Almost done with the intro arc. Real action will be starting next chapter...maybe...I'll try...
Also no extra chapter again but there is something at the end.
Chapter 4: Attack on Noivern
Jackie jolted awake, his head hitting the ceiling above it; suddenly he regretted taking the top bunk in the room. The banging continued throughout the dorm waking everyone up in it. The students walked out exhausted and annoyed at their dorm head standing there smiling…well the first years did, the seniors all just look tired. “Good Friday everyone!” Kuro cheered loudly, inciting more groans from the first years and yawns from the seniors.
They shuckled their way into getting dressed, and shuckled their way more into the dining hall. “He does this every Friday morning. It is best to get used to it,” Vrasilisk explained. He and Kaori were already sitting at their usual table in the dining hall. “Fridays are always longer classes so Kuro finds it entertaining to wake us up early.”
“Especially second and third years. Today are the biggest electives for us, especially third years since all of them have a chosen major,” Kaori chimed in.
“So October our first class is Ranger Studies right?” Jackie asked. October nodded in reply, the two ignoring Kaori talking.
“Hey don’t ignore me! You should listen to your senior. Especially you Jackie since-”
“Phoenix. What allows us to be graced with your presence this lovely morning?” Kuro interrupted. The boys looked behind them to see Phoenix standing in the dining hall, next to him was Julian, Midori, and Robin.
“Yo Nix what’s with the outfit?”
“Kuro is wearing something weird too.”
“Don’t they always wear those proper outfits?”
Kuro laughed as he listened to what his first years called, smiling that they finally noticed. “Well well, Phoenix your lovely outfit woke up my first years.” The teacher grinned as his fellow worker glared at him as well as the students. “We are just required to wear those annoying things for the first few days; afterwards we can wear what we want to an extent. Now Phoenix what brings you here?”
Jackie looked at his teachers curious as to what the other reds were talking about. He noticed that Kuro was wearing a black long sleeved turtle neck with black leather pants tucked into black shitkickers. Phoenix on the other hand was dressed more extravagantly. He wore what seemed to be 18th century French clothing. His blue pants tucked into knee high black boots with a heel made for men. His white button up was covered by a long blue coat. The coat was simple with some minor gold embroidery on the front that was closed. The tail of the coat was long, reaching all the way to the teacher’s knees, which considering his height, showed the coat to be very long. The front of it extended just past the teachers waist and curved into the backsides length, the collar was worn folded down and the cuffs were folded properly as well.
“I’ll have you know my clothing comes from a time before your grandparents were born. My family is descended from one of history’s wealthiest lords in the Kalos Region.”
Something must have clicked in Robin’s mind as Phoenix stated what region he was from since the moment he stated it, Jackie saw a look of shock and surprise on the other boy’s face.
“Yeah right Nix.”
“Kalos is so not a real place. I’ve been all around the regions and never heard of that place.”
“Please stop with the lies.”
“I am not lying. Also do not refer to me as Nix. Phoenix is my name and the only one I will allow you to call me by,” he glared at his students. “Anyways,” he sighed, turning his gaze towards Kuro. “Kuro do any of your reds have strange schedules for today?”
“What do you mean?” Kuro raised an eyebrow, now turning his own gaze on the three non-Entei Red students, figuring that what Phoenix was talking about probably had something to do with the three.
“You know how first years stay with their own dorms for their three classes on Fridays right?” Kuro nodded in reply, also showing that Phoenix could continue. “Well these three have you as their first class. I noticed it with Julian and then went to check with Tanaka. He notably has the problem with Robin and Midori. It’s possible it’s a mistake in the schedules if there are some of your reds with the class order that Tanaka and I’s students should have.”
“I see. Okay reds check your schedules. You should have Ranger Studies first, followed by Pokémon Health, Lunch, and lastly is Wild Survival. If you do not then let us know now.” All of the first years checked their schedules, finding that they were all correct for Friday. “Seems it wasn’t a mistake then. For today we’ll have them stick with my Reds and after classes we’ll talk to the headmaster and find out what is going on. I assume their schedule is the same as my Reds.”
“Yes it is. Alright then. Kuro I’ll see you later, and you three,” Phoenix turned towards the three students by his side. “Kuro will take care of you from here. I have to head back to my own first years,” with those words said, Phoenix turned around and left the dorm.
“Okay then. If you three haven’t eaten yet then feel free to grab some food. Otherwise just wait patiently and we’ll leave soon for class.”
Julian, Midori and Robin sat down at the table with Jackie, all three having eaten breakfast in their own dorms already. “So the great Julian decides to return to our sides,” Jackie teased the red head; much to the latter’s annoyance. After the first day of classes Julian had avoided the threesome, despite the result being him sitting and eating lunch alone every day, as well as having no one to talk to in classes.
