Adaline greeted Zach and Adrianna politely. "This is Étienne. He aided me in selecting only the most exquisite delicacies for our picnic." Adaline explained.
"Oui en effet. It was my pleasure to help a beauty such as Adaline." Étienne recounted, a smirk plastered to his chiseled face. She noticed him glance tauntingly at Oliver, but only for a mere second. Adaline laughed courteously, silently wishing that Étienne didn't have to act so coquettish. She also failed to comprehend why he felt it was necessary to glare at Oliver so jeeringly, as if to intimidate him.
Glancing about, Adaline spotted a quaint wooden table with a gingham tablecloth draped over top of it. The table was situated under the shade of a gargantuan maple tree. "Look, that charming table under the maple tree is the perfect place for us to have our picnic." Adaline gushed, motioning towards it.
"Ah! Merveilleux! You have quite the eye." Étienne praised as he led her over towards the table. Adaline glanced behind her, towards Oliver, offering a feeble smile.
When the pair reached the table, Adaline began spreading out the mouth-watering desserts on the table.
Oliver gave Zach a smile and offered a handshake, while waving at Adrianna.
"Nice to see you, guys" He said "Sorry for the wait"
He just gave Etienne an unimpressed look, making it clear he didn't think much of his attempts of asserting dominance, nor felt any need to challenge him. If he wants to face him in any way, he'll have to speak up out loud.
So, for now, he tossed two pokeballs into the air, as Rafael and Aile jumped into the air.
"Good to see you two in good shape" He said, as he pulled something out of his backpack. "Now, time to eat" He said, with a smile as he served them, and boy, did they listen, going at it with gusto.
Taking a look at the desserts Adaline and gasped.
"Wow" He breathed "Amazing, Adaline, those look great" With a heave, he pulled his own food, while he admits it's rather modest, he liked it and made it himself, so, he felt a bit proud.
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Fennekin & Pidgey
Zach returned the handshake with Oliver as Adrianna waved back at him. Both of them also introduced themselves to the new guy, Etienne. He seemed like an interesting person already.
With Oliver, Adaline and Etienne sitting down at the table, Adrianna and Zach had a brief moment to themselves. As Zach was about to head over and join them, Adrianna tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around and saw her with her legs crossed very tightly.
"Um, I will be right back. I really have to go to the bathroom," Adrianna confessed as she nearly lost her balance. "I haven't gone all day....."
Zach let out a loud sigh. "Oh come on, Adri. Can't you hold it for a little bit longer? Don't leave me alone like this. Wait until after lunch."
Adrianna glanced back and noticed they were quiet a decent walk away from Santalune City, but she didn't want to make Zach more annoyed than he might have already been. "Fine, but can we please eat quick?"
"Sure," Zach replied. "Just try not to look too awkward. Let's not embarrass ourselves."
He gave her a light pat on the back as he headed over to the table. Adrianna managed to briefly uncross her legs and stand up straight, as she walked over to the table. When she sat down, she crossed her legs again and was tapping her feet on the ground. Zach sat next to her.
"Alright, let's eat!" Zach exclaimed as he reached for some food. He also gave food to Adrianna, who was just nibbling on her food. He put his hand on her leg, which was his way of telling her to calm down, which she managed to do.
Turning to Etienne, Zach asked, "So, I guess you are from Santalune City? Are you also a trainer?"
"Thank you! I just hope they taste as excellent as they look." Adaline commented, studying the desserts that were spread out on the table in front of her.
Looking at Oliver's homemade food, she smiled to herself. "Look's scrumptious. I can't wait to try your cooking." She optimistically gushed. "Oh! I almost forgot. How silly of me. I'm sure Paris and Vienna would be delighted to join us." She said suddenly, reaching into her designer purse and grabbing her Pokeballs, gently tossing them into the air before her two companions appeared in a burst of light.
The Fennekin excitedly dashed around the quaint table, while the Spewpa calmly sat in Adaline's lap.
In response to Zach's query, Étienne spoke rather curtly, his pompous demeanor becoming all the more evident. "Oui. I was born and raised in this beautiful city. And yes, I am a trainer. Battling is my passion and it is something that I excel at, if I do say so myself." After pausing for dramatic effect, he continued. "I've never been defeated in battle and I don't plan on diminishing my winning streak any time soon." He scoffed, almost in a challenging way.
"Oh, Étienne, I was unaware of the fact that you're a trainer." Adaline absentmindedly remarked, as she fed a finger sandwich to Vienna, who chirped with glee.
"Jolie! I am a man of many talents." Étienne complacently replied, winking at the blonde female who sat beside him.
Adaline simply offered a pleasant smile, before gingerly grabbing a small sandwich and taking a tiny munch. "Oh! This is splendid." She proclaimed, delicately wiping her red lips with a napkin to remove any crumbs.
Étienne grabbed a sandwich too, studying it rather deprecatingly before taking a bite. "Oui. It isn't terrible." He mumbled, unbeknownst to Adaline who was jubilantly enjoying her lunch.
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Fennekin & Pidgey
Zach didn't seem to like the way Etienne was talking about himself in such a pompous way, but he was intrigued by Etienne being undefeated. Zach hoped to be the one who could stop his undefeated record.
Before he could respond to Etienne, Oliver asked a question about everyone's hobbies.
Turning to Oliver, Zach replied, "My hobby is battling and being the strongest." Turning back to Etienne, he said, "I like battling so much so that I'd like to be the one to end your undefeated record! What do you say to a battle right now?" He stood up and slammed his hands on the table defiantly.
Adrianna was not keen on them spending more time battling and tried nudging Zach to get his attention. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to hear her and was only focused on challenging Etienne. She still had to go to the bathroom really bad. As she tried to get his attention, she briefly lost control and a noticeable wet spot appeared on the front of her jeans before she regained control and crossed her legs tighter.
