that were meant well by Aeliana. This indicates that Pia still thinks that Aeliana is out to get her.

Their friendship was given a second chance in Hulburry during a photoshoot with Nessa that Aeliana had invited Pia for. Pia saw this as a really good chance to start her own "career" rather on relying on Ruben and his fame. They shared a moment together and seem to be on good terms again.

Ainsley
Ainsley was Pia's date partner during the double date in Motostoke and is Ruben's best friend. Ainsley pretended to be rich and paid for the date with Ruben's money. Pia saw through the charade and called him out on it after Ainsley suggested they'd book a hotel together and make love. He ran off afterwards, angry that the feelings of lust he harboured towards Pia were not returned. Pia doesn't think highly of Ainsley and told Ruben that he needs "better friends".

Pia and Ainsley met again in the Hulburry gym after he and Ruben broke in so that they could ask Nessa's hand in marriage. He called Pia a "gold digging sket" because of her relationship with Ruben and the pettiness he holds towards her for the date that didn't end in the hotel room. They both dislike each other greatly.

Melody Argent
Although Pia and Melody attended the same Trainer school and were in the same class, they never once teamed up for an assignment. Both didn't have a very good impression of the other and avoided them like the plague. It's not until the Festival Fun-time Flurry that they have tried teaming up to win a competition as both of them were interested in the prize. They chased down a cheater together and have a better opinion of each other since their teamwork. They figured out that they're a pretty good team actually. Both of them thinks "the other is not so bad after all".

Valerie Amity
Pia met Valerie on route 3 where they went inside a haunted mansion together with Aeliana and Rosa. They didn't get to converse much but it was enough for them to establish some sort of familiarity. Valerie calls Pia "Lady P" as a nickname. Pia thinks of Valerie as someone with too much energy but not a bad person overall, maybe a little too naïve.

Pia was able to form a friendshop with Valerie in Turffield where she finally managed to catch the girl alone. Pia decided that Valerie's stream and followers could help her towards her goal of becoming rich, one she is trying to head towards to against ever since the events with Catherine. She feels guilty about this though.

Rosa Valdés
Pia met Rosa on Route 3 and went inside a haunted mansion together with Aeliana and Valerie. They were stuck inside a room together where Rosa found golden nuggets and shared one with Pia. Rosa's small moments of kindness seemed insincere in Pia's eyes, someone who is well versed with duality. When Rosa left the end of the year market after they had gotten out of the haunted mansion, Pia followed her and saw her crying. Pia comforted the crying Rosa but as soon as Rosa had gotten herself together again, Pia fell the need to call her out on her duality, telling her that how she was acting now was quite different from before. Rosa denied at first but as soon as Pia had driven her into a corner, she stopped trying. After Jirachi appeared for a brief second, Rosa walked off. They're neither on bad or good terms but both have things they probably need to speak off.

Simon Pearburgh
Pia met Simon in Galar Mine 1. Pia thought nothing more of him than a bug nerd. They partnered up to battle against Oleana and his clever strategies impressed Pia, prompting her to compliment him after their shared life/death situation on Route 4.

Pia considers Simon to be a positive influence and appreciates him cheering her on during the contest in Turffield where he appeared to be the loudest in the room.

Pia met Simon again in Hulburry after he broke into the gym that she was having a photoshoot at with Aeliana and Nessa. She was disappointed in his behaviour but guessed this was probably Ruben and Ainsley's idea as he just stumbled up behind them.

Catherine Carlisle
Yeah.... Pia really doesn't like Catherine but she enjoys getting under her skin.

Kit
Pia met Kit in the Wild Area. Kit had been trying to catch a Pokémon for days but had yet to catch one. He begged the girl to help him in exchange for money and a strange rock that he found. Pia taught him how to catch a Pokémon but after hearing that Kit is in search for his father, she decided to only take the strange rock as her reward and left the pouch with Poké behind for the boy to keep. Kit seems to have developed a crush for her because of that.

Daija Sancho
Daija is Ruben's little sister by 2 years. Pia met Daija during her trip to Wedgehurst with Ruben on Route 5. Daija was wary of the girl at first as she is well aware of her brother's "type". She has given Pia her nod of approval when she found the two being silly in the living room after she had left the house for a little bit to cool off. She thinks Pia is a positive influence in Ruben's life.

