The next day, within the hotel room, Aqua was the first to awaken. She looked around, gathering her senses, and noticed Silver looking out the window.
“Good morning,” Silver said, not taking his eyes off the window.
“‘Sup,” she responded.
“Your brother left around 5,” Silver informed, “Don’t know where, though.”
“I know,” she said as she began going through the cabinets.
“You mean to tell me you were laying in your bed, wide awake and completely compos mentis?”
“At around 1 in the morning? Yes,” she said as she continued going through the cabinets.
Silver got up from his perch. “What the hell are you doing?”
“I was going to cook something, but we don’t have the s*** I need,” she answered.
“Aren’t there a bunch of ingredients in the fridge?” Silver asked.
“I know what’s in the fridge. I also said we don’t have the things I need,” Aqua snapped back.
Silver sighed, keeping his composure. “I can go to the store if it’s that important,” he said.
“No need,” Aqua said as she reached into her bag and grabbed a set of clothes. She walked into the bathroom, presumably to change.
As their conversation ended, Silver’s sister woke up with a start.
“Good morning,” Silver said.
“…hey,” Star said after a deep breath. “Where’s she going?” She pointed to Aqua who had just come out of the bathroom, fully dressed.
Silver shrugged while Aqua walked out the door with her bag.
With Red, he was going on another walk when he was stopped by a somewhat familiar face.
“You again?” Red asked.
“Hello.” It was Riku, wearing his signature ‘dusty’ coat and sunglasses.
“What do you want now? I told you I’m not joining your class.” Red said.
“At least hear me out. For 5 minutes.”
“You have five minutes. No more, no less.” Red responded.
“Why don’t we sit down?” Riku gestures to a nearby plaza filled with tables. They both walk over to the plaza as Riku takes out his phone. Both trainers sit on adjacent sides to one another. Riku placed his phone on the table and started the 5-minute timer.
“You have my attention,” Red said.
“For me to explain myself in further detail, I must ask; What do you know about this school?” Riku questions.
“Not one thing,” Red responded.
“Perfect,” Riku thought to himself. “Well, the Pokémon Academy is a prestigious school filled to the brim with powerful trainers, myself being one of them.” He paused.
“I’m listening,” Red said, intrigued.
“At this Academy, we’re able to help hone your Pokémon battling and caretaking skills while also helping you learn academically. I’m glad to see your Gabite evolved.”
“How did you…” Red trailed off.
“Just a hunch.” Riku’s purple eye sparkled in the sun’s rays.
“Whatever. Continue.” Red said.
“As you wish. Our headmaster, Alpha, is a very talented Dragon-Type trainer, said to be the strongest in the world.”
“Hmm. Y’know what? You’ve got a deal.” Red responded.
“That was… easy.” Riku thought as the timer went off. Riku collected his phone and stood up, adjusting his coat and taking out two envelopes. He placed the two folders in front of Red, who examined them.
Both the envelopes’ wax colours were gold. One showed the initials R.M while the other showed A.M. Red looked back at Riku.
“Please give your sister one of these. I must be off now. I’m sure we’ll meet again shortly.” Riku said before turning around and disappearing in a cloud of dust and sand.
“Whelp. Guess my plans changed. Teleport.” Red said before vanishing from his seat.
“You’ve got to be kidding me!” Everleigh shouted as her Vivillon fell to the ground. Silver’s Absol stood over it.
“That’s the tenth battle. I won.” Silver said nonchalantly. He returned Absol to her Pokéball and walked away, leaving Everleigh to fall onto her back after doing the same thing.
Shields, who was sitting in the grass, stood up. “You just won 10 battles in a row with a singular Pokémon.” He walked to Everleigh’s side. “Let’s see if you can do it again.”
Silver sighed, taking out three Pokéballs. “Pick one.”
“That one,” Shields said, pointing to the middle Pokéball.
Silver pocketed the other two Pokéballs and flicked the remaining into the field. “Have fun, Bisharp.”
Shields’ heart sank. but he trudged on. “Mawile!” He threw one of the two Pokéballs on his sash into the fray.
“Battle, begin!” Star said.
“Use Fairy Wind!” Shields shouted only to be met with nothing but a snap from Silver’s fingers. Bisharp had rushed Kirlia, knocking it out, picking it up and placing it at Shields’ feet.
“What was that about beating you 10 times? I think this singular battle was abuse enough.” Silver said, clearly satisfied.
Shields walked to the side, dragging his sister along, and kicked a nearby tree.
Silver started walking away but was stopped abruptly by Star.
“My turn,” she said.
Silver sighed, exasperated. “Fine. Whatever. Not like I had something to do today, no,” he said.
“Oh, suck it up.” Star waltzed over to the opposite side of the battlefield. She picked out a Pokéball and threw it, releasing a Metang.
Silver sat in the dirt and allowed Bisharp to do its thing, eventually laying down completely.
The clash of metal rang through everyone’s ears for at least half an hour until a final blow from Bisharp took the battle.
“Can I leave now?” Silver asked.
“Nope,” a voice chimed in.
Silver looked up from his laying position and groaned irritatedly.
