Chapter 40: Everyone’s Valentine
Valerie felt her cheeks flushed slightly as she and Rafael walked through the third floor of the school building. The castle had been decorated and lit perfectly in order to capture the essence of Valentine’s Day and there were already couples all around in their respective dates.
Valerie stared at the happy couples and couldn’t help but become even more nervous, she looking towards Rafael who seemed to be perfectly relax as he looked ahead. She had never been on a Valentine’s date before and while it was strange that she had decided to go out with a guy that she just met she had to admit that he at least seemed nice.
Rafael looked at her for a moment and smiled. “Everything okay? You seem nervous,” he pointed out as he turned around to look at Valerie. “It’s okay if you’re having second thoughts about this?”
“No, I’m okay, it’s just I’ve just met you so I’m a bit nervous,” Valerie nodded her head quickly, not wanting to hurt Rafael’s feelings. “I mean, all I know is your name and the dorm you’re from.”
“Yeah, I guess that can kind of be a buzzkill huh?” Rafael pointed out before he kept walking. “Don’t worry though, by the time the night is done I’m sure you’ll feel better, I do want to get to know you myself.”
Valerie chuckled at this. She had to admit she did feel a bit more reassured by his words, there was just something about him that calmed her down. “You’re very smug you know that,” she smirked.
“Confidence is a very important factor, but don’t be fooled, if it wasn’t cause I’m talking so much I’d be sweating from how nervous I am,” he laughed cheekily. “So you don’t have to worry about being the only one that’s nervous.”
With that he and Valerie began walking next to each other once more as Rafael looked around at the small shops and restaurants that started to surround them. “This school is amazing though, there’s even a perfume shop,” he pointed out with amazement, trying his best to get Valerie to relax.
The two finally came to a halt as a smirk crossed Rafael’s face while Valerie just stared at the sign that stood in front of her. The two of them were standing in front of an ice cream parlor with a sign displaying the name “Ice Champion” in large neon purple letters. Valerie’s eyes practically shone with happiness as she looked at the sign. “No way…”
“I told you my specialty is information,” Rafael grinned playfully while ruffling the back of his head. “I found out that you really really liked ice cream, so I figured this was the best place.”
“Who told you that?” Valerie asked, raising her eyebrow in suspicion, mainly because only her friends would know that fact about her.
“I have my ways,” Rafael chuckled.
“Are you a stalker then?” Valerie narrowed her eyes, making Rafael step back in surprise. However, she proceeded to smile afterwards before beginning to walk inside. “It doesn’t matter though, you can’t run away once you see me eat,” she giggled playfully.
“I like a girl who likes ice cream,” Rafael nodded his head before walking into the ice cream parlor with Valerie. The walls were painted in a light shade of red that matched well with the white floor tiles that adorned the parlor. There was a large counter in the center of the room with an ice cream freezer going around it and having different flavors of ice cream from all over the world. On the sides of the counter were many rows of tables for people to sit along with tables that had containers with different kinds of toppings.
“I think I’ve died and gone to heaven!” Valerie exclaimed, practically drooling when she stared at all the ice cream. She wasn’t much of a big eater but if there was something that she couldn’t get enough of then it was ice cream.
“Well, feel free to order whatever you want Val,” Rafael smiled at the girl as he patted her shoulder. “But do it fast, we have another stop after this,” he said slyly.
“This is not working at all,” Reggie sighed in defeat while putting his hands down on the counter he and Basil were using to make the chocolates.
After Basil had taken it upon himself to teach Reggie how to make the chocolates the two had been hard at work, unfortunately Reggie kept making mistakes in the recipe or the execution so they kept having to start over.
“You know it doesn’t have to be a perfect chocolate, I’m sure Miko’ll be happy to know it’s from you,” Basil replied with an exasperated tone, scratching the back of his head before handing a towel to Reggie so that he could clean the chocolate stains on his face.
“No, it has to be perfect,” Reggie argued back, a frown crossing his face as he looked down at the half empty bowl of melted chocolate that stood in front of him. “I want to do this right for her and show her how hard I worked.”
“You can be quite a perfectionist sometimes, though I can understand that I guess,” Basil smiled before starting to grab some more chocolate for them to use.
