Author's Notes : Hello, hello. First off, I'd like to apologize for this awful wait. Honestly, I'm not much in high spirits lately, maybe once in a while. It's been very busy for me and I'm using math as an excuse. Everyone knows that I don't fair well with that horrid subject. I barely get a passing grade. But enough of my excuses, just wanted to say I was sorry, again. I'm seriously unorganized with my work, it's like finding a pin in a hay stack.
Disclaimer : I do not and ever will own Pokemon.
"Hey, you came back pretty late last night," I said to Lea. "What happened to you? Your Flaffy was in pretty bad shape. You know what happens when your pokemon goes unconscious."
Lea gave me a smile, but I knew it was a fake. "Oh you know, with all the wild pokemon roaming, we encountered a steelix." She popped another berry into her mouth and hummed quietly to herself.
"And you managed to get away?" I crossed my arms to add a more demanding affect. "You're bluffing."
Lea sighed and had her shoulders hunched over. "Okay, the truth is I ran into this awful trainer with a ruthless espeon. They attacked me for no reason and said I deserved it!" She wiped her eyes with the sleeves of her jacket. "And the horrible thing is that it was Leaf Green of all people!"
"Leaf? She's here too?" I was clearly shocked. Lea knows Leaf and I are good friends, why didn't she mention anything sooner? And why would Leaf attack Lea? They barely know each other. "Why would Leaf do that? She's not the type of person to do such a thing."
"That's what I thought too," Lea sniffed. "Something tragic must've happened to her to be like this."
"Tell me exactly what happened," I told her calmly.
"I was looking for berries and other stuff to eat when a psychic attack stopped my Flaffy's movements," Lea started. "She kept bad mouthing me and said some mean things about our relationship. Then Leaf attacked my Flaffy and me with Iron Tail! She chased me until I lost her near the base of the mountain."
"Is she still in the forest? I should talk to her and straighten things out," I said.
"You know, she said it would've been better for everyone if I never even lived in Pallet Town," Lea included.
"Wait, what? Pallet Town? I lived in Pallet Town my entire life; I hardly recognize you at all!" I exclaimed. I examined Lea carefully, and concluded her green eyes were vaguely familiar and she did look a bit like Leaf.
"Yes, but my parents never let me out of the house much. I barely managed to let them convince me to start my pokemon journey the same time as you guys, but I shortly moved to Hoenn," Lea said.
I snapped my fingers as I realized who Lea was. "I remember now! You were that rich girl who lived in that mansion by my grandfather's lab!"
This girl in front of me was Lea Price, one of the only other girl who lived in Pallet Town aside from Leaf and that Sakari girl. She was the one who arrived at Gramps' lab only a few minutes after Leaf and I did to receive her starter. After that, we went our separate ways and I never saw her again. I mentally face-palmed myself for not recognizing the same girl from then.
"It's okay that you forgot," Lea murmured. "I travel all over the world, so people only know me from what they hear on the TV or read from the news."
"Anyway, we sort of got off topic. Now where did you say Leaf was?" I inquired.
"Wandering the forest with that espeon," Lea answered.
I rose to my feet and stretched. "Okay, I'm gonna go find her. It's dangerous for you to be on your own with Flaffy in such a bad condition, so I'll leave Umbreon here with you."
"What about you?" Lea asked. "You'll get hurt out there!"
I hesitated before answering, "It's okay, I'll make it back before sundown."
"I'm so hungry," May and I cried in unison.
Our stomachs roared as we grumbled. I clutched my stomach in agony. Being in the desert faction of the arena wasn't appealing. The sun was scorching and the only source of water was an hour away from our site.
"Misty, I need food," I rasped.
Misty sighed. "Sorry Ash, we ate the last of that stew yesterday." She raised a hand to block off some of the light shining on her face. "If we want food, we'd have to go into the forest."
"No!" May shouted. "We can't go in there!"
