Chapter 4 - Ruin
Maybe I went just a bit too far, I thought as I stared out across the water that ran alongside route one. The sun was dropping low in the sky and the vibrant red and orange hues reflected magnificently off the calm and clear waters. I glanced over to my right where Nick sat at the edge of the water clutching Tepig in his arms. He looked like he was crying, but I couldn't tell because his long black hair got in the way of his face.
I looked down at the water, and my reflection stared back. I spit into my reflection and the water rippled, distorting my image. Another reason I dislike Nick was because of how similar we look. Similar facial features and hair color made us look almost like brothers. My hair was shorter and my eyes were azure blue, while his hair got in his face and his eyes were a pale gray, but there wasn't too much distinguishing the two of us in our appearance besides that and the fact that Nick wore glasses. I hated it. That I could be confused with this loser!
Get over it, I scolded myself. I looked back over at Nick who hadn't spoken a word to me since our battle. "You just going to sit there and beat yourself up, or are you going to do something?"
Nick didn't look up and I thought he was just going to ignore me, but he did respond, "What should I be doing..." he said in a low and defeated tone.
"Well we can start by healing Tepig," I told him as I opened my bag and pulled out a spray-bottle of liquid. I stepped over to where Nick sat and crouched down next to him. "Let me see him." Nick did not move so I had to lift Tepig from his arms myself. I twisted the nozzle on the bottle and sprayed the liquid on Tepig.
It took a minute for the medicine to take affect, but Tepig's eyes shot open and he hopped out of my arms and trotted over to where Nick sat. Just like Tepig, it seemed almost as if Nick had been given medicine. He sat up straighter and looked down at Tepig in amazement.
All of a sudden he was talking to me again, "What was that?! What did you do?" He took Tepig back up in his arms and hugged him.
I held the empty bottle out to him. "Full restore. Not much these things can't fix. I thought I'd stock up on 'em before the trip because I knew you'd fail at this pretty hard core."
Nick took the empty bottle in his hand, "I can't believe it," he paused as if he was deep in thought, "You actually did something considerate and nice for me!"
"Don't be stupid, I stocked up on them for my own benefit. These things may cost a small fortune but if it gets us to Striaton City within a day or two it will be worth it. Whatever it takes to get rid of you."
Nick returned to normal for the most part. He returned Tepig to his pokeball and stood up straight. Before I could react, Nick took off in a dead sprint. "I'm not going to let you beat me again!" he called back to me in his usual cheerful voice.
"You're going the wrong way," I called back. "Accumula Town is this way."
Nick turned around and ran the opposite direction back at me. "I knew that!"
I stuck my foot out in front of him as he ran by causing him to trip and fall. "Take a look around. It's too late now," I told him directing his attention to the setting sun. "If you hadn't taken up so much time getting started we could have made it there already, but since you took so long you're going to have to set up camp and set off again tomorrow."
"Why? It's barely sundown. And besides, what's so bad about traveling in the dark?"
"Beginning trainers shouldn't go wandering of in the dark. You'll only end up hurting yourself."
"Fine, where should we set up camp?"
"I don't care where you set up camp, just don't go running off in the night so I can find you again."
"Wait, what do you mean 'so I can find you again?' Where are you going?"
"You don't expect me to hold your hand while you do everything, do you? I'm flying to Accumula Town where I can sleep in a hotel." I pulled the ultra ball from my bag, released Hydreigon, and hopped on it's back.
"HEY WAIT A MINUTE! WHY CAN'T YOU JUST FLY ME TOO!"
"That's not how this works. This is your journey. Deal with it." Without another word Hydreigon took to the sky, leaving Nick stranded on the ground.
The evening breeze felt cool and refreshing after such a regrettable day. I couldn't tell if it was being back in the air again or finally getting away from Nick that felt so good, but at this point I couldn't care less. The sparkling lights from Accumula Town lured me, like a snorlax to a freshly ripened oran berry tree, and I couldn't stop myself from pushing Hydreigon to fly faster. Before I knew it I was landing in town and on my way to the nearest hotel.
I had given up sleeping in the pokemon center, like most trainers, after about two years and I'd earned plenty of prize money from competing and winning various tournaments. I've found that it's much more private and room service is provided. The place I'd be staying in tonight was no five-star resort but it was infinitely better than what Nick would be sleeping in tonight, which brought a natural smirk to my face as I turned the key in the lock and the door to my room opened. I took a couple steps and threw myself onto the bed and the world around me slowly faded to black.
I was awoken to the sound of a pidove hitting the window. I sat up and saw that the pidove was dazed on the balcony, so I slid open the glass sliding door that led out to the balcony and assisted it in it's takeoff. Leaning against the railing, I looked out at Accumula Town and watched the people below go about their day. About a block away from the hotel, I saw a gathering of excited people outside of a building which had a large glass window.
"Interesting," I said to myself, as I turned and re-entered my room. I took a shower then gathered up my gear and headed downstairs to return my room key.
I was headed back to Nick unfortunately. On my way out of town I glanced over and saw the crowd of excited people again, still peering into the glass window. Curiosity got the better of me and I wandered over to the group and looked into the window as well. Inside was a TV displaying the news.
"What's the big deal?" I asked an elderly gentleman.
"You haven't heard. Archeologists just discovered an almost perfectly preserved ancient ruin, and you're not going to guess where."
"Underwater! Just off the coast of Undella Town! It's unbelievable how close too!"
I looked back over at the television and it cut to some footage taken by a diver. The murky waters made it hard to make out but then a flashlight shone on the building under the water.
It can't be... The structure, these designs... Looks like Nick's going to have to continue on for a while without me. This is something I can't ignore.
That does it for chapter four. What's got Nate so spooked? Find out in two weeks because next week we're back to Nick.