The story opens on a Tuesday, April 17th. There is an assembly addressing the newest students of Rukh's University. One of these students, a young man by the name of Fritz Westmyn, ponders his predicament.
Meanwhile, a girl is sitting next to two other girls - Carlie Gomez and Irene Faris, as well as their friend Andrew Apeks. Reika and Carlie seem to be in agreement that it took way too long to begin, and make fun of the speaker (Perry Wippleman). When a woman emerges, Reika makes fun of her as well for being skank-like. Which none too pleases Irene, who happens to be the woman's daughter. The assembly ends abruptly as the two leave behind the curtain.
Fritz waits a while before heading out, and overhears an argument as he's leaving. He finds a particularly chubby girl being shoved at his feet by a group of three. He tells them to watch it, and the male seems to be a bit startled. The girl introduces herself as Reika Easton. Fritz is surprised at the last name (subsequently surprising her), but introduces himself all the same.
The new friends pick up their Eevees - a supplemental Pokemon also used to gauge what students believe as trainers - on the way out, a little surprised at how they each have their own one with their name on it. This is apparently a result of someone throwing a fit over random selection. Fritz wants to check out the grounds, but Reika has something to do, so she says goodbye for now.
As Fritz is checking out the grounds, he passes by the lake. Where he finds himself assaulted by a water Pokemon spraying him because...well, for no reason, other than it probably finds it funny. The Pokemon is obscured/unclear for most of the "fight", but it's long and blue. He decides to see what his new Eevee can do, but it turns out, though it's the cutest thing ever, the propsect of battle doesn't please it too much. With the situation at hand, he recalls it in favor of a Nidorina.
A Pokemon bursting with personality, Nidorina proves to be quite agile. After beginning with some Poison Stings, she carefully hops from stone to stone in the lake to get near. She dodges a few Water Guns as she does this, but just as she closes the gap, the Pokemon retreats under the water. Fritz leaves, moderately annoyed with the situation much as his Pokemon, as the bell for the first class of the year begins: Science.
Fritz notices Reika again after the (surprisingly boring) class, with a main focus on Biology. He meets her timid friend, Thatcher Li, who asks about his soaked shirt. Fritz tells them about the incident and asks them what they think it could be; Reika has no idea, and Thatcher guesses a Dratini. They decide to ask the teacher, Dr. Spfogckdl ("behavioral patterns [are] part of the study of Biology?"), who believes it is Gyarados. The prospect of a Gyarados in the lake is an intruiging one, considering it's more of a large pond at best.
A student walking by overhears this conversation, and asks if they're sure they would be able to handle it. Fritz isn't impressed at this guy, though more out of ignorance than anything else. A brief argument breaks out, and as a result of Fritz' beligerance, vows to be the one who captures the Pokemon, whatever it is. He warns Fritz to stay out of his way before taking his leave. Thatcher and an enraged Reika give him information afterwards: his name is Cronus Aporon, and he is the "crown jewel" of Rukh's University. On his fourth and final year, he's a highly talented trainer who everyone else looks up to, despite his occasional arrogance towards certain individual. Reika yells at him to watch what he does, unless he wants to alienate himself from everyone.
As Fritz depressedly sits in the next class (Socials), he talks a bit with Thatcher. It never crossed his mind to capture the Pokemon, but he does after what happened. But Aporon is going to be right on it during Lunch, so what's he to do? Fritz thinks for a moment, then asks Mr. Yamaguchi to be excused to go to the washroom. He's let go, and after a failed attempt to lure it out, he's nearly blasted as he turns to leave.
But oh well. This time, Fritz decides to send out a Mareep, who seems delighted and ready for a fight. Unfortunately, their first move goes awry - its Thundershock hits the opposite side of the lake instead. The Pokemon seems amused, and just after one move, Mareep seems to be out of stamina. Fritz urges it to try again, only to get zapped himself on the next try. It seems to be having trouble controlling its attacks. The lake Pokemon is in a laugh riot at this point, and a pained but angry Mareep aims at the water with a Thunderbolt instead. Again off-course, but it doesn't have to aim right, as it zaps the Pokemon anyway, leaving it floating on the surface of the water. Fritz shrugs and tosses a ball at it, making the capture. He hurries back afterwards.
