The blast roared in Velvet's ears, and she hurtled into space. She wanted to
stay on the ground, but she knew she must keep moving. So she did. Pushing
herself up, she staggered to her feet. Soot was smeared on her face, and her
hair was bedraggled. She grinned wolfishly as she sped away. Perfect.
She didn't even look back at the ruined Pokemon Center. She smelled the
smoke, and she felt the heat in the air. It was a glorious night. She felt
the singed Poke Balls clipped to her belt. The boss would certainly
appreciate this. Her smile deepened, and her narrow red eyes flashed. She
disappeared into the shadows.
Saffron City 8:00 A.M.
It was all over television. The smoking ruins of the Saffron City Pokemon
Center. Blown to bits by a massive explosion. Every channel. Nurse Joy, two
Chansey nurses, fifty Pokemon, killed. Five Pokemon trainers, seriously
injured. Six Pokemon missing. No trace of the perpetrator. City in an
Raine stared at the television in disbelief. She had just left the city
three days ago; she was staying in neighboring Celadon City, where she
thought she'd get her next gym badge. “It's a good thing I'm staying here in
the hotel, and not the Pokemon Center. Who KNOWS where they'll strike next!”
“Talking to yourself again?” a voice said from the doorway. Raine glanced
“Yeah, have you seen the news?” she replied.
The young man smiled at her. The intensity of it almost made Raine blush.
“Yes, I saw what happened with the Pokemon Center. You're worried about it,
Raine frowned. “Well, aren't you?”
“I don't worry about much,” he sighed. “It is really sad, though. Who could
do something like that?”
“Maybe...it was Team Rocket!” Raine speculated.
The man shook his head. “No, they haven't been seen in a long time. I don't
think they even exist anymore.”
Raine fell silent. 'Of course! Everybody says that!' she thought. 'I can't
believe I said something so stupid! He probably thinks I'm a moron...' she
thought. She glanced over at him, and she saw that he wasn't even looking at
her anymore. 'Look at him! All that dark hair, and those blue eyes...' she
Suddenly, he turned and looked at her. He looked self conscious. “What?”
Raine's heart started pounding in her chest. “Huh? It's nothing, Robert!
Don't worry about it, okay?”
Robert still had that self conscious look, but he said, “Okay, so...am I
still going with you to the gym?”
Raine nodded. 'THAT was sooo awkward' she thought.