"Oh, please be a quick match," Adrianna thought to herself as she regained her composure and tried to make it look like nothing was wrong.
Ignoring Adrianna's troubles, Zach said to Etienne, "So, you ready for a quick 2 on 2 match, or are you worried about ending your streak?"
Adaline was a little caught off guard by the situation that was presently occurring in front of her. Étienne, on the other hand, seemed mildly entertained.
He glanced at Zach, a jeering smirk plastered to his fair face. "Worried? Ne sois pas ridicule. Apathetic, perhaps. I have zero interest in battling you." He declared with a laugh, dismissing Zach in a rather brazen fashion. Étienne's attention was suddenly turned to Oliver, his dark eyes growing in intensity.
"You on the other hand, Oliver, was it? Yes, I'd like to face you in battle."
Oliver seemed slightly flabbergasted at Étienne's forwardness. Adaline gazed at Oliver encouragingly, concealing any astonishment that she felt.
"Oliver.." She found herself uttering his name without any forethought, internally reprimanding herself for her foolishness. "I wish you the best of luck." She finished, her cheeks turning rather rosy, as she regained her composure, smiling pleasantly.
With slight hesitation, she cast her eyes at Étienne. "Good luck to you as well."
"Belle dame, Thank you! My victory will be for you." Étienne responded winking at the blonde, before turning his attention to Oliver.
"This will be a two on two battle, we shall see how long you last. Ready?" Étienne asked tauntingly, a cocky smile creeping its way onto his chiseled face.
"Let's begin! Ames! Let's show this little trainer who's boss!" The dark haired male hollered out, tossing a pokeball into the air with great force.
A blue feline pokemon appeared in a flash of blinding light.
Adaline instinctively held up her pokedex in order to retrieve information on this peculiar creature.
"Meowstic, the Constraint Pokémon. When faced with trouble, Meowstic will raise its ears and create enough Psychic power to demolish a ten-ton truck. Its appearance varies, depending on gender."
"A Meowstic? How intriguing. It is fully evolved, indeed and it appears rather well-trained. I just wonder what pokemon Oliver will choose to face it." Adaline wondered aloud, Paris now hopping in the empty seat beside her, clearly perplexed by the battle that was about to unfold.
"Psychic" Étienne fiercely trumpeted after Oliver had called out his pokemon.
Oliver was mildly surprised about Etienne's challenge. The guy spent all this time trying to start a competition, but for him to be this direct was something he didn't see coming.
"Fine by me" He said, as he finished his food "You've been a complete idiote all this time, anyway" He got up, looking at his Pokemon, who just nodded, as he recalled them. Even with the tension he felt, he managed to give Adaline a smile.
"Thank you, Adaline, just gotta give it all" He admitted, before giving a mocking look at Etienne "Let's go, wannabe ladies' man"
"Aile, rise" He called, as the Tiny Swallow took flight. A Meowstick, huh? Interesting.
"Double Team" He called himself, as several afterimages appeared, as the psychic energy missed wildly.
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Fennekin & Pidgey
Zach was very annoyed at the way Etienne treated him. Before he could respond to Etienne, a battle had started between Oliver and Etienne, in which Zach seemed to be rooting for Oliver.
Etienne summoned a Meowstic as Oliver started with Taillow. Seemed to be an interesting matchup.
Zach walked over to where the match started and called out to Oliver, "Hey, Oliver, if you lose this match, then I am going to challenge Etienne next!" Hopefully Etienne would be up for another challenge, regardless of if he wins or loses.
He then reached for his two Poké Balls and brought out Froakie and Fletchling. Both of them seemed happy to have some time in the outdoors.
"OK, guys. There's this big match starting over here. See that guy with the Meowstic? He thinks he's tough. Wanna battle him after Oliver?" Zach explained to his two Pokémon. Both Froakie and Fletchling were excited at the prospect of having another battle and cheered when Zach asked them. The three of them turned to the battle and watched intently. Oliver seemed to have the upper hand at first, with Double Team causing Psychic to miss, but it was still too early to declare a victor.
Meanwhile, Adrianna was not happy that things had erupted into a battle. "Please be quick, guys!" She called out to the two trainers who started their match.
"Focus your psychic power" Etienne commanded, gritting his teeth. "Find the real one."
"Let's use the distraction" Oliver called "Quick Attack!"
"Come on, Ames." Etienne urged, as the multiple Taillows were fast approaching the feline pokemon. Ames seemed u locate Aile, stopping the attack in its tracks and sending the avian pokemon crashing to the ground.
"Aile!" Oliver yelled, worried because of how strong the attack looked "Are you ok?" With some difficulty, took flight again. Too stubborn for her own good Oliver thought, but he knew that goes for both.
"Charge beam, now! It's weakened!" Etienne called out, a smirk plastered to his face. He glanced at Adaline, who was watching the battle intently.
Ames began to charge electricity, before hurling the beam of light at Aile.
Oliver was on it as soon as the electricity was gathering. "Dive and Wing Attack" Time to go all in.
Ames was caught off guard by the Taillow's immense speed, sprawling backwards after its attack brutally connected.
Etienne laughed, but seemed in slight surprise. "Nice one, but we'll finish this. Psychic, again!" He instructed. Ames began inflicting pain on the bird pokemon with its psychic power, a devilish smile on the pokemon's face.
"Aile!" Oliver's hand went to the empty Pokeball on him, calling her back, to spare her the pain. He looked down, his eyes hidden from everyone. There was something he didn't like about this, but he knew he had to go all in "Rafael! Stand strong" The Squirtle jumped into the battlefield as his eyes started showing rage.
Etienne grinned. "Adaline! Watch closely and see how quickly I finish this."
The Meowstic jumped forward, lunging at Rafael, the murderous smile still painted to its face. Ames began viciously swiping.
