Chapter 1-1: Memories of a Normal Day
The next night, Sakura was already going to bed, but as she was lying on it, she remembered the diary and opened the drawer to get the pen and the notebook and started writing.
I almost forgot that you exist, ops. I need to create a new habit of writing at night, it’s already midnight now, but I think this is more important than a few minutes of sleep. What happened today? Well... I think it's better to start with when I woke up.
I was sleeping peacefully as I always do, when suddenly came a certain Carracosta breaking the door of my room and giving me a huge fright, I think my heart stopped for a few seconds.
"Sakura! You woke up! "Dylan said with a cheerful smile on your face as well.
Kinda hard to not wake up with all that...
"Dylan... We just arrived and you're destroying the place? "Sakura asked, looking at the door that was lying on the floor and looking very nervous because of the scare she received.
Seth was nearby when the accident happened and noticed the lack of a door, seeing that Dylan was also in there, it does not take long to connect the dots, he then began to look at Dylan with a look of annoyance, while Dylan himself looked like quite happy.
"Hey Seth! You also- "said Dylan until interrupted by one of Seth’s claws hitting him right on the head.
"Why did you do that, you idiot?!" Seth said, still looking quite annoyed with the Carracosta "Now we have to fix that door ..." he sighed, and then looked at Sakura, seeing that she was still a little nervous " And you almost scared Sakura to death, didn’t you? ".
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
I always found the relationship between those two funny, even with Dylan being somewhat annoying to Seth, at least I think he is, they often are together, they almost look like brothers sometimes.
"Ow, ow, ow! Sorry! But it was important! "Dylan replied, covering his head with his flippers and rubbing his head to relieve the pain.
"Hm? What happened to Dylan? "Sakura asked, now sounding a little calmer, but also worried that something happened while she was asleep or tidying up the day before.
"I'm starving! What will be the breakfast? "
I admit that the idea of saying "turtle soup" came to mind, but it would be wrong for several reasons.
1: That would be just mean
A: I don’t think anyone eats turtle soup for breakfast.
If I remember correctly Seth reacted slapping himself in the forehead, and I just tried to go back to sleep, praying that everything had just been a dream. Speaking of bed, this one is extremely uncomfortable, children's bed don't work very well with a teenager like me... I could sleep in my parents' bedroom, but Grant is sleeping there and even though there was room for two people, sleeping in the same bed as him would be veeeeery awkward.
After unfortunately realizing that everything that happened wasn't a dream, I went downstairs to go to the kitchen to prepare something for us to eat, my back ached a little and Seth realized that I was walking half bent and rubbing my back.
"That bed will end up killing you if you're like that after just a day," said Seth, the way he looked at Sakura making it clear that he was at least a bit worried about her, "Wouldn’t it be better to sleep in your parent’s bed? " he suggested as he looked back, as if to point to the room in question"Grant is an Arcanine, he's used to sleeping outside. "
"I know, I know, but Grant is human now and he seems to be enjoying that, I don’t want to force him to sleep outside or something, but yes, I do need a new bed." Sakura answered.
"And a door!" Dylan said, trying to fit into the conversation.
Sometimes it's hard to know if he is naive or simply ignorant.
Seth didn’t talk about that subject anymore after I answered, he didn’t look too surprised by my response either, I’m not that predictable, am I? Anyway we were going to get something for us to eat, and that's when I realized that we have not done shopping yet and I threw all the food stored on the trash because I do not think food from years ago is still within the expiration date, I couldn’t even make Poffins because we were missing ingredients. I told them I would go shopping and come back as soon as possible, both nodded and I left the kitchen where we were, but not before eavesdropping a bit on a little conversation they were having.
"Aaaaw ... I really wanted to eat something now ... "Dylan said, looking very disappointed.
"For the love of Darkrai, waiting for a while won’t kill you." Said Seth, the tone in his voice clearly being one of frustration.
"But I'm hungry now ..."
