Hello everyone! Long time no see! Sorry about the long disappearance, it appears that I have not been able to be happy with my writing and have been trying to work on it. Also, This Two-shot is sort of a "sorry" to my readers for not updating Abnormally. Trust me I am still working on the chapter and will soon post it if I can.
Onto the Two-Shot! This is targeted in the Unova region and contains the characters Dento/Cilan, and Iris. I love them so much in the Best Wished anime so I wanted to make a story that included them.
Also, Japanese names are used over the English ones because...well I don't know really I guess to change it up a bit? xD
So here you go my doves, and please enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own the characters or regions used in this fiction. The original storyline is originally made by me and nothing else. Rated K+
Miss and be Missed
Sun beams pierced through the cracks of forest branches, creating dancing flecks of sunlight to fan over a girl passing through. Trees above her swayed and fluttered, as the long strands of her hazelnut hair wavered in the sun kissed air. The gravel beneath her feet crunched and scattered away, composing a noise that numbed her mind. The 14 year old walked on a trail heading for what she thought was Nuvema Town. Unknown to the coordinator, she was actually heading in the wrong direction, and wasn't even in the right location. Haruka bit her lip as she fumbled around with an old, green Poke-navi her brother was so generous of letting her borrow on her journey in Unova. The little device displayed a zoomed in map of the dense forest, showing a blinking red dot; indicating herself moving slowly into what looked like—well more trees and forest. Haruka blinked, tilting the small device in her hand front to back impatiently. Is this thing even working? She slammed the palm of her hand against the side of the device and heard a faint zip! Haruka slowly turned the Poke-navi on its back again, revealing a cracked black screen.
"Ah!" she halted in mid stride and began to panic, "No, no, no this can't be happening, Max is going to kill me! What am I going to tell him when he asks for this back?" Haruka glanced left and right, a sudden feeling of claustrophobia creeping down her spine, "That is if I even get out of this place."
In a bush 10 feet away from her, a black and white Pokémon with a yellow ring inside its ear snatched an apple that sat on the floor and scurried away. Haruka blew a strand of hair that was in her face and hesitated on continuing down the trail. She didn't want to end up living here for the rest of her life. She rotated the device in her hand again, once I get to Professor Juniper's lab, I'll get this fixed. With one arm she reached behind and unzipped the front pocket of her yellow backpack, and with the other she threw the stupid Poke-navi inside. Zipping it closed, she crossed her arms and glanced up at the leaves and branches. This was just great. Today was supposed to be her start of a new Journey, capturing new Pokémon and look for contests to compete in and now here she was, lost in a dense forest with nowhere out.
Haruka glowered at the bristling trees and sank down into a sitting position, "I knew I wasn't ready to travel yet." The tan dirt felt like sand underneath her knees and the scent of apples stained the air. Haruka moaned and started yanking at her hazelnut hair, "Dad was right! I never think things through! What was I thinking taking advice from professor Birch! 'Just go with the flow' he says, but you know what Professor Birch? It lead me to the middle of stinking No Where! "
After five more minutes of constant ranting and hair pulling Haruka eventually died down and decided to sprawl herself in the middle of the trail. She thought she might as well rest for the walking that was yet to come. Her sapphire eyes stared dazedly to the treetops, searching for any gaps of blue that rarely revealed to her. A bird Pokémon from somewhere in the forest chirped, causing an echo. She missed the sky. She felt like she was stuck in some alien world and couldn't get out. The palms of her hands felt ashy from the thin dirt they laid upon, and on the back of her neck she felt an ant crawling against her skin. She swatted it away.
Why is this happening? From what Haruka could remember, she had never bumped into problems like these. Getting lost, having trouble finding the Pokémon center, it all felt strange to her. Sure, so she wasn't from around here, but even in the Sinnoh region she knew where she was going. Haruka frowned and rolled to her side. Was she really not ready for Unova? Was coming here a bad decision? Her lashes closed out the green bushes and moss covered tree trunks. I'll never listen to that idiot again. A low rumble stirred inside her and a hollow sensation began to spread out in her abdomen. Her stomach growled angrily at her, forcing the small girl to curl into a ball. I'm so hungry... Haruka shrugged both arms out from her backpack straps and threw the thin bag to the space next to her. Quickly she unzipped the main pouch and rummaged her hand inside for any food. An indescribable expression appeared on her face as she retrieved her hand back. Nothing. Another growl stirred in her stomach. Haruka screamed and started to squirm right there on the dirty ground.
"I HATE THIS!"
"Well... this is an interesting sight." Her eyes flashed open, as she hurled herself into a sitting position.
