A bit of an explanation: this is mainly a collection of unrelated drabbles and flash fics which are so short I feel like would be ridiculous to publish as separate stories, so they'll all go in here. They will feature a variety of characters. Most of them will be game-verse, but I'll drop a few anime- and Special-verse fics once in a while. Most stories are 100-1000 words long.

So without further ado, I present to you:

Journey of a Thousand Heroes
a Pokemon flash fic collection.

A/N: this was originally written for Pokeprompts at LiveJournal's prompt 001: 5x5 (put your player on shuffle, write a fic for each of the first five songs you get.)

Characters/Pairing: variations on Kotone/Hibiki/Silver

Disclaimer: Pokemon is property of Nintendo.


And It Would Be Enough

1. Psychobabble, Frou Frou

If love is surrender
Then whose war is it anyway?

"What the fuck? How did you get my number?" Silver yelled when he realized who it was on the phone.

"From Hibiki," the voice from the other side told him cheerfully.

"How did he get my number?"

He could almost hear her blink over the phone.

"Um, aren't you guys friends? Shouldn't he have your number?"

Friends was one way to put it. Silver rubbed his temple. He never gave Hibiki his number, but of course his rival would have it. It probably served him right though, considering how careless Silver had be getting lately.

"What do you want?" Silver snapped at his phone. He regretted it immediately when imagined Kotone's wounded puppy face.

"I was just... I was only wondering if you wanted to hang out," Kotone said, sounding as sad as he imagined her to be.

"W-what?" Silver blushed. That he had not been expecting.

"Hibiki told me... he told me you liked me!" She sounded close to tears. "C-clearly he was wrong. Sorry for wasting your time." She sniffled.

"Wait!" he yelled into the phone before she could hang up on him.

There was a long moment of silence.

"...yes?" Kotone finally said.

"He wasn't wrong."

"Huh?"

"I said, he wasn't wrong."

"...say it again," she whispered.

"You heard me the first two times!"

"Yeah, but..." She sounded happy. Silver sighed and gave in.

"Hibiki wasn't wrong. I do like you."

If it made Kotone happy, then giving in wasn't that bad.

-o-o-o-

2. It's So Easy, Linda Ronstadt (Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack)

People tell me love's for fools
Here I go breaking all the rules

"Why do you like me?" Silver asked as Hibiki played with his hair.

"Hm?" Hibiki replied, distracted.

"Why do you like me? I'm grumpy all the time. I'm mean. I'm a thief! For heaven's sake, I stole my starter from Professor Elm. Why do you still like me?"

Hibiki paused and licked his lips thoughtfully. Then he answered rather carefully.

"I think your personality is cute," he said. Silver snorted. Right. "And I see you do nice things all the time, when you think no one's looking. I saw you help a nice old lady cross the street the other day, remember? Because I know you get embarrassed when people know these things about you."

Silver frowned.

"There are so many sides of you that no one ever gets to see besides me. The fact that you'll only show them to me makes me feel special. And I want to make you feel special too."

"What makes you think you're special? How do you know you other people don't get to see those sides of me?"

"Well, do they?"

"..."

"See? It's things like that that make me like you so much."

Silver growled, but Hibiki laughed and hugged his boyfriend close. The fact that Silver half-heartedly pretended to struggle (but then gave up after a moment) made Hibiki love him all that much more.

-o-o-o-

3. Five Loaves and Two Fishes, Corrine May

Take my fears and my inhibitions
All my burdens, my ambitions
You can use it all
No gift is too small

Kotone looked down sadly at her empty lunchbox and sighed. She tried to be strong, she tried so hard, but... She was only nine. Was it too much to want to be kid still?

"Hey, Kotone. What's wrong? Aren't you hungry?" Hibiki popped up right beside her.

"No, I'm fine," Kotone lied, snapping her lunchbox shut. "I already ate."

Hibiki frowned. "I didn't see you eat."

"Well, I did. I'm on a diet. Girls do that kind of thing, you know. Boys don't understand."

"You got that right," Hibiki snorted. Still, he looked uncomfortable. "Are you sure? I have some -"

"I'm sure!" Kotone yelled, and Hibiki jumped. "Yes, I'm sure," she repeated, more quietly this time.

