Jun stared in disbelief. A lifeless corpse laid before him. His lifeless corpse. All of a sudden, a young girl no more than the age of 6 stepped beside his dead body. Her navy blue hair swayed gently as if it were waves calmly surfing on the surface of a vast blue ocean. Azure eyes locked onto golden ones.
"Hi-Hikari? Is that you?" Jun suddenly asked. It's true; the young girl appeared to be the exact same person as his childhood friend, Hikari. A tug at the back of his mind gently reminded Jun that the girl which stood before him, wasn't the childhood friend he had grown up with, but was Hikari Platinum nevertheless.
"You must choose, Jun," the young Hikari said. A dead version of the current Hikari appeared to her right.
"Hikari? What's going on?" Jun was utterly confused. Questions were forming in his mind a mile a minute. "Why are we dead? What choice do I have to make?"
The little child spoke once more, putting a halt to his thoughts. "Which path of fate will you walk on? Who do you want dead, and who do you want alive?"
Everything went silent. He had certainly not expected Hikari to ask him this. Did she really believe that he could answer such a serious question?
"Hikari... I-...", Jun began. He was rudely interrupted by another 6 year old Hikari tugging at bottom of his shirt.
"Jun! Jun!" the little girl exclaimed. "I have to leave now. I'm sure we'll meet again soon though! Wait for me, okay?" And with that, Hikari ran off into what seemed to be a never ending realm of darkness.
Jun looked to the spot where little Hikari #1 and the two corpses used to be. They had disappeared as well.
"What's going on?" Jun pondered. Suddenly, the "floor" beneath him gave way and he was sent falling into a pit of emptiness.
"Gotcha!" a mysterious person said. He looked up, only to find another Hikari just like the dead corpse he saw a few minutes ago, except this one was alive and well. "Wake up..."
"Stupid Jun! WAKE UP!"
"You dimwit! WAKE UP ALREADY!" Hikari yelled as she furiously shook Jun's body.
"Huh...?" He slowly opens his eyes, looking confused. "H-Hikari...? You're not dead?"
Seeing as that Jun was finally awake, Hikari proceeded with the task at hand. "What are you talking about Jun? Anyways, get up. Breakfast is waiting for you downstairs. Mrs. Klein needs someone to Poke-sit her Pokemon again. I expect you to be downstairs and ready within 15 minutes."
"You were--Forget it!" He shook his head a bit. It must've just been a dream, that's all. Nothing more than a very confusing dream. "And since when have you been so bossy, Kari-Kari?"
"Since I decided it was time to grow up and stop acting so childish. We can't stay kids forever, Jun." With that said, Hikari got up and walked out of the room leaving a confused Jun staring at where she once sat.
"... What was that about?" he wondered aloud. After sitting there looking lost for a moment, he then proceeded to get up out of his bed and followed Hikari's lead. "Kari-Kari, wait up! I want breakfast!"
Charging down the stairs two steps at a time, Jun slid to a stop. What awaited him downstairs was not Hikari, but a platter of food and a note beside it. He picked up the note and began reading it out loud.
"Jun, hurry up and eat your breakfast before it gets cold. And remember, Mrs. Klein wants you to poke-sit her Combee, Pachirisu, and Glameow. Be at her house around noon.
P.s. I'll be helping out Professor Rowen at Lake Verity if you need anything."
He looked around the kitchen and frowned a bit. Couldn't she have waited to tell this himself? Or was she too busy with her 'work' to bother with him now? Jun sighed. There wasn't any point in worrying about it. He might as well spend that time eating his food before it got any colder than it was already.
"Hmph. Since when was she so responsible and boring? And why did I even decide to Poke-sit?" Jun quietly thought to himself while quickly gobbling down the food that Hikari had prepared for him.
~Somewhere in Lake Verity~
Hikari stared blankly at the open lake in front of her. "Jun... What did you mean when you said I was... dead?"
"Ah Hikari my dear, could you please help me with this?" Professor Rowen called out.
"Okay! I'll be there in a second." Hikari took one last glance at the calm waters before heading over to see what Professor Rowen needed help on.
Jun grumbled, carrying Mrs. Klein's lazy Glameow to Lake Verity. There had been a note that listed things that he needed to do to take care of the Pokemon. Who would've thought that they were more high-maintenance than himself?
When he arrived at the lake, he set the Glameow on the ground, much to it's displeasure.
"Geez, I wish Kari-Kari was here to help me Poke-sit. It was much more exciting and fun when she was around," Jun mumbled. "Something's definitely up with her today. It's not like Hikari to be all serious. She's usually just as carefree as I am... Gah! This is making me too confused. I'll ask her about it again later." He ruffled his hair a bit in frustration. Picking at some grass, he threw it up in the air and watched it float away at the wind's mercy.
~Over where Hikari is~
Hikari sighed. It had been a long day and it was almost time for sunset to come. Suddenly, she felt a tickle by her ankles. Grass? From where though? Her gaze traced its path back to the source; all the way to where Jun sat. "What's Jun doing over here? I thought he was still poke-sitting Mrs. Klein's Pokemon..." she pondered softley.
"Good work Hikari. You helped me out a lot today. Now go see how he's doing," he said, motioning to where Jun sat.
