Chapter 4: New Faces and Threats
A/N Trigger Warning: Some swearing, mild sexual tension/harassment with an certain top dog won't shut up in this chapter. Remember, this is Rated M (which stands for Mature= 17).
"Hey Lucia! Wake up, you're gonna miss the fun! May's already up there!", my best friend Brendan called me from a treehouse in Littleroot Town; our hometown. It was already midnight, but Brendan had woke me up, telling to met him in their hideout. They also invited May too, because of the Sleepover they held for the entire weekend now.
"I'm coming Brendan! Just wait!", a I replied, as she climbed up the ladder, which Vanilly on her shoulder. Once she entered inside the room and see the two boys sitting at the corner with a Torchic and a Treecko as their starters, they recieved as their starters.
"Hi there, Lucy", May waived at us.
"Hello May", I smiled, as Vanilly jumped off and ran towards her Torchic
"So the reason, why I gather us all there is... To talk about our journey. We got our starters today, so let's talk about our plans!" he exclaimed, putting his hand on his knees. "Lucy. Would you like to tell about your plans".
"Well... uhm... I just recieved Vanily today, but okay...", I said, as I gazed on my lap. Then I took a breath, only to feel a cold breeze blowing on me. Looking up to see, I saw a Froslass instead of my friends looking into my eyes, before she blows an Icy Wind on my face, as I was about to move away.
The next thing I noticed was lying on the floor, like I was blew away from the wind. Wait... wind? My gaze fixed upon a floating figure, as my sight getting less blurry. As I got up to see more clearer, Aurora tugged at my sleeve, trying to move me somewhere. This kinda reminded my own mother, who used similar methods to get me up for my first journey, when I'm too lazy to get u or sleepy. In fact now, I felt like I'm back in my bedroom in Littleroot Town getting ready for my day.
"M-mom *yawn*... S-stop, I'm up. I'm up...", I groggyly murmured, as the Ghost/Ice Pokemon dragged me to my closed, before opened it and brought a set of new clothes, placing them on my bed, as she proceeded to prepare my bag. Just like a mother would do for their child, when their go to their first journey of their lives.
Looking around, I suddenly noticed that Victoria wasn't here, which made me release, what day it was. Surely I was foolish now, as my journey in Reborn is starting today. Swiftly I grabbed the selected clothes from the bed, rushing to the bathroom, beginning to undress myself.
After a few minutes, I came out wearing my red sleeve shirt, black jeans and a pair of grey-white sneakers. For accessory, I put white earrings, blue choker with a white necklace and tied my hair into a side ponytail. After checking myself on the mirror for the last time, I grab my bag and was ready to leave.
Suddenly Aurora tucked on my sleeve again, making me turn around.
"What is it now?", I asked her with a puzzled expression. Instead for an answer, she handed me my grey jacket.
"It's not that much cold outside today. For crying out loud", I felt getting embarrassed, but decided to forgot about it and returned Aurora into her GreatBall. As I walked downstairs, the Grand Hall had only a few people there, besides the staff. Judging with that, Victoria must've had woke up earlier and already left, I guess- never bothering to wake me up from my sleep. I went to the small food section, buying 2 strawberry croissants and hot cocoa for breakfast. After that, I bought a few potions with tha savings from Hoenn, before entering outside the centre for a new adventure. Silently praying for no harm to me and my Pokemon, I walked the ruined streets of the city, preparing myself for the upcoming gym match against Julia. After a few miles later, I spotted the yellow building, which it's Julia's Gym, I guess, when I read the sign.
'Neo-Circuit Power Plant a Silph Co. Service-'It was written, but I saw something underneath: 'Neo-Circuit is such a LAME name! I officially re-title this place the Electro-Dazzle Happy Boom-Time House of Cheer!' My eye grew wide a bit. Julia must be very cheerful and too enthusiastic, despite Reborn's chaotic state.
I walked up to the glass door, but then saw a note sticking on the door, "Suggestion: Julia, if you want to do this rendezvous, try not to do it during your naptimes. Request: Meet me at the factory immediately".
"Factory?" I wondered, as I looked around to a young clerk not far away. "Excuse me." I ask out making him turn to him.
"Are there any factories around here?".
