After hours of climbing up the steep, so awfully steep final part of the Scenic Walk - who was the sadistic bastard that named it that, anyway? - the pleasant part of the road long behind them, and after a brief stop to rest at the friendly Totem Village, he had made it all the way to the peak of Mt. Infernus. Yes, it was second tallest mountain in Cortoza, and yes, his Gible had taunted him for not attempting to climb the very highest one, but after Levin explained how Infernus was the only volcano that was assuredly not going to explode on them, Gaius piped down.
- Min, Minccino-Min!!
Oh, and he'd climbed the whole thing with a Minccino on his shoulder. How awesome was he?!
The sassy chinchilla had complained about Levin's choice of travel destination the whole way. She'd much have preferred to visit the Resort on the Island, but that completely defeated his point for coming to Cortoza - getting tougher. Having had enough of the her attitude, Levin held Min up in the air and unceremoniously dropped her. She could take it.
- Listen here, Min. This is a big accomplishment for me. It's all the same to you since you were carried here, but I actually worked to get to this peak! And now you... oh no you don't!
The Minccino wasn't very good at taking sermons. Completely uninterested in his rambling, Min turned his back to him and started Singing casually, pretending not to listen.
- Okay, that's it, I've had enough of this. - grabbing hold of her tail, Levin made her spin back around to face him, and threw Minccino the angriest stare that he could muster, which seemed to do the trick - We are going to have to work on your attitude. Either you stop behaving like a spoiled brat, or I am leaving you here alone forever. And I'm dead serious. I have Crix, Gaius, Zion and Opal who like me and heed my instructions; even Hebi and Magnus listen to me on their best days. But you have turned into an ungrateful little princess and I'd be surprised if you even lasted two minutes in a battle nowadays!
That clearly struck a nerve. Puffing her chest, Min leaped on Levin's back, unzipped his backpack and retrieved his White Flute with lightning-fast movements. Then, leaping back to the floor in front of her Trainer, she threw him an equally-angry stare as he had earlier, before taking the Flute to her mouth.
- Min, wait! You have no idea what kind of Pokemon live in a place untouched by humans! Don't you dare bl...
She dared. Blowing into the White Flute with all she had, a long, melodic note echoed through the forest that comprised the Mountain Peak.
- Oh damn...