Seth sighed before speaking again, "When are you finally going to grow up..." he said, shaking his head as he spoke.
"I don’t think I'll grow more than I grew once I evolved ..." Dylan replied, tilting his head and obviously taking the question to the literal side.
I'm not sure what happened after that, but I heard the sound of metal being hit by something, so I think Seth hit his forehead again, then he started to come to the living room, where I was, so I tried to hide the fact that I was eavesdropping a little by pretending to be looking for something, I took my leave after pretending I didn’t find what I was looking for and Seth waved at me once I started to leave.
Floaroma has that name for a reason, and that is the amazing number of flowers that grow in the city, making it even more beautiful, while I went to the Poké Mart I stopped to look at some flowers and to talk to some people in the streets. I think I also saw Lily and Stella going towards the meadow, but I didn’t pay much attention to it and went to do my shopping.
I would never believe what I saw when I arrived at the Poké Mart, I saw Grant and his son, Conan, looking at some of the things they were selling ... "Son" ... Never thought I'd see Grant taking care of his own child, but that is not important, the important thing was...
"Grant! What are you doing awake at this hour? "asked Sakura, partially joking.
Seriously, Grant sleeps, a lot. Seeing him waking up early to me would be a sign that something is very wrong with the world, unless there was some external factor that woke him up, then I guess it would make sense.
"Sakura! Good morning! " Grant said, looking at her with a smile on his face, he then chuckled a bit upon hearing the question," Yeah, I know I do not usually wake up early, but this pup here woke up early and was pawing me all the time to wake me up, what could I do? "he replied, shrugging and snickering a bit.
"You sleep too much dad." Conan said, looking a little bored
So, that was the external factor, it all made sense once I heard that.
Apparently, Conan was eager to play, like any child and woke Grant up so that they could do something together, that’s rather cute, tehehe~ when I mentioned the lack of food at home, Grant offered to help me with the shopping, he helped to get the thing I was looking for faster so we could be home sooner. Finally, after we finished we went back home together, it was around 10:30AM when we got back.
I went to the kitchen to prepare something for the group, at the time there were only Dylan, Seth, Grant, Conan and me at home, or at least that was what I thought until Dusty and Phantom appeared from some other corner of the house, Phantom, being the chef that he is, helped me prepare things, Dusty tried to help too, but all he could do was drop the pot where Phantom was making Poffins to the floor with his tail by accident, poor clumsy boy.
"Ah! Sorry Sakura! I just wanted to- "Dusty said, waving his little arms in a panic as he stood near the dough lying on the ground, Sakura knew how that conversation normally went, so she wanted to keep things short.
"No problem, Dusty, let me clean up this mess." Sakura interrupted, stopping what she was doing and now going to look for a cloth to clean all that mass on the floor.
It was around this time that Grant appeared in the kitchen, having heard the noise of the pot falling on the floor, and then he looked at the mess and the obvious culprit and scratched the side of his head in response.
"I still don’t know how you manage do things like that all the time, Dusty" he said, leaning down to pet the little Furret to try to comfort him before staring starting to look at Sakura "Let me take care of this mess, you finish making the food "he said, nodding and then turning back to Dusty" Go talk to the others a bit while things don’t get ready, kitchen work isn’t for you, kid." he finished, with a few chuckles.
It was nice to see Dusty cheer up a little and leave the kitchen to go interact with others a bit, I kept preparing the food together with Phantom while Grant was cleaning up the mess that Dusty made with a mop, it took a while, but after some time everything was ready and the kitchen clean, it was time to eat!
Everybody here, like any group, have quite different tastes, so I had to make several flavors of Poffin and Aprijuice so that everyone could eat and drink what they liked, I could go into further detail about everyone’s tastes, but if I do this I'll be here until tomorrow, and it's already midnight!
