Author's Note: This chapter did not want to be written. And I know I'll probably lose readers for having my OC know the Oracíón, but I promise that it won't have any major relevence to the plot except as a nod to the tenth movie, which is one of my personal favorites along with Revelation Lugia. I chose to make Soleil a flutist because, to be frank, your character and Lillie knowing how to play them, let alone knowing how to play well, withot it being established is one thing about the games' plot that I have a nitpick with and felt had to be addressed, otherwise, it would've bothered me.
Once again, Pokémon is © to that wonderful mastermind, Satoshi Tajiri. Special thanks go out to my best friend, Ayaluki, the best beta-reader I could ever ask for!
Leaving the Nest
Over the remainder of the week, Soleil started planning what she would take with her on her upcoming journey. There was the set of apricorn balls, obviously, along with hygiene items and a few changes of clothes (including a set of hair ties), a small notebook and a drawing pad with a few pencils and, last but definitely not least, her passport and pokédex (once the final part for it had arrived, that is).
While Hau, Lillie, and Kukui were allowed to visit and check up on how Soleil was doing, she wasn't allowed to leave the house until that Saturday, which seemed to be taking an eternity to arrive.
During these visits, Hau would help with the unpacking, which proved a boon when it came to the heavier things Soleil and her mother owned. During Lillie's visits, Nebby stuck to Night like glue, and when the Vulpix was out of her Moon Ball during the daytime, the two would sleep curled up together on the sofa while the two girls exchanged past experiences about themselves, though neither asked anything too personal, as they'd only known each other for barely under a week, after all.
During one of his visits, Kukui had given Soleil a grooming kit for her Pokémon, which consisted of: a comb for removing loose hairs, a brush for getting rid of dirt and similar particles, a cloth for wiping away mud, a portable blow dryer, and a pair of tweezers used for handling special cotton balls that were used to treat most status conditions. He'd also given her a case to hold a treat exclusive to Alola known as poké beans, which, like berries and some pastry called malasada, helped with keeping Pokémon calm and helped in earning their trust and friendship. After Kukui showed her how to use each grooming tool and explained when the best time for each to be used was, these were yet more things the girl had decided were necessary to bring along with her.
Another time, Kukui had attempted to bring his Rockruff over, and while Plavalaguna hadn't been bothered by the Rock-type's presence and had even greeted the canine, both Kirrah and Night had given very negative reactions. The Meowth would either hiss at the Puppy Pokémon from the safety of her favorite chair, or she would hide in Emiko's room while Night would cower under the living room table and gekker until the Rockruff had lost interest in her. After this incident, the professor always visited alone.
The anticipated day finally arrived, finding Soleil awake and packing her beige and white satchel as the sun was preparing to rise, bathing the horizon in soft shades of purple, orange, and red. Currently, she was dithering over whether or not to bring her flute and some of her favorite sheet music along. Even though the instrument was collapsible and the case for it and the folder for her sheet music were able to fit inside her bag with no fuss, Soleil was unsure if she would ever find the time to practice like she had back in Johto.
The flute was the one thing she'd continued to practice after the loss of her father, since he'd been the one who'd given her one of her favorite pieces to play, a song titled Oracíón, which Night and Kirrah both absolutely loved listening to whenever she would play it. Soleil had practiced it to the point of memorization, but she'd chosen to hold on to the sheet music not only in case she'd ever need to refer back to it, but as a memento from her late father.
The sound of paws scrabbling against the nearby window sill roused the teenager from her recollection, and Soleil looked over to see Night licking her chops as she climbed in through the window, bits of dark gray and tan fur around her muzzle and stuck to the white fur on her chest.
As Night's request, Soleil would leave one of her bedroom windows open before she'd head to bed so the Vulpix could go out hunting after dusk and return before dawn, as she had done back when they'd lived in Azalea Town. The tall grass on the nearby routes proved to be quite rich in prey, and the fox would bury the remnants of unfinished kills near the house's foundation, which she would go back to and finish whenever she didn't feel like going hunting.