"Rafael, knock him down a peg with Bite" Oliver called, serious.
Ames yelped as the Squirtle bit it. "Ames! What are you doing? Fight back." Etienne cried, trying to remain calm. His cocky disposition suddenly faltered.
Oliver gave him a rather cold look"Not so brave now, are you? Bite him again and end him"
Ames collapsed onto the ground, Etienne returning his parnter to its pokeball with a shaky hand. "Que se passe-t-il!" He cried, before calling out his next pokemon, a Litwick.
Etienne seemed a bit unnerved and slightly erratic. "Flame burst, Lumiere!" He called.
The ghost pokemon sent a burst of raging flames towards the Squirtle, with the attack landing dead on in a gargantuan explosion.
"A powerful move, but it's rather ineffective." Adaline commented.
"Rafael, Water Gun" Oliver said, rolling his shoulders Just let it all out He thought Don't let this take away of your values and the fun of a battle.
"Dodge!" Etienne commanded. Unfortunately, the Litwick was a tad sluggish and was hit with the water-type attack.
"Lumiere!" Etienne clenched his jaw and sighed rather gruffly, carefully deliberating his next move. The odds were now evidently stacked against him, as Oliver had the clear type advantage. He was now frantic, desperate even. And he hated to admit it.
"Muk." He muttered, observing his pokemon in its vulnerable state. "Will-O-Wisp!" The Litwick flung eerily blue flames toward the Squirtle.
"Water Gun" Oliver called. He might give Étienne some advice to cope with things weren't going his way. He was a performer, after all. The water gun extinguished the flames instantaneously, before colliding with Lumiere, sending it reeling backward, before handing in a heap on the ground, a cloud of dust in the air.
Etienne nervously coughed as the smoke cleared, revealing that his companion had been knocked out. Reluctantly, he returned the Litwick back to its pokeball before scoffing.
"I can't believe it." Was all he said, his tone was so faint that his words were practically inaudible. "I was defeated..'' He continued, his ego now deflated.
Adaline glanced sympathetically at Etienne, much to his bemusement. "I don't need your pity, fair Adaline. Oliver is stronger than I am. I am not worthy of you." He stated, looking away shamefully.
"Don't be silly, Etienne. It was a marvelous battle. You both did splendid." Adaline stated, her rogue lips curved into a smile.
Etienne approached the blonde before kneeling down and planting a kiss upon her delicate hand.
"Je suis tellement gênée. Comme je l'ai dit, je ne te mérite pas, belle fille. Mon temps avec toi était incroyable, mais maintenant je dois dire au revoir pour le moment."
"We shall meet again. Next time, you better watch out." Etienne announced, smirking at Oliver. "Do take care of Adaline now. She's precious. Farewell."
With that, Etienne headed back into Santalune.
"Au revoir." Adaline breathed, as she watched Etienne's silhouette disappear.
Her cheeks were rosy as she smiled at Oliver. "Congratulations."
(OOC: Looks like the forums are finally back up and running, so things can continue! Seems like several posts were deleted during the downtime, but it seems the mods are looking into it. BTW, I added links to what outfits my characters have worn thus far into my first post. Feel free to catalogue the outfits your characters wear too. I did make minor changes from the casting thread.) Zach Walker
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Froakie & Fletchling
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Fennekin & Pidgey
Zach was very impressed with the battle put on by Etienne and Oliver, even though he did not have the opportunity to battle either of them, as he wanted. Nonetheless, he said goodbye to Etienne, somewhat relieved that he wouldn't be sticking around.
"I'm sure that won't be the last time we see him," Zach thought to himself. He then remembered his girlfriend's predicament and went over to go see her while Oliver and Adaline were busy saying their goodbyes to Etienne.
Adrianna had slowly stood up from her seat and was leaning against the table with her legs crossed tightly. She didn't pay too much attention to the battle and was at least a little relieved it was over, hoping they'd finally get a move on. She wanted to get to her house in Lumiose City.
"Hey, Adri. How're you holding up?" Zach cheerfully asked his girlfriend, before glancing down a noticing a big wet spot on her jeans. He then shouted, "Adri! You had an accident!"
Adrianna blushed heavily out of embarrassment at that remark and attempted to cover it up with her hands. "Shhh.....please, not so loud," Adrianna insisted nearly in tears, not wanting her embarrassing situation to get more attention. "This is why we need to get going now. I need to head home."
Zach ignored her and walked over to Adaline and Oliver and said to them, "So, my girlfriend is basically a toddler now and she wants us to get a move on to Lumiose City. Are you guys ready?"
While Zach was talking to Oliver and Adaline, Adrianna chose not to wait. She started walking in the direction of Lumiose City, stopping every few steps to cross her legs tightly and prevent her little accident from getting even worse.
Adaline placed the leftover desserts into a container before tucking the container away in her designer purse. "I'm ready." She placidly confirmed, standing up and gently smoothing the skirt of her blue, silky dress. She slung her purse over her shoulder, her golden locks falling down her back in waves. "Come on, darlings! We're off to Lumiose city." Adaline optimistically announced to her two pokemon companions.
"Fenne! Fennekin!" Paris cheered.
"Spew! Spew!" Vienna beamed.
Adaline scooped up Vienna in her arms, gingerly holding the bug-type pokemon to her chest. Paris eagerly followed her as she elegantly ambled down the dirt path.
As she walked, her mind drifted to Etienne. Would she see him again? Would he stay and continue to work at délices décadentes, or would he perhaps embark on a journey as a trainer? It was difficult to say. Adaline dismissed these thoughts, suddenly, feeling foolish for concerning herself with a young man whom she'd met only hours before. Glancing back at Oliver, who strolled a bit behind her, she smiled to herself.