The surprised look on her face slowly changed into a small, but thankful and joyful smile. "Thanks professor." And with that said, Hikari scurried off to where Jun was.
"Hey Jun," she said, lightly tapping on his back. He turned around in surprise. When did she get here? "What are you doing out here? I thought you were Poke-sitting still."
"Oh, hey there Kari-Kari! Well, there was a long list of things for me to do, and one of them said that I had to take Glameow outside for a little while. So, I decided to bring it to the lake, 'cause there's lots of room here and--" Jun looked around for a moment. When did? It was just there a second ago! "Oops..."
"Jun... What am I going to do with you?" she said, smacking his head. "You're an idiot! This lake is huge! It's gonna take forever to find that Glameow." He heard a deep sigh coming from her direction. "Oh well. There's no point ranting on about how foolish you were. You might as well start trying to find it or else Mrs. Klein will be furious with you."
Jun rubbed his now red forehead to ease the pain. "Ouch! That hurt Hikari." A slight frown appeared on his face. "And besides, I know that! It couldn't have gotten too far. I mean, it's only been a couple of minutes or so." He scanned the area a full 360 degrees before pointing somewhere. "See that? That grey and white fur belongs to Glameow. Just you watch. I'll climb up and get it!" And thus, Jun too off towards the tree's direction
"Jun! Wait a moment!" But she was too late. Jun was already half way up the tree. "Get down from there before you get hurt!" She's getting anxious and clutched the bottom of her skirt tightly.
By now, Jun's already on the same branch as the Glameow is. But Hikari was even more worried now. That part of the tree looked awfully small to her.
Jun notices her uneasiness and calls out to her bellow. "Relax, Kari-Kari! I'll be totally fine! I've done this a million times alr--" In the midst of his talking, Jun's hand missed the branch he had aimed for to support himself by and inch. He was sent head first to meet the ground.
Hikari raced towards Jun the moment she noticed him sliding sideways. Time seemed to slow for the both of them. "JUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!"
As she looked at Jun, tears started to fall. She was in so much pain right now. Her body ached from the slide to save the idiot's head from smacking on to the ground, vision slowly fading into darkness. But there he was; Jun. The most stubborn moron of the century safe from death. How much more pain could she take?
Setting his head gently down on her neatly folded scarf, all of Hikari's emotions poured out all at once. "JUN YOU STUPID IDIOT! DO YOU KNOW HOW HURT YOU COULD HAVE GOTTEN?" A heavy stream of tears flowed down her face. "Y-you're such an idiot Jun.... trying to be the hero all the time. Where did that get you? You fell off a branch that's 10 feet high in the air! You're a stupid," -punch- "idiot," -punch- "who," -punch- "makes," -punch- "me," -punch- "worried," -punch- "all," -punch- "the," -punch- "freaking," -punch- "time!" -punch- "WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SO RECKLESS? JUN!!!" Her pounding ceased as she laid on his chest; trying to listen to the beating of his heart. Burying her head against his shirt, more tears flowed from her navy blue eyes. "Jun......"
Then, a voice rang out to her. "H-hey, calm down Kari..." He smiled weakly, but it was obvious he was in immense pain. Hikari scanned his body for injuries. That's when she saw it. Jun's ankle twisted when he fell and she could tell it was throbbing with pain with every twitch. "I'm fine, alright? If you get off me, I'll get up and everything will be okay. You'll see. No need to worry, right Kari-Kari?", he playfully said.
Hikari scrambled off his chest and felt the tears escaping as she sat half a foot away from him. "Y-you dimwit! Don't e-ever do so-something l-like that ag-agin. I was w-worr-rried about y-you! W-what would you h-have done if I-I hadn't been there to save you? You could have d-di-died!"
"Aw, c'mon Hikari. Don't cry. And I wouldn't have died! Maybe broken my arm or something, but come on!" He reached out his arm and held her face gently for a moment before wiping the tears off of her puffy eyes. "Now, uh... my foot here hurts... a lot... I dunno if I can walk or not..."
"Dummy." She smiled a bit, but it was evident that there was only sadness behind that soiled face. "How are you supposed to Poke-sit Mrs. Klein's pokemon now? I'll ask Kouki to get a wheelchair over here so that we can get you to a hospital." She activated her Poketch and dialed Kouki's number.
Jun stared at Hikari as she called Kouki. Something was up with her... it's like she was a different person all day minus her little fit. "Hey, Kari Kari. What's up with you today? Like, you don't stress about me dying and stuff. You would just say I'm stupid or something like that, laugh, then help me out. You're acting... strange."
For a split second, her face showed only surprise and shock. Then, it returned to a half-hearted smile like before. "W-why would you think like that Jun?" Something's not right here... "Obviously I would be worried." there's more to this than I can see... "You were falling headfirst 10 feet off the ground! You probably got a slight concussion when you fell, so you're imagining things." Why is she lying to me?
Sheepishly, Jun rubbed the back of his head. "Y-yeah... I guess you're right... I'm only imagining it."
Hikari's hiding something. Something important from me. Why? Does she not trust me anymore? No... That's not it. She can't say it. She's afraid of telling me. It's not only my reaction she's frightened of... It's something more powerful. S-something omino-ous. H-huh? I feel sleepy all of a sudden... I think I'll take a short nap then... Too... tired... to think... anymore......