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Lock Everett

"Legend Hunter" Retired Hoenn Champion

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a character in “Pokemon: Legacies”, as played by fullmetal642

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Name- Lock Everett
Nickname/Epithet- The Legend Hunter
Gender- Male
Age- 27
Region of Origin- Hoenn/Sinnoh
Current Location- Kalos

Personality- While appearing to be a laid-back individual, Lock possesses an impulsive and excessively intense personality alongside a lethally short temper in battle. However, despite his aggression and obvious lust for battle and a challenge, Locks possesses a near feral cunning and has a knack for quickly exploiting any opening his opponent reveals. In addition, he is blunt and sarcastic revealing a creepy grin or laughing maniacally whenever he becomes excited. He is also very rude and quite disrespectful. Lock displays little respect for authority and says whatever is on his mind, regardless of whether or not it is appropriate. However, he does have some form of a code of honor, as he is unwilling to fight an injured Pokemon, and only wants to battle a Pokemon or trainer when they are at their best. Though he is aggressive and quite unlikeable he has a strong determination to be the best and his competitive nature seems to be the root of his bad attitude. He seems to have a sweet spot for his assistant Sophie, who he and his Pokemon are very protective of.

Lock seems to make a complete 180 when interacting with his Pokemon, a caring trainer who takes his Pokemon's safety overall. He believes they are his allies and would never risk their safety in battle. He rarely blames his Pokemon for any loss they have, and always tries to make sure they are doing fine after they face defeat, many of them like Lock have a high competitive drive.

Description of Appearance- Lock is a tall, muscular man with light blue spiky hair and light blue eyes. Lock often wears light clothes as his travels often take him into areas where heavy and fancy clothes may be a hindrance. He wears a necklace that is his keystone for his Pokemon's mega stones. He often comes has a rather standoffish look on his face when people meet him and is rarely seen smiling unless it has to do with Sophie or his Pokemon. While not being known for being flash, all of Lock's Pokemon are in Luxury Balls, he believes that the comfort of the Luxury Balls will make it easier for Pokemon to relax when they are not at the ranch.

History- Born in the Sinnoh region Lock started his adventure there, he was given 2 eggs from his uncle. Lock spent most of his time with his eggs until they hatched into two of Lock's most loyal Pokemon, Lock's shiny Golden Duo of Aura the Riolu and Growlithe. They have both evolved by now but with the two of them, hatching began Lock's adventure to become the trainer he is today. At the age of 12, soon after the two hatched. Lock and his parents moved to Hoenn, with his two recently hatched Pokemon he began his adventure challenging gyms and getting Pokemon to help him accomplish his goal of becoming the champion of the Hoenn region.

Though his challenges against Gyms did not seem to be that hard his first attempt at the Ever Grande conference ended in utter defeat with him cockily using his newly caught Heracross in the Prelims. This loss had the largest effect on Lock as he realized that his overconfidence in beating just gym leaders, like the other have, was foolish. His second attempt was different while he did face defeat again, this time, was different, he made it to the finals both he and his team gave everything they had. After a defeat in the finals, he promised his team and himself that he would win the next. As the saying goes the third time is the charm and with his stronger revamped team Locked swept the competition in one of the most dominating fashions the conference has ever seen. He soon moved on to challenge to Elite Four to get his chance to battle and take the title of champion. While the matched were tough Lock seem to put out ahead, and finally after three years of trials he accomplished his goal. At the age of 14, Lock became the regional champion, news stations and magazines jumped at the opportunity to get an interview with the young prodigy.

As time went by challengers came from all over to region to challenge the young trainer believing his victories were nothing more than a fluke. The more challengers that showed up the more victories Lock added to his belt, as time went by Lock began to be considered an unmatched talent and the challenges started to dwindle. Nobody wanted to challenge him and after seven years of becoming the Champion, and after three years of merely holding the title Lock relinquished it and decided he would move on to the next phase of his life, believing there is no challenge left for him as champion.

Lock decided that the only way to move on from here was to create a new challenge for himself, to catch all the Pokemon of legends. He began to travel the world to battle and catch these rare Pokemon. Lock's adventure took him all around the world hunting after clues of legendary Pokemon. He began to make a name for himself, people began to call him "Legend Hunter", Lock dedicated his time to research and exploration to find the Pokemon he sought and for the last 3 years expanding his strong roster of allies with all these strong Pokemon. His assistant Sophie Valentine helps him with research and taking care of the Pokemon Ranch he owns to house his Pokemon.

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Relationships


Image Sophie Valentine - Sophie is the person who Lock had hired to take care of his Pokemon and look after his ranch while he journeyed across the globe in search of Legendary Pokemon. The two have a big brother and little sister relationship, giving Sophie a break from all the hard work she does taking care of his Pokemon and assisting him in research on Legendary Pokemon. Lock and many of his Pokemon are incredibly protective of Sophie, and they prefer she doesn't follow Lock into some of the dangerous situations he puts himself in looking for Legendary Pokemon. Sophie is one of the few people that gets to see Lock's kind side, and often has a habit of trying to help his image that he had unintentionally built for himself.

ImageRiza Blackwell - Riza is a long time friend and rival with Lock, they had met long ago in the relative beginnings of their adventures and spent a large amount of time together when Lock travelled to Johto after becoming Champion of Hoenn. Riza is one of the few people who knew Lock before his ego grew and he became the man he is infamous for being. Lock and Riza harbor feelings for each though their choices in life may have caused them to miss their chance at acting on them. Riza is the only person who Lock has ever traded one of his Pokemon with, and if gave her one of his oldest friends, his Heracross.
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Pokemon


Arcanine Lock's most dependable combatant Arcanine's sheer tenacity and raw talent in battle has made Arcanine Lock's pinch hitter. The leader of the Lock's entire roster he commands the respect of the others and is the only member that is always with Lock.
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(♂) - Flash Fire
~ Outrage
~ Exteme Speed
~ Flare Blitz
~ Wild Charge
~ Close Combat
~ Crunch
~ Protect


Aura (Lucario) One of Lock's most loyal and oldest allies Aura stands as one of most well-known Pokemon in the Hoenn region. Her immense speed and attack power brings fear to all that challenge Lock. Aura acts as an older sister to the other Pokemon and constantly helps any of the new Pokemon Lock catches settle into the ranch with the others.
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(♀) - Inner Focus -
~ExtremeSpeed
~Close Combat
~Aura Sphere
~Swords Dance
~Double Team
~Power-Up Punch
~Bullet Punch


Scarlet (Latias) The More playful of Lock's eon duo, her attitude toward battling is much less serious than most of Lock's Pokemon, whereas she sees it more as a game than a real battle, even with her playful attitude her she is still a formidable threat being Lock's go to Pokemon to mega evolve. Scarlet is who Lock considers his secret weapon as most of the time both trainers and Pokemon alike doubt her true strength. Scarlet enjoys playing jokes on Sophie when she is left at the ranch. Scarlet wears a small tiara that has her mega stone on it.
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(♀) - Levitate -
~Helping Hand
~Wish
~Roost
~Psychic
~Dragon Pulse
~Psyshock
~Draco Meteor

Azure (Latios) The More Serious of the two, who takes his battles very seriously as he does everything. Azure constantly tries to become strong and uses his sister as a goal of power, knowing while he is the more serious of the two she is actually the stronger of the two. Azure is immensely protective of both Scarlet and Sophie . He actually likes to be at the ranch training with the other Pokemon more than joining Lock on adventures, believing he is excessive if Scarlet is on the team.
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(♂) - Levitate
~Helping Hand
~Surf
~Dragon Pulse
~Draco Meteor
~Luster Purge
~Psyshock
~Calm Mind


Greninja One of Lock's newest allies, having met Greninja as Frogadier when he first arrived in Kalos, he became one of his most valuable Pokemon for Lock during his adventure in the region. With his strong Ability of Protean Greninja and Lock focused on learning a diverse set of moves to maximizes his option in battle and quickly became one of Lock most reliable fighters. His determination is rivaled by few of Lock's Pokemon and strives to impress Arcanine most of all knowing he is the leader of all Lock's Pokemon.
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(♂) - Protean
~ Shadow Sneak
~ Dark Pulse
~ Double Team
~ Gunk shot
~ Hydro Cannon
~ Ice Beam
~ Water Shuriken


Phana (Donphan) Phana is one of the only Pokemon trades that Lock had ever made. Being given to him by a friend he made while exploring the Johto region the strong defensive Pokemon was traded for Lock's Heracross. Both Phana and Heracross had grown close to each trainer during their adventure together and the trade was made as a sign of the friendship they had all formed. Phana is one of Lock's most loyal Pokemon even if she was not initially caught by Lock. She trusts Lock unconditionally both inside and out of battle, even when he can get ahead of himself sometimes. Many of Lock's Pokemon initially were not fond of Phana as they lost one of their long term allies and friends, but thanks to her kind nature and Lock they eventually accepted her as one of them. Hse has a strong connection with Sophie who remind her of her original trainier.
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(♀) - Sturdy
~ Earthquake
~ Ice Shard
~ Head Smash
~ Iron Defense
~ Rock Polish
~ Stone Edge
~ Rollout

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Lock Everett's Story

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Lock Everett & Sophie Valentine


Lock laid on the upper level of the boat that he found to bring him to the islands, Both Scarlet and Azure flew around the boat while the others remained in their Pokeballs. He leaned up and tilted his sunglasses down to see some islands out in the distance. Hey, old man! Those the islands you bringing me too?, Lock asked in his usual tone. The old sailor merely grunted as he looked at his navigation device to see where he was and how long until he didn't have to deal with Lock.

You may be paying me good money for this trip but don't think I won't throw your ass overboard if you keep up your attitude, you aren't my champion remember that, and don't doubt a man of the seas strength. Your terrible attitude aside, yes those are the island you want to be dropped off on. The old sailor began to go faster, this had been one of his worse trips out of Kalos. Lock's terrible attitude had soured what could have been a great ride on his boat on such a gorgeous day. As he pulled up to the shores of Haven, the center island Scarlet and Azure zoomed past him, dropping things they found while flying next to him as an apology for Lock's behavior. Alright I brought ya here, and you paid me. That concludes our business make sure to not call me again until you fix that attitude. That old man began to zoom off so he could get to enjoy the ride home to Kalos.

Lock looked up the small hill that was before him as he saw small a familiar face, the bubbly-eyed brown haired assistant of his stood at the top of the hill waving to the three of them before Scarlet took off and grabbed Sophie's hat from her and began to playfully fly around her just out of reach. Scar, couldn't you at least say hi before teasing me. I haven't seen you three is two months. Sophie continued to chase Scarlet around for her hat. Then out of nowhere Sky flew in and snatched the hat from Scarlet and giving it back to Sophie. Thanks Sky! Scarlet landed in front of Sophie who gave her a big hug.I missed you guys! It has pretty hard to keep some of the new Pokemon is check without Azure or Aura there. Sophie walked over to Lock, a big smile on her face and gave him a big hug. Seems that Hoopa escaped you huh, two months and still where you started out. Well it is okay you have time, I mean going after the one that literally can hop through hoops and vanish wasn't the best idea, that aside where is he? Sophie's big brown eyes lit up with excitement and she watched Lock grab one of his pokeballs. Greninja, get out here! Lock said as he threw the luxury ball in the air and out popped a shiny Greninja This is Sophie and she will be taking care of you whenever I leave you at my ranch. She is an important friend so be sure to be nice. Sophie's eyes glimmered at both the new Pokemon she had yet to meet and what Lock had said. She put her hand toward Greninja. Sophie Valentine, average Pokemon breeder and Lock's assistant. Pleased to finally get the chance to meet you Greninja shook her hand and replied with a smile.