“It’s just, I’ve never been known for being someone that can do things well, and I’ve always given up when things got tough,” Reggie looked down at the chocolate, noticing how the melted substance flowed lightly and was still a bit bubbly after being heated up. “I want to change that, and I want this to prove that I do even if it takes me all night.”
“Fine then, I guess we’ll just have to keep doing it won’t we?” Basil laughed at Reggie’s determination before handing him some heart shaped molds. “All right then, let’s use this shortcut then, instead of cutting the hearts out like you’ve been trying to do we can pour the chocolates into the mold and put them in the oven as is. It’ll take longer but at least you’ll get the shape just right,” he suggested while grinning at Reggie.
“Oh…well I guess we could do that,” Reggie blinked twice before looking away in embarrassment for not having thought about that before. “Thanks for all your help anyway, I know you guys are really busy right now.”
“It’s okay, when someone is trying so hard in learning how to cook something I just feel like I have to help them out with my all,” Basil pointed out before he started putting the molds down on the counter. “I always got in trouble when I was a kid, skipping school, fights, but cooking was the only thing that always calmed me down and in the end it’s what helped me grow…well cooking and her,” he smiled as he shifted his eyes towards Olive, who was too busy giving orders to the other cooks. “Anyways, we’ll need to put more sugar on it if we want to get it right.”
Reggie smiled at Basil as he stretched his hand out to grab the sugar dispenser, his eyes still on Basil. “All right then, let’s do this.”
About an hour later Reggie and Basil took the heart molds with chocolate in them out of the oven, a triumphant smile crossing their faces as they looked at the perfect heart shaped chocolates. “We did it,” Basil said as he and Reggie high fived each other. “All right, now we should taste them to see how they ended up.”
That was when Basil saw Reggie grabbing a heart shaped box and beginning to put the hearts in. “It’s getting late though, I told Miko I’d see her at her apartment for dinner at 9 and it’s 8:30 already,” he said, a worried and hurried expression crossing his face.
“You can’t leave without tasting them at least.”
“I’m sure it’s okay, I rechecked and we did everything like you told me so it should be all right,” Reggie nodded his head as he closed the box. He smiled at Basil, stretching his hand out to him. “Thanks Basil, I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Basil still didn’t seem sure about letting Reggie leave like that; regardless he knew that the boy was dead set on doing so, even if it was rushed. “Fine I guess we can leave it at that,” he chuckled before shaking Reggie’s hand as his nerves calmed down. “Good luck.”
“Well this sure is an interesting place for a date,” Marie pointed out as she walked through the forest, careful so as to not step on something or trip due to the darkness.
After being called by Jack she was told to meet him in a specific part of the forest. She was mostly confused because of how sudden it was, especially since neither of them had set a date for Valentines.
Marie’s mind went back to when she and Jack confessed to each other, a part of her still a bit nervous as to what they should do now that they were a couple. She and Jack had had feelings for each other for some time now, but part of her was still afraid that they could mess up the friendship they had formed. “No, I have to stop thinking like that; we’re together now so it’s too late to get cold feet.” She muttered silently.
Marie stepped through the forest and stared in awe at what appeared before her. She was standing atop a hill overlooking the ocean, which was glistening beautifully and reflecting the shining stars that stood above on the night sky. There was a single tree overlooking the sea and underneath it was a red blanket with a basket on it and a couple of dishes and water glasses set up on either side.
Jack was standing on the edge of the hill, turning around slowly when he felt Marie get closer. “Not bad for something last minute is it?” He pointed out with a slight grin on his face as he walked towards his girlfriend.
“Not bad at all,” Marie replied, still flabbergasted as she stared at the stars. She proceeded to turn to Jack, walking towards him before hugging him and kissing him softly. “You really know how to make me happy huh?” she smiled warmly.
“Well at first I wasn’t sure about what I should do, I’m not the type of guy that’s used to this stuff,” Jack turned away from her, a slight blush crossing his face. “But I know that you like starry skies, and it might be a bit far from the school but this is the perfect spot to look at the stars at night.”
“So…what delicacies did you prepare for us tonight,” Marie giggled, looking at the basket of food with curiosity.
