Birds of a Feather Soar Together
Having left Sandgem Town, Geo and Lora were heading down the road. Lora was happily riding in Geo’s arms, looking around at everything as he walked. The redhead was also observing the area, though he had a few other things in mind. However, after a little bit, he sat down to rest.
Lora looked up at him, and saw he was panting slightly. Concern filled her eyes as she asked him something.
He looked down and smiled, “Don’t worry about it, Lora. I just don’t have a lot of stamina. After being almost totally bound to a hospital bed for so long, my strength is limited. Every day I get stronger, but it’s slow progress. I’ll be fine; I just need to take rests every so often. It’s nothing to be too worried about; I just don’t have a lot of oomph right off the bat. As time goes on, I’ll get stronger, but again, it’s slow progress. But progress is progress, right?”
Still, Lora looked concerned, as she stood on his lap. She reached up with one thin arm and placed it on Geo’s cheek. The redhead smiled at this, and gently rubbed her back.
“I’ll be fine. It may take some time, but I’ll overcome this. I beat the actual illness, and for a while it was incurable, so I can beat this, too.” He then pulled out his Pokédex, “Speaking of beating, I better check out what moves you have under your belt, so I know what I’m dealing with. Let’s see…” he scanned Lora with the Pokédex, “Hmm… You know Confusion, Thunderbolt, and Will-O-Wisp. Not a bad start. Pretty good, in fact. You also have the Ability Trace, which means you can copy the Ability of an opponent to make your own for the battle. Nice, very nice. Looks like we’re off to a good start.”
Just then, they heard flapping. Looking up, they saw a flock of small black and white bird Pokémon. They landed nearby, and started to eat some seeds and berries that were on the ground.
Geo pointed his Pokédex to them, “Let’s see, I believe those are Starly.”
The Pokédex said in a female voice, “Starly, the Starling Pokémon. Starly tend to travel around in flocks. However, they will bicker if the flocks get too big. Their cries are very strident.”
Geo and Lora looked them over. Starly were primarily brownish grey, but had a lot of black on them as well, such as part of their wings and head. They had a white face, almost mask-like, with black eyes, and a long, slender orange beak with a black tip. On their chests was a white spot and they had what looked like a ridged collar around their necks. They had orange feet with four toes, three in the front and one in the back, as well as three tail feathers, two black and one white.
Suddenly, they all took off, but one was left behind. It was still pecking away at some fallen berries.
Geo turned to Lora, “Say… since that Starly is alone… maybe we should try to catch it. The more friends we have, the better, right? And it’ll make traveling safer. Ready to give it a shot, Lora?”
Lora nodded, jumped off Geo’s lap, and got into a battle pose. Geo stood up, took a deep breath, and got ready to. Lora stated something, which caught the Starly’s attention. It turned to them, and seemed ready to battle, almost eager.
Geo said calmly, “Okay, Lora, let’s get this started. Let’s start off with Thunderbolt!”
Lora started to crackle with energy, and then fired a golden bolt of electricity. However, Starly flew out of range just in time. It then seemed to gleam, and then charged toward Lora, a silver-white trail streaming behind it.
“Watch out, that’s Quick Attack. Use Confusion to stop it in its tracks.”
Lora’s eyes glowed blue, and as Starly came closer, suddenly, it stopped. It was outlined by a blue hue, and was unable to move. Starly flapped and flailed to break free, but Lora held firm. She then swung her arm down, and Starly crashed into the ground. Dazed but not deterred, Starly got back up and flew upward. Suddenly, it charged down again, but this time its wings seemed to turn into silvery metal.
“That’s Steel Wing. Dodge and use Thunderbolt again!” Geo stated calmly.
Lora jumped as Starly swooped right where she was before, the attack missing. She then fired another Thunderbolt, this time hitting the mark. Starly was struck down, but still seemed to have the will to fight. It shot back up and charged in again, this time its wings were glowing white.
“Incoming, Lora. It’s using Wing Attack. Confusion, once more.”
As Starly came in close, Lora’s eyes glowed again, and once again, snagged Starly in midflight. Starly tried to struggle against the attack, but Lora swung her arm down again, sending it crashing to the ground.
Geo reached into a compartment in his backpack, and pulled out something. It was a Poké Ball, but it looked different than the red/white model. It was mostly pink with two cream colored crescents in front and a blue middle with a blue button. It was about the size of a ping-pong ball, but pressing the center button made it larger, about the size of a baseball.
“Okay, Heal Ball, go!”