As Lumiose came into view, over the treetops that lined the path, Adaline felt excitement bubble up inside her. She was looking forward to shopping at the finest of boutiques the city had to offer. Though her feet ached slightly from the long walk, she marched onward. White stilettos wasn't exactly the most practical choice of footwear, but Adaline was a firm believer in the classic saying: "fashion over function."
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Fennekin & Pidgey
"Oh god, I hope I can make it," Adrianna muttered to herself as she crossed her legs tightly and leaned up against a nearby tree. She knew that there was still a fair amount of walking left before she reached her house. Glancing back, she noticed that the others had started to catch up to her. She didn't want to wait and continued towards Lumiose.
"Wait up, Adri!" Zach called out to her before turning to Oliver and Adaline and saying "She really has to use the bathroom. What a baby," Adrianna didn't hear Zach's last comment, but reluctantly waited for the others to catch up to her.
"Hey, guys," Adrianna addressed the group with a forced smile, as she bent down and tried to cover up the wet spot she had while simultaneously trying to prevent a bigger accident. In short, she looked very awkward.
"Wow, you don't look so great," Zach jokingly commented, trying to make light of her situation. Adrianna wasn't amused though.
"So, I'd really appreciate if we could just get a move on now. I really need to get to Lumiose City soon and even though I see the city in the distance, we still have quite a bit of ground to cover," Adrianna explained to her friends in a rushed and nervous tone.
After she finished explaining, she winced and felt her legs shaking. "Um, I'll be right back," She stated before running off into the nearby woods. She couldn't hold it anymore! When the others were out of sight, she tried desperately to undo her belt, but it wouldn't come off. "No, no, no, no, no!" Unfortunately, she couldn't hold it in anymore and lost control, now having an obvious accident in her blue jeans. Adrianna almost started crying as she looked at the front and back of her jeans, which were wet from the top to below her knees. There was no way she could hide this accident from her friends. She frantically took off her jacket, hoping to use it to cover legs and hide what happened.
Meanwhile, Zach was getting tired of waiting. He turned to Oliver and Adaline and said, "I'll go see what's taking her so long." He headed in the direction Adrianna initially ran off to and eventually found his girlfriend nearly in tears and with wet pants.
"Jesus, Adri. Are you kidding me right now?" Zach asked in complete astonishment. He couldn't believe that a teenage girl could have accidents like this anymore.
"It's your damn fault!" Adrianna barked by at him. "You rushed us out of the hotel room this morning so I didn't have any time to use the bathroom. Now you made me ruin my favorite jeans! $100 vintage Levi's...."
"Oh, give me a break. You're such a baby," Zach replied as he Adrianna tied her jacket around her waist, which didn't help because the jacket was too small.
"S-sorry," Adrianna said, obviously feeling a sense of guilt.
Zach shook his head. "Whatever. Never do this again. Let's just go. They're waiting for us." He grabbed Adrianna's hand and started walking back to where Oliver and Adaline were. Adrianna's face turned bright red, as she felt embarrassed that he friends would have to see her like this.
When the two got back, Zach, obviously very annoyed, said to Oliver and Adaline, "So, my girlfriend just had an accident."
"No! I just spilled water from my water bottle," She angrily insisted before letting go of Zach's hand and walking in the direction of Lumiose City as tears filled her eyes.
"What a baby," Zach muttered as he turned back to Oliver and Adaline. "Sorry you guys had to see that. She's not having a good day."
How could you so evidently mistreat your girlfriend? She thought disapprovingly.
Adaline returned her pokemon to their respective pokeballs before racing after Adrianna, who was speedily heading towards the metropolis. "Adrianna!" She called, slightly exasperated. Adaline had mastered the art of walking in heels, as she wore them often. Running, however, proved to be tad more difficult.
Seeing her friend's tear-stained cheeks, her heart deflated. "It's alright, hun! We'll get you to Lumiose as swifty as possible, I promise." Adaline consoled, enveloping the brunette female in a hug.
"Zach's been unnecessarily callous towards you, but please pay him no mind." She stated, her voice laced with sympathy.
Adaline linked her arm in Adrianna's as the two young women rushed down the dirt path and into the expansive, shining city. Upon seeing a pokemon centre, Adaline and Adrianna dashed across the cobblestone street, dodging cars, cyclists, and Skiddos alike.
As the entered the restoration facility, they were joyfully greeted by Nurse Joy.
"Bonjour." Adaline replied to the candy-haired health care professional. "Do you know where we could find a bathroom?"
"Oh, just down this hallway, first door on the left." The nurse cheerfully responded.
"Merci." Adaline thanked, before leading Adrianna to the bathroom's location.
"Here, you can change into this, hun." Adaline instructed, producing a silky navy blue slip dress and a white cardigan from her designer purse. "Perhaps, we could go shopping afterward and get you a new wardrobe!" Adaline suggested, hoping to lift her friend's fallen spirits.
(OOC: Updated the first post with Adrianna's new clothes.) Zach Walker
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Froakie & Fletchling
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Fennekin & Pidgey
Adrianna was very much appreciative of how helpful Adaline was, but she really wanted to get changed at home instead. She didn't have an opportunity to tell Adaline this until they had gotten into the bathroom at the center.
As Adaline pulled out some clothes, Adrianna said, "I really appreciate this, but I can't wear someone else's clothes. Besides, I don't wear dresses. I forgot to pack an extra change of clothes, so I'm going to go home and put on some new jeans. My house is not far."
She wiped away tears from her cheeks and motioned for Adaline to follow her. She looked back down at her wet pants again before taking a deep breath and heading back outside. Luckily, her house really was not far, though that didn't stop them from passing by people who stared at her accident. Adrianna tried her best to ignore them.
"OK, here we are," Adrianna commented as the duo made their way up the front steps to her house. Fortunately, it looked like no one else was home, so her family wouldn't find out about her accident. She unlocked the front door with her keys and then headed straight into her bedroom. Reaching into her wardrobe, she pulled out a pair of vintage Levi's 501 blue jeans, which she planned on wearing, and then put some crop tops and blue jeans into her bag for later in the adventure. She took off her ankle boots, which got ruined from her accident, and took out brown ankle boots from her closet.