I looked at May quizzically. "Why, are there monsters in there?"
"Cabbage brain is in the forest right now!" May exclaimed.
"Is that a new pokemon?" I asked.
"Don't be stupid, Ash," Misty shouted. I cowered under her gaze as she searched for something to whack me with. "You're just lucky my mallet was confiscated."
Behind Misty, in the distance I was able to make out a girl with short blonde hair. She was standing by the river with a pokemon. She must've felt someone was watching her as the fair skinned girl immediately spun on her heels and turned around.
"May, don't get all excited, but I think I found food," I said to the brunette.
May turned around from where she was kneeling and leaped on to her feet. "Where?" she shouted.
"That pretty looking sausage link over there." I pointed to the river bank where the girl was still looking at us. I wiped the sweat from my forehead and drooled at the sight of the thing next to her. I snapped out of my thoughts when I felt sand hit my face. I looked up and saw May rushing at the girl.
"Eat my dust!" she shouted behind her.
I chased after May and Ash shouting for them to stop. They were going to make a big mistake. "May, stop running! You're just hallucinating!"
Pikachu ran alongside me, trying to catch May's attention as well. "Pika-pi!"
The owner of the milotic had her hands resting on her hips, purple eyes staring at us. "What do you think you're doing? Are you trying to pick a fight?" Milotic hovered near its trainer and let out a shrill cry.
I quickly bowed. "I am so sorry! My friends are just very hungry."
"No matter," the girl snorted. "You attacked me first, so I think I shall repay you." She nodded to milotic and shouted, "Let's show them how strong you are. Give them a blizzard attack!"
I managed to leap to the side and dodge the ice attack. I glared at the girl and she only shrugged. "Omastar, ancient power, go!" I called.
Omastar jumped in front of me, heavy rocks materialized from the sand and were thrown in the direction of the milotic. Slithering from side to side, the water type dodged the attack and landed gracefully beside its trainer.
I ground my teeth in frustration. To be honest, I was almost at my limits too. I was tired and hungry as much as May and Ash. Suddenly, an idea formed in my mind. It would be able to finish the battle quick enough. "Omastar, use icebeam on the ground," I commanded.
The ground was layered with smooth ice, making the milotic tense up. Omastar however was poised for the next command.
"Omastar use rollout!" I commanded.
Omastar withdrew into its shell and rolled toward the milotic.
"Pfft, how pathetic! Milotic, dodge it," the girl said.
I smirked, it was just what I expected her to do. "Now Omastar, use ancient power!"
Omastar came out of its shell and flung power infused rocks at the milotic. Just as I had hoped, the milotic slipped on the ice and was trapped beneath the rocks.
"Follow up with blizzard!" I called. It was a bit cruel, but I had to get through this.
Omastar let out a gust of frosty wind freezing the rocks over. The milotic let out a shrill cry, the sharp edges digging into it.
"Milotic!" the girl cried. She turned on us, glaring. "I'm going to get you back for that trick." Before she could even take a step closer, sparks of electricity danced on the ground around her. "What? I can't move!"
"What's going on?" I heard May gasp.
I turned to look at her, but oddly enough, I couldn't move. "What is this? Can any of you guys move? Ash? May?!"
"No, I can't even feel my legs!" came Ash's reply.
Before I could reply, a jolt of electricity ran through me. I let out a cry of pain like someone had driven a knife through me. Fear sent a chilling shock up my spine. My mouth, I found, was dry as parchment paper. I couldn't speak and I knew this was going to end badly. Multi-coloured spots occupied my vision and soon enough I succumbed to the darkness.
I was perched on a tree branch hidden among the foliage. I asked myself, what is he doing here? And without a pokemon too? I narrowed my eyes in suspicion. Beside me, Espeon growled lowly. I put a finger to my lips and silencing the psychic type.
"What's he doing here?" I heard Drew ask.