A rather lean boy stood a couple feet away from her with silver kitchenware in his arms. The boy wore somewhat of a butler outfit, with his green hair slicked back professionally, and an apron clinging tightly to his waist. Haruka blinked slowly, not sure if what she was seeing was real. This wasn't the type of place you'd find a butler walking around with kitchen supplies. The green haired boy gave her a puzzled look, as he shifted his weight to his opposite leg. Haruka realized that she had been staring at him this whole time. Embarrassed, she diverted her eyes. Oddly, she remembered a time when her best friend used to make fun of the way she always stared at people. Haruka's lip twitched at the memory. It had been sometime since she thought about him.
The boy grunted, "Are you alright there Miss?"
Snapping out her thoughts, she clumsily rose to her feet. "Y-Yes! I was just— I was hungry and—the Pokenavi..." One of his eyebrows rose. Her answer was jumbled up and sounded like complete nonsense. Haruka straightened her posture and faked a cough against her fist, "I mean yeah, I'm perfectly okay!" He gave her a look that told her, 'I don't believe in anything you've said.' Haruka sighed, her shoulders slumping sheepishly as she confessed, "You don't happen to know how far Nuvema Town is, do you?"
This surprised him, "Nuvema Town?"
Her eyes lightened, "You know where it is?"
The butler scratched his chin with his free hand as he replied, "Yes I know where that is, but why are you heading in this direction?"
Haruka twitched, "Excuse me?" He stared at her for a long moment before it finally hit him. She wasn't from around here. The way she dressed, the obvious lost question, and her actions were a dead giveaway. The boy sent a palm to his face. "What's wrong?"
"I hate to tell you this but you're going in the wrong direction."
Haruka shrugged and glanced over her shoulder to the bending trail, "Oh, well then do you know which direction I should be heading in?"
His hand slowly slid down his cheek as his next question came out as a stressed sigh, "You're not from the Unova region are you?"
The brunette laughed, her attention returning back to the stressed boy, "You can tell huh? I'm from Hoenn. This is actually my first time traveling out here." He stared at her like he was about to tell a kid that Santa didn't exist. Haruka forced a smile to her lips and nervously tilted her head, "Why do you ask?"
It took him a couple seconds to respond, and when he finally did, it came out choppily, "Well here's the thing, your—um your about three cites away from Nuvema Town, So it would take you at least" he paused to think, "I believe a week or more to get there." The girl in front of him looked as if she had just been slapped. The boy sighed, "I'm really sorry about—"
"It's official! I'm going to die here!" Haruka yelled so loudly it made the butler jump and almost drop everything in his arms. Again like before, she began ranting quickly to herself and pulling her hair in anger.
His hand extended out to her, "H-Hey! Don't say that! I'm sure you can make it to Nuvema Town!" The boy didn't want to admit it, but her actions reminded him of one of his friends that occasionally spazzed in his group.
She turned her back to him and squirmed, "I'm not worried about that! I'm worried about— "A sudden uck escaped from her throat, as her whole frame froze in mid action. At first the butler thought she was going through some sort of stroke or something, but then a loud grumbling noise growled from her abdomen. She crouched over her stomach in discomfort and whined.
The boy starred at her dumbfounded. Is this girl for real? It was as if he was looking at the female version of his spazzy friend. He smiled to himself as the girl in front of him horribly hid her hunger, "I was just on my way back to my friends so I could start on lunch. Would you like to come join us?"
Haruka peeked over her shoulder with wide eyes, "Really?"
He beamed at her as he made his hold sturdier around his kitchenware, "The more the merrier!" Haruka stared at him for a long moment before abruptly bowing her head and thanking him graciously. Her action surprised him again. The friend he mentioned before also did this when he thanked strangers. It was such a shock to him that he blurted out, "Do you have a brother or something?"
Haruka lifted her head questionably, "Um...yes, I do. Why do you ask?"
His green eyes scanned over her. Could she be...? She stared back at him with bright sapphire eyes, as her long brunette hair underneath her blue bandana wavered in the soft wind. He shook his head. No, they couldn't be. They look nothing alike! He grinned and walked forward, "Forget it. Will you be so kind and follow me?" With a nod she ran over to her dusty backpack that was thrown on the floor and quickly placed it on her back. Haruka sped to meet up with him. "It's a good thing I found you" She glanced at him, "You would have gotten into a real dilemma."
"I'm sorry" she rustled the back of her head, "It's a really nice thing of you to invite me to come eat with you and your friends."