She then tried to take off the belt she was wearing, but it was still stuck. "Why is this dumb belt so hard to take off?" Adrianna asked herself out loud before finally getting it loose. "Ugh, took long enough!" Then she started struggling with the zipper of her wet jeans. "Oh, this is so annoying!" When she finally got it down, she was able to pull off her jeans and put on dry ones. Being button-fly, she didn't have to worry about an annoying zipper. Adrianna opted for no new belt because of how hard it was to take off her other one and instead put her team into her bag along with her jacket.
After putting on the new clothes, she put the dirty clothes into the wash along with the other dirty laundry, planning to check on it before she leaves the city. Before heading back to see Adaline in the living room, she got cleaned up in the bathroom and put her usual makeup back on. She took a deep breath before heading back to meet her friend.
Immediately, she gave Adaline a big hug. "Thank you so much for all the help, Adaline! You are my best friend!" She then backed out of the hug and moved back before asking, "So, do I look good? You think the boys will like it?"
You look lovely, hun." Adaline gushed, glancing approvingly at her friend's outfit.
"And of course I'd offer you assistance. That's what friends are for." Adaline exclaimed, squeezing her friend's hand gently while offering her an empathetic gaze.
"Would you like to discuss what occurred between you and Zach? It might make you feel a little better."
Before Adrianna was able to answer, Adaline's cell phone began to violently ring, the sound of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake filled the air. Adaline had chosen the famous musical piece as her ringtone due to her adoration for classical music.
Studying her phone momentarily, her mouth hung agape as she gasped in surprise. "Please do excuse me, I must answer this." She said before briskly exiting Adrianna's humble abode.
"Hello, Father." Adaline greeted, her voice cold as ice.
"Greetings, Adaline. I have heard from your mother that you are embarking on a pokemon journey. I was hoping to chat with you when you are in Lumiose."
"I am currently in Lumiose, Father. I'm visiting a dear friend of mine."
"Very well then. If you tell me the address I shall send forth a limousine to get you."
"I apologize for any inconvenience, Father, but now isn't the most appropriate time-"
He cut her off. A brusque man he is.
"Adaline, dearest, be reasonable. I am a very busy man, I have a business to run. Now, what is the address of your current location?"
Adaline sighed quietly before informing her father on her present whereabouts.
"Splendid. I shall let Gerard know. The limousine will be there in 5 minutes or less."
And with that, he hung up. Adaline solemnly glanced out to the busy street, defeated.
She entered the house again and explained to her friend about the conversation she had with her father.
"I do apologize, Adrianna. I feel awful leaving you so swiftly. My Father can be quite demanding you see."
A moment later, a sleek, jet black limousine appeared out of the window. Gerard, the old, weathered driver sat in the front seat, a thick white moustache concealing his kind smile. Adaline hugged her friend goodbye before exiting the house and entering the Limousine.
"Bonjour, mademoiselle Kestel, ravie de vous revoir." Gerard cheerfully greeted her as he chivalrously held the door open. He spoke little English and so relied on communicating in his native tongue, French.
"Bonjour Gérard, ravi de vous voir aussi."
Gerard Donadieu had been the Kestel family's butler for over 20 years. His eldest son, Marko, was an employee for my father at his expansive software company. Gerard and his family were really an extension of our own family, and they were commonly invited to the frequent banquets that my father loved to host, when he wasn't working.
"Nous ne devons pas faire attendre ton père." Gerard commented before driving off.
Route 4, Kalos
Team: Fennekin & Pidgey
Adrianna was about to answer Adaline's question before Adaline received a call on her cell phone. Before she knew it, Adaline had left her house. Not wanting to be left alone, Adrianna decided to gather her things and head outside, making sure to lock the door.
"Time to find the others. I'm sure Adaline will meet up with us shortly," Adrianna said to herself as she surveyed her surroundings when she got outside. She wasn't sure exactly where Zach and Oliver would be, but figured she'd run into them eventually, even in this big city. She figured she'd try searching near the entrance of the city, where she arrived.
Elsewhere, Zach and was walking with Oliver and talking about the recent incident.
"Ugh, yeah I guess I'll have to make it up to her with something. She has to help me out though. That was so embarrassing of her, and she has a tendency to do those sorts of things," Zach sighed as the duo finally entered the city. "Alright, well let's go look for the girls."
Fortunately, it didn't take long to find Adrianna. As she expected, the boys were right near the entrance and had just recently arrived in Lumiose.
"Hey, boys!" Adrianna called out in the distance, hoping to put her recent situation behind her.
As Zach and Oliver turned around, Zach noticed that she had changed her clothes. "I see you finally got cleaned up, and you are looking great in those jeans!" He walked over and wrapped her arms around her waist and proceeded to kiss her on the lips a few times. It seemed as though things were starting to look up!
"Aww, thanks! I knew you'd like it!" Adrianna replied as she backed away from Zach's grip. "By the way, Adaline is not with me right now. She got a phone call and had to do something important. I don't know what it was though. I'm sure we will meet up with her soon."
"Huh, that's weird," Zach rubbed his chin, contemplating what Adaline could be up to before turning to Oliver. "So, what do you want to do, Oliver?"
The limousine halted to a stop in front of Augustus Kestel’s company building.
“Nous sommes arrivés, Mademoiselle Kestel.” Gerard informed Adaline, before stepping out of the automobile and opening the car door for her.
“Merci.” She thanked him as she carefully stepped onto the sidewalk. She felt her heart instantly drop to the pit of her stomach. What did her father want to discuss with her?