Fritz returns, and while Thatcher appreciates his wit, Reika is annoyed that he lied to capture a Pokemon - she hates liars. Technically, it wasn't a lie, but that's beside the point to her.
At lunch, for which Thatcher supplies some of his father's sandwiches in lieu of the cafeteria being closed, the three talk amongst themselves for a bit in the Student Square. Thatcher is delighted that in the next class (Art), he'll finally be able to work towards his dream of becoming a Pokemon Coordinator. He asks Fritz how he came to be here, and he hesitates.
But before he can say anything, they're approached by an excited young man, telling them to get over to the lake right now. There, they see Cronus engaged with a vicious Gyarados. The three talk this over, concluding that siince the lake can't support a Pokemon like that, he must have seriously pissed off a Magikarp. Everyone is watching him fight in awe, flowing from attack to attack with his Cradily. The barnacle is gradually closing the distance, evading attacks with precision while landing its Seed Bombs. But Gyarados unexpectedly lashes out with Thrash, batting it across the water. It tries to get up, but a Dragon Rage is already out of its mouth and enveloping it.
But Cradily still has more left, to everyone's delight. It continues its assault with Ancientpower from the shoreline. Gyarados attempts a Hyper Beam, but Cradily ducks beneath it! Gyarados is forced to close the distance in order to strike out with Thrash, and Aporon surprises everyone by telling Cradily to stand strong. Only Fritz seems to think it's a bad idea. Before he can explain his reasoning to Thatcher, it happens. Gyarados sweeps its body across Cradily's. Aporon's plan was presumably that it would only take a hit on its upper half, but stay upright and be able to nail it close range. This happens, but he doesn't account for Gyarados whirling around once it realizes Cradily didn't go flying, and the barnacle is staring death incarnate in the face. Before Aporon can do anything, his Pokemon's already been taken down by a vicious Hyper Beam.
Unconcerned, Cronus recalls his Cradily and goes to pull out another Pokemon, essentially stating that he'll take it on in its home environment (suggesting a powerful Water type), but Gyarados fires another Hyper Beam at him! He avoids a direct hit, but the force of the blast throws him into the air, sends him several feet away, and knocks him unconscious.
Everyone begins to panic. The best student just got taken down. The teachers are all having a meeting, and this monster looks ready to rampage. The students begin to run, but Thatcher freezes in his tracks. Gyarados looks ready to target him next, if not, the school itself. Fritz, in good conscious, decides to step up and try to keep it busy until the teachers arrive. Thus, after musing over doing it so soon, he sends out...his Tangela!? Reika is confused as to why he wouldn't use Mareep and yells at him, but Fritz isn't listening. He's reluctant about it, but decides it's the best thing to do.
He begins by ordering a Leaf Storm. While they graze right off, it turns the dragon's attention away from people and property. It moves in to bite down, but Tangela dodges. Fritz uses the chance to snap Thatcher out of his stupor, and steps forth onto the scene (again earning Reika's charagin). He states his logic to her, and says he will beat it. Tangela grabs hold of the situation - literally! It wraps its vines around the Gyarados and grapples over to it, using a Double-Edge in the process. It's basically wrangling the thing, and when the dragon begins to Thrash about, Tangela just crashes into it again. All the sea serpent can do at this point is spit attacks into the air at random. When a vine breaks off, Tangela just brings out another and Power Whips it repeatedly. This is enough to cause the Gyarados to dive down, taking Tangela with it.
All is quiet...for a moment, anyway. The Gyarados leaps high out of the water and lands on the ground after seeing how little room it has, and slams down to try to shake Tangela. It takes two of these blows until Fritz tells it to let go, conveniently launching it high into the air. Gyarados is confused, the only moment Tangela needs to get off a Solarbeam. It's enough to make the Gyarados scream and writhe. But before it even topples over, a recovered Cronus tosses out a Poke Ball and captures the Pokemon!
