Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 6Chapter Six: The Second Date
Jackson had waited with heightened anticipation for the rest of the week. Every morning after waking up, he never failed to cast his eyes to the circled day on his calendar whenever he passed it. He was feeling especially energetic when Friday arrived. It had been a sunny day throughout--it was as if nature was setting up the perfect weather for him, and he greatly appreciated it.
The young man rode up by the Gym, nervous and excited. He could hardly wait to see her reaction to what he had set up for her.
“H... hey, Valerie! Ready to go?”
Valerie had chosen to wear a secondary costume this time. Aside from her usual outfit that was redolent of an Audino, and her others, she managed to find her old Dedenne costume. It, however, was small on her, reminding her of how long it had been since she had last worn it, and spent her spare time during the week making an entirely new one from scratch.
She was donni
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 5Chapter Five: Costume Play
Meal paid for and Pokemon withdrawn--making sure to leave a generous tip for his friend--, Jackson escorted Valerie back to his motorcycle. His boxed and bagged steak hanging from the handlebar, he and his date made their way to their next destination.
The exterior of Jackson’s home matched the others in the neighborhood, with the only differences being the garden hose coiled up by the house and the stone birdbath standing in the middle of the lawn, a decorative Dratini coiled around the stand holding up the actual bath.
Unlike the almost vacant exterior and front yard, the interior of the home was lavishly bedecked by paintings of dragons--both Pokemon and non-Pokemon-- and swords and even a set of chain mail armor that were possibly hundreds of years old restored to their former glory. Along the walls were also shelves holding detailed dragon statues, a lot of them quite majestic and fierce with a couple bearing a glittery finish on
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 70Chapter Seventy: Innocence Proven
There was a collection of mixed reactions, confusion being the most common--which was shared between Applejack, Pinkie Pie, and Spike. Exchanging brief glances, before returning their attention to Fluttershy, the blonde farmer opened her mouth to speak.
“We can test this,” Fluttershy repeated, a little louder this time as she whirled around to face her friends. “The blood! On this handkerchief! We can test it!”
Twilight Sparkle appeared indecisive.
“Fluttershy, that handkerchief’s probably been contaminated! DNA blood tests generally require a sample to be in good condition before it’s tested and compared. If it’s taken from a volunteer, it’s perfect, but samples found elsewhere and preserved are often degraded by heat, wind, or just time!”
“But we can still try, can’t we??” the pegasus questioned, her voice dripping with desperati
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 4Chapter Four: Conflicting Moralities
Roleplay night… So, this young man played some sort of roleplay? That certainly was unexpected, Valerie thought to herself as she focused an intrigued stare at Jackson.
“Roleplay night?” she ventured, a light smile playing at her lips.
Jackson chuckled nervously. He was sorely tempted to retreat behind the menu again, but he left it flat on the table.
“Some… friends and I… gather… at my place to… play some roleplay games.”
The young woman crossed her arms in front of her and leaned in with augmented curiosity.
“Indeed? Tell me more.”
Jackson’s starch tension lessened, relieved she didn’t react negatively or give any implication that she thought of him as a nerd. As far from it as he appeared.
“It’s really fun… We drink, snack… joke around… It gets pretty crazy.”
“What all do you roleplay? I’ve d
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 3Chapter Three: A Not-So-Good Start
Jackson felt nothing could damper his elation. Right after leaving the Gym, he took a trip to one of the nearby stores that specifically sold products for Pokemon and purchased a toy of Aron’s choice. Usually, when he went to one of these stores, he would wander around and browse, but the imminent date with Valerie prevented him from doing so.
As soon as he entered his home, he made a beeline for the shower--even though, he had taken one that morning. He took extra time to make sure he was clean, and even brushed his teeth five times and rinsed it out with mouthwash between brushes. After that, he gave the black motorcycle bearing decorative flames a good wash, polishing it to a reflective sheen.
As the time drew closer to six o’ clock, the young man retrieved a second helmet from his closet, sliding the strap over one of the handlebars to let it hang while he mounted the vehicle and put on his own. Rev
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 69Chapter Sixty-Nine: Holding On
The intensity lingered in the atmosphere as a long silence was shared among the group. Deciding to break the silence, Applejack turned to Spike and opened her mouth to speak.
“That still don’t answer anything with Smokey and Pendulum. What if Smokey attacks him again?”
“Pendulum owns tons of dangerous animals,” the baby dragon pointed out. “And he’s got plenty of assistants to help him handle them.”
“But nothing,” Spike cut in. “Smokey would rather leave us forever rather than hurt any of us, whether it be getting put down or not. Exile should be just as good of a punishment! He’s… he’s no longer any concern anymore at this point anyway, right?”
“I’m not sure,” Twilight Sparkle spoke up. “What would Princess Celestia say about this matter? Perhaps… I should write to her about this…”
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 2Chapter Two: The Rematch
Two weeks passed since Jackson had challenged Valerie to another battle. He spent his time diligently training the newest member of his team when he wasn’t at work. The first thing he did upon acquiring his new Pokemon was effort value train it via the super training method. The young man allowed the creature rest before they worked on leveling up, taking great care not to exhaust it.
As the final day of the second week elapsed, he made his way to the Gym, clutching the Premier Ball that contained his trained and rested Pokemon in his hand, as if he was in danger of losing it at any moment. He only held onto the Ball tighter as he went through the warp panels that activated a mild motion sickness. Teleporting from room to room, he had caught the smirks of furisode-cloaked girls he passed as he staggered dizzily towards the next panel. Judging by their expressions, he figured that they remembered him, and had prej
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 1Valerie’s Admirer
Chapter One: An Awkward Proposal
Laverre, a quaint and cozy city encompassed by forest and nestled between the marshlands and Kalos’ largest supplier of Poke’ Balls. One could say the place was akin to a town found in a fairytale, with it’s rustic homes and beauteous landscape. Not to mention it was the home to the local Gym run by Valerie, the trainer of Fairy-type Pokemon.
It was a particularly quiet day, the city’s café quite empty, save for its employees and few costumers and their Pokemon companions. It was a small shop, though its menu held a wide variety of coffees and baked goods, and one side of the room had board games set up for use. One table set near the middle of the room was occupied by Dragon-type Pokemon while their trainer was scanning the menu from his position at the counter and took up an idle chatter with the owner.
A Goomy, sitting right o
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 68Chapter Sixty-Eight: On the Run
The sun was peaking over the horizon, its rays filtering through the windows by the time Smokey was putting the finishing touches on all seven dozen cupcakes. Each batch had different colored cream cheese frosting according to who they were for. Twilight Sparkle’s cupcakes were topped with purple icing, Spike’s were green, Pinkie Pie’s pink, Rarity’s white, Rainbow Dash’s blue, Applejack’s orange, and Fluttershy and Chenoa’s yellow and white respectively.
After applying the heart-shaped sprinkles, he took a step back to admire his work. Having been up all night, the dragon still wasn’t tired. He was too concerned with what will happen when the authorities will arrive to take him away.
Suddenly, a soft tapping at the door disrupted Smokey’s thoughts. Striding over to the door, he pulled it open a crack to see who it was…
It was Pendulum.
Opening the door wide