-==IC: Chloe Hikari/Ray Hakuda - Warehouse, Dendemille City, Kalos==-
"Here, I think I've got some supplies here." Ray said with a small frown, as he dug in his bag for a first aid kit. While that was happening, Chloe examined the small Pokémon from a distance.
"Ryan, you should catch it so that we can like, get it checked out when we get a chance."
-==IC: Jenny Hakuda/Marie Homura/Kristina Homura/Evan Tierra/James Arthur - Battle Royal, Alola - [28 - PART FINAL]==-
"Hey, what's up with that?" Marie asked with a frown as she caught up with Jenny backstage. "Is that something you normally just do?"
"Huh?" Jenny turned around in confusion as she took her mask off, but then laughed. "Oh, sorry, no… I just figured that we were only using one Pokémon here, so when I lost, that was it. Then I just wanted to up the ham to put on a show. The voice in my head told me to."
"... The what now?" Marie asked with a confused look on her face. "The… voice in your head?" The trainer shook her head, figuring that it didn't matter. "Well… either way, you definitely… succeeded in the ham."
The two women stood there for a few moments, though Marie looked like she wanted to say something. Jenny also seemed like she wanted to say something, but simply bit her lip and turned around to walk away. However, before she could take a step, Marie reached out and grabbed her outfit's sleeve.
"... What's your name?"
"What's your name?" The black-haired boy standing in front of her asked. The girl seemed surprised by the question, but gave a smile in return.
"My name is…!"
"Jenny Hakuda, ace Plasma agent!" Jenny said as she struck a dynamic pose. She pushed away the odd sense of deja vu for the moment with a shake of her head. Marie considered that for a few moments.
"Hakuda…" She seemed troubled by something, but nodded with a smile. "That's a nice name." She finally said after a moment.
"You said your name was…?"
"Marianna Homura; or Marie for short." The blonde-haired woman nodded with a smile. "And… yeah, I think Kris might have mentioned her last name already, and yes, it's the same name. I'm her daughter." Marie gave a thumbs-up with a grin.
"Nice to meet you Marie." Jenny said with a smile as the two began to walk down the hall to the dressing room again.
"Hey, Jessie, don't you think we should wait for the others?" The black-haired boy asked with a frown as Jessica giggled.
"Nah, they can catch up! This'll be fun!" The young red-haired girl replied happily, as she walked on with a grin. "Besides, how often do we get to play around like this? This part of the park is off limits a lot, isn't it?"
Jessica turned with a smile -- but… the blonde-haired girl still seemed uncertain. "Come on, it'll be fun, Marie! Haven't you always wondered what's in the forest?"
"I guess… I still feel like we should wait for mommy, though." She rubbed her arm with a sigh before she smiled. "But I guess if you say it's okay, Jenny…"
"Whoa…" Jenny gripped her head for a moment as she held onto the wall for support. Marie also seemed surprised, but stayed quiet.
"That felt like massive deja vu, but in a… different way." Marie agreed, but shook her head. "How are you doing, you okay?" When Jenny nodded, Marie smiled. "Good; let's get going, then, mom's been watching on the TV in the dressing room, said she wanted to untangle her memories back there instead."
"Alright!" Jenny seemed to have already recovered, and hummed happily as she kept walking down the hall. Marie, on the other hand, took a couple moments to study the redhead's behavior, then frowned uneasily.
I can't think of the two of them as the same person, even if they act so alike…
As the door opened, Kris looked up in surprise.
"Oh! Jenny, Marie! You're back." The blue-haired woman smiled happily as she stood up. "Here, I can help you out, is there anything you need?"
"Mom…" Marie at first seemed to object to how Kris was acting, but then grinned. "I'm glad you remember now. Umm, you do remember, right?"
"Well… bits and pieces still." Kris sighed. "I remember most of what matters, though - you and Callie, my name, things like that." She smiled, however, as she walked over and hugged Marie. "I don't remember everything, though, did Callie make it here too?"
Marie went pale at that, and shuffled awkwardly. "Um, you know, I think I should get changed before discussing anything more." Before anyone could object, Marie grabbed her backpack and disappeared into one of the stalls.
Jenny, on the other hand, simply frowned, as she put her hand to her chin in deep thought. "Hmm… Um, Kris, do you happen to remember anything else about your world? You said you were in Goldenrod, right?"
"Oh, yes, that's right; and there was that attack before we did… whatever we did that wound up with us here."
"Right, yeah…" Jenny bit her lip. "Two questions, how do you spell your name, and do you remember if there was like, anyone around that seems familiar?"
"Familiar?" Kris began to write out her name on a pad of paper nearby as she thought about things. "Only person I can think of here is you, and you seem different than the girl I vaguely remember hanging out with Marie."
Jenny peered over Kris's shoulder and saw the name that was being written - "Kristina Homura". "Hey," Jenny started to think about something as she flipped through pictures on her X-Transceiver. "Does this guy look familiar?"
