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Chapter 4: Call Me Your Favorite, Call Me the Worst
Jun 11, 2018
9 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!0TRwddk1CbroySk9Nokpposted on PENANA

Professor Kukui held Litten in his arms, the feline Pokémon’s hind legs dangling listlessly. The Fire-type seemed to care less about being held like this. I leaned against the wall by the window that Litten had just been on the other side of before Professor Kukui had arrived.copyright protection3PENANAd6XgVHEIxU

“Thank you very much for helping Litten,” he told me, “I am very sorry that you were injured while doing so.”copyright protection3PENANAJxOA41Oo3q

“I’m just gonna chalk it up as paying the little guy back for helping me,” I responded.copyright protection3PENANAAuP9m9iayD

            Professor Kukui nodded and Violet clung to my arm. I coughed away from her into my opposite arm and cleared my throat.copyright protection3PENANAAMJx3FeHoM

“Poison Gas is a bitch,” I muttered.copyright protection3PENANAC8jqJosxNv

            Professor Kukui laughed heartily and a smirk formed across my face.copyright protection3PENANAXnZMwmWPwu

“When are you two returning to Kanto?” the Pokémon Professor questioned.copyright protection3PENANAs6hcEkST2h

            I opened my mouth and then looked to Violet to see her response.copyright protection3PENANAFEpY58nxFa

“Our return ticket has a three month leniency period, so we have that long to stay,” Violet revealed much to my surprise.copyright protection3PENANA3Dx2p4plTV

“How much did that cost?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANAQm28zGsrzv

            She whispered the answer into my ear and my eyes widened. My wallet also cried out in pain.copyright protection3PENANAIf98dfgBNW

“I was hoping to use this time to convince you to take a vacation,” Violet told me.copyright protection3PENANALQzjTYnjkh

“What part of dead mom makes it seem like I wanna take a vacation?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANAebDhjdYMEy

“Honestly. Half of it,” Violet countered, “You’re stressed. You were stressed before… all of this. I just wanted to help.”copyright protection3PENANAhnNrv1GMCt

            She pouted and I felt like crap immediately. I put my arms around her waist and held her close.copyright protection3PENANAJnkiGeh4xC

“Thank you for thinking of me, Vi,” I told her.copyright protection3PENANAlMNZ36c2TR

            Professor Kukui cleared his throat and we pulled apart. I rubbed the back of my neck sheepishly.copyright protection3PENANAAaenBKoix1

“We can stay for a few more days,” I told him.copyright protection3PENANAMgp6z6kQaS

“Great to hear! Tonight in Iki Town; a village up the hill from Hau’oli City, there will be a festival honoring the guardian of Melemele Island, Tapu Koko,” Professor Kukui revealed, “You two should come by.”copyright protection3PENANAsvEguInHKg

“Would that be okay with the locals? We don’t want to intrude on tradition,” Violet responded.copyright protection3PENANAykqNI2x7k5

“I see nothing wrong with sharing our traditions with tourists. It definitely beats the Kalosian Film Industry’s portrayal of Alolans,” Professor Kukui responded.copyright protection3PENANA86mxdVDyLO

“We’ll be there,” I told the Pokémon Professor.copyright protection3PENANAqej4uOMRww

            That night, I sat on the end of the bed in the hotel room Violet and I were staying at, waiting for her to finish getting ready for the festival over in Iki Town.copyright protection3PENANA74RxRzApGU

“Could you hurry up?” I questioned, “We still have to walk all the way over to Iki Town.”copyright protection3PENANAvP1RneM1Nx

“Bite me,” Violet responded from the bathroom.copyright protection3PENANAPdL9ifY46u

            She finally came out wearing a white v-neck top, black denim shorts with brown suspenders clinging to her shoulders from them, and black thigh-high boots.copyright protection3PENANABeytMq2mPJ

“I’ll bite you later tonight when I get you out of those clothes,” I told her, “Let’s get going, sexy butt.”copyright protection3PENANAhlzicWxYXk

            I shot to my feet, swatting Violet on the rear as I moved past her, and out the door we went.copyright protection3PENANAwNyhWQxUUE

            Outside of Hau’oli City, Violet and I turned up a corner leading to Iki Town as Professor Kukui had told us to do earlier in the day. The moon illuminated our path as best she could.copyright protection3PENANAowSXZFn21d

“You seem to be in a better mood,” Violet pointed out.copyright protection3PENANALiylBKh9Jf

“Yeah? Guess all it took was getting poisoned by some thugs,” I responded.copyright protection3PENANAtf21wYR4SM

            Violet punched my arm rather hard in response to that. I smirked, rubbing my stricken limb.copyright protection3PENANAIhjBeigBli

“And a nice helping of physical abuse from the love of my life,” I added.copyright protection3PENANAP6Bnrc8JlR

“Are you gonna… have a funeral for her?” Violet asked.copyright protection3PENANAYP70QDZIIR

“Maybe… I don’t know. Who’s actually going to come? I responded, “You, my Dad, and I? Funerals are honestly so expensive; would it even be worth it?”copyright protection3PENANAvr9O3n7jZs