Geo threw the Heal Ball at the Starly. It hit, and opened up on hinges. The Starly then turned into red plasma-like energy, and was drawn into the Heal Ball. Once it was fully contained, the ball snapped shut, and hit the ground. It then started to rock back and forth, the small button blinking a red light. Geo and Lora waited patiently for it to stop, knowing that this was the Starly’s last chance to struggle. After a few moments, the ball stopped shaking, the light stopped, a clicking noise could be heard, and several sparkles were emitted from the button.
Smiling, Geo picked up the Heal Ball, “Looks like I caught a Starly.” He turned to Lora, “Excellent work, Lora. I dare say, you’re battling skill is already pretty formidable. We have a pretty good shot at the champion title. But that’s a ways away, and we have plenty of time to hone and train until then.” He then scanned the Heal Ball with the Pokédex, “Let’s see… This Starly knows Quick Attack, Wing Attack, and Steel Wing. Pretty good start. It’s also a male, and has the Ability Keen Eye. Now, since this is a Heal Ball, Starly should be fully healed. Let’s find out. Come on out, Starly.”
Geo opened up the Heal Ball, and a white light emerged from it. It took shape, and Starly appeared before them. The Starly looked around wildly before diverting his attention to Geo. Geo knelt down in front of Starly, trying to get level with him.
“Hello, Starly. I’m Geo, and this is Lora. How would you like to be part of our group? It’s not much right now, but how about it?”
Starly happily agreed, raising a wing up, almost like he was doing a fist-pump.
“Great! Now, a name for you… How about Hawk? Sounds strong, right? Do you like it?”
Starly nodded eagerly, puffing out his chest and tapping a wing against it.
“Then Hawk it is. Welcome aboard, Hawk. I hope we have many successful battles ahead of us.”
Lora happily talked to Hawk, who replied with equal enthusiasm. Geo watched them talk for a moment, understanding each and every word. Finally, he held out the Heal Ball toward Hawk.
A red beam emitted from the Heal Ball, hit Hawk, and turned him into the same red plasma-like form. When the beam retracted, Hawk disappeared. Geo then pressed the center button, shrinking the Heal Ball back down to a smaller size, then clipped it on his belt. He then picked up Lora, and the continued down the road. A little while later, Geo had to stop again for a break. He sat down on a log and put Lora next to him. Suddenly, both of their stomachs growled.
He chuckled, “I guess that means its lunch time. Time for a lunch break, Lora.”
Lora happily nodded. Geo took off his backpack, and started to rummage through it. He then pulled out two feed bowls as well as two cans. He placed the bowls on the ground, opened the cans, and dumped the contents into them. What was inside the cans was some sort of soft kibble. After he finished filling up the bowls, he then took out a prepared sandwich and a can of lemonade.
“Okay, that should do it.” He took the Heal Ball off his belt, enlarged it, and opened it up, “Hawk, its lunch time.”
Hawk appeared when the white light subsided, and instantly spotted the food. Lora jumped down and started to eat the kibble from one bowl while Hawk ate from the other.
“I hope you guys like it. I learned from my mother how to make Pokémon food, but I hope it’s okay. If there is anything you need adjusted, let me know, okay?”
Lora and Hawk nodded, but resumed eating, enjoying it. Geo then started to eat his sandwich. They ate in peace, especially Geo, who would occasionally look up at the sky.
“I wonder how she’s doing?” he said mentally. “I know she’s very successful nowadays, but I would love to see her again. My old friend…” he gained a small blush, “If I see her, I wonder if she’ll remember me? We haven’t seen or spoken to each other in nearly 15 years, so I wonder if she’d even recognize me. Hard to say, but I hope so. Maybe the winds of fate will reunite us. I do know one thing; if I enter the League, then I at least have a chance of seeing her again. Well, we have a while until then, so I’ll just leave it at that.” He resumed eating, but his mind was still on the subject.
Just as they were about to be finished, a beaver like Pokémon came barreling through the bushes, nearly plowed into them, and vanished in the bushes behind them.
Geo stated, wide eyed, “I think that was a Bibarel. But what was it running from?”
His question would soon be answered. A young boy, probably around 11 or 12, charged through the same bushes, but ended up crashing into Geo. Both landed in a heap, with Lora and Hawk looking worried. The boy then jumped up, annoyed.
“Hey, what’s the big idea!? I’m gonna fine you for that!”