"Y-Yeah. If you walked West and then North, you'll see one of them. The other one if further up." He pointed to the west. I thanked him, as I made my way on it, in hopes to find Julia.
"Uuhh... C'mon! And I paid good mooney for those Pokemon", a Youngster yelled, as Starry's Aerial Ace knocked his last Alolan Radicate out.
"Guess I won", I said, while he left, angrily ranting about his lost.
For a "veteran", I was still capable of participating in Pokemon Matches, as my time underwent different training sessions back in Hoenn; especially when half of your team also took part in Contests and when I was creating new combinations and own strategies.
After 5 minutes of walking and battling people, I spotted a factory near the toxic waters. Nobody was here, so maybe I was earlier, than I thought. Making the decision to take a break, I sat on a rock, waiting for the Gym Leader to come.
Starring into the ocean, I began to think about my two childhood friends, Brendan and May and the others from Hoenn. My 1st journey, becoming the Champion, having fun with my friends in Moosdeep Center. Or when my parents took my to Mt. Pyros for picnics. I already missed them so much, that I felt the urge to cry, but I held them back. I hoped, once things calmed down in Hoenn and the Train Station getting fixed, I'll return home. I don't care about, if it will take months or even years! As I was lost in my thoughs and nostalgia, thinking about those wonderful times in Hoenn, a whistle and a slap on my backside suddenly snapped me back into reality, causing me to lose balance and landed on the floor.
"Nice view of your back. Also nice ass", a male voice said, which caused me to turn around.
There was a boy around my age. He was wearing glasses, that are below his eyes, a dark green shirt, with a light green undershirt, brown trouser that have been rolled halfway up of his lower leg with white socks and brown boots. But what made me uncomfortable was, his expression looked all over my body, especially a small view of my panties, I spotted. Quickly I pulled my pants a bit higher in embarrassment and leaned against the wall, while my bag lied behind me. The boy saw that and seemed amused about that, as I felt flashbacks about that monster flashed inside me.
"Oh, how rude of me to scare you, but you look kinda hot though, so not my fault", he laughed, as his eyes looked over my pants again.
"Uhm... T-thanks for that... I... Could you please stop looking at m-my privates" I said, while getting the feeling, being pushed against a corner with no escape.
Hearing this, his gaze lifted to meet my eyes looking a bit puzzled, but that fucking expression was still here. Then he "gently" placed his hand on my chin, making me do eye contact with him.
"So what does a missy like you doing there?", he asked me.
"I-I was...", I tried to answer, but I felt my mouth trembled at the sight that boy. I don't know why, but it's because he's a stranger and this region is known for it's horrible reputation or he could harm me any time soon.
"You gonna answer my question or what?" I could hear his voice getting impatient with my hesitation. Everything began to blurred and distorted, as I hear that bastard's voice again laughing maniacally.
Before I could open my eyes again and answer, a red light emerged from my bag and soon the boy was sent flying a few meters away from me by an furious Tirami's Dark Pulse; crashing into an building. The Mightyeena turned around and jumped on me, nuzzled her face against mine, returning me back to reality.
"Ah, Tirami! What have you done now? Thanks, but don't do that again", I said, as she looked over me confused, but suddenly sensed something and turned around again. Soon she began to bark louder, as the boy emerged from the smoke, walking towards us with an angry expression, pulling out a PokeBall, where a Servine emerged and arrogantly looked at us as well.
"Sevine! Use Leaf Tornado on them!", he commanded, as the Unova Grass Pokemon spun around, creating a small but powerful tornado with glowing leads around it, before firing it towards us.
"Quick Tirami! Dark Pulse!", I said, Tirami unleashed a powerful black energy from her body. Both attacks soon collide eachother, creating an explosion, following by thick smoke. I coughed, trying to see clear, as I saw a shadow looming over Tirami.
"Now Energy Ball!", a voice said.
"Tirami dodge quickly!", I cried out, but Servine was much faster than her, as Tirami was sent crashed right behind me into a wall.
"Tirami!", I shouted, as I saw her unconscious form lying on the rumble covered in scratches and bruises.
"You'll pay for that you asshole", I took out a GreatBall and was about to send out Fleur, only to see he and his Servine weren't here anymore.