“Jackie leave him alone. He already has enough to deal with due to us for some reason having strange Friday schedules,” Midori scolded, her thoughts wandering to their first day of classes. Julian had had four pokémon on him, despite school rules only allowing three at the moment for first years. She had tried to confront him about it the past few days, but the boy only ignored her or told her not to say anything.
“Huh?” Midori looked at Robin confused.
“You seemed worried about something and even sighed one of worry.”
“Did I? Well it’s nothing anyways. You don’t have to worry about it,” she covered quickly.
Robin was another person worrying her. Over the week they had found the boy had a bit of a rebellious side. When they had gym, the teacher had them run laps, however Robin outright refused to run them. He told the teacher no, and that he would not run. The teacher of course was furious and sent the boy to the headmaster’s office. It was a surprise that he didn’t get in any trouble, and actually became excused from running laps. While it seemed like he was the type that just didn’t want to run, to Midori it seemed like Robin wanted to, but could not for a reason.
“So what’s Kalos?” Jackie asked snapping the girl from her thoughts.
“It’s a region. A real one too, so I can assure you that Phoenix didn’t make it up. Actually I have a friend from there,” Robin answered, his face showing nostalgia as he thought of his friend.
“There’s a second year who is from there,” Kaori cut into their conversation. “Though I haven’t seen him around at all this year. I’ll have to ask Junine about where he is since the two are always around each other, and he’s also a Ho-oh rank Suicune Blue student.”
“Is that so? I’ve been to all the regions but never that one,” Jackie told the group.
Midori looked at him curiously. “Like every single region out there. You’ve been to them all minus Kalos?” she asked, doubting what he was saying.
“Yeah. Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh and Unova.”
“That’s not all. There are more regions than those five and Kalos.”
Jackie looked at Midori curiously though the only thing he saw was her watching the reds around them talk. Before he could ask her what other regions there was, they were interrupted by Kuro telling them it was time for class. The students followed Kuro into the school and into the room where they would be learning ranger studies.
Once everyone was seated in the lecture hall, Kuro began speaking. “Okay since this class is once a week it is the length of two classes in itself. Now then in this class you will learn the basics of being a pokémon ranger. If you decide that you want to become one, then starting next year you can take classes based only on pokémon rangers if you so wish. However before we get started, I need to see your bodies. And by that I mean just measure your height, and weight, and chest.” Kuro pointed to a corner near the front where height and weight instruments were present along with chest ones too. “I am trained and don’t worry. I feel zero attraction to any of you and thus I have zero interest in touching you inappropriately.”
“Because that just makes everyone feel better,” Julian drawled quietly as a response.
“Julian Akatsuki, Robin Morgan and Midori Koutetsuban; you three have the option of waiting for your own dorm heads. On the first Friday of the school year it is the job of us dorm heads to take your physicals. Having the nurse do it would be too much work and thus we do it in our first classes when we each have our own first years. However since you three are not of my dorm then you can wait for Phoenix and Tanaka,” the one eyed teacher explained to the class, and especially the three aforementioned names.
“Thank goodness,” Julian breathed a sigh in relief. “I feel much better with Phoenix doing it.
“You make Kuro sound like a pedophile…though I can’t deny that I feel more comfortable with Tanaka. I guess it’s just a matter of knowing your dorm head better than the others. What about you Robin?” Midori turned towards her friend and fellow dorm mate.
“Tanaka,” he stated simply, his face expressionless and not containing its usual idle look.
Julian and Jackie looked at each other for a moment before looking towards Midori questioningly.
“What am I your guys’ mother?” she looked at them incredulously. The two boys nodded vigorously in reply. “Honestly,” she sighed before looking at Robin herself. “I can’t answer that because I don’t know him much better than you boys. And no being in the same dorm does not mean sharing rooms or knowing each other really well. Actually Robin is really quiet and always seems distracted, hence why he doesn’t notice us talking about him.”
“Huh?” the boy in question asked looking towards his friends.
“Nothing Robin,” Midori said, her voice tinged with sweetness.
“Okay!” Robin nodded happily to her, while Julian and Jackie sweatdropped at the two.
The class continued on with Kuro giving the students physicals. When it was over they headed over to Pokémon Health, which consisted of Phoenix teaching them how it would work.
“Now this class is a bit special as we will be learning all about pokémon health. This means how the insides of pokémon work, and thus we will be dissecting pokémon.” Many students ran out of the room nauseous, running to the bathroom to throw up. Others made sounds of disgust, some were excited, and some were calm, unbothered by the thought. While Julian and Jackie were disgusted, Midori and Robin were unbothered by the idea.
