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Old 05-24-2006, 07:56 PM
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Chapter Three! Huzzah!

Chapter Three
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

“Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.”

-Will Rogers


Alright, things were a little freaky now. Why didn’t anybody tell her that her father had a brother? SO MANY LIES!

“Hey, what’s the big surprise?” Zane asked, acting as if it were no big deal. He probably didn’t even know that Summer wasn’t aware of his existence before this.

“Um, well, YOU'RE the big surprise.” Jake took the words right out of her mouth. Summer’s cousin raised an eyebrow and Jake could tell that Zane thought that he was a complete idiot. Well, who’s the REAL idiot?

“Ha ha, very funny,” he said with contempt. Even Quinn and Serena started to look at him as if he were the biggest jerk in the history of popcorn (please excuse the authoress’s randomness). And what in the world kind of name was Zane? Summer’s uncle had a pretty vivid imagination if he wanted to name his son that…

“Alright, so what do you want with me?” Summer asked. She wasn’t ready to do anything for this son-of-a-gun, especially if it involved him.

“I already know you just got your Pokémon, so I’m not even going to bother asking you to fight me,” Zane said. “And besides, you’d probably be no match for an Aggron, would you?” Oh, so this guy came from Hoenn, just like Quinn and Serena, but they didn’t look like they recognized him in the slightest. That was a good thing.

“Go suck an egg, why don’t you?” It wasn’t Quinn. It wasn’t Summer. It wasn’t even Jake, who hated the guy beyond human comprehension. But it was none other than the sweet and nearly silent Serena. She had it up to there with the guy and couldn’t take it any more. Summer, honestly, couldn’t blame her.

Where was the love when you needed it?

“Oh please, don’t look at me like I’m crazy. The world would be better off if you went somewhere far, far away,” Serena snapped when she saw Zane’s nearly stunned expression. He probably sensed that she was a sensitive and quiet person and didn’t expect for her to make any comments.

“Fine, I’ll leave, but I won’t be gone forever,” he warned darkly. “You’ll see me once you get to Redfern Heights!” With that, he stormed out of the Pokémon Center.

Redfern Heights. Summer had to remember that. It could be an important piece of the puzzle later on…

Once he got out of his shock, Quinn said dazedly, “Way to go, Serena.” She blushed a little with a look that said, ‘Just doing my job.’

“What was THAT all about, anyway?” Jake asked.

“I have no clue,” Summer replied. “I barely even knew who my dad was, so who expected me to know that I had an uncle anyway?” She reached into her backpack and pulled out her pajamas. Looked like they were spending the night there.

Quinn and Serena got out their night clothes too, so Jake decided that he probably should too. “We’ll be right back,” Serena informed, motioning for Summer to follow her into the ladies’ room.

Jake and Quinn nodded to each other and marched into the men’s room.

In the girls’ room…

“What an idiot!” Serena yelled in fury. She was seriously P.Oed because of that guy. “I can’t believe how rude he is!”

Summer stared at her for a brief moment before responding. “It’s not like you to act this way. I understand where you’re coming from,” she paused. “and I can’t even believe that he’s my cousin, but remember what he said before he left?”

“That we’ll see him in Redfern Heights?”

“Yeah, but I’ve got the feeling that he said more than he meant.” Summer was now fully dressed in a pink tanktop and black shorts. Serena was clad in a long, green t-shirt and baggy white pants. She probably inherited them from her mother, or even her father, because they looked WAY too big for her size.

“What do you mean, ‘said more than he meant’?” Serena was a little lost on this part, and Summer could understand. It was complicated…in a way.

“What I mean is that when he said he was going to be at Redfern Heights…well, first of all, I’m assuming you know that there’s not much at all to do there, since it was created by Giovanni, right?” Serena nodded.

“Well, maybe Zane works for Giovanni. He looks like he’s old enough, and he’s definitely got the attitude of a Team Heaven executive.” Summer knew that assuming her cousin was a Team Heaven executive was seriously biased, but there were enough signs to make a conclusion.

“An EXECUTIVE? He looks too young to even be a towel boy for them!” Serena objected, stuffing her old clothes into a bag. Summer evaluated what she said, but Serena was just trying to make things believable. Summer couldn’t blame her for that.

But this is the real question I’m asking, ‘Is ANYTHING going to be believable at this point?’ Summer thought.

o-o-o-o-o-o-o

It seemed as if morning came too early. Summer wished she could sleep a little longer, but she had a huge to-do list today. Go get Pokéballs at the Pokémart, split up to capture Pokémon, and reach Pewter City by nightfall.

When she was aware of everything, Summer saw that Serena and Quinn were awake and loitering with their Pokémon. Jake was still zonked out. She rolled her eyes and decided that, as his partner and his only motherly figure for a long time, she had to wake him up. At first, she just shook him gently, whispering his name. But when he refused to even stir, THAT was when she got violent.

“JAKE! WAKE UP OR THERE’S GOING TO BE HELL TO PAY!” she yelled, but not loud enough for Nurse Joy to come out and scold them, as she did last night when they couldn’t sleep.

“Huh, what’s going on…?” He was still in his subconscious mode. Summer groaned and left him to figure out what was going on. She released her Squirtle. He deserved to stretch its legs. Eventually, Summer would let him sleep outside of its Pokéball and with her, but since it was so early in the journey that would possibly take them years, she didn’t feel comfortable doing it right now.