“I just….I’m not a cook so I just grabbed leftovers from my kitchen,” Jack turned away, a slight frown crossing his face as he remembered his mistake.
Marie just laughed before opening the basket and beginning to take some of the food out. “It’s okay, leftovers are good too sometimes, though next time please tell me what you want to do so I can prepare food,”
“I’ll keep that in mind,” Jack nodded his head slowly before sitting down along with Marie. He looked down at the floor for a moment before raising his head back at her. “I know we’re still new to this whole relationship, but I’m the type of person that puts his all in things he’s interested in,” he adjusted his glasses slowly. “And this is something that I’m very interested in.”
“Good, because I’m not gonna let you lose interest.”
Stacy had changed herself into a V-cut aqua blue dress that went down all the way to her legs and outlined her body, leaving one of her legs exposed, she had also combed her hair properly so that it would flow down and match better with the dress that she was wearing.
She and Freed had decided to have their date at a special restaurant on the terrace of the eastern building of the castle. The restaurant had been made specifically for the teachers and workers of the school and was off limits to any students. It was very high class and most of the people that attended had dressed properly for the occasion.
She sipped from the cocktail she had been drinking as she turned to look back at the entrance of the restaurant, hoping that Freed would be there. “Why is he so late?” she replied with a slightly annoyed tone. It was the first time in a while that she had been eager for a date, after all, Freed was different from the guys she had been with before and she even felt nervous and giddy around him. “I hope I’m not just wasting my time,” she sighed.
“I don’t think it’s nice for a beautiful lady to say that,” Stacy raised her head and turned around quickly once she heard Freed’s voice, smiling when she saw him standing in front of her, a red rose in his hand. Freed was wearing a tailored black suit along with a matching pair of pants that hugged his legs and a white colored dress shirt. “I’m sorry I took so long, but I had to pass by the greenhouse to get this.”
Stacy grabbed the flower slowly, letting the soft and rich smell of itreach her nose as she put it closer to her face. “It smells different than any rose I’ve seen before,” she pointed out with amazement.
Freed just smiled at her, his crimson eyes shining slyly as he helped her up from her seat. “This rose comes from the Kalos region, there’s a special place in that region where these types of roses grow. They’re very rare so it wasn’t easy to find these kinds of flowers.”
“So you went into the greenhouse and stole one,” Stacy grinned at Freed as the two headed towards one of the tables. “You’re such a bad teacher,” she said playfully.
“I think that any man should be willing to turn into a villain if it’s for the sake of a woman they care about,” Freed replied calmly, pulling Stacy’s chair out so that she would sit.
She blushed a bit when she heard this comment, though her smile didn’t vanish as she nodded her head and sat down. “You really are a sly as you seem.”
“Am I really?” Freed chuckled, sitting down and clicking his fingers so as to call the waiter to them. “I gotta say though, only you make me act this way for some reason.”
Stacy blushed even brighter, turning away from Freed and towards the waiter so he wouldn’t look at her face. “Can I get another one of those cocktails please?”
“Nonsense, some champagne will work,” Freed replied with a nod from his head as he looked at Stacy. “We might as well make the most out of this date shouldn’t we?” he laughed as he leaned back against his chair.
“Yeah, I guess you’re right there,” Stacy nodded her head in agreement, seeing the waiter leave. “You really know how to entertain a lady.”
“I can’t exactly say I have a lot of experience, but some could say it’s a gift,” Freed shrugged, putting his hands on the table and grabbing Stacy’s gently. “I’m glad you’ve gotten used to the academy, I remembered when the year started and you were really nervous about being a teacher.”
“Yeah I guess I’ve gotten used to it, though this school can be pretty nonsensical,” Stacy chuckled a bit. “You were new too, I was more shocked by the fact you weren’t nervous,” Stacy huffed as she grabbed Freed’s hand once more, feeling a slight tingle crawl up her hand as she felt the warmth of his hand. “In fact, you always look sure of what you’re doing.”
Freed laughed once more at Stacy’s first statement. “It does have its moments where you feel like it’s out of reality but you have to admit it makes it more fun than a normal school,” he responded with a grin before addressing her second statement.