"The local Rattatas sure are strange," the kitsune stated as she hopped down off the left side of Soleil's desk and set to grooming herself. "They look way different to the ones back in Johto and they're resistant to my Feint Attack."
"Interesting," the caramel-blond commented, pausing to close the case that contained her flute after having given the instrument a thorough check over so she could close and lock the window. "Maybe I'll get to see one soon, that is if you don't end up eating them all, anyway."
The Vulpix laughed at that before she did a double-take, her golden eyes wide as she stared at the human girl.
"How long have you been awake?!"
"For a little over an hour now," Soleil replied, smirking at the Fire/Dark dual-type's exclamation. "I'm almost done packing."
"I'm glad to see you're excited, and is that your flute?" Night asked, hopping up onto Soleil's desk chair in order to get a better view of the case. "Yes, bring it along. 'Laguna hasn't heard you play it yet."
"This is true," Soleil replied, her tone thoughtful as she stared down at the now closed carrying case. "Okay, I'll bring it, but I'm sorry if I don't get much time to play it for you two."
"Hopefully you will," the kitsune replied as she hopped down and stretched each leg in turn before lightly shaking herself. "I find it very soothing."
The girl smiled at her before she went to remove a few things from her satchel, placing the flute case and sheet music folder inside before repacking everything else. She then changed into a gray tank-top, medium gray jeans, and a pair of gray crew socks before she thoroughly brushed her hair and slipped her eyepatch on, taking a moment to adjust it before she slung her satchel over her shoulder and, with Night at her left, headed into the living room.
"All set, Sundrop?" Emiko asked, busily drying her hands on a hand towel as she turned to face her daughter. "Did you make sure to double-check everything?"
"Yep, I've had all week to plan what I'm gonna take, after all," the girl replied, moving to sit down on the nearby sofa before she reached over to pet Plavalaguna, who'd curled up on the sofa for a nap. The Popplio yawned widely, her tiny teeth visible for a second before her narrow jaws snapped shut.
"Are we leaving yet?" the sea lion asked blearily, opening her eyes slowly before another yawn gripped her.
"Not yet, no," Soleil told her quietly.
"Are you sure about that?" her mother asked, setting a small bag of granola bars and two 20oz. bottles of water on the table before she returned to the kitchen to fix a quick breakfast for her daughter, who managed to keep a straight face at the timing of her mother's reply in conjunction to Soleil answering her Popplio's question.
"To be honest, I didn't really consider snacks," Soleil admitted as she accepted the plate Emiko handed her before the woman set a glass of orange juice on the table for her, glad that her mother had gone grocery shopping the other day.
"Because most humans don't really hunt," Night said matter-of-factly from where she was curled up on the floor under the table.
"It may seem impractical at first, but it's a necessity for when you're away from civilization."
Soleil only nodded, too busy tucking into her breakfast to properly answer, cutting a piece of waffle before she offered it to Plavalaguna, who grabbed it with her front flippers and shoved it into her mouth.
"How is it?"
"Amazing!" the Water-type replied after she'd chewed and swallowed, and she licked the syrup off her flippers.
"Lemmie have a piece," Night cried, scrambling out from under the table before she rose up onto her hind legs, placing her forepaws on Soleil's right knee as she gazed up at the girl, all six tails wagging and she happily snapped up the piece her trainer tossed to her, finishing it quickly. "Thanks! Hunting's great and all, but some of your human food is too awesome to pass up."
"You're welcome," Soleil replied before she finished off the rest of her waffle. "That's good to know, thanks, Mom."
"It's one thing I learned the hard way when I attempted my own journey," Emiko continued, giving Soleil a proud smile as the woman unzipped the main compartment of her daughter's satchel and carefully packed the snacks and water bottles before zipping it closed again. "I wasn't cut out to be a trainer but, after seeing how well you did in your battle against Hau, I have a feeling that you'll be able to go far."
"Mom, I barely won," Soleil replied as she set her empty plate down on the table before pausing to take a swig of orange juice before she continued: "I just hope you'll be okay while I'm gone."
Her mother opened her mouth to reply, only to be interrupted by a knock at the front door.