Hibiki looked at her worriedly, but he let it go.

Kotone went back to staring at her empty lunchbox. Like she needed to be reminded of how poor her family was.

o

"Where's your lunch, Kotone?"

Kotone glared at Hibiki. "I'm still on my diet," she said rather testily.

Hibiki bit his lip. He seemed unsure, but went ahead. "My mom packed me too much food. Says I'm a growing boy and all." Hibiki rolled his eyes. "I, um, I can't. Finish it all. I know you're on a diet and all, but could you help me? Finish it?"

Kotone stared at Hibiki. Hibiki had turned around and was digging out a sandwich for her.

"Thank you," Kotone whispered when he handed it to her.

It would be a secret, just between the two of them.

-o-o-o-

4. Volcano, Damien Rice

Volcanoes melt me down
She's still too young
I kissed your mouth
You do not need me

Hibiki should've expected to be pushed away when he tried to kiss Silver, but the fact that he was still hurt.

"Sorry," Hibiki whispered as Silver delicately wiped off his mouth. "I just thought-"

Or he didn't think. He just wanted. That was why he did what he did.

"Don't - don't worry about it," Silver said. "It was nothing. What's a kiss between friends, right?" But it clearly wasn't nothing. If Silver had considered them friends - more than Hibiki had ever hoped for - then he'd royally screwed up.

"Yeah, nothing but a kiss between friends." Hibiki smiled self-depricatingly.

o

"I like her."

Hibiki paused, looking up from organizing his backpack. "Who?" He hoped his voice sounded even.

"Her. Your friend. That girl."

Hibiki swallowed. "Yeah?"

"Do you - do you think she likes me?"

Hibiki shrugged. Silver was eyeing him warily, but with something like hope bubbling under the surface. "I guess. I don't see why not. Actually, yeah. Yeah, I think she does."

Something like a ghost of a smile flittered across Silver's face.

Hibiki hated himself for hoping that she didn't.

o

"I hate you," Silver whispered cruelly, his face buried in Hibiki's shoulder. "I hate you."

Hibiki breathed in, deep and unsteady.

"I hate you, you liar. She loves you. She always has. You're a fucking cruel liar." Silver gripped his arm so hard Hibiki could feel his circulation being cut off. Silver's tears were wet against his shirt.

"I'm sorry," Hibiki told him numbly, though he didn't know if it was the truth or not. "I didn't know."

"Yeah? Well, I still hate you."

Hibiki hugged Silver tenderly, almost as if it were a loving embrace.

This, he thought, it couldn't go on like this forever. Someday, the pressure would blow them all apart.

-o-o-o-

5. You Know My Name, Chris Cornell

Arm yourself because no one else here will save you
The odds will betray you

Hibiki and Kotone looked back for any shadows that were chasing them as Silver pushed them forward from behind.

"Go!" he hissed. "Go already! If you can see them, it'll be too late!"

They ran frantically - through the darkness, through the woods, through ghost towns and down empty roads. They didn't stop until they couldn't recognize anything of their surroundings.

Even then, they still weren't safe.

o

"You shouldn't have -"

"Shut up, Silver," Hibiki snapped. "It's already too late for that."

Kotone rubbed his arm down soothingly. "We'd still - we'd still choose this. To be with you."

Silver choked back a sob.

o

It was the closest call they had yet, the attacks of vicious, powerful Pokemon grazing them, the energy of what had happened still hanging in the air.

"You two can still get away," Silver insisted, desperate. "Just leave already. It's me they're after."

"That's not an option anymore," Hibiki said.

o

They were both afraid when they'd woke up and Silver was gone. They thought he'd left them for their own safety.

Which was stupid. There was always safety in numbers.

Silver came back a few minutes later, looking at them strangely when they burst with relief. He offered them the morsels of food they'd found.

"Thank you, thank you," they'd both said to him in hushed tones.

"That should be my line," Silver replied.

o

It was hard, but they managed.

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry," Silver would whisper to them every night, desperate and full of grief. Hibiki wrapped an arm around Silver's waist and Kotone pressed kisses against his temple.

They'd protect Silver from Team Rocket, because Silver protected Hibiki and Kotone from them as well.

Together. They had to stay together. Because they had to make it through together.

And it would be enough.