“Hey there.” A blonde-haired, seemingly older woman walked up to the group and stopped at Silver’s head.
“I thought we got rid of you, Blondie,” Silver muttered.
The ‘Blondie’ kicked his head softly. “I have a name, you know.”
“Whatever, I’m leaving.” The snow-hair jumped up and walked away.
“So, who’s this chick?” Everleigh asked.
Back with Red, he had appeared in front of the hotel. Walking back into the room, he saw Silver turn the corner. They passed each other and stopped once they did.
“He finally got to you, huh?” Silver asked.
“Both Garchomp and I expect a rematch,” Red informed before walking into the room and closing the door, leaving Silver alone.
“Hm.” Silver walked away.
Inside the room Red pulled out the envelope marked with his sister’s initials and unceremoniously flicked it at her, nailing her in the forehead.
“Ow! The hell was that for?” Aqua questioned, clearly upset.
“Read it,” Red ordered, sitting down on the adjacent chair.
Aqua did as such and read the letter inside of the envelope silently to herself. A few moments later, she put the letter down and looked Red in the eyes. “Are you serious?” She said with a look of disbelief.
“Yes, ma’am. We’re going back to school,” Red said, grinning.
“Erase that grin immediately,” Aqua said, getting ready to slap her brother. “What are you even smiling about anyway? I thought you hated classes.”
“You aren’t wrong. However, the prospect of strong trainers outweighs my dislike for class.” Red responded.
“So you just wanna fight?” Aqua questioned.
“Yes,” Red responded.
“You are an enigma,” Aqua stated before standing and walking to the kitchen.
“And I’m also your brother. I don’t think these are new discoveries,” Red quipped.
“I’ve been wondering…” Aqua started.
“Who do you think would win in a fight? Me or Silver?” Aqua asked.
“From what I’ve seen from his skill, I’d say you. But it wouldn’t be easy.”
“I like those odds.” Aqua picked up her plate and walked to her bed to sit.
“Can I book a different hotel??” a voice asked from behind the closed hotel door.
“Will you quit your whining?” another voice piped up. It sounded like it came from a phone call on speaker. “You promised you’d wait for us there, now find your room!” the voice demanded before hanging up.
The person actually behind the door groaned in unnerve. He started walking away.
“Well,” started Aqua, “That was something.”
“Not my problem,” Red simply said. “Now hurry up, the message said the starting day is tomorrow and the sun is almost down. We should pack our bags so we won’t have to do it when we wake up.” He started putting his loose clothes into a bag.
“You have never been so eager for something you hate so much,” Aqua said.
“Less talky, more packy.”
“Alright, Captain,” Aqua responded sarcastically.
Soon after, everyone was filing into the room. Everyone took a shower and ate before passing out on their beds. All but three. Aqua, Silver, and Red. Red was scrolling through his phone, Silver was reading a book next to the window, and Aqua was watching television quietly.
“Hey, Silver,” Aqua said.
“What do you want?”
“Meet me at the battlefield,” Aqua demanded, fully expecting him to decline her offer.
“Hm.” Silver grunted as he stood up and walked to the door. “Are you coming or not?”
Minutes later, the three trainers were standing at the arena, Silver and Aqua standing across from each other.
“Your move,” said Silver.
“Milotic,” Aqua said, throwing an Ultra Ball onto the battlefield. Out of the capsule came an aquatic, serpentine Pokémon with a cream-coloured body. Its lower body was a pattern of blue and pink, diamond-shaped scales outlined with black; the tail consisted of four large, blue fins with pink ovals in their centres. The Tender Pokémon, Milotic.
“I see. Chanceux.” Silver threw out a Pokéball, releasing a Pokémon that had a sleek, black body with four slender legs and crimson eyes. It had two pairs of pointed teeth which were made visible when its mouth opened to bark. It had long, pointed ears and a bushy tail, each with an unusually luminescent blue band around them. The Moonlight Pokémon, Umbreon.
The two trainers and Pokémon stared at each other for a bit before Silver and Aqua simultaneously said, “Ice Beam/Dark Pulse.”
Both the Umbreon and Milotic fire their attacks, both colliding with one another and cancelling one another out.
“Moonblast,” Aqua commanded.
Milotic, not letting up its assault, let off its second attack.
Umbreon dodged the attack before Silver spoke up.
“Use Giga Drain.”
Umbreon jumped at Milotic, grabbing it by the tail and leeching energy from it.
“Slam it,” Aqua ordered as Milotic raised its tail with the Umbreon still attached and slammed it into the ground.
“Again,” she said, to which Milotic raised its tail again.
“Let it go,” Silver said dismissively. Umbreon let the Milotic’s tail go and jumped out the way right as the tail hit the ground.
“Scald,” Aqua ordered as Milotic fired another blast.
Silver was getting visibly amped up. “Sunny Day.”
Umbreon howled as the temperature and humidity in the air increased. The Scald attack hits Umbreon and it falls to its knees, so to speak. Embers emit from its form, indicating that it had been burned. Silver smirked, seeing the Milotic having the same reaction. The embers, the weakened state, the effect had been synchronized.