The building before her, Kestel corporations, was a gargantuan, gleaming, skyscraper that seemed to tower over the bustling metropolis. It stood tall and proud, just like Adaline’s father. The building was newly built and incredibly modern. A security guard stood adjacent to the beautiful glass doors, his skeptical dark eyes hidden behind thick, black sunglasses. He immediately recognized Adaline. She was a Kestel, after all.
“Ah, Adaline. Welcome! Your father has been expecting you. Please, come in.” He greeted, a smile plastered to his dark face, before motioning for her to enter the building. Father had always been big on security. Not just anyone could enter into the prestigious headquarters of the behemoth software company. Unless of course, they had direct business with Augustus himself.
Adaline smiled at the tall, muscular bodyguard before entering the building. Immediately, she was greeted by the receptionist who sat at the front desk.
“Ah! Miss Adaline. Lovely to see you, doll.” The woman gushed. Her name was Clarice. She had been working under Adaline’s father for years and was another close friend of the family. She had shoulder-length brown hair, high cheekbones and a kind, motherly smile.
“The pleasure’s all mine, Clarice. How are your children doing?” Clarice was constantly talking about her 3 young children. She was a devoted mother and it was evident in her nurturing behaviour. “They’re doing well, darling. But might I say, you have grown up so much! You are a gorgeous young woman. You must have to keep all the boys at bay.”
Clarice was rather talkative and Adaline didn’t mind at all. Her bubbly personality was infectious.
“Oh, Clarice, you flatter me. Thank you! Now, Father is on the 58th floor, is that correct?”
“Oh-he is, yes! That’s right. Sorry, dearie, I ramble! You are a busy woman and I’m distracting you. How foolish of me. Now, off you go darling!” Clarice spoke, her words exiting her mouth rapidly, her tone apologetic.
Adaline giggled before stepping into the shiny, silver elevator and pressing the button that would bring her to the 58th floor, where her father was patiently awaiting her arrival.
When Adaline stepped out of the elevator she immediately saw her father. He was standing with his back facing Adaline, gazing absentmindedly out of one of the many large windows in his spacious office. Upon noticing that his youngest daughter had arrived at long last, he briskly turned to face her.
Augustus Kestel was a lofty, built man, with broad shoulders, silver hair, and piercing emerald eyes that appeared to be constantly evaluating others. He was straight to the point, concise, and phlegmatic in nature. He was always dressed to the nines, in the most expensive suits one could afford.
“Adaline, welcome. I see you’ve made it in a timely fashion.” He stood, glancing at the blonde female, as if attempting to read her. “Please, sit down. Make yourself comfortable.”
Adaline felt as if she were about to engage in a business related discussion with her father, due to his formality and stoic demeanor. It felt nothing like a father initiating and intimate conversation with his child. He was all business, that was something that never seemed to change. He adjusted his tie before eyeing Adaline as she seated herself in the soft chair placed in front of his large, spotless desk. There was a single envelope on the desk. Adaline’s father motioned to it. “You are to deliver this envelope to a man named Francois de Villier. He resides in a cottage just outside of Camphrier town, upon a hill. You can’t miss it.”
Adaline took the envelope, observing it momentarily. She wanted to ask what was inside but the look on her father’s face told her not to ask any further questions. “Of course, Father.” Was Adaline’s response. Her tone placid, matching her father’s.
"Francois will be expecting you sometime this evening. He is not a patient man so do not keep him waiting. Do you understand?"
“Splendid. I knew I could count on you, my daughter.”
Adaline hesitated, waiting for her father to ask her about her journey, about herself, about anything really. However, the questions didn’t come. Adaline got out of her chair, straightening the skirt of her designer dress before turning on her heel.
“Oh, yes. Before you leave I must inform you that your mother is planning to head to Hoenn in a week or so once the renovations on our mansion in Lilycove are complete. She’s been eager to see your sister compete in the upcoming Hoenn Grand Festival.”
Adaline paused for a moment. Her mother leaving? Her father’s words hit her. He seemed to emphasize the fact that Anastasia was competing in the Grand Festival, meanwhile Adaline had only acquired a single gym badge. Her father didn’t even know that. Did he perhaps view her as a disappointment?
“Alright, thank you for informing me, Father.”
“Farewell, Adaline.” And with that, Augustus turned his back on his daughter, dismissively. He had no more time for her. Adaline looked downwards as the elevator doors closed, separating the two. As it swiftly descended, she felt the sting of tears in her cyan eyes. When the elevator doors opened again, she blinked rapidly, in an attempt to dispel the sadness that had overcome her. She replaced her frown with a smile and stepped out into the lobby, where Clarice sat at her large desk, expectantly.
“How was it dear?” The receptionist asked once Adaline came into view. She was as perky as ever. Adaline clutched the envelope to her chest.
“My father assigned me to deliver a letter to a gentleman residing in Camphrier town.” Adaline explained, attempting to keep her tone even.
“Ooooh! That sounds important! Have a safe journey. I hope to see you soon, Adaline.”
“Thank you. Take care.” Adaline bee-lined it for the exit, feeling relief when she was finally back on the streets of Lumiose. She slipped the envelope she’d received into her purse to keep it concealed,
Taking a second to catch her breath, she felt something slide across her rosy cheek. Was it raining? No, it was a tear. Adaline hadn’t noticed it, but she had let her emotions get the best of her. She had started to weep. Her mother would be leaving the region in a matter of days and then it would just be Augustus and her alone in Kalos. The thought petrified Adaline. Her father was as emotionless and unfeeling as one could be. She couldn’t remember the last time he told her he loved her. She wasn’t even convinced that he did at all.
She wiped her tears with a silk handkerchief, ensuring not to ruin her makeup. When she felt that she looked presentable, she continued walking down the busy cobblestone streets in the direction of one of the many shopping districts.
A bit later.
