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Chapter 1: Love is Just an Empty Word You Say
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The nighttime air was crisp and resolved as it hung over the Kalosian metropolis, Lumiose City. Folding chairs were lined up in near rows and columns in front of a stage. The gleaming beacon that was Prism Tower loomed over the graduating class of the Central Kalosian Academy. The ceremony began as Chancellor McAdams stepped up to the podium positioned perfectly atop the wooden stage.copyright protection20PENANApjI2DBaY9a

“Good evening Class of 2018; it has truly been a pleasure…,” Chancellor McAdams spoke.copyright protection20PENANAPPslOLSoa0

            In the audience of soon-to-be former students, Autumn Locke feigned falling asleep, leaning onto the shoulder of her classmate beside her.copyright protection20PENANANRF4ZkbcA9

“Enough patting yourself on the back, dude” she grumbled.copyright protection20PENANAEZsn26Zd59

            Autumn was a pretty young woman who stood about five feet, six inches tall and had a curvaceous figure. Her hair was bobbed, shoulder-length, and black as a Murkrow feather with red highlights dashed throughout. Her Meowth-like eyes were a gorgeous deep green that she accentuated with a bit too much dark makeup. Her crimson red lips remained in a straight line as she stared at the classmate sitting next to her.copyright protection20PENANAoVYRgNC9bM

            Jackson “Jax” Key simply kept his attention forward, his milky blue eyes staring unseeingly at the stage ahead of him and the rest of his fellow classmates. His head was shaved and he was on the skinny side, but his physical appearance did not bother him one bit. He could not see it even if he wished to.copyright protection20PENANAaZEQ3DafQL

“Let the man congratulate himself. He has done an acceptable job as our chancellor,” Jackson responded, clicking the end of his cane against the ground three times.copyright protection20PENANAovLRSOYS13

            His eyes moved slightly toward Autumn as she rolled her eyes. Jackson smirked and gently tapped his cane against Autumn’s knee.copyright protection20PENANA1qY0hfNTpZ

“Now, now,” he told her with a mildly scolding tone, “Rolling your eyes is such an ugly thing to do.”copyright protection20PENANAGzYkp1XzgN

“Bite me, Zubat-Man,” Autumn growled, punching Jackson on his forearm.copyright protection20PENANAkFi6wbUu4V

            Jackson developed a rare disorder when he was a young child and it eventually deteriorated his vision completely by the time he was five-years old. For the next thirteen years, he had gone through therapy session after therapy session until he could manage his way through life with little to no assistance. The greatest of these therapies was the Riolu he had assigned to his person when he was fifteen. The past three years had him developing a new technique to help him “see” in a way that made life a little easier. He could view outlines of a person’s aura by tapping his cane against the ground. This allowed him to “see” Autumn rolling her eyes at him.copyright protection20PENANAy6mx7DNUxc

            Riolu was wearing his guide Pokémon vest and sat up in the bleachers surrounding the students in between Jackson’s mother and father. He eyed his human with determined intent as well as keeping an eye on his surroundings. Even as a Pokémon, Riolu knew large crowds were dangerous nowadays. He was a bit perturbed at being kept away from Jackson, but the latter wished to be on his own for his graduation.copyright protection20PENANAUdMSybUvLb

“Now we can begin by announcing the names of our graduating students!” Chancellor McAdams announced.copyright protection20PENANAj6QCcnO6RS

“Finally,” Autumn groaned, throwing her head back in impatience.copyright protection20PENANA2qYoX52K0z

            Chancellor McAdams went through the list of graduating students row-by-row before finally reaching Autumn and Jackson’s in the center of the group of students. As their row approached the stage, Autumn kept an eye on Jackson as he gently swished his cane from left to right in front of his path.copyright protection20PENANAXUNJNlUHRG

“Jackson Key!” Chancellor McAdams announced.copyright protection20PENANATbMJNZ7B5Z

            Applause erupted from the surrounding audience. An assistant to the chancellor offered to help Jackson up the steps, but he clicked his cane against the handrail to give himself a quick glance at the layout.copyright protection20PENANAu8psxnyz7z

“I can do it myself, but thank you,” Jackson told the aid, hoisting his cane onto his shoulder, and easily traversing the steps to the stage.copyright protection20PENANA95tWOgiJYa