Geo sat up, dazed, but nonetheless intact. He looked at the boy. He had short cut blonde hair and orange eyes, with a fairly thin, yet athletic body structure. He was wearing an orange and white striped shirt, blue pants, sneakers, and a short green scarf around his neck.
The redhead replied calmly, “I’m not the one who barreled into someone who was having lunch.”
The blonde countered, “You still got in my way! Now I have no idea where that Bibarel went! So pay up in ten seconds!”
Geo thought, “Is this kid on a sugar rush, or is he this hyper to begin with?” Suddenly, he realized something, “Wait a nano, I think I know you. Aren’t you Barry from Twinleaf Town?”
“Yeah, that’s right. Do I know you?”
“Depends. I’m also from Twinleaf Town, but I doubt you really know me. I’m Geo. I moved there after being discharged from a long hospital stay. I know you because you were at the last Twinleaf Festival. You did a duet with an Exploud. We didn’t actually meet, but I remember that duet from the last festival.”
Barry thought for a moment, “Geo…? Somehow that name rings a bell, but I can’t place you.” He then shook his head, “What am I doing!? You still made me lose that Bibarel! Huh?” He just noticed Lora and Hawk, “Hey, wait a minute. If you have Pokémon, then that means you’re a Trainer. Then let’s battle! I just got a primo Pokémon from Professor Rowan earlier today, and I’m itching to battle. So let’s get it on! Unless you’re chicken.”
Geo got up, dusted himself off, and took a deep breath, “Fine, a battle it is. I could use the practice. We’ll make this a two-on-two, if that’s okay with you?”
Barry got into a position, “Two-on-two is fine by me! I’ll win, no doubt! So bring it on!” He took out a Poké Ball, “Go, Starly!” A Starly emerged from its Poké Ball.
Geo turned to Hawk, “Are you ready, Hawk?” Hawk nodded, “Then battle on.” Hawk got into position. “Hawk, use Quick Attack.”
Barry stated, “Starly, you use Quick Attack, too!”
The two Starling Pokémon charged at each other, a silver-white trail streaming behind them. They collided in midair, pulled back, and charged again and again. However, neither side was giving an inch.
Geo commanded, “Hawk, use Wing Attack.”
Barry commanded, “Starly, you use Wing Attack as well!”
Hawk and the other Starly charged at each other again, wings glowing. They struck each other multiple times with their wings, but again, neither side seemed to have an advantage.
Barry instructed, “Starly, use Aerial Ace, now!”
Geo thought quickly, “I can’t evade Aerial Ace, so I guess I’ll have to meet it head-on.” He then stated, “Hawk, use a Quick Attack-boosted Steel Wing.”
As Barry’s Starly charged in, air slashes forming around it in a shield-like form, Hawk charged in quickly, the silver-white trail streaming behind him, his wings now coated in silvery metal. The two attacks collided head-on, both sides trying to force the other down. Suddenly, both plummeted, and they flopped on the ground, eyes closed, defeated.
Barry exclaimed, “No way! They tied!? How is that possible!?”
Geo closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and said, “It’s possible, it just doesn’t happen very often.” He held out the Heal Ball, “Hawk, return.” The red beam hit Hawk, turned him into energy, and returned to the Ball, “You did great. Take a rest, my friend.”
Barry did the same, but said strongly, “I’m still gonna win! Piplup, go!”
Out of his next Poké Ball emerged a Piplup. It looked eager and ready to fight.
Geo thought, “So, he got a Piplup from Professor Rowan. Guess he was one of the early birds Professor Rowan mentioned.” He then turned to Lora, “Lora, it’s your turn. Battle on.”
Lora nodded, jumped out in front of him, and got ready to battle.
Barry instructed, “Piplup, use Bubblebeam!”
Piplup opened its beak, and fired a forceful stream of bubbles.
Geo said, “Lora, cut through that attack with Thunderbolt.”
Lora nodded, and fired the golden bolt of electricity. It plowed through the Bubblebeam, popping each one, and struck Piplup with high damage.
Barry exclaimed, “I didn’t know it knew Thunderbolt! But I’m still gonna win! Piplup, use Peck!”
Recovering from the Thunderbolt, Piplup’s beak glowed, and it charged toward Lora.
“Lora, use Confusion to keep it in place. Then follow up with Will-O-Wisp.”
Lora’s eyes glowed and Piplup was caught by the same psychic power Hawk was previously. It tried to struggle to free itself, but to no avail. Lora then summoned several bluish white flames, then throw them at the suspended Penguin Pokémon. They struck, then vanished, but Piplup was wrapped in flames.