Once everyone had gotten changed, they trekked to the outside world (NOO! SUNLIGHT! IT BURNS!). They all turned to Summer.

“Where are we gonna go next?” Quinn asked.

Summer looked surprised. Why were they asking her, of all people, to lead them? Of course, she was a headstrong chick and could take care of her friends, but what if it came to something possibly life-threatening? What was she going to do then?

But that wasn’t the time to think of such things. “Well, how are we going to get anything done without any Pokéballs?” she mocked more than asked. They looked at each other and started walking in the direction of the PokéMart.

If this was how it was going to be for the majority of the time, then this was going to be a really boring story. But we didn’t even get to the good part, did we?

As Summer browsed through the seemingly endless isles, she saw something in the Pokéball section that caught her eye. She extended her arm to the back to pull out a small, mildly decorated box that depicted a Pokéball with a white bottom and purple cover, with two hot magenta stripes coming from the sides. It took Summer a moment to register what it was, but when she did, she nearly died of shock.

It was a Master Ball!

Her first instincts told her that she ought to grab the thing and get out of there. Hell, it wasn’t even supposed to BE there, so she was doing them a favor by taking it off their hands. If she told a clerk, they’d surely take it away from the shelves.

And what then? What if Summer, Jake, or the other two party members came across a legendary before they could get their hands on a Master Ball? Ultra Balls weren’t too rare nowadays, but it was going to take way more than an Ultra Ball and a little strength to catch any of them.

Summer couldn’t risk that, but then again, she wasn’t promiscuous when it came to values. So she went to the supreme force for help; Serena.

“Hey Serena, come over here!” Summer whispered loudly, beckoning for her only female partner to come over to where she was. Serena quickly complied and strode over there.

“What’s up?”

“Take a look at this baby,” Summer said admiringly, showing the box to Serena. She would’ve gone into cardiac arrest, had it not been for the environment.

“Well, what do you expect me to do?” she asked quizzically.

“I wanted to ask you if I should do the right thing or the wrong thing, and in this case, the wrong thing seems like a pretty good option,” Summer replied. “Should we steal it or tell the clerk that we found it? If we tell, then we’re probably never going to see it again.”

Serena looked contemplative for a moment. It was a tough choice, even if she was a morally right person. In fact, it would’ve been a tough choice for any normal trainer, especially if they were experienced.

“Let’s leave it in the back and forget we ever saw it. When the time comes, we’re going to come back here and buy it. Make sure you put it in a place where nobody will find it,” Serena said at last.

“Good idea,” Summer commented, shoving the box beneath the Potions shelves. For now, they would have to leave it behind. When that special time came, they’d come back. It was a comforting thought, but Summer would have rather ensured that the ball would be theirs for certain.

Well, we’ve all got to make sacrifices, eh?

“Hey, Serena, Summer, we can go now!” Quinn shouted, waiting by the front door for the females to come along. They looked at each other, debating on whether or not they should tell the guys about their little ordeal.

They decided to cross that bridge when they got to it.

“Let’s split up,” Jake suggested when they got outside. “Serena and Summer can go along Route 22 to catch their Nidorans, and Quinn and I’ll go along Route 2.”

“We’ll meet you there in a half hour,” Summer said. And off they went…

Route 2

“So, what kind of Pokémon are you going to catch?”

This question left Jake thinking. He hadn’t contemplated much about that, but, considering there were only Weedles, Pidgeys, and Rattatas, there really wasn’t much choice.

“I’ll just catch everything, I guess,” Jake replied. Quinn nodded in approval.

“Besides, if all else fails, we’re going to reach the Viridian Forest soon anyway. I hear there’re Pikachus there,” Quinn stated.

“Please, we don’t want to end up like that Ash guy, do we?” Jake rolled his eyes. He didn’t exactly idolize the Pokémon Master, only because he was just too…innocent, he supposed?

“Yeah, I don’t really favor him either,” Quinn said. “But he’s better than Gary. Guh, I HATE that guy!”

Jake was about to reply when he saw a Weedle, just loitering around, ripe for the picking, err, catching.

“Watch and learn from the pro, my friend,” Jake announced like he were the king of the world.

“PREPARE TO FACE YOUR DOOM, WEEDLE! Go, Charmander!” Jake called out, throwing Charmander’s Pokéball into the air, and out came the lizard-like Fire Pokémon.

The Weedle looked at the pair curiously. It certainly wasn’t expecting was about to happen next.

“Use your Scratch attack! Keep going till it’s begging for its life!”

Wow, Jake’s really passionate about this, isn’t he? Quinn thought, sweat-dropping. “Uh, Jake, I think you’re getting just a LITTLE over-enthusiastic about this…” he said, for the poor Weedle’s sake.

Jake paused for a moment to consider Quinn’s words, but then continued watching as the Weedle got beaten to a pulp. When it could stand no more, Jake got a spare Pokéball from his belt and threw it into the air. Once the Weedle was trapped inside the ball, it didn’t even attempt to put up a fight and started to sleep.

“YES! IT’S MY FIRST POKÉMON!” Quinn watched in horror as Jake did his happy dance, and nobody likes it when Jake does his happy dance.

Meanwhile, Summer and Serena had run into a little bit of trouble…
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