"Fucking coward! Run away like a pussy for all I care!", I screamed at the direction, he probably took off. Then I called Fleur out, so she can carry Tirami to a Pokemon Center for recovery. Luckily Ame told me before, that in Reborn their technology was highly advanced than in other regions- even in Hoenn and Kanto, whose companies were highly knew for their invitations- so the healing took only 5 minutes.
"Here's your Pokemon", Nurse Joy said, as she placed Tirami's PokeBall on the counter "Good Luck out there, but you're a tough trainer."
"Thanks for that", I gave her a small smile, as she did the same.
As I left the Pokemon Center, I went straight to Julia's Gym and sat on the stairs for a break with a newly recovered Tirami next to me, despite my protests to stay inside the PokeBall.
"Great. What I nice beginning, to start your journey in such shithole like that... Not only this city is shit, but also there's a bunch of perverts and I got attacked by one today", I groaned, as I leaned against the door. "But nooo, do you think I would willingly go in a place like this? It's all because of-"
I was cut off mid sentence, as I found myself on the floor and a female voice yelling. Once I looked up, I saw Julia up there.
"Oh, hi Lucia! Are you here to challenge me?" Julia asked.
"Yeah I am." I answered a bit angry, because of her absence.
"Great, but sadly it's gonna have to wait." Julia replied.
"Why? It's because of that meeting and of what happened at the train station" I sighed, as I remember what Ame had told me yesterday.
"Exactly! Ame told me that they caught the perp who blew up the train was working with Team Meteor. A spy!" Julia exclaimed "And they are gonna to blow up the power plant! MY power plant the Moosdeep Factory! And no one blows my things without me around, ESPECIALLY MY THINGS!" Julia screamed in anger.
"*gulp* Rrrright." I was a bit scared at her reaction.
"Follow me! We are going to stop these bad guys! You'll be a great help" Julia said as she grabbed my wrist and started to drag me away from the gym, while Tirami followed us back. Are you kidding me now! I just go there 4 minutes ago!
After minutes of running, we arrived at a different factory. I was trying to catch my breath, as Julia walked towards the door.
"Locked" Julia exclaimed, as she scanned the door.
"We *gasp* should break the *gaps* *gaps* door", I said between my breaths.
"No problem. I got this... KAPOOOOW! ", the cheerleader grinned, as she swung her leg with such force, that the door instantly broke. I looked at her with shock and awe, as she gave me her victory grin.
"Did you just-" I was cut off again.
"Problem solved", Julia happily said.
"Observation: Detection. Julia's presence confirmed." A female voice stated with little emotion making us turn around and saw two people.
No! It can't be! My eyes widen a bit in terror, as I spotted the same boy, who made snarky comments about me before. The other person was a young woman with similar hair as his. She also wears a pair of glasses, a lime green bodysuit with dark green gloves and stockings and white boots. Like the female version of that boy.
Julia smiled when she saw her, "Hey there Rini!" She shouted happily.
She turned to towards me, "This is Florinia. We've been BFFs since middle school as well as roommates. She is also the Gym Leader of the Onyx Ward and the instructor head at Onyx Trainer School there." Julia introduced.
"Nice to meet you, Florinia. I'm Lucia", I greeted her, as I offered my hand.
"Gratitude: Thank you for the introduction. Greetings: My name is Florinia" She thanked Julia, as we both shared our hands.
"Aaaaand this is Fern." Julia continued not even trying to make it interesting. I bit my lip, as we both made eye contact again and Tirami started to growl at him.
Fern turned to me, seemed amused at our reactions "I know we got on the wrong foot Lucia, but we're good right?" Fern chuckled.
That didn't convince me, but I wanted no trouble, "Yeah, we're good..." I laughed nervously, trying to remain calm, while Tirami keep an eye on Fern.
"Suggestion: Times are waste, let's us proceed." Florinia told the group, as she walked inside. I felt off by her behaviour, "Don't worry about my sister. She's weird and everyone around calls her 'Flobot'." He casually told me.
"How can people call her like that?", I was shocked by that, but than Julia became angry by this. "Well I call her Rini! Because she's not a robot!" She said, making me smile at her statement.
"Anyway let's go." The cheerleader continued as we entered inside as well.