Sophie and Lock began to walk to the mansion at the center of the island and used the time to catch up. So how is the Pokefood doing, you got any better since the last time I was home. Lock asked Sophie as they began to see the large mansion they were heading to. Yea I am getting there. Still not anywhere close to how good the food you got from Sinnoh that one time. I mean none of the Pokemon complain, or refuse to eat it but I know I can do better. Sophie said in response before quickly remembering something. Did you hear? A Rayquaza was seen at Sky Pillar, a trainer was sneaking around and saw it fly from the top of the tower. Lock's eyes lit up and he clenched his fist. I saw one too, Hoopa summoned it and the Rayquaza destroyed us, his power was unreal but he seemed different from all the pictures I saw, I think it was able to mega evolve. If that is the case I am far from being at the level I need to be to catch Pokemon of that level. I haven't faced defeat like this in a very long time. Lock said as his reaction obviously shifted. Well then we'll both have to try our best to get better and being here with some great trainers might help us both. Sophie said trying to cheer Lock up. Sophie looked up as they were pretty close to the mansion.

Oh yea the egg from your friend hatched didn't it, where is the lil' guy? Lock asked in a near immediate change in mood. SHE is a girl and her name is Aoi. Sophie said in a joking manner as threw out her Pokeball with Aoi in it. Aoi popped out and almost instantly hid behind Sophie's leg. Sophie picked her up and pet her head. It is okay Aoi, this is one of my friend Lock. Lock's everyone's trainer that you are friends with at the ranch. Aoi looked up at Lock small tear in her eyes. Don't worry Aoi. We will have time to get to know each other fine. Lock said with a small smile. We should probably put everyone in their pokeballs before heading in there, though. We wouldn't want to seem unappreciative of the invite. Lock said before returning Scarlet, Azure, and Greninja to their pokeballs. Sophie returned Sky to her pokeball but kept Aoi in her arms. I am going to keep Aoi out for now, she shouldn't cause to much trouble if she is just resting in my arms. Sophie said with a small smile as they walkied up to the mansion gate and rang the bell.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu

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Ring...ring...
A soft snoring resounded throughout the entire cabin. By the sleeping figure's side was a hulking mass of steel with four legs, silent but awake.
Ring...! Ring...!
The ringing and vibrating of a small device at the figure's side slowly grew in volume. The Steel/Psychic Pokemon known only as Metagross slowly shifted and fixated its gaze on the ringing device. Slowly, it glowed blue. Then it levitated closer to the figure's ear...and--
RING! RING!!
"God, shut up!" The figure awoke with a jolt, banging her head on the wall and groaned loudly as she did, rubbing at the sore spot. She snatched the levitating phone away from her Metagross- who seemed unfazed by her outburst- and answered the call. "Ugh...hello...?" "Nanami Sadamatsu! What took you so long to answer?!"

Nanami blinked the sleep out of her eyes and her irritation quickly washed away. "Oh, hi, Magenta-chan! Miss me yet?" She teased, a cat-like grin making it onto her face. She heard a hmph on the other side of the line, and chuckled. "Well, things have been a lot quieter ever since you left...though yes, it's just strange to not have someone cracking pick-up lines into your ears every moment she gets." Nanami held back a chuckle as Carrots stared on at her, and she absentmindedly bonked him on the head- causing a wave of pain to shoot up her fist. She gritted her teeth a bit but forced a smile. "In any case, are you there yet?" "Nope, but I think I'm getting close. Hold on." Turning away from the phone, she looked to Carrots. "Wake up Ayato and tell him to check if we're close, please?" The Metagross shuffled away, bonking a sleeping Feraligatr in the corner of the room.

A yelp, an angry thump of the tail, then Ayato shuffled outside. "So, Magenta-chan, what's this island all about anyway?" Another huff. "You were invited and you didn't bother looking into it?" "All I noticed was the word vacation and it was the only thing I needed to remember about it." "Supposedly, only the best and the most prestigious of Trainers and a few others were invited." "Why didn't you get one? We could have gone here together, get married, live a fulfilling life--" "W-What?! G-Get your mind out of the gutter, Nanami! I'm a fashion designer first and a Trainer second, that's why I'm not there. You don't see Kirigaya being given an invitation either, right?"

"Hey, I was her mentor! She's doing fine!" Nanami pouted a bit. "I doubt she would have gone though. Everyone knows she's a recluse." Ayato shuffled back inside, crawling in on all fours as he looked out the window of their cabin. Ayato's tail thumped happily as he looked out at the blue sea. "We're close, Magenta-chan. We're about to get off soon, so I'll call you later, 'kay?" "Sure. I'll be waiting for your call." As Magenta spoke her last words before hanging up, her voice took on a sincere tone that left Nanami's heart hammering in her chest. Not only from the possibility of Magenta's reciprocating her feelings, but the fact that they were finally here. She smiled, returning Carrots and patting Ayato's back. "Does the sea remind you of home, boy?" Ayato let out a happy growl as he looked to her with a bright grin.

Nanami looked out and saw a green figure riding through in the sky. Squinting, she grinned brightly. "Ayato, look! A shiny Dragonite in the sky!" Ayato let out a confused growl, and she glanced at him briefly. "You know, like Sorata? But green? Ah, you dumb little chomper, you wouldn't get it." She chuckled and tapped him on the snout, moving to grab her bags. "Carry some of the stuff for me, will you? We're getting off soon."


The morning breeze kissed at the Dual Champion's cheeks as she got off, Ayato following behind her. The Feraligatr didn't have much struggle in carrying the heavy bags, nor did the Trainer seem to have any qualms. She may have packed way too much, but this was a vacation- she had to make the most out of it. Ayato sniffed the air, and grumbled a bit at her. "What is it, boy? Do you smell anything?" Ayato thumped at the ground with his tail, tracing something with the tip. "Other Pokemon? Then the others must be already here!" She jogged a bit in place, grinning at her Feraligatr. "Let's head on over! Last one to reach there gets his dinner cut!" Ayato let out a loud roar, slinging the bags onto his back as he dashed on all fours to keep up with his Trainer.

Nanami wasn't her old school's track star for nothing- in only a few minutes, she had already reached the mansion. "That took longer than it should have...these bags must be weighing us down, pal!" She smiled as Ayato finally caught up, huffing at his loss. She looked up- three people were already at the mansion. A blue-haired man with sunglasses and a brown-haired girl, and a black-haired boy with an Alakazam. Nanami thought for a bit- did he look familiar, or what? She shrugged- probably someone she passed on the street or something. Nothing important. But if he was here, then it meant that he was probably a good Trainer too.

"No one answering the door yet?" She approached with a friendly wave and a little grin, Ayato following at her heels with the bags still on his back. Now to hope that these people were friendly.


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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu

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While Sophie and Lock waited for someone to come answer the door, two new trainers showed up behind them. Sophie quickly turned around to introduce herself and hopefully stop Lock from making a bad impression. Hello there I am Sophie Valentine, and this here is Aoi. That one over there that is so focused on the gate Lock Everett. Sophie looked at the two people feeling like she had seen them before in some of the notes and papers she uses to research information and recent sightings of legendary Pokemon. As she looked at the girl things quickly connected in her head. Oh God, you're Nanami Sadamatsu champion of Both Kanto and Johto. The paper I read called you a late-blooming prodigy, similarly to what they called Lock. Lock still facing the gate tilted his head back to see the person Sophie just compared him to. He quickly eyed her up and down to see if she seemed familiar to him. Don't go comparing me to someone who lost their title to their first challenger. I held my title for ten years before I decided to retire. Sophie almost instantly reacted to what she did, any newspapers and such she had Lock surely looked through as well. I am so sorry for his attitude, he can be a little bit rude sometimes. I am his assistant I help him with the research he does on legendary Pokemon. Pleased to meet you two. She said with a big smile and her hand outward to the two.

The boy looked familiar but she couldn't put her finger on who he was until Lock began to speak. So what you bring the threepeat loser as a consolation prize for beating him, girl? Lock pulled out a small notebook he had in his pocket and jotted a few things down on one of the pages while giving the two new guests little attention. I mean you are Alexander Rhodes, aren't you? Finally turning around Lock looked at the two trainers, If I didn't think that my Pokemon and Sophie needed a vacation, I would leave right now. Being associated with second-rate "elites" like you two will tarnish my name and the legacy I have built. Lock said to the two in a serious tone. Sophie stood shocked she had never seen Lock as mad and serious as he looked right now.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Keiko Haruna
"A vacation huh?"



"Keiko Haruna,

So I've gotten wind of something along the lines of a vacation. Islands, beaches, meadows and all that stuff. Unfortunately, I can't go. I still have some loose ends to tie up after that--incident. Can't really afford to take a break right now. You go in my stead. Being holed up in one spot for too long won't do your perspective any good.

My Pokemon seem to be fine with it...save for one. She was looking forward to it. This one seems to be big softie for blue seas and tropical weather. Take her along for me. The air would do her good too.

Well, see you around Kei. Hope you like the present.

Reika."


"Perspective huh?" Keiko replayed the message she received as she waited for the ferry to roll in the docks. Outside, the waves gently lapped on the metal sides, creating a slightly hypnotic motion for the people inside. Kei could see it in their eyes. Tired, almost expressionless looks. Exactly what one can expect from a cargo ship. As kind as Reika was to send Keiko the invites and directions, she didn't leave any ship fare. Luckily, Kei still had some money left in the bank and she hadn't touched her summer bonus. She can afford a vacation...but money's still going to be tight. On the positive side, the ship was faster than some of the luxury ferries heading into the island.

Sighing, Kei walked away from the deck and back into the cabin. The island was looming into view so it shouldn't take too long for them to get there. In her pocket was a Premier Ball containing the Pokemon Reika loaned to her. She has to remember to take good care of her while on the island, maybe take her out for a few spins. In the meantime, the boat slowed down a little. They were docking. Time to alight.

"Alright, let's go." Kei grunted as she followed the throng of people walking out of the creaky old ship. From what the invitation read, they were supposedly staying in a mansion of sorts. "Fancy that huh." Kei breathed in the cool, island air. As much as she wanted to check out the various establishments around town, walking around with a heavy bag isn't exactly her style. So she decided to head on over to the mansion directly. Hopefully, some people should be around already.

Her hunch was right as she strode on over to the front door. Some people have gathered--all of them impressive personalities in their own right. She heard that only the best Trainers are called over to the island but she didn't exactly expect to see at least three Champions. Looking around, she really looked out of place. Not that it was too bothersome anyway.

"No one answering the door yet?" The girl who spoke up was Nanami Sadamatsu, Johto's champion. She heard stories about her during her stay in Unova. "Good Trainer. A little excitable though."

"Hello there." The bored looking guy was their turf's champion, Alex Rhodes. "Well...him, I've heard of."

"Don't go comparing me to someone who lost their title to their first challenger. I held my title for ten years before I decided to retire." And the person acting around as if he was picking a fight was Lock Everett...from Hoenn. "So he really is an asshole...why am I not surprised?"

"If I didn't think that my Pokemon and Sophie needed a vacation, I would leave right now. Being associated with second-rate "elites" like you two will tarnish my name and the legacy I have built."

