Rating: PG-13 for cursing, mild physical harm and petty bullying
Characters/Parings: Ariana and Mars
Genre: General, Friendship
By: Gothitelle K
Comments: Something for the holidays. But it's about cooking so yeah. I hope someone enjoys this as much as I do. Also this story takes place in Unova. And I know that the Driftveil Market doesn't sell food in the games but I kinda... pulled some strings.
It was 11:30 PM on Christmas Eve as everyone in Team Galactic’s headquarters were all ready to retire to their respective bedrooms. A woman with shoulder length, curly red hair and a short, white lacey nightgown came from one of the rooms and headed towards the kitchen. Her name was Ariana and she was there to spend the night with her best friend. She smirked as she reached the refrigerator and began to open the door. She knelt down while scanned her eyes up and down the shelves.
“Well, darn. I was hoping they would have a good drink around here,” she said to herself as she as her ruby reds were still scanning the shelves and the side door.
Ariana kept looking until she finally spotted a green can of what seemed to be soda on the middle of the top shelf. She smiled as her hand quickly reached for the can of soda. However, while she managed to grab one side of the green can, another hand with pink nails grabbed the other side of it and proceeded to pull on it.
“Let go, little girl!” the familiar voice frustratingly said. “Can’t you see this is my soda?”
The Rocket executive looked up and saw a familiar face, towering over her with a scowl. While she tried to pull the can towards her, Ariana quickly got up from the kneeling position and placed her other hand on the can. The younger, taller woman she was struggling with was none other than Jupiter, a commander on Team Galactic. With her long, back length, dark pink hair down, her sharp dark pink eyes, her checkered patterned nightgown which was long sleeved and skimpy coupled with an hourglass figure, she was a very beautiful woman.
Ariana often would get intimidated by Jupiter’s strength and beauty and tonight was no different. However, her quenching thirst for the soda prevented to loosening her grip in intimidation.
“Hey, I found it first!” Ariana retaliated. “Therefore, it’s mine!”
“Um, no… this is my drink. I bought it,” Jupiter said with a snarl. “Want to know why? Because it’s diet soda. I’m actually trying to watch my figure. Of course, you don’t do that so you wouldn’t understand. I can tell.”
Ariana’s eyes widened as she loosened her grip on the soda can. It wasn’t only her distaste for diet soda that made her almost let go, but it was the woman’s insult on her image. ‘Hey, I know I don’t have a body like she does but it doesn’t mean that I don’t care about myself!’ the redhead thought as she narrowed her eyes into a glare. Meanwhile, Jupiter used this as an opportunity to grab her can right out of Ariana’s hands. With force, she snatched the can so hard that when she took a few steps back, the older woman fell forward on her stomach.
“Insolent girl…” the Galactic commander scoffed as she turned and walked away into her room.
Ariana slowly got up from the ground and stopped the refrigerator door from closing. Shaking her head in frustration, she once again scanned the shelves of the cold box for a cold drink. On one of the middle shelves, she spotted a medium sized bowl of kasib berries with plastic wrap over them. Once she stared at them, a smirk began to grow upon her face. ‘Hm, a glass of water laced with sweet berries? Sweeeeet!’ she thought as she began to pull the glass bowl from the shelf. However, as she almost removed it, she spotted a white piece of printer paper, with writing, written with a black marker, taped on top of the plastic wrap. It read:
DO NOT EAT THE BERRIES! (I need these to make Saturn’s muffins)
Rather than get frustrated, she giggled as she put the bowl back in its proper place. ‘Oh, that Mars...’ Ariana smiled while trying to find open berries she could eat. Her luck turned up once she spotted a small container that contained salac berries. Though salac berries were known to be both sweet and sour, Ariana didn’t mind the flavor. So she took the container from the fridge and got a plastic cup from the counter. While she filled the cup with water from the faucet, she heard a familiar voice behind her.
“Wha’cha making, Ari?” a girl’s voice asked.
Ariana turned around and she saw a girl with red hair and eyes like her own, except her friend’s hair was less curly and a bit shorter. This girl was Mars and she was Ariana’s best friend. The teenaged commander smiled at her friend while holding a small laundry basket. She was still in her Galactic uniform, a small and white hooped dress with blackish gray leggings.
“I’m mixing water with some leftover salac berries,” Ariana started to say as she turned to her water. “I wanted a soda, but it was snatched from me by a cruel force of nature that called me fat. So I decided on a nice berry flavored water drink. Since you are using the kasib berries for whatever you were making for Saturn, I’m using these salac berries. Which makes me wonder, where the heck do you find these?”
“Sweet and sour water? You’re a weird girl…” Mars giggled. “Well, it started when Saturn took me to Join Avenue and bought me the kasib berries along with growth mulch. I started planting them and now I got many. His mother would sometimes go to the Hoenn region to visit with her relatives so she sends me some rare berries from there. Two months ago, she sent me those salac berries so I started to plant them.”
Ariana smiled as she listened to what her friend told her. All the while, she was taking five of the salac berries and poking their sides with a knife. She dropped them in one by one, allowing the juices to flow from them into the water.
“Lucky you! I’ve never been to Join Avenue but I’ve heard that it was nice,” the woman commented as she closed the container of berries and put them away in the refrigerator.
“It’s between Route 4 and Nimbasa City. I heard that it replaced one of the gates,” the commander stated. “You should go there. I’ll ask Saturn to take me there again, this time with you as well. Anyway, I’m folding some laundry so I’ll be in the room in a sec.”