“There are times when even I feel insecure or worried about something,” Freed pointed out, his tone becoming a bit more serious as he leaned back against his chair. “But…I was taught from a young age that if you show your insecurity to the world it would be as if you’ve already given up,” he said solemnly, noticing that the waiter had come back with a bottle of champagne.
“Now that I think about it,” Stacy let go of Freed’s hands before grabbing her glass and taking a few sips from it. “I don’t really know much about you or your background.”
Freed looked at her, his expression becoming a bit more solemn before he took a sip of his own glass and lowered it. “Yeah I guess I haven’t told many people besides the principal,” Freed pointed out calmly.
“My father was actually from Kalos, which is where my name comes from while my mother was from Hoenn,” he spoke quietly, staring down at the alcoholic liquid and at Stacy’s reflection on the glass. “My mother left my father when I was still a baby and took me with her, so I never had a father or a figure like that while I was growing up.”
“My mom had to work hard to maintain both of us but because she was ill I also had to work from time to time, I tended to ignore things like school work and such,” he explained, his tone becoming more somber before he raised the glass and drank from it once more, noticing that Stacy was doing the same while being focused on his story.
“My father came back into the picture when I was 16, and I learned that he was a very rich and influential man.”
“What did he do?” Stacy raised an eyebrow with curiosity.
Freed didn’t reply right away, instead he just stared at her as he thought of his words. “He was responsible for running a few businesses around the world and such; he’s got influences in all types of fields. Anyways, he came to me and told me that he would look after my mother if I went to live with him and studied under him.”
“So I spent my next few years and that’s how I learned most of what I know, it wasn’t easy though…especially when my father had me help him out with his work,” his tone became bitter as he turned away from Stacy. “I looked for a chance to get out of it all, and when I got that chance I did.”
Stacy stared at Freed for a moment, processing everything he had told her before nodding her head. “Well I can understand it probably wasn’t easy to tell me that,” she said as she smiled at him.
“It’s okay,” Freed smiled honestly, finally looking back at Stacy. “Though now I have to ask yours.”
“My story isn’t really anything special,” Stacy shook her head. “I’m actually Wallace’s niece, hence why I grew up liking contests and fashion and such. My life was pretty normal up to when I was 15 where I attended Oak’s School of Arts and Science.”
“I remember that, it was a very influential school famous for giving birth to great researchers.”
“Yeah, the arts department was pretty good,” Stacy chuckled as she leaned back against her chair. “I wasn’t really good at science, which is ironic cause it was there that I got my liking for Biology,” she stretched her now empty glass to Freed, who proceeded to refill its contents. “After I graduated I became a model for a little bit while also going to college, it was good and glamorous and well you know what to expect.”
“And then you became a substitute teacher for Canalave University huh?” Freed noted, noticing Stacy’s face had turned into a sad frown as she nodded and looked at the table. “I know of what happened between you and that student. Don’t worry I’m not gonna judge you for it.”
“Anyways, after I got fired for that my uncle told me that a friend of his had just become the new principal of the school and he was looking for teachers,” Stacy said, drinking from her glass once more and smiling. “So I ended up working here.”
“Well then things ended up good for you didn’t they,” Freed’s tone became a bit more cheerful as he and Stacy stared at each other, a blush appearing on her face as she kept drinking. “I for one am glad to have met you and I’m sure the rest of the kids are too, you’re an important part of this school.”
“Thanks, I couldn’t have done it without your support,” Stacy nodded her head. She looked into Freed’s eyes, still feeling shy around him. She didn’t know why though, it had never happened with any other guy she had met and she was usually so straight forward, so why was he different from the others?
“Anyways, I guess it’s time we order some dinner shouldn’t we?” Freed said before diverting his gaze towards the menu.
After dinner was over Freed escorted Stacy to her room in the Blastoise Aqua dorms, or rather carried her. “That dinner was fun!” Stacy exclaimed and laughed as she kept grabbing a hold of Freed’s arm.
“Yeah it really was, though maybe you drank a little too much,” Freed chuckled insecurely as he managed to get his arm free before putting it around her to grab her better.
