" … Nngh."

"What is it?"

"Nothing. I just realized that Lance has effectively bankrupted me of my hopes, dreams, and desires."

"No, he hasn't, Gold. Lance just… gives off that emotion to others. What makes you think that, anyway?"

"He relinquished my championship title."

"You gave that back at your own free will. You wanted to stay a travelling trainer and roam Kanto."

"Roam? I'm not an Entei, Silver."

"He didn't steal your title. You're still a Pokemon Master."

"He took you, though."

"What do you mean?"

"I staked my claim on you first."

"Gold, let me explain this for the fiftieth time—I am not a plot of land. I am a human being. You and Lance need to quit arguing over who 'had' me before the other."

"Still. I knew you way before he did."

"I still chose to be with him."

"Why, Silver?"

"Because…"

"I need an answer, Silver. I've been searching for them from you for far too long."

"… I didn't want to hurt you."

"And you won't hurt Lance?"

"Lance isn't easily broken."

"Are you suggesting that I'm fragile? That Lance is stronger than me?"

"Lance could never be as strong as you."

"So why are you with him?"

"Because I love him."

"Do you not love me?"

"I am in love with you."

"Leave him, then. Be with me."

"You know I can't do that."

"Tell me, then! Tell me why!"

"Lance needs me."

"I need you, too."

"I know. I'm sorry."

"You're not."

"I am."