“For you both to say goodbye? Maybe,” Violet countered.copyright protection3PENANACOzdc1plKL

“I’ll think about,” I told her, sighing, “I’ll think about it.”copyright protection3PENANAdJAkKrYJaG

            The warm glow of some flame-lit torches gave us some light and a path to the wooden arch separating the wilds of Melemele Island from the small village of Iki Town. Several wooden buildings were littered throughout including a considerably larger one up the hill. Finally, a stage sat centered in the town. Despite the village’s small size, there were plenty of people there to partake in the festival. The smell of friend dough filled my nostrils and children laughed and played as they ran throughout.copyright protection3PENANABF7Kua7Bu7

“Ah ha! You made it!” Professor Kukui exclaimed, approaching us with his hands in his pockets, “Follow me. I want to introduce you both to someone.”copyright protection3PENANA36VCj8DJto

            Professor Kukui led us both toward the upper portion of Iki Town where the largest building and the wooden stage stood.copyright protection3PENANAuG750RwZBG

“Hala! These were the two I had told you about,” Professor Kukui spoke, gaining the attention of a stocky old man.copyright protection3PENANAFcmNWQY4rs

            He had white hair tied into a ponytail, tanned skin, thick eyebrows, a mustache, and brown eyes. He was wearing a blue shirt under a yellow floral jacket, white shorts, and blue sandals. Hala observed Violet and I for a moment.copyright protection3PENANAcvz77TgLDK

“Alola,” he told us.copyright protection3PENANAa7rhds9JrK

            I was honestly confused. Why did he say Alola?copyright protection3PENANAq6WNUTDSY5

“Y-Yeah. This is the Alola Region,” I responded like an idiot.copyright protection3PENANAlaAUiIOyur

“Sweetie,” Violet whispered into my ear, “Alola means hello in the Alola Region.”copyright protection3PENANAiEzJVMb5wC

“Also goodbye,” Hala added.copyright protection3PENANAPWJLKDFnvD

            I was about to slap the living crap out of myself for being a complete idiot.copyright protection3PENANAtRN3M5MAEg

“Well I’m gonna go walk into the ocean with my pockets full of rocks now,” I responded.copyright protection3PENANA2XVBHQoTWU

            Professor Kukui and Hala laughed heartily and then I felt something warm and furry rub against my leg. I looked down and saw Litten purring at my feet.copyright protection3PENANAvLRfxBTcZp

“Hey Litten. What’s up?” I asked the little Fire-type Pokémon.copyright protection3PENANAPsgDw2JiCn

            He meowed and continued rubbing up against my leg.copyright protection3PENANAzEkug2lEVh

“He seems to have taken a liking to you,” Professor Kukui told me.copyright protection3PENANAyr2qGz1zM0

“Very interesting indeed. That Litten never acted friendly toward anyone before,” Hala added.copyright protection3PENANAZBtfeZhYiU

“Well that’s Damon for you,” Violet spoke up, “Damon is my Arcanine’s best friend.”copyright protection3PENANAlRyGmPIItD

“Your Arcanine is the bane of my existence,” I countered.copyright protection3PENANAZ252sLCulo

            Professor Kukui snickered at our exchange and crossed his arms over his chest.copyright protection3PENANAvk0YAfYRdg

“Kukui told me you are a talented Pokémon Trainer, Ms. Cassidy,” Hala remarked.copyright protection3PENANALz8kfvaYdE

“Oh, I don’t know about that,” she responded, blushing as she waved Hala’s comment away.copyright protection3PENANACdGHg9tTEP

“She reached top eight as a rookie Trainer,” I commented.copyright protection3PENANAh9ai8Ky6CL

“Impressive,” Hala responded, stroking his chin, “A part of our festival is a Pokémon battle to honor Tapu Koko. Would you mind battling me, Ms. Cassidy?”copyright protection3PENANAnolvIB0Tze

“Would that upset Tapu Koko? I’m still not a native,” Violet replied hesitantly.copyright protection3PENANAxcrdUInoB1

“We are all children of the Sun and the Moon in His eyes,” Hala explained.copyright protection3PENANAdTbobj9JpL

“Then I accept your challenge,” Violet responded, grinning.copyright protection3PENANAvN9RiSsjL2

“Good. Meet me on the stage in five minutes,” Hala told her.copyright protection3PENANAyif0w9ITxj

“I’ll be there. You better be a challenge, Gramps,” Violet countered.copyright protection3PENANAVLc69oqi8P

            She always got competitive during a battle and a part of that competitiveness was the occasional trash talk. Hala smirked and left for the largest building in the entire town.copyright protection3PENANA4EDdvW6YfR

“Okay, so is Hala a good Trainer?” I asked Professor Kukui.copyright protection3PENANA0OafOHpxBX

“Hala is the Kahuna of Melemele Island,” the Pokémon Professor revealed.copyright protection3PENANAQwI3DSr3bA