“It was only 6 glasses Freed….dear Freed,” Stacy giggled playfully, she nudging him a bit and causing him to jump. “Did that surprise you,” she said while sticking her tongue out at him.
“Yes a little bit,” Freed nodded his head, not knowing how to act now that Stacy was acting this way. The two came to a halt in front of the door to Stacy’s room as Freed let go of her. “Well here we are, I guess I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“Wait a second!” Stacy exclaimed, she grabbing a hold of Freed’s hand before he could turn to leave. She grinned at him mischievously, something causing Freed feel nervous. “When we were talking earlier, you said that we should make the most out of this date…I thought it was just two co-workers hanging out,” her grin grew wider as a blush crossed Freed’s face.
“U-uh well, that was just something I…”
Before he could say anything in his defense Stacy pulled from his hand and into a kiss, wrapping her arms around his neck as the kiss became more passionate as she pushed him against the wall. “You know, we really should make the most out of this date,” she grinned as she opened the door to her room.
“Wait Stacy, you’re drunk I mean it’s not right,” Freed shook his head as he stared at Stacy, who just proceeded to chuckle.
“It’s okay, I’ve liked you from the moment I’ve met you anyways and you can’t say you don’t like me either,” Stacy replied slyly as she kissed Freed once more, this time making their kiss stronger. Freed grabbed a hold of her and pulled her off though, causing her to whine. “Whaaaat?”
“Even if you don’t want to and even…even if I do like you,” Freed said, panting a bit as he tried to recover from the kiss. “I can’t do it like this, I mean even if you give me consent it’s still not the same…I won’t be like my dad,” he said as he looked down at the floor, noticing that Stacy’s expression had become a bit sadder.
“I guess you have a point,” Stacy sighed before smiling at Freed. “But you’re not getting away from me next time,” she smirked before kissing his cheek.
After going to the ice cream parlor Rafael and Valerie got out of the castle, with Rafael leading a still confused Valerie into the quad.
A large crowd had formed as people were walking all around the field of the school, food stands had been set up on either side of it as well as game stands, making the school seem like a carnival instead. “Wow, they really set this place up nicely huh?” Rafael pointed out in surprise as he looked at the scene unfolding in front of them.
“I heard the academy had this small section that it always used to set up events like this, but it got burned down last year after some Pokemon went on a rampage,” Valerie explained, she looking at the stands with curiosity. “So, are you gonna win a prize for me to show your manliness or something,” she teased as she turned to Rafael.
Rafael just smirked as he pocketed his hands. “That was my original idea, but you just foiled it…how mean of you,” he put his hand to his forehead and spun around melodramatically. “But no, I heard there’s going to be this special fireworks show, so I figured we should see it.”
“Pretty good, but not as romantic Romeo, though the ice cream did give you some points,” Valerie nodded her head. She had to admit that she was actually enjoying herself with Rafael, her usual company since the second semester started were Allison and Claudia mostly because of Miko and Reggie hanging out as a couple and the fact that Darren always kept to himself. So she had to admit that it was nice to hang out with someone that entertained her like this.
“Oh please, anyone can do that kind of sappy stuff,” Rafael argued back before walking closer to Valerie. “I’d rather make sure that the person I’m with is having fun and enjoying herself, if it doesn’t work then so be it,” he shrugged.
“Pretty good resolve you’ve got there,” Valerie smiled, clearly impressed.
“Well it’s just that I learned I have to look at things positively regardless,” Rafael commented while nodding his head. “You don’t get anything from moping around and regretting things, it just slows you down in life.”
At that moment fireworks started to fly into the sky, causing the two of them as well as the crowd to turn and look at them as they exploded and took the shapes of different Pokemon.
Valerie stared in awe as the figures glistened in the sky and were instantly followed by more fireworks. “Not too bad is it?” Rafael smiled at her. “I know we just met today, but I’ve liked you for some time now and well, I think you’re a great gal.”
Valerie didn’t reply, instead she just smiled at him before walking over and grabbing his hand. “I think it’s time you take me home, don’t think anything of it though.”
“I wouldn’t,” Rafael shook his head and grinned.
“Damn it I’m late!” Reggie panted as he ran towards Miko’s room, stopping in front of the door so that he could recover his breath. After leaving the kitchen he had gone back to his dorm room so that he could shower and get changed, unfortunately he had lost a lot of time so he had to run to her room as fast as he could.