Jovian and Livia McMiller and Daniel
Pia met the McMiller couple and their foster son on Route 5 when she took a nap outside in the cold covered in her own Pokémon. Livia McMiller invited her at her home with happened to be the Nursery on Route 5. Pia investigated the Chimecho mystery of how she had suddenly laid two eggs. She appeared to be fostering them as trainer's had left those eggs behind. Chimecho have her a mint-green coloured egg with darker green swirls as a thank you for getting her wishes across to the McMiller couple.


Trainer ID


Pia McGuire:

Pia was born in the town of Hammerlocke in the Galar region and is part of the first graduating class of the Wedgehurt trainer's academy. Despite having lived in poverty, her mother has been able to pay for her tuition in alternative ways. She's quick witted and rather clever but is sometimes a bit "too" honest. Pia dreams of becoming an actress and does almost anything to get more money. When it comes down to it, what she really wants is to no longer live in poverty and live a bit more happily.

Inventory:



  • 4x Pokéball
  • Galarian Pokédex
  • Xtransceiver
  • Broken Flashlight
  • King's Rock
  • Sun Stone (used)
  • Thunderstone
  • Mint green Pokémon egg with darker green swirls
  • TR Ice Beam


Outfits:

Daily Outfit:
Spoiler:


Contest outfit:
Spoiler:


Ribbons:

Turffield Ribbon 2nd place:


Hammerlocke Ribbon 1st Place:


Badges:

Turffield Grass badge


Hulburry Water badge


Motostoke Fire badge




FE: Three houses • Dorothea Arnault • Moderator of the RPT

Fen-Fen

Me but more fabulous

Age 23
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5.9 Years
Haleigh Windsor and Pia McGuire


Spoiler: Memories
--- --- Wedgehurst ---
#1 - Meeting Corey
#2 - Caught Coraline
#3 - Catching Up at the Station with Melody

--- Wild Area ---
#4 - Meet Achille
#5 - Camping out with Corey and Coraline

--- Motostoke ---
#6 - The Opening Ceremony [MEGA JP]
#7 - Opening Ceremony pt. 2 [MEGA JP]
#8 - Opening Ceremony pt. 3 [MEGA JP]
#9 - Record Store Chaos

--- Route 3 ---
#10 - Found Orion
#11 - Smuggler takedown
#12 - Visions at the factory printing press
#13 - Breaking down in the woods

--- Galar Mine 1 and Route 4
#14 - VS Oleana w/Melody
#15 - VS Rosa
#16 - Cerise "battles" Orion, joins the team

--- Turffield ---
#17 - Turffield gym mission
#18 - VS Milo
#19 - Hanging out with the girls

--- Route 5 ---
#20 - Corey has a nightmare
#21 - A “platonic” dinner w/Achille
#22 - Haleigh turns eighteen
#23 - Rescuing Squirtle and Piplup
--- Hulbury ---
#24 - VS Nessa
#25 - Corey runs away
#26- Haleigh gets help from Catherine
#27 - Haleigh gets help from Achille
#28 - VS Nessa Rematch, part 1
#29 - VS Nessa Rematch, part 2
#30 - Going for drinks with Rosa, Ruben and Pia
--- Galar Mine No. 2 -----
#31 - Encounter with Rory ft. Aeliana
#32 - Encounter with the Black Suits part 1
#33 - Encounter with the Black Suits part 2
-----Motostoke (Revisit) -----
#34 - VS Ian
#35- VS Kabu
#36 - Simon and Haleigh pump steel and have a heart to heart
------ Wild Area 2 ------
#37- Haleigh talks about her parents pt. 1
#38 - Haleigh talks about her parents pt. 2
#39- Befriends Dart
#40 - Psychic things with Xan
#41 - Eiscue mission
#42 - Camping out with Achille
------Hammerlocke------
#43 - VS. Catherine
#44 - VS. Raph
#46 - Hitting up Strugglecon w/Achille
#47 - Achille VS. Roland
[url="https://www.pokecommunity.com/showpost.php?p=10417496&postcount=532"]#48 - Haleigh comforts Valerie



Miss Communication



Though Haleigh was eager to continue her way on Route 6 towards Stow-on-Side, the incessant heat of the desert had struck the Circhester native with a vengeance throughout the past week. It was probably the most physically grueling part of her journey yet on account of her lack of exposure to the extreme heat between the mild summers of Circhester, Spikemuth and Wedgehurst. It had gotten so hot that Haleigh had been convinced the heat was starting to make her a bit loopy, for she could have sworn she had seen Pia of all people following her out of the corner of her eye.