"Only one's tarnishing anybody's rep here is you, honestly." Keiko sighed. To her, Lock seemed pitiful. She was fully aware that she's not invited per se but whatever. Guy was being a total dick--someone needs to stand up sooner or later. Anyone catches wind of Champions fighting over inflated egos and pride would leave a bad taste and impressions back at their place, especially to the young Trainers looking up to them. Better she takes the heat for it. Besides, she's got the badge. Island's not exactly a place of no extradition.

"Talking big about your achievements in your detached idealistic games aren't impressing anyone. Six feet down below and you're just as much of a nobody as everyone else." Kei shot Lock a rather unimpressed stare, devoid of any emotion...even disgust. Afterwards, she turned to the other people around as well. Sighing, she walked past them a little and rung the bell. "Sorry for barging in on your conversation. It just didn't seem like it. I guess I mistook Hoenn poster boy for a troglodyte making threats."

This was building up to be a very, very relaxing vacation for the Unova local.

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'To whom this may concern' was the start of the letter that would perhaps signal one of the biggest changes in my life. An island getaway sounds idyllic in theory but in practice, when the best are gathered together there's bound to be some sort of conflict eventually. At best this will be a nice change of pace, perhaps this vacation will give me the inspiration I seek. At worst, well I suppose it could provide me with the chance to continue to test my skills as a trainer. I wonder what my brother would think if he were in my place. Perhaps I shall write him a letter later on and find out.

Finishing the latest entry in her journal, Neve signed it off with a practiced flourish. Currently she was on the boat she had hired to take her to her destination and had taken to scribbling down in the book to pass time until she arrived. 'I guess I'll need to start using another book soon.' The thought lingered in her mind as she stared at her journal. With a plain brown cover it didn't seem to be anything impressive, although she only had enough space for perhaps a couple more entries and the book was starting to look a little tattered around the edges.

"Hey miss! We're here!" A knock on the door accompanied the call and the purple haired lady blinked a couple of times at the sudden announcement. Stuffing the journal into the case she had brought with her, Neve scooped up Nyx from where the small fox Pokémon had been snoozing on the counter.

Cradling the Zorua in her arms, she opened the door and smiled politely at the sailor who had been kind enough to bring her here. "Thank you." Neve pressed the money she owed him into the man's hand, along with a little extra, he had been courteous enough not to bother her until they arrived and that was something she had appreciated.

Her obligations here fulfilled, she left the room she had been in and paused for a moment, taking in the sight before her. It was certainly impressive and she could make out a few figures over by the gate that she recognised from various articles she had read.

Neve took a deep breath in, steeling herself for any confrontations that may occur before disembarking and heading toward the group of people and Pokémon who seemed to be arguing? She eyed them warily before settling herself at a bit of a distance from them so that she didn't have to get involved, not bothering with any greetings beyond a slight nod of her head.

She observed the group for a minute or so longer to see if anything else happened before perching herself on the case containing her belongings and pulling out a small notebook and pen that she had taken to carrying around in her jacket pocket, Neve was still wearing it despite the warm weather there seemed to currently be. Perhaps she would start on the letter for her brother while she was waiting to be let in.

Nyx was placed on her lap so that the blue and black Zorua could continue to doze despite having been jostled around a fair amount during transit. Neve then opened the book and flicked through the pages to the next empty one and paused with her pen hovering above the white sheet. 'How do I even begin to write this anyway?'

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Ruth Ono


Ruth huffed quietly as she reached up to put the next set of towels into the airing cupboard of one of the buildings on King Threshield's islands.
"Dug, this would usually be considered being underfoot." She said to the Lairon. "Can I have my shoe back please?"

Dug frowned (as much as a Lairon can frown without visible eyebrows) and tugged on Ruth's boot again, nearly pulling the tall girl off of her feet. Or foot, as the case may be. She was having to balance on one leg while she negotiated with her oldest friend for the release of her foot from his jaws. She finally managed to put the towels in the cupboard, between tugs, and dusted off her hands. She finally pried Dug off of her shoe and walked past him.
"Dug, I can't play right now, I have work to do." She grabbed the basket of towels for the other apartments, and started to make her way to the door. However, Dug had other ideas, and leapt at his trainer. The weight of the Lairon easily knocked Ruth to the floor, and sent her basket of towels flying, to the delight of Dug. She sighed fondly.

She struggled upright, and grabbed Dug round the middle. She half-carried, half-dragged the wriggling beast outside. The warm sun hit her almost like a wall, so great was the difference between the air conditioned apartments and the tropical outdoor heat. These buildings in particular had one of the better views, out over the flowers, ferns and palm trees, right down to one of Haven's main bays. Against the greenery, the white stucco apartments contrasted brilliantly, almost looking as if they may be glowing from a distance. Ruth took a deep breath of the fresh air.
"Clover, Viv, could you..." She started to call out, but noticed a distinct lack of the two pokemon. She blinked and looked around for them. One of the older housekeepers, Franny, came out of another apartment and spotted her.
"Looking for your other pokemon?" She asked. Ruth turned to the much smaller woman.
"Yeah, they were here when I went in." Ruth answered. Franny nodded, and gestured in the direction of the mansion near the centre of the island.
"Guess some of his majesty's guests must have arrived, they took off that way in a hurry." Indeed, when Ruth looked closer, she could see a small gathering of people and pokemon. Ruth let out a frustrated sigh.
"Oh no..." She muttered. Franny patted her shoulder.
"Look on the bright side, Clover's with her, so Vivian can't cause too much trouble." She consoled. Ruth looked back and forth between the towels scattered in the hallway behind her and the mansion.
"Yeah, but Vivian's small enough, she might pass unnoticed, nobody's going to not see a tropius." Ruth said. Franny followed her gaze, and smiled. She patted Ruth's back.
"Tell you what, I'm done here, so I'll take over your towels, while you go make sure your pokemon don't cause havoc, hmm?" The older woman said. Ruth smiled down at her.
"Thanks, Franny, you're a lifesaver." She said, as she dropped Dug to the ground and started jogging the way Franny had indicated, her Lairon dashing ahead of her.

Vivian and Clover were skulking through the underbrush near the wall, trying to get a good look at the newly arrived trainers. Vivian may have been a bit too bright a blue to truly blend in, but the grasses and ferns were tall enough to mostly hide her. Clover, on the other hand, was far too tall to hide behind the brush, but perfectly camouflaged by her own leafy appearance. Clover made a quiet noise, voicing her doubt in Vivian's idea. Vivian gurgled indignantly and reached up to shush her larger teammate. The new humans were arriving, the ones that were supposedly the best trainers the world had to offer. As far as she was concerned, she already had the best one, maybe not the most famous, but the best. After all, she'd managed to train a pokemon as great as Vivian, she had to be the best. Plus, she was bigger than every human here! Except maybe the one with blue hair, Vivian couldn't tell over the distance. She huffed, and started moving to get a closer look. Clover started shuffling and making more plaintive noises, trying to encourage the golduck to stop without alerting the humans. She glanced around nervously, and made a happier noise as she saw Ruth emerge from the trees.
"There you two are!" She said, keeping her voice low. Seeing Vivian leaning out, almost to the point of being visible, Ruth quickly scooped the golduck up and back into the trees.
"We're not supposed to bother King Threshield's guests, Viv. We'll see them if they want to ask for something." She muttered. However, as her attention was on bringing Vivian back out of sight, Dug rushed past her, almost knocking Ruth off her feet again.
"Dug! Dug, come back!" She hissed after the excited Lairon. With little else for it, she turned to Clover.
"Grab him, would you." She said. Clover quickly moved out and rushed over to contain the walking disaster that was Dug. But, she wasn't quite fast enough. Dug reached the group and stood up on his hind legs to jump at the latias playfully. He turned this way and that excitedly, from the feraligator, to the dragonite, to the greninja, trying to greet all the new pokemon he'd never met. Clover stopped, halfway between the tree line and the group, unsure of what to do, until Dug noticed an azumaril in one girl's arms. He moved closer to investigate, and Clover and Ruth immediately started forward again, worried he might try to jump up at the girl to get a better look. Ruth tucked Vivian under one arm and pulled ahead of Clover.
"I'm terribly sorry folks. Clover, get Viv." She said as she walked up, slouching to make herself seem smaller. She handed Vivian up to Clover, so she could carry the golduck in her mouth. Vivian squawked indignantly about the treatment. With Vivian out of the way, Ruth reached down to grab Dug around the middle again, and hoist him up so that he couldn't jump at anyone.
"Doesn't quite realise he's not a lap pokemon any more." She offered with an awkward laugh. She started backing up, looking to head back the way she came, though while carrying a Lairon, such was slow going.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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"Hello there I am Sophie Valentine, and this here is Aoi. That one over there that is so focused on the gate Lock Everett." Nanami clenched her jaw to prevent it from dropping- this early and a pretty girl had already shown up! How fortunate! But she had certainly heard of the name Lock Everett somewhere- oh, in Hoenn, from Raito. When Sophie's gaze moved to her, she seemed to realize who the two were. "Oh God, you're Nanami Sadamatsu champion of Both Kanto and Johto. The paper I read called you a late-blooming prodigy, similarly to what they called Lock." Nanami grinned a bit- hey, she was a sucker for praise. "Yeah~ The one and only." Even Ayato put down the bags on his back and rose to his full height to flex his big arms. This moment of pride was short-lived, though, as the man named Lock spoke.

"Don't go comparing me to someone who lost their title to their first challenger. I held my title for ten years before I decided to retire." "What--! I lasted two years the first time around, bud! That's still impressive for a newbie to the title!" Nanami thought, and clenched her jaw again- though this was to prevent her from saying anything offensive. Luckily though, the other girl, Sophie, began to apologize for the Hoenn Champion's words- though it seemed that the man wasn't done berating her and the other guy yet. Though the name Alexander Rhodes really did ring a bell in her head- she just didn't know when she met him exactly.

"If I didn't think that my Pokemon and Sophie needed a vacation, I would leave right now. Being associated with second-rate "elites" like you two will tarnish my name and the legacy I have built." That was it. Nanami was just about ready to snap- this guy, though obviously older than her gave off the impression of an extremely arrogant lizard. His blue hair wasn't going to help her idea of him looking like a rabid Feraligatr either. Before she could speak though, another voice came into the conversation. "Only one's tarnishing anybody's rep here is you, honestly." A girl with dusty white hair came onto the scene, and Nanami frowned a bit- did she see her before? Why were all these people ringing a bell in her head?!

"Talking big about your achievements in your detached idealistic games aren't impressing anyone. Six feet down below and you're just as much of a nobody as everyone else." "Nice, nice, a realistic view on things! She's totally that cold, mysterious type in anime! Definitely!" Nanami tugged her scarf up to contain her grin. At least someone spoke out exactly what she was thinking. Though, she hadn't heard of this girl yet- though she did seem familiar. She released a sigh of relief and glanced around- an aura of hostility had already settled among them. This was building up to a rough start. Before she could say anything to- in any way reset the mood, a rustling in the bushes caught her attention.