He had changed into a long sleeved black jacket with a raised neck. The jacket came with a matching pair of pants that had red lines going down the center and he was wearing a red shirt underneath the jacket. He looked down at the box of chocolates in worried.
He had worked hard in order to make the chocolates for Miko and now it was finally hitting him that she might not like them. Part of him knew that Miko wouldn’t tell him even if she didn’t like them, but he still wanted to impress her. “Well, I won’t get anywhere standing out here,” Reggie sighed before he knocked on the door.
After a few seconds of impatiently waiting and hearing what appeared to be a thud and a crash the door opened up, welcoming Reggie to the sight of an almost completely dark room, the only light being a few candles that had been set up around the kitchen and on the kitchen table of Miko’s room/apartment. “What was that?” he muttered before seeing Miko come out from the kitchen holding onto her head and frowning.
“I was preparing the candles and when I heard the knock I jumped and hit myself with the fridge,” she whined as she wiped a tear from her eye.
“Are you okay?” Reggie walked over to his girlfriend making sure to check on the bump that had formed on her head. Miko just put his hands aside; instead she smiled at him before kissing his cheek.
“Don’t worry, I’ll be fine, it’s just I wanted dinner to be amazing,” she said before turning towards the table. On the center of the table was a large plate filled with burgers, something that caused Reggie’s eyes to open wide as he tried not to drool. “Burgers with grilled ham and cheese, I know they’re your fave,” Miko smirked. “I know normally you’re the one that cooks so I figured me doing it for once would make for a good valentine’s gift…since I kind of ran out of money to buy you something,” she looked down at the floor with a sigh.
“I know I’m the one that told you that you had to buy something so if you weren’t able to then I won’t complain,” she nodded her head, understanding that she was in no place to ask for a present after she had failed to get one.
Reggie looked at her and then looked at the burgers. Burgers weren’t exactly hard to make but he knew that Miko wasn’t used to cooking and she had made so much too. He smiled at her before holding out the heart shaped box of chocolates and presenting it to her. “But I did get you something, and I don’t mind handing it to you,” he replied, smiling even more when he saw Miko’s look of realization when she saw the box.
“You bought Olive’s chocolates?” she gasped as she grabbed the box.
“Actually I didn’t buy it,” Reggie laughed shyly as he ruffled his hair. “I kind of made them; I spent all afternoon and even far into the night trying to make chocolates that were at least kind of as good.”
“Just the fact you made them makes them perfect,” Miko nodded her head and smiled before taking one of the heart-shaped chocolates out and beginning to eat it.
He had expected her to smile, or frown or something…but instead she just stood them with an expression that could only be labeled as shock and confusion. “What’s wrong?” Reggie asked, worried.
“It’s kind of salty,” Miko said in a silent tone as she began chewing the chocolate, only for her to shiver slightly, causing Reggie to sigh.
“Crap, I must’ve mixed the sugar with salt,” he said, ruffling his hair with both of his hands as he realized the mistake he had made. If only he had listened to Basil’s advice the chocolates would’ve been perfect.
“Actually, they’re not perfect but the contrast of flavor is actually pretty good,” Miko smiled as she swallowed, making Reggie cheer up once more as he looked at her. She wrapped her arms around him and kissed him slowly before smiling. “This is a great present; it’s really sweet and tasteful while also being a bit salty and forceful, kind of like you.”
“I can be forceful?” Reggie asked, completely shocked by her statement.
“When you want to be,” Miko winked at him. “And I hope you can be tonight.”
“Aaaahh….I’ll try,” Reggie laughed nervously as a blush crossed his face. “Happy Valentine’s Day.”
“Happy Valentine’s Day!” Miko beamed before kissing Reggie once more.
“Okay, got my chocolates,” Fin grinned to himself as he made his way back into the Blastoise Aqua dorm. He looked down at the heart-shaped box of chocolates that he had obtained thanks to Olive’s “help” and now was heading to Valerie’s room.
