3. and he remembers

The explosion occurred at approximately 1:45 PM, directly in front of the ruins of Celestic Town. Local police believe that the bomb was set by Team Galactic, whose criminal activity at Lake Valor also resulted in catastrophic effects across Sinnoh. Authorities believe that an estimated 500 were killed by the explosion, while some 2,000 are in dire need of medical attention. Among these casualties are the Sinnoh League Champion, Cynthia, currently in critical condition-

He turned the television set off, cutting the news announcer short. The silence overwhelmed the room, enveloping him in waves of nothingness.

This was never supposed to happen. Not to him, and certainly not to her. It was cruel fate. Cruel reality. But he felt nothing.

A normal person would break down. A normal person would watch the screen with fixed desperation, pleading for it to be a dream. A normal person would see her face in his mind's eye and run, run to her, tell her that he was sorry, so sorry-

But he felt nothing. He couldn't feel. And the silence stifled him, suffocated him, until his mind reeled and his heart beat faster, sending the blood of a killer pulsing through his body. His fingers clenched into a fist, and nails cut into calloused skin. Steely dark eyes cast a cold gaze upon the bare walls.

The minutes went past. He remembered her, though his memories held nothing but pain. He remembered the clever spark in her otherwise soft grey eyes, the way an amused smile always seem to tug at the corner of her lips, the way she talked, as if the words weren't just words but the lilting notes of a song. The way she held herself, with the confidence of a young child but with the grace of a lady. Her laughter, gentle but warm, cut into his memories.

A normal person would be stricken with remorse, agonized with regret. He simply disregarded those recollections, hardened his heart, and willed himself to forget.

Author's Note: I can't believe I'm actually doing this. Seriously, Mizuhikishipping? It's one of my favorite ships, but a little out of the ordinary for this girl. However, since there is a huge lack of Cynthia/Cyrus in the fanfiction archives, I'm going to try my hand at it. Prepare for much out-of-character interaction, as I've all but finished Platinum and my terrible brain can't remember the overall basis of their (nonexistent) relationship.

In any case, this is an experimental fanfiction of mine, one that I'm writing just so I can try it out. If you like it, thanks! If not, I don't really blame you.

And before I forget: to erase any confusion, this is based on the D/P/Pt games, not the Pokemon anime. I'm not sure if it makes too much of a difference, but hey, clarification is good. Also, I'm taking some creative liberties and making Cynthia two years younger than Cyrus, putting her at 25 to Cyrus' 27 years at present time. (According to Platinum, Cyrus is 27. Strange. Perhaps stress can age a person.)