The bright lights of the port bathed the city in pockets of gold, green and purple. Slateport City, the port where people and Pokemon cross paths was decorated from the start of the Bike Path to the lapping shores of the beach. Banners hung from every conceivable edge, candles and open flames burning with impossible black flames and people dressed in sharp suits and fancy dresses busied themselves with dozens of jobs at once. A great ship sat in the dock, and disembarking from it was line after line of people carrying barrels, boxes and all kinds of gifts and gadgets. Standing on the bow of the ship was a single figure, a man in a trench coat his hands resting on the barrier and looking down at the proceedings.
"We haven't had a Winter Ball in a few years, are you sure it's going to be a success this time?"
"It'll work this time. There are new people, so a ball will be good moral."
"Right-oh. So tell me what we've got here that's new. I notice there are no undead this time. I always liked them, they brought a certain macabre feel to any party."
"This is the first time we've hosted it in an entire city, so there are different things going on in different places."
"The Slateport Market has been set up with food and drinks stalls. Anything you want to eat, and anything you want to drink, from the four corners of all the known dimensions. Alcoholic beverages too, but we're not serving under 18's. There are also a couple of games there too, fairy ground sorts, you know, knock down the balls and get a prize."
"You know I hate games of chance."
"I know. These are genuinely fair, I promise. And no live prizes, only toys and things like that."
"K. Carry on."
"We've rented out the Museum, there's a band in there and a dance floor. It's a bit rock and roll, very loud, that's why it's indoors. We've got a couple of Exploud on the door keeping the noise inside. Down on the beach on the other hand, there's a quieter band and it's a bit more mellow. There's a food and drinks bar there too so people can chill out there and relax by the sea. We have a patrol just off the shore, so people can't go too far out to sea. For their own safety of course."
"We've got the Contest Hall set up for contests, and the Battle Tent set up for battles. Anyone who wants to participate is going to be contacting us to set up a battle. We've actually never had one before, so I hope someone takes part."
"Nice. You've well without my help. Well, except for the weather, that's me."
"Oh the perpetual night and summer warmth? You?"
"Groudon owes me a favour. I set him up with his wife."
"I don't want to know."
"Right, anyway. Shall we get this party started?