            He lowered his cane once more as soon as he finished climbing the steps onto the stage. He tapped it twice against the stage and received an aura outline of it as well as Chancellor McAdams ahead of him. Jackson approached and took his diploma while shaking the chancellor’s hand.copyright protection20PENANApRlcB9bILg

“Thank you,” Jackson told Chancellor McAdams before making his leave toward the ramp leading down from the stage.copyright protection20PENANAHfp7IWuhvC

“Autumn Locke!” Chancellor McAdams announced.copyright protection20PENANAQFHkBwAUfz

            Jackson stopped immediately, turned toward the stage, and cupped his hands around his mouth.copyright protection20PENANA4FrqR2z2Lk

“Woo! Go Autumn!” he shouted as loudly as he could.copyright protection20PENANAjtAIAiE5Aa

            Autumn stared at Jackson as he saluted her and she took her diploma while begrudgingly shaking Chancellor McAdams’s hand. She left the stage and the chancellor continued with the rest of their row.copyright protection20PENANAHqPoKrVlma

            Jackson and Autumn returned to their seats where the latter immediately swiveled on her seat and draped her legs onto Jackson’s lap.copyright protection20PENANAVqPmQGpqJa

“Well… we did it,” she muttered under her breath as if she was unsure what it all meant.copyright protection20PENANAK2EkLeDqjd

            Jackson noted her uncertainty and offered a calm smile in response. While Jackson was always enamored with the idea of becoming a Pokémon Trainer; Autumn had no clue what she wanted to do with her life after the academy. To her, Jackson was an anchor that kept her from drifting away toward a variety of directions that could mean success or failure. Now he was leaving her to realize his dream and Autumn was about to be more alone than she’s ever felt before.copyright protection20PENANAA1EqqoSlKe

            After the ceremony finally ended, Jackson found a spot beneath the statue of CKA’s mascot; Paul the Pyroar, and was joined by Autumn as the duo waited for their respective families to join them from the cascading surge of families leaving the bleachers. Autumn immediately unzipped her black graduation gown. Underneath the gown, Autumn was wearing a black off-shoulder, short-sleeved shirt with a dark gray cloud-like print on it that revealed a bit of cleavage, black faux-leather leggings, and black platform ankle boots covered in silver spikes.copyright protection20PENANAvFEl1v2qVL

            Riolu, on the other hand, was not keen to wait for the humans to move out of his way and took to running across the tops of their heads much to the confusion and/or irritation of each man, woman, and child he did this to. The Fighting-type Pokémon reached the Pyroar statue.copyright protection20PENANABGOf1zuE0O

“Hello Riolu,” Jackson greeted the Pokémon before he could announce his presence.copyright protection20PENANASAPx1fVTAG

            Autumn was shocked that Jackson had noticed Riolu’s approach before the Pokémon could even speak.copyright protection20PENANA76lMsniuOe

“H-How…?” she questioned.copyright protection20PENANAgqU4FVEaAE

“I heard him coming. He’s gotten sloppy,” Jackson taunted with a cocky grin.copyright protection20PENANAYsfNZg3VaE

            Riolu narrowed his eyes and quickly dashed forward to knee Jackson in the stomach. The latter groaned in pain and doubled over while the Fighting-type landed gracefully with satisfaction etched on his face.copyright protection20PENANACiLY5dmnHa

“You two are so weird,” Autumn commented.copyright protection20PENANABYBv2hrHr1

            Her green eyes then locked onto a pair descending from the bleachers. She tensed up when the equally green eyes of her mother, Cassandra locked onto her as well. As Jackson rubbed his stomach, he tapped his cane against the ground to see where Riolu was so he could retaliate, but he was distracted by the advancing outline of Cassandra Locke.copyright protection20PENANAmpuBduSgp2

            Autumn and her mother had a strained relationship at best and a downright spiteful one at worst. Cassandra held her daughter high standards, but Autumn would rather set those standards on fire and do the exact opposite of what her mother wanted her to do.copyright protection20PENANAV2lG0qTmNB

“I cannot believe you did not offer to help Jackson up those steps, Brittany,” Cassandra scolded her daughter.copyright protection20PENANAxpz8UCpljR

            Jackson stepped a couple paces to the side as Autumn narrowed her blazing green eyes toward her mother.copyright protection20PENANAnFgRhul9LL

“One, my name is Autumn. Two, Jackson is perfectly capable of walking up three steps,” Autumn responded.copyright protection20PENANAcGNxnOYgaL