Fritz is naturally like "what the hell, man?", and Reika also speaks out about this, but Cronus is smooth about it. He thanks Fritz for the help publically, while privately reiterating he should stay out of his way. This guy already getting on his nerves, he beligerantly asks that if he sees Cronus about to be killed by a giant water dragon again, he should just let things play out? Cronus scoffs at this, saying everyone knows he did it to save his friend, maybe impress the girl. Fritz thinks fast, and responds, "Yeah, you're right. If my friend wasn't in trouble, I would've let you become fish food."
He is interrupted by a VERY angry Mr. Wippleman. He orders Fritz to the principal's office. Demands to know what for are not answered, so he just throws up his arms and goes on his way, leaving behind an enemy in Aporon, and his friends and the observers with the knowledge that maybe he's a better trainer than he let on.
Fritz is thus summoned to the office of Dean Howard Finkerton. Initially, he is in conversation with a teacher over the subject of school uniforms. The principal just puts his foot down, saying they're a waste of money - plain and simple. And if you want a better reason, Contests. Sending the teacher off, he welcomes Fritz Westmyn into his office.
Howard summarizes that many of the teachers don't want him here. Fritz protests this, and the Dean surprisingly takes his side. Pressing the issue, Fritz asks why. Howard gives the answer quite simply: because it is his university, and he gave him money. That's all that matters to Howard, who verifies its importance by talking down most of the student body and some of the staff. Irony is afoot at how the greedy man is the trustworthy one. Being sent off with a typical-for-Howard "now get the hell out of my office", Fritz decides to be more careful from now on.
The next two classes are for the Arts and Battling, and pass by quickly. The former has no art to be had, instead focusing only on introductions. Fritz finds out he's garnered respect among his peers, to the shock of Reika (who just said her name and left) and Thatcher (who had a breakdown). In the latter, nothing really of note happens. As does not much happen for the rest of the day, on account of Reika and Thatcher being too mentally drained to do anything. They're able to compare their Eevees to one another; Fritz' at least has no problem with frolic, as long as it doesn't turn rough at all. None of the three friends are sure what to evolve their Pokemon into, though.
After a night of mostly thought, Fritz is looking forward to the Battling class the next day. But upon arrival there, he is informed that due to his demonstrating an already high level of skill, he's been promoted to the Tactics class by Mr. Kripps. He looks to his two friends, and is disappointed that he won't be able to hang out with them in all their classes.
Needless to say, he's initially a little uncomfortable in this new setting. All that happens in the class is watching those on their third year of the course battle one another to show the teacher - Mr. Baiaz - how they have progressed. Fritz in particular witnesses a powerful-looking punk girl with a Hariyama mercilessly torture her foe's Ursaring. After class, he is unexpectedly confronted by Cronus Aporon and a group of his buddies.
The sharp, dignified prep - David. The crude, angry, and dyslexic fratboy - Edgar. And the lecherous nerd - Lawrence. Fritz fights back verbally, learning that this confrontation was apparently Edgar's idea, who ends up challenging Fritz to a battle.
He accepts, pitting his Mareep against the fratboy's Primeape. The sheep misses its first Thundershock, the second having little effect as the Primeape Karate Chops it away. The goons laugh, but Aporon tells him to stay focused - and NOT to use any contact moves. He may be overestimating him, but a Mareep - with Static vs. a physical fighter? Edgar relents, and has Primeape summon stones with Secret Power before using Rock Tomb. Trapped with nowhere to run, Mareep is helpless against the subsequent Fling, which knocks it out. The four laugh. Fritz defends himself, saying he did just get Mareep. When the goons mock him some more, Fritz goads him into another battle against his Nidorina.
Primeape begins this battle how it ended the last one - by Flinging a rock. But Nidorina counters by violently kicking the stone to pieces and going into Poison Sting. But Edgar counters with a Thrash, deflecting the needles! Primeape spins about wildly, heading straight for Nidorina. Fritz pulls a surprise of his own, however. Giving a signal, Nidorina leaps over it and lands a Double Kick! This stuns Primeape (not to mention the others), so much so that they fail to notice it repeatedly using Double Kick after it lands. Primeape is fighting a losing battle trying to stay away with Fury Swipes, until Edgar is able to clutch counter with a Seismic Toss. They move to finish the dazed Pokemon with Close Combat. Fritz sees the opening and commands Poison Jab. Primeape misses its swing, and Nidorina absolutely runs it through! It is sent flying into the wall, knocked the hell out.