"Probably looking for something," I said, shrugging. "Come on, let's keep going." I grabbed a vine and gripped it tightly, swinging from this branch to the next. I landed heavily on the branch, grunting.
"It's much easier to walk on the ground," Drew pointed out, landing beside me.
"Yes but it's probably also booby trapped as well," I murmured, catching eye of a trip rope. "Look, we're probably almost out of here. It won't be long." I frowned in annoyance. I could hear someone faintly calling my name. I whipped around and almost bumped into Drew.
"Watch it," he grumbled.
"Sorry, what were you saying? I couldn't hear you," I answered honestly.
"What?" He gave me a quizzical look. "I didn't say anything?"
"Leaf! I need to speak with you!"
"Huh, I thought for sure he hadn't notice us," I said. I sighed and looked at Drew. "Wait up here. I'll go see what he wants."
I nimbly climbed down the tree and stood face to face with my childhood rival and former best friend. "What do you want?" I asked, a bit coldly.
"I just wanted to talk. We lost contact months ago and I was starting to get worried. I didn't know you were going to be here until Lea told me," Gary started. "She told me what you did to her and her flaffy."
"I admit that I did fight with Lea, but she—"
"I don't care what your excuse is!" he shouted at me. "She came back seriously hurt!"
I looked at Gary, shocked by his words. My stomach churned with uneasiness, then fueled with anger. "Did she tell you why we fought? I bet you could barely remember her from Pallet Town! And for your information, I don't care how hurt she is! You don't know what she—"
Gary frowned at me. "I never knew how cold hearted you could be. You're always so selfish. You never think of the consequences your action holds against someone else."
"And what about you, huh?" I snapped. "You're the one who lost contact with me. You only thought of yourself!"
"How could you accuse me of being selfish? Right now I left my umbreon to care for Lea! I really care about her."
"What about me?" I asked quietly. "You never bothered to think about how I was."
"I care about both of you. Although I don't know if you deserve anyone caring for you, not after what you did to Lea," Gary muttered. "Arceus knows. You're just a crazy wild child, especially after you got stuck in that cave. You probably went around beating up helpless pokemon the same way you did to Lea's flaffy."
"What I did is none of your business," I spat. "If I have to hurt others to get what I want, I'll do what it takes." I gave him one last look before scaling back up the tree.
"Wait, Leaf!" I heard him shout.
"What was that all about?" Drew asked, his brows furrowed with concern.
"Something of the past," I said, waving it off. "It's nothing really. Come on, I want to get to the edge of the forest before sundown."
I kicked the ground in frustration, watching two figures leaping from tree to tree. I ran a grimy hand through my hair. Why did I open my big fat mouth? I just wanted some answers, yet I ended up arguing with her. I shoved my hands in my pockets. I hadn't even heard her side of the story. I just jumped to conclusions.
I scowled and muttered, "stupid..." I spun on my heel and sprinted after the two trainers. It was like they knew I was following them the way they move in different directions. I swatted the foliage around me, trying to keep my eyes on them. The forest was getting more dense... and darker too. A chill went up my spine. The forest had an ominous feeling to it. It's just the time of the day, I thought to myself. It was just getting dark.
Keeping my eyes trained on Leaf and her ally, I ran smack into a tree. Or so I thought. I landed on my back and stared back up, only to regret it.
Author's Notes : There might be a few errors in there. I think I'm losing it sometimes. XD I tried my best to fix it up, so here you go! If you're up to it, you can review and tell me your thoughts. I'd like to read them whether it be a rant on this long awaited update or how much you enjoyed this chapter.
I hope this explains any history with Leaf, Gary and/or Lea. If not, just review and leave a comment on who's past needs to be explained more and I'll include it in the next chapter. Speaking of the next chapter, update will probably be up within 1 week to 5 months. Hopefully, not as long as this one & the story will go into a more darker feel to it coughcoughdefeatedtrainersco ughcough.
Anyway, sorry for the long update and thanks for reading! :)