The garden was such a beautiful place. The serene and tranquil lake; the sweeps of gently rolling lawns set against groves of trees; the shrubberies with graveled walks; the thousands of different flower species in skirts of sweeping planted beds; it was such a great place for Mal to take a break. As he continued looking at the scenic views in the huge garden behind his backyard, he started to admire the picturesque architectures, such as the bandstand and the pavilion hut.
They were all built with such ‘class’, only a rich person like Mal would be able to have his own garden that was as magnificent as this. Mal started to rest on the bench that he was sitting on while closing his eyes, enjoying the peaceful sound of nature with the chirps of birds, and the rustling sound that was made whenever the wind blew against the trees and shrubberies, this was truly something that everyone would wished for.
“WAKE UP DAMMIT!”
The sudden shouting shocked Mal and jolted him up from his sleep. Once he opened his eyes, he saw a bald man standing in front of him, putting his hands on his hips. The man was around his mid-forties, and looked like a dork from head to toe. He was wearing old-fashioned spectacles that had huge circular frames, and his mouth was of an utmost annoyance, because his lips were pouted with so much attitude, that it reminded Mal of lips that were swollen for months. He was wearing a creasy white button-up shirt, but it looked almost yellowish instead. As if these weren’t enough of a fright, he wore pants that stuck up as high as his belly button, and was wearing slippers that showed his filthy toes that smelled like rancid.
Mal almost fell off from his chair due to the sudden fright, but managed to hold on to the table beside him to regain balance. After exchanging glances with his boss and a few seconds of awkward silence, Mal finally understood what was happening and immediately stood to attention. Fumbling around like a nervous kid who was about to pee in his pants, he managed to stutter out apologies and the 'I won't do it next time!" kind of promise.
"Look here, young man! You better watch out and not fall asleep next time. I hired you to work for me dammit, not to skive. If you think this job is too boring for you, then get your ass up and find yourself another job," grunted Mr Dickson.
Once Mal's boss had walked off, Mal dropped himself onto the chair again, and raised his hands to wipe away the saliva that his boss spat on him while shouting. He proceeded to continue and do this work in the office, trying to ignore the many stares and whispers of his fellow colleagues. He started sorting out the documents and proceeded to type them into the computer, while starting to grumble annoyingly to himself.
This was Mal's bad habit. He had always complained and grumbled throughout his life. In fact, he had switched jobs so many times just because of the grumbles. He kept thinking about how some people were so rich that they didn't even have to work, or people that were so good looking that they could enter showbiz and make a living through it. He had always thought that life was unfair, and kept making excuses and complaints as to how other people didn't have to put in so much effort, while he has to. That was also the reason, that his life is in a wreck now.
One year ago...
"Listen up, Mal! This is the problem with you! You never bothered to cherish your present and keep grumbling about life could be better without this or with that. For the damn sake, STOP COMPLAINING FOR ONCE AND ACTUALLY CHERISH YOUR STATUS QUO!"
"WELL MAYBE MY LIFE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THAT WAY IF I DIDN'T ****ING MARRY YOU!"
And so, Mal divorced with his wife one year ago. When they first married, they were a loving couple that everyone had always envied. However, after marriage, things started to change. Everyday, Mal would complain and grumble about the slightest things in life, and keep making comparisons of his life to others. He even had many quarrels with his wife because of that. Eventually, all hell broke lose when Mal started venting his anger on his wife, Marie.
Due to some problems that he encountered in work, he vented his anger on his wife once he got home, and started the usual grumbles and complains again. Except, he was much more ridiculous this time. He started to blame his wife for his misfortune and unsuccessful career, to which his wife could no longer tolerate and started lashing back at him. The matter accelerated to the point of no return, and they were no longer together. Even when they've divorced, Mal never did see his problem and continued his mistakes.
It was now night time, and Mal had just returned home. He lived alone and the entire house was in a huge mess, since he never bothered to clean up. The house smelled like a rubbish dump, and yet Mal didn't care. Instead, he settled himself down on the coach and started watching television, while starting to grumble about his life again...
Seriously, what a stupid life I have. First, I had stupid shit luck at work and nothing ever went well for me. Whenever I returned home, Marie would never spare a thought for me and hear my grumbles. What kind of wife was she if she never let me confided in her? Even with my grumbles, she was my wife, for crying out loud. Then, she started screaming at me for nothing. Luckily I did divorce her, or else my luck would have been worst by now. This was that entire woman's fault! She brought me down with her damn luck!
However, unconsciously, Mal actually still loved his wife dearly. He didn’t know that, or rather, he chose not to know that, because it was too late to change his decision anyway. He spent his entire life grumbling and complaining about how life is unfair, but in truth, he missed his life in the past, during the days that he courted Marie.
Suddenly, a Pokemon’s cry came from the balcony. Mal stopped watching television and wondered who was making that noise. He didn’t had any Pokemon ever since he divorced with his wife, partly also because no one wanted to be with him because of his attitude. He walked over to the balcony, and was surprised to see what was making that noise.
