Author's Notes: Pardon the OOC-ness. This was a dare given by my sibling since my sibling claimed there weren't any VolknerxRiley fics at all. So this is the first chapter, I hope you enjoy it. This is my first time writing something like this...

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In Progress Chapter 1: Growing Friendship

Riley looked down at his feet as he walked by the shoreline of the beach as if they were the most interesting things in the world. Honestly, he was just trying to sink in the feel of the beach before he left for another town.

He was starting to like it in Sunyshore. Maybe he shouldn't leave at all. Even Lucario loved the place.

Riley sighed, playing with his toes. For a while, he laughed silently at himself. Playing with his toes? How childish.

He sat down, legs stretched out in front of him, arms either side to support himself. He stared off at the ocean before him, enjoying the cool wind that kissed his skin, watching the sunset slowly. Perhaps, he should go to the beach at the early evening hours more often. It was really beautiful.

Better than the afternoon where he could probably die of a heat stroke. No, he was just exaggerating.

Yeah. Maybe he could stay a while longer. Just how long has it been? It was hardly even a week – too soon to leave.

He sighed again, scratching the back of his head and removing his hat, placing it down on his lap.

Yeah, he thought, I'm definitely staying longer.

"You here to challenge the gym?" A voice asked suddenly. It had surprised Riley a little.

The bluenette craned his neck to face the owner of the voice, surprised to see a stern looking blonde.

"What makes you think that?"

"You looked like a trainer."

"You don't say."

The blonde shrugged, pointing at the spot next to Riley. "May I?"

"Feel free."

The blonde stepped closer, sitting down next to the other male.

Silence.

For a while, the two males just stared off at the ocean until the sun had finally set and the first stars decorated the darkening sky.

"You're not from around here, are you?" The blonde asked, trying to make conversation.

Riley shook his head. "Nope. You?"

"What do you think? I did ask you if you were from around here."

Riley frowned. Some company this blonde was. "Well, excuse me…"

"Sorry," the blonde suddenly apologized. "I've been a little… Grumpy lately."

"I can see that."

The blonde chuckled lightly, holding his hand out towards Riley. "Volkner."

The bluenette took it, shaking it briefly before letting go and retracting his hand back awkwardly. "Riley."

"You traveling around Sinnoh, Riley?"

Riley nodded. "And I'm guessing you've lived in Sunyshore for a while now, huh?"

"I know every person in Sunyshore," Volkner replied. "So, yes. Excluding the trainers going around Sinnoh, that is. And travelers."

Riley brought his legs up, resting his chin on his knees – it was getting cold. "So why so grumpy? I don't see what in the world could make someone so grumpy in a place like this."

"Life's been dull."

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Who knew such an awkward first meeting like that led to more conversations between the two? At exactly the same time they first met, to top it off.

It had been a week since that early evening. And Riley had yet to get a straight answer from Volkner as to why his life has been so dull.

Funny thing is, the other day; Riley was out in the town the whole day – hoping to bump into his new friend. But there was no sign of the blonde at all.

Bit by bit, he pieced it together.

Right now, Riley was sitting on the sand, waiting for the other. It was always like this. Riley would wait for Volkner, then they'd talk for periods lasting longer than the last, and then they'd go their separate ways.

The bluenette turned to look back, hearing the light footsteps of the blonde coming up next to him.

"G'evening," Riley greeted, which Volkner just replied to with a nod. The bluenette turned back, facing the ocean and waiting for the other to sit in the usual spot.

Riley chanced a quick glance at his companion. "You look tired."

"Uhn…" Volkner nodded again, sighing and shrugging his shoulders.

"Life still dull?"

"You have no idea."

"Do I get a straight answer now? Or will you still be vague?" Riley asked.

"You're pretty dense, Riley," Volkner replied, smiling a bit – obviously amused. "I'd have expected you to notice it already."

"What? I know you're the gym leader here," Riley replied as a matter-of-factly. "That's the reason why you're tired. One trainer after the other, one challenge after the other. But I don't understand how your life can be so dull."

"Because the trainers that come and challenge me don't give me such good battles," the blonde admitted. His smile grew a bit wider, "And how'd you come to realize I was the gym leader?"

"It didn't take long. I knew I heard your name before," Riley started, "I don't see you in the day time despite you living here in Sunyshore… Must I go on?"

The blonde shook his hand dismissively. Riley wasn't as dense as he thought he was.

"How long are you staying here, Riley?" He asked all of a sudden. He didn't even know why.

The bluenette shrugged. "Dunno."

"Where will you go when you leave Sunyshore?"

Riley turned to look at Volkner, who was staring off at the body of water before them. He raised a brow, "Why do you want to know?"

"Because other than Flint, I've grown accustomed to you."

Riley smiled. Yeah, I've grown accustomed to you too, Volkner.

"I might go back to Iron Island," he replied, "Finish my exploration of that place. But I like traveling around, so I could be anywhere."

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So... How was it? Weird? I warned you about the OOC-ness. Anyway. Thanks for reading, and please, no flames.

Second chapter might be up soon. As to how soon, I'm not sure.