The blood-stained knife clattered to the ground. Blood dripped off the boy's hands and onto his jeans. The body lie motionless on the ground. Dirt smeared the boy's deep purple hair, his expression blank at the realization of the crime he'd just committed.
It was done.
There was no way to change anything.
His brother was dead.
Chapter 1: Discovery At Lake Verity
Dawn smiled brightly as she dashed out the door with Piplup at her side. It was the same as any day for her, a little contest practice, learning new combinations, all in a day's work for a coordinator. Ever since she'd come back to Twinleaf Town, she'd been happy as ever preparing for more contests while taking a break from her adventures with Ash and Brock. Journeying through Sinnoh was nice, but Dawn liked taking time off now and then. But if there was one thing she'd never stop doing, it would be training for contests and competing in them.
She knocked on the door of her friend Barry's house. Before she even had time to stand back, the door swung open, hitting her full on in the face. Barry tumbled out after, landing next to Dawn.
"DAWN! I'm gonna charge you a fine for that!"
"Sorry, sorry, I tried to knock on your door first but you came out too fast. You hit me in the face with the door, too."
Dawn put her hand over her left eye where she'd gotten hit with the doorknob. Barry got frantic.
"Oh my God, I didn't mean to! Should I call a doctor? No, that would take too long for them to get here! Are you bleeding? Oh, how do you put a bandage on someone's eye? Oh my God, uh…ICE! Ice always works! Oh crap, I forgot we're out of ice…..damn it, I gotta start remembering to do chores! Uh….maybe I should-"
"Barry, Barry, just relax! I'm fine! I just got hit a little bit. Geez, you don't have to get overexcited."
"Sorry, just last time you fell out of a tree, and the time before that you fell in Lake Verity….."
"Hey, that's a good idea!"
"To throw you in Lake Verity?"
"No, for both of us to go practice there! You could practice for gym battles, and I'll practice for my contests!"
"Alright, I'll go grab my stuff. You go on ahead, I'll catch up."
"Okay, just don't take too long, Barry, or I'll have to fine you."
Somewhere upstairs in his house, Barry shouted down "DON'T STEAL MY LINES!!!"
Piplup ran ahead of Dawn. Dawn tried to chase it, knowing it was running towards Lake Verity.
"Piplup, slow down, you know I can't go that fast!"
Piplup just laughed at her and kept running. Dawn smirked. Piplup reminded her of Barry in so many ways.
Finally, the two of them arrived at Lake Verity. Almost the second they arrived, Piplup dived into the deep blue lake. Dawn wished she'd brought her swimsuit so she could swim in the lake too. Barry would probably take a while to get ready, so she knew she had time…..
Then she heard rustling in a bush a few feet away from her. She heard a voice saying to itself over and over "I had to…I had to…I had to….."
Dawn walked towards the bush cautiously. She pulled back the leaves and saw a familiar boy with purple hair.
"What are you doing here? Why'd you come to Twinleaf, Paul?"
The boy stood up and brushed the dirt off his pants and the tears out of his eyes. He kicked his backpack into the bush. He looked down at his feet as if he'd done something horrible. Dawn was deeply concerned.
"Paul, is everything alright?"
He said it soft enough for hardly anyone to hear.
"I killed him."
He suddenly grabbed Dawn's shoulders and shook her violently, blood dripping off his hair onto his sneakers. He shouted at the top of his lungs.
"I KILLED MY BROTHER!!! I KILLED RENJI!!!"