Here is chapter two.
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For The One I Love
A young girl rode her 10-speed bicycle through a crowded town, dodging shoppers and their families. The town was so busy; she hadn’t ever seen it this full of life before. As the words spread about the Orre Region having both a Gym League and a Grand Festival, more people had been making this place a vacation destination to see the tough trainers. Every gym had become a stadium for the events, along with the contest halls being a place to just hang out. This young girl, May of Petalburg City, loved all the excitement. She loved being the center of attention. After accepting an invite to an Orre Contest, her new journey had all started there.
She stopped at a store, parking her bike outside. May looked into the glass of the store at her reflection, fixing her hair up into two ponytails and adjusted her bandana around her neck. She smiled at the image and walked inside. The store was all for the beauty of a Pokémon and sold jewelry for them to wear in the dancing and showcasing part of the Contest, a new feature in the Orre Contests. Of course, they still battled in the end to determine a winner, but with the new features, it appealed more to the younger kids. May pulled the door open and began to look around at the hair barrettes. Her Delcatty had been bothering her about having a new one for her hair. She reached to her belt and released the cat pokémon.
“Meow, meowww…” said the pokémon, looking up to her trainer.
“Delcatty, I’m finally going to buy you a new barrette. Which one would you like?” May asked, pointing to the shelf. Delcatty’s face looked pleased and started to look closer to the fashion items.
“Oh my Gosh! It’s May!” said a voice from behind her. May turned to see a young girl with two blonde pigtails. Her eyes were opened wide and her hands were together in excitement. “Wow, can I have your autograph?! You’re my favorite coordinator!”
May smiled and nodded. “Thank you. It’s nice to meet a fan of mine.” She shook the girl’s hand and then the girl reached for a piece of paper from her pocket and a pen.
May took the pen and signed her name on the paper. “Here you go.”
The girl jumped up and down in excitement. “Thank you so much!” She turned around and left the store.
May sighed and grinned. The bustling excitement of the Pokemon Contests and League Gym Battles had brought almost celebrity like status to both trainers and coordinators. May was recognized everywhere she went by at least one person. She didn’t mind the attention really; I was nice to be noticed and recognized by people she didn’t know. She liked it. Delcatty proceeded to pull on her shorts and May turned to see her carrying a barrette in her mouth.
“Do you like this one?” May took it from her and the cat pokémon proceeded to meow in pleasure.
May took the small barrette up to the cashier and paid them 500$ pokedollars for the fashion item. She returned Delcatty to her pokeball and hopped on her bike. She pedaled out and continued on the path to where the Orre Grand Festival was about to commence. She was stopped at a stoplight on a busy road and pulled out her ribbons to admire.
Her first ribbon, a beautiful red ribbon with gold trim, had been the Agate Village Ribbon. She had defeated one of her old rivals by the name of Robert. He had been humble about losing and congratulated her. The second ribbon, decked out with blue strands and a silver crown in the center, was collected in Phenac City. The gym leader there was also a coordinator and she had defeated him. Justy was his name. He had also given her some inspiring words to go as far as she could with her coordinating skills. The third ribbon, a yellow ribbon was wrapped around a purple trimming in the shape of two stars, was given to her upon winning at the Gateon Port contest and the fourth one was a stunning green ribbon that she received at the Outskirt Stand contest. But the most memorable contest that she had participated in was the final ribbon. The largest one by far that she had ever seen. She had received it when she had won the Realgam Tower Contest. She had defeated her long time rival, Harley, in the final match.
As she thought about Harley, previous battles of her Pokemon career came into her mind. She remembered being pushed forward by Ash, Brock and her own brother, Max. They were her friends and the source of her encouragement during the beginning parts of her journey. Becoming a Coordinator was something she realized after awhile that it was what she wanted to do. She loved the lights, excitement and suspense the contest brought. It made her feel alive. There was one thing she missed about the past and that was the person who probably helped her the most. Drew. He was her rival and support for most of her journey. He had defeated her in the final battle in the Johto Grand Festival and taught her the most valuable lesson he could’ve ever taught her. That was to always push forward and never quit; never say never.