The class continued on with more explanations about what they would be doing, and then the students were released for lunch, not that many wanted to eat. “Junine!” a loud voice called across the cafeteria. “Have you seen Angel Boy at all since the year started?”
Junine looked up from the meal she was eating at her loud friend. “Tell me what do you think?” she asked, obviously annoyed.
“Okay okay,” Kaori put his hands up in defeat. “It’s strange though. You think he dropped out?
Junine dropped her utensil at this comment. The thought of him dropping out was unimaginable to the albino. “Excuse me,” she said quickly getting up from her seat and leaving the dining hall.
“Well that was strange. Why did Junine react like that?” Julian asked Kaori.
The older boy just shrugged as a reply, though Julian did receive a spoken answer, just not from who he expected. “When a friend is precious, the thought of not seeing them again is really painful,” Robin told the group, his smeargle patting his arm, knowing exactly who the boy was talking about.
Julian went silent, for some strange reason he felt like he was wrong for not understanding Junine’s feelings. Not that he should care about her at all. She was just his senior that never left him alone, always. Whenever he was alone in the dorm she would always bother him. At lunch she would always try to get him to eat with the group, today being the result of him giving up.
“ATTENTION FIRST YEAR STUDENTS! YOUR THIRD CLASS WILL ONLY BE HALF THE TIME! YOUR TEACHERS WILL LEAD YOU TO THE AUDITORIUM FOR A SPECIAL ASSEMBLY!”
“Assembly? I wonder what it’s about,” Jackie mused.
Lunch soon ended and Tanaka’s class like the ones before was spent giving the gist of what the students would be learning, which was along the lines of literally how to survive in the wild. Afterwards he led them to the auditorium where all the first years sat to listen to what the assembly was about. On the stage sat Robinson and Mrs. P, alongside Junine and Kaori curiously enough.
Mrs. P almost immediately started speaking to the students, explaining what the assembly was about. “Friendships between the years are not strange; however generally there is no one to help students through their years here. Older students rarely help out their juniors. However last year some first years were having trouble. Trouble that a teacher could not help with, and that required the help of those that faced the hardships of being a first year themselves, in recent years. A second year decided to help those first years. Thus we decided to create a new program to help first years. For every first year, there will be a second year for them to go to for advice on anything. Advice that teachers can’t always give. A kind of close friend so to speak. WE call this the Evolution program, because your seniors are liked your evolved forms. We will also be doing events involving this, and watching the progress of it. The second years will choose you, and we asked Kaori and Junine to announce their choices publicly, and to make sure to choose ahead of everyone else. Now I will allow them to say who they wish to be the close confidential of.”
“Thank you Mrs. P,” Kaori smiled at her. “And before we say who we chose, we must say that we are excited about everything as well. Actually the students who had trouble last year included Junine and I. Our troubles weren’t something that the teachers could help with, though a second year who had to deal with the same kind of things helped us get through them. Some of our problems were simple and in some cases he didn’t have the same experience but always tried his best to help out. Of course there were four of us so it made things difficult. We hope to take from his example and do the same for you guys, and also hopefully learn from you as well. Well then as embarrassing as it is to say this out loud in front of so many…Jackie Anima. I’ve chosen you as my junior. Now Junine why don’t you tell them who your cute adorable junior is.” Kaori then quickly handed the mike over to Junine, urging her to speak.
Junine couldn’t help but laugh a little at Kaori’s quick handing over of the microphone after stating who he chose. She knew that even he didn’t like things like this, but they had agreed to it and thus had no choice. “Well they kind of said everything so…Julian Akatsuki. Goodbye now,” she said the name quickly and turned off the microphone before tossing it into the stand, which actually missed and hit the stage. She then along with Kaori ditched out, leaving the crowd to stare at Julian and Jackie, the boys faces going red at the attention.
Midori and Robin sneaked away from their friends, Pyrite followed behind them, not wanting to be by his trainer. They walked outside catching up to Junine and Kaori, other first years had left too and the front of the school was filling up with friends. Jackie and Julian soon caught up as well, glaring at their seniors. “C’mon we had no choice,” Kaori put his hands up as if to defend himself, laughing as he did so.
The laughter and joy of the courtyard was soon cut short as a loud landing was heard and a cry from a pokémon. Everyone went silent at the sight of a noivern that looked very angry about something. Some students started panicking; the noivern must not have liked this as it flew back into the air and fired a toxic at a group of girls frozen by fear.