"This is the base of the group, which that guy belongs to that blew up the train. They call themselves Team Meteor, it's a really wired name but whatever. Let's get in there and make them go boom!" Julia shouted as we meet with Florinia.
Me, Florinia and Julia looked at the water which was the same colour as the ocean. "Observation: The liquid indicates high levels of pollution. Estimated toxicity . . . 90%" Florinia explained to us, while observing the water.
"And this is being dumped in the lake. No wonder it's poison's and-"
"Yeah, yeah. The ocean is poison making it unhabitable for anyone to live here, so they moving away from this environmental bullshit. Can we go?" Fern suggested interrupting Julia, becoming impatiently.
"Agreement: Let us proceed. Observation: The path divides into two. The most efficient way to observe the surroundings would be in bisection of party." Florinia said.
"Uhm... Bisection of party?", I said in confusion about her speech.
"She means splitting up. Are you two really siblings? Because you can't understand her." Julia asked.
"Not my fault Flobot talks like that. This bitch is a robot wannabe!" Fern coldly answered, while Florinia blinked a bit.
"Well I can and she's not a robot. Anyway, me and Rini will take the right path, while you and Fern take the left." Julia suggested. "And try not to let Fern's attitude get to you." With that she left.
I felt like, I was cornered by Sharpedos! What is she thinking?! I don't want to go with him!
Florinia turned to Fern, "Warning: Be careful brother. Estimated the values of dangers. Immense." Florinia warned him.
"I always do." Fern replied.
Florinia nodded, before walking off leaving us alone, "I wouldn't let my sister's personality annoy you. She became like this after a harsh event with our parents long time ago." Fern told me. "Anyway, try not to hold me back."
How about you keeping your distance away from me I thought, while looking over Tirami, who keeped her eyes in him.
We walked into a another section and saw two people wearing black cloths that are hiding their hair but not their faces, "Intruders!" One shouted as both realized a Lillipup and Alolan Rattata.
"I think it's time we take out the trash." Fern said as he released Budew.
"Tirami. Let's dance!" I commanded Tirami, as she stood before me ready to fight
"Who are you calling trash?! Tackle!" Rattata and Lillipup started to run towards us.
"Sleep Powder!" Budew fired green spores in the air.
When they collided into the opposing Pokemon they feel asleep, "Dark Pulse!" Tirami's body glowed and gathered dark energy, before unlocking it towards her foes. The Pokemon were sent flying into their trainer's unconscious.
"So strong." The female grunt said as she and her partner returned their Pokemon and ran away from us. As we walked further, Fern turned his head towards me.
"May I ask you something, Lucia?." He said, getting my attention.
"What?" I asked, while Tirami gave him a glare.
"Where are you from?" Fern asked.
"Why do you want to know?" I asked back, feeling uncomfortable again.
"Because as you can see, this place is a shithole at finest. So, why did you decided to come here?" Fern said, as he adjusted his glasses.
"I'm.. from Hoenn." I answered.
"That's sure is one hell of a difference. If I had a choice, I would've stayed there. Why the hell are you here?" He pressed further.
I lowered my gaze to the ground, as all flashbacks played through my mind and him especially, "I- I wanted... to... challenge and t-to... prove myself of being worthy That's all." I spoke with hesitation, fiddling with my sleeve, trying to calm myself down.
He didn't look convinced, but rather bored "Whatever you say." Fern turned off as counting to walk with his Budew on his shoulder.
I sadly frowned after speaking about it. And I really hate that, that I wanted to run away now. His presence reminds me of that guy, who made my life a living hell. But I don't know, if Fern is the same like him.
After we defeated a few more grunts on our way, until we came to a metal barrier, "Great. How do we get through?" Fern asked.
"Simple. Tirami, Dark Pulse!"
Tirami did, what I told her and in a few seconds into the gate and had a hole in it. As we walked inside, we found a barricade blocking our way through again, "Observation: Team Meteor's headquarters confirmed up head."I could hear Florinia's voice, as Julia was doing some tricks.
"Now it's just a matter of opening it." Julia mused, as she did a few piurettes.
"So, what's plan B?" I asked her.