"Go ahead and answer it, I'll take care of your dish," the woman said as she stood and proceeded to take the plate into the kitchen.
"Just a minute," Soleil called at hearing a second knock before she hurriedly finished her orange juice and went to answer the door.
"You're up early," both girls stated in unison before Lillie raised a hand to cover a yawn.
"The professor sent me to get you," the taller girl informed. "The last part needed for your pokédex just arrived."
"Great, lemmie grab my things," Soleil replied, moving to close the door when Lillie stepped inside, though she opted to wait by the door rather than removing her shoes and taking a seat on the sofa. The shorter girl went to grab her satchel, slinging the strap over her shoulder before recalling Plavalaguna to her ball. She moved to recall Night as well, only for the Vulpix to shake her head.
"It's not too light out yet, so I've still got some time," the Delta stated, still licking up bits of syrup from around her jaws. "And I'm curious about what the guy's lab looks like."
"Okay," the girl replied, clipping Night's ball back onto her belt before she went to give her mother a hug.
"Could you come home once you're finished at the professor's lab?" Emiko asked as she returned the gesture. "I have a couple of things to give you before you set out."
"Definitely," Soleil replied, nodding before she went to join Lillie at the front door, Night on her heels. The caramel-blond paused to slip her white and beige running shoes on before the trio left the house.
The little group was silent as they made their way down to the small beach where Professor Kukui's lab was located, only to stop before the large area of waist-high grass.
"Sorry, Night," Lillie apologized, pulling a can out of her bag before she sprayed it around them.
"Repel?!" Night gagged, pawing at her nose before she sneezed a few times and shook her head, her large ears slicking back to emphasize her discomfort. "Seriously?!"
"It's necessary, Night," Soleil told her gently. "Lillie's not a trainer."
"I didn't mean to make her uncomfortable, but you're right," Lillie added as the group started to head into the grass, the taller girl grasping the rim of her hat with one hand to keep it from falling off. "I don't have any Pokémon aside from Nebby, but he doesn't battle... or he can't, rather."
"Night and I will help you both," Soleil promised, giving the taller girl a small smile. "I know we've only known each other for a short time, but you're the first friend I've made here and the second friend I've ever made in my life and I really appreciate that."
"Wait," Night spoke up, staring up at Soleil as if she'd sprouted wings. "Soul, don't go saying things you probably won't be able to go through with. You're just a kid! If the horrible people after Nebby turn out to have some lab-grown perversion of Lugia or something, what would we be able to do against that?"
"Soul," Lillie replied softly, stopping in her tracks before she turned to face the caramel-blond, her eyes wide in disbelief, said emotion reflected within her aura. "You don't need to do that for us. Kukui and Kahuna Hala will be able to handle it."
"I want to do anything I can," Soleil replied gently, answering both Night and Lillie at once. "I've spent six years trying to hide away from the rest of the world after I saw my father killed in front of me. I was helpless back then, but now... Now... I may not be much, but I don't want to stand by and do nothing when someone I care about needs help."
"I... W-we're almost there," Lillie stuttered, once again moving forward at a quicker pace.
Idiot! Soleil's mind scolded, and she held back a sigh even when she felt her Vulpix brush against one of her legs in a silent attempt to make her feel better. You're a beginner, not Karen or Cynthia! If these people are anything like Team Rocket was, then you'll be in serious shit.
"I'll be okay, Night, I promise," the girl assured, smiling down at the kitsune, though it was forced.
"I seriously doubt that," Night murmured to herself, watching her trainer follow the taller girl in white before, with a sigh of her own, the Dark-type Delta hurried to catch up with the two humans.
Kukui's laboratory wasn't at all like Soleil and Night had expected.
It was a small place that looked more like a standard house, except that it looked like it had taken many shots from a tank and managed to remain standing, said holes merely covered by wooden boards that were nailed in 'x' shapes. The sign hanging above the door and front window was nearly broken in half and merely patched with a sloppily placed wooden board. The railing framing the porch had a number of huge dents and at least one hole, and it was an honest surprise that the front stairs appeared to have been spared such harsh treatment.