Ariana nodded as she watched Mars walk into the room she shared with her boyfriend and closed the door behind her. The woman took her glass of water and proceeded to retire to the guest room she came out of. She closed the door behind her and walked towards the bed in the middle of the room. The room itself was rather a dull, plain room with just the necessities for a guest to be comfortable. She set the glass on the night stand as she crawled into bed and picked up her P-Phone.
During this time, a nice fruity drink and a game of Jigsaw Detective went well together. While she did pucker at the sourness of her drink, she still did not mind it as she kept sipping it slowly.
Thirty minutes passed and Ariana was still immersed in her puzzle game. So much so that she didn’t notice anything else around her, not even her best friend coming into the room. The woman did sense a presence right next to her however; she was so into finishing her game, she did not care to look. Until a hand appeared out of nowhere and snatched her phone right out of her hand. Her eyes widened as she turned to her left and saw Mars, standing next to her bedside with a scowl.
“Ari-ana, I’ve been calling you since I got here!” the commander yelled as she waved her friend’s phone.
“Okay, you got my attention. Now give me back my phone!” Ariana raised her voice as she attempted to grab her phone.
However, Mars took two steps back while holding the phone over her head. “I paused your game. I’m not mean. I’ll give you your phone back after I talk to you.”
The executive nodded as she proceeded to listen to her friend. She did notice that she was wearing a plain long shirt, which looked like it belonged to her boyfriend.
“Now, I got most of the stuff to make my Christmas meals for Saturn and me. All I need are the ingredients to make the kasib muffins. These were requested so I am going to make them. Now, Ari I need you to wake me up at five o’ clock in the morning. Got it?”
Ariana nodded with a smile. “Sure, but why?”
“Because, the Driftveil Market opens at that time and Christmas shopping is going to be crazy,” Mars explained. “After that, we need to start cooking right away since Saturn gets up around seven thirty. Now, as I said, please wake me up at that time. You are coming with me so you need to get dressed at that time as well. Remember… five o’ clock.”
“Of course!” the woman exclaimed. “I’ll remember. I usually get up that early for work so it works out.”
Mars smiled as she gave Ariana back her P-Phone, with her jigsaw game paused. They gave each other a short embrace and a kiss on the lips goodnight. As soon as her friend proceeded to crawl into bed for the night, the redheaded woman resumed to her game until she started to feel drowsy.
It was 5:15 AM.
Ariana opened her eyes and stared at the blank wall for a few seconds. She was on her side, with one arm around Mars. Her friend was curled up on her side, sleeping soundly while her purugly was on the edge of the bed, curled up on her side. Ariana rubbed her eyes as she slowly started to sit up on the edge of her bedside.
“I can’t remember… but…” she whispered to herself while standing up to stretch. “Wasn’t there something I was supposed to do?”
The woman reached for her phone that was resting on the nightstand as she was trying to think. What was she supposed to do when she woke up? She looked at her phone while getting back into bed. However she propped her pillows to where she could comfortably sit up straight. Her jigsaw game was brought up on the screen and began to play it for a little while.
‘Well until I can remember, I’ll play a little game here to help me focus…’
It was 6:40 AM
Ariana was still on her phone; however she was not playing Jigsaw Detective. She was playing a game that involved popping bubble wrap. It seemed like a boring game, but to the executive, it was an addicting game and it helped pass the time. She smiled as she was touching the screen to pop the individual bubbles. All was well until she felt a tap on her right arm.
“Ariana, turn that game down,” Mars muffled as she turned over on her back. “And… what time is it?”
The woman glanced over at the left hand corner of her phone. When she did, however, her ruby reds widened when she saw the time: 6:41 AM. It then hit her like a ton of bricks. ‘Wake me up at five, got it?’ Mars’ voice echoed in her head. Ariana looked around nervously, trying to avoid answering her question.
“Ariana!” Mars yelled. “Answer me, NOW!”
Ariana jumped when her friend raised her voice. She was scared to the point where she had to tell her. “It-Its 6:43…?”
“6:43?!” Mars screamed as she bolted out of bed.
The Rocket executive also bolted out of bed, but in response to her friend’s tone. She stood there, looking Mars in the eye. In her eyes, Ariana saw anger mixed with frustrated tears coming from her ruby reds. Mars also had on a glare so menacing that it made the older woman shake in her socks. She could feel that she was angry with her for not waking her up. Normally, when her friend would get angry, she would snap out of it fast but this time... Ariana knew that this was for real, that Mars wasn't going to get over this soon.
“Ariana, tell me. WHAT time did you get up?!” the girl screamed angrily.
“I-I don’t know. I-I w-woke up at 5:15 I t-think…” the woman stuttered in fear. “I’m s-sorry, Mars. I really am.”
“You know Ariana, I should slap you right now…” the commander responded in a voice that sounded as if she was seething. “You were TOO BUSY playing your stupid game, were you?”
The executive nodded in shame as she dropped her phone to the ground. She couldn’t even look her friend in the eye anymore, she was so ashamed. She stood there, shaking, and her face turning red in embarrassment. Ariana was so embarrassed; she actually wanted Mars to slap her. Because if she did, then the stinging would make part of the embarrassment go away.
“Get dressed,” Mars said angrily as she threw Ariana’s clothes to her.