The frenzy around us seemed to start to subside. At least in perspective of when I arrived. On the other hand, the number of familiar faces continued to increase. After Kairi, it was Grace who approached us. She was also very different. More different than Kairi, I would say. With an air of superiority, almost as if she were visiting the sick. Her nerves, however, seemed to be turned against André, who had just shooed away the sullen blonde from our surroundings with countless sprays of perfume. It became clear to me that even as the years passed, André was still the same innocent, adorable child I had known years ago.
For a brief moment, all attention turned to the Pokémon we each possessed. Everyone - myself included - was dazzled by Grace's rare Porygon. He was certainly quite a sight. Ember seemed to be the most impressed, lunging at them. Her's and Andre's Pokémon, an Eevee and a Cleffa, respectively, while more common, were equally fascinating and adorable. Bullet, my Dreepy, had been on his Pokeball since I got closer to the crowd surrounding my friends, but it seemed like the perfect time to show him off."This is Bullet, a Pokémon native to the Galar region,"
I said, releasing him. “It's my fifth Pokémon and it was a gift from my parents. By the way, I ended up deciding to leave my other Pokémon with them in Galar, as they were very attached and I felt sorry for separating them.”
Although Bullet was extremely shy at first, his innate curiosity made him overcome it, and soon he was gliding to get along with the other Pokémon. It was adorable to see him interact for the first time since his egg had hatched.
In a second moment, everyone started talking about why we were convened. Apparently, André had called us so we could start our journey together. I had precociously already started mine years ago, albeit in the company of my parents. Also, my blond friend hadn't mentioned any of this in the letter he had sent to me. It just said that he wanted to see me again with a set time and meeting place. While it was great to see my friends again and relive innumerable childhood memories, I still wasn't sure I wanted to stream my way with them.
André's departure had destabilized this group, and everyone had felt the effect of his absence. Everyone except me, since from my perspective, I was the one that got away. A year before André's parents took him in with them, I had left Kalos and moved to Galar. And since I wasn't the gum that held the group together, I believed my departure hadn't left too much of a gap. But Andre's departure clearly had.
I decided to get away from the chaotic atmosphere that seemed to settle in, with the Pokémon, with André perfuming everyone, and with Grace and her icy gaze and to get closer to my old friend, Kairi. She was the person I was closest to as a child. It was because of her that I actually met the others. We were neighbors and I clearly remembered braiding her long golden locks as a child. Now she looked like a different person. But I felt we still had a special connection. She was sitting with a cigarette between her fingers watching a Teddiursa walk away from her.“Was that Solace?”
I asked sitting down next to her and gesturing for the cigarette. "That means Regis must already be around, right?"