She looked up to the Orre Grand Festival building and smiled. Drew had disappeared after that and she hadn’t seen him since that day. May pulled on her black jacket, adjusting it. It was the jacket he had given her after the battle. He told her to keep it since it was so cold where they were. She had been told he had left and was never able to give it back. It was a nice jacket so she wore it to remember him. If it hadn’t been for his encouragement, along with Ash, Brock and Max, she never would’ve been able to achieve anything as a Coordinator.
May walked into the main office of the building. The room was filled to the brim with fellow coordinators, all prepping their pokémon and themselves for the upcoming contest. The main desk was in the center. Two Nurse Joys were checking in everyone and verifying their ribbons. May waited in line until one was ready and walked up, smiling to the young, frazzled woman.
“Hello Nurse Joy. Busy day?” May asked, looking at the amount of people.
Joy nodded, fixing her hair back into the ponytails. “Yes, yes ma’am. Oh, May. I didn’t even recognize you! You’re one of the favored to win this competition!” Joy put May’s ribbons underneath the scanner.
“Yes. I’ve heard that and read it in the paper too.” May replied, pulling out her ID card for coordinating.
She was popular and she couldn’t say she hated the popularity either. Of course, she was smart not to let it get to her head. She fought for the fame and the prestigious ribbons, but this was also her way to have fun. After all, May didn’t start this journey with coordinating in mind. Travelling was the main point. And she had travelled. She had seen countless cities, people, pokémon and had so many adventures in her life. May looked up and thanked Joy for signing her in. Joy handed her a key with a number on it; it was the number of her room in the upper floors of the building. May found the stairs and started her ascension into the floors above.
Drew walked into Misty’s place, watching her find a vase for the roses. Travis had left as soon as they arrived, not wanting to ruin the ‘chemistry’ between the two. The green haired boy had only rolled his eyes as Travis gave him thumbs up and left in a rush. Misty reached for a thin red vase and filled it half with water and placed the roses inside, throwing away the thin paper decoration. She smiled at Drew and he instantly blushed. Misty was very cute, he had to admit.
“Well, would you like anything to drink, Drew? I’ve got some soda.” Misty questioned, grabbing glasses from the dish drainer.
“Sure. I’d love some.” Drew answered. He sat down in a loveseat near the couch. Misty carried the two cups over, pulling out coasters for them. “So, Misty…uh, I guess this is when we talk about ourselves?”
Misty giggled. “Yes, I would guess so.” She took a quick sip of her drink. “Well…I’m from Cerulean City but I moved here to train a bit. I’m the Gym Leader there. I have three older sisters and I’ve travelled through all of Kanto and Johto with my two friends Ash and Brock. I journeyed through Hoenn to get here.”
Hm. Her friends’ names sound familiar. Like I’ve heard them somewhere before. Drew thought. “You have a really interesting life. Much more so than mine,” He sighed. Now it was his turn to talk about himself. That was definitely something he didn’t enjoy. “I’m from LaRousse City and I stopped coordinating after I won the Johto Grand Festival about ten years ago. I still diligently train my pokémon though. I don’t have any relatives other than my mother who still lives in LaRousse. I go and see her couple of times a year.”
Misty put her glass down. “I thought I recognized you. I know some of your achievements in coordinating.” She paused. “I’ve always been fascinated by your Masquerain. Its beauty and grace definitely took some talent to bring out.”
Drew nodded. “I wanted a pokémon that not many expected to see in a contest for attractive species. I figured it might give me more points in the long run.” He didn’t mention that he wanted a pokémon to match May’s Beautifly. That knowledge wasn’t necessary, he figured.
“That is a good theory.” Misty replied. She looked down at her watch. It was almost five thirty. “Would you be interested in something to eat, Drew? Let’s go somewhere.”
“Sure. That sounds good.” Drew said, standing up.