Aporon scolds his friend for taking such a stupid risk. To Fritz, he only says it was "not bad", but he still has a long way to go to get to his level. They then leave.
Reika and Thatcher are wondering where Fritz is as he arrives for lunch, briefly explaining what happened. Thatcher is surprised at the victory, but Reika says he did kind of bring it on himself for making Aporon mad. Inside, Fritz disagrees with it all, but what is he supposed to say to her? He simply says maybe...
Fritz is exhausted from a bad night's sleep, but his third day opens with the prospect of a school-wide assembly. Thatcher is disappointed, as Art class won't be held as a result. They're headed to the Rangerism and Breeding stables - the only one large enough to hold all the students. Fritz expresses concern over holding it in "a zoo", but Thatcher reassures him: the Pokemon are kept in titanium cages. They won't be getting out.
After some initial advice to sit from one of the students who helped set it up, Dean Howard appears. He states that he initially refused this seminar, but accepted once he was told it was free and being offered to all schools in the nation. During this assembly, most of which Fritz sleeps through, one Theodore Louis (of the Heritage Delegates) speaks of his many adventures across the land. He's woken up by Reika in time to hear the tail end of the speech, where he puts down evil teams and especially other countries for their mistreatment of Pokemon. The assembly ends abruptly when Mr. Louis doesn't want them to completely miss lunch.
In an awkward conversation afterwards, Reika expresses her strong hatred for North America, an opinion she's always held. He is also told a little more about the Delegates by Thatcher: it's an organization founded over half a century ago, and Mr. Louis was one of the founding members. They're a little odd in their methodology at times, but they tell people about Japan's culture, and help keep the youth on the right path.
Late that night, Fritz is awoken by Thatcher and Reika.
They simply tell Fritz to grab his Pokemon and come along. Their destination is the mountain cavern. Fritz asks to know why they're going there, but Reika doesn't tell him. Thatcher says it was Reika's idea, and he thought Fritz might want to come as well. He just decides to listen to them in his exhaustion.
The three enter a cavern in a sizable cliff and, with the light of a brass lantern to guide them, begin the ascent upwards. They somehow manage not to get lost, and when they enter a floor on the third level, a cloud of Zubats comes flying in. Thatcher panicks, and ends up drawing their attention, forcing the group into battle.
Reika sends out a Wigglytuff, surprising Thatcher. Apparently, it was a Jigglypuff before she evolved it. Thatcher sends out a Sandshrew, granting equal surprise - apparently, it was just a family pet. The two friends seem glad to be catching up like this, but Fritz reminds them that they have more important things to be worrying about now. He thinks, and ultimately concludes that ironically enough, Eevee might be his best option here. Reika is none too pleased with this choice of Pokemon, especially when it freaks out again. It's not a decision Fritz likes either, but he has to give it a shot.
During the battle, he puts it simply to a more polite Thatcher: "Mareep's having trouble aiming its attacks. Sandshrew would be fine if it misfired, but it could hit Wigglytuff, or even one of us."
Sandshrew proceeds to go right in to Thatcher's surprise, by using Defense Curl to protect itself from most attacks, Rollout to slam into the Zubats, and Fury Swipes to finish them off. Reika is having more trouble, frantically shouting orders. Her Wigglytuff is getting swarmed, unable to keep up and only clipping them occasionally with Pound. It's still better off than Fritz' Eevee, who doesn't know what do so. It tries Sand-Attack in a panic, but that's no use on something with no eyes! But a Growl seems to startle them for a second. It mostly runs about with Quick Attack. The only attack it is able to perform sends its target over to Wigglytuff, who finishes with Body Slam.
Sandshrew continues its strategy, even managing to pull a Rapid Spin to deflect everything away. Reika attempts to mimic Thatcher's strategy of having her Pokemon use Defense Curl, but it's not the right shape to do so effectively. When a fearful Eevee can't do anything but flee, Fritz recalls it as the others are handling the slack. Fritz just recalls it, and Reika again suggests Mareep. He ignores her.