"I can easily blow it up if I had some dynamite." Julia explained, while Florinia walked over to a control board and started to hack into it.
Julia turned to me, "Maybe they have some. Can you go and find some, pretty please?" Julia said in a baby voice with puppy eyes.
"Well, I'm not gonna wait all day for Flobot to hack into the system. So, let's just find these pyrotechnics." Fern replied, as he grabbed me wrist, dragging me to a different hallway and Tirami started barking, as she followed us.
"Tirami, please be quiet! They'll hear us!" I hissed at her, ignoring Fern
"They would already have", he gestured to a few grunts a few meters further, noticing us.
"Let's get over with it", I sighed, as the grunts cam closer to us.
"And stay out!", I called, as the last two of them ran away. I spotted a box full with red dynamites. As I bent over to grab them, I felt a sharp pain on my butt and heard a whistle.
"Sorry, Lucia. My hand slipped", I could hear Fern's voice, while he laughed a bit!
It was too much already, as I reached my final point. I grabbed the dynamite box and threw it right at him, while running past him, all the way back to another room. I could fell getting sick, just by such act and I needed to calm down.
I leaning against a wall and fell in the floor, wiping away my tears, as those memories came back to me. I just want to forget this and him. 5 minutes later, I finally calmed down, I made my way back to Julia and Florina.
"Hello girls. I'm back", I quietly said, as Julia turned around to see me with the dynamites.
"Oohhhh. Thank you so much", she squealed, while taking them from me and placing them in front of the gate.
"Now stay back. 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 KA BO-" Before Julia could finish the gate opened.
"Succession: Gate opened. Let us proceed." Florinia stated as she started to entered.
"B-but the booms. You can't do this Rini! I was about to make the gate go boom!" Julia shouted as she picked up the bombs and chased after her, while I tried my best to hide my laugh. Looking back, I wondered if Fern is coming now, but decided to follow the two quickly, as he already caused me lots of trouble.
As we arrived in the control room, I spotted 3 people there; two grunts behind a man and a Seviper next to him. The Fang Snake Pokemon seemed to notice us, letting out a loud hiss, catching his trainer's attention.
He was around his middle 30's has black hair, wearing a black coat with white linings, black trousers, black red shoes. But what caught my eye, is a red sensor over his right eye. His expression was cold, but calm with observation.
"And what if I am?" The man asked in a cold tone, while petting his Seviper.
"Then you're gonna pay for you did to Grandview Station!" She answered pointing her index finger at him.
He merely smirked at this, "And how exactly do you intend to do that?" He asked.
"By ceasing your criminal activities." I called out.
"That's right!" Julia replied.
He smirked again, "We have no intention on defeating you. Considering that we let you in." He explained.
"You let us in?!" Me and Julia asked in unison.
"Yes, we did." He answered.
"Just who do you think you are?!" Julia demanded to know.
"We are Team Meteor and we do not relent. I ordered the guards to slow you down while we deleted critical mission files so no one can see them. But your strength was unexpected, especially yours, girl." He pointed at me "I've seen a lot of people and even more. But there's something about you, that I can't put finger on. What's your name?" He asked me by what he said about killing people as if it was nothing scary.
"When asking someone's name your supposed to introduce yourself first." I answered calmly even though, I was scared of him about him killing people.
"Oh, you're right. My name is Sirius." He introduced himself.
"Lucia Ahahera." I replied, while taking out a PokeBall ready to fight.
"Mmmhh... Well then Aster!" He shouted.
" Yes, sir!" A male grunt shouted as he saluted with excitment. He has black hair with some pointing out of his hood and with green eyes.
"Yeah?" A women replied in an bored tone. She looked like Aster, but with a bit longer black hair and has blue eyes.
"Take care of the girl. I'll handle the Gym Leaders." Sirius ordered as his Serviper slicered in front of him, while Florinia and Julia released a Cradily and Electrode.
The pair of Meteor grunts nod and run opposite, where I was standing.
" Dont worry girls. I'll handle this." I cried out, as Julia gives me thumbs up.
"You must be brave to take to the of us by yourself." Eclipse told me, as she realise a Rockruff, as Aster did the same.
"I believe and have faith in myself and my team. Vanilly! Starry! Let's dance!" I threw two Poke Balls releasing my male Swampert and female Swellow.