Misty took their cups to the sink and grabbed her coat off of the back of the couch, meeting Drew at the door. She pulled her keys out of her pocket and followed him out the door. After locking the door behind her, they headed down to her light blue four door sedan. Misty started the vehicle from a distance with a button and the two quickly got inside as the wind began to pick up.
“Want to go to a casual restaurant?” Misty asked, putting her key in the ignition and turning it to on.
“Yeah. What about that new bar styled restaurant with finger foods? That sounds good.” Drew suggested, brushing his green hair out of his equal colored eyes.
“Okay. Finger foods are good.” Misty smiled. I wonder if he naturally flips his hair or if he’s doing it to impress. She thought. Either way, he is very cute. He reminds me of Ash…sort of. The memories of Ash brought another sneaky grin on her face and Misty shook her head. Ash was all the way in Kanto, busy with his pokémon training and probably dating someone. Besides, Misty had a good guy right here. She didn’t want to take him for granted.
Misty pulled the car out of the parking lot and headed down the street toward the main road.
May walked up to her room and matched the number on the door with the number on her key. Since they were a match, she unlocked the entry and walked inside, gasping.
“How beautiful!” May said under her breath.
She looked around the mini apartment. There was a kitchen area with a full refrigerator (May made a mental note to raid it as soon as she could), a living room just adjacent to the kitchen and a large bedroom with a connecting bathroom. It even had a porch area with a table and chairs, aligned with flowers. May walked outside, feeling the warm sun on her skin. She leaned down to smell the fresh flowers to notice they were all roses. Her mind drifted to the past and she laughed.
“Of all the people for me to think of as I’m about to enter a contest, I certainly didn’t expect him.” May said to herself. She gently touched the rose petals and sighed. “I haven’t seen him in so long. I was surprised to see Harley back at Realgam Tower…” May walked back inside and took off her knapsack from around her waist, throwing it on the loveseat. The young girl fell onto the couch, moving only slightly to comfort herself. “…Drew. I wonder what you’re doing now. Stupid boy. He always made me so happy and yet he never knew it. All I could do was yell at him in embarrassment to hide my feelings. I mean…I can’t say I didn’t like him more than just a friend and I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss him…” May sat up and rubbed her eyes. “Why am I even trying to convince myself?! GAHH!”
The brunette walked over to the kitchen and grabbed a glass out of the cabinet, filling it with water. As she took a drink, there was a knock on the door.
“Hm? That’s odd.” May sat the cup down and walked over to the door. She half wished there was a peephole on the door but pushed that thought away as she pulled it open. Standing on the other side was a tall man, wearing black jacket with the hood over. His pants were also black. “Can I help you?”
The man reached to pull his hood off and laughed. “You don’t recognize me, May? I’m hurt.” He revealed himself.
“Drew?! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it!” May laughed, reaching out to hug him. He hugged her in return. “Come on in!” Drew walked past her and she locked the door behind her. “What brings you here?” She walked over to the couch where he had taken a seat.
“I heard you were competing in this competition and I figured I’d come see how my old rival’s been doing. You’ve become quite popular.” Drew commented. He flipped his hair. “I say you’ve gotten better than me.”
May shrugged. “I don’t know about that. Would you like something to drink?” She walked over to the refrigerator and opened the door.
Suddenly, without warning, May felt Drew behind her. It was like he moved with unnatural speed. May also felt something on her back. It didn’t feel like something she wanted to feel.
“Drew…? What are you doing?” May asked. Her voice trembled even if she tried not to.
“Shut up. God, you’re really stupid.” said the man. His voice had changed and no longer sounded anything like the Drew that May knew. “You’re about to make me famous, girly. So I suggest you keep your mouth shut and do as I say.” May heard a noise behind her than she recognized from movies. The sound of a gun’s bullet cocking into place.
May began to shake. T-This isn’t happening. It’s not happening. Why me? Why is this guy disguising himself as Drew? She tried to calm herself but it wasn’t working.
The male grabbed her hand from the refrigerator door and twisted it behind her. May bit her lip to keep from screaming. He dragged her to the couch and shoved her down.