Barry sputtered, “But Fire-type moves don’t do much to Water-types! What’s the deal!?”
Geo explained calmly, “Will-O-Wisp is not a direct attack, rather, it’s a status move. It may be a Fire-type move, but it does no direct damage. Instead, it burns the target instantly. Now, Piplup will slowly take damage, regardless of its type, and its strength will be cut down. Only Fire-types are immune to Will-O-Wisp because they cannot be burned. Now, Lora, throw Piplup back with your Confusion.”
Lora waved her arm, and Piplup was tossed back. It struggled to get back up, but as it did, it was briefly engulfed in flames, then they vanished.
Barry stated, “I’m not done yet! Piplup, use Bubblebeam, once more!”
Still feeling the burn damage eat away at it, Piplup fired another Bubblebeam.
Geo said calmly, “Lora, Thunderbolt, once more.”
Lora fired another Thunderbolt. It broke through the Bubblebeam with ease, and then struck Piplup with super-effective damage. After the attack subsided, Piplup staggered, then fell flat on its stomach, eyes closed, defeated.
Barry cried out, “I LOST!? THAT’S NOT POSSIBLE!?”
Geo inhaled deeply, exhaled slowly, then turned to Lora, “Nice work, my friend. That was an awesome battle.” He then thought, “My first battle, not bad. My heart is beating a little hard, but probably because it was my first battle. With experience and time, I’ll find a way to keep my heart rate down, even in official League Battles. After all, if I intend to enter the Sinnoh League, I have to be ready to handle that pressure.”
Barry looked at his two Poké Balls, “Man, I can’t believe I lost. Now I have to find a Pokémon Center, but I haven’t a clue where one is.”
A voice then said, “You’re not far from one.”
The two Trainers turned to see two other Trainers. They both looked the same age, about mid-teenage, one male and one female. The both had green hair and brown eyes, though the girl’s hair was longer. They both had fairly nimble body structures, though the girl’s was more hourglass shaped. The teen male was wearing green baggy pants, a red long sleeved shirt, a gold and green vest, a red bandana on his head, and purple sneakers. The girl was wearing similar clothes, only different colored, consisting of blue baggy pants, an orange long sleeved shirt, a black and blue vest, a green bandana on her head, and orange sneakers.
Geo asked, “Who are you? And you said there is a Pokémon Center nearby?”
The male said, “My name is Danny, I’m a Pokémon Breeder in-training. This is my twin sister Jo. She’s also a Breeder in-training. And yes, there’s a Center just up the road. Just follow the road and you’ll see it shortly.”
Barry bolted, “Then I’m outta here! Later!”
Jo muttered, “And people thought I could be hyper and impatient.” She then turned to Geo, “Great battle you had. But it seemed like you’re a bit new to this. Is that right?”
Geo nodded, “Yes, I am. I was delayed due to illness, so I’m only just starting off. My name is Geo, and this is my partner, Lora. Nice to meet you. Can you show me where the Pokémon Center is?”
Danny and Jo said together, “Sure.”
A short time later, the trio was walking down the road. Lora was in Geo’s arms, while Jo and Danny flanked him.
Jo purred, “That’s an awfully cute Ralts you have there, but also strong. When did you catch it, err, that is her? She is a girl, right?”
Geo nodded, “Yes, Lora is a girl. And she was given to me. I arrived late to Professor Rowan’s lab, so I missed out on getting a Starter Pokémon. Since this day had been long awaited for me, Professor Rowan gave me Lora here as a make-up. I don’t mind, really, as I was unsure of what Starter I wanted anyway, so this kinda fixed that. It appears Barry got a Piplup from Rowan earlier today, so he just started out as well. So I guess we were both on an even footing in the battle. And as I’ve seen, Lora is stronger than she lets on. Isn’t that right, my girl?”
Lora happily agreed, looking up at him endearingly.
Danny commented, “Ralts is a rare Pokémon here in Sinnoh. They’re native to Hoenn, but some exist here as well, though in lesser numbers. So you have a really rare Pokémon as your Starter. Guess your little dilemma sorted itself out, right?”
Jo asked, “Though why does Lora hang out outside of her Poké Ball? It’s kinda unorthodox, right?”
Geo replied, “True, but Lora hates being inside her Poké Ball. She hasn’t disclosed all her reasons, but her main reason is that she likes being outside and seeing the world.”
“Wait a minute! Are you saying you can understand her?” Jo and Danny asked in unison.