Kaori reached for a pokéball to do something but knew he was too late when the attack hit and a cloud of dust rose from it. “Damnit!” Kaori bit out. He breathed a sigh of relief when the smoke cleared however, and actually smiled. “Angel boy I thought you dropped out due to fear of me!” he called out.
“You can say that when Blitzkrieg actually manages to knock out Angel,” a male voice replied. The voice came from a boy, presumably a student who was taller than Phoenix, much to the shock of many of the students in the area, and of course his knee length black hair didn’t help to make him look shorter, that being because the knee length was his knees and the hair was longer than anyone’s around them. As he talked he was walking forward towards the group of girls that the toxic was fired at, however they were never hit. In front of them stood a golett that had used protect to protect them.
Kaori walked up to the front of the crowd, standing right by the boy, releasing a deino from a luxury ball. “The ruins?”
“Trip with Phoenix. Dragon’s cave?”
“Trip with Kuro. You covering?”
“If you can actually hit it.”
“Please. It’s such an easy shot.”
“You miss and you have to wear a maid costume.”
“And if I hit?”
“You proved me wrong.”
“Good enough. Deal.”
“Shadow ball, plus size!” The golett moved in front of its trainer, creating a large black and purple ball between its hands, the ball reaching a size as large as the golett itself. With one hand it threw the ball at the noivern.
The noivern easily flew around the shadow ball, but do the sheer size of it, its sight was hindered and it was hit by the pink flames of the deino’s dragon breath.
“Ha! What do you say to that Angel Boy?”
“You proved me wrong. Though don’t get too happy. Wouldn’t want to embarrass yourself.”
“Tch. I knew the deal was too good to be true.”
Junine sighed at the two boys. Of course they would be bickering even at a time like this. She looked down at their juniors to see how they were doing. Julian and Jackie both had expressions of admiration for the older boys, making the girl chuckle for a moment until she looked at the two Raikou students. Robin seemed, shock by something, as well as concentrative on Angel Boy, Midori however was on the ground holding her head. “Midori are you okay?” Junine asked with worry, kneeling down next to her.
“Fine, just a bad headache suddenly,” she lied, faking a smile. She looked at the noivern, knowing that she had to help it, before her seniors hurt it more.
The noivern let out a loud screech, red sound waves emanated from its body before they hit the ground, creating multiple explosions that knocked back its opponents, right into their trainers, the two boys hitting the ground hard.
“Well this isn’t going to be easy,” Kaori groaned, his deino shaking its head to recover.
“Right because every battle is easy. Protecteur are you okay?” the emerald eyed boy asked his partner, helping the ghost/ground type up. Protecteur gave a nod, walking back out ready for another round. “Rollout,” Angel Boy commanded calmly. The golett rolled into a ball and started rolling around, using trees and rocks along with its arms to launch itself at the Noivern, only to miss each time due to it easily dodging the attempts.
Kaori took the opportunity to command his next move, his smile bordering sadistic. “Bite its ears Siri!” The dark/dragon type ran forward, waiting for a low dodge before attaching itself to the flying/dragon type. The noivern screamed out in pain due to the teeth latched onto its ears. “Now dragon-” Kaori didn’t finish though as a brown blur knocked Siri from the noivern. “What the hell!?”
Midori ran forward, standing between Kaori and Angel Boy, blocking them from attacking, Ikusa mimicked her, preventing their pokémon from moving. When she felt it was the right time she turned her back on them and walked up to the noivern who was on the ground, recovering from the bit attack, its ear was bleeding slightly, showing that Midori had made the right move to prevent further injury.
When it saw her approaching it growled to warn her away. She kept walking though, showing no fear to it, forcing herself against the pounding headache. The moment she reached it, she put her forehead against the noivern’s. “Calm down boy. I understand you. I understand you want to prove yourself, but this isn’t the way. Go home before you get hurt anymore, because if you do, I-I-I wouldn’t be able to handle it.” By this point Midori was crying, her gaze meeting the noivern’s. The noivern must’ve had understood her, because next thing anyone knew, it was flying away towards a large mountain on the island. “Take care Hyperion,” she whispered to herself as she watched him fly away.
The crowd stood amazed and confused. In none of their experiences had they seen someone walk up to a pokémon and calm it down like Midori had just done. It was truly a sight to see. Particulary to a few certain people. Sitting in a tree, watching the scene going on, hidden by the branches around them, someone smiled. Someone in the crowd on the other also smiled but tacked on an “interesting” to it.
Name: Midori Koutetsuban
Birthday: November 18th
Best Friend: Robin Morgan
Hobbies: Playing with pokémon, training, reading books about war lords.
Favorite Song: Glockenpop
Pokemon: Ikusa (male eevee)