It wasn't long until a Lairon burst out- it seemed like an excited Growlithe almost, as it stood up on its hind legs and eyed all the new Pokemon eagerly. Ayato let out a startled yelp, then got down on all fours again to get on eye level as much as he possibly could with the Lairon. At least, until someone rushed out to grab the Lairon. "I'm terribly sorry folks. Clover, get Viv." A girl came out- Nanami presumed that this was the Trainer of the Lairon. "Strong..." She murmured to Ayato. Ayato sat back on his hind legs, tilting his head. "Remember how heavy Akkun's Lairon was before he evolved? He was almost as heavy as you." She pinched at the Feraligatr's nose a bit and glanced at the girl again.

"Doesn't quite realise he's not a lap pokemon any more." Ayato let out a protesting cry the moment he noticed the girl backing up with a potential new Pokemon friend, earning him an elbow to the ribs that he barely felt through his scales. Nanami herself kept quiet- this was an incredibly confusing turn of events and she...kind of wanted to see how all this would turn out.


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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Lock Everett & Sophie Valentine


The other guests near immediately reacted to Lock's comments, one of them was a white-haired girl who was unknown to both Lock and Sophie. Her comment toward Lock had made him slightly more irritated Who even are you? These two may be second rate trainers, but at least I knew who they were. A Lairon came running toward the guests and on top of all that happened caused Aoi to begin to cry. Calm down Aoi, I know things have begun to get a little intense for you. Sophie said as she pat the young Pokemon on the head.

Lock looked at the newest of the people to join them at the gate. Hey you! Do you happen to work here? I would like to meet the man who invited us and go to relaxing with my Pokemon. Lock looked at yet another person who had yet to introduce themselves. I was promised the best of the best, not a bunch of wet behind the ears champions and nobodies. As Lock begins another rant, he feels a sharp pain in his back. Quickly turning around Lock stares at a pink Heracross with a scar across his right eye and small band with a jewel on his horn. He was shocked at who stood before him, it was his old friend the Heracross that he caught when he was still a rookie trainer, but he traded him to a friend in Johto.

Still talking down to people like you are the king of the world Lock, says a rather busty blond as she walks out of the gates of the mansion. I especially don't appreciate that you talked down to someone I actually respect as a trainer. Long time no see, Nanami The blond said to Lock and Nanami. She wore a rather fancy black and red dress and held a fan with a jewel at the bottom in her hand. To those of you who don't know who I am, allow me to introduce myself. I am Riza Blackwell, of Blackthorn City in the Johto region. Allow me to welcome you all in Mr. Threshield's steed as you all seemed to have shown up before we had planned. Riza said with a curtsey and her shiny Heracross beside her. Ruth if you would be a dear, please walk the rest of the guests to the meeting area, I have some business with Mr.Everett. Riza stared at Lock who still seemed shocked at what he had before him. Riza is one of the few people aside from Sophie who had grown close with during his adventure and one of only two people he considered a rival.

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Sophie has stood around as she watched this all happened and while slightly confused at the situation, she took joy in the fact the someone is able to actually put Lock in his place. Lock I am going to head inside with everyone. I hope you enjoy your catching up with those two. This was the Riza Blackwell that she had heard so much about, Lock's rival and the original trainer of Phanna.

Lock having finally regained his composure with the scenario, he had his old friend and rival before him. I would assume you want Heracross and Phanna to battle. I doubt you would have any other reason to pull me aside. Lock reached onto his belt a grabbed Phanna's pokeball. I am going to let you know Heracross may be able to mega evolve now, but Phanna has been by my side while I challenged some of the strongest Pokemon in this world. Lock's expression changed to that of a cocky smile.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Keiko Haruna
"Really now?"




"Who even are you? These two may be second rate trainers, but at least I knew who they were."

"Really now? Whose fault is it then, yours or mine?" Kei retorted back, never breaking the iron air she maintained. "Wouldn't that just confirm what I said? About you knowing nothing outside your world of games?" Lock's cocky attitude somehow reminded her of the politicians she took down. They all acted high and mighty but eventually, they all went down kicking and screaming in the end, their power and status stripped in a matter of seconds before their eyes. She's seen it all before. And it looked pitiful.

In the meantime, other people also arrived. One was a girl chasing a Lairon who suddenly burst into the porch. Quite an energetic little fellow. Its Trainer looked friendly as well though she didn't look like any of them. Kei only assumed that she was a local. There was also another girl who just waited quietly on the sidelines. She didn't seem interested in what was unfolding ahead of her. Which is probably the right course of action.

She heard Lock attempt another go by brushing the other Trainers as "wet-behind-the-ears Champions" and herself as a nobody. Kei just smiled to herself at this notion. True enough, compared to everyone around, Kei barely got any status to her name. A regular white collar certainly doesn't stack against the Kings of the regions. Still, the encounter was amusing. It's not every day that your "nobody" berates a king...or at least, someone masquerading as one.

"Nobody? How amusing. You're only proving my point further every time you open your mouth in insult." Kei had one last go at the Hoenn Champion before a blonde-haired woman caught their attention. Introducing herself as Riza Blackwell, she motioned for one of the girls who arrived to usher them inside. It seems the two had some personal business to settle.

"Thank you." Kei thanked both the blonde girl and the other one asked to accompany them inside. They were supposed to hole up in a meeting area for the moment. Maybe they will receive their room assignments there? She doesn't recall reading anything about rooms in the invite. She walked just slightly behind the Trainers, observing the interior of the large mansion. She's investigated other mansions back then but the one she was in now was enormous. Rather fitting for the house of a King--a real one, it seems.

"I don't know what's worse the fact that you're here or that you don't seem to know who I am. Are we really so forgettable? Alex Rhodes? The Terror? Quickly retired champion of Unova? We've met before."

"None of the Champions seem to have any form of decency these days..." Kei sighed. Gone were the days of Alder, Cynthia and Steven; Champions who were worthy of respect not only for their skill in battle but for the way they treated those around them. People who earned respect, not demanded it. The new ones all seemed to be lacking in good manners and right conduct. Kids drunk on the power and prestige they acquired. With this in mind, Kei trudged on forward to the meeting room to wait for the arrival of their host.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Ruth had tried to shrink further when the Hoenn champion started shouting at her. Really, why did people always think it was okay to yell any and all of their complaints at people who were just trying to do their jobs? But, she sighed in relief as her rescue came in the form of Miss Blackwell, and an order to lead the rest of King Threshield's guests inside. Leaving the Hoenn champion to her, thank heaven. She deposited Dug back onto the ground with a quiet warning not to jump, stood up straight again, and dusted herself off.
"Yes, Miss Blackwell." She replied with a bow, and turned to the other guests. "If you'd all follow me please. I'm Ruth Ono, I work here."

Vivian struggled her way back to the ground, and charged her way to the front of the crowd. She huffed, and started leading the way with her bill in the air. Felicity tried to hold back her fond giggle at her friend's antics. Dug, for his part, was still rushing about the feet of the guests, trying to greet everyone, but Ruth gave him a stern look which kept him from getting too close to the girl with the azumaril. And lastly, Clover brought up the rear, subtly herding the group and watching for any stragglers. Ruth lead them through the now-open gates, through the immaculately manicured gardens, and into the manor itself.

She only had half an ear on what conversation there was behind her. Out of the corner of her eye, Ruth noticed some of the other staff, backing up when they spotted what group Ruth was leading through. This should probably have been one of the maid's jobs, if these guests hadn't arrived so early, and Dug hadn't decided to introduce himself. Derek just barely backed up before he was seen. And had to grab onto his absol before she went over to Ruth too. a friend she'd made since working here, and King Threshield's personal ranger, hired to protect the islands pokemon reserve, Derek gave Ruth a raised eyebrow as she passed. She could only answer with a helpless shrug. She briefly turned to the Hoenn champion's assistant.
"I'm, uhh, I'm really sorry if Dug scared her." She nodded to the azumaril in her arms. "He's excitable."

That apology taken care of, Ruth led them off to one side of the gleaming, lavish foyer, and down a purple carpeted hallway to a specific door. She glanced back briefly. Then she opened the door to show more purple carpet, with matching curtains pulled away from the large windows running along one wall, contrasted against white walls and a white tablecloth on the long table that occupied the room. On the wall opposite the widow hung a painting as long as the room, depicting a scene of countryside tranquility with both people and pokemon. Underneath it sat a couple of purple upholstered sofas, in an old Kalosian style. She entered and stood beside the door to gesture everyone in. Clover stayed in the foyer, since she couldn't fit.
"This is the meeting room. Please make yourselves comfortable, and somebody will be with you shortly." She said with another bow. She stood by as they filed in, before a shiny aurorus abruptly stretched it's neck up to get close to her face. It squinted it's eyes. Ruth had the strangest feeling she was being judged and found wanting. Vivian turned around and quacked indignantly. She got between Ruth and the aurorus and stood to her full, if unimpressive, height, hands on her hips and puffed up in offence. The aurorus gave Ruth a final look up and down, before sniffing, turning it's nose up, and walking back to the pink girl with the bag. Which reminded Ruth.
"Umm, I'd offer to take your luggage, but I don't actually know exactly where you'll be staying." The girl stared at Ruth. Ruth's shoulders slowly climbed to her ears.
"There'll probably be a porter to take them though, when you get told which apartment you're in." She finished with a mumble. She cleared her throat and turned back to the door.
"I'm sure King Threshield will come to greet you before too long, please just wait here patiently." She said, and finally left the room and shut the door behind, once Vivian and Dug had scampered out too.

She walked back to the foyer before flopping against the wall with a sigh.

Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono)


Felicity strode down the gangplank from the ship, pulling a wheeled suitcase behind her. Pearl trotted on her heels, chin held as high as her coordinator's. She'd came on a ferry, luxurious enough to fit her status, but simple enough that her relative lack of actual seafaring experience wasn't noticeable. As she disembarked, the wind caught her, in such a way that she wished the press could get to the island. It would have made such an appealing front cover, Jewel Gem in big sunglasses, sailor styled dress and a sunhat, all caught in a sea breeze. Plus her Aurorus just behind her. She stepped onto the path that led to the mansion, and briefly lowered her sunglasses to get a good look around. She nodded to herself in satisfaction, pushed her sunglasses back up, and started power walking up the path. However, she held back slightly as she approached, looking over the group.

She recognised the Kanto champion, mostly for the fact that the tabloids constantly mistook them for each other if they strayed into each other's colours, and the allegations of them having the same stylist. As if either of them used a stylist. Felicity had never really needed one. The Hoenn champion stood out, obviously, with his attitude. And his strangely familiar assistant. Hmm. A retired Unova champion. She frowned slightly when she found she couldn't really see any other coordinators...

There was a rustle, then something grey burst from the treeline, closely chased by something else green. A lairon darted into the middle of the trainers, jumping excitedly at the pokemon they brought with them. And...

No. No it couldn't be. The world wasn't that small.

That couldn't be Dug?

But then, Felicity's fears were confirmed, as a giant of a woman emerged from the treeline to catch and contain her lairon. It was one thing to see a familiar looking lairon, but to add to that a female trainer who's at least six feet tall? It could only be Ruth and Dug. Ruth dragged Dug up, to keep him from jumping on anyone, and apologised for his behavior, and Felicity could have sworn she was thirteen again, standing back as her sister learned to handle the energetic, newly oversized, lairon.
"I suppose it is in fact a small world, after all." She muttered to herself. Pearl blinked briefly at her, before schooling her own expression once again. Felicity didn't recognise the other two pokemon Ruth seemed to be in charge of, a tropius and a golduck, but her sister had always found it easy to make friends with pokemon. Her sister had also grown her hair out. It looked alright. Felicity pushed her sunglasses back up, and strode up to the group with a confidence she didn't truly feel.

