Me: Sorry for taking so long on this.

Firethroat: We don't own Pokemon. Oh, and if you want to be a contestant in the tournament in the fic, then post in your review what you want your fic name to be, and what Pokemon. Don't pick any legendaries, though. Oh, and just pretend that places in the fic have the same names as places in the Pokemon show, game, etc. And please bear with us. We know the song doesn't really fit the story, but it's the best we could come up with on such short notice. If you know a better song, and the lyrics to it, could you please post them? We'll edit this chapter, if you do.

Vurso: Now, on with the fic!

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The cheering of the crowd was deafening, and I had to steel myself to keep from running away from my place in line, behind a young Dragonite type. I whimpered softly, then gasped as we walked, single file, out into the stadium. The huge stadium was packed past full, and all of them were cheering.

The Dragonite type turned around, and gave me a sympathetic smile. "Don't worry!" He shouted over the noise. "It will be a lot quieter during the opening ceremony, and during the battles!"

"Thanks!" I shouted back, as we took our place in line before the platform where the ceremony was to take place.

Slowly, the cheering stopped, and the president of the league, an old, grizzled Scyther type, came out to address us.

"First off, I would like to say thank you, to all that have come here today, and I would like to wish the best of luck to all of you. Now, for the official Battle tournament song, specialized for the Johto region. (A/N: This is the song from the beginning of Pokemon: Johto Champions.)

A popular singer that I never could remember the name of (she was a Wigglytuff type, though), walked up onto the stage, and took the mike. The music started, and she began to sing.

"Pokemon, Pokemon, Pokemon

Let's do it.

I wanna be the very best

Like no one ever was (ever was)

To catch them is my real test

To train them is my cause

My whole life has led to this!

Time to test my skills!

I know I just can't miss

To show the world…

Born to be a winner (Johto)

Born to be a champion

Born to be a winner

Born to be the very best

(Pokemon Johto)

Born to be a winner!"

I yawned when the song was over. I wanted to get to battling, but the battles didn't start until tomorrow. The Dragonite type next to me looked like he was thinking the same thing.

After some more talk, the ceremony finally ended, and I could get back to the cabin my family and I were staying in.

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That night, I couldn't sleep, so I got up, and walked to the stadium. The doors weren't locked, and I could see the point in it. After all, who would steal a stadium?

I noticed that I wasn't the only one there, and walked up the stairs, until I was standing next to the other one there. I saw that it was the Dragonite type I had met earlier.

"Hi." I said softly.

"Hello." He replied, without turning around.

"Thanks for giving me that advice earlier."

"No problem."

"Umm… can I sit down?"

He looked up, surprised. "Sure, go ahead."

"Thanks." I said, as I sat down on the hard bench.

We sat there in silence for a little while, which was finally broken by him saying, "So… couldn't sleep?"

"Nope… you too, huh?" I replied.

"Yeah… just nervous. I'm going up against some opponents that have been training for this since before I was born."

I groaned. "Just as I managed to make myself forget that…"

"Sorry…" He grinned sheepishly. "By the way, my name's Jason." He offered his hand.

"Alex." We shook hands, and went back to staring out over the battling arena.

Finally, I yawned. "Well, it was nice meeting you, Jason. I gotta go to bed, though. Good luck tomorrow." I stood up.

"Yeah… good luck." He didn't turn to look at me as I started to leave.

"Alex?"

I turned and looked back. Jason was staring right at me, and I noticed that he had unusual golden eyes. "Yeah?"

"Can we talk tomorrow night, here? After the matches?" He looked so hopeful that I couldn't help but smile.

"Sure. Be sure to not get too tired out, though. Wouldn't want you falling asleep in the middle of talking." This brought a small smile to his face, and he nodded. I turned, and walked back to my cabin, feeling much more relaxed now.

Before I drifted off to sleep, however, one thought hit me. Boy, was he cute.

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Me: Sorry for that being so short… and terrible…

Firethroat: But we wanted to get it out.

Vurso: Remember, review if you want to be a character in the fic!