“According to your birth certificate…,” Cassandra argued.copyright protection20PENANASHasQ54gro

“A piece of paper I had no consent to does not dictate how I wanna live my life,” Autumn countered.copyright protection20PENANA7O3oGlS1uD

            Jackson tapped his cane against the ground to give himself a better look at his surroundings. He could feel the growing tension between mother and daughter.copyright protection20PENANANHkBfHpdYA

“Does not change the fact you refused to assist your helpless, blind…,” Cassandra continued.copyright protection20PENANAYRi9j8fnoG

            Riolu suddenly lunged at Cassandra, but Jackson quickly hooked the Fighting-type with the top of his cane, pulling him back.copyright protection20PENANALwvPUbaNdF

“My apologies Mrs. Locke, but Riolu does not enjoy hearing anyone call me helpless,” Jackson explained the Pokémon’s actions as he firmly tapped his cane against the ground, “I do agree with Riolu; however, I am not helpless.”copyright protection20PENANAr0nLCCt1Pr

“Of course you are not helpless, Jackson,” Cassandra started to backpedal her statement, “But…”copyright protection20PENANABOiTYC2d0r

Autumn is a wonderful friend and helps me when I request her for help. Every time,” Jackson added.copyright protection20PENANAUMXqBSBMFP

            Riolu’s ears perked up and he turned his attention to Jackson’s parents descending from the bleachers. The sudden scent of hard liquor filled Jackson’s nose and he tapped his cane on the ground to get an outline of Autumn’s father, Richard discreetly gulping some alcohol from a flask kept in the inner pocket of his coat.copyright protection20PENANAs6QPSsslti

“Evening Cassandra,” Jackson’s mother greeted Autumn’s as she and her husband joined the group.copyright protection20PENANAN576Z5I1jI

“E-Evening… Elizabeth,” Cassandra responded.copyright protection20PENANAseuqE6ifTY

“Our children sure are wonderful,” Elizabeth continued, “I want you to know how appreciative I am of your daughter and everything she has done to help my son over all these years.”copyright protection20PENANA5m5VbXnEjR

            Cassandra nodded and chose to ignore the prideful grin on Autumn’s face.copyright protection20PENANAW6X3cW9VYs

“Autumn, let’s go,” Cassandra ordered.copyright protection20PENANAErH9RlfaB9

“Actually, I was thinking of hanging out a bit with Jackson and his parents. If that is okay with Mr. and Mrs. Key, of course,” Autumn responded.copyright protection20PENANA9GveBHcZlv

“I would gladly have you with us, Autumn. If your mother is okay with you being with your best friend, of course,” Elizabeth responded, eying Cassandra for her response.copyright protection20PENANAQiBOmOKvKJ

            Cassandra simply nodded and stormed off in a huff with Richard close behind.copyright protection20PENANAYoaFx20NdB

“Mr. Locke. Drinking alcohol in public on Centrico Plaza is strictly prohibited,” Jackson suddenly proclaimed before Richard could get too far.copyright protection20PENANAWmhrBT8NSu

            Richard paused and stared at Jackson in confusion over how he knew he had a flask on him as the latter simply smiled and tapped his cane against the ground. Jackson took great pride in “seeing” the confused look on Richard’s face before he scurried away.copyright protection20PENANAjJMVx8JiEu

“Mother, you can be so spiteful,” Jackson pointed out, turning toward his parents and Autumn.copyright protection20PENANA1CTbireier

“I’m only spiteful toward spiteful people, sweetie. No offense, Autumn,” Elizabeth responded.copyright protection20PENANAUbOcDq5MdY

“Why’d I be offended? My mom’s a bitch,” Autumn questioned, “So where’re we eating at, Curtis?”copyright protection20PENANAgxI3sgcbyQ

            She stared at Jackson’s father for an answer and the latter thought about it for a moment.copyright protection20PENANAGAtzML004f

“Why don’t we head back to Vaniville so we aren’t charged three times as much for half the food?” he suggested.copyright protection20PENANAsYqga3GgPU

“I like that idea,” Jackson commented.copyright protection20PENANAf6rY9Tem5N

“Me too,” Autumn agreed.copyright protection20PENANAcMnGlarlav

            Elizabeth and Curtis led Jackson and Autumn to where they parked and left Lumiose City for a more affordable area to eat at.copyright protection20PENANABDu1UF4BWU

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