Luckily for her and her team, Haleigh had found a cafe to make an extended pitstop in. It offered weary travellers shade, cold drinks and even a small oasis for Pokemon to cool off in. Even if it was going to cost money, Haleigh was more than happy to give herself and her Pokemon a chance to rest and stay cool in the unforgiving heat.

Her Pokemon were just on the edge of her vision, playing with each other at a nearby clearing with various stone formations to weave in and around (though she opted not to have Orion or Captain out due to ice types not faring well in the heat). Haleigh, meanwhile, sat at an outdoor table sipping on a cold lemonade while she used her phone to catch up on miscellaneous news that she had missed out on while being preoccupied with other things.

The blonde mumbled to herself, “Let’s see, new Eevee Princess movie - ooh, Circhester 2-1 over Ballonlea, love to see it, Pia McGuire-”

Haleigh did a double take at the headline: ‘Is Pia McGuire’s mother a prostitute?’

She stammered out loud, “P-Pia?! What on earth…”

Haleigh clicked on the article and read through the first part of the article, describing in grossly salacious detail with language sensationalizing the oh-so-shocking revelation that indeed, Pia’s mum apparently used to work as an escort on the streets of Hammerlocke. The article went on to even suggest that by dating her now ex-boyfriend that she was perhaps pursuing a career in her mother’s footsteps-

Wait, ex-boyfriend?

Haleigh typed in Ruben’s name into the search engine, coming across a more matter of fact article entitled ‘Pia McGuire and Ruben Sancho split amidst allegations of infidelity.’

“Oh Arceus…” Haleigh felt a pang of sympathy immediately go out towards Pia. The poor girl, having to deal not only with what appeared to be a messy breakup, but to have some additional dirt out in the open for all of Galar to sickeningly gobble up for their entertainment.

Haleigh thought back to when she had seen them together along with Rosa at that Eevee themed bar in Hulbury. It was easy to miss in the moment - especially when she got drunk pretty early into the night and was riding the high off of her victory against Nessa, but there was definitely some tension between the two of them that night. Especially when-

It suddenly all clicked. The looks Pia had given her when both she and Ruben failed to match up with their lies and the fact that their relationship ultimately fell apart due to cheating; Pia must have thought the worst of her.

Oh muk. Muk muk muk.

Before Haleigh could even think of what to do with that information, some surprised yelps from her right startled her out of her thoughts and directed her attention to Dart, who had been buzzing around and getting a bit too close for the other patrons. She knew him well enough that the little bug was hardly going to harm them, but he was quite excitable in showing his affection.

She shouted after him, “Dart, give those people some space!”

He had apparently moved on to another patron, this one a young woman with long, golden blonde hair. Haleigh rushed over to the dragonfly Pokemon, directing him to fly over to Haleigh and give her attention instead of that other woman.

Haleigh nervously chuckled as Dart started nudging her own face for affection, “Eheh, sorry about that, Dart tends to-”

The words died in her mouth as soon as she registered who she had bumped into.

"Hello there, Haleigh." The young woman spoke in familiarity. "Don't worry about it, Milla tends to do the same." The blonde brushed a few locks out of her face while the Pikachu beside her gave a fulfilling smirk. It was the very person Haleigh had just been thinking of, despite her looking very different from what she remembered.

“Ah, Pia! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?” Haleigh had also changed in appearance since the last time the two had met, with her dyed purple hair mostly faded away to reveal her real hair color, her jacket and jeans replaced with a black tank top with a Marowak skull on it and denim shorts and most prominently, the flame tattoos she had gotten in Hammerlocke.

"Wish the weather was like the last time we met, it's so bloody hot out here it's a miracle I 'aven't turned into a fire type myself!" She chuckled, though there was a note of nervousness to her laughter.