"You're welcome" he smiled politely, "Let me properly introduce myself. My name is Dento. I'm a Pokémon connoisseur and the gym leader of the Striaton Gym" His tone rose in self-appreciation, "I specialize in grass type Pokémon and the compatibility between a trainer and his/her Pokémon."
Haruka returned his smile, "I'm Haruka and I'm a Pokémon coordinator." She pointed a finger to her chin as she thought over her specialty, "well...I don't specialize in anything, but I love to eat."
Dento couldn't stop from laughing at that last part, earning himself a pout from the girl. "I'm sorry, it's just" he wiped a tear from his eyes, "You remind me of my friend. You'll meet him a little later."
"How so?" she frowned, "Do I look like a boy?"
The connoisseur laughed again, "No, nothing like that. You both have similar personalities." Dento grinned to himself as he remembered first meeting the trainer, "You know, when I first met him he wasn't from the Unova region either." Haruka was happy to know that she wasn't the only one not from around here. "He was traveling with a girl who helped him reach my gym. I remember he held such a confident stance and determined look on his face when he introduced himself to me and my brothers. From meeting trainers in the past I had imminently thought that this boy was like the others; cocky when they fought and only focused on winning." Dento sighed, "Such a tasteless thing to do when you're given the opportunity to learn from your battle." Both teens rounded the bend of the trail and continued walking, "When my brother Chili asked which one of us three he'd like to fight, he had asked if he could battle us all!"
"Oh" Haruka crossed her arms and rolled her eyes, "Sounds like he was one of those cocky trainers."
"That's what I thought, but then he explained his reasons." Haruka slowly raised her eyes, captivated, "Since he was new to this region, he wanted to experience as many opportunities as he could, so he thought that it would be a miss opportunity if he didn't get the chance to fight all of us. So I agreed and the battle carried on." Dento pointed his hand in the air and inhaled sweetly, "And may I add, that battle was the best battle I ever had in a long time! He used just the right amount of ingredients to create a spicy yet appetizing fight!"
Haruka giggled, "Your description of him is making me hungry."
"Sorry" he returned his hand to the pots and pans in his arms, "After my battle with him I was shocked to find myself, a Pokémon connoisseur, leaning about the mistakes I made from our battle, other than the other way around. Not only did that surprised me, but also the way he treated his Pokémon after a fight caught me off guard. He treated them with such high respect, congratulating them even if they didn't win, and his Pokémon returned that respect back to him." A big smile resurfaced on his face, "That's when I decided to travel alongside him, so I could study the reason why his compatibility with his Pokémon is grander than others and to become a level S Connoisseur."
"Wow." She blinked and blushed, "He sounds like someone I know."
The boy chuckled seeing her blush, "Yeah, he's an interesting dish to take in." Dento halted as they finally reached the road where the trail split. "We'll be heading away from the trail now so be careful where you walk." She nodded and they both proceeded away from the smooth trail to the rugged terrain of the deep forest.
Everything seemed to be more lively deeper inside the forest. Hanging from the branches above their heads rested flocks of Bat Pokémon. Their black wings wrapped close to their teal colored bodies, as they hissed through their white fur tucked underneath their necks. Haruka noted their pink heart shaped noses and strange rat tails. Near some bushes about a yard away stalked deer Pokémon, shaded beautifully in pink and yellow. The coordinator muttered about wishing for a Poke-dex and focused back on not falling. Thankfully, there was a small path that helped them through the tough terrain. It wasn't as nice as the dirt path, but it was something they could deal with. After ten more minutes of walking Dento slowed again to a stop and smiled to himself. A wall of thin twigs and leaves stood before them as white rays of light poured through the gaps. Without asking if this the way to Dento's camp, Haruka slowly reached out to the wall of twigs, her fingers threading through available cracks, and forced them apart to create a passage for her to crawl out through. Some of the twigs snapped and pulled at her clothes, scrapping her arms, but she kept trying to pull herself through. Haruka squinted her eyes tightly in pain as a bright light blinded her, and a soft breeze brushed against her cheeks. Her foot touched soft grass and she was released from the forest.
Behind her she heard Dento enter through the wall of twigs, but was not able to see, as her eyes adjusted to the brightness around her. With the back of her hand she rubbed her eyes and bent her head over of what was slowly looking like thin patches of grass. Blinking, Haruka slowly raised her head, her eyes widening in awe. The first thing that caught her attention was that everything around her wasn't green anymore, but rather blue. A low 'Wow' slipped through her lips as she gazed at the large span of indigo. She was reunited with the sky once again. Haruka dropped her gaze to the large meadow she was now standing in, finding herself surrounded by blue and yellow patches of tiny flowers, thin green grass, and an aroma of sun kissed air.