There stood the small-built Pokemon. She was a furry, gray colored chinchilla Pokemon, and sported adorable scruffs of fur on its head, ears insides, and neck. She had really large ears, even though that contributed to her cute image even more that were located to the sides of her head, which were red insides and covered partly by her fur. She had large chocolate brown eyes, which sparkled ever so shiningly whenever you focused onto her eyes. The other parts of her body were mostly small, such as her small, dot-like nose and her rounded limbs, although her tail was particularly long and furry.
However, the distinctive feature of this particular Minccino was her pink ribbon that was tied onto her right ear. The pink ribbon even had Mal’s signature on it. This Minccino was actually Marie’s Pokemon, but she was also the one that brought Mal and Marie together. Mal could remember faintly about that encounter on the beach, where a Minccino came towards Mal and started bawling her eyes out.
After a long moment of trying to decipher out what the Minccino was saying through her actions, Mal realized that she was separated with her trainer amongst the huge crowd while buying drinks from the bar at the beach. In order to stop Minccino from crying, Mal went to buy a pink ribbon from a nearby shop and put it onto Minccino, while promising to find her trainer back for her. This was also the first time that Mal met Marie, and it was practically love at first sight.
“Minccino, what are you doing here?” Mal asked out of shock and surprise, while kneeling down to get closer to the Pokemon. The Minccino started jumping frantically and used her short limbs to point towards her pink ribbon and started crying instead. Although many people might not understand what the Minccino was saying, but Mal understood perfectly. He was really close towards Minccino, and the Pokemon really liked him a lot. From the frantic feeling, the pointing of the pink ribbon, and the bawling, Mal guessed that Marie was in trouble and quickly asked Minccino if he was right, to which the Pokemon nodded immediately.
Mal asked Minccino to lead him to Marie, and the two of them quickly ran towards Marie’s location. They were running through the neighborhoods and Minccino eventually led him into a place called the White Forest. The forest contained many large trees that grew to enormous heights that even the peaks could not be seen. Even with the overshadowing of the large trees, the forest mysteriously remained extremely bright, as if the trees were giving off light themselves. After a long time of running, they reached into the deeper parts of the forest, where Minccino abruptly stopped.
Mal carefully looked forward and noticed that it was a huge pit hole; anyone that fell in would be hurt badly and could not get out without any help, due to the immense depth. However, that was when Mal noticed that there was a young woman inside. To his horror, it was Marie.
The young woman was just a few inches shorter than Mal, being five feet tall. She was the most beautiful woman Mal had ever seen, at least that was what Mal had thought. Her hair was of the same color as Minccino’s eyes – a rich chocolate brown with lighter streaks. Her irises were of a sparkling ocean-blue, and it was always so mysteriously attractive towards Mal. She was wearing an angelic pure white dress, but it was almost of a dirty brown already. Due to the fall, the dress was smudged in shades of brown and red; the color of dirt and blood.
Mal shouted out to Marie frantically, while asking her if she was alright. Although she had a bad fall and her knees were scraped badly, she still managed to struggle out a reply. “… I’m fine Mal, can you ggget me out of here? I… I don’t think I can hold out any much longer.” She was referring to her fractured leg, to which she was holding onto her left leg in agonizing pain, while continuing to bleed profusely.
“Hold on!” Mal shouted back. He started to think of ways to pull Marie back up without hurting her. It was almost virtually impossible to climb into the pit and carry Marie back out, the pit was just too deep. However, he could not possibly leave Marie alone in there. Without knowing, he still loved Marie wholeheartedly, and this entire scene was breaking his heart. He started to blame himself for the pain that he caused towards Marie. Perhaps if he didn’t divorce with Marie, none of these would have ever happened.
Minccino started to tug at Mal’s trousers, as if she knew that Mal was starting to blame himself. Mal reassured Minccino that he was alright, but started to worry about Marie again. He could call for an ambulance but that would take too long. Suddenly, a thought came to him. He knew Marie's Minccino was caught in this very forest itself, because Marie had told him before. He also knew that Minccino species do live in the White Forest. It could be a possibility that Minccino can call upon her species and hopefully, her old friends would remember her voice and all come towards her plead. If there were a lot of Pokemon like a bunch of Minccinos, they might be able to create a bridge for Mal to walk on, or at least climb. He would be able to reach for Marie ten.
Without losing any time, Mal quickly conveyed his thoughts to Minccino and asked her to cry out and plead for help from her friends that she used to lead with in the White Forest. Minccino didn't even had to consider, she quickly started crying out her name, as her voice started to echo out. In fact, her cry was even louder than usual. Mal thought that she must have been using Echoed Voice to magnify the distance that her cry would travel through echos within the forest. Mal waited anxiously, while Minccino continued crying out for her friends desperately.
Extra: If Minccino's friends appear, Minccino is caught. Otherwise, the capture fails.