“I… don’t particularly mind the heat myself.” Pia spoke, noticing Haleigh’s body language being different than usual and raised an eyebrow. She said she didn’t mind the heat but even she was wearing shorts, sandals with a small heel and a tank top. “How have you been?” Pia asked.

Haleigh replied, "I-I've been alright. I caught your performance at the contest while I was on a date with Achille, it was such an amazing performance! It's no wonder you won. Congrats, mate!"

Though her words were initially spoken with conviction, she trailed off at the end, now more obviously fidgety with her glance going off towards Dart rather than the other blonde trainer. She scratched her head, trying to find something to fill the increasingly awkward silence between the two of them.

“I see, so you and Achille are a thing.” Pia gave her a playful smirk but quickly noticed the demeanor of Haleigh change once more. She seemed to grow more nervous but Pia had no clue why she would. “You’ve been acting strange. Are you sure you’re alright?” the blonde asked with a raised eyebrow while the two of them still stood in the full flaming sun. “Maybe we should sit down somewhere. I don’t mind the heat but standing here like this is undoubtedly bad for our skins.”

Haleigh sighed. "Yeah, let's go ahead and sit down. There's... something I need to talk with you about."

Of course, it wasn't going to be easy to just bring something like that up - especially if it's a breakup as messy as it sounded - but Haleigh wouldn't feel right not getting it off her chest and clearing the air. Pia all the while had no clue what was going on and more question marks were raised rather than answered.

Haleigh gestured for Pia to follow her to a nearby two seat table out of the way of the other patrons of the cafe. Once Haleigh took her seat across from Pia, she looked back up to the other trainer, her expression serious.

"I...just found out what happened between you and Ruben. Some other stuff too, but that's not the important part."

Pia blinked a few times. Haleigh had been worried and nervous because of that? Like, sure, she didn’t really like talking about it with people she wasn’t all that close with but that was no reason to be shaking your legs.

“Ah yeah that happened. I guess you caught up with the news, huh?” Pia crossed her legs and gently put her hands on her knee. Not having any idea where Haleigh was going with this, she was growing more irritated while her mind was making up several scenarios. Back in Hulburry they were lying about how they met, she already found that odd. Was she here to tell her that there was indeed something going on between her and Ruben back then? While the other girl stayed silent, the usually collected Pia jumped to conclusions. “Look, I want to leave what happened behind me so I really don’t care if something happened between you t-”


Haleigh interrupted her and shook her head. "No, that's why I want to talk about it now. I need to clear some things up."

She exhaled deeply, petting Dart's head to soothe herself. "I realize now that we must have made it seem like we were hiding a relationship by how fishy we were acting, but I really wasn't with him. Trust me, the last thing I'd ever want to do is inflict that on someone else. It...happened in my own family."

Pia crossed her arms and tapped her fingers against her own skin while a new silence made place for the old one. Milla tilted her head towards the pair. The Pikachu felt a weird kind of tension but it was different from the one she had previously experienced with Pia.

"It's not like I really thought that…" Pia sighed. "But why lie? I don't get why you'd lie over how you met. You can't blame me for getting suspicious when the stories didn't add up."

By this point, Dart had contented himself by resting on Haleigh’s shoulder. Haleigh sighed again, continuing to pet the bug Pokemon on his head. "It's a really stupid reason looking back at it. Me and Ruben ended up seeing each other in some abandoned printing press on Route 3. It ended up being haunted by these Misdreavus and they got us in these really vivid and lifelike hallucinations that showed us some really personal stuff about us. It was because of that that we thought it best to just pretend it didn’t happen and made a promise not to talk about it again.”

Haleigh looked down, a pensive expression on her face as she seemed to mull over her next words. “There is one you should know about though. It was me and Ruben at his house in the dining room with his family. We both tried to talk with them but they could only see and hear me. They invited me to take a seat, Daija - his sister I think - was saying that I was a part of the family now and Ainsley said only Ruben could bring a girl and not show up. Then Ainsley said that Ruben was dead even while I was standing right next to him."

As she started recalling the events, Haleigh’s eyes lit up as she started remembering one peculiar detail about the whole thing. It didn't make sense at the time, but given that Pia was from Hammerlocke...