Part of him still wondered if he really should go after Valerie, especially considering the two of them never had the best relationship, and yet part of him couldn’t get that weird feeling out of his chest. “Guess this couldn’t hurt,” he shrugged.
As he made his way into Valerie’s front and turned to walk towards her room he noticed something that caught his eye. Valerie was standing in the doorway to her room talking to a guy that he had never seen before. “Who’s that?” Fin whispered to himself as he hid behind the wall that led into the hallway.
He couldn’t hear what they were saying but Valerie seemed to be happy judging by her expression and the guy seemed to be just as happy. A part of him felt annoyed now, maybe even a bit jealous when he saw Valerie with Rafael. But why? He wondered as he saw the two talking.
That’s when he saw Valerie lean forward and gently peck the guy on the lips, causing Fin to become paralyzed as he processed what was going on. He stood up and began making his way down the building and towards his room, trying to be as silent as possible.
“Who the hell was that?” Fin asked himself as he went into his room and slammed the door shut, clenching on the box of chocolates. Of course he was just making up things in his head, there was no way Valerie would actually think of going out with him after what had happened. Why did he even care? It’s not like she was anything special to him.
But why did he? Even though she wasn’t the first girl he had been in and even though she wasn’t exactly someone that he was always fond of. “Guess I really am just an idiot,” Fin chuckled as he threw the box down on the floor. “There was no way she and I would’ve worked out anyway,” he let out a depressed chuckle as he made his way into his room, his gaze on the floor.
Lumiose City was one of the largest cities in the Kalos region and one of the biggest cities in the whole world. Famous for all of the great sites and monuments but also for its bright and bustling night life.
Right now Lumiose’s own Light Festival was on full throttle and the streets were filled with cheering people and Pokemon dancing, playing and just overall having fun.
Inside one of the buildings that surrounded the main square stood Jabber, a smirk crossing across his face as he looked down at the people that were enjoying the festival. He pocketed his hands and he turned towards the darkened room behind him and his eyes fell on the red sofa that was now in front of him.
Laying down on the sofa was Noeh, adjusting his old ripped off black hat over his messy black hair as he looked at the man with his red colored eyes.
“Don’t you just enjoy festivals, it’s fun watching all the ants move around happily under the light.” Jabber said with a scoff as he looked at the young man, not turning his gaze away from him. “You shouldn’t be so serious Noeh, life only smiles upon those that smile back at it after all.”
“Oh don’t give that crap,” Noeh spat back at Jabber before he stood up from the sofa and dusted himself off. “I’m only here because I wanted to speak to you about the new mission that the old bastard handed out to me.”
“Wasn’t it you who said that you wanted to get a chance to stretch your wings after so long?” Jabber questioned with a playful smirk as he raised an eyebrow, seemingly enjoying Noeh’s frustration as he adjusted his black suit.
“Easy for you to say going from city to city dealing with the business end, enjoying your frivolous life in big hotel rooms and such,” Noeh gritted his teeth, turning away from his senior. “Meanwhile I get stuck exploring and scouting and just doing all the crappy jobs even though I’m the third Sin and you’re the fourth.”
“As I’ve told you before, the numbers don’t really have anything to do with our importance. Besides, it’s not my fault that I’m good with people, you really should calm down though, or else Wrath will end up looking as an even more fitting Sin to you than before.” Noeh didn’t reply, instead he just stopped himself from looking at Jabber. “Regardless your mission this time is important. You’re in charge of making sure that the experiment Clarice has been working on works and if not….well just take care of the threat.”
“Being sent to that stupid Elemental Academy full of snotty brats, besides, I thought they weren’t even a threat to us or anything,” Noeh whined.
“They are not as a whole,” Jabber pointed out while raising his index finger. “But there are two people that could both be valuable and pose a threat to us, one of them even used to be of our own.”
“So the old man wants me to get rid of them,” Noeh scoffed before finally standing up from the sofa. “This’ll be way too easy for me Jabber, and once I’m done I’ll be taking your place.”
“You should be careful Noeh, these guys aren’t to be messed with lightly,” Jabber scolded as he turned away from him so that he could look back down at the festival. “Especially if they have my dear brother Freed on their side.”
“The fun starts now then.”
End of Chapter 40
Next Time: The Contest Challenge