As we ate I looked at Dylan and saw that he really seemed to be hungry, it almost looked like he had not eaten in days, I could only wonder why he was so hungry, maybe he had a dream about food or something. Speaking of dreams, I had a really weird tonight, when Dylan entered breaking the door of my room I think I was in a part of the dream where the moon falls on Earth and destroyed everything because I apparently had to go back in time or something, dreams are strange, go figure ... Maybe that's why I got scared like that, that and of course I can’t help but get a scare when a Carracosta shows up breaking the door of my room and saying that he is hungry, if Dylan was wild I swear I would have died right there.
Anyway, not all of the team was at home when we started to eat, but after a while Lily, Stella and Shade appeared, the latter being covered in pink glitter for some reason, although it was pretty obvious what had happened to him, no one could do anything outside of laughing at the poor thing.
"Our Shade, simply fabulous!" Grant joked, laughing as much as he could and making everyone laugh even harder at the Umbreon with that comment.
I felt sorry for the Shade when that happened, but I admit that I also laughed together with the others, throughout all of that he looked at us all with a grumpy expression and somehow that just made things even funnier. Once everyone calmed down, and Grant and I scolded Stella and specially Lily for doing that to him, but everything worked out after that, Shade didn’t seem all that bothered by it either.
After lunch everyone gathered in the living room to watch television, well, minus Shade, he just came to eat and left soon after, it was good to have a good part of the team join together to watch TV, but every five minutes Dylan asked something about the movie we were watching, it was getting annoying really fast for everybody present and the unlucky one that had to explain everything to Dylan was Seth, but after a while I was offered myself to do that, I had already seen the movie in question anyway, but I ended up telling the ending of the movie by accident, oops!
"Well, movie ruined, let's look for another, yes?" Grant said, chuckling as he passed through the channels with the remote control.
"And this time, ask something after the movie ends, Dylan, I know you're slow to understand things, but you don't need to annoy us to death to show that." Said Lily, looking quite annoyed with the Carracosta.
"As much as I don’t want to admit, I agree." Said Seth, looking pretty tired of having to explain everything to Dylan
"Oh come on, now you two are being just mean." Sakura said, with some giggles.
"I was just curious, my bad." Dylan said, passing one of his flippers on the back of his neck and chuckling somewhat nervously.
"Um, hey Lily, where did you get all that glitter you used in the Shade?" Dusty said, he was still eating a Poffin, but stopped to ask your question.
Fun fact about Dusty: He eats things veeeery slowly, taking very small bites on the food, he apparently does this to be able to enjoy it for longer, this habit of his is kinda of rubbing on me now, but I'm not complaining, eating slowly makes you enjoy the taste of the food for a bit longer.
"In the house of a girl who lives here in town." Lily replied, quite casually, just to notice that everyone was looking at her now, "Do not worry, I returned everything after we were done with it."
"But didn’t we use all of the glitter?" Stella asked, once again making things harder for her best friend.
"But of course! What we returned was the pot! "Lily said, with a forced laugh and a just-as-forced smile, it was clear that nobody liked the joke so Lily immediately ran outside so she wouldn’t get in trouble.
"Hey Lily! Wait! "Said Stella, shortly following her best friend to the outside.
These two will never learn, will they? I remember I was told that they tried to make Aprijuice for them, stealing a lot of Apricorns in the process; Lyuri said the result was hilarious, though.
Well, after that conversation we continued what we were doing, watching television together, after a while, Conan wanted to play outside, so Grant got up from the couch and took the puppy to go off and play while the rest of us were just talking about various subjects in the living room.
Time passed and I didn’t even realize it, members of the team came in and out of the living room at times and the only one that was inside the house all the time I was, why? Well .. I guess I just preferred to stay at home at that time. Over time, the night came and the group that were going to spend the night inside the house arrived, these being Seth, Grant, Conan, Dylan and Lily, I was in the living room watching TV and drinking tea when they arrived.
"Hey guys, had fun out there?" Sakura asked, looking at them while sitting on the couch with a smile on her face.