Adaline marched down the street, 6 shopping bags in each hand. If there was one thing she loved, it was shopping. It also happened to be a fantastic distraction. She had purchased everything from a set of sapphire earrings to a backless lace dress. Adaline planned to drop her shopping off at the penthouse her family shared when they stayed in Lumiose. It was also where her father resided full-time.
Once inside the building, she walked into the elevator, until it reached the top floor. Without any hesitation she walked through the expansive penthouse and into her designated room, where she began organizing and sorting through all of the new clothes she had purchased. She even decided to change into a scarlet turtle neck with a pair of distressed jeans. Staring out of her bedroom window, she studied the beautiful, bustling city beneath her. She wondered where Zach, Adrianna, and Oliver were. She would be reunited with them again in time.
For now, she was off to Camphrier town. She held her head up high as she exited the penthouse.
Oliver exchanged a look with his partner, and shook their heads. But refused to say anything. Every now and then, he had the feeling that he didn't know what to say, or that whatever he had in mind will only cause problems.
Of course, the view of the beautiful Lumiose City distracted him. And Adrianna's arrival brought another distraction.
"Hello" He said, simply. Asked what he wanted to do, he paused for a second.
"Fight crime?" He joked, chuckling a bit, but pausing to think "Planned to hit the Museum at some point, and going to Prism Tower, or look at the Presses"
But there was something else to say, smiling with some mischief.
"But why don't you do whatever Adrianna wants?" He suggested.
Adaline had a fair bit of walking before she reached the gate to route 5, as the Kestel penthouse was located in the northwestern part of Lumiose City, just off of Autumnal Avenue. Adaline maneuvered through the crowds of people that lined the streets. “My apologizes.” She mumbled as she bumped into a middle aged woman. Finally, after what felt like hours of walking, Adaline neared the outskirts of the city. She stopped momentarily, glancing the gate to route 5 in the distance. Cautiously, she looked up and down the street, scanning for any oncoming traffic. After determining that the coast was clear, she stepped onto the crosswalk.
Suddenly a flash of red appeared out of the corner of her eye. “Hey, miss! MOVE OUT OF THE WAY!” A loud voice wildly shouted. Adaline turned her head, gasping sharply. Before she knew it, a bicycle had crashed into her, sending her flying before she landed roughly on the road. She winced as she felt a stinging pain in her right leg. Adaline grimaced as she pulled herself up into a sitting position before glancing around in order to assess what had just occurred. To her right, a blond male lay sprawled out on the pavement, a broken crimson bicycle adjacent to him. In an instant, he lifted himself off the ground before kicking the bike forcefully and cursing every word in the book.
Turning to Adaline and seeing that she was injured, he rushed over to her, cussing under his breath. “I’m so sorry! I lost control of my bike-and, well… this happened. Piece of muk!” He swore.
He looked at her carefully, his olive eyes assessing her injuries.
“Hey, wait...You look awfully familiar. Adaline, right?” He questioned, clearly remembering her from the day prior.
“Y-yes. That’s my name. You’re Archer, correct?” She asked, wincing in pain as she attempted to stand, but to no avail.
“Hey! Take it easy. You’re obviously in pain. Here, let me assist you.” The blond male reached out his hand to Adaline, as he tried to help her get up. Adaline flinched as a surge of agony shot through her leg but she was finally able to stand up, despite how her legs trembled. “We have to get you to a hospital. You’re in no condition to walk on your own right now.”
Adaline simply nodded. She wanted to protest but her leg was throbbing to such an extent that she felt an inability to speak. “Also, yes, the name’s Archer. It’s nice to see you again. Although, this situation really isn’t ideal.” He muttered apologetically. Archer proceeded to wrap one arm around her shoulders so he was half-carrying her, half-helping her walk.
“You really don’t have to do this. Although, your kindness is immensely appreciated.”
“Of course. I know I may appear a little rough around the edges, but no way in hell am I going to crash into a girl with my piece of muk bike and leave her lying on the streets. I have better manners than to do that.”
After a couple more minutes of limping around at a slow pace, Archer decided to try a different tactic. “Look, at this rate we won’t make it to the hospital until next week. How about you let me carry you? We’d get there way faster.”
Adaline nodded and without hesitation, Archer scooped her up in his strong arms, before continuing on his way toward the hospital.
A bit later
Once in the infirmary, a female doctor with black hair styled in a bob and round glasses inspected Adaline’s wounds. “Looks like you took a considerable fall.”
“Yes, well-” Adaline paused, gazing at Archer who sat across from her. She was so grateful for all of his help. Not only did he carry her to the hospital but he also offered to keep her company and wait with her.
“It was just an accident.” She finished, not waiting to detail what actually happened.
“I see. Well, worry not dear, It’s nothing too severe. You have a few cuts, scrapes, and some serious bruising on your knees but no broken bones, thankfully. I’m going to clean your injuries, apply some antibiotic cream to prevent an infection from developing and I’ll bandage you up. Then, you should be good to go!”
“Alright. Do what you must, doctor. Thank you so much!”
“No need to thank me! This is my job.” The doctor exclaimed before she began to clean the wounds.
After Adaline’s leg was taken care of, the doctor exited the room, receiving a chorus of thank yous from Adaline. Archer immediately stood up and assisted Adaline in getting off the hospital bed. “I think I can walk independently now, thank you, though.” Archer hesitated for a moment before moving away from the blonde-haired female, evaluating if she truly was able to walk on her own without wincing every 2 seconds. Adaline took a step forward and attempted to conceal her grimace. After a few more steps, the pain began to diminish. Well, either that or she was already growing accustomed to it.
“Yes, thank you.”
As the two exited the room, Archer stayed in close proximity to Adaline, as if afraid she’d collapse.
“I never did ask you where exactly you were headed.”
“Oh, I was on my way to route 5. I have an important letter to deliver to someone.” Adaline explaimed.
