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Dawn felt dead tired.

Last night, she spent her extra time researching extra tips and tricks and planned her pokemon team to be the most effective against the gym leaders and league members. Also looking something up about Rowan that never got settled by their meeting.

Now, in the morning she was paying the consequences for it because Barry ran ahead of her.

Arceus, where does he get his energy! She could barely get out of bed at six when she got enough sleep, while this kid could be a maniac to dawn to dust!

Trudging through the tall grass, she let out a groan as she saw the familiar blue hair male come to her.

“Morning Dawn! How your night been?”

“Fine,” She said, rolling her eyes, “Mom was a little freaked out on me going on a journey, but she agreed to it in the end.”

“Ha, guess your mom is just worried about you, nothing too bad.”

“You can say that,” She grunted as she started to walk to the town.

“Hey.”

Dawn turned back to the male, “What?” Annoyance laced in her voice.

“Look, I can see you’re still upset about what I said yesterday, so I’m sorry. I hope we get to start over and work on this journey together on new grounds, so,” Lucas said, taking a deep breath and holding his hand out, “My name is Lucas Diamond. I work as Professor Rowan’s assistant to help his research about Pokemon. I hope we can get along and work well together.”

Wow. This guy is really trying to do something. Good for him.

“Let’s just head to Sandgem Town. Something tells me that we shouldn’t leave the Professor waiting,” Dawn said turning back to the road and ignoring Lucas’ way of admen.

“Hey! Wait! What? Uh. Ugh. Yeah, we probably should,” he said, defeated.

“Oh yeah, Diamond. It’s Dawn Platinum. Pokemon Trainer, I guess.”

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After a short walk to the town, Lucas insisted on giving Dawn a tour of the bigger town. It was very simple but stupid. Showing her all the basic places a Pokemon Trainer to get their supplies and to be healed, like if she was a toddler or something. She might be new, but she certainly knows what she’s doing!

“And here’s the Professor’s lab! Nice place isn’t it? I’ve been playing around here since I was a kid!”

“Yeah, it is- wait, you live here? You’re from here?!” That was a surprise.

“Huh? Well yeah! Where did you think I was from?”

“Johto, of course! The guy had been hanging around there for the last couple of months, so it would make sense for the guy to pick up some wide-eyed intern for a summer job! Otherwise, why haven’t I seen you before? You’re talking to the girl who jumped off that bridge we just passed every summer!”

“Wouldn’t I have an accent if I was from Johto? And we talked before!”

“Huh?”

“I was the one who told you to not throw Berry off the bridge!”

6 years earlier

“Alright, everyone. It is the day that Barry shows that he is worthy to be with us. He’s going to jump off the bridge!”

It was a warm summer day, the bug pokemon buzzing in the distance filling the silence. Dawn had shorter hair compare to her current version with a pink bow on top of her hair and braces in her mouth. Besides her was a frightened Barry, still looking like his current version just smaller.

“Oh yeah! We’ve been waiting for this forever!” A boy said Daniel who later moved to Galar a few months after the day.

“Don’t worry Barry! We all did it before!” Sophie cheered, she stopped hanging out with them a couple of years later.

“I’m not sure guys. We can always go to the park or something.” The usually very energetic boy said quietly.

“Nope! Come on! It’s easy! You saw me do it hundreds of times, now it’s your turn.”

“You guys are idiots.” A new voice interjected in. It was a boy with big glasses covering his face and messy blue hair that went his shoulders.

“Ey! What are you talking about Glasses?” Dawn said defensively.

“Glasses? Is that the best thing you can come up with? Either way, it’s a really stupid thing to do? You can lose a shoe or get yourself hurt, even if you have done it before.”

“And how do you know that?” The bluenette squinting her eyes at the boy.

“Can’t you tell? It’s shallower than yesterday, so you should do something else.”

“Ha! Is that all? No problem. Daniel! Let’s show him that he’s wrong.”