Thankfully, she was saved from having to announce her presence, and possibly alert Ruth, by the timely arrival of Riza Blackwell. She gave the order for Ruth to lead them to the meeting room, and Ruth explained as she started leading the way that she worked here. Felicity looked around at the mansion, now interested in it as the place her sister worked, as well as a king's abode. Then she shook herself. She and Ruth hadn't spoken for five years, and they lived in totally different worlds now.

Instead, she forced herself to turn her attention to the other guests. And finally realised where she recognised Everett's assistant from, as Ruth turned away from a brief conversation with her. A previous competitor in her home region's contests. Sarah, Sharon, Sophia...?
"Oh, Sophie!" She greeted the younger girl with false cheer. She removed her sunglasses and grabbed one of Sophie's hands to shake. "It's been so long! I didn't know you'd be here! Things must be going well for you back on the home circuit?" Felicity knew Sophie had quit the contests. This was Felicity in her element, establishing social dominance on anything resembling a competitor. She could almost see her own apparent "sharpedo eyes" that her competitors had so often shuddered at.

Soon enough Ruth had brought them to the meeting room, and gestured them all inside. Felicity occupied herself looking around at the lavish decor, not paying attention to Pearl until she heard her sniff derisively, and turned to realise she'd been examining Ruth. She frowned silently at her aurorus, but thanked her lucky stars that she'd gotten Pearl long after leaving home. No way for Ruth to recognise her.
"Umm, I'd offer to take your luggage, but I don't actually know exactly where you'll be staying." Felicity just barely stopped herself from jumping out of her skin as Ruth came and talked directly to her. She was searching her brain for a response, as her sister looked more and more uncomfortable.
"There'll probably be a porter to take them though, when you get told which apartment you're in." Ruth mumbled, before backing off posthaste. Felicity let out a breath she hadn't realised she'd been holding. Did... Did Ruth really not recognise her at all? Or was she just trying to honour Felicity's decision to cut ties? Could you ever tell with Ruth? Speaking of, her sister finally escaped the room, with an assurance that they'd be received by his majesty soon. As gracefully as possible, hoping to disguise her turmoil, Felicity sank onto one of the sofas.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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"Still talking down to people like you are the king of the world Lock?"
Nanami's train of thought was quickly interrupted by yet another voice coming into the scene. She looked over at the newcomer- and literally felt her jaw drop. This wasn't just any beauty, not just any diamond in the rough- she would have easily reinvented the hourglass! Ayato seemed almost concerned for his- seemingly- hyperventilating Trainer- a traditional reaction to any girl that caught the Dual Champion's fancy. The blonde continued on- "I especially don't appreciate that you talked down to someone I actually respect as a trainer. Long time no see, Nanami." "Oh my Arceus, she knows me-- Wait." Nanami stopped her drooling for a moment and straightened herself up- the stray strand of hair seemingly standing along with her whole figure.

It seemed that the blonde had personal matters with the Hoenn Champion, and while she talked, the name Riza Blackwell finally entered the Dual Champion's mind. "Oh, it's Miss Blackwell--!" Ayato clamped a big claw over his Trainer's mouth and flashed a little grin at her. Annoyed, she pushed his claw off. It wasn't long until the blonde told the earlier woman with the Lairon to accompany them into the mansion, and without further ado, she grabbed Ayato's hand and quickly tugged him in. During the trek there, Nanami managed to get a good look at the girl who had trash-talked the Hoenn Champion from earlier. Now that most of the excitement had gone from her heart- no thanks to the hostile aura-, memories were flooding in.

"Miss Mysterious over there is...Keiko Haruna- right? The criminal profiler in Unova. Seems very in-character for her to be calling Mr. Rabid Feraligatr Man out for his cockiness." As she was busy observing the white-haired girl, she didn't notice the black-haired boy from earlier walking alongside her until she focused on the carpeted path ahead of her. When she heard a low growl emanate from Ayato's throat, she saw his tongue dart out and lick slightly at his sharp teeth, eyes narrowed to a predatory stare at an Alakazam who was walking next to the black-haired boy. Alex Rhodes.

"I don't know what's worse the fact that you're here or that you don't seem to know who I am." Ayato bared his teeth at the boy's tone, and Nanami reached nonchalantly into her coat's pocket and produced a small bag of sweets- popping one into Ayato's mouth seemed to placate the Feraligatr's desire to Crunch the Psychic-type walking alongside them, though his predatory glare never left. With a gesture to his Alakazam, Alex continued on. "Are we really so forgettable? Alex Rhodes? The Terror? Quickly retired champion of Unova? We've met before." Though his voice was calm, Nanami could feel the hostility- almost. With a sigh she popped a sweet into her mouth before talking.

"Rhodes, huh? Now that Mr. Rabid Feraligatr had just established that none of us like each other here, my excitement has just pretty much curled up and died and I'd really like to bring it back." She sighed. "Now while you certainly aren't forgettable- Unovians I know kept talking about you, you know, talking about how young you achieved Unova's Champion title. And for you thinking I've forgotten you, I take full responsibility- excitement can dull the senses and memory and I've been traveling for some time already."

She pulled her scarf up, let out a deep breath, and turned slightly to face the boy. "Look- this might not be the first time we've met, but we just got here. Let's all try to get along, yeah? We all came here for the sake of having a vacation, relaxing, taking our minds off any past rivalries and just enjoying life here on Mr. Threshield's islands as much as we possibly can before heading back to the world outside of vacation time." She paused, then extended a hand. She was prepared for it to be slapped away, but it was worth the risk. "If it placates you, I'll be willing to fight you anytime. So for now...just try to relax. All of us are tired from our journeys, we all have our blood boiling with Mr. Everett's ranting, and we are all in dire need of rest." With that settled, she turned back to Ayato and popped another sweet in the Feraligatr's mouth. The Feraligatr grunted, then bumped his fist with hers. She grinned a bit in reply and patted his bicep before continuing onto the meeting place.

Nanami could barely care about how lavish and fancy the meeting area was- the first thing she saw was a sofa, and she collapsed on it. Ayato himself was content with just perching himself at her feet, lying down and putting his heavy head onto her lap. She hummed a bit- Kalosian styled sofas. Magenta would have loved to be here. And now to see if anyone was brave enough- or didn't hate her- to try and sit beside the Dual Champ.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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'Dear Julian.' Just those two words were all Neve managed to get down on paper before a small amount of chaos seemed to unfold. It would have perhaps been the start of a letter to her brother, but with a Lairon now trying to greet everyone and the Pokémon's trainer trying to rein them in it didn't seem as if she would get the chance to write anymore for now. Not that was necessarily a bad thing, however, she could always finish it off before she settled in for the night.

The blue haired trainer 'Lock Everett, if I'm remembering correctly' seemed to have turned to insulting everyone again, only to be interrupted by a pink Heracross and the blonde lady who was clearly its trainer. As the woman directed the Lairon's trainer to lead the group inside, Neve trailed behind the group, followed closely by a Tropius who seemed to be making sure that she didn't wander off anywhere. She didn't want to have to talk to the others quite yet and staying toward the back of the group would allow Neve to observe them and how they interacted with each other for a bit longer.

The Lairon seemed to still be trying to meet everyone and when it wandered over to Neve, the purple haired lady bent down for a second to give him a gentle pat on the head before he moved on to his next target.

As the group entered the building, Neve took a moment to quietly admire it. It was certainly impressive, she hadn't seen anything so lavish in a while. Still, the lady leading them didn't stop there, instead they continued to walk until they reached a room. "This is the meeting room. Please make yourselves comfortable, and somebody will be with you shortly."

Neve entered the room last, nodding politely in thanks before sitting down on one of the sofas, next to a girl with pink hair and eyes. She tilted her head slightly trying to place where she recognised her from before suddenly recalling her name. 'Nanami Sadamatsu, the Dual Champion.' Neve stayed silent for a few minutes, silently contemplating whether to carry on with that letter now that things seemed to have quieted down some, she was honestly surprised that Nyx seemed to have stayed asleep through the commotion, but knowing her Pokémon as well as she did Neve figured that the Zorua would probably wake up soon, she had been asleep for a few hours now anyway.

Finally deciding that it would be rude to remain quiet for too long, Neve held out a gloved hand to Nanami, a soft smile tugging at her lips. "Neve Bennett, it's a pleasure to meet you."

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Lock threw the pokeball in the air releasing Phanna out, Phanna let's show these two how much you have grown. Phanna landed with a small shake to the ground and a proud roar from her trunk. Phanna looked at Riza with a prideful smile, it had been a long time since they had seen each other. I guess you weren't lying Lock, she has grown stronger alongside you than I could ever imagine. Still, this match will be far from close, there is a big difference between our two Pokemon traded as a sign of our friendship. Riza smiled as she closed her fan and Heracross jumped in front of Phanna, Heracross is my ace, Heracross no holding back Mega Evolve! Riza said as the jewel on Heracross' head and on Riza fan began to glow.

Phanna use Ice shard then follow it up with Head Smash Lock quickly ordered his Pokemon as to not allow Heracross to stay open without retaliating, Arm thrust Heracross and shatter those shards. A rather cold sounding command came from Riza that Heracross easily followed stopping Phanna's opening move. Now dodge and Swords Dance Heracross, I won't be allowing you to come up with some interesting strategy in the match Lock. I am going to end the two of you quickly. Lock smirked as he could sense what Riza had planned, Too late huh, well then I guess I'll just have to smash you the good old fashioned way. Heracross Pin Missile the poor girl. Riza smiles as Heracross took off in the and began to fire a flurry of Pin Missiles at Phanna. Phanna try to dodge it , and rotate use of Iron Defense and Rock Polish to strengthen both speed and defenses. Phanna dodged whatever she could of the assault and tanking what shots made it to her. Keep the assault Heracross, I have a feeling I know where they are going with this. Riza said with a smile.

It had been awhile since she had been able to just enjoy a match. Both Phanna and Heracross stood firm staring at their opponent before them, Alright Phanna rollout! Lock commanded as Phanna zoomed into Heracross with a powerful smash, Phanna continued to attempt to assault Heracross with the high-speed rollout. Heracross dodging seemed to be as solid as Phanna was earlier. Okay Heracross stand your ground, I got a plan. Phanna charged at Heracross confidently as now the damage has ramped up enough to hurt Heracross, Now Heracross send her into the sky with a mega horn. Then hit them with a Close Combat, while they can’t respond. Riza smirks as Phanna get slammed into the ground, This match is over now, Heracross Swords Dance again and then hit her with Bullet Seed to end this match. While Phanna was still recovering from the last assault, a flurry of high damage bullet seeds rained down hitting Phanna dead on. Phanna was unable to resist this final assault and while initially looking like she was standing strong, and she collapsed.