"Wow," Night muttered, staring up at the building. "What a wreck."
Soleil silently agreed, wondering why Kukui would live in a place like... this... and not in a proper laboratory. She jerked when there came a sudden loud commotion from inside, as if someone were trashing the interior, before she heard barking that was immediately followed by Kukui's rather enthusiastic response:
"Oh, yeah, Rockruff! Let's go! Give it everything you've got! My body is ready! Woo!"
"Oh, Reverse, no!" the Vulpix snapped, pressing herself against Soleil's right leg, her paws planted firmly in the sand. "That place absolutely reeks of Rockruff and I am not going in there with that hellion on the loose! Do you remember what he tried to do to me when Cuckoo brought him over earlier this week? Do you?! He tried to sniff my--"
"You've made your point, Night," Soleil assured as she recalled the fox to her ball, cutting the Delta's complaint off.
"Um, Lillie?" the shorter girl drew out the first question, her tone nervous as she took a step back after clipping Night's Moon Ball onto her belt. "I thought you said he had a wife?"
"It's not... yeah," the taller girl replied, reaching out to grab Soleil's left wrist when the shorter blond took another step back. "He's researching Rockruff's attacks, that's all. Still..." she trailed off, a deep sigh leaving her before she shook her head. "His labcoat will need to be repaired again, but I'm terrible at sewing, so he'll need to get another one... again. And we'll probably need to patch up the roof, and one of the walls..."
"And you've been living here?!" Soleil blurted out, her eye wide as she practically stared at Lillie.
"For the past three months. I stay in the loft," Lillie replied, gently tugging on Soleil's arm before releasing her. "Come on, let's go inside. Um... I promise it's not as much of a disaster in there... For now, at least."
Frowning, Soleil followed at a reluctant pace, and when she caught sight of the interior, she couldn't help but give a confused blink.
For the most part, the interior looked fairly normal, save for where the walls had needed to be boarded up. The wooden floor was mostly bare, save for the small, blue striped rug next to a file cabinet and a small bookshelf. Behind these were a set of stairs that led to the basement, framed by a banister that was, unlike the one outside, relatively intact.
There was a large fish tank near the back of the lab that housed a pink and white Pokémon that Soleil recognized as a Corsola and a small, pink, heart-shaped fish that she didn't know the name for. To the left was a kitchen area smaller than the one back at home, along with a large table situated between a medium-sized flatscreen television and a green sofa. A Snubbull and a pink and brown Pokémon of similar size milled about near the kitchen, ignoring the two girls who'd just entered their home. Behind that was a ladder that led up to a loft, but it was too high for Soleil to see what was up there.
"Hey there, Soul!" Kukui greeted suddenly, causing the girl to jerk in surprise before she turned her gaze to him and gave a weak smile. "Thanks for getting her for me, Lillie!"
"Um..." Soleil muttered weakly before she gave her head a hard shake. "Lillie told me that the final part for my pokédex arrived."
"That it did," the man replied, retrieving his glasses and hat from where he'd set them on top of the file cabinet. His Rockruff ran over to the Snubull and the unidentified 'mon, before the three disappeared behind the kitchen counter. "Lemmie see your pokédex for a bit, yeah?"
"Sure," the girl replied, setting her satchel down before she opened it and removed the device before closing the bag and slinging it back over her shoulder as she handed the man the pokédex, which he took to a small table located at the back of the lab.
"Oh, sweet, it's finally here!" came a new voice, and Soleil could only stare when she caught sight of a small red and yellow Pokémon that impatiently zipped about the professor's head as he worked.
"That's a Rotom," Lillie informed, setting a hand on Soleil's shoulder. "It's an Electric/Ghost dual-type that appears to be composed of a substance similar to electricity. It's well known for being able to possess certain appliances -- one of which being the pokédex you were given."
"There we go," Kukui declared, leaning back in his chair to inspect his work. "With the new parts installed, it should be all ready for you now."
"About time," the Rotom replied before it seemed to disappear -- only for the pokédex itself to begin levitating, the previously blank screen now taken up by the Pokémon's face.