Kris looked up at the picture of the black-haired man on the X-Transceiver. "Hmm. Can't really say so; he sorta looks like Marie, though, come to think of it. I definitely don't remember seeing him in my world, though."
"I see…" The redhead flipped through a couple pictures, then came to a recent picture from back after the big battle with Evan. "What about her?"
There was a noticeable pause from Kris as she stared at the picture. After a few moment, she looked up, a completely surprised look on her face.
"How did you get a picture of Callie?"
After everyone had gotten changed, the three walked out to the lobby to meet back up with the others. When they arrived, they saw that everyone was already there - Jenny wondered just how much time they had spent comparing pasts in the dressing room. Still; something that stood out to her was the fact that the Masked Royal was nowhere to be seen, and Professor Kukui was there instead.
"Alola, cousins!" The professor grinned as the three approached. "I was just telling your friends here how exciting of a match that was! Especially when not only were there more shocking twists than a Volt Switch, but also it was as intense as a 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt! I was amazed by those transformations your Pokémon experienced!" Kukui laughed heartily as he turned to Evan and James. "One day, you should let me study your Pokémon and their moves, I'm extremely curious about what they're like."
Evan smiled. “Maybe sometime in the future, Professor. I’d say Monstro’s earned a nice long rest for the show he gave the audience.” The Plasma Agent said, thinking about the current situation of the world.
James nodded. “Lancelot has certainly earned his rest too. And I am afraid we have to return to Team Liberty now. We probably will not be back for some time.”
"I must say, I wasn't expecting that level of hammy villainy, but you two pulled it off well!" Kukui said as he looked at all four of the participants. "I had a special guest prepare some things for you, but it seems like she's a bit late. I also wasn't expecting a fourth person, so there's only enough for three, but it doesn't look like that'll be an issue." The professor chuckled, as he glanced back toward the entrance.
"Say, professor, what happened to the Masked Royal?" Marie asked curiously with a tilt of her head.
"Oh, he had to leave early to get his foot treated. Doesn't sound like it's too bad, though!"
Marie sighed in relief, but nodded with a smile. "Alright, hopefully it heals soon, then!"
“The ‘Masked Royal’ eh?” James said as he twirled the mask he had worn in his hand. “I am glad they let us keep these costumes. I think Jamie would get a kick out of the mask. Heroes and knights were always her bread and butter.”
After a few more moments, the Professor's phone beeped. "Oh, looks like she's here now. I'll go send her in now, then." Professor Kukui said as he walked off toward the door.
A little while later, the front doors opened again. A tall woman with dark hair sighed as she entered the building. "Well, I never expected such a swarm of people out there." The woman said to herself before she approached the group of trainers. "Are you the four that Kukui was talking about?"
“If he was talking about the trainers who just fought a Battle Royal, yes that would be us,” James answered to the woman. “I am James Arthur. A pleasure to make your acquaintance, Miss…?”
“It’s good to meet you, Miss….?”This woman looked important, at least to Evan’s untrained eye, so he decided to let James do most of the talking, lest the Plasma Agent fumble his words, especially after that hammy performance in the ring.
"My name is Olivia; I am the Kahuna of this island." The Kahuna grinned as she eyed the four trainers and their coach. "I'm still not quite sure how you managed some of the things you did, but you did a pretty amazing thing today, and judging by that crowd outside, definitely managed to succeed in your goal of firing the people of Alola up."
Olivia reached for her bag as she continued to talk. "One day when powers return for everyone, we should all have a battle of our own, since I'm eager to see how my team fairs against you. But for now…" She pulled out three sparkling bracelets, an almost mystical glow emanating from them as the light from outside bounced and reflected off of them. "These are gifts for you three." She glanced over at Marie. "I'd like to have one for you, since you helped out as well, but I didn't have heads up about you… though it looks like you already have a Z-Ring of your own."
Jenny looked at the rings, then watched as Olivia handed one of the bracelets to each of them - the one she received was a brilliant white, contrasted with a black stone set as a symbol in the center, reminiscent of a "Z". As she looked further, however, she noticed that there was a fiery red translucent crystal placed on top of the black stone.
"Is this…?" Jenny glanced up at Olivia, who nodded.
"That is a Z-Crystal; it sounds like you've heard of them before. That there is the Firium-Z." Olivia said, then glanced over to the other two.
Evan received a black Z-Ring, which had a earthy brown Z-Crystal on top of it. “Thank you, Olivia! Which Z-Crystal is this?” The Plasma Agent asked curiously.
"That one is a Groundium-Z. It powers up ground-type moves and turns them into the Tectonic Rage."
The last ring in the box was for James. He took off the watch that was on his hand and placed it in his pocket, before he took the Z-Ring. It was a darker shade of yellow with a brown center. The gem that was lodged in it was a light green crystal. James could see a pattern, but he asked to confirm. “And which ‘Z-Crystal’ would this be?”
"That one is Buginium-Z." Olivia said with a smile. "It allows the use of the Z-Move "Savage Spin-out". Here are the poses needed for them, by the way." The Kahuna took a deep breath, then began to call out the names of the moves before showing off the poses that went with them.