"When I started freaking out a bit because I wanted to be sure I wasn't going crazy and Ruben hadn't gone and disappeared on me, I remember Ainsley saying that 'these Hammerlocke girls be moving kinda mad’. I sure as hell ain’t from there, so it seemed weird for 'im to say. But you…"

Haleigh pointed at Pia. "You're from Hammerlocke.[/i]"

A silence reappeared between the two. Mostly because Pia didn’t know what to say about this story about illusions and the like. However, the fact Haleigh mentioned a misdreavus… it could mean Ruben had followed the one that stole her necklace back on route 3 and ended up there. Somehow it made more sense than the story initially given to her. Besides, what would Haleigh gain from lying to her now with such a ridiculous story? She knew to call names that she otherwise could not unless she had been close with Ruben. If she had been close, Pia would have known. Unless shadier muk had been going on. The realization of how much she knew about Ruben’s life but also didn’t know at the same time derailed her train of thoughts. Air that came from the top of Pia’s lungs left her lips.

“I see…” she said quietly. Milla crawled on top of her lap and laid down as she noticed the discomfort her trainer was feeling from this. Pia petted her and glanced up to Haleigh again. “I never held it against you if that’s what you were thinking. I left Hulburry behind me. You said nothing happened between you two so there is no reason for you to apologize or for me to forgive you.” she spoke.

A bit of a smile worked its way on Haleigh’s face as she replied, “Thanks for allowing me to explain anyways. I’m not usually the best with this sort of stuff, but I’m trying my best not to let stuff like this get away from me and cause problems where there doesn’t need to be any.”

Another small bit of silence fell upon the two of them while Haleigh searched for something else to say. It seemed they had reached some sort of mutual understanding about the situation, but something was nagging at Haleigh to continue the conversation.

“Have you been holdin’ up okay with all this going on? I can’t imagine it’s been easy.”

“I’m fine. I’ve just been busy taking care of things.” Pia shrugged as she spoke. With the whole situation with her mother still not resolved and the bills piling up, she had to find something that would pay a little better while still being able to go on her journey. The situation was quite stressful actually. “But more interestingly, do tell me about you and Achille.” The girl put her elbows on the table and rested her head in her hands with a cheeky grin on her lips.

Haleigh's own grin widened and she relaxed more as the subject shifted to her boyfriend. "He is such an amazin' guy. Sweet, passionate, suave, handsome, a great battler. I didn't know him well from the academy, but we kept bumping into each other on the journey - usually while there was something exciting or dangerous goin' on! Then, he invited me out to this real nice dinner on Valentine's Day. He said he didn't realize what the day was."

Haleigh giggled as she continued, "By the end of that dinner we ended up bein' all flirty with each other 'cause of the wine we drank and we've been dating ever since."

"Awww~" Pia looked pleased. Watching a romance blossom between two people was one of the things she enjoyed in books so much. Although romances tend to go about differently in real life, Haleigh's story was something that could have been in a fantasy story setting. Yes… it also reminded her a tiny bit of Ruben. "How fortunate. Be sure to treat him well." She gave a sly smirk.

Haleigh chirped, “I will!”

Before Haleigh thought to start wrapping up this conversation, Haleigh remembered the sightings of Pia she had earlier on the route. Though it was entirely possible the desert was playing tricks on her, it wasn’t that unusual that Pia had simply followed the same route as her going at roughly the same pace.

Haleigh asked, “By the way, were you followin’ me or something earlier on Route 6, I kept seein’ you right where I was but didn’t quite catch you. Anytime I’d look where I saw you, you kept disappearing.”


“No?” Pia responded, shaking her head with surprise. “I’ve only left Hammerlocke just a few days ago.” She crossed her arms and raised her eyebrow. “Also, why would I do that?”

The other girl could only shrug in response. "Fair enough. I guess the desert was just playing tricks on me then."

It seemed by that point, all was well between the two of them and that there was no longer a need for them to sit and talk. Haleigh broke the pause in their conversation and said, "It really was nice to talk to you again, Pia. I really am wishing the best for you. I know you can kick some major arse out there, either on the stage or on the battlefield!"

“Heck yeah I will. I’ll show ‘em.” Pia sat back in her chair and smirked.