"It's so beautiful..."
"Took you long enough!"
Haruka's eyes found a tan girl with lavender colored hair and large hazel eyes coming towards her. She looked around the age of 12or 13, and wore a cream colored, long sleeve dress with a pink bow tied on the bottom. Haruka couldn't help but to be amazed by her appearance. She's really pretty... The girl folded her arms as she ran up to the boy who parked next to Haruka. The tan girl stood on her tippy toes as she glared into the connoisseurs' eyes, "You left me here with that guy all day!"
Dento cocked an eyebrow, "Now Iris, is that how you treat your guest?" Iris blurted a 'huh?' as the connoisseur blew out a sigh. Dento took a step back and with a motion of his hand, greeted Iris to the flustered brunette, "We have another person who will be joining us for lunch."
"Hello." Haruka shyly waved to the brown eyed girl.
"Oh!" Iris backed away from the boy, "I'm so sorry!" Iris beamed apologetically and stuck her hand out to her, "Hey, I'm Iris! I'm really sorry... I didn't notice you were there!"
Haruka's confidence faltered a little as she accepted her hand shake and gloomily responded, "Yeah, I get that a lot. I'm not really tall for my age."
Iris snapped her hand back to have them slap the sides of her cheeks, "N-No I didn't mean it like that! I was just—" Dento rolled his eyes.
"It's okay!" the coordinator scratched the back of her head and smiled, "I'm Haruka by the way."
Before Iris could respond, a small head poked out from her hair. Haruka yelped, and sent a hand to clench onto her jumping heart. A dark green Pokémon with small tusks greeted brightly at the surprised guest, waving a half-eaten apple toward her. Iris laughed and petted the Pokémon's head, "This is Axew. Sorry he scared you. He gets excited when he meets new people."
Haruka sucked in a breath and greeted back to the giddy dragon type, "Hi Axew, it's nice to meet you too!" They all laughed as Axew nuzzled back into its master's purple hair, growing red. The brunette blinked as her two new friends laughter grew louder, "D-Does he not like me?"
Iris patted Haruka's shoulder, "I think you got it backwards, I think he likes you a little too much." Haruka's neck grew hot and her skin turned pink, only making the two laugh harder. Dento carried his kitchenware to where a table and burner was set up, laughing all the way there. Iris patted the blushing brunette again, asking to follow her so they could talk at the table.
How embarrassing! Haruka pressed her fingers against her hot cheeks as the girl lead her to the table. You need to relax! If you get hyped up you'll end up fainting. She was feeling a little lightheaded from not eating anything and it seemed like a wise choice to avoid passing out. Arriving at the table, Haruka pulled out a plastic chair for herself to sit in, and sprawled herself over the table. The surface felt nice against her warm cheeks. She closed her eyes and listened to the conversation that Iris and Dento where having, slowly concentrating on calming herself down.
I think I'll eat and then head to the nearest port around here. It was obvious that Unova wasn't ready for her and she would have to leave after she ate. Sadly reopening her eyes, she watched her index finger follow the bumps indented on the table. I really don't want to leave. It's nice here and these people are kind too. Her eyes lifted to the bantering couple and smiled. They reminded of herself and her best friend when they traveled in Hoenn. Haruka's smile widened as she hid her blushing face in her arms. It wasn't often that she would think back to her best friend. Actually it happened on a daily basis. She couldn't let go of that person's kindness, that person's smile, his voice, his passion for Pokémon, it was impossible to let him wander away from her mind. Haruka would often wonder what he would look like if he met him again. Would he be the same height as her or would his hair be longer? Would he still remember her? She stuffed her face closer inside her arms.
"I miss you."
"Did you say something?" Dento asked while he chopped thinly sliced carrots.
Haruka peeked over her shoulder and blushed deeper, "N-Nothing! I was just talking to myself!" The boy just shrugged and returned back to his cooking. Haruka exhaled and straightened up in her seat. I can't believe I said that out loud!
"Lunch is almost done, so why don't you wash your hands?" Dento jerked his chin over his shoulder, "There's a spring not too far from here. Just go straight and you'll see it."
"Thank you." Haruka quickly hurried out of her chair and began to head in the direction of the spring. "Just go straight…go straight"
"Don't get lost!" Dento half-laughed as the coordinator kept repeating the directions out loud.
"Oh, and if you see an annoying kid with a blue jacket, tell him to hurry up back to camp!" Iris hollered out to her, earning a wave and an 'I will!' back. She smiled and crossed her arms, "She's really nice." Dento nodded in agreement, and set up the table.
Satoshi will appear in the next chapter don't worry
With love, Kimi