Things are going well, at least until more Zubats and some Golbats show up! They begin to use Supersonic, stunning the Pokemon. Reika gets an idea though. She tells her Wigglytuff to use Sing! Fritz protests, then freaks out and covers his ears when Wigglytuff begins. The stupid move ends up putting Thatcher and Reika to sleep, and most of the Golbats and a few Zubats remain awake and in-flight.
Fritz curses the action, and is left with no choice but to try Mareep. With neither party noticing, Fritz falls back, ordering a wide-area Discharge (Sandshrew covering Wigglytuff). This zaps the whole room - including Reika and Thatcher - and sends all the bats either scurrying away or dropping to the ground.
Needless to say, Reika is pretty pissed at Fritz. He's starting to get annoyed at her, but keeps his patience for a while. He apologizes, but Reika insists it was unfair to the Pokemon and them. Thatcher basically stays out of the argument. When Reika continues to tell Fritz he was in the wrong and it was a bad idea, he starts fighting back, asking her if she thought singing to all them would be smart. She says he should know better, which makes Fritz mock her in her own voice. She says he's acting immature, and Fritz counters with the same. He acts just how old she is. Reika boasts she turned 18 three days ago. Fritz laughs, says he feels sorry that the start of school just missed her birthday, and says he turned 19 three months ago. Thatcher finally breaks it up as it begins to get personal and out of control.
Finally, the subject of why they're even here is brought up: the place is known as Abet's Bluff, and it's somewhat famous at Rukh's. Reika heard a story of a powerful beast living on the mountain - known as the Beast of Abet - with powers so terrible, it only awakens every New Moon. Tonight, the morning of April 20th, happens to be a New Moon. Thatcher apologizes for not telling him sooner. This satisifies Fritz enough to continue on, but he does feel a little uncertainty, as well as regret for the argument. He says sorry to Reika for being a little cruel. She accepts it, not apologizing herself, which makes Fritz unsure of how to feel.
As they continue up the mountain, they finally reach the upper chambers. It's quite the sight to behold, with two deep, domed chambers where starlight filters in being the primary attraction. Thatcher is indecisive, although Fritz examines a collapsed tunnel while Reika heads for a cupola. She notices something beautiful. Thatcher and Fritz are confused, unable to see what she's noticing. As she's trying to point it out, she falls off the cliff, barely managing to grab onto a stone. She cries out to Thatcher for help, which seems to stun Fritz. He's shocked for an unknown reason, just walking forward at a brisk pace while Thatcher helps his childhood friend. Just then, Thatcher looks up. That's the only moment it takes for both to go tumbling over the side. Fritz runs over to them as soon as he sees them about to fall, only for a shadowed, horned, quadrapedal beast to leap out in front of him and growl menancingly, sending him to his ass as his friends are sent to the hard rock below.
Fritz is in a state of shock, but retains his focus. The Beast lunges at him, and he rolls out of the way and throws a Poke Ball at random. It's Nidorina , and a fight is on. Fritz doesn't know what to do or what this even is, so he pulls out a device - a Pokedex substitute - and tries to get information while the two Pokemon spar. It's apparently a Stantler...a dangerous Pokemon capable of using Psychic powers! Fritz winces at the mention of "psychic". Not good news, since he's terrible at fighting them.
He manages a start with the information provided. Seeing that this Sinnoh Stantler should have a thin hide, he has Nidorina use Poison Fang. They have the Beast on the run and are about to use Skull Bash, but it demonically wails. Suddenly, Fritz and Nidorina find themselves in a burning building!! His Pokemon freaks, despite Fritz' instant realization that it's an illusion. Stantler quickly finishes it off, and begins to approach. Fritz tenaciously tells it he's not going to die, and brings out Tangela.
After reassuring it, he begins by having Tangela slap it around with its vines. This dispels the illusion, and they're able to really take it to them. However, once it shakes off a cloud full of Sleep Powder, Fritz decides he wants no part of it. Even crazier, he resolves that the best escape route is to rapple down the opposite end.