The redhead chuckled, “Clear as crystal. I guess I should explain. Due to my hospital stay, I somehow developed the ability to understand what Pokémon say. I was given a lot of therapy Pokémon to keep me company, since I wasn’t allowed too many outside interactions. I started talking to them, they started talking back, and I started to understand them. I can’t quite explain it, but that’s how it started. I don’t know the full extent of my ability yet, but so far, it looks like I can understand all Pokémon. But that’ll be tested as I travel. I may not have a lot of oomph or strength right now, but that will slowly develop as well.”
Danny stated, amazed, “Wow, totally awesome. That means you can figure out all the aspects of a Pokémon just by talking to them. Breeders and researchers would be jealous of that trait, since it’s their job to uncover the mysteries around Pokémon. We should know, we’re Breeders.”
Jo chimed in, “Yeah, that is amazing. I’m very envious.” She then said, “Anyway, we’re also just staring out. Danny and I spent a lot of time researching Pokémon Breeding, though Danny has a better idea than I do. We also both have one Pokémon on hand. I have a Roselia, while Danny has a Croagunk. Pretty neat, huh?”
Geo pulled out his Pokédex, “Let’s see… Roselia and Croagunk…”
The Pokédex stated, “Roselia, the Thorn Pokémon. The scent Roselia’s flowers emit is very relaxing and soothing. However, the thorns on their head contain a dangerous poison. Croagunk, the Toxic Mouth Pokémon. Croagunk has poison in its cheeks and can douse its fingers with poison. It also makes noise by expanding its poison sacs.”
“Hmm… a Grass/Poison-type and a Poison/Fighting-type. Sounds pretty formidable, especially Croagunk. So you guys don’t have any other Pokémon on hand?”
Jo replied sadly, “No, not yet. Both Croagunk and Roselia were given to us, but we haven’t caught any new Pokémon yet. So we’re searching for some new Pokémon. Neither of us have had much success yet, though.”
Danny added, “We both know that you have to battle with a wild Pokémon to weaken it first before throwing any form of a Poké Ball, but we haven’t been lucky enough to catch a new Pokémon yet. So we’re still learning the ropes as well. It seems, however, you know how to do it, so maybe you can teach us.”
Jo happily nodded, “Yeah! And maybe we could all work together and travel together! Traveling in a group is far more fun, and safer, than traveling alone.”
Geo turned to Lora, “Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? We could use the company, and like Jo said, it would be safer. Sound good, Lora?”
Lora happily agreed, making Geo smile.
“Okay then, it’s settled. It would probably reassure my family that I have others to watch my back, since I’m still recovering. I just have to warn you two, I can’t move very quickly, so don’t expect us to get from one place to another in record time. I can’t let my heart rate increase too much, or it might spark any remnants of my previous illness, so I have to take things slow and calmly. Is that okay?”
The male Breeder nodded, “Sure, no problem. We’re all on the same footing here, so it’s best we work together and help each other. And you get to see more when you travel slowly. Makes the adventure more fun.”
Jo then said, “Here we are, guys! The Pokémon Center.”
The group looked ahead of them. A large building nestled just off the side of the road was before them. It looked fairly rustic, but had a cozy and comforting feel to it. On the front of the building, near the roof, was a large “P” and a Poké Ball logo. Nodding, they entered the building. Inside, it looked both advanced yet modest, the room mostly consisting of a large lobby, a front desk, and a waiting area. At the front desk was a woman. She had pink hair with three curls in front and two loop-like ponytails in the back and green eyes. She was dressed in a nurse’s outfit consisting of a white apron, a pink one-piece dress, white shoes, and a nurse’s cap with a cross symbol on it.
As soon as Danny saw the nurse, however, he dashed over, and took her hand, “Hello, Nurse Joy. My, aren’t you beautiful today.”
Nurse Joy was taken aback, while Geo and Lora looked confused, and Jo slapped her face in annoyance.
Danny continued, “You are a beautiful flower in this forested area, one so radiant it puts all others to shame… ACK!!!”
A Pokémon emerged from Danny’s pocket. It looked like a cross between a poison dart frog and a fighter. It was a dark blue, almost purple, with yellow eyes surrounded by a black ring, two orange cheeks, and teeth that looked like a mouth guard. It was short and stocky, but seemed fit. Its arms were long, ending in black and orange three fingered hands, and a black band on each upper arm. Around its middle was a black stripe and several white ones, almost like it was bandaged up, and its strong legs ended in black three toed feet. Its fingertips suddenly glowed purple, and jabbed Danny in the backside.
