"Huh? What is it, Kagami-chan?"
"First, promise me you won't laugh."
"Relax. I won't laugh."
Kagami took a deep breath and opened her backpack, double-checking to make sure Konata and her were the only ones there. She motioned for Konata to come look in her backpack. Konata gasped and fell backwards.
"IS THAT A-"
"I told you I wasn't lying…"
"Oh my God…Kagami-chan…where did you get a Pikachu? A real live breathing living Pikachu?"
Kagami sighed. "It's a long, very unbelievable story."
"Well, seeing is believing, so shoot."
"Alright. You know Arceus, right?"
"Yeah, what about it?"
"Arceus…Arceus was watching me from another dimension and it fell in love with me but then it heard me wish for my own Pokemon and thought I was serious so it gave me a Pikachu and I freaked out at first but eventually I started liking it a little and I called you over the phone and you laughed and I gave up with you and I went to bed and I had a dream and Arceus told me everything and now I'm here."
"Good God, Kagami-chan, you should be an auctioneer."
"Did you even listen???"
"Yeah, yeah, keep your tiny fanboy-satisfying skirt on. I heard everything. That's crazy."
Kagami sighed again. "I don't know what to do…I'm so confused with this…with all of it…"
Konata gently patted Kagami's shoulder. "Don't worry, Kagami, we'll figure something out. Just keep it hidden for a while. If someone gets their hands on Pikachu, we've got a problem."
Pikachu smiled and hugged Konata's ankle. Konata burst into tears and swept Pikachu up in her arms. "IT'S JUST TOO CUTE!!! I CAN'T STAND IT!!!"
Kagami sighed and took Pikachu from her. "Do you know anyone who CAN help us?"
Konata thought for a moment. "Hmm…Oh! I know! After school, meet me back here!"
After school that day, Konata and Kagami met back at the same spot. Kagami was holding her backpack rather than carrying it. Konata smiled, taking Kagami's hand and running off down the road.
"Whaa! Kona-chan, where are you taking me?"
Konata smiled. "You'll see!"
At last, the two girls stopped in front of a manga shop. Kagami tilted her head. "So you want me to get some manga?"
Konata just ignored her and stepped inside. Kagami just shrugged and followed her in. Immediately, Konata was surrounded by four people on each side. One took a fighting stance.
"Ah! Legendary Girl A! You will not escape this time!"
"Good, because I came for you guys. I need some help."
One girl turned to Kagami. "Your friend is ours! Resistance is futile!"
Kagami sighed as the girl leapt into the air and hurled paper shuriken at her made of magazine pages. Without warning, Pikachu sprang out of her backpack and Thunderbolted her with everything it had. Kagami gasped as the girl was knocked back to the ground, dizzy and nearly unconscious. Kagami rushed to her side.
"Oh my God, I'm so sorry!"
Kagami felt a twinge of nervousness in her stomach as she turned to face the others, who's attention was devoted entirely to Pikachu. The man from before turned to Konata.
"Never in my life have I seen such a thing…is that a…"
"A Pikachu? Yup! And you guys are gonna help me get it back where it belongs, right?"
Kagami felt something tug at her heartstrings. Give Pikachu back to Arceus? Even if it had only been two days, it was still something she never would've considered.
But she had almost no time to consider that before Konata was knocked against the floor. A smoke bomb hit the ground, and Kagami, Konata, and Pikachu were unable to see two feet in front of themselves. Kagami could only hear voices, and a muffled scream.
"Sorry, Legendary Girl A, but this is a valuable collectable!"
"NO! You come back here with Pikachu this instant!"
From then on, Kagami could only stand in tears, blinded by smoke, listening to the sound of fists hitting flesh, and people being knocked to the ground. When at last the smoke cleared, Konata was on the ground, bleeding from her mouth and a little from her head. Kagami rushed to her side.
"Kona-chan! Are you okay???"
Konata coughed up a bit of blood before turning to Kagami, tears in her eyes as well. "I'm sorry Kagami-chan, but…they took Pikachu!"
Kagami felt overwhelming tears push at her eyes before spilling out. She began to shake Konata. "Well don't just lie there! We have to get it back!!! KONA-CHAN!!!"
Konata pushed Kagami's hand away. "We will! Calm down! Those guys are all talk! But..."
Konata looked at the gaping hole in the wall left by the workers' escape. Several customers were gathered around, examining it. Konata turned back to Kagami.
"But they wouldn't do something like that. They're not those kind of people. More like angry cosplayers. They help me with my problems every time! Why would they do something like that?"
Kagami tilted her head as a customer gave her an odd glance. It was someone she'd never seen before, and he looked like he was hiding. He made a gesture for her to follow him, and walked away. Before he walked out of sight, Kagami stood up.
"Kona-chan, I'll be back. Help should come soon, ask someone to call 911! But I gotta go!"
But by then it was too late, Kagami was out of sight, following the boy.
Kagami had to follow him all throughout the city, until he finally stopped and sat down in an alley. Kagami eagerly rushed in and put her hands on her hips in frustration. Staring at the boy from above, he seemed somewhat familiar, but she couldn't put her finger on it.
"Alright, you made me follow you everywhere, what do you want???"
"To help you. It sent me here and told me to help you."
The voice still seemed familiar, but Kagami still found it impossible to figure out where she knew it from. "Who sent you, and who are you???"
"Arceus sent me..."
Kagami watched as he stood up, still confused. But when he looked up at her, she understood everything.
"And I believe you already know who I am."
Kagami gasped as everything became clear. Even so, she couldn't believe her eyes. At first, it was hard to remember the name, but it slid out of her mouth easily and filled with disbelief.