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Lock smiled as he returned Phanna to her pokeball, You did old girl, don’t take this loss to hard. Heracross began to showboat a bit at his victory before hovering over to Lock knocking him down. It has been a long time buddy, to think you would become so strong. I think we are gonna have to have a full battle soon. Lock said with a smile, as his old sat on his lap. We should head inside, once I get situated we can meet up and everyone can catch up. Lock said as he stood up, wiping the small bits of dirt off him. Riza smiled at Lock as this is the Lock she knows not the cocky man he had become. I look forward to a full battle down the road, it has been far too long since I have had the chance to battle a rival of mine. Riza replied as her and Heracross began to enter the mansion with Lock slightly behind them.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Sophie followed the others into the mansion looking around at all the extravagant pieces of art and such. It reminded her of the pictures of Parfum Palace that Lock had sent her. It was gorgeous, that was when Ruth Ono one of King Threshield's workers seemed to be worried out Aoi. Oh don't worry about it. It was mainly a build up of all the new people and the arguing, she isn't very good with new people or Pokemon. Sophie said with a small smile as she gave Aoi a pat on the head. Sophie looked around at the Pokemon and trainers that surrounded them, Hmm, it seems like returning the Pokemon was unnecessary as many of the trainers and even the workers seem to have them run free. Sophie said quietly to herself as they finally entered the meeting room. The Other trainers all seems to section themselves, tensions still seemed a little high thanks to that idiot Lock. He never knew how to hold his tongue for as long as Sophie knew him. While she was standing in the room looking at the beautiful furniture and artifacts in the room a familiar face showed up. Oh, Sophie!, It's been so long! I didn't know you'd be here! Things must be going well for you back on the home circuit? It was the famous coordinator Jewel Gem, they met a few times during Sophie's time as a coordinator. Oh no, nothing of that sort. I stopped taking part of contests a while back. I am a breeder now for Mr.Everett and help him with his research. Sophie replied with soft smile as she looked at Jewel. Sophie looked at Jewel and then Nanami, who was talking to Alex. Not to be rude Ms.Gem, but you and Ms. Sadamatsu look awfully alike. You two wouldn't happen to be related, would you? Sophie asked Jewel as she kept her eye on the door. That battle was taking some time, how could it be going?

Soon Sophie could see both Lock and Riza enter the room happily conversing with the shiny Heracross behind them. Lock and Riza walked up to Sophie and Jewel, but before any conversations could start, the doors at the back of the room opened up. A small Elekid and shiny Pachirisu ran into the room playing with each as a rather young looking man entered the room. Hello my honored guests, I am King Threshield. To get a common misconception out of the way, my name is King it is not a title as most seem to think. Though I am not adverse to be treated like one. King Threshield said with a smile on his face. His extravagant suit stood out with his dark blond hair and amethyst eyes staring calmly at the guest.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Nanami had reclined a bit on the sofa when someone else took a seat beside her. So someone did not dislike her. Inwardly, she let out a sigh of relief- for a moment here she thought that no one here liked her presence. Ayato, whose heavy head was still lying on her lap let out a small rumble, his yellow eyes shifting with curiosity towards the differently colored Zorua in the girl's lap. Nanami could feel the rumble emanating from his throat vibrating on her lap, and she noticed the hand extended to her.

"Neve Bennett, it's a pleasure to meet you." Nanami grinned a little and shook her hand. "Nanami Sadamatsu, same to you." When she let go, she thought for a moment before tilting her head a little. "I heard Karen from Johto's Elite Four mention you during our battle. If I'm remembering correctly, you're her apprentice right?" She struck up some idle talk- after all, it just wasn't her style to not be talking to a pretty girl who willingly sat next to her! No one could escape the Dual Champ's charms!

She idly scratched under Ayato's chin as she waited for the other girl's answer. The Feraligatr let out a happy rumble. "See, Magenta-chan? I'm social!" While waiting, she saw the doors at the back opening, and a blonde-haired man came out. His eyes were of a purple color and he wore a rather...fancy suit. "Hello my honored guests, I am King Threshield. To get a common misconception out of the way, my name is King it is not a title as most seem to think. Though I am not adverse to be treated like one." "Real king or not, this place sure looks like something a king would live in." Nanami thought to herself, but didn't speak up.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Keiko was gathered in the meeting area along with the rest of the invited Trainers. While waiting for their host to arrive, she observed the other Trainers some more. Nanami Sadamatsu appeared to be a rather popular young Trainer; nearly everybody in the room knew her, Kei included. She seemed to be the happy-go-lucky type as well, given how Kei saw she reacted to people approaching her. Admittedly, the girl doesn't seem too bad. Far from it in fact.

Alex Rhodes was the more familiar Trainer for Kei, coming from the same region. "The Terror", he was called, no thanks to his ruthless battle style. Kei had always thought it was because he wasn't exactly "born" in Unova which is why he was called as such. She recalls that he stepped down from the position though, ruffling quite a few feathers back home. He also seemed to be a loner, given that he opted to stay far away from the others. "Suit yourself then..."

"Oh, Sophie!, It's been so long! I didn't know you'd be here! Things must be going well for you back on the home circuit?"

Aside from the Trainers, there were the Coordinators, those who engage in Contests. Kei wasn't very familiar with them though seeing that showbiz wasn't exactly her field of expertise. Monitoring Trainers was more of her territory. Still, she at least knows some by reputation. The girl Jewel Gem for one. Judging from the name itself, Kei assumed it was an alias of sorts; showbiz ain't exactly the easiest profession to exercise privacy. "Putting her and Nanami together almost makes them look like twins..." Kei observed.

She finally managed to catch a glimpse of the other girl when she approached Nanami. Neve Bennett, a Dark-type specialist. Kei never really saw the wisdom of a monotype team though. But then again, these people wouldn't be here if they weren't all top of their class.

Hoenn Champion Lock and the woman named Riza also walked in afterwards. "Oh right, I nearly forgot about him..." Thankfully, the two seemed to be in a better mood as they were all smiles when they entered. Hopefully, that meant being spared any more outbursts from the man.

Once all had gathered, a rather charismatic man entered the room, heralded by a couple of young Pokemon. He dressed richly, leaving Kei to wonder just how rich was this man. He introduced himself as King Threshield, King being a first name and not an honorary title of sorts. "That's a given, judging by how young he looks..." At his introduction, Kei only managed a small nod. She wondered if anyone else would be willing to break the ice because for one, it wasn't going to be her.

She wasn't "technically" invited after all.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Neve smiled as Nanami shook her hand and introduced herself in return. It was a start at least and Neve would prefer to be on good terms with those she would have to share space with for a while.

"I heard Karen from Johto's Elite Four mention you during our battle. If I'm remembering correctly, you're her apprentice right?" It seemed that Nanami wanted to continue talking and while Neve preferred quiet company, she wasn't at all opposed to conversation.

Tilting her head to the side slightly, she nodded as she pondered her reply. "Indeed. She was a good mentor, I learned much from her." Neve paused here for a moment, smiling softly. "I recall her speaking fondly of your battle, I believe you impressed her."

Nyx stirred on her lap, the fox Pokémon yawning and stretching as she awoke. Then suddenly the Zorua noticed where she was and the people and Pokémon around her. Nyx's head turned this way and that, trying to assess everyone, a glare on her face as she tried to scare everyone away. Neve was her's!

Neve simply held a hand up to her mouth, muffling the laugh that was escaping without permission. Nyx was being so adorable and her glare really wasn't effective in the slightest given her small size. The purple haired lady lightly tapped Nyx, gaining the Pokémon's attention and was about to explain where they were. Of course, Lock and Riza choose that moment to enter the room, followed shortly by a blonde haired man wearing regal clothing.

'So this is the one who invited us all here.' Was her thought after hearing his introduction. He wasn't a titled King apparently, though his home and the way he dressed certainly gave the impression that he was. Neve barely listened to Alex questioning King about why they were there. Instead she picked up Nyx, placing the Zorua onto the seat between herself and Nanami before standing.

Neve herself wasn't about to question the man. To be honest she was grateful for the change of pace this vacation would grant. And so, she swept gracefully into a bow, hair falling in front of her face and hiding her expression from view as she spoke with a calm, steady tone. "Thank you for the invitation, sir. I am looking forward to my stay here."

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Ruth looked up as Clover nudged at her head. She jumped when the tropius turned and looked pointedly at the other workers struggling to move around her.
"Oh! Oh right." Ruth sputtered, as she pulled out her pokeballs and recalled her trio. She put the pokeballs away in a belt pouch with a sigh. She never liked doing it. With how long Pokemon had been her only friends, thanks to that gang leader rumour, standing around with none felt strange. Even so, though, she had to admit a tropius did kind of get in the way occasionally. And Dug was just a calamity waiting to happen.

With Clover out of the way, Ruth could see Derek, behind where the tropius had been.
"Hey, Ru." He greeted. "What was with you leading his majesty's merry parade?" As he spoke, Oracle approached Ruth. Ruth bent to give her a quick scratch on the head and smiled over at Derek.
"We should probably stop calling him that."
"Now why would we ever do that," He said. He leaned to the side to look down the hallway. "These guys are early."
"Yeah, I guess trainers on this level must get really intense about stuff." Ruth replied. She stood up and stretched her arms above her head. Well, there was little use just standing around all day. She stood and started heading for the front door.
"Well, how else do you reach the top, I s'pose." He said, as he and Oracle moved to walk with Ruth. He frowned slightly when he thought Ruth wasn't looking, though. She rolled her eyes fondly.
"You're getting worried over nothing. They're just passionate folks, or excited to get time off or something." She assured her cyclopian friend. He nodded, conceding the point, but huffed a sigh as he looked over his shoulder.
"As much as they're treating it like time off anyway." He said.
"These kinds of people have no off button." Ruth stated. She spoke from experience. People determined to reach the top didn't let anything stand in their way or hold them back. Their only concern was how to get further and do better. Dead weight was shed as soon as possible.

Even if it was family.

And, wow, wasn't she being a Debbie Downer today. What brought that on? That'd been years ago. She shook her head, trying to clear the thought. She noticed Derek frowning up at her, and flashed him a reassuring smile.

Distracted, she hadn't noticed Threshield walk past, despite the greetings of the maids, until she heard his announcement to the trainers about King being his name, not his title. She snickered and looked over at Derek with an amused shrug. Derek grinned back.
"Don't care, still gonna call him it." He said. He shoved Ruth's shoulder playfully, though they both knew that Ruth only moved because she let herself be moved. Between being a good few inches shorter than her, and Ruth's sheer strength, Derek would need a run up to actually knock Ruth down.
"We're only making those mixups worse, y'know." She giggled.

Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono)


Sophie seemed entirely nonplussed over Felicity's intimidation tactic. Hmm. Perhaps it would have been a better idea to remove her sunglasses before trying that? She straightened up and coughed delicately into her hand. On top of that, another reference to her and Sadamatsu looking alike. One of them really needed to do something about it one day, but Jewel was too proud to let it be her. Soon enough, the Hoenn champion and Miss Blackwell returned from their battle.

As she removed her hat and sunglasses, finally, King Threshield emerged. She blinked at his announcement, but quickly looked around. She schooled her face and sniffed dismissively.
"Says something when you need to clarify that upon entering a room." She said. She made no mention of the fact that she herself had fallen for the mixup. That was for her to know, and nobody to find out ever. She straightened in her seat and crossed her legs daintily. There was a few seconds of silence, as the trainers seemed to size up Threshield, unwilling to be the one to speak up. Until the ex-Unova champion spoke up.
"Well It's nice to meet you and all Mr. Threshield," He paused a moment. "But I do have a question. Why exactly did you invite us all here? Not that I don't appreciate the trip, but surely you must have a reason for gathering top coordinators and champions together in one place?"