“Use Heal Bell,” Silver started, having Umbreon heal its burns.
“Use Refresh,” Aqua said as Milotic cured itself of its burn.
Silver paused. “Sunny Day is up, her Water-Type moves aren’t going to be that much of a problem. Her attacking pattern is just an all-out attack, similar to her brother, so I can pinpoint that her next move is…”
“Ice Beam, down,” Aqua ordered again as Milotic released a burst of ice energy at the ground, creating a dense mist.
A snapping of fingers is heard and then… silence.
“Go!” Aqua’s voice said as an orb crashed into Umbreon, or so it seemed. When the mist cleared, nothing was found. The attack had missed and Umbreon had disappeared.
“Coil,” Aqua ordered as Milotic coiled around itself, waiting for its opponent to resurface.
“Use Iron Tail.” Silver wasted no time on the attack. Umbreon breached the surface behind Milotic and slammed its tail into its head, pushing it back.
“Grab it,” Aqua ordered as Milotic wrapped the rest of its body around its opponent, restraining and immobilizing it as the humidity dissipated.
“Now!” both Aqua and Silver said.
Milotic reels its head back to deliver another Scald attack while Umbreon charges up an Electric-Type attack. Both attack fire simultaneously, barely missing each other and colliding with the opposing Pokémon’s head, knocking them both out on contact. Both Pokémon were deemed unable to battle. The battle concluded a draw.
Silver returned Umbreon to its Pokéball and started stretching. “Shall we go again?” he asked, glaring at her intently.
Aqua returned Milotic and placed the Pokéball on her belt, then reached for another before stopping herself.
“I think I’ve seen enough,” Aqua said before walking off.
“And I doubt you’d want a rematch,” Silver said to Red.
“I’m tired,” Red replied, following his sister.
Silver looked into the moonlit sky, sighing. “Whatever.”
The next morning, Everleigh and Star woke up at the same time, both waking their brothers. Once up, Silver slumped over to Aqua and repeatedly tapped her on the arm until she stirred awake.
“Get your hand off of me,” she said lazily.
“It is damn near noon,” Silver said, equally as tired.
“The open house for the Academy is at 12:30,” Star recalled, “So, we have to get ready.” She, contrastingly to the others, was really energetic.
Aqua sat up on her bed without getting up. Red yawned and also arose. Silver walked into the kitchen and struck up the oven after taking out ingredients to make breakfast. Everleigh and Shields got dressed before sitting on the couch and turning on the television.
“What are you making?” Star asked her brother.
“Pancakes, eggs, bacon, I’m hungry.”
“Well, make some for us,” Aqua said, a little more awake now.
“I plan on it,” Silver responded, flipping a pancake.
One hearty breakfast later and the six trainers exited the room. They made their way to the reception desk and returned the key as they wouldn’t need it anymore. As they left the building, Star felt a body collide against her’s. She turned around and noticed a blonde boy almost as tall as Silver and Red standing with his back turned to her. She also realized that he was being cornered by Kai and Bane.
“Nice to meet you, too,” Star said sarcastically. She just wanted the blondie to back out of her personal space.
The blonde turned around. “Oh, sorry!”
Star looked for her brother and the others, but they were already too far away. She turned to face the blonde boy but realized that some of her hair was standing on end, seemingly due to static. She quickly fixed it and looked at the group of three. “Haven’t we met before?” She pointed to Bane.
“I talked to your friend and explained to him about when these pins were.” Bane pointed to the pin on the neck of Star’s turtleneck.
“If by my ‘friend,’ you mean my brother, I remember now,” Star said. She looked at the blonde once again. “Who’s this guy?”
“That’s Bolt,” Kai said.
“Bolt. That’s a cool name,” Star complimented.
“Well, my real name is Lucien. But everyone just calls me Bolt. To be honest, I prefer the nickname,” the blonde spoke up.
Star looked closer at Lucien’s face. She noticed his ocean blue eyes. “You have pretty eyes.”
Lucien backed away. “Thanks?” He composed himself. “What’s your name?” he asked. He was slightly… unnerved, to say the least.
“Call me Star.”
“Cool,” Lucien said.
“Star!” Silver harked. He walked up to the four, picked up Star bridal-style, and left the scene without uttering another word.
“Let me go!” Star shouted once they were a good distance away.
“You told us yourself that the reception starts at 12:30. It is 12:25. We’re leaving.” Silver responded, monotonous.
The six trainers approached an open gate, a rather big one at that. On the peak of an archway was a Pokéball with avian wings on either side. They could all tell with a single glance that that once they went through this gate, their lives would be changed.
“Well, this is the place,” Everleigh said, impressed.
“Oh, that reminds me,” Star started. “When did you guys get invited?”
“When you guys went inside last night, Amber talked to us,” Shields explained.
“Cool,” Silver responded, walking through the gate. Red, Star, and Aqua followed suit. Everleigh and Shields entered last. They made their way to the main building and went inside. As they did, they heard the feedback of a microphone.
“Welcome,” a voice boomed from the speakers. The group looked at the stage to see Riku, holding the mic to his mouth. He grinned. “To the Pokémon Academy.”
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