Stantler prepares a Shadow Ball between its antlers; Fritz tells Tangela to grab them and slingshot itself overhead, holding on as he does so. His crazy plan works, and also sends Stantler toppling over by way of his foot. He runs while holding onto his Pokemon, with a very pissed off antelope about to get up and make them pay. Tangela to grapples the ceiling, trainer and Pokemon evading another Shadow Ball as a result of the manuever, but having to manuever to a tunnel below when it breaks. Luckily, it's not too huge a drop, but the way down is steep. He eventually bursts out onto an overlooking cliff, barely stopping before they go over. Thankfully, the Pokemon seems to have given up chase.
But looking over the cliff, Fritz sees an unusual man wandering around the forest below. Who could he be...? Just another student wandering after hours? Probably. After he passes, Fritz uneasily goes back to his dorm, hoping his friends made it...
He doesn't see Reika and Thatcher in Socials class the next day, and begins to worry about them. This is compounded when two girls - Liane (her roommate), and Irene Faris (cousin of Celeste Faris, whoever that is) - ask if he's seen the former during lunch. In Tactics class, an announcement is made: the annual tournament, where the oldest students in the class manage/tutor the newest students. This particular year, each choose two.
Fritz again finds himself confronted by Aporon and his goons after class. Apparently, word's gotten out that he may have been at the Mountain Cavern - apparently, something which is disallowed. Fritz thinks fast, and asks them what it is to them, to which Edgar says "he's got a point." He asks why - is it because of the Beast? They react with surprise. HE saw the Beast??? Fritz confirms, and goes to describe the experience. Aporon - a former winner of the tournament - accepts this as fact, and because of it states that his choice to manage will be Fritz, and that training starts right now. Fritz quickly protests, but apparently being the crown jewel of the university carries those kinds of benefits.
The "training" entails running laps around the school with his Pokemon. Fritz...sort of tries to make a connection...maybe it's like bonding with his Pokemon? But it's still just barely acceptable. After one and a half of these, he slows to a halt. He noticed something...the same person he saw last night? Aporon comes up and asks him why he stopped, and Fritz explains what he saw. Aporon plays it off as some douche though, and tells him to keep going.
This training eventually cumulates with having Fritz heal up Nidorina with his bare hands in the mud (after Edgar's Primeape got payback on it), while they sit in Lawrence's dorm. He manages to do it, and subsequently asks why they aren't making him train if he's second year. The lecherous nerd alludes to the fact that he's the same as Fritz: he entered Tactics on his first year. He's then sent to get food. Having had enough, he decides to go see Dean Howard to strike a deal.
Fritz heads to the offices, only to learn that the Dean isn't in at the moment. A student comes running over to chat him up as he's leaving. Transfer student Elyna Dragomir, who states herself to be a friend of Aporon's and having info for him. Fritz' caution pays off, as her initial bright demeanor goes cold - a trademark of the Ice Princess. Still, he plays it cool, and learns a little about the situation: he's not the only one on Aporon's shitlist: Muriel Palmoni (the second-best battler in the school) is as well. She wanted to mentor her little sister, Phoebe, but was denied for being family. Aporon is going to choose her, the added benefit being pissing off Muriel. He manages to earn a little respect from Elyna and parts on fair terms. Fritz gets to thinking after this, and decides to go where they might not look to find him.
He is almost instantly confronted by a hair-bunned woman upon entry, asking if he has a library card. She's all-business, but gives Fritz one when he says that's why he came here. Mercifully, nothing bad comes of revealing his identity; when Fritz asks for clarification on her stance towards him, she says she's done her homework, and hopes that he will do his this year. Fritz decides to do exactly that.
After being cooped up in the library for almost an entire day, Fritz is exhausted and tired. While slumping back to his dorm, he literally bumps into Reika. He's relieved to see she's alive, but she's not well. The fall broke her right leg, and now she has to use a crutch to get around. She was KO'd on impact, but was found by one of the teachers. Thatcher is fine, but is more mentally shaken than physically. Reika isn't too happy about Fritz' alleged not doing anything to help, though does give slight pause when he mentions the Beast. After thinking of it, she concludes he's making it up - a stark contrast to Aporon, who believed him. If the Beast was there, why didn't she see it?! He briefly considers just leaving her there in response, but his conscious gets the better of him.