Hmm. He did have a point. The letter had said Threshield merely wanted to meet them, which wouldn't be the first such letter for Jewel Gem, but it was the first to offer such a nice trip to achieve it. Plus, it wasn't like he was just a fan of one of them, this was quite the smorgasbord of the best. She raised an eyebrow at Threshield, coolly awaiting his response.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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After King's introduction, most of the guests seemed to all stand around as if they were in a tense and dangerous situation until Alex Rhodes spoke up. "Well It's nice to meet you and all Mr. Threshield," Alex took a quick pause between his comment. "But I do have a question. Why exactly did you invite us all here? Not that I don't appreciate the trip, but surely you must have a reason for gathering top coordinators and champions together in one place?" King smirked at the young trainer's question but before he could respond, Neve Bennet became the second to speak up, "Thank you for the invitation, sir. I am looking forward to my stay here.".

King thought it was finally time to explain to his guest his motive for bringing them to his personal island. First, he decided to respond to Ms. Bennet. It is my pleasure, Ms. Bennet, having such acclaimed trainers, coordinators, and such on my island is as much a treat as this vacation will be to some of you. He now focused his attention to the room at large at with a rather big cough to clear his throat. As for your question Mr.Rhodes, that is much more simple for my enjoyment of course. King said with a smile, Traveling across the world so often becomes very tiring so I thought why not invite the elites here to me. Though it seems like a small amount of the invites I sent out were actually answered. King laughed as he looked at all of his guest in front of him. Ellie and Sera still rolling around on the floor in front of him, small shocks sent into the air from the two electric Pokemon.

Once again clearing his throat before speaking, I believe that while the intention of the invitation was to give you all a nice vacation from your travels and training, few of you will actually be able to handle yourselves with such high competition surrounding you. Matches with no titles on the island and only the pride of your skill as a trainer and the strength of your Pokemon. King looked over at Jewel, Sadly for you Ms.On... Ms.Gem it doesn't seem like any of the other coordinators have shown up. Apart from Ms.Valentine but she hasn't appeared in a contest in quite some time. King said singling out the lone coordinator. Now while it seems the interesting character that Mr. Everett is allowed you to meet Ms. Blackwell, I shall give you all the reason she is different from the rest of you. Ms. Blackwell if you would join me over here. King gestured for her to stand behind him. She is one of four people I have handed picked from around the world the have talent equal to the rest of you in your fields, even you Ms. Haruna.

You all know Ms. Blackwell, the Harpy of the Johto region and one of few trainers the infamous ex-champion of Hoenn Lock Everett considers an equal. Idolizing Claire of Blackthorn city her only goal is to become the strongest gym leader so she never challenged the league just the trainers that stood at the top of Johto. Ms.Sadamatsu, I am sure you have battled her before she was under my employment though at the time I can't say she looked the same, being as she has embraced the wealthy life more than the others. Riza smiled behind king with a slight laugh, before King clapped his hand and three others made their entrances. These are the other high-level masters that I have hired to be on the island.

The first was a young girl with a pinkish brown hair and similar looking eyes, she walked in with her head held hi and didn't make eye contact with any of the trainers. This is Hana Anenokoji, a master with a completely unblemished record of success who has passed up many offers to become the Champion of her home region of Kalos, why don't you say hello to them my dear. Hana stared at the crowd in front of her, I am sorry Mr. Threshield, but I can not bring myself to such a low level to talk to trash like them. Hana said as she turned her back to the crowd before her and stood behind King. King laughed slightly. She is a bit of an acquired taste, I'm sorry for that.

The next was a young dark skinned boy with dark hair. This is Jin Ishida, he may not have the credentials that many of you have but he is talented enough to have grabbed my attention in my travels be sure not to take him lightly. I am not sure but some of you may have crossed his path while in Unova. Jin if you would? Jin walked in front of King his Marowak standing beside him. I hope you enjoy yourselves on Mr. Threshields islands, if you have the time I would love the chance to be able to battle any of you while you are here. This is Night, my partner. He is a Marowak from the Alola Region. Night bowed in unison with Jin before walking behind King with the others.

The final member of the group seemed to be a man in his early thirties. He was well dressed in a nice suit and a hat of tilted down to almost completely covering his eyes. This is Kai Kusanagi, he is the head of the vast information network I have control over. He apparently used to work with the International Police, but he refuses to tell me about his time with them sadly. Kai smiled as he bowed to the crowds. It is a pleasure to finally meet all of you who I have learned so much about. You may call me Detective if you'd like many people do. King looked at the crowd as Kai walked behind him.

These are what I like to call my Shadow Elite, and while you stay on the island feel free to challenge them as often as you want. Room assignments will be soon, do any of you request any special lodgings. I know Ms. Valentine and Mr. Everett need a ranch, that will be on Aria a small boat will take you two there. Are there any other special request, I want you all to be comfortable after all. King said as he sat down in an expensive chair with the four trainers standing behind him.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Alex Rhodes and Neve Bennett were the first ones to break the silence following their host's arrival. While the girl merely expressed gratitude at having been invited, Alex seemed to be more inquisitive, asking about the man's purpose for gathering all of them in that spot. Kei was actually surprised at this. The man named King merely dismissed the question by assuring them that it was all for the sake of entertainment. He did mention he was a traveler once and has since grown tired of it. Makes sense...

"Yet why would he want to meet these powerful Trainers?" Keiko thought to herself a logical follow-up to Alex's earlier question. He also mentioned the low number of people who have shown up.

He goes on to explain how he already expected the tense atmosphere between the Trainers, given the tough competition around them and as evidenced by Lock's crass behavior outside. "So...an arena? He's gathered them here for one big battle royal?" Kei thought as she listened to King's explanation. Hardly a vacation yes. But if they were to spend their next few days fighting each other, that may just be a blessing in disguise for Kei. She'll be able to enjoy the island in peace and quiet. That is until--

"She is one of four people I have handed picked from around the world the have talent equal to the rest of you in your fields, even you Ms. Haruna."

"Back up...Was somebody expecting me on this island?" Kei found King's mention of her name, even if just in passing, odd. Given that he's named her like that, it meant that he somehow, 'expected' her to come. Normally, this should be expected except--Kei never really got an invitation. The true recipient for the letter she brought with her was Reika Izanagi, Aki's owner and a rather talented Trainer in her own right though she preferred to stay out of the public eye. So the only ones who should've known about the exchange should be her and Reika. It's not as if there was a reply slip they had to turn over prior to their arrival at the island plus, the ship she took to get there was the standard vessel used in carrying shipments. She couldn't exactly be considered a "great" Trainer either. That reputation was for the likes of Lock and Alex. No way would she even be considered among the top profilers of the region. People like her aren't exactly ranked per se; only indication of your performance was how big your paycheck was which in Kei's case, wasn't the biggest. Otherwise, she could've afforded a better ferry and suitcase. As far as the young profiler was concerned, she hasn't done anything that could've alerted anybody of her arrival. "Interesting...so whodunnit?"

Kei's suspicions aside, King continued to introduce the people he's supposedly gathered as the best of the best. There was Riza Blackwell of course; they've just met her a few minutes ago. It seems she knew Nanami as well though Kei wasn't sure if the opposite holds true. Admittedly, Riza looked very pretty. "Her clothes alone would probably eat three months of salary. She smelled nice as well; I wonder what perfume she uses?"

The next Trainer King called over was supposedly named Hana from Kalos. She--didn't exactly leave the best impression in contrast to the host of the island. But hey! Watching she and Lock rile at each other might prove to be a hilarious experience. "Hopefully not in the middle of the night though..."

The third Trainer called look a little young. Kei assumed that he must be around Alex's age. Maybe a little older. In start contrast to the girl named Hana, he seemed to be rather polite though King mentioned about him not having as much credentials as the others. Well, the others with the exception of Kei who, under normal circumstances, wouldn't even get the chance to be in the island. "Hmm...No, doesn't look like it's him either."

And then, the fourth came along. A tall man who looked like the corporate type; a thug in a suit and tie. He was introduced as Kai Kusanagi and was apparently the head of the island's networking system--

And ex-International Police.

If there was to be only one person who might've heard of the name, that person should be Kei. They operate at a higher jurisdiction compared to her unit who only operates around Unova. She's worked with several members of the IP before, during the second Plasma incident. She doesn't recall seeing him around though. Then again, that was a rather extensive campaign throughout the whole region. Chances of being partnered with someone she'll recognize later on were slim.

"Not sure if the IP's been keeping tabs on the station but right now, he's the only one who might've caught wind of my vacation plans." Kei thought. She did file a vacation leave to the office beforehand after all. The only ones who could've accessed that were her colleagues and superiors...and possibly her superior's superiors--which may involve members of the IP.

That aside, the four did seem like tough nuts to crack...somewhat. Kei wasn't particularly interested in finding out right now. There was still the question raised by Alex. To what end? Given that King had taken the time to introduce the "Shadow Elite", as they are called, means he's probably expecting something from this little tropical break.

"Room assignments will be soon, do any of you request any special lodgings. I know Ms. Valentine and Mr. Everett need a ranch, that will be on Aria a small boat will take you two there. Are there any other special request, I want you all to be comfortable after all."

Upon hearing this, Kei raised a hand. "Room with a good connection speed and signal and a PC would be appreciated, thank you. Oh, and can I visit your archives? Unless of course, you don't have one?" Kei laid out her personal requests before their host. Never mind if it seemed a little too upfront; she did ask politely.

There was some things she needed to look into, she realized.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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"I recall her speaking fondly of your battle, I believe you impressed her." "Miss Karen of the Elite Four? Impressed by me?" Nanami thought to herself, but allowed herself to grin a bit wider- she couldn't count how many times the Elite Four member's Pokemon had Sucker Punched hers. Sheer force of will, she supposed, was the key to winning that battle. That and Ayato's Superpower. Speaking of Ayato, the Feraligatr seemed surprised at the awakening of the Zorua that belonged to the other girl- he stared at it for a while before relaxing, a puff of hot air escaping his nostrils.

When their host, Mr. Threshield had spoken, to Nanami's surprise the first to break the ice was Alex- the guy that had been talking with her literally some time ago, followed by Neve. As King continued speaking, Nanami idly glanced down at Ayato again- the Feraligatr yawned. "Be courteous, Ayato, that's our host." She wasn't sure that even her deep bond with her Starter was enough for Ayato to understand being courteous- he was, after all, a Feraligatr. A predator. One could tell that just from his reaction to the Alakazam from earlier.

"--Ms.Sadamatsu, I am sure you have battled her before she was under my employment though at the time I can't say she looked the same, being as she has embraced the wealthy life more than the others." It was only until she heard her last name that her head snapped up- Riza was being introduced, though she had already done that earlier. "Oh damn straight she doesn't look the same." She thought again. She wasn't going to change her mind with the whole "reinvented the hourglass figure" thought she had earlier at this point. Three other Trainers made their introductions as King clapped his hands.

Immediately after Riza was a girl who held her head high, avoiding eye contact. Those sharp eyes and posture...Nanami already had a nagging feeling about this one. "This is Hana Anenokoji, a master with a completely unblemished record of success who has passed up many offers to become the Champion of her home region of Kalos..." Threshield's words trailed off in Nanami's ears. Unblemished record? Even she had some losses! How good was this Trainer? She heard a small rumbling coming again and quickly grabbed at Ayato's snout- a record of no losses was definitely something the Feraligatr would like to take a chomp out of. Nanami held Ayato's snout shut for courtesy's sake until she heard the girl refer to them as...trash.
"Oh my god, are Kalosians just naturally born with the belief that they're better than others?" The thought had been brought on as a mechanism to prevent her from doing anything rash. "First Magenta, then Kirigaya and now this..." Nanami may have met a few more decent people in her journey to Kalos, but two of her friends had the same pride and ego. Almost. Magenta technically referred to her as trash, in...fancier words. And the other just straight-up said it.