“Meaning…?” I asked, needing further explanation.copyright protection3PENANATfewtKszII

“An Island Kahuna could best be compared to one of the Gym Leaders you two have back in the Kanto Region,” Professor Kukui explained.copyright protection3PENANArJwBZlioST

“Ah, so he’s tough,” I remarked.copyright protection3PENANAmIq4M3Xd68

“Very,” Professor Kukui added.copyright protection3PENANAO0o2wRNYqv

            Hala returned with a Pokéball in hand and he stepped onto the stage in the center of Iki Town.copyright protection3PENANAHSfdtezMDr

“The battle in honor of Tapu Koko will now commence. I have personally challenged an outsider of our beautiful region; a young lady from the Kanto Region!” Hala announced.copyright protection3PENANAGZa64Wa1ah

            Murmurs surged through the crowd as they gathered around the stage.copyright protection3PENANAaYhy1NqOMR

“She placed in the top eight of Pokémon League in the Kanto Region, so do not expect me to hold back!” Hala added.copyright protection3PENANAkuJAIdOhZs

            Those murmurs became more excited and Violet cracked her knuckles beside me.copyright protection3PENANAIGrSMwOWyZ

“Please give an Alolan applause to my challenger! Violet Cassidy!” Hala announced.copyright protection3PENANAdIXvhZjIO5

            I swear to Arceus that the trees surrounding Iki Town rocked from the thunderous applause my girlfriend received from the festival attendees. She stepped forward, a confident smirk adorning that beautiful face of hers. A whistle was hurled at Violet and I searched for the source in the crowd to shoot a death glare at, but was unable to locate it.copyright protection3PENANAz8AiJiwxzw

“Please send out your Pokémon first, Ms. Cassidy,” Hala told her.copyright protection3PENANA0hcraYYZVw

“Well since I heard how tough a Trainer you are; I ain’t gonna hold back,” Violet announced, readying a Pokéball, “Go Blastoise!”copyright protection3PENANAY9fWFwVYfK

            Her ace Pokémon appeared with a massive thud and roared mightily, spraying twin jets of water from both cannons into the air. This showered us all and some were made even more excited while others were a bit upset over being caught in the splash zone.copyright protection3PENANA4OSE7CWD9w

“Your Blastoise looks strong. You must be a great Trainer,” Hala complimented, “Crabominable, I need your assistance!”copyright protection3PENANA99OmBYlzYg

            Hala sent out an equally massive Pokémon who landed with a thud. The four-legged Pokémon had white fur and a blue face. Two massive claws pounded against a wide chest. Crabominable roared at his opponent.copyright protection3PENANA5XqlT5RP37

“Begin!” Professor Kukui announced suddenly as he took the role of referee.copyright protection3PENANAz8VsM34IHe

“Aqua Tail!” Violet called out.copyright protection3PENANAfQo3c01xz0

            Water swirled around Blastoise’s stubby tail and he leapt into the air, did a front flip, and prepared to bring down the hurt onto Crabominable.copyright protection3PENANAOFXf0RlSGo

“Iron Defense!” Hala countered.copyright protection3PENANAZgxVJjYO2F

            Crabominable brought both claws in front of himself as a steel-like gleam appeared over his body. The Aqua Tail slammed into him and pushed Crabominable back, but the Ice/Fighting-type pushed Blastoise off of himself. Blastoise landed and smirked, obviously enjoying the prospect of a tough opponent.copyright protection3PENANA2hwrkJrmh1

            I do not know what came over me, but my attention suddenly diverted from the battle in front of me towards someone across the stage from where I stood. The ethereal white of this girl’s outfit stuck out like a sore thumb. She had long, blonde hair and green eyes. She hurried away from the crowd of people watching the battle.copyright protection3PENANAm6HklHbGAS

“Hydro Pump!” Violet ordered.copyright protection3PENANA5A8CwSWvGY

            Blastoise fired twin jets of water from his cannons at Crabominable.copyright protection3PENANAbJgIaArCXJ

“Block it with Dynamic Punch!” Hala ordered.copyright protection3PENANADjPkEb2PSD

            Crabominable sent a powered up punch that caused an explosion once it contacted the Hydro Pump. Steam filled the upper part of Iki Town and I nearly lost sight of the young woman who had commanded my attention. I spotted her through the steam and saw her go up a dark path leading away from Iki Town.copyright protection3PENANAHXeQAKIwgp

“Where’s she going?” I muttered under my breath.copyright protection3PENANAvr8L9jmBWj

“Blastoise, use Rapid Spin!” Violet ordered.copyright protection3PENANAkzDaUhlX7d

            Blastoise leapt up and tucked his head and limbs inside his shell. He spun around and around before launching off toward Crabominable, hitting the Ice/Fighting-type in the gut. I made my way past the crowd of people and followed the strange young woman away from Iki Town. The sound of Violet and Hala’s battle became fainter and fainter and soon enough it disappeared completely as I ascended up a hill toward an ominous-looking mountain that loomed over Iki Town.copyright protection3PENANABObPEMAnjR

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