“Keep your hands where I can see them. Don’t try anything stupid.” He said. May couldn’t stand to look at him. Even though his voice was different, he still looked like Drew. The man pointed the gun at May as he walked toward the door and unlocked it. He looked down both ways and didn’t see anyone. May couldn’t take her eyes off the gun pointed at her face. “What’s wrong, girly?” the man commented, smirking. “You don’t think this gun is real? Is that what’s wrong?”
Before May could even react, a bullet shot past her face, breaking her glass of water on the kitchen cabinet. Her eyes widened in extreme fear and she wrapped her arms around herself, trying to keep herself from collapsing.
“You believe me now?!” said the man, screaming. He looked down the hallway. No one was coming. The gun was a silencer so he knew he could shoot without anyone hearing a shot. “Don’t tempt me!”
May didn’t even hear him anymore. She was rushing through her past in her mind, thinking about all of her decisions up until now and what had led to this point. She thought about her mother and father, her brother and her friends. What if she never saw them again? What if this man killed her and left her here? She tried not to think about it but it was hard now that he had the gun closer to her face.
“P-Please…I…I’ll do anything…don’t h-hurt me…” May stammered. She tried to talk with force but she was just too scared.
The man smirked but it wasn’t a smile at all. It was a devilish grin full of hate. “Yes…plead for your life. It makes it all the better.” He laughed and May finally lost it.
“What are you doing this for?!” May suddenly shouted. “Why me?! What are you going to do to me?!”
“Shut up!” the man screamed, slapping May across the face so violently that she fell back on the couch. She covered her face with her hands. Tears began rolling down her face that she couldn’t hold back anymore. “I’m the one in control.” He breathed heavily and then sighed. “I do need you for my fame. You’re so popular that your capture will be the talk of the world. So that’s why you. What am I going to do to you? You’re going to be my baby girl. Everything I need, I’ll go to you for.”
May shuddered, only thinking about the possibility of what he would do with her. The fake Drew looked down the hallway again. He turned back to her and pointed at her bag, then signaled her to come with him. May did as he commanded; knowing that angering this strange man might not be in her best interest. He pushed her out the door and made her lock the door as to make it where it looked like nothing had happened.
“What’s your name?” May randomly asked. He wasn’t Drew and she was tired of thinking that his name was Drew. She had to clear her mind and knowing his name was a step. She felt a gun pushed into her back and she flinched. “There’s no need for that. I just figured I should know your name since you know mine.”
“Hn. My name is Victor.” Victor sneered at her as she walked to the stairs and pushed the gun deeper into her back. “No more questions. Get going. We have a place to get to. My mansion waits, as does my fame.”
May took single steps down the stairs. How am I going to get away from this? There’s got to be something I can do…
Drew and Misty pulled up to the restaurant, getting out quickly so they could get back in the warm inside the building. They were taken to a private table in the back with its own mini TV in the wall. Drew took the seat against the wall so Misty took the seat across from him. She took off her blue jacket and hung it on the back of the chair. Drew mimicked her with his black jacket and took his seat. The server came over and handed them two menus, promptly leaving to give them time to decide what they wanted.
“See anything good?” Drew asked as they flipped through the pages of food.
“Yeah…I think I might get the chicken strips…” Misty said. “Ooh, they even have dessert. I’ll definitely have to buy me some chocolate cake.” She seemed to glow at the thought of the chocolate and Drew could only grin.
He looked down at his menu and figured he might get the mini sized pizza. It was a decent size and would hold him over until he could get to go back out to the grocery. Travis kept raiding his fridge and cabinets so they were next to empty. Drew looked over to the TV and started to flip channels. Most of the channels had either infomercials or evening dramas on. He looked quickly at his watch. It was almost six o’clock. The news could be noise in the background that would probably be the least annoying. He flipped it a couple of channels to the local station in LilyCove and turned it down, looking back at his menu.
“Hi there!” said a voice. Drew and Misty looked up to see a young woman with her hair pulled back in a ponytail with an apron around her waist. “My name is Destiny. What can I get you all to drink?”
“I’ll take a Diet Pepsi.” Misty said.