The next person that came in was a young man with dark skin and dark hair. Nanami would have guessed that he came from Hoenn- he had features that sort of resembled Raito's...sort of- but her eyes locked onto the oddly colored Marowak. That was definitely not a shiny Marowak. The boy informed everyone that it was a Marowak from the Alola region...well, that explains it. She supposed she'd have to do more research on the Alola region later on, if she ever had to challenge this guy.

The last guy to come up was a smartly-dressed, green-haired man. He apparently used to work for the IP- Nanami thought briefly of her encounter with two of the Forces of Nature and the Plasma incidents in Unova. Those were good times, heroic times indeed- though she still had no clue to the mystery of the Incarnate and Therian Formes. These four Trainers were called the Shadow Elite of Threshield...it seemed that they were all bound to challenge or be challenged by these people. No bother- Nanami was up for any battle at any time, though the Feraligatr rumbling on her lap seemed to be too tired to fight right now. Sheesh- they had only gotten here and he was already tired! She bonked him on the snout a bit.

When Threshield brought up special requests, Nanami's travel-weary brain seemed to kick several weird ideas into her mind. Would a harem count as a request? Maybe she could ask for a Krabby in an aquarium in her room, since a Krabby's claws were apparently strong enough to hold Ayato's mouth shut. One got stuck on his snout once, after all. Maybe she could ask for an altar of the Helix Fossil, just to joke around with. Or maybe get herself an actual Omastar.

"A blushing bride solemnly sleeping on the bed when I come in-- oh wait, that's how I wake Magenta-chan everyday." She sighed- she really needed some good sleep. Her hitting her head on the ship's walls thanks to Carrots from earlier this morning was hardly a way to wake up. Finally- "Guess I don't have any special requests for now..."


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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Once Lock had returned to the group with Riza it seemed the party had just started to begin. The host King Threshield had finally showed himself and introduced himself to the group. Both Alex and Neve spoke up, and were quickly responded to by their host, but the important comment was why they were all here this rich man's entertainment. Lock paid little attention to the host as he rambled on and talked about Riza's accomplishments, Lock's interest were falling even after the other trainers join, Riza had told him a little about them but the comments from the second trainer, Hana Anenokoji visually bothered Lock. He gripped his fist as the girl stood behind King Threshield. His stared at the girl and his focus was solely on her, he did not hear the introductions of the other two. Who are you calling trash woman, these kids may only be second rate elites but they are still what most would consider elite trainers. Lock seemed to be a lot angrier than earlier. Hana did not even react to Lock's comment and simply continued to do what she was doing. Some titleless nobody is treating me like this. How about we have a match? I'll knock you off the high horse you sit on. Lock stared at Hana, he is eyes blazing with anger. She continued to ignore him. This just made Lock angrier but before he could spout another angry word at Hana, King decided to direct a comment at him. Bringing up his necessary need for a ranch to house his large group of Pokemon he wanted to bring along on his vacation.

Sophie had stood and watched as all of this began to happen, she didn't want to interfere with what Lock was saying as while she was able to stand Lock attitude and thinking he was better, this Hana didn't respect the champions before her whatsoever. This girl bothered even her who was as easily irked as other people. Sophie decided she would rather not be around the girl any longer. Well then we will get going, Lock please calm down! Someone like her isn't worth your time, I won't allow the Pokemon I take care of to battle someone so disgraceful. Sophie grabbed Lock's arm and left the room. That Hana Anenokoji was someone Sophie couldn't stand. Lock may have a bad attitude but he respects the titles the others have even if he still believes he is better. I don't like that Hana girl, Lock don't battle her, please. I don't know what it is but I have a bad feeling about her. Sophie stopped and looked and Lock, but he looked as if he wasn't listening, the rage in his eyes had still not subsided. I am fine now Sophie, we will try to stay away from that woman and enjoy the vacation. Lock said this but neither him or Sophie was sure about it as he headed toward a boat with one of Kings servants waiting for them.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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After King responded to her, Neve straightened out of her bow and observed the trainers that the man then introduced to the group, his "shadow elite" as he referred to them as. Riza was one of them and thinking about it the name was a little familiar, but honestly Neve couldn't remember where she might have come across it or the lady in question. 'She seems nice enough, I suppose.'

Hana was the next to be introduced and Neve frowned a little at her attitude before shrugging it off. People were entitled to their opinions she supposed, though that didn't mean she had to like it. In comparison, Jin and Kai seemed nicer. The former had an interesting looking Marowak from the Alola region apparently. 'Maybe I'll travel there for a bit after this? Maybe there are more Pokémon who look different from normal there. I wonder if their typing changes any with those forms...'

Neve barely noticed Lock snapping at Hana and his companion half dragging him from the room. Idly she figured it was a good thing, Lock seemed to have a bit of a temper and she would rather not be in the same room as him while he was annoyed.

She snapped out of her thoughts as King mentioned room assignments being soon and asking if anyone had any special requests. Neve didn't need anything in particular, but perhaps... "A desk or a table if it's not to troublesome. Or just somewhere I can write. It would be much appreciated."

Request made, Neve than sat herself next to Nanami again, scooping up Nyx as she did so. The Zorua immediately snuggled closer to her trainer, yawning cutely as she decided whether or not to nap again. Neve ran her fingers through the Pokémon's fur as she settled in to observe what would happen next. 'I think I'll be able to write that letter now.'

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Once his question was finally answered Alex's mouth turned slightly downward into something of a grimace. Who even was this Thresheild guy? He seems amazingly wealthy and influencntial, yet Alex has never even heard of him. Yet somehow he sees himself as fit to bring in champions as a form of personal entertainment? It didn't sit well with Alex and it was quite obvious that he didn't trust his generous host. Yet the prospect of a vacation after working so hard, and of course after being defeated once more, spending so long after that training to get stronger couldn't be ignored. Especially not when the other guests are such renowned trainers. His Pokemon could relax for a bit and he'd get the chance to battle the best of the best. Not an opportunity he could miss.

It didn't seem King was finished surprising them as he soon brought in four other trainers who apparently were working for. Some of them he had actually heard of, and for a moment Alex was impressed by the collection of Trainers King had brought together.

The first was Riza whom they had already met. Apparently she was one of the few people capable of controlling Lock. A great fear from what little Alex has seen of the ex-Hoenn champion. She was also known as "The Harpy" a name that rang several bells. Of course Alex didn't manage to place the name to the face he has heard of the girl before.

Next was a woman named Hana Anenokoji, a native to Kalos it seemed, and apparently a trainer who has never lost a battle. The prospect of a trainer so skilled, so powerful so as not to be beaten even once both excited, and terrified the young boy. While Alex was skilled enough to be a champion, and many people knew him as an overconfident and arrogant man, but even he had enough sense to realize that his losses furthered his strength. Alex had always thought that his losses has tempered his steel so to speak. To think that she has never lost it was nearly incomprehensible. It seemed however that Hana had an attitude to match her skill. She called him and everyone else trash. He was trash now apparently. it was enough to ball his fists in a rage. Thomas shot him a look of concern and was about to speak to his trainer but Alex boiling in rage and boldness would not listen to his friend.

Alex was only half listening, drifting in and out as two other trainers were introduced. He didn't pay much attention, though through the haze the boy named Jin seemed slightly familier. Apparently he was from Unova. For a moment Alex thought he had met the boy before though no concrete memories had surfaced as of yet. The only thing of interest from the final introduction was the man's name. Kai. He chuckled slightly. Alex was sure he would much prefer his Kai, his Meinshao to this shady looking fellow. These four were his Shadow Elite and Alex could only wonder as to the implications of this. What was the point? At the moment Alex wasn't so sure.

Once everyone was done speaking he directed his attention to teh Hana woman. "First I was forgettable, then I was second rate. Now I am apparently trash. I'm beginning to think I was brought here just so you people could look down on me. Let me tell you Little Miss God Complex, if we had crossed paths during my trek through Kalos you're flawless record would have been a bit more flawed." He was as calm as ever but the fire was deep within him as he spoke.

He would have continued, challenged the woman to a battle right then and there until King had mentioned special requests. He turned his attention away from the irritating woman and looked back at King. "If you don't mind I'd like access to the ranch as well. I have quite a few other pokemon that would enjoy some time here. That should be all though I shouldn't require anything else. That was all he felt the need to say as he waited for the room assignments.

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Character Portrait: Lock Everett Character Portrait: Ruth Ono Character Portrait: Alex Rhodes Character Portrait: Sophie Valentine Character Portrait: Neve Bennett Character Portrait: Jewel Gem (Felicity Ono) Character Portrait: Nanami Sadamatsu Character Portrait: Keiko Haruna

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Felicity crossed her legs primly, and raised an eyebrow at Threshield. They weren't toys to be played with, but on the other hand, Felicity was willing to play his game. Especially given that she had no actual competitors. No, for the others this was a chance to feel out their possible future opponents, or to see what kind of talent might be following them. All for the titillation of a wealthy loon. For Jewel Gem, this was entirely an exercise in image and networking. A vacation to such an exotic locale, at the exclusive invitation of a fabulously rich eccentric was a perfect story for her branding. With no press present, she could make up whatever she wanted people to believe about her stay, and it'd simply be her word against the other guests and Threshield. Now, Threshield himself may just have been able to--

Hang on. He'd almost called her Ono.

How in the hell did he know her real name? What connections did this man have? She schooled her face and tipped her chin up haughtily.
"Don't fret about it, I'll find... Diversions of my own." Such as finding out where Threshield had learned her real name, without a coordinator in sight. The detective seemed like the likely source, but he just raised more questions. Such as what on Earth did a rich eccentric want an information network for? Especially one so deep it required hiring ex police? And then there was the fact that Ruth worked for him. Did he know Ruth's name? Had he made the connection between them? Maybe he intended them to confront each other somehow. Maybe mend their relationship. But then, why should he care about their relationship, and that all presumed he even knew Ruth worked for him, which seemed unlikely.

"Near a beach and a view, if that's possible." She announced with clipped tones. After all, so much of her image was of a woman of the sea, and she had appearances to preserve.

Ruth Ono


"Hey, Ruth! Come and take these to the hilltop apartments, would you!" A voice called from the side of the steps. Ruth nodded and jogged over to the maintenance workers, a middle aged man whose name escaped her, and what she was pretty sure was his son. Between them, they held up a couple of stone statues of mid-sized water type pokemon, meant to go alongside the paths around and up the hills. A goldeen, a floatzell, a vaporeon and a seadra. Before Ruth could grab one though, Derek reached past her and took the goldeen and the seadra. Oracle sniffed at the stone pokemon curiously.
"I'm headed the same way, I'll walk with you." He explained, though he didn't look her in the eye as he did. Ruth smiled fondly, and gratefully. Honestly, Derek could be too kind sometimes. She grabbed the vaporeon and the floatzell, tucking the vaporeon under one arm.
"Alright, but switch with me, I think you've got the heavy ones." She said. Derek shook his head.
"Nah, these are lighter than they look." Ruth wasn't sure she believed him, but let the subject drop. She'd ask again later, when he'd lost some momentum in his decision.