"Go say hey to your new partner," the professor said, gesturing towards Soleil, who shrank back a little when the possessed device zipped over to her, getting a little too close for comfort as it floated around her.
"Hiya, kiddo," the Rotom-Dex greeted, grinning widely. "The name's Sparks. Be gentle on the goods, mm'kay?"
"Hi," she replied, giving a small wave. "If it's not rude asking, can you still fight?"
"Ooh, 'fraid not, kid. Battle Mode is outside of this device," the Plasma Pokémon replied, frowning a little before he smiled once again. "Buuuuuut, I can supply information on every 'mon in the Alola region, provide a map of the area, internet access (I know some really juicy sites, if you know what I mean), and I can store and play your library of MP3s, if you have any."
"Sounds like he's taken a liking to you, Soul," Kukui commented, giving a grin that matched Sparks's. "This is the next generation in pokédex technology, but it's only complete once it's inhabited by a Rotom. There's only a handful of these babies in existence currently, and it's the next step in communication between humans and Pokémon, oh yeah."
"So that's why it only displayed information when I used it earlier this week," Soleil replied. "That's pretty nifty." And that only applies to people who can't understand 'mon on a natural basis, she added silently.
"Hehe, and I'm good lookin', too," Sparks added, winking. "So, you catch yourself a partner yet? I'd love to meet them."
Oh, boy, Soleil thought, keeping her expression neutral at the Rotom-Dex's comment. Night's going to be thrilled.
"I do, but this isn't the best time for introductions, I'm afraid," she replied, and she silently thanked Ho-Oh when there was a knock at the door.
"It's open," Kukui called. "Come on in, Hau!"
"Are you sure about that?" Sparks asked, smirking in a way that made Soleil grit her teeth.
"Night can't be out of her ball too often during the daytime," Lillie explained, and Soleil gave her a grateful look. "It'll make her very tired."
"Alola," the green-haired boy greeted, pausing to close the door before he waved. "How's everyone?"
Before anyone could answer, Hau's eyes tripled in size upon seeing the ladder that led up to the loft.
"Oh, awesome! That's a loft, right?" he asked, beginning to go towards it. "I wish I had one!"
"Yes, it is, but it's private, Hau!" Lillie snapped as she slipped in front of him, her arms wide as she stood in front of the ladder. "I'm sorry, but don't go up there, please."
Geesh, don't Hau's parents teach him proper etiquette? Soleil couldn't help but wonder, before she said: "That's the equivalent of trying to go into a girl's room without permission, which is pretty rude."
"Unless you've been inviiiiiteeeeed~" Sparks piped up before he cackled.
Oh lovely, Soleil thought, raising a hand to her forehead. Out of all the Rotoms to possess my pokédex, it just had to be a perverted one...
"Oh, I had no idea, sorry, Lillie," the boy replied sheepishly, only to perk up when he turned to notice Sparks. "Oh, sweet, a Rotom Pokédex! I never thought I'd get to see one for myself! It's kinda cute."
"Sorry, bub, I don't swing that way."
"Er..." Hau blinked in confusion, sweatdropping when Soleil grabbed the Rotom-Dex and stuffed him into the side compartment of her satchel. "Swing what way?"
A suppressed giggle from Lillie floated towards them from where the girl had gone up onto the loft and Soleil couldn't help but shake her head to rid herself of the embarrassed blush that had touched her cheeks. Traveling with a talking pokédex who possessed a perverted streak as big as the Whirl Islands was going to be a challenge, especially since everyone else could also understand him.
Quite a challenge, indeed.
"Seriously, what's everyone laughing about?"
"Nothing, Hau," Kukui assured him, though the professor was smirking as he clapped the youth on the back. "Now that you're both here, we can get down to business. I take it you both know of the Island Challenge, yeah?"
"Hau explained it to me before our battle at the festival," Soleil replied, giving her friend a grateful look.
"Just everything I could remember from what Gramps told me," he admitted, smiling a little sheepishly. "Which wasn't much, I admit."
