Ch. 4- Story Time
April held up her notepad and watched as Evangeline from Team Twinkling Orbits placed a Fire Stone (using special gloves so she wouldn’t evolve) next to a hunk of Nevermeltice.
“Hmm…” the Umbreon hummed. “Just as I thought. Doesn’t react to extreme levels of heat. All right, Evangeline. You can go. Thank you.”
The Vulpix nodded before she walked off.
“Well, all the experiments are done,” April said with a satisfied smile.
At that moment, Dulcy appeared.
“Hi, Dulcy!” April greeted. “Did you have fun?”
“Yeah,” Dulcy said. “I came to get you because the bonfire’s about to start.”
“It’s nearly sundown already?” April asked. “I was so busy with the Nevermeltice experiments, I never even noticed.”
With that, she put her equipment away and followed her Deino companion to the bonfire. There, they found a whole group of ’mons, sitting around a bonfire with Sundance and Luke.
“Mates!” Luke called, holding some sort of small staff in the shape of a totem pole. “Tonight, we end our festival with a night of storytelling and dancing! Now, I’m gonna toss this stick around, and whoever catches it tells their story.”
“It can be anything,” said Sundance. “Something funny that happened to you last week, or how you came to Andalusst, or whatever! Just…don’t go overboard.”
“All right!” Luke said. “Let me see some paws or claws in the air! C’mon!”
“Ooh! Ooh!!” Alexis whooped as she raised her paws. “Luke, over here! Toss it to me!!”
“Oh, oh! Watch out!” Luke said before he faked a throw and laughed. “Okay, I’m kidding! Catch!!”
He then tossed the staff to April, who is a bit surprised to hold it.
“Uh…can I pass?” April asked. “I’m not good at this.”
“No givesies-backsies,” Luke said.
April heaved a sigh at this.
“Umm…let me see,” said April. “Oh! I remember when that Snorlax was destroying Archimedes’ lab…so, Dulcy and I went home and made him a basket of muffins!”
“…And?” Alexis asked.
“…That’s it,” Dulcy replied.
“…Well, that’s lame,” Alexis pouted.
“Alexis!” Elinor barked.
“What?!” Alexis questioned. “It is lame!”
“Well, if you think you can do better, than catch!” April called as she tossed it to Alexis, who caught it in her paws.
“Hmm…ooh!” Alexis chirped. “There was this time where a Zubat got trapped in our house. Elinor was screaming her head off, but not as much as Danny!”
Upon hearing this, everyone began to laugh, while Daniel blushed red in embarrassment.
“It’s all right, Daniel,” Elinor said. “I was scared, too.”
“You should’ve seen Danny when it flew near him!” Alexis said. “He was like, ‘AAAAAAAAAAAH!! DON’T LET IT SUCK MY BLOOD!!!’”
Upon hearing this, everyone’s laughter increased in volume, much to Daniel’s embarrassment.
“So how’d you get it out?” Kuro asked.
“Oh, we didn’t get it out!” Alexis answered. “It’s still in attic, and Danny’s too scared to go up there, now! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!”
“Very funny,” Daniel grumbled as everyone continued to laugh.
“Okay, who’s next?” Alexis asked.
“Over here! Over here!” Alonzo called as he held up his paws.
Alexis smiled before she walked over and passed the staff to the Pikachu…who then handed it to Jacob.
“Go ahead, Dad!” Alonzo said. “Tell a story!”
“…Well…let me see,” Jacob said. “…A long time ago, in the middle of the fog…I happened to come across a little Pichu that had just hatched from his egg…but he wasn’t alone. He was surrounded by a pack of Absol.”
Everyone gasped silently while listening with intrigue.
“Naturally, I couldn’t let them hurt the little guy,” said Jacob, “so I did the only thing I could do: I fought them off…and that’s how I got this scar on my cheek.”
“Ouch,” muttered Sundance.
“I noticed the Pichu’s were nowhere to be found, so I took him with me in hopes of finding them,” said Jacob. “We searched for a long time…and during our journey, I grew quite fond of the child.”
“Aww,” Dawn cooed, sitting next to Yue.
“Eventually, we finally found his parents,” Jacob answered, “but…it turns out they never wanted him in the first place. They abandoned him to the Absol to save themselves.”
“That’s awful!” Pandora exclaimed.
“Yeah! Where do they get the right to do that?!” Alexis questioned.
“I was disgusted with them,” Jacob hissed, “but…I didn’t get violent. I may’ve been mad, but I was no ruffian. After that…I decided to adopt the child as my own…and I named him…Alonzo.”
Alonzo smiled before he hugged Jacob around his neck, causing the Shiny Furfrou to smile, and everyone applauded at the story.
“All right!” Cassidy called. “Who’s up for dancin’?!”
Everyone cheered at this, and as soon as that happened, music began to fill the air. A Kricketune is seen conducting the band while other Pokemon started dancing to the music.
Daniel looked over to Alexis, who smiled as she watched everyone dance.
‘This is it, Daniel,’ the Shiny Vulpix thought. ‘Your big moment.’
“Umm…h-hey, Alexis?” Daniel asked.
“Yeah, Danny?” Alexis asked.
“Uhh…I was…I was wondering if you…if you would…”
“If I would what? What’s up, Danny?”
Daniel stammered and licked his lips, his mouth feeling dry.
‘What’s wrong with me?’ he thought. ‘Just go ahead and say--”
“Hey, Alexis…you wanna dance?”
Alexis looked over at Kuro, who held out his paw to her.
“Hmm…okay!” Alexis said before she went with the Poochyena…leaving Daniel dumbstruck.
“Wha…?!” Daniel muttered in disbelief. “But…but I was just about to…!”
He then sighed as he watched everyone dance. Alexis laughed as she and Kuro hopped around each other.
‘…Dammit,’ he thought. ‘In the end…I’m the one who’s not having any fun at all.’
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, PMD-UNITY!