“Funny, I was headed to route 5 myself. I was going to stay in Camphrier town for the night and head for Cyllage city tomorrow morning.”
Archer held open the glass door for Adaline as he exited at the hospital’s front entrance behind her. Now that the two were back on the bustling streets of Lumiose City, they paused for a moment. Archer’s olive eyes studied Adaline’s cyan ones. He really didn’t want to go separate ways. He still felt incredibly guilty for the accident.
“Perhaps-” Adaline began, before being cut off.
“-We should travel together.” Archer hastily finished, a toothy grin plastered to his handsome face.
Adaline nodded, her cheeks erubescent. “Splendid.”
“Well then, route 5 here we come!” Archer announced with a chuckle, as he and Adaline strolled side by side, lost in conversation within a matter of minutes.
“So, Archer, if you don’t mind me asking, are you from Lumiose?”
“Why? Do I look like I am?”
“Oh, no, I was just wondering!”
“Well, no. I’m originally from Couriway town, you see. I’ve just been travelling around the Kalos region in order to collect gym badges.” Archer explained.
“Oh, wow! You’ve certainly journeyed a long way.” Adaline gushed with enthusiasm.
“Yeah, well I enjoy travelling. Couriway town is great but I longed to see the rest of the region, yenno? I desired a change of scenery. Anyways, what about you, Adaline? You seem quite familiar with Lumiose.”
“Well, I was born here and I resided in this lively city until I was about 8 years-old. After that, my family moved to Laverre City, and that’s where I consider my home to be. Although, I did a lot of travelling growing up. You see, my father is from Hearthome City in the Sinnoh region and so we visited there often. He also would leave on business trips often and he would sometimes bring our whole family with him.” As Adaline spoke, she recounted pleasant memories of visiting different places. All of a sudden, she felt sorrowful. Those times seemed like an eternity ago and Adaline silently longed for those days to return. Back when her family behaved like a normal family should, when everyone was together. She pushed those negative thoughts out of her mind, turning her attention back to her conversation with Archer and snapping out of her momentary daze.
“That’s really cool. I’ve never been to Laverre City before, although I’ve heard it’s beautiful place.”
Adaline smiled, thinking of the whimsical place in which she lived. “Yes, it is quite the unique city. I couldn’t imagine myself living anywhere else!”
Archer stopped walking for a moment and Adaline noticed that he was staring at a sign across the street. “Hey! That restaurant looks like it has a special on today! How about we get some lunch? I’m starved!” As if on cue, Archer’s stomach grumbled loudly.
Adaline considered it and nodded. In all honesty she was feeling rather peckish herself. “Sounds like a magnificent idea to me.”
“Perfect.” Just then, Archer grabbed Adaline’s delicate hand and bolted across the middle of the road, tugging her behind him. She grimaced slightly, her leg still not fully recovered. Once, across the other side of the street, Archer turned to her. “There! We made it in one piece!”
Adaline sighed before giggling. “I was concerned that I’d get mowed down by a bicycle again.”
Archer chuckled before leading her inside the restaurant, her hand still in his. The restaurant was spacious, modern, and casual. Potted plants lined every table and the establishment smelled of lavender and sweetgrass. A friendly female hostess with auburn hair and red lips greeted them before sitting them at a table at the front of the restaurant near a large window.
Adaline studied the comprehensive menu before decided on the whole wheat spaghetti with cream sauce with a caesar salad as a side.
“What are you going to get?” Archer asked, the menu blocking his face.
“The vegetarian pasta and a side salad. Have you decided yet?”
“I didn’t know you were vegetarian.”
“Yes, I’ve been meat-free for a few years now.”
“Interesting. Anyways, I’m going to order a burger.”
Just then a waiter appeared at their table, notepad in hand.
A bit later
Now back on the streets of Lumiose City the two strolled about, Archer holding his stomach while attempting to maintain pace with Adaline, whose leg was feeling much better. “That muk was to die for.” He exclaimed.
“Yes, it was exquisite. I still can’t believe you ate 4 burgers, fries and a milkshake!”
Archer smile, proudly. “I was sure hungry.”
Within minutes, they arrived back at the gate to 5. Archer’s destroyed bike still lay upon the ground, completely untouched. Adaline glanced at it, noticing the loose scews that littered the pavement.
“Should we perhaps clean this up?” She asked, feeling guilty about leaving such a mess for someone else to take care of.
“Nah. Don’t worry about it. Someone will find it and trash it in time.”
Adaline nodded, reluctant. Staring up at the sun that was still high in the sky, she knew she didn’t have all day to deliberate. She had an envelope to deliver and as her father said, Mr. de Villier was an impatient sort. Her tardiness would not be tolerated. Evening was approaching fast.
“Well, I suppose we should bid our farewells to Lumiose and head onward.”
Archer nodded, before shouting, “Camphrier town, we’re coming for you.” And with that, the two marched onward to route 5.
(OOC: Sorry for the delay, guys!)
"The museum sounds like a great idea!" Adrianna exclaimed, excited at the idea of looking at some good paintings. She turned to her boyfriend to see what he would say.
Zach glanced around the city before responding. "I dunno. We still don't know where Adaline is. Maybe we should find her first before doing anything else."
Adrianna gasped. "You don't want to go to the museum with me? You're more concerned about Adaline? Well, I guess just me and Ollie will go the museum then," She had a smile on her face as she turned to face Oliver.
Before she could say anything to Oliver, Zach responded, "Hey wait a minute!" He grabbed Adrianna by her waist and pulled her closer. "Uh, I'll go with you to the museum as long as it isn't a long trip." He then turned to Oliver, making sure that he was between Oliver and Adrianna, and said, "You're welcome to join us too, Oliver. Wanna come?"
"Oh, by the way, before we leave the city, I just need to pick some stuff up at home," Adrianna chimed in.