“Huh? Why me? Why not you, Dawn! You came up with the game in the first place!”

“I’m giving Berry some courage to do this! After all, you’re not doing anything anyway!”

After mumbling how stupid this was, he got onto the other side of the railing, took a deep breath, and jumping into the river. After a little bit, he was to the surface, yelling, “Clear from down here!”

“See! Safe! Come on Barry, we’re losing daylight every second you be a coward!”

“Wait! We could do this tomorrow! After all, my mom will be mad if I come back wet at this hour!”

“It’ll take an hour for us to get dry in this weather and it’s 4 pm! Practically early! So, let GO!” The girl finally got the boy over the rail. Then he jumped into the water.

Quiet.

Dawn huffed and jumped over the rail then laughing.

“Hey! This isn’t so bad!” They both shared a smile, not noticing the glasses boy left them mumbling under his breath.

Now

“Glasses?! No wonder you were so pissy with us when we met at route 413! You knew us when were stupid 10-year-olds and thought we haven’t changed a bit!” She put her hands on her hips and huffed a bit.

Lucas rolled his eyes at the bad nickname, “I admit that was probably a bad call, but as I said, let’s try again. We will be meeting and going to have to work with each other during this journey.”

What? What the hell is he, oh god no.

She groaned, of course, the old man didn’t mention that.

“So we’re working together now. Was that what the old man wanted to talk us about right?”

“Oh shit. Um yes?”

“You know, I’m not surprised. That man apparently got some secrets hidden under his sleeves, or that could just be the internet talking.”

During her time researching, she uncovered some shady stuff about Rowan. While a kind, but tough man, no one really heard about him before he became a professor and worked with Professor Oak. Very suspicious, especially for someone like a Professor.

Lucas's mouth was a gap and then shook his head. “Leave your shit-talking for later, let’s see the professor so he doesn’t call us for being late. After all, he is a busy man.”

Right as the two were going to head in, Barry came barging out and smack into Dawn, sending both of them to the ground.

“Sorry!”

“Ugh! Look where you are going next time! Just get off of me and we’ll be cool.”

“Oh, my,” The professor said as he stepped out of the lab, “I never expect to see this happen again, but I guess it was bound to happen with Barry running off.”

After the two teens got up, Dawn kept a grip on the blonde to keep him from running.

“Come on! It’s time for the biggest, the best adventure in our lives and I can’t wait for that!”

“Wait, you forgot something.” Rowan scorned Barry.

“What’s that?”

“Seeing that Dawn is here, I might as well repeat myself.” He cleared his throat before speaking again.

“Since you two are going on the league journey and you have pokemon from me, I want you two to do a special task for me.”

What?

“I want you three to capture all the different types of pokemon in the region and have them recorded into this device.” He handed Barry and Dawn a red device. “This is a PokeDex.”

Okay, this man has lost it. How many pokemon are there? Like there’s over 400 and it keeps growing with each passing year. No way a small group can complete this. Dawn totally didn’t see why the other two are so excited to do this task.

“I’m sorry, I got to decline, I just want to battle and explore. I don’t really work on this whole thing.”

“I can see that you are intimidated at the possibility of doing, but I assure you this will be an easy, but necessary task for you three to complete. After all, this can help trainers and any inspiring researchers to understand the creatures we live with. Many professors are contributing to this project so any research material is welcomed, new, old, or something to look over again. We can use all the help we can get and I have no doubt you three are up for the job.” Dawn sighed in defeat, can’t get wrong with that.

“Okay, I’ll help for the future. And well, it can’t be that hard, especially with these guys backing me up. Might help me with my travels too, who knows.”

“Very good. I hope you three will progress well during your journey. I have high hopes for all of you and take this. Goodbye.” Leaving into the building as he gave the TM to each of them.

“So. Who wants to track down a special pokemon?” Barry said with a mischievous smile as Dawn groaned internally.