Hello, everyone! I’m going to try to get back on my “one chapter a month” schedule, but you never know. So here’s another chapter! Enjoy! Oh, by the way, I changed a teeny bit of chapter one in the dialogue of May and Dawn so that May asks Dawn not to tell her coordinator secret. It’s fixed now. Don’t forget to like my Facebook page! It’ll give updates on the progress of my stories.
Chapter 2 – Lunchtime Intros
A sneering voice resounded off of the polished hallway walls. “Judge who?”
Dawn whipped around as May stood stiffly, fearfully awaiting a jerk to come and throw insults at her. “Oh it’s just you, Gary. We thought you were Drew.” At that, May turned around, still as stiff as a board. The sight that awaited her threw her off. A muscular guy with spiky brown hair adorned an attractive smirk on his face and cocked his head. He was leaning on the wall with crossed arms and eyes on May.
“Hey, and who is this pretty lady, Dawn?” He gestured toward May and she involuntarily blushed before looking away. She didn’t want them to, but her hormones took control of her every time. Scratch that statement about not being into guys.
“Stop doing that, Gary. If you must know, this is May, the new student.” Dawn crossed her arms. “Don’t even THINK about touching her, Gary.”
“Who said anything about touching?” His smirk grew wider. “Well, I have other places to be, so I’ll leave you lovely ladies to converse.” With that he walked passed them and disappeared around a corner. This left May staring after him.
Dawn watched her silently for a few minutes narrowing her eyes. After awhile she spoke, “Come on, let’s go.”
“Who was that?” May spoke absentmindedly still facing the direction the brunette went.
“The biggest player in the school. Now let’s get going before we’re late.” May turned reluctantly and let Dawn lead her around the rest of the school.
After the two finished touring the gym, lockers, and library, they rushed to make it to Social Studies before the bell rang for second period. They had just enough time to introduce May before the class was dismissed.
Dawn and I walked to the cafeteria with tired arms from all the notes Mrs. Cortisone made us copy. Our assignment on the FIRST day was to copy egg group charts which took forever since there were six hundred something Pokémon. I remember someone asking why we couldn’t just look them up on the internet and he got detention.
Music was playing in the lunch room. That’s cool; my old school would never have done that! Wow, the lunchroom was crowded and I didn’t know anyone, but Dawn was looking around for someone. Then her eyes lit up and started walking towards a group of laughing girls. I looked around awkwardly thinking about where I should go, but I decided to just follow her.
We approached the Luvdisk table and all the girls turned to look at us. “Sorry, guys. Cortisone let us out late. My hand still hurts from all that copying!” She rubbed her right arm.
“Oh hi, Dawn! What’s up?” An orange-haired girl handed her a salad box. “Here, we were wondering why you were so late.” (Dawn took it with a soft “Thanks”.) Then she stopped short and stared right at me. “Who do you have there, Dawn?” She wiped her napkin on her overalls where a splotch of dressing dropped.
A girl with magenta hair in pigtails turned to face me. “Hey, aren’t you the new girl? I hear your father’s the new gym leader. Norman, was it?” She silently took a bite of lettuce. Twirling her pigtails, her big eyes narrowed in thought.
Two, more mature girls stopped talking instantly. “Oh yeah, I heard about him. Many people say he’ll actually be stronger than Hale. Anyways, welcome to our group. I’m Solidad. You must be May, May Maple.” She held out her elegant hand for me to shake before she brushed a long lock of peach hair out of her face.
The other older girl added, “I’m Cynthia. I hope you have a wonderful time here.” This girl was even prettier than the other, but they looked roughly the same age.
The purple-haired girl from before continued chewing on her salad. “The name’s Sakura. Nice to meet ya.”
“Misty.” The girl with fiery hair saluted briefly before returning to her food. Misty? What does she mean by that? She seemed to sense my confusion though, because she clarified. “People call me Misty,” she shrugged swiftly.
Dawn was sighing. She had already set her salad down on the lunch table and was grabbing my arm. “If you guys are done talking, I have to show this girl to the food before she starves to death.” With that, she led me to the lunch line. As we inched forward, Dawn apologized. “I’m sorry, my friends can be talkative sometimes. We go way back to elementary school so we’re all very close.”
“Oh, don’t worry about it! Your friends seem nice enough.” I took a tray and swept my eyes over the choices. There were some overcooked beans and what looked like fried Magikarp with cheese. I wrinkled my nose slightly before placing them onto my tray.
“Yeah, the food here isn’t any good.” I looked up at her. She must have seen my face.
