A Pokémon Adventure
Chapter 8: The Wandering Absol
“Ariella, what are you saying?!” Meiko and Seiichi both spoke up as they suddenly jolted from their seats. Ariella ignored both of them, she simply crossed her arms and leaned back in her chair. Her gaze never left Xavier, who stayed silent as he felt he couldn’t say anything. What was he to say to her? He wanted to continue his journey but he also wanted to stay and see if Myra would remember him.
“She would cry you know.” Ariella spoke as she closed her eyes. She started remembering all the times she could hear her friend’s light sobbing through a door. She always hated to hear her cry, she felt so weak because she was unable to console her friend.
“Even if you made her cry, Myra would still speak fondly of you. ‘I know he’ll come back. He promised me.’ She said that to me once.” She continued. Out of nowhere, she laughed coolly. “I began thinking, ‘How could she love someone who does nothing but cause her heartache?”
“Ariel, st-” Seiichi was cut off by a cold glare. He knew when Ariella glared that way, there was no way to stop her from speaking what was on her mind. She turned to Xavier, and continued.
“Now that I think of it, I think this is a blessing in disguise.”
“H-How could you say that, Milotic-San?” Min spoke up. “Y-Your best friend lost her memories! I don’t see how that is a good thing.”
“She may have lost all the precious times she’s spent with us and I cannot deny that I feel sad knowing that. Though, I feel glad that she doesn’t remember Xavier. This way, you can’t cause her anymore heartache. She has a chance to make new memories and be happy. I’m sorry, but I want nothing more than her happiness- If that means she forgets Xavier, so be it.”
“It’s best we go outside.” Meiko whispered towards the others. “We can wait for Xavier outside.”
“What is her problem?” Pandra spoke up, her accent become more noticeable due to the fact she was a little upset.
“Sorry about my cousin.” Seiichi sighed. “She’s a little… well…”
“She calls it ‘tough love.’” Meiko spoke up. “She means well, she does. Ariella can be harsh but she does it because she cares so much for her friends- especially Myra.”
“If you guys were paying close attention you could tell she had this look in her eyes. Words of advice: when she has that look do not approach her, do not talk back to her, just stay quiet and still.”
“Big brother Seiichi, you’re making big sister Ariella sound like some kind of predator.” Hiroki pouted cutely.
“Eh… sorry.” Seiichi smiled sheepishly as he patted the Pikachu lightly on his head.
“Oh, there you are!” A female voice spoke out of nowhere. Everyone looked around to see who the owner of the voice was, but when they saw no one they were confused. It wasn’t until Hiroki looked up did they notice a raven haired Latias smile as she gently landed.
“You were able to find Hiroki.” She patted Hiroki. “Tetsuya and I were getting kind of worried when we couldn’t find you.”
“Sorry.” Hiroki apologized.
“Say, where is Tetsuya? Is he hiding again?” Seiichi frantically looked around trying to find the elusive Latios.
“He was with me, but once he saw Hiroki with you guys he left. He needed to meet my father back in the city. He just didn’t want to leave without knowing Hiroki was fine.” Tsukihime spoke softly.
“Shoot. If we knew that we wouldn’t have asked for his help.” Seiichi sweatdropped. “He’s not late or anything, is he?”
“Oh don’t worry, my father never really sets up a specific time when he wants to talk to Tetsuya. Tetsuya can speak with him at whatever time is convenient to him.” She assured him that everything was fine.
“That’s a relief.” Meiko smiled, then turned to Hiroki. “Hiro, please apologize to Tetsuya when he returns, okay?”
“Okay.” Hiroki nodded obediently.
“Well, if there is nothing more I can do for you guys, I think I should-” Tsukihime was about to fly away when she heard a voice speak up.
“Hey, aren’t you The Latias Priestess Tsukihime?” Kaede asked.
“Hm? Oh, uh, yes, I am.” Tsukihime was dumbfounded. She barely noticed the other group of pokemon who were with Seiichi and Meiko.
“I knew you looked familiar.” The Plusle smiled.
“I thought you lived in the city.” Roger said.
“Yes, I do.” Tsukihime smiled. “I’m just here for something important.”
“Shit!” Seiichi yelled out of nowhere but then apologized for what he said when he saw Meiko glare at him. “I forgot that I was suppose to help my old man at the shop today. Hopefully Seiji has me covered for now. Listen, I gotta run you guys. Oh, but if you need anything lemme know. I’d be happy to show you all around, especially the ladies.”
He winked over to Kaede, Pandra, and Min. They all had different reactions, but Seiichi ran off before he saw their reactions.
“Um, I think I should go now.” Tsukihime spoke up, but then Meiko shook her head.
“You’re more than welcomed to hang out with us Tsukihime.” She said as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
“R-Really?” Tsukihime shyly smiled. “Thank you.”
“Well then, I feel introductions are in order.” Meiko turned over to the group. “You guys this is Tsukihime. She actually arrived in the village recently. She’s also accompanied by a Latios who goes by the name Tetsuya.”