As Fritz helps Reika back to her dorm regardless (in silence), she says the cryptic statement as she enters: "thanks for putting up with me." He wonders what that's supposed to mean.
Thatcher is back in action the day after, and Fritz first finds his two friends in argument over what to do for the weekend. Reika wants to just relax today, Thatcher wants to go see a Pokemon Contest. They decide to turn to Fritz to decide, who just suggests they maybe just go for a walk in the city. Thatcher seems all right with the idea. Just then, Edgar appears. He tells Fritz that it's time for training. But Fritz just laughs him off, saying it's the weekend, and he has no authority over him.
Reika is initially concerned about this - she does have a broken leg after all! Fritz tells her it'll be good practice, and if she gets tired, Thatcher and he will help her. Their path eventually takes them to a park, where Reika relaxes while Fritz and Thatcher train Pokemon together; before long, they decide to head back.
The trio all arrive back at the school, only for a group of people to immediately descend upon Reika. She is being accused of the theft of a statuette by her roommate, Liane Weiks. Apparently, Weiks had stepped out of the room at some point, and upon returning to it, found the trinket missing. After tearing the room up, she concluded that Reika must have hidden it somewhere.
All guns pointing at her, Reika says she was out with her friends and so couldn't have stolen it, but they're not buying it. They're saying that it could've been taken earlier in the day. Reika continues to deny it, unable to think of anything else in her defense. She turns to Thatcher, who just hestiates.
But Fritz speaks up. He asks a little more about the statuette: apparently, it is made of solid titanium, is a bust of a famous celebrity, is around a foot tall, and is really expensive, With the formermost point in mind, he points out that Reika had broken her leg and has to use a crutch. To haul away a heavy statuette would be impossible! To prove it, he tries to get Reika to hold onto Tangela, and she tumbles over. She becomes angry at Fritz, but not as furious as Liane, who storms off with her friends in complete frustration over the revelation.
Reika half-heartedly thanks her friend for helping her. Thatcher said he was too afraid to speak up, but thought something wasn't right. And apparently, most of the girls in the dorm don't exactly like Reika. So it's no wonder they'd blame her for something that happened. Their conversation and any possible specifics as to why that might be the case is interrupted when Liane comes back even more livid. From her babbling, it is inferred the whole thing was a setup, but the statuette ended up getting stolen for real in the meantime. Reika and Fritz just laugh at the irony and leave her to her devices.
That night, Fritz still can't get the mysterious person he's been seeing out of his mind. What could that person be up to...? Not wanting to look into it alone, he first asks Reika, who doesn't want to run around with a bad leg. At her suggestion, he asks Thatcher next, but he's had enough running around at night for a while. He even thinks to ask Lawrence, but he's crashed out like a light in a compromising position. He's on his own for this one...
His initial decision is to go back, but he catches sight of the man again. A chase ensues through the woods. Fritz almost loses the guy, though arrives just in time to see the man set something on fire in front of the stables building for Rangerism and Breeding. The teleports away with a Kadabra soon afterwards. He begins to panic at first, but then remembers he just caught something that could put the fire out! Thus, forth from the Poke Ball emerges...a Pokemon obscured by the darkness! He gives the command to spray it with water...only for the flames just shine brighter! A Class D fire! Fritz reacts fast and recalls his Pokemon before any more damage can be done (thankfully none spreading to the building itself). His Pokemon on hand can't do anything to stop it, so he has to pull back...just as a second fire starts to lick its way out of the building and for an explosion to happen!
Fritz runs full-sprint back to the main part of the grounds, hyperventalating as he tries to explain what he saw. Then, without warning, Fritz finds HIMSELF being accused by Vice Principal Aiden Kripps of starting the fire. He defends himself, then demands a second opinion. An angry and reluctant Kripps agrees, leaving to retrieve a robed girl around Fritz' age. After hestiation, she says that it was not Fritz. Aiden Kripps is pissed, and threatens Fritz making it clear he knows his secret: he is a North American scum.