"Alright," Kukui began, rubbing his hands together before he cracked his knuckles. "So, as you know, each of Alola's four islands has a set number of trials, and once you pass all of an island's trials, you'll be able to face the kahuna of that island. Of course, you can go on to the next island without battling the kahuna, but it's not really recommended. Each trial will be something different, depending on its captain. It could be anything from a scavenger hunt to a quiz.
Unlike a gym battle, which focuses on strength and battle tactics, Alola's trials focus on building the trust and friendship between a Pokémon and its trainer. Hau, Soul, the both of you only recently began your careers as trainers, but I believe you both can draw out the full potential of your Pokémon. Especially with how intense your battle during this week's festival was, oh yeah."
"I used to be hesitant about going on a journey after an... event... that happened to me before my tenth birthday but, thanks to you guys, I feel that I'm finally ready to try becoming a trainer."
"And you've got potential," Hau added, the compliment making Soleil blush a little. "The battle we had still makes me smile every time I think about it, so you can believe I'm looking forward to battling you again sometime soon."
"Oh, yeah," Kukui added as he held out an odd looking amulet for her to take. "As someone who's dedicated my life to studying Pokémon moves, I really want to see the both of you out there meeting all kinds of Pokémon on your Island Challenge, and that amulet will show that you're a trial-goer, yeah."
Soleil glanced down at the trinket that she'd accepted from the professor, turning it over in her hands as she studied it. The amulet appeared to be tribal in make, decorated with four strips of leather on the bottom and strung on a leather cord that appeared to be too short to wear around one's neck or even one's wrist. There were four beads, one yellow, one red, one pink, and one purple, strung on the cord before the main body of the amulet, which was decorated by four triangles, each of which matched colors with one of the beads. There was a clip for her to unscrew, which allowed her to string it around her satchel strap before she closed it again.
"Thank you," the girl said quietly, silently wishing that they would stop giving her praise she didn't deserve. Her battle with Hau had been close, and she'd barely squeaked by to clench the victory over him.
"I already got an amulet from my Gramps," Hau informed, turning so the professor and Soleil could both see the amulet that hung from his orange and black backpack.
"Excellent," the labcoat-clad man replied, giving an approving nod. "If you both want to test the waters before attempting your first trial, I suggest staying at the Trainers' School in Hau'oli City for a little while."
"I'll pass," Hau replied. "I've learned enough from my grandpa, so I'm good."
"S-school...?" Soleil asked nervously, unable to stop the shiver of discomfort that crawled down her spine at the word. "I don't know..."
The professor frowned, his brow furrowing in thought for a few moments before he turned his gaze towards the loft. "Yo, Lillie!"
"Yes, Professor?" the girl asked, peeking down over the edge, Nebby peeking down at her right, the little puffball looking disappointed at not seeing a certain Vulpix anywhere in the room.
"I'm counting on you to help Sparks take care of Soul for a little while," he said as the girl climbed down from the loft, Nebby floating after her. "At least until she's more used to Alola."
"I'll do my best," Lillie replied, though her tone held a bit of nervousness, and Soleil couldn't help but feel guilty for her fear of school settings putting her friend into a situation that might have been uncomfortable for her.
"Aye-aye, Captain!" Sparks chimed in, though he was muffled from being inside Soleil's satchel. "When do we set sail?"
I need to stop letting the past haunt me, she thought, holding back a sigh. Not every school is going to be like that hell back in Goldenrod City.
"I need to stop by my house first to let Mom know that I'll be leaving," she said out loud, ignoring the Rotom-Dex's babbling.
The sun was high in the sky when Soleil and Lillie had returned to the house and the caramel-blond teen stared wide-eyed at the large roll of bills her mother had just pressed into her palm.
"Mom, isn't this a little much?"
"Not for being away from home, it isn't," Emiko replied, smiling as she closed the girl's hand around the pokédollars. "Just don't go spending it on anything silly."
"I won't," Soleil promised as she pocketed the money.
"And one more thing," Emiko said before she raised her hands to remove the thin silver chain she wore, which held her late husband's wedding ring. She stared at it for a few seconds, her dark eyes glistening with restrained tears before she moved to put it around her daughter's neck.