Danny said in a strained voice, “Speaking… of… radiance…!” before crashing to the ground. The frog Pokémon then started to drag him away.
Geo turned to Jo, wide-eyed, “Does that happen often?”
She rolled her eyes, “You have no idea. Whenever Danny get’s too flirty, Croagunk steps in. I’m not sure if it thinks this is a game, or it’s being serious. Either way, it’s the only way to keep him from flirting too much.”
Shaking their heads in disbelief, Geo, Lora, and Jo approached the front desk.
Nurse Joy, having recovered from the surprise, smiled warmly at them, “Welcome to my Center. How my I help you?”
Geo took out the Heal Ball and put both it and Lora on the counter, “Can you check out my Ralts and Starly? We were in a battle earlier, so could you look at them?”
She smiled, “Of course. That’s my job in a nutshell. I’ll take good care of them.”
Lora looked concerned in leaving Geo, but he gave her a pat on the head.
“Don’t worry, this is just to check you out and make sure you’re healthy. It’s not a permanent basis, but you will have to get used to this. But I know everything will be fine, and you know that too.”
Nurse Joy nodded, “Exactly. It’s my job to make sure your Pokémon are well taken care of and in good condition. So don’t worry, little Ralts, I don’t bite.” She turned to Geo, “I’ll call you when we’re all set.”
Relieved, Lora nodded and Nurse Joy took the Heal Ball and Lora with her, and headed into a back room. With a nod, Geo, Jo, and the now-recovered Danny walked toward the waiting area, and sat down for a break. Danny then noticed Geo was panting a bit.
“Are you okay, Geo? You look a little winded.”
He replied, “Yeah, I’m fine. Like I said earlier, I don’t have a lot of stamina, so I have to take breaks frequently. It’s because I was nearly bound to a hospital bed for many years, so my physical strength is limited. I lost a lot of strength as an end result, but it’s slowly building up. I’ll be fine, so don’t worry too much about me. By the way,” he turned to Jo, “Jo is an odd name for a girl. Is that your real name, or just a nickname?”
Jo replied, “My real name is Johanna, but no on calls me that, and lives. I don’t like my real name much, so I go by Jo instead. I don’t know why, but being called Johanna just annoys me, so everyone calls me Jo.”
Danny chuckled, “She’s a classic tomboy, and she rarely takes gruff from anyone. Calling her Johanna is a surefire way to get her angry.”
Geo chuckled nervously, “Thanks for the warning.”
They sat and chatted for a bit. After a while, Nurse Joy walked up to them.
She said with a smile, “Geo, your Ralts and Starly are as good as new. They’re ready for you now.”
Geo got up, “Thanks a lot, Nurse Joy.” He walked back to the counter with her, and Lora instantly jumped into his arms, “I see you’re happy to be with me again.” He then took the Heal Ball and placed it on his belt. “Thanks again, Nurse Joy.”
She smiled, “My pleasure.”
Danny then jumped in, holding her hand, “Maybe now you can give me some treatment from your fantastic healing abilities… GACK!” Croagunk jabbed him again with purple coated fingers, “Especially… after… Croagunk… takes… me… out…” He then crashed to the floor, with Croagunk dragging him away again.
Geo turned to Lora, “That may take some getting used to. Agreed?”
Lora nodded, still wide-eyed after that display.
A little while later, after they all had dinner, it was time to go to bed. Geo, Jo, and Danny headed to one of the other wings of the Pokémon Center, and found a room with four bunk beds, a desk, a chair, and a lamp. Smiling, they got ready for bed. Geo took one bunk, sharing it with Lora, while Danny and Jo occupied the other bunk, with Danny on the lower bunk and Jo on the top one.
Jo gave a stretch, “Well, tomorrow we start out as a team. Sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it?”
Danny replied, “Yeah, a journey is more fun when it’s shared by a group. You still okay with this, Geo?”
Geo nodded, “It’ll do me good. Besides, it’ll make my family less worried if I have others around me. I may not be the strongest right now, but that’ll change a time goes on. Besides, I haven’t had any real friends in years, so it’s nice to be around others for a change.” He turned to Lora, “Just think, girl, we’re gonna have lots of new friends soon. So rest up, because our adventure has just started.”
With a nod and a smile, the new group of friends drifted off to sleep. A new adventure ahead of them.
Next Chapter: Turning Over a New Leaf