"I was enjoying myself until some green insect appeared in front of me." Lily said, sounding somewhat stressed.
"Well... I had a relatively good day, that's all. "Said Seth, looking to the side" At least I managed to keep some cotton ball troublemaker from causing another disaster. “ he added, just to spite Lily.
One thing I'll never understand is the relationship between Seth and Lily, the two of them have a mutual hatred between each other, but Seth’s reason is understandable at least: He does not like troublemakers, I still don’t know why Lily hates him so much though, he isn’t the only one that prevents her from doing her pranks, but he seems to be the only Pokémon in the team that she seems to have a grudge against.
"I had enough playing and training for one day, if you don’t mind I'm going to bed." Grant said with a yawn and going up to Sakura’s parent’s room, which was now his room.
"I'm also a little tired… Well, until tomorrow guys!" Conan said, yawning and also following Grant to his room.
Like father like son.
"I'm still not sleepy, so I guess I'll stay a little longer out there, maybe have a little fun in the water." Dylan said with a smile.
"Ok! Just be careful out there. "Sakura said, smiling at the Carracosta.
Maybe I shouldn’t leave that boy alone, but ... Even being the way he is, Dylan is very strong, he knows how to take care of himself, he probably won’t get too far away from home anyway. He soon left, leaving Seth and Lily there, the two were looking at each other rather fiercely and I think I might have seen some sparks between the two, unsurprisingly.
"I’ll go to my room, I mean, Lyuri’s room" Said Lily, starting to go upstairs to the room in question, she probably just wanted to get away from Seth.
"Okay, goodnight Lily!" Sakura said, waving at Lily with her free hand.
"Well, I'm staying here until I get sleepy, I guess I can eat something, take a better look around the house, something like that." Seth said with a shrug as he did not know exactly what he would do, he then realized what Sakura was drinking "Tea?" he asked, a small smile forming on his face.
"You got it. Want some? "
I find it somewhat amazing that a Pokémon like Seth likes tea, there’s actually a little story behind that: Seth saw me drinking tea alone once and when I realized he was there, I asked if he wanted some, he then asked exactly what I was drinking. The tea I normally take is chamomile, and I explained how it helps to calm down a bit, he did not look particularly stressed, but he decided to taste it when he learned about that effect, the rest is history. When he received serious injuries in the battle against Chuck, I offered him a bit, since the tea also helps to relieve headaches, it didn’t do much though, but since then we had tea together at times, serves as a time to relax, this tea helps me stay calmer and helps keep me to keep a calm and friendly composure most of the time.
I then went to prepare some tea for Seth and we spent about a half hour talking with each other, the TV was off, partly because I prefer a quiet environment when I'm drinking tea.
"So… Enjoying the city so far? "Sakura asked, with a serene expression on her face.
"It's ... I can see why you like this place so much, I'm not a big fan of flowers, but I admit they make this place seem very calm. "Seth replied, drinking another sip of tea before making your own question" This place is pretty old, you want to make some changes in place? "
"Well… This house brings back many memories, but since we’re living here now ... Yes, changes would be a good idea. I guess I should change the furniture, buy new equipment, beds... "
I could only giggle at that, yes Seth, doors. Although this house has a lot of sentimental value for me, changes are inevitable, the memories that were brought back to me are saved forever now here in this diary, so, it's time to leave the past behind and make this a better place for us to live in, some things like the frames will remain here because they don't take up much space, but maybe buying a different frame for the photos would be a good idea too, those pictures I don't want to lose as they are very precious to me and they're also a way of some team members to see how my family looked like before.
After talking for a while, I decided to go up and sleep, but I wasn't having much success in falling asleep, and here I am writing now. Not much happened today, just spending time with my Pokémon, it may not have been a very exciting day, but hey, as long as you have fun, that kind of thing doesn't matter, right?
Now... I think this diary would be a good place to talk about certain people, and I think I know who to start with...