This is written from Jack's point of view. I don't know why I decided that, but I did. I guess I thought it would work better.
Watching Cora and Thorn play together again, I felt like the happiest person alive. I had done it; I had achieved my goal, a goal that was so radically different from every other trainer's that most wouldn't even consider it for a second. I had purified a corrupted Pokemon, tangled with Snagem, successfully shown that they weren't as badass as they were made out to be.
But thinking of Frost, my only rival that I actually enjoyed fighting, even though she was a Snagem grunt, made me feel a sense of loss. I wasn't sure why; even if I viewed her as a rival, I only knew her a few days. A couple battles shouldn't be enough expect a battle from her every time I went out. Why would she even seek me out? She knew Andy had her Furret, not me.
Ah, Andy...Even though we got off on the wrong foot, my decision to go after Thorn and not Shinx first made me feel disappointed in myself. I never found out if Andy got Shinx back. I suppose I never will. I hope he's doing well in his continued battles with Snagem, I pray he forgives me for not chasing Frost.
I felt my hand form into a fist. The hand used to convert Pokeballs into Purity Balls. I still had the glove, it still worked for me...Geranium said that's why she wouldn't take it back, because it was unlikely to work for someone else, so I might as well keep it. I think she's secretly hoping I'll go back to Purifying of my own accord. I suppose everyone has dreams.
"Earth to Jack! You okay?"
I blinked. "Cora. Um. Yeah, I'm fine. Just thinking. What's up?"
Cora took a deep breath. "I finally decided. I want to go to the Hoenn region."
I looked at her doubtfully. "Just you and Thorn?" Maybe I should lend her Song; she wouldn't have to worry about Snagem while she was away, but every region had their own baddies to deal with, and Hoenn had two major fighting factions causing chaos.
Cora nodded, her eyes determined. "I'll catch others while I'm there, don't worry. I'll be fine."
"When are you leaving?"
"Tomorrow morning. The ferry leaves pretty early. What are you going to do?"
"Well," I said slowly, stalling. I was supposed to make my next life-altering decision, but the truth was, after that whole ordeal with Snagem, I didn't want any more excitement like that. Constant worry about Cora and Thorn...chasing mere rumours...I suppressed a shudder. "First, I'll walk you to the ferry. After that..." I shrugged. "I was thinking about going to Johto for their League Challenge. Nothing major."
"You should do it, you'd be great at it!" Cora exclaimed. Yeah, she would think so. Of course, I never told her I ran away from that last fight with Jackal. I smiled tiredly.
"I'll definitely keep the option open," I promised.
"Really? You'll give it some true, serious thought?" Cora caught my eye, her expression serious and troubled. "Ever since you got back, you've been all broody. I think this could help."
I held up my right hand. "I swear, on my honour as a trainer, that I will give the Johto League challenge some true, serious thought," I swore, my voice and expression playful. If only my honour meant anything anymore.
"Good." Cora smiled. "Next time you see me, I'll be Grand Festival Champion," she vowed. She ran off, Thorn hot on her heels, no doubt intent on practicing.
"That, I do not doubt," I murmured.
A/N: Yeah, yeah, sucky ending. This was just to lead you guys to the next story. Cora-centric, and yes, you will be seeing Jack again, though maybe not in Cora's story.
Arceus, this whole thing begs to be rewritten...would you guys object to that? I haven't gotten a lot of feedback, so I don't know how I'm doing. Plenty of views, just no Reviews.
But that won't be done until much later, when I have the inspiration. Right now, I'm going over this, introducing my forehead to my desk.
But I hope you like it, anyway. Read and review, brownies to all!