"Mom--" Soleil began, only for her mother to shake her head as she placed her hands on her daughter's shoulders.
"Iréné would be happy to know that it's with you now, Sundrop," Emiko replied softly, her voice hitching as she spoke. "I promise Kirrah and I will be okay, so please don't worry about us. This is something you've really wanted to do since you were little, and I'm..." She sniffled, raising a hand to brush away the tears that had started to crawl down her face. "I'm so happy that you're finally giving it a try. Remember: if anything happens to make you change your mind, you can always come home."
"I know I can't fight well," Kirrah said after she'd hopped down from where she'd been sitting on the kitchen counter. The Meowth looked uncomfortable as she went to rub against Soleil's right leg, and she grimaced slightly at having to perform such a dumb gesture for someone who wasn't her owner. "But, I'll do all I can to keep Emiko safe, count on it."
"Thank you, Kirrah," Soleil replied softly, smiling as she bent down to pet the Meowth, who tolerated it for only a split second before she jerked away and turned to head to her chair.
"Yeah, yeah, knock 'em dead, kid," the cat replied as she waved a paw in dismissal.
"Please call me as often as you can," Emiko said, another sniffle leaving her. "We're not in Johto anymore, so I want to be certain that you're safe and well."
"I will, but I'm not going to be alone," Soleil replied gently. "I have Night, Plavalaguna, and Sparks with me, and I have some great friends."
"Oh? Is Sparks a new team member?" Emiko asked, drying her eyes with a tissue, only to jump and yelp when her daughter's pokédex floated out of her satchel and paused to levitate in front of the dark-haired woman.
"Nice to meetcha, Missus Vaillance! Sparks at your service," the Rotom-Dex greeted before giving a low whistle. "I had no idea you were a looker! Your husband's a lucky man to land himself a beauty like you."
"Er... uh, thank you," Soleil's mother replied shakily, shocked at the fact that a) she could somehow understand this Pokémon, b) that he'd just now made a pass at her, c) that he was living inside her daughter's pokédex, or d) all of the above.
"Sparks," Soleil hissed, glaring at the possessed device with enough venom to down a Wailord. "Don't. Hit. On. My. Mom."
"Right, sorry, sorry," Sparks grinned, winking at Emiko before disappearing back into the satchel's side pocket.
Soleil pinched the bridge of her nose, Kirrah's laughter floating to her from where the Meowth had curled up on her favorite chair.
"He's an... interesting one," her mother replied with a sweatdrop at the sudden mood whiplash that had occurred, though she felt a little better in spite of how... odd... the past few minutes had been.
"He seems nice enough, once he stops being annoying, anyway," Soleil replied, ignoring the muffled yet indignant "I heard that!" coming from the bag. "I'd better get going."
"Okay," Emiko replied quietly, nodding as she gave a proud though sad smile, and Soleil felt a myriad of mixed emotions within her mother's aura. "Have a wonderful journey, Sundrop."
After pulling on her running shoes, Soleil gave one last glance to the interior of the house she'd barely lived in for a week, but what she was looking at were the memories that she and her mother had brought with them to Alola in the form of their possessions and the two Pokémon they'd befriended back in Johto. She smiled softly as her gaze fell upon Emiko, whom was busily cleaning the kitchen, knowing that her mother was occupying herself in order to keep from crying again.
You need to stop worrying so much, Soleil told herself silently before she turned and headed out onto the porch, pausing to close the front door behind her, though there was hesitance in her action this time. They'll be okay.
She turned away from the door, pausing to take a slow, deep breath before she slowly released it and headed out to the nearby crossroads where Lillie waited for her. The taller girl had refused Soleil's invitation for her to come in and rest, which she found odd, but she knew better than to question Lillie's choice in the matter.
"I didn't mean to keep you waiting," Soleil apologized, only for the girl in white to shake her head.
"You didn't," she said softly, but Soleil could sense the air of jealousy within the other girl's aura as the pair headed into Hau'oli City.