Both Rockruff's started to run towards their targets with the left one had his jaw surrounded by electricity and the right had her surrounded by fire.
"Block them!" Vanilly made his way towards them, as both Rockruffs bit his arms but Vanilly didn't flinch and thanks to being part ground, he was immune to electric moves, before throwing them back to their trainers.
"Rockruff!" Eclipse shouted in concern.
"Get up!" Aster added on.
"Starry use Hidden Power!" The Normal/Flying type soared over them, forming light yellow orbs of energy between its wings. I noticed electricity on her feathers, as she fired them towards the two Alolan Rock Pokemon, causing them to get paralyzed due to it's powered field, before passing out.
"Return." The grunts said, as they returned their Pokemon. I could see Eclipse smiling a bit, as she looked over me.
"Tch. We're sorry sir." Aster mentioned and saw Serviper battling Cradily and Electrode.
"Yes, pathetic. I can take on the Gym Leaders, but not 3 of them. And don't think you've won." Sirius explained "Seviper, Haze!" Serviper shot black smoke from his mouth with soon spread out throughout the entire room.
Everyone covered their mouths, closed their eyes and coughed, till the smoke was gone everyone turned to see, that they have escaped.
"Fuck!", I shouted.
"Conclusion: They have retreated. Cradily return." Florinia returned her Hoenn Fossil Pokemon.
"You two did well. Return", I returned Vanilly and Starry.
"Thanks a lot Electrode." Julia thanked before she walked to the computers and set the dynamics on them.
"All right, we should start running." She explained.
"What did you-?"
"Kaaaaaaaaa . . ."
"Oh shit, FLORINIA RUN!" I shouted, grabbing her wrist, as we ran outside before the factory exploded. Me and Florinia fell on the ground afterwards, before getting up, removing the dust from our clothes.
"And were done." Julia said as she dusted her hands.
"What the hell is wrong with you?!" We could hear an angry voice, as we turned around. It was Fern, who emerged from the smoke, while his clothes got dirty and damaged and he was furious.
"You almost got me killed!" Fern shouted.
"But now Team Meteor won't come back here anytime soon." Julia replied unfazed by his tone.
"Whatever. I got more important things to do! Later losers." Fern said before walking away. I was thankful, he didn't notice me.
"Observation: We don't know what Team Meteor has in mind. Further investigation is required." Florinia stated, while looking at the ruined factory.
"Yeah. Thanks for your help Rini. You too Lucia." Julia thanked us.
"Reply: No worries." Florinia replied.
"No worries about that. I'm ready to help." I smiled.
"Explanation: I'll be going now to report this to Ame, due to having potential as a worth trainer." Florinia said before turning towards me.
"Question: You noticed how the terrain effected your moves correct?" She asked.
"Yeah, I did notice that." I answered, while remember Starry's Hidden Power turned into a Electric move.
"Explanation: The terrain in the Reborn Region will effect Pokemon moves, Here." She took my Pokedex, brought out a sim card, inserted and handed it to me back. "Explanation: That will explain the effects different fields will have. Warning: All Gym Leaders have our own terrain that benefits our Pokemon. If you want to beat us, you'll need to play smart." Florinia explained.
"C-conclusion: I must...adapt myself to the ter... terrain environment, so I can be successful", I stated, while trying to mimick her speech.
Florinia smirked at my answer and a small smile appeared on her face, "Noted: Until next time." Florinia walked away.
"Farewell: Bye Florina", I replied.
"I'll see you at my Gym. Tomorrow I'm tired, (yawn), I'm gonna get me some sleep. See you tomorrow and we will have our match." Julia told me before she walked away.
"Okay Julia. See you tomorrow", I said, while we parted ways. I can't wait for tomorrow's gym match.
3rd Person POV
As Lucia made her way back to Grand Hall, Fern observed from the corner of an alley, his gaze over her, till she was out from his reach.
"Such beauty, but very feisty attitude and strength. I like that on her." he smirked, as he licked his lips in delight "I wonder, if we ever met again soon".
He grinned as he though about that beautiful Hoennian, he met hours before. A rocky start, but perhaps he can convince her into his side, in their next encounter.