James slowly began to imitate the pose, when he found himself stopped by his jacket from raising his arms that high. He began to consider whether when he got his normal jacket repaired by the tailors, whether he would ask for alterations so he could do the pose, or whether he he’d just take off the darn jacket to do use a Z-move. What a quandary.
With his usual showmanship, Evan imitated the Z-Pose for his crystal, taking care to not screw it up. When he had finished, the man grinned at his performance. “Easy as Cheri Pie!”
Jenny quickly repeated the pose, then giggled slightly at the end. "Pretty cool! It feels like I'm personally about to send the attack off."
"Glad you all are having fun. I think that's about it, but… All of Alola thanks you for your service today; whether they know it or not, I'm positive that today's events will keep being talked about for a long while." Olivia said with a nod. With that, the group said goodbye to the Kahuna as she headed off. With a small pause, she turned back to the group. "Oh, by the way, if you're leaving, I recommend the back exit. Easier to avoid the crowds that way."
"Alright, will keep that in mind!" Jenny called to the older woman, before Olivia continued to walk off again.
James turned towards the group after watching Olivia leave. “I believe that is mission success for the two of you, if I recall correctly,” James said to Evan and Jenny. “My own business in the region has just about concluded. Will you return with me to Four Island, or do you plan on staying for a while?”
“I was thinking of staying here just a little while longer.” Evan said. “Our mission may be complete, but there’s still some questions to be answered…”
James nodded. “I see, then I will go ahead and take my leave.” He turned to leave when he stopped and turned around. “Actually before I leave, Ms. Homura, may I have your contact information?”
Kris nodded and quickly wrote down a number on a piece of paper for James. "Here you are, I completely forgot to give that to everyone." She then handed out more pieces of paper for the others too.
“Thank you. I may need to contact you later,” James said. But hopefully it wouldn’t come to that, he thought. “With that, I will take my leave,” James said, bowing slightly to the group and walked away.
"Oh, Kris, by the way…" Jenny motioned to Evan to join in on this conversation. "You were saying earlier about how someone reminds you of your daughter, Callie?"
"Oh, right, yes. She looks like a spitting image of her, just with auburn hair instead." Kris replied, a confused look on her face.
"Okay, so, I think… I think I understand some more things now, and how Kris knows about the thing that happened in Goldenrod." Jenny said, and then took a deep breath. "Okay, so, we know that she's from another world, right? Marie is too, by the way, we found that out while your fight was going on. Well…" Jenny scratched the back of her head, unsure if it totally made sense. "I think that what's going on here, is that Kris is actually… a different universe's counterpart of Chloe's mom."
"Chloe…? Is that… the girl in the picture?" Kris asked in surprise, to which Jenny nodded.
"It… I don't pretend to know why, but alternate universe stuff always confused me, but it seems like… everyone's names are slightly different. Like, Callie instead of Chloe; Kristina with…" She held up the notepad Kris had used earlier for this. "Instead of Christina like, um, you get the point. And then, I think that…" Jenny turned to Marie at this point. "The way you've reacted recently, my counterpart's name wasn't Jessica, was it? It was Jenny, but something else for my last name?"
"Yeah, it was completely different from your last name here, but yeah." Marie nodded, but still seemed confused. "So, wait, are you saying that my sister's alive here…?"
"Alive?" Kris turned to Marie, who froze and laughed very awkwardly.
"Um!" Jenny spoke up before anything could get any more awkward. "I don't know if like, you two would be considered sisters or not because alternate universe stuff is really confusing to me, but… I guess if that's the case, then yeah. She's currently either in Kalos, or on her way… I know her and some others were headed there, but I don't know if they got there yet."
"I see…" Marie said with a quiet nod, as Kris considered things for a little while.
"Kalos, huh…?" The blue-haired woman murmured for a moment, seemingly lost in thought. "Alright." Kris looked up with a smile. "I don't know how it'll go, but I want to at least meet her. Chloe, you said? Chloe…?"
"Hikari." Jenny said to help out, realizing that their last names would be different too. With a nod, Kris smiled.
"I thought that I would be helping you all, but it turned out I got help as well. Thank you, everyone. I think… I think I'm going to go home now and think this over."
“It was fun training with you, Ms. Homura.” Evan said, a smile on his face. “Hopefully we’ll meet again!”
"Alright!" Jenny said with a happy smile as she giggled. "It was very nice to meet you, Ms. Homura."
As Kris began to leave, Marie hesitated for a few moments. "... Do you mind… if I travel with you?" The blonde-haired woman asked as she turned to Jenny. "I'm glad my mom's starting to get her memory back, but… I wanna try to like… find a purpose." She tapped her fingers together for a couple moments. "I think traveling with you might help more than with my friend Lindsey. She's nice and all, but doesn't really help with the purpose stuff."
"We'd be glad to help you!" Jenny said with a kind smile. "I wanna try to like, get more of my memories back, and maybe like… heading to some of the places I used to visit might help."
“I don’t see why not!” Evan said cheerfully. “The more the merrier!”