“Uh…” Drew flipped over his menu and looked at the drinks. “Dr. Pepper’s fine for me.”
“Great!” Destiny said, scribbling in her pad. “Do you all know what you want?”
“Yeah. I want these chicken fingers please.” Misty pointed at the picture.
“Okay. Like any sauce for them?” Destiny scribbled again.
“Yes. Ranch please.” Misty turned to Drew. “Know what you want?” She smiled.
Drew nodded. “I just want the personal pan pizza. Pepperoni and cheese only.” Destiny wrote slower in her book, looking more at him than at her pad. “Could I get some ranch on the side too?”
Destiny nodded, almost in fast motion. “Sure! I’ll be back with your drinks in a minute.”
After she was a far enough distance away, Misty started to laugh. Drew looked at her strangely and she scoffed under her breath. “You’ve got to be joking if you didn’t notice what she was doing that whole time.”
Drew raised an eyebrow. “What?”
Misty sighed and rubbed her face with her hands. “She totally recognized you and was fangirling when you weren’t looking at her.” The red head began to laugh again and Drew could only stare at her. “Don’t you know what I mean?” Misty said between laughs.
“Uh…no.” Drew said.
“Okay. One, she must’ve known you when you were a coordinator. She looks about the same age as us. Two, she must’ve had a crush on you back then and three, she put one and two together and her brain exploded.” Misty explained. She laughed again and Drew smirked.
He understood now. She was another one of those girls who probably would jump off a building if he told her to. Pleasant. All he needed was another girl who had no idea who he was to freak out just because of his popularity. I haven’t even coordinated in ten years. How are there still fans around? Drew thought and he rolled his eyes. They only liked his appearance and didn’t know his real self and…they never would.
Drew glanced over at the TV to the news. They were covering a top story it seemed. The picture was of the newly built Orre Grand Festival location. Drew reached over and turned up the volume and Misty looked at the TV as well.
“To repeat, an Amber Alert has been sent out over both Orre and Hoenn to find a missing young coordinator. About twenty minutes ago, authorities were notified in the hotel building by several people who heard a gunshot from the upper floor.” The newscaster flipped a page. “The room was locked but traces of gunpowder were found on the floor along with a shattered glass cup that was also burnt, proving it had been shot by the gun. There seems to be no forced entry or anything missing from the room. The room belonged to nineteen year old, May from Petalburg City.” The newscaster kept talking about her abilities as a coordinator as a picture of her popped up on the screen.
The green haired boy dropped his menu and could only stare at the TV. It was her…it was May. Misty looked over to Drew and saw the horrid expression on his face. “Drew? Hey, are you okay?” She reached out and touched his hand, only to have him react by pulling it away, almost in fear. “I’m sorry. Do you know her?”
Drew could only nod. He couldn’t speak. May had been kidnapped by someone…someone with a gun. What…what was he supposed to do? I…I have to find her. This is insane…I don’t understand what’s going on…May’s never done anything to gain enemies…She’s innocent. Drew’s mind raced about his recent feelings and how his heart screamed at him to go and find her and make sure she was safe. For years he didn’t mind not having her around. As long as May was somewhere safe and happy, he was okay. But knowing she was in danger…he couldn’t just sit here…
“This just in!” The newscaster shouted as the commercials were interrupted by the woman. “Pyrite Town News has just received an anonymous package saying if we don’t play this tape, the man who has kidnapped the young coordinator will kill her. Here is the tape.” The woman looked around, thinking this was not what she had signed up for.
The screen turned to a pitch black and all you could see was an outline of a person sitting in a chair and their black eyes.
“I am waiting. I will wait for one week. If I am not contacted by a certain person, I will kill this young girl. This is for revenge for someone who has turned my life into a sham. I was the prestigious winner of all contests until I was defeated by this boy. This child, nonetheless!” The man’s voice was distorted and he shouted his words. As he said the next sentence, Drew felt as if the man was looking right at him. “If Drew of LaRousse City does not give himself up within the next week, I will kill her.”
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