“Oh, no! It’s fine really!” Dawn and I were quickly walking back to our seats by now.
“That’s why we always go out to eat, but the school wants us to stay in the first day every year.” As we approached the table, a loud “ahem” was heard from the front as all the students fell silent. The music stopped as well. I quickly plopped down into a seat next to Dawn.
At the front of the cafeteria stood an old looking man with a long gray beard. He had on a weird hat and had golden-rimmed spectacles. One look around the lunchroom told me he was very well respected.
“I am Professor Dumbledore, and I welcome freshmen to Petals Royale High, and welcome back everyone else! We’re starting another school year together. I’m here to remind you all about the Petalburg League and the Petalburg Grand Festival. Nobody can compete if they don’t pass all classes at the end of the year and there are no exceptions. For the League, each class passed represents a badge. For the Grand Festival, every two classes represent a ribbon except Breeding and Coordinating, which are both one ribbon each in value. Coordinating and Battling are not mandatory and everyone starts with two free periods. You can fill them up with electives if you want. That is all and have a nice year back!”
Chattering started almost immediately as music came out of the speakers again. The girls seemed to be in an intense conversation and I tried to pick up as many bits and pieces as I could.
“You should really go tell him,” Sakura was saying… or was that Solidad?
“What, and have him not believe me? No way!” Misty chomped on her Magikarp. I can always remember her flaming hair.
Dawn replied optimistically, “You never know. Maybe something can actually pierce that thick skull of his. Maybe he’ll even ask you out!” Misty scoffed.
“Yeah right. That will happen as soon as I give up training Water Pokémon.” I had no idea what they were talking about, but it was probably a boy. The girls continued talking about it and I ate my school food, trying to look like I wasn’t eavesdropping.
The older pair turned to me. “So, how are you liking Petalburg so far?” The blonde one asked, and I remembered her name was Cynthia. She unconsciously fingered her long, elegant black dress while staring directly into my eyes. How polite.
“I haven’t really seen much, but the people here are nice enough,” I answered truthfully.
“Well, I know many people who are looking forward to challenging your father during the summer holidays. I hear he’s really tough.” The peach-haired girl smiled kindly at me. Oh, wait, this is Solidad. The other girl was Sakura.
“Well, I admire him a lot, and my brother does too.” I didn’t want to brag, but my dad is awesome! He is so strong, not many people leave with badges.
“That’s nice to hear.” Solidad flashed another smile before turning to Cynthia to talk again.
Even on this table full of girls, I felt like an outcast. I quickly took a bite of Magikarp. Hey, this isn’t so bad after all! It’s surprisingly tender. Anyway, everyone knew each other here, and I was the newbie. I took this “alone” time to scan the cafeteria for signs about what type of high school this was. People were scattered around the cafeteria, varying in size, hair color, emotions, and other stuff. There were some artists in the corner sketching, some extremely beautiful girls chatting at the middle table, and a whole table full of guys who cannot be more different in appearance. They were all undoubtedly… good-looking… but I saw one wolfing down food while another was not eating altogether with crossed arms and a scowl. Sitting at the same table was that Gary guy, who was at the moment laughing at something- Oh, there’s that green haired popular guy again. It seems that table would be interesting, but I didn’t want to be stuck on one table.
After observing, I couldn’t figure out anything significant so I focused back on my table. My food was long gone and I searched through my red bag for some snacks to eat. Just then, the bell rang signaling the end of the lunch period. I swung my backpack behind me and slipped my other arm in while throwing out my tray. I quickly flicked my hair out from under the backpack while hurrying to catch up with Dawn. She was saying bye to her friends. With one hand on the handle of her bag, she waited for me to catch up.
“What do you think about my friends? They’re pretty cool, aren’t they?” Dawn reached into her handbag and pulled out her schedule.
“Yeah.” I put my hands on the straps of my bookbag.
“It says we have English next. Ooh, I’m looking forward to that! Misty says Ms. Beautifly is awesome! She had her last year. Let’s go!” Dawn stuffed the paper back in to her bag, readjusted the strap on her shoulder and rushed for the nearest flight of stairs.
I have absolutely nothing planned out and I have no idea where this story is going. May’s personality seems a little bland right now, but she’s still adjusting. I have no idea how to introduce everyone in the shortest amount of time and as least boring as possible so we can get to the action. Introductions are taking way too long and you guys don’t even know half about any character yet! ARGH! I’m so frustrated -_- Well, I think I have more luck with The Reality Show so I’m updating that next.
NSU: The Reality Show
Chapter 2: Challenge Number One