PTF: Chapter 8Wednesday, May 7th, 2014PTF: Chapter 8 by Digital-Skitty
"Good morning, Ma-chan!" her father called cheerfully as he stuck his head into her room.
Hisako groaned into her pillow. The day before had been just like when she and Yuri had exited Irkalla for the first time: Suzuka got really sick, really fast, immediately upon leaving. They called for an ambulance, Yuri left to minimize suspicion, and Hisako spent most of the afternoon in a tired haze, explaining that she had been walking with her classmate and she'd collapsed.
Which meant she couldn't go straight home and sleep for twenty hours, like he probably had. Whatever sleep she had gotten, it hadn't been enough. And she still had to talk to Suzuka about what had happened, talk with the Velvet Room assistants, and figure out how to exchange several handfuls of gold coins for actual currency. Her ankles and calves were especially sore from the homemade ice skates.
Raising her head just enough to be heard, "Papa, can I just stay home today?"
"And miss schoo
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"Happy April first, Scotty!"
And so it went every year. Ree was a terror on April Fool's, and this was the first year he had been with her. Maya had pointedly avoided coming home anywhere near the date after the time Ree and Carly had hung a giant banner of one of her baby pictures across the front of their old school.
Scott's pokémon seemed confused by the ritual, but at least they had played willing accomplices. It wasn't until he tried the oreos—stuffed with toothpaste—that they realized their trainer wasn't necessarily on board with it all.
"That was sick. Sick and wrong," Scott said with watery eyes as he downed yet another glass of milk. At least she hadn't done anything to that. The orange juice, on the other hand...
"Have to entertain myself somehow."
"Couldn't you have done it in a more fun for me way?"
"I don't know, cover yourself in bubble wrap."
"That sounds kind of fun, actually."
He set h
PTF: Chapter 7Hisako and Yuri found out from firsthand experience how rapidly someone could develop arachnophobia. Hisako also found out that she could beat a spider monster to death with a stick in a panic. "Why did it have to be spiders?" Yuri groaned as she rooted around in the leftover smoke for loot. About one in five or six monsters dropped some sort of item, and Hisako had become determined to find them all. "Why not something harmless, like butterflies?"PTF: Chapter 7 by Digital-Skitty
The spider hadn't given them anything (but a heart attack), so they traipsed onward. To his continued embarrassment, ice skating didn't come back to him as quickly as he'd hoped, so they spent large chunks of time walking instead of skating. But together, they were stronger, and whatever that drink had been had really helped.
They rounded a corner to find a trio of grotesque butterflies blocking their path, two of them dripping fire from their curled mouths. Hisako yelped and they both scrambled out of the way of a jet of flames. "Really<
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"I want out," I told Lucian.
"Like you wanted out of your gym?" he replied coolly.
I went to Volkner and Flint next, and they were a little more sympathetic. "Remember when you had to fake a loss? It will be like that, except worse."
"Way worse," Flint agreed. "We're gonna have to vet them, you realize? And then you're going to have to throw yourself under a bus defending them after they take the crown."
"It's not that bad afterward," Volkner said mildly, eying his friend, "but it will be hell for a couple weeks. You'll have to pick someone who's not only an excellent battler, but someone who can deal with all of the issues you