“I’m sorry Tetsu isn’t here to introduce himself properly, but it’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.” She courteously bowed and offered a warm smile.
“Tsukihime, these guys just arrived here today. They’re traveling companions of an old friend of ours. Xavier isn’t here right now, he’s busy with Ariella inside the shop. Anyway, they’re Min, Kaede, her brother Ace, Roger, and Pandra. Pandra also happens to be Xavier’s cousin.”
Each one of them greeted the Latias who simply smiled back at them. She was about to speak up but then she noticed that the door to the bakery shop swing open. Everyone else turned to see the raven haired Absol, who walked over to them with his hands inside his pockets. The group started bombarding him with questions to which he would reply ambiguously.
“Myra, baby, how are you holding up?” A older male Sawsbuck spoke softly as he removed some stray hairs from his daughter’s face.
“I… I don’t feel so good…” Myra spoke weakly as she covered herself deeper in her blanket.
“Did you get another memory?” Her father spoke, trying to see what was causing his precious princess such grief.
“No… but…” Myra seemed hesitant to continue.
“Baby, you know you can tell me, right? Daddy’s here.” He smiled lightly.
“Hehe… I know.” She laughed weakly. “It’s just that… I saw a boy today…”
“Did a boy break your heart? Who is it? Tell daddy who it is and he will take care of him.” Artemis seemed to go off in his own world as he started rambling on about how no one gets away with hurting his precious princess. He was then smacked on the back of his head by a woman. The Florges simply shook her head at hearing her husband groan a little. She sat at the edge of the bed and started to gently pat her daughter’s head. Myra became less tense and smiled happily as her mother started to hum a melody.
“S-Sorry, Myra, Riri.” Artemis apologized once Myra was calmed. Riri smiled as she lightly kissed her husband’s cheek.
“Maybe you will let Myra finish her sentence before jumping to conclusions.” The Florges spoke gently. “You can continue, Myra.”
“Thank you, mom.” Myra nodded. “When I saw this boy… it felt like my heart got heavy. I felt like crying but at the same time I felt like running towards him and hugging him. I then began to question why I felt that way, I mean, I just barely met the boy.”
“Does… this boy have a name?” Riri asked.
“His name is Xavier.”
“Well, look at the bright side. At least she didn’t punch you in the face. I cannot tell you how many times she punched Seiichi.” Meiko tried to make light conversation with the Absol. He didn’t reply back, he only nodded softly.
“Oh my… I never knew Ariella could get violent.” Tsukihime paled a bit.
“Eh, she’s only that way when someone does a HUGE blunder.” The blue haired Audino shrugged. The group of Pokemon continued to walk down the bricked road, obvious awkwardness in the air.
“Do you think daddy is home?” Hiroki smiled, being the only one baring a smile as he was oblivious to the whole scene.
“Father normally arrives home around this time, if he isn’t we can just go visit him at his office.” Meiko replied. She turned to the others and continued “Hopefully father can find a place for all of you to stay for a while.”
“You don’t have to.” Ace spoke up.
“We’re more than capable of paying for our own living quarters.” Kaede finished her brother’s sentence.
“Don’t be stupid.” Meiko spoke and failed to realize everyone tensed up a bit. Hiroki simply giggled as his sister continued. “Xavier’s father is a good friend of my father. I’m sure he’d be willing to let his friend’s son and his companions to stay here for free.”
“If I were you, I’d take the deal.” Hiroki grinned.
“We just don’t want to cause any inconvenience.” Min lightly spoke.
“I wouldn’t be offering if it was an inconvenience.” Meiko sighed. She turned to only be greeted with everyone tensing up once more. She gave them all a questioning look before Xavier spoke up.
“Mei, you’re doing it again.” He pointed out.
“Wha- …Oh. Sorry.” The Audino began to apologize. “I know I can be quite blunt sometimes, and I apologize ahead of time.”
“I agreed with Hiroki, you guys should really consider it. Don’t think of it as a favor, think of it as a welcome gift.” Tsukihime smiled.
“Father, I brought guests. May we come in?” Meiko slightly opened the door to her father’s room. When she heard a soft yes, she proceeded to open the door and motion the others to come in. The group was greeted by a tall, slender older male. His navy blue hair showed signs of dull, but the color was still there. His light blue eyes scanned the group and they all felt as if he was staring right into their souls. The Lucario politely smiled before standing from his chair.
“It’s been too long, Xavier.” He smiled to the Absol. “You’ve grown quite a lot since I last saw you.”
“Thank you, sir.” Xavier nodded politely.
“Daddy!” Hiroki squeezed through the others and ran into the waiting arms of his father.
“Were those kids bothering you again?” His father spoke when he noticed the scratch on Hiroki’s knee.
“I’m fine.” The Pikachu smiled.
“Well, it seems Xavier has got himself into quite the traveling group.” He turned to the others. “My name is Kazuhiko, I am the mayor of the PokeVillage. I welcome you all to our humble village.